Buckle Up! Phillies Reportedly the Favorite to Land a Shortstop at the MLB Winter Meetings (or soon!)

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MLB scribe Jon (Paul) Morosi was on MLB Network and dropped this nugget on free agent shortstop Trea Turner.

Let’s review.

Turner would like to get PAID and would like to head back to the Grapefruit League for Spring Training. Good news, the Phillies fit the bill! The Fightin’s have a ton of cigar money to spend and they train in BEAUTIFUL Clearwooder. Hell, they even bought more Florida land just for Turner (probably).

It’s also worth noting that teams would like the big name free agents to “shit or get off the pot” and get the market moving. The MLB Winter Meetings are set for San Diego from Sunday through next Wednesday. Imagine a Sunday where the Eagles potentially clinch a playoff spot only to be outdone by the Phillies inking Turner!

While the expectation is Turner to Philadelphia, what happens if he signs elsewhere? Do we riot? Nope, the Phillies will reportedly still get an elite player.

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Philadelphia Phillies Slugger Bryce Harper Undergoes Succesful Tommy John Surgery

The Philadelphia Phillies announced designated hitter Bryce Harper underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.  The team expects to have Harper back in the lineup as a designated hitter by the 2023 All-Star break and back in right field by the end of the season.

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Report: Phillies Have “Real Interest” in Xander Bogaerts

MLB insider Jon Heyman is reporting the Philadelphia Phillies are “believed to have real interest” in free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

This “news” should come as no surprise.

The Phillies have been linked to Bogaerts for a while now. Bogaerts name routinely surfaced in trade speculation due to his relationship with Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Now Dombrowski can go after one of “his guys” without giving up players. If last offseason was any indication, Dombrowski should have a blank check to sign any player he wishes in free agency.

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Philadelphia and Trea Turner, Perfect Together?

The MLB Hot Stove is boiling over with rumors that free agent shortstop Trea Turner is on the top of the Philadelphia Phillies wishlist and the Phillies are reportedly on the top of his.  

It has been rumored for some time that the Phils were infatuated with Turner and would pursue the 29-year old in free agency.  There was even chatter from Los Angeles that Turner, a former Washington National, was longing to return to the East Coast.  This made connecting the dots and playing fantasy free agency a fun exercise.  

But rumors from various sources are just that, rumors.  However, in the past 24-48 hours, it’s gone from rumor and innuendo to insider chatter.  

I’ve always subscribed to the theory of “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” and with Turner and the Phillies it’s nearing a damn 3-alarmer. 

It all began with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Phillies Talk podcast with Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman.  On the pod, which dropped on Monday or Tuesday, Seidman asked the venerable Salisbury if he believed Turner to Philadelphia was a legit possibility. 

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Who is Masataka Yoshida and Does He Make Sense for the Phillies?

Philadelphia Phillies fans are quickly becoming fans of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Orix Buffaloes.  The Osaka based club is home to outfielder Masataka Yoshida, Japan’s next big export to the United States.  

The 29-year old slugger is the hottest name to come out of Japanese baseball since Shohei Ohtani in 2017. Yoshida, a self-professed Bryce Harper superfan, has asked Orix to be posted, or made available to the highest bidding MLB team. The move is likely to be confirmed in the next week or so according to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi

The addition of Yoshida to the free agent class throws a massive wrinkle into an already interesting hot stove season.  

But who is Japan’s next big star, how are the Phillies connected, and does it make sense?

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Phillies Manager Rob Thomson Snubbed in NL Manager of the Year Voting

It’s a regular season award, 111-games isn’t a big enough sample size, blah, blah, blah.

NL Manager of the Year Voters (probably)

Everyone knew this was coming, but Major League Baseball’s antiquated and dumb voting rules have screwed Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson out of a prestigious award. Topper wasn’t selected as the NL Manager of the Year.

Hell, he didn’t even make the final cut.

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Phillies Reportedly Linked to Free Agent Shortstops

It’s been a while for the Philadelphia Phillies, but the hot stove season comes quicker when you play this far into the postseason. Teams are able to have unofficial —let’s call it what it is, legal tampering— with potential free agents beginning now. Free agency official begins Thursday, November 10 at 5 PM/Eastern.

On that note, the Phillies are reportedly linked to a handful of major free agent shortstops as they look to improve the lineup.

Here’s the latest.

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Rhys Hoskins Tops Phillies Arbitration Eligible Players

Like option eligible players, the Philadelphia Phillies only have a handful of arbitration eligible players heading into the 2022-23 MLB offseason. Players and the club must agree to a contract by January 13, 2023 or they will go to arbitration.  An arbitrator (duh) will hear the case from both sides and make a decision on 2023 salary.


Related: Important 2022-23 MLB Offseason Dates


Here are the Phils’ arbitration eligible players (2022 salary in parentheses). 

  • 1B Rhys Hoskins ($7.7M)
  • P Jose Alvarado ($1.9M)
  • P Seranthony Dominguez ($725,000)
  • P Ranger Suarez ($730,000)
  • P Sam Coonrod ($717,500)
  • INF Yairo Munoz ($700,000)
  • INF Edmundo Sosa ($715,600)

The trio of Alvarado, Dominguez, and Suarez were a steal for the Phillies at their 2022 salaries.  The trio, along with Hoskins, will see a significant bump heading into the 2023 season.  

How much? Let’s take a look. 

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