The Phillies let go of their assistant general manager of amateur scouting

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The Phillies will miss the playoffs for the third straight season despite having one of the highest payrolls in the majors. While many would like to see general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. take the fall for the organization’s downturn, assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever got the ax yesterday.

Wolever has been with the organization since 1992 and has been running the team’s drafts since 2002. The Phillies have been a winning team for most of that time, so they haven’t had many high draft picks, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com shows that the results haven’t been good.

Before this year’s Draft, MLB.com examined the Phillies’ previous 10 Drafts (2004-13). Forty-six Draft picks reached the big leagues, which tied the A’s and Rangers for seventh best in baseball. The average in that span was 41.8 players per organization.

But the quality of the Phillies’ picks ranked last. According to baseballreference.com, the combined WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of Phillies picks over the past 10 years was 20.7, which was 24.6 points lower than the 29th ranked Blue Jays (45.3).

The Red Sox (142.7), Braves (133.3), Angels (124.4), Yankees (120.5) and D-backs (120.1) were in the top five. The Phillies, Blue Jays, Mets (49.5), Twins (49.6) and Marlins (51.8) were in the bottom five.

The big league average was 82.7.

Wolever found himself in some controversy following the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, when the Phillies turned in two of their unsigned draft picks for violating the NCAA’s “no agent” rule. He said back in May that he had no regrets for his conduct.

According to John Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Amaro said last night that the team has just begun the process of finding Wolever’s replacement.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.