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Report: Phillies the favorite to sign Bryce Harper

As was the case a month ago, the Phillies are the favorites to sign free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. But Harper’s market has “intensified,” according to Heyman, who unsurprisingly notes he’ll eventually sign a long-term contract. Philadelphia met with Harper back on Jan. 10, though he and fellow free-agent superstar/Phillies target Manny Machado have shockingly remained on the market since then. Both the Giants and Padres have since joined the...

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Report: Rival clubs believe Phillies are front-runners for Bryce Harper

There appears to be movement in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Multiple reports indicate the Philadelphia Phillies appear to have taken the lead in the pursuit of Harper. According to Andy Martino of SNY, rival clubs are beginning to act as if Philadelphia is the front-runner. This comes on the heels of MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reporting that things have “intensified” on the Harper front, with the Phillies in the lead. Rumors linking Harper to the Phillies really intensified over this...

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Padres to reportedly sign left-hander Aaron Loup

The Padres are set to sign left-handed reliever Aaron Loup, per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. Loup, a Beverly Hills Sports Council client, will receive a one-year, major league contract with an option, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. The Padres will be the third franchise for the side-arming Loup, who has spent nearly all of his career with the Blue Jays organization since going in the ninth round of the 2009 draft. Loup’s run with Toronto finally came to an end last July when it dealt him...

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Phillies Daily Links, Sunday Edition, 2/17/19

It’s been a weekend where both nothing has happened and there’s been a ton of chatter about what will happen. We’ll see. As Phillies fans this offseason has brought us a lot of “what will happen” yet not much seems to materialize. However, as time moves forward the law of averages dictates that something will happen soon.

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There was a poorly timed (as it turns out) piece comparing the value of Nola’s shiny new contract vs the Nationals signing of Patrick...

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And You Wanted Corbin…Comparing Nola’s New Deal

When free agency started Patrick Corbin became the object of affection of every team in baseball that needed pitching…which is of course every team. He made the rounds and even visited Philadelphia to meet with the Phillies but he eventually landed on Washington and The Nationals (on one of the Nat’s patented lay-a-way style “deferred deals”). The Nationals paid/will pay/are paying a hefty cost for Corbin’s services, $140M for six years. For his part Corbin hasn’t been really...

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Phillies, J.T. Realmuto haven't discussed contract extension

Newly acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto and the Phillies have yet to discuss a contract extension, agent Jeff Berry said at this week’s news conference to introduce Realmuto to his new team (link via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia). That doesn’t mean that the two sides won’t eventually sit down and try to work out a long-term arrangement, but Realmuto said at his introduction that he’s scarcely even had time to think about contractual matters on the heels of such a hectic...

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Why Scott Boras should ultimately land Bryce Harper in Philadelphia

Bryce Harper signed the sport’s most powerful agent for a reason.

When the off-season began, no one thought Bryce Harper and Manny Machado would still be unsigned as spring training opened. Surely the Phillies would have offered the type of deal either player would have jumped at long before pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater, and Phils fans would have spent a fun off-season talking about all the brand new toys general manager Matt Klentak piled up in the home team’s...

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Gabe Kapler: Third base is an “open competition” & pitcher injuries

Two pitchers are facing injury issues, and the third base job is not being handed to Franco.

Spring training is just getting underway and, for the first of what will be many engagements with reporters, manager Gabe Kapler held court with the media and revealed a couple of eye-opening nuggets down in Clearwater.


Kapler’s first tiny bombshell was that the team’s No. 2 starter, Jake Arrieta, had recently has surgery following an off-season workout injury.


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Jake Arrieta had knee surgery, expected to be ready for Opening Day

Philadelphia Phillies ace Jake Arrieta is currently recovering from knee surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019 MLB season. Manager Gabe Kapler told reporters on Wednesday that Arrieta suffered a meniscus injury during offseason weight training, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and had surgery a couple of weeks ago. While Arrieta is expected to be ready for Opening Day, he’ll likely receive very little work while the Phillies are in Florida this spring....

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Phillies reportedly nearing extension with Aaron Nola

 The Phillies have reportedly reached a long-term deal with star righty Aaron Nola, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb of The Athletic (Twitter link). The contract, which forestalls an arbitration hearing and expands the team’s control rights over its best pitcher, is said to be a four-year, $45M deal that includes a club option. Nola, a client of Paragon Sports, will receive a $2M signing bonus and $4M salary for the coming season. He’ll then earn successive salaries of...

