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I have some bad news for those of you anticipating the newly retired Chase Utley would one day soon come back to work in the city where he spent the first 13 seasons of his career. In fact, you may want to grab a beer and take a seat.
It’s not happening–at least not any time soon:
The Dodgers expect to hire Chase Utley to a baseball operations job, but they have not yet done so. As you may have read, he is here in Las Vegas.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) December 12, 2018
The disloyalty! The treachery! The duplicity!
Come to think of it, I guess Utley isn’t the first person to betray while in Vegas, but it remains a bitter pill to swallow for those awaiting his triumphant return to usher in the next great era of Phillies baseball.
In all seriousness, Utley has made it clear that he retired in order to spend more time with his family on the west coast, so the Dodgers seemed like the obvious destination for his immediate post-player employment. I don’t really see any problem with it, but…
so two of the teams competing against the Phillies for Harper are the White Sox & Dodgers who are currently using two beloved all time Phillies as recruiting tools. what. the. f*^k.
— Jamie Lynch (@jelynchjr) December 12, 2018
I don’t know what Jim Thome is doing with the White Sox, but maybe Chase can throw us a bone and back his employer off Harper. Then maybe we can call things even.
Anthony and Bob break down the McCutchen signing and discuss the J.T. Realmuto trade rumors. Other topics include the Phillies’ potential perception problem, Sixto Sanchez as a trade chip, the latest on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and more.
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J.T. Realmuto is one of the best players in baseball that you may not know a thing about. Tucked away in the depths of baseball anonymity with the Miami Marlins since his debut in 2014, the 27-year-old Realmuto has emerged in recent seasons as one of baseball’s best young catchers. He led all catchers in fWAR a season ago, slashing .277/.340/.484 over 125 games. Throw in 30 doubles, 21 homers, and 74 RBI from a guy who primarily works behind the dish, and, well, that’s what I would call a pretty strong season.
Man, it would be awesome if the Phillies could get a guy like that. You know?
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 11, 2018
Here’s Realmuto, considered by many around the game to be baseball’s most athletic catcher. Check him out in action, after the jump:
Fear not, Phillies fans.
Despite the team’s trade of Carlos Santana last week, there will be plenty of WALKS coming to Citizens Bank Park this spring. That is, of course, thanks to the Phillies’ reported agreement with 32-year-old free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen on what’s believed to be a three-year deal worth $50 million. Of course, the immediate concern in the wake of this news has nothing to do with McCutchen at all, but instead what it does in terms of the Phillies’ desire and ability to pursue Bryce Harper. The status of that flirtation remains unchanged in that it remains wholly ambiguous.
Sounds like this means Bryce Harper out in #phillies plans. I’ve been told they will not wait and big free agents . They will not play games with their agents. They will move on. That would go for Machado as well. @SportsRadioWIP https://t.co/jD58VJQT7X
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) December 11, 2018
Signing McCutchen doesn't mean #Phillies are done in the outfield. He's not a center fielder anymore, so the move doesn't necessarily impact Herrera. Could deal Nick Williams, or platoon Williams/McCutchen in LF and sign Harper to play RF. Lots of possibilities remain.
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) December 11, 2018
This seems like a fairly reasonable breakdown of where things stand with the Phillies on the Harper front, after the jump:
You know what?
I kind of feel bad for offensive coordinator Mike Groh. Just a bit.
I’ve sat here and ripped the Eagles for their non-usage of Golden Tate since the signing, but now I really wonder if they even needed him in the first place.
Remember those stories? Everybody wrote about Tate being a slot receiver and how his skill set overlapped with Nelson Agholor and even Jordan Matthews, who was also signed in the middle of the season.
Howie Roseman poo-pooed the idea that there was redundancy in the slot. From October:
You have versatility there. All of those guys can play inside and out. That’s the excitement that our coaches have: you’re not just having one guy lined up in a particular situation and the defense knows that this guy is going to line up there. For us, that’s another part of the excitement of bringing in this guy: his inside-out versatility. It’s the same with Nelly; he has inside-out versatility. Alshon lines up inside and out. Our coaches have a game plan for all of those guys and certainly [for] our tight ends in the middle of the field and the damage that they can do. And we are going to get some guys back [from injury], too.
So we want to be multiple on offense; we want to be a handful for defensive coordinators. This guy is a heck of a player and I think our fans are going to be really excited to see him in Eagles green.
Instead of being multiple, they ended up being very singular. When Alshon Jeffery got healthy, the Eagles had a decent wide receiver group to play alongside Zach Ertz and their top draft pick from April, Dallas Goedert. The only thing missing on paper was somebody to stretch the field ala Torrey Smith, which is what Mike Wallace was supposed to do.
Tate played less than 50% of the snaps in Sunday’s loss, and Groh was asked about that at his weekly press conference, after the jump:
According to Colin Cowherd:
"Philadelphia is already dysfunctional with Jimmy Butler. Houston an ugly 11-14. San Antonio is irrelevant. Then there were the Lakers. A deep, young roster that needed a centralized leader. LeBron's always made the right decision." — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/6oKc7gqmCF
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 11, 2018
Last time I checked, the Sixers are 10-3 since Butler arrived. Joel Embiid’s comments from the weekend were handled internally and he says that all is well.
Per Jim Salisbury, plus Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb:
Both @MattGelb and I are hearing same from multiple sources. Told addition of McCutchen would NOT preclude #Phillies from signing another outfielder, whether it’s Harper or someone else. https://t.co/ToylyfCwL7
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2018
Cutch is 32 years old and split last season with the Giants and Yankees, where he put up a combined .255 batting average and .792 OPS.
Ah, looks like it’s a done deal:
Phillies in agreement with Andrew McCutchen pending physical. It will be three yr deal
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) December 11, 2018
Sources: Phillies are in agreement with Andrew McCutchen, pending a physical.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 11, 2018
Phillies have agreed to a three-year contract with Andrew McCutchen, source says. Deal is pending a physical.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 11, 2018
Super short media availability today in Camden.
Brett Brown spoke for a few minutes and that was it. No players, who were in a mandatory meeting.
Here’s the update on Jimmy Butler via the head ball coach:
“The MRI came back favorable, but we will list him as doubtful for tomorrow night. In regards to what are we guessing or what are we thinking going forward, we really can’t make that prediction. What we can say is that the MRI revealed, as I said, nothing significant, but we deem him to be doubtful for tomorrow night.”
Brown is already dealing with a depleted bench due to the absences of Markelle Fultz and Zhaire Smith. There are essentially only eight players getting regular minutes now, which might open the door for a bit more of Amir Johnson or even Jonah Bolden or Shake Milton moving forward.