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  • Top Alternatives to Manny Machado As we begin this article, let’s step into Matt Klentak and the Philadelphia Phillies shoes and break down the top alternatives to all-star free agent Manny Machado. Free Agent Alternatives Mike Moustakas Firstly, Moustakas and the Phillies have been linked together since last years trade deadline. But, there is no surprise there are many rumors floating around that the Phillies may pursue the left-handed slugging third basemen. Furthermore, bringing in Moustakas instead of Machado would obviously save the Phillies a hefty amount of money. Furthermore, bringing a much needed left-handed hitter into the Phillies everyday lineup. For instance, Last year Moose hit .251 while slugging 28 homers and driving in 98 runs. Obviously, sliding Moose behind Phillies powerful first basemen Rhys Hoskins would give the Phillies a dangerous combination that would drive in a lot of runs. Marwin Gonzalez Interesting enough, most teams consider Gonzalez as a super utility guy. The problem here is the Phillies already have a utility guy in former top prospect Scott Kingery. Consequently, Skipper Gabe Kapler could slide Gonzalez into the third basemen position permanently. The switch-hitter, which had a down year, provided a decent amount of pop off his bat for the Houston Astros slugging 16 homers. Lastly, let’s not forget Gonzalez finished ninth in batting average in 2017. Batting .303. If the Phillies could get most of that consistency and decent power, we could have a comeback player of the year candidate. Hanley Ramirez Sadly for Ramirez, he was designated for assignment by the 2018 world series winners the Boston Redsox. The slugger struggled drastically in the 2018 season. The 34-year-old veteran hit a slash line of .254/.313/.395 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in a short 44 games last year. The Phillies could pursue the former...
  • Phillies linked to Mariners Jean Segura With the Philadelphia Phillies linked to almost every big free agent on the market. It is no surprise the organization is active to many trade rumors as well. Once Cano-Diaz to #Mets is official, #Mariners have next deal lined up. Team is in serious talks on a trade that would send shortstop Jean Segura to Philadelphia, sources tell The Athletic. Segura holds full no-trade clause, and would need to approve the deal. H/t @agsnetworks. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2018 Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports the Seattle Mariners to have a deal lined up to send shortstop Jean Segura to the city of brotherly love. Segura one of 16 players who hit .300 this past season has a full no-trade clause. In reality, Segura could decline any trade if he wanted to. Although with the recent moves the Mariners have made, Segura may decide to decide to leave the Jet City. #Mariners have shown interest in shortstop J.P. Crawford as one piece from #Phillies in a possible deal for Jean Segura, sources tell The Athletic. Per @JSalisburyNBCS, PHI would still pursue Machado as a free agent (to play 3B) if they acquired Segura in a trade. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2018 On the other hand, the Mariners seem to have interest in the one-time top prospect J.P. Crawford. It may be Crawford’s time on the main roster has not been what was anticipated. Conversely, Crawford only hit .214 with three home runs in 117 at-bats. Although injuries crippled most of the young shortstops playing time, the Mariners would get a young shortstop at the age of 23 with a decent amount of upside. Philly still to pursue Machado As we all know the Phillies and all-star Manny Machado have been linked...
  • Middleton key to Phillies offseason success? Conversely with one of the most anticipated free-agent classes in recent memory. Could John Middleton the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, be the key to the Phillies offseason success? Especially with recent statements, that Middleton has made in recent weeks. Providing truth to the fact Middleton will not sit in silence this offseason. In particular, we will tackle the owner’s statement he told USA TODAY Sports. “We’re going into this expecting to spend money. And even be a little stupid about it.” Phillies owner John Middleton to @BNightengale (USA Today) “We’re going into [the winter meetings] expecting to spend money and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.’’#HighHopes! #IwantMyFingTrophyBack — Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) November 16, 2018 Let’s begin with the question. Are we as a fan base overreacting to Middleton’s recent comments? To begin, Middleton has stated for years all he wants to do is win. Frankly, it all comes down to your opinion and if you believe the Phillies owner. In this case, I believe him. Publicly announcing the Phillies are going into this offseason expecting to spend money. Firstly, tells the fan base he wants to win as bad as we do. Secondly, Middletons comments put pressure on general manager Matt Klentak and President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail to make a big splash this offseason. Lastly, not to mention the pressure added to Klentaks and MacPhail’s plates from rival the Atlanta Braves for signing former MVP, Josh Donaldson. I like that John Middleton is running this press conference. This man wants to win. #phillies — Broad Street Misery (@BroadStMisery) June 29, 2015 Money to spend Currently, the Phillies sit just under $69 million in guaranteed contracts. Not including arbitration contracts the Phillies will pay some time this offseason. Which is substantially lower than...
