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The Offseason: 11/24/2020

Photo by Tom Pennington/ No, the Phillies aren’t going to trade for Blake Snell Not a whole lot of news going on so let’s just right to the links, shall we? On to the links. Phillies news: If the Phillies want to add some pitching, here are some names they should be considering. Here is CBS Sports sizing up the team’s minor league system and top ten prospects. MLB news: Apparently the Red Sox and Cubs talked about a Kris Bryant trade this summer? That would have been something. Speaking of the Cubs, they announced their new president of baseball operations...

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What does a Phillies trade for Blake Snell look like?

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Short of unthinkable? Hmmm.... Don’t you just love this time of the year? It’s when the silly season for trade rumors begin and players you never thought would be touchable all of a sudden look like they’re on the way out. Of course, we usually can’t tell the difference between actual smoke from someone in the front office and the crop dusting done by agents looking to drum up a market for their client. Yesterday, we got perhaps the biggest one so far when it was reported that the Rays are at least considering dealing Blake Snell this...

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Ranger danger

2020 was a wasted year for Ranger Suarez | Photo by Michael Reaves/ Mostly thanks to COVID-19, 2020 was a lost season for Ranger Suarez The numbers G:3, IP: 4.0, W-L: 0-1, ERA: 20.25, K/9: 2.3, BB/9: 9.0 The background The Phillies signed Suarez as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 2012. He progressed through the minor leagues and made his debut as a fill-in starter in 2018. Those fill-in starts weren’t especially successful, so he started the 2019 season in the minors. He was recalled to the majors in June of that year, and spent the remainder of the season...

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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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Should Phillies pursue Blake Treinen and Kirby Yates?

As the Phillies look to rebuild their bullpen, Blake Treinen and Kirby Yates are two free-agents who could be worth signing. As the Philadelphia Phillies look to make much-needed improvements to their bullpen, a couple of intriguing free-agent options are Blake Treinen and Kirby Yates. The two right-handed relievers both have closer experience, but have also […] Should Phillies pursue Blake Treinen and Kirby Yates? - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies get Francisco Lindor, catcher in hypothetical deal

This blockbuster would send Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez to the Phillies. The Philadelphia Phillies seem poised to lose both catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Didi Gregorius in free agency. A recently hypothesized blockbuster by MLB.com scribe Thomas Harrigan would allow the Phillies to fill both position holes with comparable combined talent. As part of […] Phillies get Francisco Lindor, catcher in hypothetical deal - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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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: MacPhail’s Head Fake for 2020-21

This article covers free-agent starters the Phillies could pursue to fill the four slot or higher in their rotation this offseason, and it includes their velocity, arsenal, estimated annual cost and contractual length.

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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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Philadelphia Phillies: Ranking possible J.T. Realmuto landing spots

Will one of these three teams be the lucky organization to land prized Philadelphia Phillies free agent J.T. Realmuto this winter? Ask anyone who the top available MLB free agent this offseason is and many would point to National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. That’s a great choice, but the true top talent available […] Philadelphia Phillies: Ranking possible J.T. Realmuto landing spots - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies: An argument against signing closer Liam Hendriks

While the Phillies need to improve their bullpen, signing just closer Liam Hendriks would not be the way to do it. Last week, in their annual “Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions” article, MLB Trade Rumors speculated that the Phillies would sign the top free agent reliever, Liam Hendriks. Many fans and analysts seem […] Phillies: An argument against signing closer Liam Hendriks - 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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NYY Yankees News: Favorites for Francisco?

Photo by Jason Miller/ Yankees among favorites to land Lindor; potential free agent target in Gausman now off the board; Boras says there is great interest in Paxton. Sports Illustrated | Elizabeth Swinton: The Yankees are reportedly among the favorites to acquire star shortstop Francisco Lindor, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. The Mets, Phillies, Blue Jays and Cardinals are all in the mix as well. If the Yanks were to get Lindor, would that mean letting DJ LeMahieu walk and moving Gleyber Torres back to second base? NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: A potential free agent target for the...

