Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Is today the day?
Is today the day?
There's one thing Philadelphia wants from stars, and if either of baseball's top free agents sign there, they'd better deliver.
After providing a taste of what they can do last season, these pitchers are ready to take their place among MLB's elite.
Phillies president Andy MacPhail, who continues to size up free agents such as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, says "all of our ownership group wants to win."
Looking for some of the game's brightest up-and-coming stars? You're at the right place.
Three and a half months after the pursuit started, here's where things stand with Harper, Machado and their suitors. Plus, updates on Craig Kimbrel, Nolan Arenado and other stars seeking paydays.
Aaron Nola hopes to win titles with the Phillies, and a four-year, $45 million contract will give him a chance.
These under-the-radar players could open some eyes during spring training and make some noise in the majors before the year is out.
VIDEO – Phillies GM Matt Klentak on Bryce Harper and Many Machado: "There's a lot of people that are curious what's gonna happen, where are these guys gonna go, how much money they're going to make, I too, I'm curious to know the answers..."
VIDEO: Aaron Nola refuses to address whether the tough free agent market was a consideration for him signing a four-year deal with the Phillies: "This felt right for me at this time."
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday that starter Jake Arrieta recently underwent surgery after injuring his left knee while weight training. Arrieta should be ready for the start of the regular season, or shortly thereafter, Kapler said.
The slugging first baseman has become an endangered species, but there's still some pop at the top of our list.
Aaron Nola, who won a career-best 17 games and had a 2.37 ERA last season, has agreed to a four-year, $45 million extension with the Phillies that includes a club option for a fifth season.
The catcher couldn't wait to get to spring training, and his new team couldn't wait to have him. Now the question is if an even bigger name will sign on to complete one of MLB's most intriguing makeovers.
Lincoln's B'day trivia - according to Baseball-Reference.com - 3 MLB players had "Abraham Lincoln" as their given name: P "Sweetbread" Bailey (1919-21 Cubs/‘21 Dodgers), OF "Ham" Wade (‘07 Giants) & C/OF Abe Wolstenholme (1883 Phi.)
We start our position-by-position tiers at catcher, where franchise performers aren't exactly easy to come by in 2019.
From big names with something to prove to young stars to get to know, here's what you'll want to keep an eye on during spring training.
New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen isn't lacking in confidence. But his team and its talented competitors are far from flawless.
The Braves' system is still loaded, the Nats are deeper than you might think, the Mets and Phillies have dealt a lot of talent and the Marlins ... are the Marlins.
J.T. Realmuto's offensive production could soar as he now calls hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park home.
The Marlins fell short of their big demands for their star catcher, but the return could pay off -- if their new No. 1 prospect's arm can hold up.
In dealing for baseball's best catcher, Philadelphia boosted its NL East chances while keeping the possibility of an even bigger move on the table.
The Phillies have acquired All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins as they continue to remake their offense.