Says Bob Nightengale in USA Today:
You can’t pay Bryce Harper $330 million, bring in four other former All-Stars, including catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura, finish in fourth place in the NL East, and not have someone pay the price.
The only real question is whether Kapler takes the fall or his coaching staff?
Phillies GM Matt Klentak wants to bring Kapler back, and is open to shuffling the staff.
Then again, this may not necessarily be his call.
Phillies owner John Middleton is the one who ordered Klentak to fire hitting coach John Mallee and bring back Charlie Manuel, and it’s quite possible he calls the shot this time, too.
And, if Kapler is out, is he Bochy’s replacement in San Francisco, considering his relationship with Giants president Farhan Zaidi from their Los Angeles Dodgers’ days together?