Moves will be com­ing

Team should have far dif­fer­ent look in 2020

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Tom Housenick

Tick tock, gen­tle­men.

The na­tion’s sixth-largest city and its many sur­round­ing sub­urbs are wait­ing to hear the fate of Phillies man­ager Gabe Kapler, pitch­ing coach Chris Young, gen­eral man­ager Matt Klen­tak and oth­ers.

All stay­ing? All gone? A com­bi­na­tion of the two? Five days af­ter a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Septem­ber thud that ended the Phils sea­son un­der Klen­tak and Kapler, there is no news.

Mean­while, seven other ma­jor-league teams are work­ing to fill their man­age­rial voids: the Giants, Padres, Cubs, Mets, Roy­als, Pi­rates and An­gels.

The re­ported list of man­age­rial can­di­dates is sig­nif­i­cant: Joe Gi­rardi, Joe Mad­don, Buck Showal­ter, Mike Ma­theny, Bob Geren, John Gib­bons, Brad Aus­mus, Don Kelly, Mark Loretta, David Ross, Dusty Wathan, Joe McEwing, Jeff Banis­ter, Raul Ibanez, Will Ven­able and Car­los Bel­tran, among oth­ers.

Tick tock, gen­tle­men. Re­gard­less of what de­ci­sions are made in the com­ing hours, days and weeks, the Phillies’ 2020 ros­ter is ex­pected to be con­sid­er­ably dif­fer­ent from this year’s ver­sion.

Bryce Harper’s re­lent­less en­ergy and hus­tle will be front and cen­ter in Year 2 of his 13-year con­tract. J.T. Real­muto’s con­tract will get done be­cause, well, he’s the game’s best all-around catcher. Aaron Nola will be in line to make 30-plus starts with a fo­cus on throw­ing more strikes.

But who else comes along for the ride as the Phils look to make the play­offs for the first time since 2011?

Here are some pro­jec­tions:

Who will be here (18 listed al­pha­bet­i­cally)

Jose Al­varez, pitcher

Jake Ar­ri­eta, pitcher Ser­an­thony Dominguez, pitcher

Zach Eflin, pitcher

Edgar Gar­cia, pitcher

Deivy Grul­lon, catcher

J.D. Ham­mer, pitcher

Bryce Harper, out­fielder

Rhys Hoskins, first base­man Scott Kingery, in­fielder/out­fielder

Andrew McCutchen, out­fielder

Brad Miller, in­fielder/out­fielder

Adam Mor­gan, pitcher

Hec­tor Neris, pitcher

Aaron Nola, pitcher

J.T. Real­muto, catcher

Jean Se­gu­ram, in­fielder Ranger Suarez, pitcher PRO­JEC­TIONS: Real­muto’s con­tract should be pri­or­ity No. 1, then the Phillies must get to work on the start­ing ro­ta­tion be­hind Nola. Miller and Suarez earned the op­por­tu­nity to stick around af­ter be­ing among the few high­lights in an­other dis­mal Septem­ber. Eflin earned his spot with a con­sis­tently good fi­nal seven starts.

McCutchen is aim­ing to re­turn from ACL surgery on open­ing day. Mor­gan was stel­lar un­til his first in­jured-list stint (7.16 ERA in the fi­nal 16 games be­fore a sea­son-end­ing in­jury).

Al­varez proved durable and re­li­able. De­pend­ing on health and what the club does with Pat

Neshek (club op­tion) and free agent Tommy Hunter, Gar­cia and Ham­mer could start the year in Triple A. Grul­lon needs to im­prove his de­fense be­fore the club can ex­pect a re­li­able backup catcher.

Who is gone (15)

Jerad Eick­hoff, pitcher Maikel Franco, third base­man Odubel Her­rera, out­fielder Jared Hughes, pitcher

Mike Morin, pitcher

Lo­gan Mor­ri­son, first base­man/out­fielder

Pat Neshek, pitcher

Juan Ni­ca­sio, pitcher

Blake Parker, pitcher

Jose Pirela, in­fielder/out­fielder

Edubray Ramos, pitcher

Sean Ro­driguez, in­fielder/ out­fielder

Drew Smyly, pitcher

Nick Vin­cent, pitcher

Nick Wil­liams, out­fielder PRO­JEC­TIONS: Franco and Wil­liams have played their last games for the Phillies. The in­juries and set­backs are too many to keep Eick­hoff, a true gen­tle­man who ap­peared in only 15 games to­tal the last two sea­sons. It’s hard to imag­ine

Her­rera is any­thing but per­sona non grata to the Phillies af­ter he was charged with do­mes­tic as­sault. Vin­cent (1.93 ERA with Phils) may find his way back.

In limbo (14)

Vic­tor Arano, pitcher

Jay Bruce, out­fielder

Enyel De Los San­tos, pitcher Corey Dick­er­son, out­fielder Phil Gos­selin, in­fielder

Adam Hase­ley, out­fielder Ce­sar Her­nan­dez, sec­ond base­man

Tommy Hunter, pitcher

Cole Irvin, pitcher

Andrew Knapp, catcher

Nick Pivetta, pitcher

Ro­man Quinn, out­fielder Ja­son Var­gas, pitcher

Vince Ve­lasquez, pitcher

PRO­JEC­TIONS: The Phillies must de­cide if they think

Grul­lon (caught 17% of wouldbe base steal­ers, 12 passed balls in Triple A) will grow this off­sea­son to pro­duce more than

Knapp (29%, three passed balls, .318 on-base per­cent­age). Hunter has age and in­juries work­ing against him. Irvin and De Los

San­tos have un­de­fined roles work­ing against them, though Irvin’s stuff came back in Septem­ber. Arano must get healthy and have a good spring, nei­ther of which hap­pened in 2019.

Var­gas has a club op­tion with a $2 mil­lion buy­out. One would be­lieve he was a gap start un­til Klen­tak or an­other GM gets se­ri­ous about adding ro­ta­tion pieces. Bruce could come back in a bench role. The health of

McCutchen and Quinn and how the club values Hase­ley are fac­tors. Free agent Dick­er­son likely heads else­where to start.

Ve­lasquez is a frus­trat­ing ta­lent who could be a re­liever, starter or left fielder. It ap­pears time to move on from Her­nan­dez and it’s hard to jus­tify keep­ing Pivetta’s bag­gage. The Phils could do a lot worse than

Gos­selin on the bench. They did the last two years.

In spirit only (1)

David Robert­son, pitcher

PRO­JEC­TIONS: Robert­son (el­bow) likely won’t pitch again for the Phillies. The 34-year-old prob­a­bly is out for 2020, the fi­nal year of his two-year, $23 mil­lion deal … or $169,118 per pitch.

Oth­ers on 40-man ros­ter (2)

Arquimedes Gam­boa, in­fielder

Ado­nis Me­d­ina, pitcher

PRO­JEC­TIONS: It may be time to pull the plug on Gam­boa, a 22-year-old Dou­ble-A short­stop who hit a com­bined .203 the last two sea­sons. He earned $555,000 in 2020, or $8,284 per hit. Me­d­ina, also 22, limped to the fin­ish line in Read­ing (8.24 ERA, .305 bat­ting av­er­age against in his fi­nal seven starts). But he’s prob­a­bly not go­ing any­where un­less the Phils pack­age him for an MLB starter.


Bryce Harper de­liv­ered in ev­ery as­pect in the first sea­son of his 13-year, $330 mil­lion con­tract with the Phillies.


Ser­an­thony Dominguez could be any­one from an elec­tric, late-in­ning op­tion to a spec­ta­tor, de­pend­ing on the health of his right el­bow.

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