Good morning! Tis’ the season for news and wild rumors!
- Who wants Brian Dozier? That’s a name the Phillies are rumored to be interested in.
The 29-year-old Twins second baseman is a bonafide slugger, hitting 42 home runs last year and 93 over the last three seasons. He also has hit more than 30 doubles the last four seasons, and has a decent eye at the plate. As a fielder he’s average and can play shortstop, as well.
He’s being paid $6 million in 2017 and $9 million in 2018, so he’s a reasonable contract play. But he’d likely be worth at least one prospect plus the guy who he’d replace: Cesar Hernandez.
In the end, Dozier is the kind of player the Phils should target in a trade, but he may cost too much. The Phils could maybe take on Phil Hughes’ bloated contract to lessen the blow, but having Hughes until 2019 seems quite counterproductive.
Anyway, you’ll hear more rumors like this over the next few weeks. The Phils will “be in on” a ton of guys.
- SportsRadio WIP announced an extension of its contract with the Phillies, and will air the radio broadcasts of Phillies games through the end of this year. As part of the agreement, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Jim Jackson are back on board as the talent.
Good to know. These deals are typically one-year things, FYI. And it’s good to have Franzke, LA and JJ back for 2017. The radio broadcast is one of the best in baseball.