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).
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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'll be 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.
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.
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 traded for Mariners All-Star infielder Jean Segura. The deal sends first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle.
Patrick Corbin to Washington, Josh Donaldson to Atlanta, Jean Segura to Philly, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York -- the NL East teams are going for it.
Mets executive Jeff Wilpon said the team aggressively pushed to acquire Edwin Diaz in part to "block" the rival Phillies from trading for the All-Star closer.
A swap with Seattle brings an All-Star shortstop to Philadelphia. Will the move help or hurt the Phillies' chances of adding one of this winter's biggest free agents?
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Mariners-Phillies quick analysis: Makes sense for both teams. The Phillies get a sure thing at shortstop in Jean Segura after ranking worst in the majors in WAR at the position in 2018 and clear first base for Rhys Hoskins. The Mariners get long-term salary relief while gambling that J.P. Crawford's glove will be good enough to carry a so-so bat. The Phillies take on more money, but the Mariners take on more risk as Crawford still has to prove himself.
First baseman Justin Bour and left-hander Luis Avilan were not offered 2019 contracts by the Phillies on Friday, making them free agents.
Buster Olney talks to Scott Lauber from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the biggest offseason stories surrounding the Phillies.
While this winter's crop searches for new homes, we look ahead to the big decisions that loom for some of the game's top stars -- Nolan Arenado, Chris Sale, Paul Goldschmidt and Gerrit Cole among them.
The top outfielder on the free-agent market is set to make big bucks. We put you in Bryce Harper's shoes. Where will you go?
Your favorite team probably isn't going to get Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But another move -- maybe for a top pitcher -- could make all the difference this winter.