Ricky Bottalico hosted the Philly Hot Stove Show with Connor Thomas on 97.5 The Fanatic. They discussed the MLB Winter Meetings, the possibility of extensions for Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler, and potential targets for Dave Dombrowski and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jayson Stark of The Athletic and Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer also joined the show. Both writers made the trip to Nashville for the annual baseball meetings.
Previewing 2024 Phillies
Dombrowski and the Phillies entered the offseason looking like a prime candidate to get involved in conversations for the biggest names on the market. Things haven’t materialized that way.
The Phillies re-signed Aaron Nola to a long-term contract in November. All indications suggest they won’t add many more major contributors.
Ricky and Connor discussed the Phillies in the landscape of Major League Baseball this winter. The New York Yankees made the big splash of the offseason to this point by acquiring Juan Soto in a blockbuster deal. The winner of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes will soon steal the headlines from the Bronx Bombers. However, the rest of the league has been relatively quiet.
Ricky Bottalico broke down the returning members of the Phillies bullpen. Jose Alvarado and Seranthony Dominguez will return as key pieces at the back end. Orion Kerkering and Gregory Soo will also look to slide into the spot left vacant by Craig Kimbrel. The veteran closer signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Stark, Lauber Share Reports
The two guests gave the latest updates on the “hot stove” offseason. Stark and Lauber gave excellent recaps of their experience around Dave Dombrowski and the rest of the Phillies staff at the MLB Winter Meetings.
What did they have to say about the latest on Zack Wheeler, Bryce Harper, and a team hungry to avenge their devastating NLCS loss? Will there be any future additions?