Five Phillies Named All-MLB Finalists

Five Philadelphia Phillies are up for 2022 All-MLB honors. Major League Baseball announced Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola, JT Realmuto, David Robertson, and Kyle Schwarber as potential winner.

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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 Hot Stove: Jean Segura Now a Free Agent

As expected, the Philadelphia Phillies declined the club option for infielder Jean Segura. The 32-year old is now a free agent.

The move allows the Phillies to pursue some big name free agents such as Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, or Dansby Swanson. Free agency begins at 5:00 PM/Eastern on Thursday.

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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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