1:54 AM EST, Thu December 13, 2018
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The wolves are circling the Phillies on day three of the Winter Meetings

The wolves are circling the Phillies on day three of the Winter Meetings

Word of rival suitors on the Harper and Machado markets sent a chill down the spine of Philadelphia. You could see it happening, right in front of you. The moving out of outfielders. The clearing of roster space. The all-too transparent intentions of teams other than the Phillies who find the idea of adding Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, all-star free agents appealing. And finally, on Wednesday, the third day of the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Buster Olney finally said it, putting the Olney family farm in dire trouble. But as the winter plays out, day by day, it’s seen as increasingly...
14 hours ago
The best NL East players for the Phillies to see a little less often

The best NL East players for the Phillies to see a little less often

Rumors are flying at the Winter Meetings, and hope remains that the Phillies could lose a few of their more potent divisional foes. With the Winter Meetings upon us, we’re about to see a lot of players switch teams. Already in Las Vegas, whispers from the air vents have informed us that several top Phillies foes could be, might be, or definitely aren’t on the move out of the division. For instance, Noah Syndergaard. Jarbled dispatches from Las Vegas inform us that the Mets stud could be headed to the Yankees, I think, in some kind of three-way deal with the Marlins that lands the Mets...
16 hours ago
Don’t sleep on these Phillies for your 2019 fantasy team

Don’t sleep on these Phillies for your 2019 fantasy team

As the Phillies put their roster together, there’s a couple good fantasy options in the bunch. Whether you are still basking in the glory of your 2018 fantasy baseball league win or wallowing in shame and dismay for finishing in last place, it is never too early to start thinking about your 2019 fantasy team. The folks at ESPN seem to agree. Last week, ESPN published a list of fantasy baseball rankings, rating its top 300 overall draft picks for the upcoming season, as well as providing positional lists. The rankings will be updated throughout the winter and spring months. Of most...
17 hours ago
Phillies daily links: 12/12/18

Phillies daily links: 12/12/18

It’s Andrew McCutchen Day! Free agency has finally arrived and surprise surprise, it’s the Phillies who have opened the market. You know what this is all about, so let’s go to the links! Here at The Good Phight: We’ve got you covered with the McCutchen news. I looked at what a J.T. Realmuto trade would look like and if it would actually be enough for the Marlins to accept it. Other Phillies news: What else do you think happened with this team? Here are some links from ESPN... ...from Fangraphs... ...from Matt Breen... ...from Corey Seidman... ... and from CBS Sports. It’s...
Dec 11, 2018
The Phillies are molding the Winter Meetings around their plans

The Phillies are molding the Winter Meetings around their plans

The second day of the Winter Meetings was slightly more intense. It was a breathless day in the desert for MLB’s Winter Meetings, the second day of which distinguished itself by having something go down involving the Phillies. It’s still early, but the Phillies have made it clear that they’re not waiting for any specific free agents to make up their minds, they’re not particularly interested in anyone knowing their exact plans, and they may or may not be involved with every available baseball player, as we learn with each scattershot fired out of the rumor mill. Earlier this...
Dec 11, 2018
Phillies reportedly come to terms with Andrew McCutchen

Phillies reportedly come to terms with Andrew McCutchen

The Phillies were expected to sign an MVP-winning outfielder, just not that one Since the season ended, Phillies fans have anxiously awaited the day when the team would come to terms with a certain MVP-winning outfielder. Anxiously await no further, my friends, for that day is finally here! Phillies in agreement with Andrew McCutchen pending physical. It will be three yr deal— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) December 11, 2018 The Andrew McCutchen deal is for three years -- plus a club option -- and $50 million, according to sources.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 11, 2018 Oh,...
Dec 11, 2018
Let’s make a trade for J.T. Realmuto

Let’s make a trade for J.T. Realmuto

Using some floated rumors, what does a deal for the All-star backstop look like? Lately, it seems that the market for catcher J.T. Realmuto is beginning to heat up. Mostly, it’s been fueled by speculation that the Mets have him squarely in their sights as their new general manager tries to act like a team from New York attempts to contend in 2019. Recently, we’ve seen some names floated around the New York area, with players like Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario being mentioned as players that might interest the Marlins. Now, we see that a three team bonanza with Miami...
Dec 11, 2018
Phillies daily links: 12/11/18

