Morosi: Phillies have entertained signing two free agent pitchers

Oh boy.

Jon Morosi, who earlier wrote about the Phillies talking to Lance Lynn, is now saying the team has entertained signing two of the remaining free agent starters.

Now, free agent starters include people like Clay Buchholz and Jeremy Hellickson, but we’re assuming Morosi is talking about the trio of Lynn, Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb.

Morosi also says it’s not likely to happen, because you know, he has to hedge his bets. But anyway, it is plausible that the Phils, who have money, would sign two of these guys.

And hey, if it’s Lynn and Cobb for separate two-year deals, that’s fine. If it’s Arrieta and Cobb or Arrieta and Lynn for separate three and two-year deals, respectively, cool too. Basically, three years maximum on Arrieta and two on the other guys. Beyond that you’re risking losing value, you’re risking making it hard to lock up guys as they hit free agency, and you’re risking blocking prospects and other folks from being part of the 25-man.

The only true downside is the Phils would lose two more draft picks plus international slot money by signing any two of these three (they already have lost one with the Carlos Santana signing). That would be a lot, and the Phils would need to be more exact in their drafting (which is almost impossible), but it would … uh … #BeBold.

Anyway, that’s the news! Two free agents! Get excited … for Buchholz and Hellickson. Just kidding.



  1. Wbramh

    March 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Somewhere down the line, John Middleton’s promise to field the best possible team for the City’s patient and loyal fans has given way to “let’s continue to stink until 2020 when all of our dream players currently playing for the competition will proudly and only sign with the Phillies.”
    Sounds like a plan.

  2. Ken Bland

    March 2, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    The mention of Clay Buchholz in the last of the article is as much pub as he’s gotten this spring. Maybe I missed something as in his intentions, but it’s hard to believe he hasn’t even gotten a minor league deal with someone. Have to admit, his very short 2017 wasn’t very good even though he seemed to rectify some problems with an improved 2016 H2, but assuming he’s game, you’d think he was worth a look, or chance. Excellent pitcher in his prime, lotsa bucks earned, so que sera sera, but you hate to see a guy not get another chance in a low risk deal.

    • denzen

      March 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      MLB has him pegged as one of the pitchers set to make a come back this year. Hope Phils give him a shot. I remember reading that after his season was over he was still with the team, and helping the young pitchers, even though he did not have to. Also, I like the minor league 2nd baseman, Josh Tobias who they gave up to get him.

      • Ken Bland

        March 2, 2018 at 4:46 pm has nothing recent on Clay. has an article by Zoelecki from September talking about the help he was last year following the injury to some young Phillie pitchers, and quotes about hoping to be ready for ST as a free agent. But that’s as recent a report as I’m aware of, perhaps you meant some other site by mentioning MLB, but when I see that, those are the sites I think of.

        Stabbing at air, I can only guess 1 of 2 things. One, recovery wasn’t as quick as hoped, which I would think would certainly have been reported, or two, the 13 mil last year with the Phils, end of his last contract is making it difficult to face the reality of an incentive driven much lesser deal, or an MILB deal as he endures free agency for the first time.

        I appreciate your at least attempting to answer the question, but we appear as stuck on square 1 as a lot of free agents.

        • denzen

          March 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm

          I was watching the MLB TV station, a month or so ago when his name among a few others was mentioned. John Smoltz or Ron Darling typically. Don’t know if they had any special insights, or just kicking some names around. Judging from your posts, probably the later.

          • Ken Bland

            March 2, 2018 at 9:46 pm

            ok, that’s more specific, MLB Network, and helpful in that either Darling or Smoltz, though not the scoop type like Rosenthal et al MIGHT have some degree of insight, although I’m inclined to say it was just a name drop as you suggested. ‘Preciate ya.

          • BigBob

            March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

            Who knows? Maybe Clay will be the Charlie Morton of 2018.

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