Hi, Phillies blogger/fan Alec Kostival here. I know this may seem a little informal than usual, but it felt like the best route in discussing the big bad luxury tax. Let me throw some background information at you first. So far in the offseason, the Phillies have added about $38 million in taxable payroll. While […]Read more "It’s time for the Phillies to push past the luxury tax barrier"
The Phillies parted ways with two of the longest-tenured Phillies, Maikel Franco, and Cesar Hernandez Monday evening. The Phillies choose to not tender contracts to both infielders, freeing up $17.5 Million this year. Had the Phillies tendered contracts, Hernandez was projected to make $11 million and Franco $6.5, this according to Jim Salisbury. It comes […]Read more "Instant Analysis: Phillies Part Ways with Two infielders"
The Phillies need help! Specifically, pitching help. There are some prominent free agents on the market, but who makes the most sense? Fans will be the first to say that they need to sign Gerrit Cole. Cole is the premier free agent of the offseason. Cole is the obvious choice to bolster any rotation, but […]Read more "This Offseason is Crucial for Matt Klentak & Phillies"
The Phillies front office continues to take heat from the horrible press conference, and Fans continue to wait to see just who the next manager will be John Middleton and company have to get this right. Twitter is flooded with “reports” coming out of South Philadelphia. Are the Phillies are going to make Joe Girardi […]Read more "The storm is beginning to settle as Phillies hone in on new manager"
For the second time in as many years, the Phillies are on the prowl for a new manager. Unlike when first-time skipper Gabe Kapler took over a Phillies team at the tail end of its rebuild in 2017, the next manager will inherit a Phillies team primed for playoff contention. Be that as it may, […]Read more "Three Mistakes the Phillies must avoid in managerial search"
On Friday at 1 pm, the Phillies held what many of us thought was going to be a disaster of a press conference. It was to announce the firing of Gabe Kapler. We were not disappointed. They decided to have a joint press conference with Matt Klentak, John Middleton and Andy MacPhail. It was unwatchable! […]Read more "What did we actually learn in the Phillies’ press conference?"
It has been ten days since the Phillies have ended their season. Fans have been patiently waiting to hear the fate of Andy MacPhail, Matt Klentak and Gabe Kapler while John Middleton mulls his options. Recent reports coming out of South Philadelphia suggests that the Phillies Owner is traveling around the country and interviewing players. […]Read more "Why are the Phillies ownership taking so long to make a decision on Kapler?"
Todd Zolecki was first to report the news. Chris Young will not be the Phillies pitching coach in 2020. Young started in 2018 as the Phillies Assistant Pitching Coach alongside Rick Kranitz. This offseason Kranitz was let go in favor of Chris Young. Kranitz moved on to be the pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves. […]Read more "Report: Phillies part ways with pitching coach Chris Young"
The Phillies season was a bust. Underachieving play doomed the Phillies after a wonderful start. Lack of foresight from the front office failed to improve a subpar pitching staff. Now the question that has to be asked, who is losing their jobs? If the Phillies make a change, we were expecting a decision to be […]Read more "Time is running out for the Phillies to make decision on Kapler"
Let the finger-pointing begin. The Phillies started their season on a high note. Matt Klentak’s “objectionably excellent” offseason brought with it hopes of a world series run. Those dreams have been unrealistic for some time now. On Tuesday, the Phillies dropped a 4-1 decision to the Washington Nationals and were officially eliminated. Ironically Bryce Harper’s […]Read more "Where do the Phillies go from here?"