Philadelphia Phillies

  • The news broke earlier today that the Angels and Mike Trout have agreed on a record-breaking contract extension. According to Jeff Passan, it is a 12-year deal worth $430 million. This breaks Bryce Harper’s record for the largest contract in professional sports history. A dream turned into a record-breaking deal There is no secret that Phillies’ fans wanted Trout. There is also no secret that Trout loves Philadelphia. The idea or dream for Phillies’ fans was that after the 2020 season, Harper and Trout would be playing in the same outfield. Well, we know for a fact that won’t happen. It was a nice dream while it lasted. I’ve written about this scenario before, both Harper and Trout together in the same outfield. I’ve also said that Harper would sign with Philadelphia before the 2018 season ended. Unfortunately, we will never get to see Trout hit free agency. Hitting free agency may have never been the goal for Trout. But, I don’t think to receive a record-breaking deal was the goal for him either. Trout has been a quick superstar who has been wildly mis-marketed by major league baseball. Popularity and money are things that Trout does not strive for. The Phillies just saved at least $430 Million I believe that the general consensus is that Trout is still worth more than this $430 million contract. I believe this, and everything you will see on twitter supports this. Not to mention the actual data that supports this. The question now becomes, who will the Phillies go after? They are no longer saving money for Trout or Nolan Arenado. There are two free agents that are still available; Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. I don’t see why the Phillies shouldn’t take a chance on at least one, if not both of...
  • The Phillies starting five is becoming thinner as Spring Training goes on. With little over two weeks remaining until opening day, the Phillies may need to make one more pivotal move. Helping to take the newly reinforced Phillies team into the 2019 season. Therefore, bringing the Phillies to the possible pursuit of Gio Gonzalez. Starting pitcher depth Opening day starter Aaron Nola will lead the Phillies as the ace. Nine-year veteran Jake Arrieta will follow Nola as the number two in the rotation. Posting a record of 10-11 with a 3.96 era in 2018. As a result, Arrieta will look to return more towards his career average era of 3.62. To fill out the rotation the Phillies have a lot of youth, talent, and what’s been more obvious inconsistency. Nick Pivetta (26), Zach Eflin (24), and Vince Velasquez (26) are the next three in order on the Phillies depth chart. After pitching in 33 games in 2018, Pivetta has had a strong spring training coming into his third Major League season. Furthermore, after his first two starts, this Spring Training Pivetta has an impressive 2.84 era in a bid to lock up the number three spot in the rotation. Eflin is the only pitcher out of the three who posted a winning record in 2018 at 11-8. Along with Pivetta, Eflin also has posted solid numbers in his first two starts this spring with a 1.59 era. Unfortunately, Velasquez is again trending in the wrong direction. The super athletic pitcher got his second start of the spring on March 11th inflating his era to 18.00. After Velasquez, the Phillies have extremely young and inexperienced pitchers at the Major League level. Jerad Eickhoff in four seasons has pitched in only 68 total games. Injuries have plagued him and his pursuit to...
  • With the 2019 Major League Baseball season approaching this month roster moves and position battles are heating up. Scott Kingery finds himself in the middle of not one but two position battles. Also the possibility of being a super-utility man being the Phillies silent weapon. Position battles Rhys Hoskins will have a full-time position at first base. And newly acquired shortstop Jean Segura will be the infield captain. The two positions tentatively up for grabs are third base and second base. As for any sport in the preseason, competition brings out the best in all athletes. Last year coming into the 2018 spring training Kingery was ranked as the Phillies number two prospect. Phillies also took the incentive to lock Kingery up with a six-year, $24 million contract. In Kingery’s first full season on the Phillies roster in 2018 didn’t go as he hoped. He remained the starting shortstop up until the trading deadline when the Phillies acquired Asdrubal Cabrera. Unfortunately, Kingery was one of the worst hitters in the league. After a winter to help clear his mind and refresh Kingery has come into Spring Training with a purpose. Through his first 17 at-bats, Kingery has hit .294/.368/.471. Although it is “only” spring training this is great news for Gabe Kapler and the Phillies who are already invested. The Phillies silent weapon Kingery gives the Phillies versatility with his ability to play multiple positions including 2B, SS, 3B, and the OF. If Kapler uses him as the teams’ super-utility man. This gives Franco, Segura, and Hernandez days off with a quality replacement also keeping Kingery in the lineup most days. With a solid 2019 spring training from Kingery, the pressure would be getting him in the lineup every day. The Phillies are in need of on-base percentage for the...
