Carlos Santana makes the Phillies relevant. Did they have to overpay now to prove their intentions for next winter's superstar free-agent class? Perhaps.
The move could be a strong message to the big names - Manny Machado and Bryce Harper - that the Phillies hope to land next winter.
The Phillies moved their longest-tenured player in order to create an opening at shortstop for J.P. Crawford. They got a pitching prospect in exchange.
Flores, 46, spent the last five seasons as a field coordinator in the Chicago Cubs' minor-league system.
The outfielder must spend the entire season on Texas' 25-man roster or be offered back to the Phillies.
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The Phillies think the third baseman can solve his struggles by hitting the ball into the air more often.
With Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek aboard, the Phillies will build their bullpen around the two veterans and 28-year-old Hector Neris.
He would join Pat Neshek, who agreed to a two-year earlier this week.
The Phillies have operated this offseason on the principle that there is not one move - or two or three moves - that can morph them into contenders in 2018.
The Phillies and Orioles have not discussed a Machado trade this offseason, according to a source. Machado, 25, is a free agent after the 2018 season.
The Phillies, a source said, are close to a deal to sign reliever Pat Neshek, who represented the team in last year's All Star Game before being traded two weeks later to Colorado.
The righthander is a junior pitcher/outfielder at Calvary Christian High in Florida.