The Phillies could have not only prevented all of Jay Bruce's damage this April, they also could have benefited from it.
According to a report from Newsday Wednesday night, the Phillies were the team closest to acquiring Bruce this past offseason from the Mets.
"The Giants and Orioles expressed interest, but according to a source, the club that came closest to acquiring Bruce had been the Phillies," reports Marc Carig. "It would have made sense. Though squarely in rebuilding mode, the Phillies had the money to absorb a chunk of Bruce's $13 million in salary. He would have been a prime candidate to flip for prospects had his bat come to life."
Bruce is due $13 million this season, his last before reaching free agency. Instead of trading a prospect or two to New York, the Phils opted to sign Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a team option for a second. Saunders is guaranteed $9 million total.
It might be easy now to question the decision, but consider that Bruce has hit .223 since 2014 and was pretty much a non-factor in 50 games after the Mets acquired him from the Reds at last year's trade deadline.
He's already come close to equaling that second-half production. Bruce has six homers already this season and four home runs and 11 RBIs vs. the Phillies.
Oh and there's this:
Many of us have hit up a South Philly double header in the past: starting the day at a Flyers game and ending it at a Phillies game across the street. But the NFL Draft coming to town next week offers a new double header option. How about a Thursday Business Person Special at Citizens Bank Park followed by the first round of the NFL Draft in front of the Art Museum?
And the Phillies are encouraging such behavior with a sweet ticket deal for Eagles fans -- or even imposter Eagles fans.
"In celebration of the 82nd NFL Draft being held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on April 27 -- 29, the Phillies are extending a special ticket offer. With the Philadelphia Eagles having the 14th Pick in the NFL Draft, all fans wearing Eagles jerseys or gear can take advantage of tickets priced at just $14 each in locations regularly priced $38 & under," the Phillies announced in a release.
The offer is good for the Tuesday and Wednesday games against the Miami Marlins at 7:05 or the Thursday afternoon game at 1:05 pm.
All you have to do is show up to the ticketing windows at CBP on gameday rocking some Eagles gear and you'll get the special price.
Phillies managing partner John Middleton was a guest on 94 WIP on Thursday and talked about the promotion.
"In addition to giving Eagles fans a discount, maybe we should hit [Cowboys, Redskins, Giants, and Patriots fans] with a surcharge," Middleton said. "And I gotta tell you, [Eagles owner] Jeffrey [Lurie] loved the idea, but I’ve been told the second half of that idea may be viewed as inhospitable."
Could be a new slogan: Make Philadelphia Inhospitable Again.
Perhaps these three games will get a pass for being the only games all season where an E-A-G-L-E-S chant is acceptable at Citizens Bank Park?
Freddy Galvis' lack of hustle nearly cost the Phillies a victory Tuesday night, and people on social media were not happy about it.
In the end, Galvis' base-running blunder didn't cost the Phils a win. The Phillies beat the Mets, 6-2, in 10 innings after a late rally got them just their 13th win over New York since the start of the 2015 season (see Instant Replay).
Galvis hit a pop up in the infield with two outs in a one-run game during the eighth inning but, because of a lack of hustle, failed to reach second base after Mets third baseman Jose Reyes dropped the ball.
The Phillies' next batter, Andres Blanco, hit a ground-rule double to score the game-tying run but left Galvis on third base instead of scoring what could have been the game-winning run.
In the moment, though, the double would have given the Phillies a 3-2 lead. But the lack of hustle could have played a key role in handing them another heartbreaking loss.
To see the play in question, click here.
And here is how the reaction looked on Twitter: