The Millville, N.J., native is the best player in baseball, but all that matters these days is that he loves the Eagles.
A former medical officer for the National Transportation Safety Board told Forbes that he was shocked by the amphetamine level listed last week in the autopsy of former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was at the NFC championship game, and sees similarities between his team and the Eagles.
The Phillies drafted the outfielder first overall in 2016. He was ranked 17th by Baseball America a year ago.
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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.
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.
It's not as easy as you might think.