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Report: Phillies ready to promote Adam Haseley

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In the wake of outfielder Andrew McCutchen‘s apparent knee injury suffered during Monday night’s loss to the Padres, the Phillies had top prospect Adam Haseley fly out to San Diego as a precaution,’s Todd Zolecki reports. If McCutchen needs to go on the 10-day injured list, the Phillies would add Haseley to the 40- and 25-man rosters.

McCutchen, though, seems optimistic about the injury he appeared to suffer while engaged in a run-down following an intentionally dropped pop-up hit by Jean Segura in the top of the first inning. McCutchen said last night, “I’m not worried at all. If it was blown out they would have been like, hey, your knee is torn. I didn’t get that information. They’re not certain with whatever they feel because everything feels good, but they’d rather me go in to get the MRI just to see if there’s something more.”

McCutchen, 32, is hitting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 262 plate appearances. He also leads the league with 43 walks. The Phillies, with what amounted to perfect timing, acquired Jay Bruce over the weekend. He met the Phillies in San Diego for the series opener and was inserted into the game when McCutchen went down. However, the club is still without injured outfielders Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens, and Odúbel Herrera is still on administrative leave, so losing McCutchen as well would severely hinder the club’s outfield depth.

Haseley, 23, was selected by the Phillies in the first round (eighth overall) in the 2017 draft. MLB Pipeline rates him as the Phillies’ No. 3 prospect behind Alec Bohm and Adonis Medina. Between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, Haseley hit a combined .275/.358/.466 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 204 PA.

The Phillies also recently sent Nick Williams back to Triple-A, but he mustered a disappointing .437 OPS in 73 major league PA this year. Remaining in Triple-A would give Williams regular at-bats and allow him to work through his struggles with less pressure.

The Nationals have inquired about Kris Bryant

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The Washington Nationals, fresh off signing Stephen Strasburg to a $245 million deal, are now turning their attention to their third base hole. Jon Morosi of reports that they have made inquiries to the Chicago Cubs about trading for Kris Bryant.

Emphasis on the word “inquiry” because it’d be premature for the Cubs to trade Bryant at the moment, even if they are reported to be considering the possibility.

Bryant and the Cubs are awaiting word from an arbitrator about Bryant’s years-old service time grievance. If Bryant wins, he becomes a free agent after the 2020 season. If the Cubs win they control him for two more years. The team may or may not choose to trade him in either case as they are reportedly trying to cut payroll, but the price for him will vary pretty significantly depending on whether or not the acquiring club will receive one or two years of control over the former MVP.

For Washington, this would be a means of replacing free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon. Or, perhaps, the inquiries are a means of creating a tad more leverage for the Nats as they talk to Rendon’s agent about re-signing him.

Which, in the past, the Nats said they could not do if they also re-signed Strasburg, though I suspect that’s just posturing too. They may not want to spend big money to keep their World Series core together, but they can afford it. They’re going to see, I suspect, an eight-figure uptick in revenue by virtue of being the defending World Series champs. They are poised to receive a significant payout as a result of recent rulings in their own multi-year dispute with the Orioles and the MASN network. They are, of course, owned by billionaire real estate moguls. All of that taken together means that, if they choose to, they can bring back Rendon. Assuming he chooses to come back too.

But, if that doesn’t happen, they appear to be giving themselves options at the hot corner.