Source: Phillies set to interview Dusty Baker, one of Bryce Harper's former managers

Source: Phillies set to interview Dusty Baker, one of Bryce Harper's former managers

The Phillies will interview Dusty Baker for their managerial opening later this week, a source confirmed. The news was first reported Sunday by the Chicago Tribune.

Baker, 70, is currently a special advisor to the CEO for the San Francisco Giants.

He has 22 years of managerial experience and is almost universally well-liked. He's a player's manager who is 227 games over .500 in his career. He managed Bryce Harper in 2016 and 2017; the Nationals won 95 and 97 games those years but Baker's contract was not renewed after a pair of NLDS losses. It was a surprising move.

Baker is one of several prominent veteran managers on the market. Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon and Buck Showalter are also prime candidates to claim one of the eight available jobs. Maddon has been linked heavily to the Angels, while Girardi has been linked heavily to the Mets.

The Phillies will interview Showalter Monday in the New York area, according to multiple sources.

At Friday's press conference, Phillies GM Matt Klentak spoke of the organization's desire to have its next manager believe in their core baseball principles. It will likely be a manager who utilizes more of a blend of data and gut-feel. Baker has more than two decades of big-league experience and this would be the most analytically-driven organization he's ever been a part of. The fit is still worth exploring.

It makes sense for the Phillies to cast a wide net in their search. Managing partner John Middleton referenced Craig Counsell on Friday as the kind of high-quality manager whose value can be uncovered during this sort of process.

For more on other potential Phillies managerial candidates, look here.

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Sources: Chris Young out as Phillies pitching coach

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Sources: Chris Young out as Phillies pitching coach

In an expected move, Chris Young is out as Phillies pitching coach, according to sources.

Young spent one season in the role. A year ago at this time, he was elevated from assistant pitching coach to pitching coach, replacing the well-liked Rick Kranitz.

Kranitz was pushed out by manager Gabe Kapler and GM Matt Klentak. The move was made because Young was proficient in the use of data and analytics in building a pitching staff and game-planning. But Young’s methods were never fully embraced by the pitching staff and the popular Kranitz is in the postseason as pitching coach of the National League East champion Atlanta Braves.

It is believed that Young's contract was reworked into a two-year deal when he took over as pitching coach. He could be reassigned to a different role in the organization that suits his strengths of interpreting data and analytics and using them to formulate plans of attack for pitchers.

Resolution on Kapler's fate as Phillies manager is unlikely to come until next week.

The Phillies' team ERA rose from 4.15 in 2018 to 4.53 in 2019. It closely mirrored the leaguewide rise in ERA from 4.14 to 4.49. 

The Phillies simply didn't see enough improvement from their pitchers this past season. They used 31 pitchers (excluding position players), with only Hector Neris, Ranger Suarez and Zach Eflin pitching more effectively than they did a year ago as Phillies. Eflin was an interesting case in particular — he started the year strong before encountering midseason struggles and going back to favoring his sinker over the four-seam fastball. The Phillies wanted their pitchers to attack more with high heaters and the results never came.

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MLB trade deadline: Phillies acquire Corey Dickerson from Pirates

MLB trade deadline: Phillies acquire Corey Dickerson from Pirates

Update: 3:44 p.m.

The Phillies agreed to a deal with the Pirates shortly before Wednesday's trade deadline to acquire corner outfielder Corey Dickerson, a legitimately good hitter who will help their lineup and will help their bench. The Phillies will send international signing money and a player to be named later to Pittsburgh.

To make room for Dickerson on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated Dylan Cozens for assignment.

Dickerson, 30, was hitting .317 with a .931 OPS for the Pirates. He had 18 doubles and four homers in just 141 plate appearances.

A left-handed hitter, Dickerson has hit .293 the last three seasons with an .823 OPS. He spent much of this season on the injured list, sidelined by a right shoulder issue.

He's been on fire in the month of July, hitting .328 with a .391 OBP. He's a left-handed hitter who does most of his damage against righties, but 70 percent of starting pitchers are righties so that is the preferable platoon split to have.

Over the last two seasons, Dickerson has slugged .519 against righties, more than 30 points higher than Bryce Harper. His .303 battting average against righties since the start of 2018 is fourth-best in the majors among lefties, behind only Christian Yelich, Michael Brantley and Freddie Freeman.

Dickerson will fit well into the 5- or 6-spot in the Phillies' lineup while Jay Bruce recovers from an oblique strain, and once Bruce returns, either he or Dickerson would become the top bat off the bench. Dickerson is the better and more well-rounded hitter. Regardless of which left-handed hitting corner outfielder sees more reps, it will be an overall improvement to the Phillies' offense. Dickerson could also hit first or second for the Phillies.

The Phillies figure to move Scott Kingery to third base, play Adam Haseley in center field and Dickerson in left and off the bench. Maikel Franco would likely be the odd man out and serve as more of a pinch-hitter.

Dickerson is owed just under $3 million the rest of this season before becoming a free agent.

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