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Phillies trade left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert to Dodgers for outfielder Kyle Garlick

Phillies trade left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert to Dodgers for outfielder Kyle Garlick

Trade! OK, maybe not the kind Phillies fans had been waiting on. The Phils acquired corner outfielder Kyle Garlick from the Dodgers on Saturday for left-handed reliever Tyler Gilbert.

Garlick, 28, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week. The Phillies made room for him on the 40-man roster by DFA’ing Nick Martini. Martini had been picked up off waivers from Cincy last month.

Garlick went 12 for 48 with four doubles and three homers for the Dodgers in 2019, his lone season in the bigs. He’s a right-handed hitter with power who went deep 82 times while climbing from Single A to Triple A in a crowded Dodgers system from 2016-19.

With the Phillies, Garlick will vie for a spot on the bench. He has a ton of competition. Jay Bruce, Nick Williams and Roman Quinn are on the 40-man roster, and non-roster invitees Logan Forsythe, Josh Harrison, Phil Gosselin, Mikie Mahtook, Matt Szczur, Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes are also battling for bench jobs. That's 11 players for, at most, four spots, considering the other bench player would be the backup catcher.

Garlick still has two minor league options left, which could provide useful flexibility to the Phillies if they choose to shuttle him back and forth between Triple A and the majors.

Gilbert, the lefty headed to the Dodgers, did not pitch in the majors for the Phillies. He was in camp as a non-roster invitee. He had a 2.83 ERA in 47⅔ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley last season but found himself behind many other lefty bullpen candidates here.

The Phillies have Adam Morgan, Jose Alvarez, Francisco Liriano, Ranger Suarez, Cole Irvin, Austin Davis and prospects Cristopher Sanchez, Zach Warren, Damon Jones, Kyle Dohy and JoJo Romero in camp. Lots of options to choose from.

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Non-Philadelphians are so confused by local foods it's actually hysterical

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Non-Philadelphians are so confused by local foods it's actually hysterical

Just the other day, we decided to post a graphic to our social media … little did we know we’d break everyone’s brain in the process. 

This isn’t even directed to the Philadelphia locals who had the impossible task of picking their their choices. Anyone from outside of the area? 

Absolutely zero clue what was going on. 

Like this guy who claimed water ice was … a slushy. The audacity

This elected official who doesn’t even know what pizza, fries and pretzels are. (We hope he’s kidding, too.)

Again. Does this guy really not know anything in this picture? No. 5 is a PRETZEL. A PRETZEL. 

This, “What is wrong with Philadelphia,” guy. 

Sir, if you only knew more about these wonderful creations — you’d know that there is truly nothing wrong with Philadelphia. Seriously, have a slice of Angelo’s and get back to me. 

I feel for the people who have never enjoyed a TastyKake, so much so that he’d call us all monsters. 

If loving butterscotch krimpets is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. 

It’s incredibly strange to see people this confused over items that are deemed staples in Philadelphia. Don’t even get me started on the guy who thought scrapple was banana bread. 

Now, the Philadelphians have been stressed out ever since, debating their top choices. Let me introduce the loophole I found so we can enjoy them all: 

 

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'Frustrating' stoppage for Rhys Hoskins, who was in a rhythm with new stance

'Frustrating' stoppage for Rhys Hoskins, who was in a rhythm with new stance

The night Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and the NBA shut down, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban remarked that he lives by a mantra that "life is 50% random." 

If 2020 isn't proof of that ...

Had baseball season started on time, the Phillies would be 11 games in. Rhys Hoskins would be almost two weeks into a crucial fourth big-league season in which he needed to bounce back. 

We saw a different look from Hoskins at the plate in spring training. Over the offseason, he adjusted his setup, lowering his hands and relaxing his arms while opening up his batting stance a bit. While Hoskins is not running himself ragged in the cage every day, he is continuing to work toward making the new setup and stance stick subconsciously.

"Towards the end of spring I was starting to get a little bit of rhythm with the adjustments I was making, which was frustrating to have it end," Hoskins told NBC Sports Philadelphia over the weekend. 

"I haven't hit a whole lot yet. There's a lot of dry work that goes on, a lot of dry repetitions just to continue that muscle memory. But this just gives me a little bit of time to really make it feel normal. Things like the setup or the initial move. You don't need a ball coming at you to really practice those things. 

"Those repetitions happen probably hundreds of times per day, in the middle of the kitchen, the driveway, the garage, just trying to keep myself occupied."

That's where we are, folks. You've got 30-home run hitters practicing their swings in the kitchen just like your everyday little-leaguer.

"I have to stay ready," Hoskins continued. "I'm essentially treating this like it's Thanksgiving of the offseason. As we progress, I'll progress just like I would in a normal offseason."

It's so obvious that it no longer needs to be said or written that the Phillies need Hoskins to rebound in 2020 to reach their ceiling. Despite the league-wide power surge in 2019 caused by the juiced baseball, Hoskins hit five fewer home runs in 45 more plate appearances than he had in 2018. His slugging percentage dipped from .496 to .454. He led the National League with 116 walks but also struck out 173 times and hit just .226.

It's a well-documented narrative. Already a pull-happy hitter, Hoskins was even more extreme in 2019 as his swing became more and more of an uppercut.

The Gabe Kapler-John Mallee tandem is long gone at this point, replaced by new manager Joe Girardi and new hitting coach Joe Dillon.

"Both of them have been great," Hoskins said. "I think there's a poise and professionalism that really is present throughout the whole staff but it obviously starts with Joe Girardi. He has kind of put that imprint on the rest of the staff in such a short time which obviously has me excited for what's to come when we get to spend a little more time around each other."

Soon, please.

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