The Phillies are considering Dodgers assistant GM Jeff Kingston for their general manager position, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports (Twitter link). Kingston joins a rather short list of names linked to the Phils’ front office search thus far, as former Marlins GM Michael Hill is also expected to interview for the president of baseball operations position and the Phillies will also make something of a longer-shot appeal to gauge Theo Epstein’s interest in the PoBO role.
Kingston has been the Dodgers’ AGM for the last two seasons and worked in the same role with the Mariners from 2016-18, also briefly serving as Seattle’s interim general manager before Jerry Dipoto was hired. Most recently, Kingston was a finalist for the Angels’ GM opening before Perry Minasian was hired. It would be somewhat unusual if the Phillies hired Kingston or anyone else as general manager before hiring a president of baseball ops, though it remains to be seen if Philadelphia is necessarily embarking on a full-fledged search, since it remains possible that current PoBO Andy MacPhail and interim GM Ned Rice could remain in their current roles through the 2021 season.
More from around the NL East…
- As of Wednesday, the Marlins hadn’t made Brandon Kintzler a new contract offer, The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports. The Marlins declined their 2021 club option on Kintzler (worth $4MM) last month and had expressed interest in bringing him back, though no progress has yet been made on that front. Kintzler posted a 2.22 ERA over 24 1/3 innings in his first season in Miami, with the caveat that advanced metrics and ERA predictors were much less impressed with the groundball specialist’s work.
- Jackson also provides an update on negotiations between the Marlins and Sinclair Broadcast Group about a new TV contract, as the team’s old deal expired at the end of the season. The Marlins are looking to more than triple the $18MM-$20MM they received annually under the terms of their old contract, though “one problem is that there’s no legitimate TV competitor to challenge Sinclair for Marlins rights.” The club could explore such alternative broadcast options as Amazon or YouTube (which Jackson describes as “a long shot”), though barring such a development, talks with Sinclair might stretch into January or February.
- Less than two years after signing Jacob deGrom to a contract extension, should the Mets explore another deal with their ace? The New York Post’s Joel Sherman makes the case, noting that deGrom can opt out of his current contract following the 2022 season, if he chose to move on from the $30.5MM owed to him for 2023 and a potential $32.5MM for 2024 via a club option. DeGrom would entering the 2022-23 free agent market as a 34-year-old, though if he kept pitching close to his current form, he would surely land more than one guaranteed year on the open market. If deGrom has another Cy Young-caliber season in 2021, it will give him more leverage in extension talks, which is why it could behoove the Mets to discuss an extension now. On the other hand, with deGrom’s decision still two years away, the Mets could decide to stand pat rather than commit more big money to a pitcher approaching his mid-30’s.
Mike Chernoff would be perfect candidate to occupy the vacancy of general manager or president of baseball operation of the Phillies. However, he doesn’t want to leave the Cleveland Indians’ organization. The Mets wanted to hire him.
YES. hire someone from NYY or LAD, not TB or OAK. those organizations are so mined of their front office talent, but LAD and NYY are great at finding talent and no one seems to want to take their GM candidates.
Didn’t Dodgers get their president from TB? How did the Angels fair getting Cashman’s right hand man work out?
It probably doesn’t help when the owner just hands out garbage contracts to mediocre players and is like “Here’s all this mediocre offense plus Mike Trout. Build a pitching staff with 13 whole dollars”
Is it really newsworthy to report Brandon Kintzler hasn’t been offered a new contract? The same could be said for every other free agent.
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Exactly. Who do they think Kintzler is…Jeter, LeBron, Brady, Michael Jordan? What’s next? Are they going to have Ahmad Rashad follow Kintzler around and into the bathroom to wipe?
brave new world
Farhan came from LA, and even though he had already been a GM so did Alex Anthopolous.
Give degrom 4 more years for 120 mil
he’s under contract for three+ more years already
I think the Mets would have to offer deGrom a ton of $ to extend him at this point. My guess is that he is planning on opting out after 2022 to get a fully guaranteed multi-year deal that pays him at least $36 million AAV. If the Mets extend him to that contract now it will change the value of his contract. The fact that deGrom is considered somewhat underpaid now is a big deal and just makes him that much more valuable. If the Mets start paying him Gerrit Cole money they will eventually be disappointed. They would be better off letting some other team overpay for his aging name and services while they get to enjoy the next 2 years of his prime at a relative discount.
Too early to extend someone who cannot opt out for two years. For pitchers, things can change with one pitch. deGrom is not injury prone but he had soreness at times two of the last three wonderful seasons. You need to chill and see how next year plays out. He will be 34 i. Two years.
With his age? I’d tell him to kick rocks.
Better to cut a player loose a year too early rather than a year too late. Oakland and Tampa Bay don’t get burned by paying post 35 year old players and achieve maximum value. Big market teams just have to be disciplined to avoid the same issues. Pujols, Cano, etc. are the wrong way to pay older players. Wainwright, Molina are much closer to a good solution.
Fish need to close that new deal at around $50 mill a year with Sinclair. Will be the biggest deal made by this new regime.
They can not fail on this deal.
With essentially no competition, why would Sinclair pay $50M/year when they were paying $18M-$20M?
Yes, I ready that part and it doesn’t matter. If this regime can negotiate a better deal for the fish, then it will be very hard for them to kee their promise in sustaining a consistently and long term championship contending ball club.
Kintzler might be a nice inexpensive pick up for the Red Sox. They need someone who can actually pitch in the 9th inning
So you’re all in in deGrom’s extension?
Wow, I haven’t seen a spam bot on here for a while.
Guy looks like a freshman in college. Gimme a break
The Phillies are now a rudderless ship. McPhail is a lame duck; not that he did anything of merit before he was a lame duck. Have no clue about Ned Rice’s qualifications other than he was a Klentak hire, and that doesn’t float my boat.
We need a catcher and a centerfielder plus another quality starting pitcher. And that’s just for starters. The entire bullpen, save for a few holdovers from 2020, needs to be rebuilt. That’s a big job for anyone who takes the GM post.
Realmuto is a must for the phillies , another pitcher maybe like Tanaka or Odorizzi. They have to fix that bullpen, Hendricks , Colome & Hand would be perfect for them. If they want a CF , JBJ would be good for them.
Realmuto is all but gone. Sadly.
I think he stays , the mets might have brought in Cohen but they will only get one of the big three fish out there on the market. But i think they only end up with Springer. Bauer to the angels, and JT stays
I think JT is headed to the Yankees. I know that there are indicators that the Yankees are trying to not go over the luxury, but we all know that the Yankees never pass up a chance to get an elite piece that they highly need. The Yankees need a catcher that can play defense instead of another season potentially wasted on Sanchez. Realmuto is the best in the business and is not only the defensive fit, but an offensive compliment to their guys. He and DJ would destroy teams at the top of the lineup as they set up for the big bats.
Do we really think that Yankees wouldn’t take a serious look at that? A couple of years ago I said that the Yankees wouldn’t be able to resist the chance to add Stanton, and it happened. Realmuto is someone that I think they’ll look at long and hard. I think JT is headed to the Bronx.
Agreed, and I’m OK with that. This is JTR’s chance for a “brass ring” contract that will set his family up for generations. Phil’s just can’t offer a max contract like that…factor in his age and the concerns of where he’ll play in a few years (probably not C)…and then factor in ALL the other needs for the Phils and I’m super OK with a James McCann or Yadi stopgap.
Gimme Springer at a decent rate and shore up that bullpen!!