Phillies rumors: Latest rumblings from day one of the Winter Meetings

MIAMI, FL - JULY 13: Manager Gabe Kapler #22 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the dugout before the start of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 13, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 13: Manager Gabe Kapler #22 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the dugout before the start of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 13, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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Not much in terms of Phillies rumors came across Twitter on Monday

Day one of the baseball winter meetings has come and gone without any new Phillies rumors. Fans hoping to see tweets heard crickets despite manager Gabe Kapler and general manager Matt Klentak making media appearances from Las Vegas.

Jayson Stark of The Athletic did say that the Phillies have an ongoing dialogue with veteran pitcher J.A. Happ, but that’s shocking news to fans. Happ is considered to be one of the team’s top targets as they search for a left-handed pitcher after missing the boat on Patrick Corbin.

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Stark also said the Phillies approached free agent Nathan Eovaldi about being a closer, but the Red Sox star said he prefers to start after signing a new deal with Boston.

Other than those two tweets from Stark within an hour of each other the Phillies rumors mill has been very quiet.

Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic first reported that second baseman Cesar Hernandez played most of last year with a broken foot and surgery wasn’t required.

With Manny Machado and Bryce Harper expected to clog the market this offseason fans could be in for another long offseason. Philadelphia has said they won’t wait for big-ticket free agents to make their decisions. Klentak proved that by adding shortstop Jean Segura before having a final answer on Machado.

I think the Phillies front office does leave Vegas with one or two additions, both of which could be pitchers. They could add Happ and a veteran reliever such as Zach Britton or Andrew Miller this week despite acquiring three relievers in trades last week.

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Hang in there Phillies fans, there’s still a long way to go until spring training.

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