Phillies reportedly interested in Starling Marte – Phillies Nation


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Why was the Phillies game suspended?

Published July 18, 2021. Updated on July 18, 2021 at 5:50 am. The game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night was suspended due to rain with no outs in the top of the 10th inning. The game will resume at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled series finale. NBC 6 South FloridaMarlins-Phillies Game Suspended Due to Rain, Will Resume Sunday

Did the Phillies win the first game of the doubleheader?

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Travis Jankowski drove in four runs, Matt Moore struck out nine while pitching into the fifth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. ... Miguel Rojas had three hits and drove in a run for Miami. cbslocal.comMarlins Lose To Phillies In Game 1 Of Double Header 5-2

Reports from earlier today indicated that Starling Marte rejected the Marlins’ offer of a three-year, $30MM contract extension, making it all the more likely that the outfielder would be dealt prior to the July 30 trade deadline.  Contract negotiations are now over between the two sides, according to The Miami Herald’s Craig Mish (Twitter links), as Marte didn’t want the talks to become a distraction for him as the second half of the season progresses.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter) adds the detail that the Marlins’ extension offer was greater than three years and $30MM, but regardless, it now seems that the team will focus on dealing Marte.  As one might expect, Marte is already drawing interest from multiple suitors, as Heyman writes that the Astros, Phillies, and Yankees are three of the teams who have been in touch with the Marlins about the former All-Star.

Marte would be an upgrade for just about any team, considering his impressive .288/.387/.443 slash line, seven home runs over 249 plate appearances this season (though Statcast hints at some regression).  In addition to his bat, the 32-year-old Marte also has 20 steals from 23 chances and he has displayed some impressive glovework in center field.

This is all music to the ears of outfield-needy teams like Houston, Philadelphia, and New York.  The Astros have gotten very solid results both offensively and defensively from Myles Straw and Chas McCormick up the middle, but there is no doubt Marte would represent a big upgrade.  For the Phillies and Yankees, center field has been a revolving door thanks to injuries.

In terms of contract, Marte is owed around $5.1MM of his original $12.5MM salary for the 2021 season.  This adds another wrinkle to the trade market, as Marte’s three known suitors are all very close to exceeding the $210MM Competitive Balance Tax threshold.  Marte alone could conceivably added with a bit of maneuvering under the tax line, but that would eliminate pretty much all available space for further trade needs like pitching.

The Yankees and Astros have in particular made several moves over the last few months that have indicated that staying under the tax line (and avoiding an escalating repeater penalty) is a priority, though both Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and Astros GM James Click recently stated that they would go over the CBT line in the right circumstance.  The Phils have never exceeded the luxury tax line, but owner John Middleton has said in the past that he would also be willing to make a tax payment for a difference-making addition.

An argument can certainly be made that Marte is such an addition, though it is also possible that he could be acquired in a trade that wouldn’t require any CBT overage.  The Marlins could be more willing to eat most or all of Marte’s salary if they were offered higher-caliber prospects, though then it becomes a question of just how much prospect value any of the three teams would want to surrender for a rental player.  Marte could also be included as part of a larger trade package that might be multiple players swap clubs, with perhaps a larger contract sent back Miami’s way as some kind of salary offset.

Jeter will make sure the Evil Empire gets him for nothing.

That’s kind of a dumb statement. Jeter wants to do his own thing in Miami. I’m sure he and his associates want to get the best return possible. I do believe they are trying to build for the future to win and all so fans don’t lose interest.

Mr Miami is going to do what’s best for him. Like he always does.

I am an Astros fan and will be very upset if the Astros acquire Marte.

Because … he’s a really good player? That’s an interesting argument.

I’m sure Marte doesn’t want to be with that trash organization anyways

What’s wrong with Marte? I have to assume it’s a personality thing not necessarily his production

As an Astros fan, it’d be nice to acquire Marte and Bleier.

Dang, as a Marlins fan it’ll be sad to see him go, but can’t say I blame the Marlins for not wanting to pay him well into his 30s.

Phillies? We gon blow that lux tax?

When you read The Great Gatsby, did the complete words confuse you?

I read that Phil’s haven’t gone over the CBT so it would be interesting if they did but Marte would be an excellent pickup for a team that has experienced injuries in CF and he’s hitting very well! If I were a gambler, I’d say Phillies go for it over the Astros and Yankees if those are in fact the teams looking to deal for him.

I think they will…on rentals. The thinking is they can slip back under next year. They’ve been on a nice stretch, but they still have holes to fill. I don’t think Marte is necessarily the way to go though.

The Phillies need a couple of relief pitchers……maybe a #4 starter as well.

They have enough offense to win.

3/$30M for Marte feels like an offer they knew would get rejected but they can at least say “they tried” before dealing him.

