The Philadelphia Phillies are underway in spring training, and there is a sense of unfinished business coming off their astonishing run to the 2022 World Series. The Phillies have some questions at the backend of their rotation, and in their bullpen, and have to hope that some of their young pieces continue to develop. Nonetheless, they remain a dangerous team in the NL East.
One guy that does not have to wonder about his future in a Phillies uniform for at least a couple of years is Seranthony Domínguez, who received a two-year contract extension that includes a club option for 2025. For a guy whose career became threatened when he blew out his elbow and missed most of two seasons, it is nice to see him have some job security.
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Elsewhere on the site, we looked at Rhys Hoskins and what to expect from him as he enters his contract year. While Hoskins can drive us crazy with inconsistency, there is no denying that he can carry a team when he gets hot. How his 2023 season plays out will be fascinating to watch.
The baseball world got some sad news, as Hall of Fame broadcaster and World Series champion catcher Tim McCarver passed away on Thursday at 81 due to heart failure. McCarver was inducted into Cooperstown in 2012 as a broadcaster. Our thoughts are with his friends are family during this difficult time. McCarver played in parts of nine seasons with the Phillies, including during the 1980 World Series championship season.
Now that all the teams across the league are underway with spring training, MLB.com put together a list of the most interesting players in each team’s camp. For the Phillies, that honor went to Andrew Painter. As one of the most exciting young pitching prospects in all of baseball who could easily force his way into the rotation, that pick makes a ton of sense.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres stayed busy, as they signed Cole Hamels to a minor-league deal. Hamels has not pitched in the big leagues since 2020 before injuries and "Father Time" took their toll. This is an interesting low-risk signing for a team that is going for it yet again. Hopefully the 2008 World Series MVP can find some success.