ORLANDO, Fla. — This much is known: The Phillies, according to a source, offered their vacant pitching coach job to two men, both of whom declined to remain with their current employers. They canvassed a variety of candidates, putting an emphasis on experience. Ultimately, they may have to settle for less.
There could be a resolution this week here at the GM Meetings, although the Phillies insist there is no rush to appointing Rich Dubee's replacement.
Until Atlanta stepped in with a significant pay raise for Roger McDowell, the Phillies were under the impression the Braves' pitching coach would swap rivals and join Ryne Sandberg's staff. The search moved to Pirates special assistant Jim Benedict, who carries a long and successful resume and was credited with behind-the-scenes work that revitalized Pittsburgh's staff. He, too, rebuffed the Phillies.
At this advanced stage, it is doubtful the Phillies can lure a current team's pitching coach. The Phillies had hoped more candidates would emerge after Oct. 31, when many coaches' contracts expire in baseball.