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Report: Phillies interview recently fired John Farrell for manager job

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Report: Phillies interview recently fired John Farrell for manager job

The Phillies' search for a new manager appears to be picking up.

The club is still interviewing candidates, including John Farrell as the latest, according to a report Wednesday by MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

This comes shortly after a separate report surfaced of the Phillies' "zeroing in" on Dusty Wathan, their Triple A manager, to fill the vacancy, per USA TODAY'S Bob Nightengale.

Farrell managed the Red Sox from 2013-17, leading Boston to a World Series title in his first season and back-to-back AL East crowns during his final two. Despite those accomplishments, Farrell was fired two weeks ago. The Red Sox suffered last-place finishes in 2014 and 2015, as well as ALDS exits in 2016 and 2017.

Farrell, 55, who also managed the Blue Jays for two seasons (2011-12), owns a 586-548 career managerial record.

The Phillies have already interviewed internal candidates Jorge Velandia (front-office executive) and Juan Samuel (member of coaching staff since 2013), according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury.

Meanwhile, the Phillies have also interviewed Phil Nevin (ex-Giants third-base coach), Gabe Kapler (Dodgers player development director) and Chip Hale (A's third-base coach), according to a report by Zolecki on Tuesday. However, Nevin is out of the running, per Nightengale, as is Hale, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Phillies officials have said they'd like to have a new manager in place by the start of the general managers meetings during the second week of November.

Another old friend joins Phillies' spring coaching staff

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Another old friend joins Phillies' spring coaching staff

Another old friend is joining the Phillies' coaching staff as a guest instructor in Clearwater this spring.

Bobby Abreu will make his coaching debut, while Larry Bowa, Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Dan Plesac and Mike Schmidt will all be back to assist in spring training.

Gabe Kapler has a lot of experience on his side as he prepares for his first camp as a major-league manager.

Abreu was a polarizing player in these parts, drawing criticism from fans for a perceived lack of hustle and not nearly enough praise for hitting .303/.416/.513 in his nine seasons with the Phils. He was one of the most complete players in the game during his peak from 1998 to 2006.

The Phillies' first workout with pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14 in Clearwater. Full-squad workouts begin Feb. 19.

Big rise, big fall for Phillies prospects on Baseball America list

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Big rise, big fall for Phillies prospects on Baseball America list

Baseball America is out this week with its annual ranking of what it considers the top 100 prospects in the game.

The always interesting list offers a glimpse at just how fickle the ranking of prospects can be.

J.P. Crawford, who will take over at shortstop for the Phillies in the coming season, ranks 16th on the list, not far off from his standing as BA's 19th-ranked prospect a year ago, but dramatically higher than No. 92. That's where he was on BA's midseason list in July. Crawford had slipped that far after a poor first half. He recovered in the second half, played in the majors in September and ascended to the starting shortstop job after Freddy Galvis was traded in December. Now, he finds himself in better standing with BA.

The Phillies are well represented with five players on BA's list. Atlanta leads the way with eight players. Milwaukee, San Diego, Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees have six each.

After Crawford, the Phillies come in at No. 25 with right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez, No. 31 with second baseman Scott Kingery, No. 84 with right-handed pitcher Adonis Medina, and No. 100 with outfielder Adam Haseley.

Sanchez, 19, is a power-armed strike thrower who projects to pitch at High A Clearwater with a good chance to get to Double A Reading in 2018.

Kingery, 23, projects as the Phillies' second baseman of the future. He will be in major-league spring-training camp but is expected to return to Triple A for at least a couple of months before arriving in the majors sometime in 2018.

Medina, 21, is another power arm. He is expected to open at Clearwater.

Haseley, 21, was the Phillies' top pick in last year's draft. He was selected eighth overall out of the University of Virginia. He has strong on-base skills and projects to open the season at Clearwater, as well.

Notably absent from Baseball America's ranking is Mickey Moniak. The 19-year-old outfielder was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. He ranked 46th on the list a year ago, but struggled in his first pro season, hitting just .236 with a .284 on-base percentage in 123 games at Low A Lakewood, and dropped off the list. 

Phillies officials remain high on Moniak and he has plenty of time to climb the list. Nonetheless, third baseman Nick Senzel, picked by Cincinnati with the second pick in 2016 draft, one spot behind Moniak, ranks No. 7 on BA's list. 

Braves' outfielder prospect Ronald Acuna is No. 1.