Happy New Year to one and all, and with that comes the latest update of Philadelphia Phillies rumors over this 2013-14 offseason.
With just over a month until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, one might presume that the offseason is winding down for the majority of Major League Baseball. However, thanks in large part to Japanese-posted right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the polar opposite is true.
At a time when the amount of high-profile free agents remaining usually would be countable on one hand, free agents—especially starting pitchers—still abound.
Even though free agency still has a long way to go, there aren't too many rumors out there involving the Phillies. Over the last two weeks, the Phillies have really been connected to three players, and one of those names became known in the infancy of this new year.
The big question burning on the minds of Phillies fans is this: Is the current roster what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and Co. plan on going with come Opening Day, or is another move—even a low-profile move at that—in store?
While that answer is never known for sure, we'll do our best to clear up the situation. Here are the latest rumors around baseball involving the Phillies. We'll either buy or sell on them, depending on the viability of them happening.
Let's get to it.