The Phillies have plucked many notable figures from the New York sports scene the last few years, particularly ex-Yankees.
First, there was bench coach Rob Thomson. Then David Robertson last offseason, and Joe Girardi and Didi Gregorius this offseason. The Phillies' new scouting director, Brian Barber, came from the Yankees. Even Andrew McCutchen was a Yankee for a half-season before joining the Phils. The Phillies may ultimately add Dellin Betances, an elite free-agent reliever coming off an injury-plagued season. The Yankees are the only organization Betances has ever known.
Throw in Zack Wheeler, who spent his first six seasons in New York with the Mets.
It all led to this hilarious back page cover in the NY Daily News.
In all honesty, this is how Philly would react too if the roles were reversed.
And, obviously, the Yankees are A-ok with how their offseason has gone. They got Gerrit Cole.
The Phillies didn't get Gerrit Cole, but they did get a high-level pitcher who will willingly embrace the type of information that enabled Cole to become the best version of himself. More on that here from Jim Salisbury.