Jon Heyman, whose name must’ve been so much fun to say amongst high friends (heyyyyyyy mannnn), reports:
The Phillies plan to hire respected longtime baseball executive Andy MacPahil to lead their operations soon, people familiar with the team’s thinking said.
MacPhail, a former top executive with the Orioles, Cubs and Twins, is expected to be tabbed for the role of president or similar, with Hall of Famer Pat Gillick expected to move over to a consultant job similar to the one he held before taking the president’s job not too long ago will fill while Dave Montgomery recovered from cancer surgery.
Surprise level here: 2. This was seemingly one of the worst-kept secrets in baseball. We’ve written about it here and here. Does Andy know a lot about analytics and market-based valuations, or will he just bring more of the same and his hire be viewed as a real MacPHAIL?
Thanks, I’m here all week.