He just crushed phillies pitching last few games. I believe he went 4-6 during Friday’s doubleheader (could be wrong on that). He would be a major upgrade in CF!!

I can see the Phil’s going in for him but aren’t they sellers?

Why would they be sellers? NL east is weak. Whoever wins the trade deadline could win the east.

I take back my statement as I haven’t been keeping up with the NL East standings in about 2 weeks. Absolutely, Marte makes sense then. Phil’s are only 2 games back and Mets have key pieces on the IL.

Can Marte still throw guys out at the plate from the deep parts of the outfield?

He’s 33 not 53. No arm injuries. Arm is good as it was from what I seen.

I think he was genuinely asking

Wait. The Marlins offered him a lower AAV than he’s making this year, with a 288/387/443 line, elite baserunning and elite defense? Hahaha

I feel like the phillies would be acquiring him as a long-term option where he would look a lot more like a rental with the astros or yankees

collusion.. the tax penalties are nothing to the Billion dollar clubs and their billionaire owners.. they lie to the fans about it.. and some fans eat it up… but as an old school baseball guy.. I know that MLB rules require teams to make every effort to win.. and that includes financial efforts… otherwise they are fixing games and seasons…. but the MLB ( Multi Lying Billionaires) don’t enforce their own rules upon themselves…. Just wait tile they ask for that next free stadium in your town..

Marlins need to get offense in return if they trade him. I know they say you can never have enough good pitching, but they have like freaking 8 potential top of the rotation guys already…they need offense…

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POSTGAME REACTION: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies 7/17/21

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The Phillies’ center-field job is still up for grabs and Travis Jankowski is now the frontrunner

The Philadelphia Inquirer 20 July, 2021 - 01:01am

“We’re still talking about it,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said early Sunday evening after his team picked up a couple of wins over the Miami Marlins to pull within two games of the first-place New York Mets in the National League East.

Herrera, who seemed to have won the job by hitting .301 with five home runs and an .842 OPS during a 40-game stretch in May and June, went into a bit of a slump and then landed on the disabled list before the All-Star break with left ankle tendinitis.

Meanwhile, Travis Jankowski got hot. Really hot. So hot that the Phillies are in no hurry to bring back Herrera.

“Situations like that take care of themselves, but [Herrera] is actually going to go out on a rehab Tuesday to get some at-bats since he hasn’t had at-bats in a while,” Girardi said. “We’ll take a look at him after a couple of days.”

Luke Williams, who has also been a part of the Phillies’ perpetually contributing bench, got the start in center field for Sunday’s second game against Miami and drew a walk, singled, and scored a run. Jankowski pinch-hit for Williams in the sixth and started the game-winning, two-run rally with a single to right field.

In the seven games since Herrera has been on the disabled list, Jankowski has gone 9-for-20 with three walks and an RBI. Overall, he is hitting .375 (18-for-48) with a .474 on-base percentage and .974 OPS.

Kingery underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. The team is hopeful that he will be able to return in time for spring training. It marked the end of a miserable two-year stretch for Kingery, who was removed from the 40-man roster in June after striking out 12 times in 19 plate appearances at the big-league level this season.

The Phillies, of course, signed Kingery to a six-year deal worth $24 million in 2018 before he had a single big-league plate appearance and hoped he would be a cornerstone building block for years to come. After a respectable first two seasons in the big leagues -- he had 57 doubles, 27 home runs and 25 stolen bases -- Kingery contracted COVID-19 before the shortened 2020 season and then hit .159 (18-for-113) with a .511 OPS during the season. He was 1-for-19 at the big-league level this season and batted.181 (13-for-72) in 23 games at triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kingery is still owed $14.5 million over the next two seasons before the team can exercise a $1 million buyout after the 2023 season.

The Phillies are off Monday and begin a two-game series Tuesday night against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. Aaron Nola will pitch the opening game of the series. ... Rhys Hoskins’ third-inning double gave him 44 extra-base hits for the season, which is tied for third in the National League. ... The Phillies have hit 23 home runs in their last 13 games.

You Can’t Blame the Phillies For Checking the Out-of-Town Scoreboard

Crossing Broad 20 July, 2021 - 01:01am

One of the interesting subplots to yesterday’s viewing experience at Citizens Bank Park didn’t unfold at the plate or on the mound, it unfolded on the right field out-of-town scoreboard.

Shortly after the Phillies won the resumption of Saturday night’s postponed game to move within two games of the division lead, the Pirates built a quick 6-0 first-inning lead over the Mets.

Fans in attendance who were waiting for Zack Wheeler to begin his warmup tosses could feel the momentum building, cheering as the last-place Pirates appeared on the verge of sweeping the Mets.

