Good morning! We’re three days from opening day! Here’s the news:
KINGERY FOR A DAY: As of now you’ve heard that Scott Kingery has signed a six-year deal that could become a nine year deal with team options. Here’s our take on the deal. Also, read Matt Gelb if only for the clubhouse scene after the deal was signed.
Also, let’s just appreciate the new star pitcher tweeting congrats to Scott Kingery by way of a drink request, then the new manager joining in on the fun.
OUTSIDE THE KING’S COURT: The Phillies had to make some roster moves, and they did. First they designated pitcher Ricardo Pinto for assignment to clear up 40-man roster space for Kingery. Then they optioned Jesmuel Valentin to the minor leagues because he’d be redundant.
So in one day they shooed longtime catcher Cameron Rupp and former touted prospect Ricardo Pinto off the 40-man roster while bringing Kingery up with a new contract. Things are certainly different now.
AND THE GAME: Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco homered but the Phils lost 6-5 to the Orioles. Nick Pivetta went three, striking out five and giving up just two hits, while Ben Lively gave up two runs in four.
TODAY’S GAME: For the penultimate game of the spring schedule, the Phillies head to Bradenton to take on the Pirates. Game is at 1 p.m.