An autopsy released Friday said that Roy Halladay had evidence of morphine, amphetamine, and zolpidem in his system in November when he fatally crashed his single-engine plane into the Gulf of Mexico.
"If the market falls," Matt Klentak said, "we would like to be active." The Phillies, for now, occupy a shrinking middle class in the National League.
Scott Kingery's stay in big-league camp this spring could again be limited. The 23-year-old second baseman will begin the season in Allentown, barring something unforeseen.
How much of the pitcher's decline in 2017 was for physical reasons? "A lot of it was," Eickhoff conceded this week.
The Phillies could begin camp with a rotation option not on the current roster. But it may not be a marquee acquisition like Jake Arrieta.
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Franco will make $2.95 million in 2018. Garcia will receive $1.2 million.
Unless the Phillies sign a starter before spring training, there will be five young pitchers competing for the final rotation spot. Eshelman, who won the Paul Owens Award last season, is certainly in the mix.
The Phillies' plan for contention in 2019 and beyond would benefit from another mid-rotation arm or two emerging within the farm system. Reading is a prime place for that.
Rupp could be one of the team's two catchers on opening day. Or he could be with triple-A Lehigh Valley because he has a minor-league option remaining.
Kevin Frandsen, Kevin Jordan and Kevin Stocker were announced Monday as radio broadcasters. They will split the road schedule next season, with Larry Andersen reduced to home games.
The success of the Phillies rebuild will likely hinge on the team's ability to develop starting pitchers. Jose Taveras and Franklyn Kilome are among those worth watching.
Many in the Philadelphia region were happy to see Thursday's "bomb cyclone" finally make its way through the area. But few were probably as happy as Mike Trout's wife.