The Phillies announced in early October that assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner had resigned. Then Joyner changed his mind and announced that he would stay. But now he’s leaving again.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Joyner has stepped down from his role as assistant hitting coach in Philadelphia — for real this time — so that he can “pursue other opportunities.” Presumably those are baseball-related opportunities.
Joyner was hired in October 2012 and spent just one season with the Phils. It’s not the assistant hitting coach’s fault, but Philadelphia had the 27th-ranked offense in the majors in 2013, scoring more runs than only the Cubs, White Sox and Marlins.
Joyner, now 51 years old, was a .289/.362/.440 hitter over a 16-year big league career.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com suspects Micky Morandini might be Joyner’s replacement.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.