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Phillies president says 2021 will be his last season with team

MacPhail had to address his own future with the franchise. The longtime executive confirmed that 2021 will be his last year in the majors, adding that it’s possible he’ll step down before the season ends.

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Ethan Witte

Phillies make their first round of roster moves

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The team begins to give shape to the 2021 roster

The Phillies announced their first round of moves in what promises to be an eventful offsesaon.

Phillies have made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/OBx2NZhkMn

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 30, 2020

Some of this just roster cleanup. No one really expected the likes of Phil Gosselin, Heath Hembree or David Robertson back with the team, Robertson especially at the price...

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Would reuniting with Charlie Morton improve the Phillies bullpen?

Jon Heyman reported on Twitter today that the Tampa Bay Rays had declined to pick up the option on Charlie Morton, making him a free agent. Morton turns 37 in two weeks.

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Phillies decline David Phelps' $4.5M option

Phelps came over from the Brewers in a midseason swap for three low-level prospects. The hope was that he’d help salvage a bullpen that had been the club’s weak point.

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Phillies decline RP David Robertson’s option

This marks the end of a union that didn’t at all go according to plan.

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2020 Player Reviews: Didi Gregorius

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J.T. Realmuto isn’t the only priority free agent this offseason

The Numbers:

.284/.339/.488, 237 PA, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 28:15 K:BB, 119 OPS+

The Good:

Coming off an injury-shortened 2019 season, Didi Gregorius was the only Phillies player who appeared in all 60 regular-season games in 2020. It was an impressive feat considering only 15 players league-wide reached the mark.

Fun Fact: Sterling Marte is the only player who played more than a full regular season,...

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Ethan Witte

David Phelps was supposed to be good!

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Yet....he wasn’t

The numbers:

(w/ Philadelphia) 10 G, 7 2?3 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 3 BB, 11 K, 12.91 ERA (9.97 FIP)

The good:

There was nothing really good about Phelps’ tenure with the Phillies in 2020. He was brought in at the trade deadline to help prop up the leaky bullpen, having put up good numbers in Milwaukee prior to the trade, and good numbers overall since 2016. He was going to give reliability to a group that had none.

Sure that strikeout rate...

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MLB Rumors: Latest on J.T. Realmuto, Cubs and Royals Free Agency

Just a few days removed from the Los Angeles Dodgers defeating the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series, it's time to look ahead to the 2021 MLB season. A number of teams have already made moves...

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What Positions Should the Phillies Pursue in Free Agency?

Following our in-depth look at who should return to the Phillies’ roster in 2021, we now look outward and ask the question who should the Phillies pursue in free agency this offseason?

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Should the Phillies make a qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius?

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Will the Phils make a qualifying offer to their starting shortstop?

Didi Gregorius’ Phillies career may end up being just 60 games long. If so, it was a very good cameo.

Signed by former general manager Matt Klentak last off-season, Gregorius was added to the roster after missing the first half of 2019 with Tommy John Surgery. When he returned for the second half with the Yankees, his power stroke remained but he struggled to hit for average and...

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Fixing the Phillies’ Bullpen

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Yes, it is possible.

Putting it bluntly, the Phillies’ historically-bad bullpen needs to undergo a major rebuild if the team expects to contend in 2021. There are a plethora of established free agent options whom the Phillies can entice with their sizable payroll flexibility. Signing multiple lockdown relievers seems to be the front office’s first step in building a competent bullpen.

In reality, the problem is much deeper than this....

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Phillies outright relievers Heath Hembree, Adam Morgan

The bullpen figures to be among the Phillies’ top priorities this winter — a new deal with J.T. Realmuto is surely their No. 1 goal — and moving on from Hembree and Morgan now gives them a bit more flexibility.

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Phillies Outright Heath Hembree, Adam Morgan

The Phillies have outrighted relievers Heath Hembree and Adam Morgan, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports (via Twitter). Both were arbitration-eligible, and both have the service time to reject the assignment in favor of free agency, which is a mere formality at this point.

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2020 Player Reviews: Adam Haseley

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Newsflash: Adam Haseley > Roman Quinn

The numbers:

92 PA, .278 BA, 0 HR, 13 RBI, .348 OBP, .342 SLG, .690 OPS

The good:

I do not believe the above numbers truly reflect how effective Adam Haseley was in 2020, nor the promise he has as a potential starter. The former first round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft appeared in 40 games, but only started in 23 of them. For some odd reason, manager Joe Girardi preferred starting Roman Quinn in the outfield over...

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Ethan Witte

The Offseason: 10/29/2020

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Where MLB is really, really mad at Justin Turner

So, about that whole Justin Turner thing...

On to the links

Phillies news: Now that the offseason has officially begun, the rumors about J.T. Realmuto are going to come fast and furious. According to some, he’d rather be here. David Murphy is speaking my language. Here is one way to go about the offseason without signing J.T. Realmuto. The Phillies’ chances in 2021? Las Vegas doesn’t really...

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Free Agency Primer: Which Starting Pitcher should the Phillies target?

Amazingly, a season that was once in severe jeopardy to even occur has come and gone. Phillies fans watched as playoff hopes slipped away, but for many, it was a season of excitement.

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Phillies Rumors: JT Realmuto Will Follow Richest Contract, Wants to Stay in PHI

Philadelphia Phillies star J.T. Realmuto is expected to draw interest from both the New York Yankees and New York Mets in free agency, but Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports reported ...

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The Offseason: 10/28/2020

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Where we officially start the offseason

Congratulations are in order for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the World Series last night. It’s a culmination that began when Andrew Freidman was hired away from the Rays with the largest contract ever at the time for an executive. They did some crazy things along the way, but when you see an all-time great like Clayton Kershaw finally get his ring, it makes you smile.

On to the links.


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The offseason: 10/27/2020

Clayton Kershaw might have re-written his narrative | Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers are on the brink of a long-awaited championship

Game six of the World Series is scheduled for Tuesday night, and the Dodgers have a chance to take the crown for the first time since 1988.

Phillies news Spencer Howard reached the majors in 2020, but he remains a huge question mark going forward. After an encouraging rookie season, Adam Haseley took a step backwards - especially defensively -...

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Who Should Return to the Phillies’ Bullpen in 2021?

In the final installment of our series, today we look at who should return to the Phillies’ bullpen in 2021. It is no secret that the 2020 bullpen was among the worst in MLB history.

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