  • Phillies miss out on former MVP? Former MVP Josh Donaldson signed with the Atlanta Braves a few days ago. Incidentally what if the picture below of the former MVP’s jersey was of a Phillies uniform. An, not the rival Braves uniform? Coupled with all the speculation surrounding current Phillies third-basemen Maikel Franco being traded this offseason. Why not take a chance on the 2015 MVP award winner. Excited for our Marucci partner, @BringerOfRain20, for signing with Atlanta. Bringin’ the rain to the NL 2019! pic.twitter.com/dinhgARDtj — Marucci (@MarucciSports) November 27, 2018   To begin with, Donaldson has been crippled with injuries for the past two years. However, Donaldson is a career .275 hitter with a lot of power. So then just imagine sliding in a former MVP behind Rhys Hoskins and possibly free agent Bryce Harper. NEWS: The #Braves have agreed to a one year deal with Josh Donaldson. How will you respond to that, Matt Klentak?#BeBold #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/bHMsDwegBh — 215 Phillies Updates (@215phils) November 26, 2018 Pressure Is on The Phillies have money to spend. Donaldson signed a one year $23 million dollar contract. Obviously, a contract the Phillies could afford. Donaldson brings a medium risk high reward the Phillies should have taken a gamble on. Consequently, the question arose “Should the Phillies worry about how good the Braves could be with Donaldson”. Well of course especially with the young talent the Braves already have. Not to mention all-star first basemen, Freddie Freeman. Especially since the Braves have already proven they are a serious contender in the National League East. Absolutely, the pressure is on general manager Matt Klentak, owner John Middleton and the entire Phillies organization. Overall In conclusion, this signing by the Braves might just be good news to the Phillies fan base. With the pressure on,...
  • Phillies trade for former all-star Jose Bautista The former all-star Bautista is now a Philadelphia Philly. That is Bautista’s third NL East team this season. Starting with the Braves. Then signed by the Mets and now the Phillies. The former Blue Jay has a career slash line of .247/.361/.475. In contrast, Bautista’s best playing days are behind him. But, still provides quality at-bats and gets on base a respectable amount. Furthermore, by trading for Bautista the Phillies add a three-time silver slugger award winner to bolster the bench. Obviously, Bautista is not the same hitter he once was. Thus, only hitting .196 this season. However, Bautista brings a veteran perspective to a ballclub full of young talent. While also providing power from the right side of the plate. He's not the player he once was, but the Phillies have nothing to lose by claiming Jose Bautista (@CSeidmanNBCS)https://t.co/ujPxLnryMj — NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 27, 2018 Postseason run Since the Phillies find themselves in their first pennant race since 2011, striving for a post-season birth in eight years. Adding a player like Bautista is a wise move. Like I said before he brings a veteran presence alongside Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana. Nevertheless, Bautista knows the uphill battles the Phillies face to get to and win in the postseason. Bautista is no stranger to the postseason. In contrast who could forget his epic go-ahead three-run homer in ALDS game five against the Texas Rangers. Conclusion In conclusion, adding a player with 342 home runs and a respectable on-base percentage bolsters a talented ball club looking to make the postseason for the first time since 2011. Bautista could be the final piece the Phillies need to end the seven-year drought. What are your thoughts?  Is Bautista the right fit for the fighting Phils? Would...
