Phillies Acquire INF CJ Chatham from Red Sox
The Phillies acquired minor league infielder CJ Chatham today from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later.
Chatham, 26, was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Florida Atlantic University. Baseball America had him rated as the 14th best prospect in the Boston farm system. Scouts view him as a bench piece and with the ceiling of a starting second basemen. Chatham has a contact oriented approach at the plate and brings solid defense at multiple positions.
This is the second infielder the Phillies have signed this offseason after selecting Yankees INF Kyle Holder in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Although, unlike Holder, the Phillies will still be able to send Chatham down to the minors using a pair of options.
To make room on the roster the Phillies DFA’d reliever Victor Arano. The Phillies will now have a week to trade Arano, release him or put him on waivers.