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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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Phillies 2020 Player Grades: Heath Hembree, David Hale

Grading the 2020 season of Phillies relievers Heath Hembree and David Hale. The Phillies acquired four relievers ahead of the 2020 season trade deadline — Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Boston Red Sox, David Hale from the New York Yankees, and David Phelps from the Milwaukee Brewers. General manager Matt Klentak made the deals because most […] Phillies 2020 Player Grades: Heath Hembree, David Hale - 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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3 under-the-radar free agents Phillies should sign

While there is a focus on the Phillies re-signing J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius, there are also under-the-radar free agents they should consider. I’ll be the first to say that in order for the Phillies to bring a World Series championship back to Philadelphia in the near future, J.T. Realmuto must be the team’s catcher. […] 3 under-the-radar free agents Phillies should sign - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies 2020 Player Grades: Brandon Workman, David Phelps

Grading the 2020 season for the two biggest Phillies trade acquisitions — Brandon Workman and David Phelps The Phillies bullpen was bad in 2019. They finished in the bottom half of the National League in ERA, FIP, and fWAR. Even worse, they finished second-to-last in home runs allowed per nine innings (HR/9). The only team with […] Phillies 2020 Player Grades: Brandon Workman, David Phelps - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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View from the Catwalks: The Rays best chance for an offseason award

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Plus: Randy Arozarena’s legend heads to the silver screen, while MLB’s best bats get awarded the Silver slugger awards. Rays News The wait is over. You can stop checking the news, checking Twitter, staying up late. Finally the answers have come in. The Édgar García trade is finally complete: #Rays send RHP Rodolfo Sánchez to the Phillies as the player to be named to complete the Édgar García trade.— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 5, 2020 Cash a finalist for AL Manager of the Year - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: The Rays do have...

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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

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Phillies acquire pitching prospect Rodolfo Sanchez from Rays

The Phillies have acquired prospect RHP Rodolfo Sanchez from the Rays The Philadelphia Phillies have received their first acquisition through trade of the offseason — as part of a deal they made during the 2020 season that sent right-handed reliever Edgar Garcia to the eventual American League champion Tampa Bay Rays. On Thursday, the Phillies announced that they […] Phillies acquire pitching prospect Rodolfo Sanchez from Rays - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies could reunite with free-agent RHP Charlie Morton

The Phillies are reportedly interested in a reunion with Charlie Morton, who wants to pitch on the East Coast in 2021. Ever since starting pitcher Charlie Morton last donned a Philadelphia Phillies uniform in April 2016 (his season was cut short due to a freak injury while running to first base), his career arguably has turned […] Phillies could reunite with free-agent RHP Charlie Morton - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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SBN Offseason Simulation results

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via With the real Phillies in need of a general manager, John Middleton can consider this my application Ah, the SBN Offseason simulation. Always a good time where 30 people get together to spend funny money and execute those trades that we’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have the ability to do it in real life since...you know...we’re not actually general managers. With the ‘rona tamping down salaries in real life, we were given the mandate to kind of adhere to the budget as much as possible, that budget remaining the same as it was in the...

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3 Phillies who need more playing time in 2021 season

Phillies players who need more playing time next season The conclusion of any Major League Baseball season can send front office personnel into a frenzy; teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, are now scrambling amid a flurry of roster moves, arbitration discussions, and free agency rumors. What sometimes gets lost in the shuffle are the pieces […] 3 Phillies who need more playing time in 2021 season - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies do not issue qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius

The Phillies did not issue a qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius on Sunday, only J.T. Realmuto The Philadelphia Phillies made a surprising move on Sunday as it relates to free-agent shortstop Didi Gregorius. While the Phillies issued a one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer to catcher J.T. Realmuto, they did not do the same for Gregorius, […] Phillies do not issue qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Six free agents receive qualifying offers

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports A half-dozen free agents were tendered qualifying offers by their teams in advance of today’s deadline Six players from this year’s free agent class were tendered qualifying offers by their teams prior to today’s deadline for making a qualifying offer: George Springer of the Houston Astros, Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds, J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies, Marcus Stroman of the New York Mets, D.J. LeMahieu of the New York Yankees, and Kevin Gausman of the San Francisco Giants. Springer, Bauer and Realmuto are generally seen as the top...

The WORST trade the Mets have made is with Edwin Diaz | Boomer & Gio

Gio and Jerry react to the Mets losing 6-3 to the Phillies on Thursday, suffering a crushing 4-game sweep. The guys also talk about Edwin Diaz's atrocious performance and how acquiring him has been one of the worst decisions the Mets have made thus far.

MLB.com FastCast: Frank Robinson passes away - 2/7/19

The baseball world mourns the death of MLB Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, plus the Phillies trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and c

MLB.com FastCast: Mariners finalize 2 trades: 12/3/18

The Mariners officially send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets, plus Jean Segura to the Phillies for a mix of vets and prospects About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United