So the Phillies are worried about Yasmany Tomas' defense, and the Braves and Padres are the new frontrunners? Hardly. Welcome to Posturing 101.
In today's run-starved environment, should the Phillies, or any team for that matter, care about Yasmany Tomas' defensive ability?
2wThe free-agent aces will be priced out of the Phillies' range, but move down a tier in the starting pitching market and some value can be found.
2wDoes A.J. Burnett turning down $12.5 million to pitch for the Phillies next season speak to the sad state of the franchise?
2wThe clear strength of the 2015 free-agent class is its aces — Jon Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields — all of whom the Phillies should avoid.
2wA.J. Burnett is no longer a Phillie. The veteran pitcher declined his $12.75 million contract option for 2015 late Monday night and was declared a free agent.
2wThe Royals on Monday extended James Shields a $15.3M qualifying offer, which would provide them draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.
2wFirst up in our series analyzing potential Phillies offseason targets is Cuban LF Yasmany Tomas, who would fill a need and infuse youth into the lineup.
3wThe Blue Jays on Saturday traded first baseman Adam Lind to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hander Marco Estrada.
Their win over the Mariners on Aug. 20 improved the Phils to 6-11 this season in interleague play.