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.
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.
Welcome to the 2022-23 MLB Hot Stove season. Beginning today, teams are able to have conversations with free agents who finished the season with other teams. Contract terms may not be discussed or agreements reached until Thursday, November 10 at 5:00 PM/Eastern.
The Philadelphia Phillies improbable run to the World Series has come to an end. The Houston Astros defeated the Phillies in World Series Game 6 by a score of 4-1 to win their second World Championship in 5-years.
Yordan Alvarez’s 3-run home run in the 6th inning turned out to be the game winner.
Both starters engaged in a classic pitches duel.
The Phillies struck first in the 6th on a solo home run from Kyle Schwarber off of Astros’ starter Framber Valdez.
It looked like that’s all the Phillies would need as Zack Wheeler was dealing through five. Things unraveled for the Phillies in the bottom of the 6th inning.
Wheeler hit Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, who may or may not have leaned into the pitch, to start the inning. After a groundout by Jose Altuve and a single by Jeremy Peña, Phillies manager Rob Thomson pulled Wheeler after just 70-pitches.
The move proved to arguably be Thomson’s first —and biggest— mistake as Phils manager.
The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead. The World Series will shift back to Houston on Saturday night with the Phillies facing elimination.
Houston took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Jeremy Peña drove in Jose Altuve with a single off Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard was able to hold the Astros to the one run in the inning.
Philadelphia punched back when Kyle Schwarber homered off Justin Verlander to lead off the Phillies half of the inning.
That would be all the Phillies could muster until the 8th.