Here’s what the fans at CBP were reacting to—one of the worst plays you’ll ever see.

— Bob Wankel (@BobWankelCB) July 18, 2021

Suddenly, a win in their regularly scheduled game with the Marlins paired with a New York loss would bring the Phillies to within just one game of the Mets.

Knowing that, the primary focus was on the field, where the Phillies would ultimately grind their way to a 10th win in 14 games this month. But it was impossible not to periodically check in on the bulbs of the right field scoreboard as they revealed Pittsburgh’s wilting lead:

It’s early. Yesterday marked only the 92nd and 90th games for the Phillies and Mets, respectively. There’s a long way to go.

But as it turns out, in an honest admission from both Wheeler and Phillies manager Joe Girardi, there was some scoreboard watching going on in the dugout.

“Yeah, you’re always aware of that, for sure. It’s obviously the second half now,” Wheeler said following his start. “Games are always important, but now they’re more important. It’s time to bear down.”

After the game, Phillies reporter Todd Zolecki asked Girardi about keeping an eye on the competition.

“Well, Todd, I always scoreboard watch. It’s just in my nature. I’m a baseball fan, right? So, I mean, I’m looking at every game up there,” Girardi said. “I’m finding the interesting ones, the ones that are back-and-forth. I notice what teams do in both leagues, but yeah, of course, it’s impossible not to look at it. But the big thing is that we just take care of our own business, and that’s what I try to focus on.”

Just a guess, but I’m willing to bet those guys weren’t exactly dialed in on Orioles-Royals or Rangers-Blue Jays yesterday.

The Phillies have 10 games remaining before the July 30 trade deadline. One figures their play and position in the standings will dictate the degree of aggressiveness to their approach.

They were a season-high six games off the division pace on June 26 and as many as five games back as recently as July 9, so their rapid climb is noteworthy– and their wandering eyes on the bulbs of the right field out-of-town scoreboard are understandable.

Good on those guys for being real about it.

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Jazz Chisholm, Garrett Cooper Undergoing MRIs

MLB Trade Rumors 20 July, 2021 - 01:01am

July 19: Both Chisholm and Cooper are undergoing MRIs today, Wilson tweets. Manager Don Mattingly said simply that it “didn’t look good” for either player. Mish adds that he expects Chisholm to be placed on the injured list. The outlook on Cooper is not yet clear.

July 18: Two of the Marlins’ most prominent players made early exits from today’s 7-4 loss to the Phillies.  Jazz Chisholm Jr. suffered a left shoulder contusion in the first inning and had to leave the game, while Garrett Cooper departed in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury sustained after Travis Jankowski ran into Cooper’s arm during a play at first base.

Marlins skipper Don Mattingly told reporters (including Craig Mish and David Wilson of the Miami Herald) that both players will receive further testing, including an MRI for Cooper tomorrow.  A first set of x-rays on Chisholm’s shoulder didn’t reveal anything, which is a very good sign considering how much pain Chisholm was in after awkwardly landing on the field in his attempt to catch a Bryce Harper bloop single in right field.

Chisholm already spent a few weeks on the injured list this season due to a hamstring injury, and missed a few games but avoided another IL visit while battling through a bad ankle.  After a very hot start to the season, Chisholm has hit only .238/.293/.399 in 209 plate appearances since returning from the injured list on May 16, though he had started to swing the bat a little better over the last couple of weeks.

Overall, Chisholm hasn’t done anything to detract from his status as a building block piece for Miami, but naturally the team would love to see the 23-year-old shake the injury bug and continue to gain more experience (today was only Chisholm’s 91st career MLB game) in what is increasingly looking like a developmental year for the last-place Marlins.  Today’s loss dropped the Fish to a 40-53 record, and with 9.5 games between the Marlins and first place in the NL East, Miami looks like a team that will be in seller mode heading into the July 30 trade deadline.

To that end, Cooper stood out as a potential trade chip, provided he is healthy.  Cooper has quietly been a very productive player for the last three seasons, including a .282/.378/.463 slash line and nine homers in 251 PA in 2021.  Any number of contending teams could be interested in that type of offense from first base or right field, and Cooper is also both controllable (through 2023) and affordable, as he is owed roughly $748K for the remainder of this season.  Even a 10-day stint on the IL, however, could scuttle Cooper’s chances of being moved at the deadline, so the Marlins might have to wait until the offseason to possibly revisit the idea of trading the 30-year-old.

Chisholm is the more valuable property long term to the Marlins, but short term Cooper is more valuable to keep healthy as trade material.

Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

For all the rule changes they have been making, the one they really gotta do it to extend 1B (the actual base itself) into foul territory and create a lane, so then hitters can slide into first without coming into contact with the first baseman. Have almost like 2 first bases, or one in fair one in foul like, one big bag. We gotta clean up these “home to first” problems the game keeps having. If they dont want to straight up make sliding into first illegal, then this is a compromise. It would only be on 1B side, other bases are fine. The play Cooper got hurt on here would not have happened if this was the case.

