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Roman Quinn has a broken toe, but he might be able to play through it

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Roman Quinn has a broken toe, but he might be able to play through it

NEW YORK – Oft-injured Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn is down again, but not necessarily out.

An X-ray revealed a non-displaced fracture in the little toe on his right foot. Quinn suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday night in Miami. He did not play in Friday night’s game against the Mets and was out of the starting lineup again Saturday night.

But that doesn’t mean Quinn won’t play at some point.

Manager Gabe Kapler said the fracture was “very, very small,” and that Quinn would still be available for duty depending on how he feels.

“It’s still tender to walk on,” Kapler said. “We’re going to be smart about protecting him. We have every assurance that this injury is a tolerance issue and when he’s ready to play, he’s good to go.”

Quinn was not available for comment before Saturday night’s game.

In July, Cesar Hernandez suffered a small fracture in one of his toes when he fouled a ball off his foot. He sat out a couple of games, but never went on the disabled list. The injury was managed as he played through it.

“Like Cesar, it was just a tolerance thing,” Kapler said. “He was down for a little bit and then it was just tolerance.”

For competitive reasons, Kapler would not reveal what situations he believed Quinn could still contribute.

Quinn has made a strong impact since joining the club from the minors in late July. He is hitting .338 with 10 extra-base hits and a .369 on-base percentage in 80 at-bats.

The 25-year-old outfielder is blessed with dazzling athleticism and potential, but injuries have severely hampered him. He has missed time over the years with a torn Achilles tendon, a torn left quadriceps, a concussion, a strained elbow ligament and, most recently, with a torn ligament in his right middle finger that required surgery in May.

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What would spending 'stupid' money look like for Phillies this offseason?

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What would spending 'stupid' money look like for Phillies this offseason?

Phillies owner John Middleton recently reiterated what he's been saying for years: The Phillies will spend aggressively this offseason.

This time, he was a bit more colorful about it.

"We're going into this expecting to spend money," Middleton told USA Today at the GM Meetings earlier this month. "And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.

"We just prefer not to be completely stupid."

#LetsGetStupid

You know the usual suspects: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. But the Phillies' needs go beyond offense and there is a top-tier left-hander on the market who could boost this rotation (see story).

Harper turned down a $300 million offer from the Nationals, so it's safe to assume he's expecting a deal closer to the $350-400 million range, one with an annual value in the neighborhood of $40 million.

It's hard to gauge where Machado's price tag will be and whether his October comments affected his market. Will he get slightly less than Harper because of it? Will he get more than Harper because of the position(s) he plays?

Including guaranteed contracts, projected arbitration figures and the raises due to pre-arbitration players, the Phillies' 2019 payroll is in the vicinity of $110 million right now. But that figure is cut in half in 2020 and next-to-nothing in 2021, when the only two guaranteed deals on the Phillies' books belong to Odubel Herrera and Scott Kingery.

Aaron Nola will have to be paid sometime before 2022, and Rhys Hoskins before 2024, but the Phils still have so much wiggle room. 

Team president Andy MacPhail has been sure to remind Middleton and others that there is baseball to be played beyond 2019. But it's not often a free-agent class has headliners like this. 

The Phils could feasibly afford both Harper and Machado, but things would get extremely tricky down the road when Harper, Machado, Nola and Hoskins are combining to make about $120 million per year between the four of them. Those are the kinds of long-term issues this front office has to consider and will consider.

 

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Phillies owner John Middleton promises to spend $$$ and Patrick Corbin would be a good buy

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Phillies owner John Middleton promises to spend $$$ and Patrick Corbin would be a good buy

Editor's note: This week across the NBC Sports Regional Networks, we'll be taking an in-depth look at some of the top free agents in MLB. Friday is dedicated to left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin.

Phillies managing owner John Middleton is quoted boldly in Friday's edition of USA Today.

"We're going into this (offseason) expecting to spend money," Middleton said at the Major League Baseball owners meetings in Atlanta. "And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it."

He went on to say, "We will be spending."

It's no secret that the Phillies are pursuing the top two position players/bats on the free-agent market — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — and they stand a solid chance to land one of them.

But the Phillies' needs go beyond offense.

They would love to come away from this offseason with a difference-making arm in the bullpen.

Ditto for the starting rotation.

And they have a specific profile of what they are looking for in the starting rotation. That brings us to today's free-agent fit: Patrick Corbin.

Corbin, 29, has blossomed into one of the top left-handers in the game in recent seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies are looking to add quality to their rotation. They are also looking for a left-hander to balance out a righty-heavy rotation.

It would be surprising if the Phillies don't come away from this offseason with a lefty starter. The market is flush with free agents like J.A. Happ, Dallas Keuchel, Wade Miley and Corbin, and there are several trade candidates such as Robbie Ray and James Paxton.

The Phils are willing to part with young talent so trading for a lefty is quite possible. But the Phils are also ready to spend — as Middleton articulated — and that puts them in good stead to land someone like Happ, Keuchel or the guy we focus on, Corbin.

Corbin finished fifth in the NL Cy Young voting in 2018. He recorded a 3.15 ERA and had a 1.05 WHIP in 200 innings. He struck out 246 and walked just 48. Since the all-star break of 2017, he has a 3.18 ERA and 329 strikeouts in 288⅓ innings.

Corbin would look really good slotted in behind Aaron Nola in the Phillies' rotation. He is expected to command a multi-year contract well in excess of $100 million and the Phillies, who have been waiting for this offseason and this free-agent class, could swing that and still sign one of the big bats.

However, they will have competition for Corbin. The pitcher was raised as a Yankees fan in upstate New York. The Yankees have made it no secret that they are looking for top-end pitching this winter and Corbin has long been rumored to be a slamdunk to be wearing pinstripes.

The navy blue pinstripes of the Bronx, not the red pinstripes of South Philadelphia.

But you never know. The Phillies want to land a high-end lefty and they like Corbin a lot. They will be in the hunt for him and maybe he will take the money that John Middleton promises to spend and those pinstripes will turn out to be red.

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