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Phillies to hire Manny Machado’s mentor, Bobby Dickerson, from Baltimore

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Phillies to hire Manny Machado’s mentor, Bobby Dickerson, from Baltimore

The Phillies are on the verge of adding Bobby Dickerson to a position on their major-league coaching staff, said a person with knowledge of the situation, confirming an initial report by MASNsports.com.

Dickerson spent the last six seasons as third base coach and infield guru for the Baltimore Orioles and is very close with Manny Machado, the former Oriole and current free-agent target of the Phillies. In addition to the Phillies, Machado is being pursued by the White Sox and the Yankees have also shown interest. Ultimately, money is going to determine where Machado ends up, but it can't hurt the Phillies' chances to have his mentor on their staff.

The Phillies recently lost first base/infield coach Jose David Flores to Baltimore as the Orioles were able to offer him a position covered by the big-league pension plan. Though plans have not been announced, Dickerson could seamlessly slide into Flores' former role with the Phillies. The hire is expected to be announced in the coming days.

The Phillies remain in talks with Machado. They are also eyeing free agent Bryce Harper and will meet with him and his agent, Scott Boras, in Las Vegas on Saturday.

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Orioles CF Adam Jones explains why he nixed trade to Phillies

Orioles CF Adam Jones explains why he nixed trade to Phillies

The Phillies wanted Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones, but the veteran didn't want the Phillies.

Jones, a pending free agent, declined to waive his 10-and-5 no-trade rights to come to the Phillies. On Monday night, Jim Salisbury reported the Phillies and Orioles had an agreement but Jones turned it down.

Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline passed and Jones remained in Baltimore. On Tuesday night, Jones (sort of) explained why he decided to stay in Baltimore.

Per the Baltimore Sun:

"When players walked out years ago and walked the picket lines and stuff, they did that for reasons like this. I earned this and it’s my decision. I don’t have to explain it to nobody. It’s my decision. Thank you.

"I made the decision, you all didn’t. This is my decision, this is my life. I'm not going around dictating other people’s lives. So why do they do that with us? No one is going to tell me what to do. I earned every single bit of it. People before me fought vigorously, tirelessly to get rights like this. And I can invoke them."

The Phillies and Orioles were both active during trade deadline day. The Phils acquired catcher Wilson Ramos from the Rays and lefty pitcher Aaron Loup from Toronto (see story).

Baltimore traded Brad Brach, Jonathan Schoop, Darren O'Day and Kevin Gausman on Tuesday in addition to moving Manny Machado and Zach Britton previously.

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Latest trade rumor strangely links Phillies to Orioles OF Adam Jones

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Latest trade rumor strangely links Phillies to Orioles OF Adam Jones

This is an odd connection, but Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday afternoon that the Phillies are "considering" trading for Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones.

There are multiple reasons why this would be a strange fit. Jones hasn't played a position other than center field since 2007. That's not to say he couldn't fill in capably in right field or left field, he just hasn't done it.

The bigger issue is that Jones is the polar opposite type of offensive player the Phillies seek. He swings at everything. He never walks — he's averaged 24 walks per season since 2013.

In terms of a platoon situation, Jones has actually been significantly worse in his career against lefties (.265 BA, .726 OPS) than he has been vs. righties (.282 BA, .793 OPS).

The only way this would make sense is if the cost to acquire Jones is very low. Which it could be. He's a free agent after the season and he's having his worst offensive year in a decade. 

The Phils have been connected recently to Curtis Granderson, but their rationale here might be that if the price tags are similar, why not go for the more established offensive player? 

Defensively, Jones is not the player he used to be, but he'd still likely be an upgrade over what Odubel Herrera has given the Phillies in center this season. Teams are running at will on Herrera, scoring from third on shallow fly balls and trying to turn singles into doubles whenever he has to range to his side. Jones' arm is unquestionably stronger.

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