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  • 2018-2019 Phillies Off- Season News, Speculation, Rumors & Commentary.

    Now that there are only two seasons left on Mike Trout's contract, could the Phillies instead of going after for some notoriously, bad attitude, mercenary superstar Free agents like Harper and Machado, instead try to put together a package of major leaguers and minor leaguers that would overwhelm the L.A. Angels and make them agree to trade Trout, a Philly local hero, from the New
    Jersey suburbs of Philly to the Phils. It's been known that the Angels have coveted the Phils' second baseman Cesar Hernandez for years and a package that might include some big leaguers from among the group of Hernandez ,Herrera. Altherr, the Phillies deep bullpen, perhaps a #4or #5 starting pitcher er and a strong farm system might be put together to pry "The Face of The game" - Trout away from Anaheim to Philly?.

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    November 14: The Phillies announce that Chris Young, AGE 37 (Mississippi State, 6 years minor leaguer, Seven Years a MLB Scout, 2018 Phillies Assistant Coach) has been promoted from their Aast. pitching coach position to become the team's chief pitching coach for 2019, replacing Rich Krantz.

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    • #3
      Nov 20: (two days from now) is the deadline for making changes to the 40 Man roster as teams head towards the Annual Winter Meetings. which begin on December 9. One player the Phillies absolutely must add (If General Manager, Matt Klentak has any sense at all) is LHP - Cole Irvin, age 24 who went 14-4 at Lehigh Valley (AAA) and would appear to the most major leagues-ready pitcher in their entire farm system. His 14 Wins led the International League in Wins and he had the lowest Earned Run Average of all the qualifiers as well. It was a total mystery why Irvin wasn't brought up to the Phillies at some point to make his major league debut in 2018. Given half a chance at Clearwater this coming February and March, Irvin ought to make the Phillies Opening Day roster out of 2019 Spring Training, unless he's held back for the rest few weeks of the season in a roster manipulation/service team move by the front office to delay THE START OF IRVIN'S MAJOR LEAGUES SERVIDE TIME, so the team controls him for one extra year. (A lousy practice, but one that is all too common by big leagues' GMs these days).

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      • #4
        Nov.30: Phillies Non-Tender 1B-Bour and P- Avilan. Currently at 36 roster spots, four below the capacity of their 40 man roster. Can acquire new personnel through Free Agents and Trades, (especially at the Winter Meetings Dec. 9-14).or promotions from their farm system.
        Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-01-2018, 12:44 PM.

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        • #5
          Dec. 3: The phillies are trying to complete a trade for Seattle shortstop Jean Segura. He is the kind of a high contact, high on base percentage, leadoff type of hitter that they need at the top of their lineup. He is a .287 lifetime hitter, with 1,020 hits in 901 MLB games (a very good ratio) who led the National Lleague in Hits for Arizona in 2016 (topping 200 H) and who has hit at least .300 the last three seasons. Carlos Santana and J.P. Craword (both whom hit for low averages and were "dead weight" at times last year are the names mentioned as possibly heading back to Seattle to complete the trade. Of course other Phillies players and prospects might be part of the trade. While Santana is legitimate power hitter, he is a low contact, mediocre to low hitter for batting average. He signed a huge, overpriced three-year deal with the Phillies through 2020, so I'm a little surprised that he might be the first player they might be able to move this Winter.
          Segura is also a Stolen Base threat with a 25 to 35 typical range, and a peak season of 44 SB thus far. Born in 1990, his age is good too. He turns 29 during next year's Spring Training.
          Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-03-2018, 01:10 AM.

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          • #6
            Yesterday, December 3rd was the 82nd birthday of Phillies' catcher, Clay Dalrymple (Phillies: 1960-1968) and it was the 75th birthday of Phillies' righthanded pitcher, Jerry Johnson (Phillies 1968-1969).

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            • #7
              Oldest Living Phillies birthdays in the last four weeks of this year, December 4 - December 31, 2018.

              Birthday - Position - Player - Age - First year with the Phillies.

              Dec. 6 - OF - Tommy Brown - 91 - 1951.
              Dec. 9 - P - Darold Knowles - 77 - 1966.
              Dec. 13 - P - Ferguson Jenkins - 76 - 1965. (National Baseball Hall Of Fame).
              Dec. 15 - P - Ray Herbert - 89 - 1965 .
              Dec. 16 - OF - Adolfo Phillips - 77 - 1964.
              Dec. 19 - 2B - Tony Taylor - 83 - 1960. (Phillies Wall Of Fame).
              Dec. 23 - P - Jerry Koosman - 76 - 1984. (NY Mets Hall Of Fame).
              Dec. 27 - OF - Byron Browne - 76 - 1970.
              Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-09-2018, 12:52 PM.

