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Phillies Daily Links, Sunday Edition, 2/17/19

Phillies Daily Links, Sunday Edition, 2/17/19

It’s been a weekend where both nothing has happened and there’s been a ton of chatter about what will happen. We’ll see. As Phillies fans this offseason has brought us a lot of “what will happen” yet not much seems to materialize. However, as time moves forward the law of averages dictates that something will happen soon. Here at The Good Phight: There was a poorly timed (as it turns out) piece comparing the value of Nola’s shiny new contract vs the Nationals signing of Patrick Corbin…and then very next day the Yankees announced their extension of Luis Severino which...
Feb 15, 2019
And You Wanted Corbin…Comparing Nola’s New Deal

And You Wanted Corbin…Comparing Nola’s New Deal

When free agency started Patrick Corbin became the object of affection of every team in baseball that needed pitching…which is of course every team. He made the rounds and even visited Philadelphia to meet with the Phillies but he eventually landed on Washington and The Nationals (on one of the Nat’s patented lay-a-way style “deferred deals”). The Nationals paid/will pay/are paying a hefty cost for Corbin’s services, $140M for six years. For his part Corbin hasn’t been really “ace-like” until this past season so when the Phillies announced an extension with their ace Aaron...
Feb 14, 2019
Why Scott Boras should ultimately land Bryce Harper in Philadelphia

Why Scott Boras should ultimately land Bryce Harper in Philadelphia

Bryce Harper signed the sport’s most powerful agent for a reason. When the off-season began, no one thought Bryce Harper and Manny Machado would still be unsigned as spring training opened. Surely the Phillies would have offered the type of deal either player would have jumped at long before pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater, and Phils fans would have spent a fun off-season talking about all the brand new toys general manager Matt Klentak piled up in the home team’s clubhouse. But here we sit, on Valentine’s Day, 2019, and Harper and Machado are still unsigned. Not only...
Feb 13, 2019
Gabe Kapler: Third base is an “open competition” & pitcher injuries

Gabe Kapler: Third base is an “open competition” & pitcher injuries

Two pitchers are facing injury issues, and the third base job is not being handed to Franco. Spring training is just getting underway and, for the first of what will be many engagements with reporters, manager Gabe Kapler held court with the media and revealed a couple of eye-opening nuggets down in Clearwater. JAKE ARRIETA GETS SURGERY Kapler’s first tiny bombshell was that the team’s No. 2 starter, Jake Arrieta, had recently has surgery following an off-season workout injury. Gabe Kapler announced Jake Arrieta had knee surgery to clean up cartilage a month ago. Arrieta is on target...
Feb 13, 2019
Phillies, Aaron Nola agree to contract extension

Phillies, Aaron Nola agree to contract extension

The ace is in place for the next four-plus years They did it. On the even of an arbitration hearing that would have pitted Aaron Nola against his employer over 2019 salary figures, the two sides have instead reached an agreement on a long-term contract. Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb, Nola and the Phillies have agreed to a four-year, $45 million contract, plus a fifth-year club option for $16 million. #Phillies on verge of signing RHP Aaron Nola to a four-year, $45M extension with a club option, sources tell me and @MattGelb.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February...
Feb 13, 2019
Contributing to The Good Phight

Contributing to The Good Phight

Interested in adding to TGP’s catalog this season? Here are a couple of ways how you can. The 2019 season is swiftly closing in on us. Players are reporting to Clearwater for Spring Training, and they’ll be playing games before you know it. It’s an exciting time! We at The Good Phight have plenty planned for you this season, from podcasts to regular features, and maybe even some other things we haven’t thought up yet. Maybe you have some of those ideas we haven’t thought up yet. There are two good ways to make sure we find out that you’ve got those good ideas, and that’s to...
Feb 12, 2019
The Realmuto Trade, or Why We Hug Our Prospects

The Realmuto Trade, or Why We Hug Our Prospects

It’s not about marginal value; it’s about abundant sentimentality. Here’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot around the Phillies recently, a (mild) pejorative describing the collective mental state of fans: “prospect hugging.” It refers to the tendency to value young talent beyond a rational point—to the degree, say, that you tear your hair out on Twitter even when your team is getting a player who’s the best at what he does in the game. Goddammit. The delta between what Realmuto is now and what Alfaro easily could be--this year or next--IMO is not worth a potential ace, plus...
Feb 12, 2019
Who is...The Masked Hitter?

Who is...The Masked Hitter?