  • Lets phight Friday: 2018 Phillies the real deal? First of all, are the Phillies in 2018 the real deal? The Phillies are 121 games into the MLB season the Phillies are currently 67-54 and have surpassed there 2017 record of 66-96. As a result, the Phillies are only a game and a half behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East. The. Real. Deal. #Phillies — Jamie Apody (@JamieApody) August 1, 2018 Hence, soak that in for a second… Who would have thought the 2018 Phillies would be in contention! Let alone in playoff contention. Furthermore, let’s get down to it! Are the 2018 Phillies the real deal? Lets phight about it. Pitching Firstly, the 2018 Phillies pitching staff has truly carried this team into contention. Especially, with the signing of the 2015 Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta and brilliance of Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola, the Phillies looked to have on of the best one/two punch at the top of there rotation in all of the major leagues. Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta have allowed the 8th- and 9th-lowest ERAs in baseball since last July. Quite the list. pic.twitter.com/QdbGGG5EXx — Ben Harris (@byBenHarris) August 8, 2018 Subsequently, Phillies starting and relief pitching has been on fire as of late keeping the Phillies in the NL East race. Thus providing an exciting atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park which we haven’t had in a long time. Phillies pitching since July 1: Bullpen 2.70 ERA — Best in majorsStarters 3.26 ERA — Third-best in majors — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) August 8, 2018 Therefore, as long as the pitching holds up it gives the Phillies a true shot at winning the NL East for the first time in seven years. Batting For the most part, the additions of Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilson Ramos, and...
  • Phillies trade for slugger Bour The Philadelphia Phillies trade for Florida Marlins slugger Justin Bour for minor league left-handed pitcher Mckenzie Mills and cash considerations. Bour is batting .227 with 19 home runs and 54 RBI. Trading for Bour gives the Phillies seven players with 15 or more home runs. 🐗🐗🐗🐗🐗🐗🐗🐗🐗🐗 Welcome to Philadelphia, @bour41! #BeBold pic.twitter.com/WVqRDwMkpo — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 10, 2018 Where does Bour fit in with the Fightin Phils? A very interesting trade for the Phillies, as Bour, definitely can improve the lineup but where does he play? You could platoon Bour and Carlos Santana at first base. As a result, Bour plays against right-handed pitchers and Santana against lefties.  However, we will have to wait and see what manager Gabe Kapler decides to do in the coming days with the lineup. Phillies questioning what players they have adding Bour? The Phillies added Bour for the hope and high possibility of a playoff run. Which hasn’t happened in Philadelphia in seven long years.  Bours trade and most of the recent moves remind me of the moves the Phillies made back in 2008. For example, when the team traded for Matt Stairs no one saw it as a major trade but turned out perfectly for Phillies. Conclusion The Phillies adding Bour is a solid move that only improves the bolstered lineup they already have. Providing solid power from the left side of the batter’s box while from a player under team control for another few years. Above all else thank you Miami Marlins for getting the Phillies that much closer to the playoffs and hopefully their first World Series appearance in nine years. Last, of all tell me your thoughts below in the comments! Does Bour fit in with the current Phillies group? Does he bat his way into the lineup over Santana? Only time...
