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Phightin’ Words: 2/3/20

SPRING IS CLOSE! THE RODENT SAID SO!

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Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney Photo by Christina Horsten/picture alliance via Getty Images

It’s always a good sign when the groundhog predicts an early spring. It means that the sounds of spring training are near and we can finally start to hunt around for our t-shirts, polos and shorts in preparation for warmer weather.

Or, if you’re like me in the tri-state area, you know it really means that we’ll have snow in late March.

Phillies news

  • The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro profiles ($) Andrew McCutchen in the first big post-Super Bowl feature of the new season! Woohoo!
  • J.T. Realmuto and Hector Neris are set to have their arbitration hearings before Opening Day. So far, everyone’s playing nice. And remember: These deals can be tacked onto or changed with long-term extensions, as is expected to happen with J.T.

MLB news

Rumor roundup

  • Brace yourselves. The Mookie Betts-to-Dodgers rumors keep incrementally gaining steam and may blow a gasket this week.
  • As for Kris Bryant, there doesn’t seem to be anything new to report yet, and the one-for-one rumor involving swapping him for Arenado appears to have gone nowhere.