Multiple outlets are reporting the Phillies have hired Bobby Dickerson to be their infield coach.
Dickerson, who most recently was the Orioles’ third-base coach, has ties to free agent Manny Machado — whom the Phillies covet.
Phillies are among a small handful of teams who are in serious pursuit of Machado and free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, both of whom are among the game’s most talented players.
Last month, the White Sox signed Machado’s brouther-in-law, Yonder Alonso.
The staff opening was created by first-base coach Jose Flores leaving to take a job with the Orioles.
MASN’s Roch Kubatko was the first to report the hire.
The Phillies also have avoided arbitration with relievers Hector Neris (one year, $1.8 million, per the Associated Press) and Jose Alvarez, starting pitchers Jerad Eickhoff (one year, $975,000, per AP), Vince Velasquez and Adam Morgan (one year, $1.1 million per Robert Murray of The Athletic); outfielder Aaron Altherr; third baseman Maikel Franco; and second baseman César Hernández.
Sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN that the team was unable to come to an agreement with starter Aaron Nola and will head to arbitration.
So far this offseason, the Phillies have signed reliever David Robertson and outfielder Andrew McCutchen as traded for infielder Jean Segura.
In addition to Machado and Harper, there are several other All-Star caliber free agents, including closer Craig Kimbrel and left-handed starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel.