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Phillies Daily Links, 2/22/19

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As we head into the last week of February and Spring Training prepares itself for actual competition, again - plenty has happened without having anything actually happen.

Here at The Good Phight:

The 2019 Phillies preview has started! TGP kicks it off with a look at the position battles that’ll be taking place prior to the start of the regular season. A nice inclusion is a look at the bullpen and the options remaining on some of the possible players, a factor that will certainly play into the front office’s decision regarding the 25 man roster.

“Is Bryce Harper Worth $40M…” is the first part of an opposing-view duo of posts. TGP writer EvanWins took the “not worth it” viewpoint, and

“Yes, The Phillies Should Pay...” by The Smarty Jones argues Pro-Harper at whatever the cost.

TGP writer Ethan Witte guested on SBNation Radio and discussed his thoughts on Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, and other things as well as making some predictions about the upcoming season.

Other Phillies News took a look at Phillies pitching prospect Cole Irvin. Irvin is interviewed for the piece and it’s a good read.

Trevor Plouffe will be back in the Phillies minor league system as they’ve signed him to another Minor League deal, presumably to serve as a worst case scenario back up to whomever is playing third base for the Phils.

The Phillies are reportedly to sign 16 year old Venezuelan outfielder Yhoswar Garcia. In adding to their collection of “Garcia’s” the Phillies are getting one of the top Latin American players available when the Major league Baseball International signing period begins in early July. The last Latin American Garcia they added, Luis in 2017, is high on many scouts radar so hopefully the same and more wil happen for this one, Yhoswar.

MLB Esoterica

Ridiculously respected MLB writer Nick Carfado passed away suddenly at age 62. Carfado has been a longtime writer for The Boston Globe but his influence on baseball everywhere was immense. Many rumors that tunred out to be true and became news were broken by Carfado.

New Met Jed Lowrie became an official Met when he experienced some knee discomfort that removed him from the diamond. He was given an MRI and apparently the injury isn’t serious and he is considered day-to-day.

Manny Machado’s 10 year/$300M agreement with the Padres is official. Ha Za.