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BBTN: Kurkjian, Winter Meetings Stories To Watch

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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Phils' Kapler to hold players publicly accountable

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."

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6dDavid Schoenfield

Where things stand with Bryce Harper sweepstakes

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.

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.

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Phillies non-tender 1B Bour, LHP Avilan

First baseman Justin Bour and left-hander Luis Avilan were not offered 2019 contracts by the Phillies on Friday, making them free agents.

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13dDavid Schoenfield

Way-too-early 2019-20 MLB free-agent rankings

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.

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20dDavid Schoenfield

The top offseason priority for all 30 MLB teams

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.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.1418th
Quality Starts86Tied-8th
Batting Average.23430th
On Base Percentage.31419th
Slugging Percentage.39323rd