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Eight Phillies Declare Free Agency


The offseason is underway.  With the defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays by the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games, the World Series is in the record books.  The day later, as is always the case, players may declare free agency.  Seven Phillies filed on Tuesday.

The Phillies players who filed are:

  • Catcher J.T. Realmuto
  • Shortstop Didi Gregorius
  • Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta
  • Outfielder Jay Bruce
  • Reliever Jose Alvarez
  • Reliever Tommy Hunter
  • Reliever David Robertson 
  • Reliever Brandon Workman

The Phillies have stated their desire to re-sign Realmuto.  Even though finances are very much still unpredictable in 2021, Realmuto could very well be the highest-paid free agent in all of baseball this offseason.

The Phillies will have five days to decide which of their free agent players to which they should extend a qualifying offer.  A player who accepts a qualifying offer will accept a one-year contract at a rate of $18.9 million.

Realmuto is sure to get an offer, but just as sure to reject it.  That means the Phillies would receive draft pick compensation if another team signs him.  The five pitchers are not likely to receive a qualifying offer.  But Gregorius could be interesting.

$18.9 million represents a $4.9 million increase from his one-year $14 million deal agreed to prior to the 2020 season.   The market is not thought to be particularly strong for the non-stars, and Gregorius might risk a lower salary by not accepting.  Plus, with draft pick compensation attached, another club may not wish to extend it.

$18.9 million for one year of Didi Gregorius sounds like a reasonable deal after his performance last season.

The Phillies might wish to bring Alvarez back, who performed well for the Phillies the last two seasons.  Alvarez was the most reliable reliever in the Phillies bullpen prior to a testicular contusion from a line drive.  

Hunter performed well last season, too, and perhaps the Phillies will be interested in bringing him back.

The Phillies might set some other players free in coming weeks.  David Phelps has a $4.5 million option the Phillies can reject, paying a $250,000 buyout instead.  That decision should come within five days from the World Series, as that's the common contract stipulation.

The Phillies must also decide whether to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players such as Vince Velasquez and Heath Hembree.  The Phillies may prefer to have that money to spend on other players.  Neither player performed particularly well for the Phillies in 2020.   Hector Neris also is arbitration-eligible but likely to remain in a thin bullpen.

The Goal Line Stand: Week 7 Wrap Up


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  • AB in TB
  • The Cowboys are gutless cowards
  • A look at the NFC East
  • Around the NFL
  • The Return of B1G 
  • #UniWatching 
  • Four Pretzels & a Lap
  • Power Rankings & More



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Two Veteran Free Agent Targets for the Sixers

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Rumors are starting to swirl about when the next NBA season is going to begin. Based on recent reports, it looks like the NBA is aiming to start next season around Christmas Day. 

If the NBA season does start in December, it is going to be a frenzy in the month teams will have between the draft and the start of the season. With next season potentially around the corner, here are two veterans the Sixers should target to fill out their roster. 

Jae Crowder 

With Mike Scott having some inconsistent play last season, the Sixers might look to upgrade at the backup forward spot. If they choose to do so, Crowder would be a solid choice of a three-and-D wing player to bring off the bench. 

Crowder is coming off a season with Miami and Memphis, where he averaged 10.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 2.5 APG. He also spaced the floor well, shooting 34.3% on about six attempts a game. Crowder was an even better shooter off the catch, shooting 35.4% from deep when catching and shooting. 

Adding Crowder would be a nice addition to the Sixers’ second unit. Along with what he will bring on the floor, he will also be bringing veteran and playoff experience. Crowder’s a strong defender and can be relied on to knock down shots on the outside, he would be a good player for the Sixers to sign with their MLE. 

Jeff Green 

Jeff Green brings a lot of the same things that Jae Crowder brings, but could be acquired on a smaller price tag. With all the money tied up in the team’s core, Green could be a nice addition to the bench on a veteran minimum contract. 

Last year for the Rockets, Green averaged 9.4 PPG,2.8 RPG, and shot 34% from beyond the arc. Like Crowder, Green also improves when shooting right off the catch. When catching and shooting from deep last year, he shot 35.4%. 

Green is another free agent wing player who could come in, defend well, and knock down shots on the outside. He also has potential as a small-ball center if the team ever wanted to play small and up the pace. 

During the Rockets’ small ball experiment last season, Green was effective in the pick and roll as the roll man. Now he likely wouldn’t be doing that in Philadelphia, but it’s something to keep in the back of your mind. 

The Sixers are going to need to find veterans who can come in and outplay their contracts, and Green could be a guy to do that. He could come to Philadelphia and slide right into a role as a backup forward who comes in and spaces the floor. 

Both of these players would be good additions to the Sixers’ roster. It will be fascinating to see how free agency plays out with such a short window from now until the season potentially starts in December. 