  • If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days then I have some great news for you! Bryce Harper has signed a 13 year $330M contract with the Phillies. This contract includes a full no-trade clause as well as no opt-outs. For the people who have looked at their phones, the TV, or the newspaper in the last three days you knew this already. There have been many pictures today, but here is one of Harper in a Phillies’ jersey. This article is not a news breaking or informational article. Instead, I thought I would have some fun and write about my opinion. As I said, unless you’ve been under a rock, then you know everything about this contract already. With that being said, I’m going to tell you how I feel about this contract. The newest Phillie, Bryce Harper in his Phillies’ jersey Again, remember that this article is my opinion. This offseason has been an extremely long and frustrating ride. Both Harper and Manny Machado had been free agents for a long time. Pitchers and catchers reported and they were both still free agents. Then, the whole team reported and full team practices started and they were both still free agents. Finally, Machado signed a 10 year $300M contract with the San Diego Padres. Not too long after that, Harper signed with the Phillies. I’ve said for months now that I would rather have Harper over Machado. Although it was rumored that both players would sign with the Phillies, I never believed it. I thought it was possible, but I didn’t think it was going to happen. I wanted the Phillies to go after Harper because I believe he is the better fit for the city of Philadelphia and the fan-base. This video of Harper...
  • To say that the Phillies have had a successful off-season would be quite the understatement. As we all know, the club has signed All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal without an opt-out that includes a no-trade clause. The signing of Harper has put an exclamation point on one the organization’s greatest off-seasons ever. Amazingly, the deal gives the club the financial flexibility to land New Jersey-bred outfielder Mike Trout in two years, as well as still being able to acquire another starter and reliever this winter. An All-Star lineup Now, the Phillies have acquired three participants in last July’s midsummer classic in Harper, Realmuto, and Segura this off-season. This just happens to be the first time in Major League Baseball history that a team has acquired three All-Stars from the previous year in one off-season. Add on stud ace Aaron Nola and surefire All-Star first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and the opening day lineup now features five possible All-Stars, all in their mid-20’s. In addition, this does not even include the signing of five-time All-Star and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, 2016 NL All-Star Odubel Herrera, fprmer All-Star reliever David Robertson, a healthy Cesar Hernandez, and a rejuvenated Maikel Franco. The Phillies’ lineup features the best catcher in the majors and the most recognizable player in the entire sport in Harper. As a result, the Phillies have drastically improved this off-season compared to last season. Need proof? Just by comparing the 2018 Phillies’ top eight with their replacements, it’s not even close. The new look All-Star infield Starting at first base, Carlos Santana finished last season with 82 runs, 24 home runs and 86 RBI. Very respectable. But, Hoskins, the now full-time first baseman, finished with 89 runs, 34 home runs, and 96 RBI. What does this...
  • IT HAPPENED, it actually happened I can’t believe it! I actually can’t believe it, it happened! Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies! For some quick housekeeping, the contract details are 13 years and $330M with no opt-outs. Bryce Harper’s deal with the Phillies will be for 13 years and $330M, league sources tell ESPN. It will not include any opt-outs. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2019 To me, this isn’t too bad. I’ve been saying for most of this season that if I were Matt Klentak, I would offer him 10 years-$400 Million and pay him $40 million each year.  It may take some time for all of the contract details to come out, but here is what we know. 13 years and $330M  It turns out Vegas was right again. Updated odds for what team Bryce Harper will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (@BovadaOfficial): Phillies EVENCubs +300Nationals +400Giants +750Yankees +800Dodgers +850Red Sox +1500Angels +1500 — OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 29, 2018 What does this mean for the 2019 Phillies? Obviously, this signing pushes the Phillies to the top of the NL East and potentially an immediate contender. When you pair this with the additions of Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, and Jean Segura it makes the 2019 Phillies World Series contenders. The one-two punch for the Phillies will be deadly. Rhys Hoskins and Harper hitting next to each other in the same lineup have to make Phillies fans excited. When you pair these two up with a Maikel Franco from the second half of last season, and an Odebul Herrera from the first half of last season, there are a lot of weapons for this offense. Before you say anything, yes I know that it is a big if, for both Franco and Herrera. I expect the...
  • February 21, 2019

