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2022 player report card: Alec Bohm

2022 player report card: Alec Bohm

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via He loves this place. After a sensational rookie season, in which he finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting, Alec Bohm faltered in 2021. The lowest of lows saw Bohm demoted to AAA in late August. Following up a rollercoaster ride that was his first two seasons, expectations were relatively low for the Nebraska native. To start the 2022 season, Bohm, Didi Gregorius, and Bryson Stott rotated around as Joe Girardi attempted to get all three players regular reps. Although he was demoted to the minors the previous season, Alec...
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Rise and Phight: 12/7/2022

Rise and Phight: 12/7/2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Johnny Middleton opening up the bag once again Last night, the Phillies struck again, signing Taijuan Walker to a four year deal. It might seem a little high, but it shouldn’t surprise us. The markets for these players has been pretty high. Seeing what Turner and Walker have gotten have to get their counterparts still to sign pretty excited. Imagine what is going through Aaron Judge’s head right now. On to the links. Phillies news: Trea Turner is here in the lineup. And that can only mean one thing: Kyle Schwarber doesn’t need to be...
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REPORT: Phillies add lefty Matt Strahm to their bullpen

REPORT: Phillies add lefty Matt Strahm to their bullpen

Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK The hair replacement for Syndergaard Who let the Phillies get hot at these winter meetings? Not content with just Trea Turner and Taijuan Walker, the team has added a lefty reliever to the mix. Left-handed reliever Matt Strahm and the Philadelphia Phillies are finalizing a two-year, $15 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal and @MattGelb had them close.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2022 I mean, what else can we ask for? The team needed some relief help, that’s for...
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REPORT: Taijuan Walker signs with the Phillies

REPORT: Taijuan Walker signs with the Phillies

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Depth for the rotation Looks like the Phillies have found some money in the mattresses after the Trea Turner deal and moved to the starting pitching market. Source confirms reports: Phillies and Taijuan Walker agree to a four-year, $72 million deal.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 7, 2022 That’s a hefty hunk of change for Walker, but it’s not a total overpay. As mentioned yesterday, pitchers and position players without the qualifying offer attached to them are going to be in high demand. Perhaps even more so for a team like...
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Trea Turner vs. Trey Sermon: Who ya got?

Trea Turner vs. Trey Sermon: Who ya got?

Trey Sermon may not be the top Trey or Trea in town anymore | Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via It’s a Tre(a/y) off! Now that the Phillies have agreed on a contract with Trea Turner, it felt natural to compare him to another Philadelphia athlete with an identical sounding (if not spelled) first name: Eagles running back Trey Sermon. I’ll do a quick Dr. Jack style breakdown to determine which Tre(a/y) reigns supreme in Philly! Size Sermon is six feet tall, which is two inches shorter than Turner. However, Sermon outweighs Turner by 40 pounds, 215 to 185....
Dec 6, 2022
Is this the best Phillies lineup with Trea Turner in it?

Is this the best Phillies lineup with Trea Turner in it?

Photo by Harry How/ On the latest Hittin’ Season podcast, we discuss the optimal Phillies lineup with their new shortstop in it! Trea Turner is a Phillie. Take it in. Soak in the bubbles. For a team that has not had an All Star shortstop since Jimmy Rollins in 2005 (although he did win the MVP in ‘07!), the Phillies now have one of the best in the game, a player who consistently hits for a high average, gets on base, slugs dingers on a regular basis, steals a ton of bags and plays an above average defense. The @Phillies just got a lot better... #RingTheBell...
Dec 6, 2022
The Phillies have their shortstop. What should be next on the docket?

The Phillies have their shortstop. What should be next on the docket?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports It starts with the mound and those who roam it Alright, the heavy lifting is done. Trea Turner is in the fold, the shortstop market doesn’t need the Phillies’ toes in it anymore and they can move on to the rest of the roster. For a team that came within two games of winning a World Series, there is still a bit of work to do too. What’s next? Pitching. That’s what is next. The top three the Phillies currently have in their rotation would be the envy of anyone in the league. While there might be duos at the very tippy top that other...
Dec 6, 2022
Rise and Phight: 12/6/2022