Dallas Goedert Has 21-Day Practice Window Activated

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Monday, the Eagles activated practice windows for four injured players.

On Wednesday, they activated yet another 21-day practice window.

This time, the move was for tight end Dallas Goedert.

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Phillies Move on From Bullpen Coach Jim Gott


The Phillies already needed a pitching coach.  Veteran and well-respected pitching coach Bryan Price decided to retire from full-time coaching. But that will not be the only change on the Phillies staff.  It appears that bullpen coach Jim Gott will also depart the Phillies coaching staff.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reported Tuesday that the Phillies are set to move on from Gott:

Jim Gott, the team's bullpen coach the last three seasons, will not return in 2021, according to multiple baseball sources. Gott had been on the job for three seasons and his contract had expired.
Early reports after Price's retirement suggested that Gott could be in contention for the pitching coach job.

Could the Phillies opt for a smaller coaching staff?  The staff got significantly larger under manager Gabe Kapler.  Previously, the Phillies had the assistant pitching coach (then Rick Kranitz) in the bullpen.  Kranitz was promoted to pitching coach for the 2018 season and the Phillies added both Gott and Chris Young as assistant pitching coach.

The sudden departure of Kranitz to promote Young meant that Dave Lundquist got a shot as assistant pitching coach.

Salisbury notes that Lundquist will get consideration for the pitching coach vacancy.  But with money tight, could the Phillies go with fewer coaches?  They could once again place the assistant pitching coach in the bullpen, or, let Bob Stumpo and Greg Brodzinski, the catching coaches, man the bullpen.

Or might there be more change?  The Phillies added just hitting coach Joe Dillon and Price when manager Joe Girardi was hired.  Rob Thomson was his guy with the Yankees and probably is a safe bet to stay.  But are there other Kapler-era coaches that could change?

We shall see.  With the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series Tuesday night, the offseason has begun.  

Hassan Ridgeway and DeSean Jackson Land On IR

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Shortly after activating the practice windows for four of their players already on IR, the Eagles made more injury moves on Monday afternoon.

The Eagles have placed both defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway and receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve.

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Might Dave Dombrowski Have Interest in the Phillies?

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The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Tampa Bay Rays three games to two.  That means the World Series will end no later than Tuesday, at which point the 2020-2021 offseason will commence.  The Phillies, with a fresh new vacancy in their general manager position, could begin the offseason by adding an executive to move the organization forward.  If they do, the biggest name among free agent executives just might want to come to Philadelphia.

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Eagles Activate Practice Windows for Four Injured Players

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Monday, the Eagles announced some positive developments in regards to their injured players.

Around noon, the team activated the 21-day practice windows for four of their players on IR.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #96 - Doc-isms


The YWT Podcast is back after a week off and takes an in-depth look at two Flyers moves from the past two weeks, goes around the league, and remembers a legend.

The Flyers signed defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year deal and Nolan Patrick accepted his qualifying offer. The guys discuss Patrick's contract and future with the team and look at the Gustafsson signed and what it means for the Flyers defense.

The guys also touch on some of the signings from around the league, a big night for a Flyers prospect in juniors, and remember the career of the great Mike "Doc" Emrick, who announced his retirement last week.

Join Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso as they break it all down in this week's show.

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Phillies: Dollars and Surprises ahead for 2021


By Tal Venada, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

While the outline of the ‘21 Philadelphia Phillies is forming, stating more is mere speculation before November. For many organizations, though, 2021 will be a summer of financial water-treading, but some will take advantage of roster opportunities from unexpected franchises unavailable in previous offseasons.     


Unpredictable but Exciting:

The Phillies faithful shouldn’t harshly --harshly-- judge managing partner John Middleton until they see if he plays it safe or gambles on a one-of-a-kind situation for a more competitive ‘21 campaign. Yes, he has the financial clout to acquire a top fireman for less-than-average market value, but a closer will still be expensive. 


“There are more teams looking for pitchers than there are pitchers. That's why it's pricey.” - Brian Cashman

Writers draw conclusions based only on partial information because clubs keep internal strategy away from the media. However, they will at times unintentionally reveal a few clues a scribe can combine with standard front-office procedures.                

Understanding fans’ logic is more difficult, but one can take an educated guess after hearing familiar complaints and demands from 20 other fan bases. Translation: Supporters must subliminally imagine unlimited financial restraints and would just sign the top player if they owned the team. But easy it isn’t!

Partitioning is my term for how fans can easily justify maximum spending. Basically, they start with a total like $80 million, and Trevor Bauer is affordable at even $50 million on a one-year deal. But so too are JT Realmuto at $30 million per 162 and two stud relievers at $20 million combined.                   

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