To build fan excitement, the Phillies should take a hint from reality television when they announce their free agent signings. Most of us expected Manny Machado and Bryce Harper to be signed by now. The seemingly interminable wait has caused some fans to become disillusioned with the team, the players, and even the entire game of baseball. While most fans will quickly turn around if the Phillies announce they’ve signed one of the big two, there will still be some disgruntled fans who will hold a grudge against the player, and be turned off because the “Phillies were obviously not his...
Feb 12, 2019
Phillies pitchers and catchers report, bringing hellish winter to an end

Phillies pitchers and catchers report, bringing hellish winter to an end

Making the transition from offseason grump to pre-season fan can be tough. I’m going to say six weeks. That’s the window of time in which we are ALL most into baseball, from the start of April until about mid-May. The teams haven’t defined themselves through monotonous losing or quiet domination, and it’s still a thirty-team scrum until those six weeks are up, when projections come through, slumps take form, and MVP candidacy is born. After that, baseball becomes part of the summer background. The season turns into a series of nightly seven P.M. check-in’s and the team you follow...
Feb 11, 2019
Gregg Jefferies: Was He Actually Good?

Gregg Jefferies: Was He Actually Good?

Gregg Jefferies was not well-liked by fans during his time in a Phillies uniform? Did we misjudge his value? The meandering pace of the Hot Stove season has caused a variety of reactions among Phillies fans. Some have grown neurotic, parsing over even the minutest Macharper rumor in an attempt to find some clue as to where the big two free agents will end up. Others have grown angry, and have developed a hatred for Phillies management, Machado, Harper, and everyone remotely associated with baseball. Still others have found a calm sense of serenity, accepting the truth that neither man will...
Feb 11, 2019
Why the Giants make absolutely no sense for Bryce Harper

Why the Giants make absolutely no sense for Bryce Harper

If Harper wants to win and put up big numbers, San Francisco is the last place he should go. Hopefully, this is the week the Bryce Harper saga ends. Many Phillies players are already in Clearwater getting ready for the start of spring training, but this Wednesday is the day when pitchers and catchers are due to report, and perhaps not coincidentally, Harper is reportedly close to making a decision on his next employer. Decision week for Bryce in Vegas....This could be over by Thursday (Valentine's Day). Heard no more meetings. 3-4 teams are serious contenders. I assume that still includes...
Feb 11, 2019
Phillies daily links: 2/11/19

Phillies daily links: 2/11/19

We’re back! Well, that was an exciting week. The team made major news by acquiring the best catcher (and potential MVP candidate) in J.T. Realmuto. Yes, the price was high and those are don’t agree with it will have to eventually come to terms with it, but as has been mentioned, you can’t really argue that the team is better now than they were at this time last week. Anyway, we’ve got you covered, so as the kids say - on to the links! Here at The Good Phight: We had a lot of Realmuto news here. Let’s start with a different take on the trade: why the team most likely did the...
Feb 10, 2019
The Dirty Inning: Ruffin up Bruce

The Dirty Inning: Ruffin up Bruce

It was a splendid summer day in 1989 when Bruce Ruffin pitched the worst first inning of his career. The Phillies and Mets have a rivalry that many have said has never gotten to grow to its full, hateful potential, due to both teams never being good for very long, and even more rarely at the same time. But what if the fact that they were both so wretched for so many years allowed them to sync up on a level as rivals that went largely unwatched, due to the patheticness of their franchises? Join Justin and Trev as they travel back to 1989; an era of timeless fashion, film, and music....
Feb 8, 2019
Continued Success #44: The J.T. Realmuto trade and saying goodbye to prospects

Continued Success #44: The J.T. Realmuto trade and saying goodbye to prospects

Justin and Liz look at the Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto trade from every angle, with very little shouting. Something about the first roster move in weeks got everybody feeling chatty. This week’s Continued Success is all about trades, prospects, and how to say good bye while welcoming the Phillies’ best new position player to town. SUBSCRIBE on Apple Podcasts!
Feb 8, 2019
The J.T. Realmuto trade shows the value of the slow play

The J.T. Realmuto trade shows the value of the slow play

The Phillies waited and waited and waited and surprised everyone by landing Realmuto. When the week started no one thought the Phillies were going to be the team to swing a trade for the best catcher in baseball. The deal for J.T. Realmuto that cost the Phils Sixto Sanchez & Jorge Alfaro took everyone by surprise. Sometimes in baseball, things happen quickly. This trade was no different. On Episode 256 of “Hittin Season,” Phillies beat writer Scott Lauber talked about the speed with which the sparks of this deal began to flicker, quickly getting bigger and bigger until the Phils and...