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              • #8
                December 4, 2018: 1B - Carlos Santana and SS - J. P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for SS - Jean Segura, ighty reliever, Juan Nicasio and lefty reliever, James Pazos to the Phillies..
                It"s a done deal!
                Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-04-2018, 06:04 AM.

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                • #9
                  It's hard o figure out which 26-year-old superstar Free Agent the Phillies should purse harder Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. Machado's stats appear to make him the more consistent candidate. He's almost always hit in the .270 to .295 range. .297 is his best batting average in a year where he played enough to qualify for the batting title. Hit hit over .300 once when he was often injured and didn't have enough plate appearances to qualify.
                  Harper's off-year clouds up his situation. He had a dismal first half of 2018, but then clicked in the second half to pull up his final totals to 34 HR, 100 RBI. with a .249 batting average. The Phillies are trying to figure out that if signed, which Harper will show up....the one who hit .249 this year or the 2015 Harper, who hit .330 (batting champion runner-up to Dee Gordon , with a league--leading 42 home runs and an almost, superhuman 1.109 OPS.
                  Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-06-2018, 10:13 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Dec. 6: Kevin Frandsen, 36, (a 2012 & 2013 Phillies infielder and a nine year major league veteran, 2006-2015, except 2010) who was an occasional member of the Phillies broadcasting booth last year, his first with the team, will enjoy an expanded role in 2019. He will broadcast 81 games (half the schedule) along with LEAD RADIO broadcsater, Scott Franzke in the coming season (quite possibly handling all the road games with Franzke). Larry Andersen, a former Phillies relief pitcher on the 1993 Phillies, National League champions, will be Franzke's partner for the other 81 games (presumably all the Phillies home games) . Andersen, 65 filled in for the few remaining games after Richie Ashburn's death in September 1997, and became a permanent member of the broadcasting team the following season (1998). Fransden stated that he and his family "were thrilled upon with learning" that he will play an expanded broadcasting role for the Phillies in 2019.

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                    • #11
                      Dec. 6: The Phillies and the Los Angeles Angels made a straight one for one swap of relief pitchers yesterday with the Philles acquiring LHP - Jose Alvarez, 29 while sending RHP - Luis Garcia, 31 to the Angels. Garcia "The Barber" , is a veteran of all or parts of six major league seasons - all with the Phillies. Alvarez had one of the most highly efficient seasons among all American League lefthanded relievers in 2018.

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                      • #12
                        December 11: The phillies sign free agent outfielder, andrew mccutcheon to a three-year-deal at the winter meetings in las vegas. The turnaround and the big spending has begun.

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                        • #13
                          December 11: Congratualions to former Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies beat writer, Jayson Stark, 67, for being named the 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink award winner For Meritorious Baseball Writing. (Hall Of Fame equivalent). Only one to two journalists per year have been so honored since the award was inaugurated in 1962, and only writer received the honor per year for the past two decades. Mr. Stark covered the Phillies from 1979 to 2000 for the Inquirer. He has hosted Philadelphia Baseball and other Sports radio show 2014-2017 and in 2018 began writing for The Athletic. Mr. Stark Is a familiar face on television, covering Major League Baseball for ESPN, and MLB Network, still often still focusing on Philadelphia-based stories. His vote totals among accredited journalists voting on the award totaled over 250 more than doubling his closest competitor's tally in yesterday's announced results. A handful of Philadelphia sports writers have won the award, the first being including Allen Lewis (1981), plus Ray Kelly, Bill Conlin, Paul Hagen, (2013) - the most recent winner before Stark, and now Jayson Stark (2019). He will be officially honored at the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremonies next July.
                          Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-12-2018, 09:11 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Dec. 13: The Phillies neither added nor lost any talent at he major league level of the Rule 5 draft. Although they drafted Dodgers' minor league 2B drew Jackson they quickly traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for International player Slot bonus money. Jackson, 25, hit .251 with 15 home runs for the Dodgers AA affiliate, Tulsa. With the depletion of talent on the Orioles (worst record in the major leagues in 2018) Jackson has a chance to reach the majors with the O's in a year or two.

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                            • #15
                              January 3, 2019: The Phillies sign proven closer David Robertson today. He is a 33-year-old, 11 year MLB veteran and American League All-Star, who has compiled an outstanding 53-32 lifetime record, with a 2.88 earned run average and 137 saves since 2008. The Phillies signed Robertson to a two year deal.
                              Last edited by philliesfiend55; 01-03-2019, 01:49 PM.

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