The Phillies announced Wednesday they plan to extend the netting at Citizens Bank Park to conform to Major League Baseball’s new recommendations regarding fan safety.
The Phillies signed right-handed reliever David Hernandez to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed, but the acquisition gives the Phils more depth in the bullpen as general manager Matt Klentak tries to stockpile as much pitching as possible.
The Phillies hope Tyler Goeddel is the next Shane Victorino, Odubel Herrera or Ender Inciarte.
Right-hander Darren O’Day has decided to re-sign with the Orioles, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. The move means the Nationals will continue to search for a setup man and other relievers.
After an uproar over comments he made to the media at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday about Aroldis Chapman and domestic violence, Nationals manager Dusty Baker clarified his comments in a later interview on MLB Network Radio.
One thing is certain, Dusty Baker is pleased to be back in baseball after a two-year absence. The way he was talking on Tuesday afternoon, one would have thought the Nationals were the best team Baker ever managed and he hasn’t managed a game in Washington — yet.
According to a baseball source, the Nationals have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Mike Leake, who once played for Washington manager Dusty Baker with the Reds.
It appears Brandon Phillips will not be traded to the Nationals. Washington is moving on from the Reds’ second baseman, according to a report by Fox Sports. While there is a chance talks could revive, for now the Nats are pursuing other options.
With Jon Niese departed, the Mets have no obvious fifth starter, making it possible that they could reunite with Bartolo Colon.
The trade for Neil Walker not only sent off Jon Niese, who had been in the organization for more than a decade, it ensured that Daniel Murphy will not return.
Less than a day after missing out on their top free-agent target, Ben Zobrist, the Mets swung a deal to fill their second-base void, trading left-hander Jon Niese to the Pirates in exchange for Neil Walker.