Schwarber was a Franchise Altering Signing for Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies' most influential acquisition of the 2022 offseason, and perhaps of this current era of Phillies baseball, was Kyle Schwarber. On March 20 of 2022, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that they had signed left-handed slugger, Kyle Schwarber, to a four-year, $79 million deal: a deal that would have more impact than the franchise could ever imagine.To that point, Schwarber's major league journey was a peculiar one. He burst onto the scene with the Chicago Cubs in 2015, immediately providing a powerful impact. He slugged in excess of a .
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The Philadelphia Phillies have inked a new deal with veteran catcher John Hicks.
The Philadelphia Phillies have made a move in free agency, as they have reportedly signed veteran catcher and first baseman John Hicks to a minor league deal.
According to Baseball America's Chris Hilburne-Trenkle, the Phillies inked Hicks to the deal on Wednesday.
Hicks isn't a flashy move, but he could be invited to Major League spring training camps. Over the course of different parts of six seasons in the MLB, Hicks has slashed .236/.279/.401.
He isn't viewed as someone who will supplant anyone at their current positions as J.T. Realmuto and Garrett Stubbs have the catcher position locked down. Likewise, Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall are entrenched at first base.
Thoughts on the Phillies’ pitching search, with four targets who could offer some value
Years ago, a former member of the Phillies’ front office was asked whether a certain pitcher could be a viable rotation piece. The longtime baseball man wrinkled his face and shook his head. “Not in this ballpark,” he said. As the Phillies evaluate this year’s crop of free agents and trade candidates in their annual attempt to cobble together a functional rotation and bullpen staff, it is impossible to separate the pitcher from the home stadium. This is true across baseball, to varying degrees. In few places is it as central a variable as it is at Citizens Bank Park. Every offseason forces the Phillies to confront a paradox.
However, Hicks is a depth move that could provide some insurance if any of the four mentioned above go down with injury. Additionally, he will be able to serve as a mentor in spring training and potentially the minor leagues as he has significant time at the Major League level.
He served a similar role with the Chicago Cubs last season after signing a deal but never seeing time with the MLB club.
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Texas Rangers reportedly targeting three of the top pitchers in MLB free agency .
With MLB free agency now open, the Texas Rangers seem to have designs on landing at least one of the top pitchers in this year’s market. Last winter, the Rangers made a big splash by snatching up two of the best everyday players on the MLB free-agent market. The organization gave stars Corey Seager and Marcus Semien a combined $500 million over the next decade in an attempt to have their first winning seasons since 2016. Unfortunately, that did not happen. In 2022, the Texas Rangers finished in last place in the American League West with a record of 68-94.