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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Articles tagged: Philadelphia Phillies

Carlos Santana reportedly signs three-year deal with Phillies

Carlos Santana

One of the top sluggers on the free agent market has officially come off the board, and you may be surprised to see where he landed.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Friday that Carlos Santana has signed a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Santana spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old is just a career .247 hitter and batted .259 last year, but he can hit for power and draws about 100 walks per season. He hit 23 home runs last season and 34 in 2016.

Teams that were interested in Santana included the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox, so it’s somewhat of a surprise that he landed in Philly. The Phillies have won 73 or less games in each of the past five seasons, so it would seem that Santana merely signed with the highest bidder rather than trying to join a contender.

One interesting question is what will happen with Rhys Hoskins, who was a revelation at first base for the Phillies last season. Early indications are he might move to left field in light of this news. He made 29 starts in left field and 21 at first last season.

Report: All four teams with managerial openings interested in Alex Cora

It certainly sounds likely that, before the month of November is out, Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora will be a big-league manager.

The 14-year MLB veteran is reportedly of interest to all four teams who currently have a managerial vacancy, with the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies all interested in interviewing Cora, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Cora, who played for both the Mets and Red Sox during his playing days, has interviewed for managerial jobs before in previous offseasons, including with the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cora spent the first four years of his retirement as a broadcaster and is finishing up his first and only year as Astros bench coach — a lack of experience that could work against him. However, he does have a strong recommendation from his boss, and lots of interest.

Phillies demote manager Pete Mackanin to front office role

The Philadelphia Phillies have made a somewhat surprising move at the top.

The team announced Friday that manager Pete Mackanin will move to a front office role in 2018, ending his tenure as manager.

There is no other way to see this other than a serious demotion for Mackanin, who has gone 172-237 in two and a half rebuilding seasons as manager. It’s even more surprising given he was given an extension and a vote of confidence by the team in May.

Mackanin received some criticism early in the season, but he signed up for a lengthy rebuilding job and that is exactly what he got. At some point, management simply decided he was no longer the man to help take the team forward.

Phillies scrap Pete Rose ceremony in light of statutory rape allegations

Pete Rose

A planned ceremony to induct Pete Rose into the Phillies Wall of Fame is off amid allegations that the former player committed statutory rape in the 1970s.

Documents made public as part of a libel lawsuit contained testimony from an alleged victim of Rose’s who said they had engaged in sexual activity when she was 14 or 15. Ohio’s age of consent is 16.

That was enough for the Phillies to pull the plug on a ceremony slated for Aug. 12 to induct Rose into their Wall of Fame, calling the decision a mutual one.

Rose spent five successful seasons in Philadelphia, helping them win the 1980 World Series.

Much as Rose would like to be in Cooperstown, these latest allegations should pretty much kill any small chance he had left of seeing that happen. The Phillies are making the right decision distancing themselves from him.

Report: Phillies want to ‘spend big’ after 2018 season

The Philadelphia Phillies’ rebuilding process has been slow and arduous, but there could be some light at the end of the tunnel.

The team has just one guaranteed contract on the books for 2018 — outfielder Odubel Herrera’s — and, with money to spend and free agents hitting the market, may look to rebuild quickly after 2018.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies want to speed up their rebuild by investing in big-name stars in 2018, when players such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Zach Britton will be on the market.

Harper and Machado together is probably a pipe dream, but the pair of current Baltimore Orioles could be reasonable targets. Team president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak both have connections to the Orioles through working for them previously.

The Phillies will have to be prepared to pay a pretty penny for these guys. They will also have to convince these star players that they can build a championship-caliber club around them. If they can, though, it would jumpstart the Philadelphia rebuild in earnest.

Pete Mackanin fines all Phillies a dollar for spring training mistakes

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has a very young team, so he’s coming up with unique ways to instill discipline and accountability in his clubhouse.

His solution? Every time a player doesn’t hustle or makes a preventable mistake, the entire team is fined a dollar. The aim is that teammates will get on players who cost them money and hold them accountable for their mistakes.

Third baseman Maikel Franco was the latest to cost his teammates cash, as he lost a fly ball in the sun during Saturday’s spring training game despite the fact that he had a pair of unused sunglasses on the brim of his cap.

“I don’t get it,” Mackanin said, via Matt Breen of Philly.com. “He lost the ball in the sun. We’re going to have to fine him a dollar.”

It’s certainly creative, though I have no idea how well it would work. It’s just a shame Mackanin wasn’t around for this play.

Red Sox trade Clay Buchholz to Phillies

Clay Buchholz Boys in the Hall

The Boston Red Sox have traded starting pitcher Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball first reported the news, and it was quickly confirmed by multiple reporters. The Red Sox will receive minor league infield prospect Josh Tobias in return. Boston did not have to send cash, as the Phillies will absorb the remaining one year and $13.5 million left on Buchholz’s contract.

With the Red Sox having traded for Chris Sale earlier in the offseason, there was no room left in the starting rotation for a pitcher who has always been incredibly talented but underachieves on an annual basis. Buchholz finished the 2016 season with an 8-10 record and 4.78 ERA. He has always had issues remaining healthy, and he was eventually moved to the bullpen last season when he lost his spot in the rotation.

Buchholz, who threw a no-hitter in 2007, was always a source of great frustration for Red Sox fans. You could clearly see he had the stuff needed to be one of the best pitchers in baseball, but he never seemed to be able to get over the mental hump. Most Boston fans won’t be sad to see him go.

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