Ron Costello

Saturday, November 3, 2018


For the first time in ML baseball history Phillies ownership has stepped out of the box to remake the team. In a lottery, you were selected as a member of the Faithful to make critical decisions on player personnel for the 2019 season.

So go ahead, tell the boss to "take this job and shove it." You've got a new office at Citizens Bank Park. GM Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler report to you. The Phillies want you to start right away.

You better go in on Monday. There 25 key decisions awaiting your approval. Here they are:

1. Fire manager Gabe Kapler.
2. Keep him.
3. Sign free agent Manny Machado, 26, no matter what the cost and contract length.
4. Or, Sign free agent Bryce Harper, 26, no matter what the cost and contract length.
5. Sign them both no matter what the cost and contract length.
6. Don't sign Manny "no hustle and leg spiker" Machado and put J.P. Crawford, 23, at shortstop, PERMANENTLY.
7. The hell with Machado and Harper.  Put a trade package together including Aaron Nola, 25, Odubel Herrera, 26, Maikel Franco, 26, and Dylan Cousins, 24, for Mike Trout, 27.
8. Sign Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, 29, as the number three starter behind Nola and Jake Arrieta.
9. Sign free agent and former Phillie left-hander Cole Hamels, 34, for the rotation.
10. Sign former Phillie free agent J.A. Happ, 36, or right-hander free agent Nathan Eovaldi, 28, for the rotation (sign them both if you trade Nola to the Angels for Trout.)
11. Sign free agent and former Phillie J.A. Happ for the bullpen as either closer or set up.
12. Put a trade package together of Herrera, Carlos Santana, Cesar Hernandez, and Roman Quinn, for Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke.
13. Move Rhys Hoskins back to first base, PERMANENTLY.
14. Move Scott Kingery to second base PERMANENTLY. 
15. Either trade Hernandez or bring him off the bench in 2019.
16. Leave Kingery at Lehigh Valley in April for another year of seasoning and keep Hernandez at second base.
17. Get rid of Franco and put Santana at third.
18. Keep Franco at third and bring Santana off the bench or trade him.
19. Bring free agent and former Phillie Freddie Galvis, 29, back for shortstop or a bench role.
20. Make Jorge Alfaro, 25, the number one catcher and sign free agent Wilson Ramos, 31, as number two (or vice versa.)
21. Put a trade package of prospects together for Miami catcher J.T Realmuto, "TOOOOOO," 27.
22. If you trade Herrera or Quinn or both, sign free agent outfielder and former Dback A.J. Pollock, 30.
23. Sign free agent and former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, 30.
24. Sign free agent and former A's closer Jeurys Familia, 29. 
25. Sign free agent and former Rockies closer Adam Ottavino, 33.

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