Phillies daily links: 12/11/18

The Winter Meetings are off and running. Here at The Good Phight: Meet your newest member of The Good Phight, Evan, who discussed yesterday how the Phillies improving their defense would go a long way toward improving their pitching. The first day of the MLB Winter Meetings weren’t particularly active, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Yesterday was more about talking to Gabe Kapler and listening to him speak about Manny Machado and Bryce Harper and everybody whispering to everybody else about what they might or might not do later. It’s all here. Other Phillies news: If you were...
Dec 10, 2018
Phillies are the talk of the Winter Meetings, at least when Gabe Kapler is talking

Phillies are the talk of the Winter Meetings, at least when Gabe Kapler is talking

A day light on news was heavy on the anticipation of news. Gabe Kapler is ready for the Winter Meetings to start, and he got to share his excitement on MLB Network to the delight of Gabe Kapler opinion-seekers everywhere. The Phillies’ skipper spoke about Manny Machado and Bryce Harper in as broad and positively a tone as you would expect. One thing he was asked was how well the young stars would gel with the Philadelphia sports fandom that is such a great Winter Meetings topic in lieu of actual topics, and without really looking, I can tell you that he said something along the lines of,...
Dec 10, 2018
Phillies need pitchers like they need a hole in the infield

Phillies need pitchers like they need a hole in the infield

Pitching may win championships, but defense stops the ball. The Phillies have needs. Every team does, but the challenge for a successful off-season is prioritizing those needs and acquiring accordingly. Contrary to popular belief, starting pitching should be near the bottom of the Phillies list of needs. They field a very young rotation and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez are still developing. And then there’s Jerad Eickhoff, who missed almost all of 2018 with an injury but has earned a chance to join the rotation in 2019, at the very...
Dec 10, 2018
Phillies daily links: 12/10/18

Phillies daily links: 12/10/18

It’s Winter Meetings time, baby After an Eagles game like that, where we as fans were subjected to death by a thousand paper cuts, it’s refreshing that the Phillies will seemingly take center stage at their most important winter meetings to date. We’ll hear rumors, rumors, and more rumors over the next three days, so we’ll try to recap them all here. On to the links! Here at The Good Phight: The first top ten prospects list has been put out and I gave a quick rundown on where the Phillies’ youngins’ stand. Personally, I’m rather proud of the picture I chose for the piece. The...
Dec 10, 2018
Hittin’ Season #238: Phillies Winter Meetings Preview

Hittin’ Season #238: Phillies Winter Meetings Preview

One of the most important weeks in recent Phillies history begins this week. It’s been a long month since the end of the World Series and the start of the free agency period in Major League Baseball, but the long-anticipated Winter Meetings in Las Vegas have finally arrived. Phillies officials will be meeting this week with agents and representatives of the biggest free agents on the market, and team officials will gather together in darkened corners of hotel bars to discuss trade possibilities on cocktail napkins after a fourth order of buffalo wings and Miller Genuine Drafts. At least,...
Dec 8, 2018
Baseball Prospectus gives the first prospect top ten of the offseason

Baseball Prospectus gives the first prospect top ten of the offseason

It is time to argue “Hug your prospects,” the saying goes. We always love to look at what is down on the farm and dream on future dominance in the major leagues once these jewels have completed their ascendancy. It’s most fun when one of these players makes his way on to a national top 10 or 25 list as it gives us some validation that these players that we have loved following are actually getting some respect. It also sometimes helps validate the regime that chose them, whether they were chosen controversially instead of another, or if their lofty position makes us feel their draft...
Dec 7, 2018
What do you think of the Phillies new logo?

What do you think of the Phillies new logo?

The Phillies have unveiled a brand new logo. What do you think? They didn’t reinvent the wheel, but the Phillies new logo is different. The team announced the move in an unusual way, via a tweet by the team’s Merchandise Store. #Phillies new logo Men’s and ladies tees featuring the new Phils’ primary logo available today, only at the ballpark. You likey? pic.twitter.com/UrCoAjY93K— @PhilliesMCS (@PhilliesMCS) December 7, 2018 Logo and jersey guru Chris Creamer wrote about the new logo, and made a mock-up of how it compares to the previous edition. Most...
Dec 7, 2018
Continued Success #37: Improvement in the Phillies radio booth

Continued Success #37: Improvement in the Phillies radio booth

Justin and Liz do what they do best... take a deep dive into baseball broadcasters and gab about the best “radio Kevin” in the booth from last year, former Phils Kevin Frandsen. On Episode 37 of Continued Success, Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher break down Kevin Frandsen joining the radio broadcast team with Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen, and how many times he’ll be accidentally referred to as “Kevin Franderson.” Plus, the Phillies made a trade again, this time when you were asleep! Is Brodie Van Wagenen going to single-handedly change the NL East? Is J.T. Realmuto okay in Miami?...