In the field, the Phillies are set at 7 positions. Jean Segura will be the starting second baseman, leaving Scott Kingery to fight for time at a variety of positions. Or maybe just one. We all know that center field is the only unsettled position and that Kingery has played that position well in the past. Of the three former farmhands vying for center, he has the highest offensive upside. And while his defensive upside is probably lower than Roman Quinn’s, he has graded out as better than Quinn because Quinn’s routes waste some of his elite speed. Is it too much to hope that by mid May Joe Girardi inks Kingery into the lineup at CF?
- The Didi Gregorius signing is official! And in related news, Johan Quezada, we hardly knew ye.
- Still the Phillies are not done debugging their depth. As one reliever departs another enters. And as our supreme blog horse writes, Brandon Kintzler is better than just a lottery ticket. He also happens to be the source of the Marlins’ “bottom feeders” rallying cry from last season. And, as it turns out, he turned down a guarantee from the Marlins to get a non-guaranteed shot with the Phillies. Huh.
- Matt Joyce is here to fill the hole in our hearts left by Jay Bruce, at least if he makes the team.
- And the Phillies could still bring back familiar faces to flesh out the bullpen, according to Tim Kelly.
- I want to see the universal DH, and I want to see it now. The Phillies, not so much. (Atheltic $$)
- The Red Sox have moved on from another key piece of the 2018 champs, granted one that doesn’t seem to be a key piece anymore. Andrew Benintendi goes the Royals, and, of course, the Mets are involved for reasons, I believe, ultimately go back to GameStop no matter what anyone tells me.
- In light of the harassment scandals that emerged this offseason, MLB has updated its policies. (Athletic $$) MLB has a lot of work to do to make women who work in and around the game safer. This seems like a good start.