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Phightin’ Words: 1/30/20

Not much left on the free agent market, but trade talk may soon pick up

MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Rhys Hoskins
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Not much good news around baseball, especially if your name is Kris Bryant or if you were hoping to score a deal on the free agent market.

Phillies news

J.T. Realmuto is good, but he can’t play every day. That Ball’s Outta Here takes a look at the four candidates vying to serve as the Phillies’ backup catcher in 2020.

Matt Gelb of The Athletic ($) takes a look inside the mind of Rhys Hoskins as he attempts to find the “sweet spot.”

MLB news

Mark Bowman takes a look at the National League East’s outfields. While the Nationals outfielders were probably the best in 2019, there is plenty of competition for that honor.

Kris Bryant lost his grievance and will have to wait an additional season to become a free agent.

With the addition of Nicholas Castellanos, it is possible that the Cincinnati Reds are the team to beat in the National League Central.

Rumors

With Castellanos signed, there aren’t too many impact free agents left. However, if teams want to improve, the trade market remains a possibility.