The division's four contenders have made the biggest moves to restock their rosters, but they're far from finished.
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Scott Boras won't say who free agent Bryce Harper will sign with, but the agent did say that a deal could happen at any time -- whether it be days or weeks.
Before catching up with new Spink Award winner Jayson Stark (36:59), Buster gets "Inside Heat" from N.Y. (5:00), Milwaukee (11:51) and Arizona (16:40). Plus, Keith Law shares his perspective on what's gone down at the Winter Meetings thus far (22:49).
The Phillies are facing formidable competition in their pursuit of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
With the winter meetings upcoming in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, we look at the free-agent outfielder's quest for baseball's biggest contract.
The Phillies have agreed to a contract with outfielder Andrew McCutchen, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The former NL MVP will improve the Phillies' defense in left field and should provide more consistency at the plate than the departed Carlos Santana did in 2018.
Adding the former NL MVP is a good start, but the Phillies' front office shouldn't stop there.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Phillies make the first big splash of the winter meetings, agreeing with Andrew McCutchen on a three-year, $50 million deal. McCutchen obviously isn't the MVP candidate he was from 2012 to 2015, but he still has power -- he's hit 32 home runs on the road the past two seasons -- and drew 95 walks. His defense in a corner outfield is fine and the Phillies get him from ages 32 to 34. Looks like a good signing at the price and allows them to remain in the Bryce Harper/Manny Machado sweepstakes as well.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Outside of staying in Yankee Stadium, Citizens Bank Park is probably the next-best landing spot for a player with Andrew McCutchen's skill set. Citizens Bank was the No. 2 home run park for right-handed hitters from 2014-18. A return to 30 homers is no longer out of the question.
Jayson Stark, a former writer for ESPN and The Philadelphia Inquirer who is currently with The Athletic, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing and will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend July 19-22.
Before catching up with Tim Kurkjian (30:44), Buster gets a Winter Meetings edition of "The Numbers Game" (1:52) and checks in on the hot Winter markets, including Houston (9:41), Chicago (13:56), New York (18:43) and San Francisco (24:29).
After being criticized for focusing on the positives even as the Phillies faded down the stretch last season, manager Gabe Kapler said Monday that he'll hold his players more publicly accountable in 2019.
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was impressed with how Bryce Harper didn't seem to give away at-bats while he struggled. "I love the way he plays," Kapler said. "There's so much to like about what Bryce Harper brings to the table."
Dan Mullen ESPN.com
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler spoke glowingly about Bryce Harper when asked if he still thinks the free agent ranks among the very best players in the game: "Bryce Harper does a number of things well, but one of the things I found most fascinating about him last year was even through the times of his struggles, he still worked an incredible at-bat. So it wasn't like rolling over to the second baseman on the first pitch when he was struggling, although that happened from time to time. But when he struggled he still put together a quality at-bat. He still worked the pitcher. He still made the opposition uncomfortable. And sometimes he'd end that at-bat with a walk, which I think there's a lot of value in that. Now, when he's going good, he's one of the more difficult players to get out in the game. And I love the way he plays. I think there's so much to like about what Bryce Harper brings to the table. His play on the field and then also what he brings to a clubhouse environment."
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler thinks he can be even more outspoken, as unlikely as that notion sounds, "I think I have demonstrated that I hold our players accountable behind closed doors. I think our fans would like to see me hold our players to that high bar publicly. I'm committed to doing that."
The winter meetings are underway in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, where we're tracking all of the latest Bryce buzz all week long.
Who's ready to bet big on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado? Which teams are looking to wheel and deal? We tell you what might go down in the desert.
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In a swap of arbitration-eligible relievers, the Phillies have acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-hander Luis Garcia.
Rick Kranitz, fired by the Phillies as pitching coach last month, has been hired by the Braves for the same position.
Philadelphia addressed a huge need at short with Jean Segura, while Seattle is giving J.P. Crawford a chance to meet his considerable potential.
The Phillies have traded for Mariners All-Star infielder Jean Segura. The deal sends first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle.