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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Amaro Jr., now a first base coach for the New York Mets, appears on the show as his father only briefly, being turned down as a chaperone for a class ski trip.
Few of the signings are likely to make the team. One, Will MIddlebrooks, won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.