  • Let’s phight Friday: Should the Phillies bench Santana? Welcome everyone to the start of let’s fight Friday! Make sure to stay tuned every Friday to phight about a hot topic covering the Fightin Phils. Without further ado lets phight about it, this weeks topic should the Phillies bench Santana? What should the Phillies do with Santana? First things first, Carlos Santana has an above average on-base percentage of .356 and has walked 87 times. Walks are just as good as a single in the game of baseball without question. Furthermore walks produce runs. Especially with a team that has six players including Santana with 15 or more home runs. As a result with 87 walks and 17 home runs Santana supplies runs and power. Santana may not bat for average however the walks make up for the lack of hits in my book. Will the Phillies bench Santana? No, they won’t. Santana just gets on base too much and the Phillies seem to agree with that. However, the real question we should be asking is why is Santana batting clean up? Rhys Hoskins returns to the #Phillies lineup to bat in the clean-up spot today vs. the Mets. Full lineups:https://t.co/W82IXI9FsH — NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 4, 2017 Should Santana bat somewhere else in the lineup? Imagine if manager Gabe Kapler batted Santana back in the second spot and Rhys Hoskins in the cleanup spot. With Santana on pace for 100 plus walks and Hoskins on pace for over 30 home runs not including the rest of the lineup that certainly screams runs to me. Furthermore, you could make a case for Santana to bat lower in the lineup as the two spot seems to be the right fit. As a result here is a preview of what the lineup could be Player POS AB R HR...
  • Are you a believer in Gabe Kapler yet? Lets phight about it To begin this article I just want to say I want this piece to be more of a conversation instead of me just providing information and my opinions. So without further ado lets phight about it! Has Kapler surpassed expectations? To me, this is an outlandish question. But for all of you that are not the Phillies skipper fans, I will ask it. But, here is the answer, OF COURSE, Kapler has surpassed expectations! Kapler and his team are sitting 11 games over .500 and leading the NL East by half a game over the Atlanta Braves. And just to prove my case the Phillies are ninth in the standings for the world series predictions! New odds to win the 2018 World Series (Bovada LV): Astros 9/2 Dodgers 9/2Red Sox 5/1 Yankees 6/1Cubs 8/1 Indians 14/1 Brewers 14/1Braves 15/1 Phillies 16/1 👀#BeBold — SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) August 1, 2018 Enough said. I prove my case lets move on. What is it about Kapler you don’t like? I just do not and I mean do not understand what is not likable about the Phillies current skipper. He is a former major league player so he knows the game, obviously. And yes, it’s true he understands and uses analytics as a part of his tools but he also uses his gut and judgment in certain situations. Seven STRONG. Solid work, @JArrieta34! #BeBold pic.twitter.com/eTbzYRecrp — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 1, 2018 Just to prove that Kapler trusts his players and uses his judgment in situations. Let’s look back to Jake Arrieta’s last start. Kapler was going to pill Arrieta after the sixth inning. Arrieta, on the other hand, had other ideas and according to Kapler demanded the ball to pitch the 7th. Kapler trusted Arrieta,...
  • Is Asdrubal Cabrera the right bat? General manager Matt Klentak and the Phillies finally made a move and added the bat they so desperately need in Asdrubal Cabrera. But is he the right bat for the Phillies? The Phillies have reported that they will use the switch-hitter at all 3 positions. Cabrera plays shortstop, third and second base. Without a doubt, he will add a consistent hitter with some pop to the lineup. While playing with the Mets, he was batting  277 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI. Where does that leave current players? With the resurgence of Makiel Franco and consistency of 2nd basemen Cesar Hernandez that leaves Cabrera primarily playing shortstop. This isn’t an issue unless you are Scott Kingery or J.P. Crawford. Is this trade holding Kingery and Crawford’s potential back? As of now, the answer to that is NO no he is not. The Phillies love Kingery and they will find a way to get him in the lineup. Now, with Crawford maybe they give Franco a night off against a tough righty but with a slow start and injury holding Crawford back, things look bleak for the young shortstop. #Phillies have acquired INF Asdrúbal Cabrera from the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Franklyn Kilomé. pic.twitter.com/XIv8GdGivy — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 27, 2018 Last thing to consider Now back to the main question. Is Cabrera the right bat? Yes, and I will tell you why. Adding a bat with consistent contact and power will only make whoever bats in front of him a more dangerous hitter. Look at Carlos Santana. There is no presence behind him so pitchers can work around Santana and not have to force pitches. Plus, adding a switch-hitting bat to the lineup only benefits the Phillies in every way. Most importantly,...