    Face of the Phillies Franchise

    The face of the Phillies franchise has been missing since being represented by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Cole Hamels. Over the “rebuilding” years the Phillies have turned expiring contracts and end of their prime players into young and upcoming stars. As a fan favorite, Rhys Hoskins has embraced the role. Over the offseason, Rhys has been representing the Phillies during charity events, meetings with Phillies prospects, 76ers’ games, and Eagles games. Giving the franchise a stable and liked representation. Bash Brother Hoskins Hoskins was born in Sacramento, CA in 1993. He was eventually drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 June amateur draft by the Phillies. He got to work, establishing his talent and promise in the minor leagues averaging .287/.375/.532 in four seasons along with a total of 93 Home Runs. Hoskins and Dylan Cozens became teammates for the AA affiliate Reading Fightin Phils. Both of the power hitters in the same lineup quickly got labeled as the “Bash Brothers”. And for the right reasons, the duo hit 78 home runs and 241 RBIs in the 2016 season alone. The teammates also got named CoMVPs for Reading. Hoskins was able to be a leader on and off the field catapulting his own career. His final step before the big show in Philadelphia lasted 115 games in AAA Lehigh Valley. Hitting .284/.385/.581 for Lehigh Valley. Finally, Hoskins got the call he was looking for, getting his MLB debut on August 10, 2017. Rhys Lightning The Phillies embraced him representing the team on his arrival. Even going as far as creating “The Rhys Lightning Ticket Bundle” for September 15-17, 2017. All participants got a Scoreboard porch ticket plus a Rhys Lightning T-shirt for a total of $17. (Also Hoskins’ jersey number). The Rhys lighting nickname might not stick with...
  • The San Diego Padres have signed All-Star slugger Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million deal, according to multiple reports. This contract is the richest free agent agreement in American sports history. Furthermore, included in the deal is an option for Machado to opt out after the fifth year. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report on the record-setting deal. All about Manny Machado, 26, is a two-time Gold Glove winner at third base and is a four-time All-Star. Last season, Machado hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 total gamed played with both the Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, Machado started 145 games at shortstop and played in his first World Series last season, as the Dodgers lost in five games to the Boston Red Sox. The Hialeah, FL native will stay in the NL West, as he now will become the face of the Padres’ franchise, similarly to how he was in Baltimore. Trying to fix the Padres’ struggles Since the 2008 season, the Padres have only one winning season. This came in 2010 when they finished with 91 wins. In the past two seasons, San Diego has lost almost 200 games and surely view Machado as their revamp in the right direction. What this means for the Phillies, Harper With the Padres’ signing of Machado, the Phillies are now in a position to land Bryce Harper. In addition, the significance of Machado signing first is that it can stand as a stepping stone for the club to sign Harper. With the leverage of the $300 million arena, the Phillies as a result, can now up the ante and give Harper the largest contract in history. Therefore, eclipsing Machado’s mega-deal. Now, it’s still a waiting game between Harper, his agent Scott...
  • February 15, 2019

    Harper(less) Phillies Outfield

    Harper(less) Phillies outfield continues Bryce Harper rumors have been circulating across the country this winter. So far most of the rumors led to false hope. Phillies and other teams in on the Harper sweepstakes have to now shift their focus to spring training. A Harper(less) Phillies outfield brings a lot of concern to the lineup. The possibilities of Harper, Manny Machado, along with many other available free agents still exist. But until anything else develops the Phillies have a Major League team to try and win the division or maybe even take a step towards developing a World Series roster. When Gabe Kapler was hired as the 54th manager in Phillies history, the Phillies made it clear for their new direction with analytics. Spring training for the Phillies is just around the corner. Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins along with many other Phillies players are in Clearwater, FL prior to their mandatory camp opener. The stage is being set for the boys of summer. But for the Phillies’ obvious voids in their lineup still exist as they did in 2018, with little to no questions answered by the Phillies front office during the offseason so far. Kapler’s rough transition as manager One of the biggest attractions the Phillies had with Kapler is analytics. He brought a dimension to the Phillies they desired. This fairy tale story didn’t last long. Kapler pulled the Phillies ace Aaron Nola after just 68 pitches and not allowing a run in 5 1/3 innings with a 5-0 lead in the 2018 season opener. Kapler managed with Defensive shifts, pitching match-ups, and other moves to give the Phillies the extra advantage. He also called reliever Holby Milner into a game without throwing a warmup pitch. The transition was rough but somehow the team collectively battled their...
  • Phillies ace Aaron Nola agrees to deal The Phillies have signed their ace right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola to a four-year contract extension, the club announced earlier today. The deal is worth $45 million, with a club option for a fifth year. With this new extension, the Phillies now have Nola under team control for the next three arbitration seasons, as well as a year of him potentially being a free agent. The Phillies’ 25-year-old ace is as promising as any starting pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. Last season, he finished third in the NL Cy Young race with a record of 17-4. The numbers don’t lie Nola was fourth overall among starters with a 2.37 ERA and fifth in innings pitched, with 212.1. In addition, Nola’s WHIP (0.97) was fifth best among pitchers, as he also finished with 25 total quality starts. It is preferential to renegotiate a long-term deal as opposed to hashing out salaries in arbitration. Nola had been seeking the $6.75 million range in arbitration, as the Phillies countered with $4.5 million. Nola’s new deal earns him a $2 million signing bonus and he will earn four million this season. His salary then increases to eight million in 2020, then to $11.75 million in 2021 and escalates to $15 million in 2022. Ace expectations With last year’s All-Star season behind him, Nola should surpass all of our expectations in 2019. This is a scary thought since he baffled seemingly every offense that was put in front of him last season. What comes to mind when capturing how dominant Nola was last season came in Boston last July. In a playoff atmosphere, Nola may have pitched his best game, going eight innings, allowing just an earned run against the best offense in the majors. It was...