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Phillies rumors: Might Phillies actually outbid Yankees for Patrick Corbin after all?!

Phillies rumors: Might Phillies actually outbid Yankees for Patrick Corbin after all?!

Update: 3:45 p.m. — Patrick Corbin is reportedly close to signing a six-year deal, believed to be with a team other than the Yankees.

With the Jean Segura acquisition official, the Phillies' sights remain aggressively set on left-hander Patrick Corbin. 

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies have "made it clear to Corbin that they won't be outbid."

Hey now. 

This is very interesting because the assumption all along has been that Corbin would sign with the Yankees, the team he grew up rooting for. The Yankees, obviously, are a rich franchise not used to being outbid. Their need for Corbin lessened when they traded for James Paxton a few weeks ago, but they'd still love to fill out their rotation with another top-notch lefty. 

Corbin is expected by many to make his decision as soon as this week.

Corbin is great, no doubt about it. Few lefties in the game get more swings-and-misses or strikeouts, few have a pitch as electric as his wipeout slider. 

But Corbin is going to cost an insane amount of money. Yu Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million contract with the Cubs last offseason. That will undoubtedly be the starting point for Corbin, especially with two of the four richest teams in baseball vying for his services. My personal projection for Corbin is six years, $162 million. It's $27 million per year, compared to Darvish's $21M per year or the $24 million AAV on Cole Hamels' big contract. 

This is what "stupid money" means, apparently. The Phillies already added about $35 million in future payroll with the Segura trade, are poised to make Corbin an enormous offer, and they remain focused on landing one of Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.

Spend it if ya got it, right?

Phillies fans, you're gonna love Didi Gregorius based on his Twitter personality

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Phillies fans, you're gonna love Didi Gregorius based on his Twitter personality

MLB free agency is in full swing and the newest addition to the Phillies, Didi Gregorius, has quite the personality on Twitter.

More specifically, he really enjoys tweeting after his team wins ... especially with emojis.

It almost feels like Groundhog Day scrolling through his feed. And by the looks of things, he rarely forgets.

Take a look:

Of course, these are only a few of the many he has tweeted out. If you have the time though, look at the rest — there are definitely some hidden gems.

Will he continue this tradition with his new club? Will we be able to see tweets from him stating that the bullpen was worth four fire emojis? What emojis will he assign for Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins and the rest of the team?

These are the hard-hitting questions we want answered right after the news of a signing breaks — but we'll just have to wait and see once Spring Training comes to a close in a few months.

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Phillies agree to deal with shortstop Didi Gregorius

Phillies agree to deal with shortstop Didi Gregorius

Updated: 6:28 p.m. 

The Phillies got their pitcher last week.

Now they have their infielder.

The club on Tuesday reached agreement with free-agent shortstop Didi Gregorius, according to sources. The deal is for one year and $14 million, according to sources. The New York Post initially reported the agreement.

The signing likely concludes the Phillies' heavy lifting for the offseason. They signed right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million deal last week.

The Phils are still looking for some bullpen help and starting pitching depth, but those are expected to be low-profile additions. 

The Gregorius signing puts the Phils within about $6 million of baseball’s $208 million luxury-tax threshold. Phillies ownership has not ruled out going over the threshold and paying a 20 percent penalty on overages, but the decision to do so might not come until the 2020 season unfolds and the team sees where it is in the standings. General manager Matt Klentak on Monday said he expects the team to contend. The Phils have not made the playoffs or had a winning season since 2011.

Gregorius’ addition means Jean Segura will come off shortstop in 2020. He will likely play second base, though a move to third is not out of the question. Scott Kingery will likely fill the remaining spot with Adam Haseley getting a shot to win the center field job.

In Philadelphia, Gregorius will be reunited with Joe Girardi, his manager with the New York Yankees from 2015-2017. Girardi was hired by the Phillies in October.

Girardi does not hide his affection for Gregorius.

“He’s a treat to be around,” Girardi said last week. “He brings a smile every day and works extremely hard. He’s a very talented player. I think there’s 30 teams that would love Didi’s services. I’m a big fan.”

The Phillies’ need for infield help became acute after the team cut ties with second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco last week.

Gregorius, who made $11.75 million with the Yankees last season, turns 30 in February. He hit .277 with a .791 OPS and averaged 24 homers and 81 RBIs with the Yankees from 2016-2018. He played only a half-season as he recovered from elbow surgery in 2019. He hit just .238 but had 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 324 at-bats. By signing a one-year deal, Gregorius can rebuild his value and go back on the free-agent market next season. The Phils can attempt to retain him with a qualifying offer and would receive draft-pick compensation if he leaves.

Last week, Girardi was asked what Gregorius would bring to the Phillies.

“Left-handed bat, power, plays an outstanding shortstop,” Girardi said. “He can play second, as well. He’s a real character guy and he’s a real hard worker that is a really important clubhouse presence. I felt that he was important to the clubhouse in New York in what he brought every day. I’ve always been a big fan of Didi and what’s he’s been able to accomplish. You have to remember, I got him when he first came over and he was replacing a legend (Derek Jeter) and how difficult that was and to see the growth that he made was really pleasing to me.”

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