Good morning! It’s Monday. Isn’t that great?
Here’s the news:
LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT: Well, not much news, other than Phils President Andy MacPhail telling Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio that the team is seeking to add a left-handed bat.
I’m surprised he’d even say that much, considering it clues agents of said left-handed bats to the Phils’ interest. But anyway, it seemed obvious the team was still in the market for something.
Left-handed bats available in free agency include outfielders Michael Saunders, Brandon Moss, Colby Rasmus, Michael Bourn, Kelly Johnson and Alejandro de Aza. After that it’s wild cards and retreads, highlighted by home-run king Chris Carter and former Phils Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.
Switch-hitters Coco Crisp and Angel Pagan are also out there.
In the trade market, Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have been mentioned as possibilities.
NET GAIN: The Phillies announced they’ll be extending protective netting over both dugouts for 2017.
And it’s a good move. Regardless of what you think of people on smartphones, a batted ball flying toward the stands is going to hit someone. Safety is more important than anything.