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Report: Aaron Nola set to sign four-year, $45M extension with Phillies

Taking care of your own young players is the key to winning long term in any pro sport. The Philadelphia Phillies are on the verge of doing just that with pitcher Aaron Nola. According to Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb of The Athletic, Philly is set to sign Nola to a four-year extension worth $45 million that includes a club option for a fifth season (worth $16 million, per Jon Heyman of FanCred. This extension helps the two sides avoid an arbitration hearing, which is obviously ideal. At the...

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Aaron Nola agrees to four-year deal with Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the most active teams this winter heading into the 2019 season, and they made another significant move on Wednesday to take care of one of their own stud players. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that starting pitcher Aaron Nola has signed a four-year, $45 million extension with the Phillies. The deal will cover his three remaining years of arbitration and at least one more, with a the team able to keep him through age 31. ESPN’s Jeff Passan...

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Phillies, Aaron Nola agree to contract extension

The ace is in place for the next four-plus years

They did it.

On the even of an arbitration hearing that would have pitted Aaron Nola against his employer over 2019 salary figures, the two sides have instead reached an agreement on a long-term contract.

Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb, Nola and the Phillies have agreed to a four-year, $45 million contract, plus a fifth-year club option for $16 million.

#Phillies on verge of signing RHP Aaron Nola to a four-year, $45M...

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MLB Rumors: Aaron Nola, Phillies Agree on 4-Year, $45 Million Contract Extension

The Philadelphia Phillies have received a long-term commitment from All-Star starter Aaron Nola as the team opens spring training Wednesday...

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Interested in adding to TGP’s catalog this season? Here are a couple of ways how you can.

The 2019 season is swiftly closing in on us. Players are reporting to Clearwater for Spring Training, and they’ll be playing games before you know it. It’s an exciting time!

We at The Good Phight have plenty planned for you this season, from podcasts to regular features, and maybe even some other things we haven’t thought up yet.

Maybe you have some of those ideas we haven’t thought up yet....

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The Realmuto trade, or why we hug our prospects

It’s not about marginal value; it’s about abundant sentimentality.

Here’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot around the Phillies recently, a (mild) pejorative describing the collective mental state of fans: “prospect hugging.” It refers to the tendency to value young talent beyond a rational point—to the degree, say, that you tear your hair out on Twitter even when your team is getting a player who’s the best at what he does in the game.

Goddammit. The delta between what Realmuto...

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Who is...The Masked Hitter?

To build fan excitement, the Phillies should take a hint from reality television when they announce their free agent signings.

Most of us expected Manny Machado and Bryce Harper to be signed by now. The seemingly interminable wait has caused some fans to become disillusioned with the team, the players, and even the entire game of baseball. While most fans will quickly turn around if the Phillies announce they’ve signed one of the big two, there will still be some disgruntled fans who will...

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Phillies pitchers and catchers report, bringing hellish winter to an end

Making the transition from offseason grump to pre-season fan can be tough.

I’m going to say six weeks.

That’s the window of time in which we are ALL most into baseball, from the start of April until about mid-May. The teams haven’t defined themselves through monotonous losing or quiet domination, and it’s still a thirty-team scrum until those six weeks are up, when projections come through, slumps take form, and MVP candidacy is born.

After that, baseball becomes part of the summer...

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Gregg Jefferies: Was He Actually Good?

Gregg Jefferies was not well-liked by fans during his time in a Phillies uniform? Did we misjudge his value?

The meandering pace of the Hot Stove season has caused a variety of reactions among Phillies fans. Some have grown neurotic, parsing over even the minutest Macharper rumor in an attempt to find some clue as to where the big two free agents will end up. Others have grown angry, and have developed a hatred for Phillies management, Machado, Harper, and everyone remotely associated with...

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John Stolnis

Why the Giants make absolutely no sense for Bryce Harper

If Harper wants to win and put up big numbers, San Francisco is the last place he should go.

Hopefully, this is the week the Bryce Harper saga ends.

Many Phillies players are already in Clearwater getting ready for the start of spring training, but this Wednesday is the day when pitchers and catchers are due to report, and perhaps not coincidentally, Harper is reportedly close to making a decision on his next employer.

Decision week for Bryce in Vegas....This could be over by Thursday...

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