Interesting points, and you’re not wrong. I think Alfaro should’ve let that ball go foul, but a rule change to keep players safe is never a bad idea.

Start by making the bases softer and not slippery AF it’s there’s any moisture whatsoever on the bags.

What happened to Cooper was the very thing that happened to Hoskins last season and required Tommy John surgery to fix.

Marlins need to play Jazz vs SP’ers that he’s good at and sit vs tough Sp’ers and should only be used as a speed option as a late inning baserunners during those games.

They both looked pretty severe TBH.

The injury updates regarding MLB players after games is beginning to look like the NFL…..although the NFL only plays once a week.

With access to nutritional information, trainers and the best scanning equipment, maybe some of the players ought to spend less time picking out jewelry to wear around their necks during a game and more time figuring out how to stay healthy during the season.

I saw the play Coper was injured on. The Marlin that threw the ball put it into the batter running to 1B. So 1) the throw was bad, and 2) Cooper didn’t play it correctly.

If one understands fundamental baseball, it’s impossible to watch a MAJOR LEAGUE game and not place palm to forehead at least a half-dozen times a game……..

Earlier in the game with runner on 2B a Marlin hit a grounder to the pitcher – Connor Brogdon. He turned around, and instead of running at the runner and forcing him back to 2B where he would get trapped in a rundown, Brogdon turned around on the mound and threw the ball to the 3B. The runner got in a pickle, and stalled until the batter reached 2nd – in scoring position – before he was tagged out. This was a standard play in 13-14 year-old Little League when I grew up.

There is more to playing defense then catching the ball when it’s hit to you.

The worst part is, Alfaro should have never thrown the ball. He could have let it roll foul.

“The outlook for Cooper is not yet clear.”

I don’t know. When the manager, Mattingly, says simply that it “didn’t look good” for either player, then the outlook is sadly clear.

These MLB players are like a bunch of paper tigers. I play in an over 55-year-old softball league and if our players did what Chisholm and Cooper did, they would have shaken it off and stayed in the game. Of course, we play for free and are thrilled we can get out of bed in the morning and live to see another day. These highly paid baseball players suffer from hurt feelings and they’re out for 3 weeks. Geez!

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Phillies Player of the Week: J.T. Realmuto

That Balls Outta Here 18 July, 2021 - 06:20pm

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 18: J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on July 18, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is a continuation of July 17 game which was suspended due to inclement weather. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball gives out awards for Player of the Week and Player of the Month, but with so many talented athletes in this game, the Philadelphia Phillies haven’t won many of these accolades lately.

In fact, the last time a Phillies player won NL Player of the month was Domonic Brown in May 2013. That month, he hit .303/.303/.688 with a .991 OPS, 12 home runs, 25 RBI, and three stolen bases in 28 games. The last time a Phillies player won NL Player of the Week was Jay Bruce on June 9, 2019.

But in the present, there is at least one player on this current Phillies team who has had an exceptional week. So going forward, every Sunday, we will christen the Phillies Player of the Week.

The inaugural accolade obviously goes to J.T. Realmuto.

Realmuto’s week was beyond exceptional. He started the week in at his third straight All-Star Game (excluding 2020, when no game took place), and became the first catcher in Phillies history to homer in the annual summer classic.

JAWN. TORCHED.#AllStarGame | #RingTheBell

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 14, 2021

The NL squad lost again (they haven’t won since 2012), but this isn’t about them!

When the second half of the season resumed for the Phillies, Realmuto picked up right where he left off. East coast baseball was slightly affected by a weekend of unceasing rain, and the Phillies and Marlins were forced to suspend Saturday’s game and resume on Sunday morning.

Only 14 minutes after the Phillies and Marlins resumed play on Sunday morning, Realmuto faced down an 0-2 98 mph fastball from Yimi García and blasted a walk-off home run to give his team a 4-2 win ahead of their originally scheduled game.

Real nice. #RingTheBell

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 18, 2021

“We always say that J.T. is one of the best catchers in the game and he proved why right there. We needed a clutch hit and he walked us off. We need guys to step up, and so far so good in the second half.” – Zack Wheeler

In their second game on Sunday, Realmuto stayed hot, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. His RBI single in the bottom of the second drove in Philadelphia’s second run of the game. In the bottom of the eighth, he repeated his efforts. The Phillies won their second game of the day, 7-4.

Due in large part to Realmuto’s work behind and at the plate, the Phillies have maintained an above-.500 record and are now within two games of the first-place Mets.

BCIB, indeed.

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