Phillies Rent a Statistics Guy From the League

ruben_amaro_jr_2013A day before the 2013 season came to an end, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the organization was looking to make some changes, including adding some aspects of analytics into their baseball operations department.

“Look, we are going to continue to be a scouting organization,” Amaro said at the time. “That said, I think we owe it to ourselves to look at some other ways to evaluate . . . If we have any changes at all it, they will be pretty minor.”

A little more than a month later, the Phillies have made that minor move.

Scott Freedman will work with the Phillies this offseason in adding advanced metrics into their player evaluation process. Freedman works in Major League Baseball’s labor relations department, where he assists teams in salary-arbitration cases, among other things.

Freedman, however, is not a Phillies employee, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

“He’s joined us through the commissioner’s office,” said Proefrock referring to the arrangement as an “externship.”

“He’s here for a period of time,” Proefrock continued. “We were contacted by [the commissioner’s office] this summer. They proposed the arrangement, we had a need and took advantage of it. He’s a bright guy. It might become something more than [the current role].”

Source: Ryan Lawrence,