Rise and Phight: 12/6/2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports They did the damn thing Well, we though there would be activity. After signing Trea Turner to an eleven year deal, the Phillies have pushed the biggest part of their offseason to the side. They had to get a shortstop, and soon, so that they could move on with the rest of their offseason plans. There will probably be a run on pitching now that the top two names are off the market, so it’s great the team has some certainty to their budget with Turner in the fold. What will come next? Probably not a player with a qualifying...
Dec 5, 2022
Phillies agree to terms with Trea Turner

Phillies agree to terms with Trea Turner

Introducing the newest member of the Philadelphia Phillies: Trea Turner | Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The Phillies will reportedly have the All-Star shortstop for the next 11 years According to Jeff Passan, the Phillies have agreed to contract terms with shortstop Trea Turner. BREAKING: Shortstop Trea Turner and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a contract, a source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2022 It looks like Turner is taking the Bryce Harper route of a longer contract with a lower average annual value: Confirming multiple...
Dec 5, 2022
Do you remember Matt Vierling more for the commercial or for his play in the field in 2022?

Do you remember Matt Vierling more for the commercial or for his play in the field in 2022?

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Mr. CarShield himself was a solid contributor, but that shouldn’t stop the team from upgrading Had you watched any kind of Phillies game this season, you were undoubtedly exposed to the CarShield ad that featured Matt Vierling. Of all the players on the team that could have been the spokesman for the company, Vierling was probably the one who you wouldn’t have picked to be the representative. Sadly, that is probably what Vierling will be remembered for most in 2022. He was on the short side of a center field platoon for most of the...
Dec 5, 2022
Rise and Phight: 12/5/2022

Rise and Phight: 12/5/2022

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports It’s early, did I miss anything? Congratulations to Fred McGriff, voted by his peers unanimously as a Hall of Famer yesterday. I know that McGriff feels like the top guy in the Hall of Very Good, but looking closer at his numbers and I think he actually is a solid choice to go to Cooperstown. It easier to understand why the players would be the ones who voted him in as they were up against him each day, interacting with him in the clubhouse as well once the writers were gone. Even though he wasn’t as feared at the plate as other...
Dec 4, 2022
2022 report card: The fringe veterans

2022 report card: The fringe veterans

Yairo Munoz had at least a couple of memorable moments in 2022 | Photo by Todd Kirkland/ Oscar Mercado, Yairo Munoz, and Bradley Zimmer are all veterans who spent some time on the Phillies major league roster in 2022 To get through a 162-game season, a baseball team will usually go through a lot of players. The bottom of the active roster can often be a steady churn due to injuries, underperformance, and other factors. The Phillies had 26 different players take at bats for them in 2022, and when you need to find that many players, you’re probably going to have to draw...
Dec 4, 2022
A Phillies’ preview of the Winter Meetings

A Phillies’ preview of the Winter Meetings

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports There’s going to be action Baseball’s Winter Meetings are upon us, back in person after a few year’s hiatus thanks to Covid. With teams able to meet each other face to face (or text to text), as well as teams able to meet with players and their agents, there should be some action happening in the next few days. There have already been some substantial moves made (Jose Abreu to the Astros, Jacob deGrom to the Rangers), but there is still a lot to be done for most of baseball. With the Phillies, there is really one question that...
Dec 4, 2022
Rise and Phight: 12/4/2022

Rise and Phight: 12/4/2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The fun begins today We’re finally here, making it to the Winter Meetings. In years past, the Phillies were looking to offload veterans in pursuit of prospects to help with the next great Phillies team. Now, they’re looking to keep on moving toward a World Series championship. What a time to be alive. On to the links. Phillies news: Making sure to cover their bases, the Phillies are reportedly in on Dansby Swanson, as well as several other teams. Here are some things to watch as the Winter Meetings unfold. MLB news: It looks like...
Dec 3, 2022
A nemesis departs

A nemesis departs

Jacob deGrom is now the AL West’s problem | Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Jacob deGrom is now an ex-Met We finally got a big move in baseball’s offseason yesterday, as former Met Jacob deGrom agreed on a contract with the Texas Rangers. BREAKING: Right-hander Jacob deGrom has signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers, sources tell ESPN. Physical is passed. Deal is done. Includes conditional sixth-year option that would take total deal to $222 million. Full no-trade clause. A massive haul.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2022 Phillies...