A name that is being heavily connected to the Philadelphia Phillies‘ managerial opening by people in the industry is Boston Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina.
“Personally, I think he ends up in Philly if he doesn’t land the Red Sox gig,” one executive outside of the situation said.
A DiSarcina/Phillies connection makes sense, in multiple ways.
One, he has close ties to Phillies general manager Matt Klentak from their days with the Los Angeles Angels.
Two, it gives Klentak “his guy” that he handpicked, not someone around from the previous regime.
Finally, it gives the Phillies a familiar face to local star Mike Trout, who is set to become a free agent in 2021.
There has been plenty of speculation about Philadelphia landing a big name player such as a Bryce Harper, Manny Machado or Zach Britton, but industry folks have connected Trout to his hometown team for years.
Adding DiSarcina as manager would help the chances of Trout landing in Philly — it certainly wouldn’t hurt them. With the Phillies having little to no money on the books in future seasons, they have what it takes to sign a player of Trout’s caliber, who figures to land a $400+ million deal, should he hit the free agent market.
DiSarcina-to-Philly not only would bring a terrific manager to town — one scout who knows him has called him a “freaking stud” — but it may increase the chances of a superstar coming home
It almost makes too much sense not to happen.