The Phillies Are Reportedly Signing Free Agent OF Kyle Schwarber (UPDATE)

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The Phillies Are Reportedly Signing Free Agent OF Kyle Schwarber (UPDATE)

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After the big news of the morning – Seiya Suzuki is reportedly signing with the Chicago Cubs – the free agent outfield market is accelerating. And one of the hottest names out there – Kyle Schwarber – may have his new deal in place with the Philadelphia Phillies.

It seems possible that Suzuki’s signing has shaken things loose – at least for Schwarber. Which, yes, is a little disappointing, given that the guy who was early on the Cubs-Seiya connection last night and this morning, David Kaplan, actually threw the Cubs hat into the ring for Schwarber less than 14 hours ago. I admit, I let myself start dreaming about the Cubs landing both. Maybe that rumor was for more leverage against Suzuki? Maybe it was always an either/or thing? Either way, the Cubs still need to add another bat and/or some left-handed power to this lineup.

As for the potential market implications, the immediate one that comes to mind is Kris Bryant. Philadelphia (or maybe just Bryce Harper) has been courting Kris Bryant to the Phillies all winter, but the addition of Schwarber would probably put a stop to that. That could increase the pressure on Bryant to sign with one of his other interested teams in Seattle or Colorado.

More details when we have them.

UPDATE: A deal in the four-year, $80M range is a really nice bag for Schwarber, who was non-tendered by the Cubs just a year ago.

UPDATE: That was correct. $79 million over four years. Good for him.

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