Phillies are not trying to add an outfielder after Marsh’s injury
The Phillies announced this morning that outfielder Brandon Marsh He underwent arthroscopic surgery after feeling discomfort in his left knee. With a 3-4 week recovery timeline, he is still expected to be ready for Opening Day. As a result, President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski minimized opportunities to go outside the organization for help on the field.
“We still think we’re the same way we were before, when it comes to opening day“He told reporters this afternoon (link via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com).”(Free players) want guarantees, and we are unable to give them those guarantees. …We talk to people all the time. The truth is, we can’t guarantee the playtime some people want. We don’t have that. It’s not really a dollar issue because it’s just time to play.“
Assuming Marsh’s recovery goes as expected, he will step into left field on Opening Day. Defensively brave Johan Rojas He is scheduled to open the year in center field while Nick Castellanos Corner man opposite Marsh. Christian Bash And Jake Cave Project as the highest depth options.
Rojas has a limited MLB record, appearing in just 59 career games. Combined with Philadelphia’s willingness to spend and Dombrowski’s history of pursuing star talent, this has led to loose speculation about the Phils as a potential suitor for Cody Bellinger. The front office leader has said multiple times that he expects Rojas to be the starting quarterback — a sentiment he reiterated earlier this week — making pursuing Bellinger unlikely. The Phils also don’t expect to land either of their two top starting pitchers still available, Zolecki reported. Blake Snell And Jordan Montgomeryexcept for a major change in its markets.
Dombrowski also shot down the idea that the Phillies are about to trade for help. Unconfirmed reports have linked them to the Red Sox as a closer Kenley Jansen And the star of the guards Emmanuel Klass in the last days. While Dombrowski did not address any of the players specifically, he did say that the Phils in general “You don’t have any ongoing conversations with Bull men“(via Zolecki).
While that doesn’t rule out the possibility of the Phils jumping into the mix at some point, the veteran executive indicated there isn’t a lot of room in the bullpen for the season opener. Each of Jose Alvarado, Matt Strahm, Gregory Soto, Jeff Hoffman And Ceranthony Dominguez Locked in the Relief Corps. Fels was praised profusely Orion Dungeona 22-year-old who debuted late last season after knocking out nearly 38% of opponents in the minor leagues.
If all six of those pitchers are on the Opening Day roster, the Phils likely have two spots remaining. Dombrowski noted that one of those would be going to long housing — and would very likely be out of options Dylan Covey. That leaves one job up for grabs (assuming the Phillies aren’t committed to holding it). Connor Brogdon, which is also out of options). This opens up the possibility of another acquisition, but not surprisingly, Dombrowski says they will only acquire a pitcher they consider a meaningful upgrade over internal candidates.
“That only leaves one more spot, and if you go for a veteran guy, he should be promoted. Because the truth is that the only thing that can be chosen in that group is Kerkering. We may not want to choose it,” he said. Maybe the opportunity is there for a clear upgrade or an injury in spring training changes the calculus, but the Phils don’t seem to anticipate an imminent rebound.
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