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2020 Player Reviews: Zack Wheeler

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Finally the Phillies have a reliable second starter The Numbers: 4-2, 2.92 ERA, 2.9 WAR, 53K, 16 BB, 71.0 IP, 156 ERA+, 3HR, 12th place in NL Cy Young Voting (one 5th place vote) The Good: After signing a five-year contract last offseason, Wheeler’s first season in a Phillies uniform was exactly what the Phillies needed. In the free agency market, Wheeler was considered a step behind top names like Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg missed much of the 2020 season with a hand injury and Cole’s 2020 numbers were relatively comparable to...

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Phillies: The gaping hole to come after J.T. Realmuto

Chances are, the Phillies will lose J.T. Realmuto in free agency. What happens at the catcher position then? In a few more days, after the MLB non-tender deadline passes, club owners will no longer have an excuse not to sign free agents aside from what has been obvious for weeks: The uncertainty of the next […] Phillies: The gaping hole to come after J.T. Realmuto - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies should pursue Keone Kela to improve bullpen

Free-agent reliever Keone Kela would provide a much-needed boost to the Phillies bullpen. Free agency is off to a quiet start. As we approach winter meetings this could change though. J.T. Realmuto is the primary concern for the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s hard to picture this team going very far without him behind the dish. It’s […] Phillies should pursue Keone Kela to improve bullpen - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets ink pitcher Sam McWilliams to a one-year deal

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Despite not yet throwing a major league pitch, the Mets gave McWilliams a major league deal. The first signing of the Steve Cohen era came before any major front office hiring, as the Mets signed 6’7” right hander Sam McWilliams in free agency. Mets team president Sandy Alderson discussed multiple times in his re-introduction presser that the Mets’ depth was lacking, and McWilliams is the first step in amending that. McWilliams, 25, is a rather interesting player to give a major league contract to. Drafted by the Phillies in 2014, he...

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Replacing J.T. Realmuto with Gary Sanchez? Hmm...

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ SOMEONE is going to have to be the everyday guy if Realmuto leaves Last week, it was reported that the Yankees have at least considered the idea of trading Gary Sanchez this offseason and moving in a new direction behind the plate. It also just so happens that the Phillies have an opening behind their own plate now that J.T. Realmuto has entered free agency and looks increasingly unlikely to come back to Philadelphia. Putting all those dots together and connecting them, some have started to think about potential trade packages that would land Sanchez in the City...

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Phillies among favorites to sign Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Phillies are considered among the favorites to sign Jackie Bradley Jr. So far, the Philadelphia Phillies have largely been absent from player rumors this offseason, outside of their own — J.T. Realmuto, Didi Gregorius, and others — entering free agency. Friday afternoon, MLB Network’s Keith Costas discussed the possible destination of one key free-agent center […] Phillies among favorites to sign Jackie Bradley Jr. - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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J.T. Realmuto declines the Phillies’ qualifying offer, will test free agency

Photo by Mark Brown/ As expected, Realmuto declines the QO. In a move that was not at all surprising, catcher J.T. Realmuto has reportedly refused the Phillies’ qualifying offer and will test free agency. Realmuto is expected to easily better this year’s QO of $18.9 million for one year, and could see a multi-year deal that pays him more per year than any catcher in MLB history. San Francisco’s Buster Posey is the current record holder at $21.4 million in average annual value. He signed an eight-year, $168 million contract extension with the Giants in 2013. It’s unlikely Realmuto...

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Predicting how 2020 Phillies hitters will do in free agency

Several 2020 Phillies position players are now free agents; here’s what we predict they will earn this offseason. Only four position players from the 2020 Philadelphia Phillies roster have become free agents this offseason, but that includes two of their star players: Didi Gregorius and J.T. Realmuto. While it’s impossible to know how much money MLB teams […] Predicting how 2020 Phillies hitters will do in free agency - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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2020 Phillies player reviews: Blake Parker

Blake Parker was the rare non-awful Phillies reliever in 2020 | Photo by Mitchell Leff/ What if I told you there was a Phillies reliever who wasn’t a complete mess in 2020? The numbers 14 games, 16 IP, 3-0 W-L, 2.81 ERA, 36.2 K%, 13.0 BB%, 0.3 fWAR The good The Phillies originally signed Parker as a free agent in August 2019, and the journeyman righthander pitched decently over the final two months of the season. After reaching free agency, the team brought him back on a minor league deal prior to the 2020 season. Despite the team carrying about 15 relievers on their “Opening Day”...

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Predicting how 2020 Phillies pitchers will do in free agency

Several 2020 Phillies pitchers are now free agents; here’s what we predict they will earn this offseason. Free agency is well underway, and several pitchers from the 2020 Philadelphia Phillies roster are among players seeking a new contract for the next season. The next few months of the Major League Baseball offseason are sure to be […] Predicting how 2020 Phillies pitchers will do in free agency - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Could Phillies bring back Cole Hamels as a player-coach?

The Phillies could consider this unique Cole Hamels reunion There is no secret that former Philadelphia Phillies star left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels is near the end of his playing career. The soon-to-be 37-year-old made just one start for the Atlanta Braves during the 2020 season, battling several injuries along the way. Hamels enters free agency […] Could Phillies bring back Cole Hamels as a player-coach? - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies: Top 3 worst free-agent signings in recent memory

Top 3 worst Phillies free-agent signings There’s no way around it, the Philadelphia Phillies have not been the most successful of teams in terms of hitting on free-agents. They are now entering a pivotal offseason. And, while the organization will surely explore free agency to improve the club for the 2021 season, their success in […] Phillies: Top 3 worst free-agent signings in recent memory - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Aaron Loup to test out free agency

Aaron Loup will enter free agency after playing for the Blue Jays and Phillies in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.