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Carlos Santana trade rumors: Phillies could reluctantly eat some salary, per source

Carlos Santana trade rumors: Phillies could reluctantly eat some salary, per source

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Notes, quotes and observations as baseball’s annual general managers meetings come to a close and what promises to be a busy, newsy Phillies offseason heats up.

Do the Phillies have less competition for Bryce Harper than initially thought?

The latest on trade talks involving Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco.

Will the Phillies land the reliever they wanted at the trade deadline?

Carlos Santana, owed more than $40 million over the next two seasons, is available for a trade.

An industry source familiar with the Phillies’ thinking said the team was not in a hurry to eat salary because it would be akin to admitting that signing Santana was a mistake, but it would do so to facilitate moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base full time.

If Santana stays, the Phillies would be back in a situation where Hoskins would play left field and first base and Santana first base and third base. That is not ideal.

Santana started 16 games at third base in 2018, committing one error in 39 defensive chances. He hit .229 with a .352 on-base percentage, 24 home runs, 86 RBIs and 110 walks.

There is plenty of time before opening day to work this out, but the preference is clearly to get Hoskins to first base.

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Phillies ace Aaron Nola gets early offense, 3 K’s in spring debut

Phillies ace Aaron Nola gets early offense, 3 K’s in spring debut

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Aaron Nola’s spring debut went rather nicely Sunday afternoon. He came out of the gate with two scoreless innings and was supported by four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Nola threw 28 pitches over his two innings of work. Eighteen were strikes. He allowed three singles, walked none and struck out one. He was relieved by lefty JoJo Romero in the third inning.

It is presumed that Nola will be the Phillies’ opening day starter though manager Joe Girardi has not made an announcement yet.

The Phils’ offense looked good early. Roman Quinn led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a hit by Jean Segura. Jay Bruce added a two-run double in the inning and newcomer Kyle Garlick had an RBI single.

In other news, the Phanatic unveiled his new look before the game and the world kept on spinning.

More later.

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New-look Phillie Phanatic makes his debut in Clearwater

New-look Phillie Phanatic makes his debut in Clearwater

The new-look Phillie Phanatic made his debut during the Phillies-Pirates game in Clearwater Sunday.

And while the look is different, the mischievous antics are the same. 

Here's an update on what is new with the Phanatic. Slightly different accessories but the same personality and the same mascot the sports world has grown to love (and consider the GOAT).

• Smaller snout with slightly different shape.

• Longer tail with a new color at the end.

• New shoes and socks.

• Scales on insides of arms.

• Different eye-wear.

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