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The Phillies are considering Chase Utley to become their new bench coach, according to Fox 29's Howard Eskin in Philadelphia.

The Phillies still have two more spots on their coaching staff to fill after hiring Pedro Guerrero to be the assistant hitting coach on Wednesday. Utley hasn't actually retired yet, but if he were to hang up his playing cleats, this would be a fun move. Utley was one of the best second baseman in all of baseball in his time with Philadelphia, and is still one of the most popular players in the city. He also has a long reputation of being a smart, respected player in the clubhouse, so a transition into coaching could be a natural fit.
Nov 22 - 9:17 PM

Pedro Guerrero was named assistant hitting coach of the Phillies on Wednesday.

Guerrero comes to the Phillies after spending the last two years as a minor-league bench coach in the Dodger system. At 28-years-old, he's one of the youngest coaches on a major-league roster this year. The move also likely signifies that Rick Kranitz will be the pitching coach. Kranitz was hired two weeks ago but wasn't given a specified role. Since Philadelphia has filled all but two of their seven coaching positions and haven't named a pitching coach yet, it would only make sense that he would assume the role after being the assistant pitching coach in 2016.
Nov 22 - 8:28 PM

Baseball America's Bob Dutton reports that Kyle Lewis is still dealing with lingering issues in his right knee.

Lewis was forced to leave the AFL at the end of October because of soreness in his knee, and while there wasn't any structural damage, it sounds like this could be a chronic issue. The 2016 first-round pick has more talent than any prospect in the Seattle system, but the question is now if he'll ever be able to truly recover from the horrific ACL tear that has seen him miss all but 49 games in his two years as a professional. There's just as much risk in Lewis's profile as there is reward at this point.
Nov 22 - 7:44 PM

Representatives of Todd Frazier are pitching him as an option to play either third or first base.

Frazier has spent almost his entire career at third base, but presenting his ability to play first -- a spot he's played 94 times in his seven year career -- makes sense. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is coming off a year where he hit 27 homers with a .772 OPS with the White Sox and Yankees, and given that right-handed power is always at a premium, he could receive a significant payday at either position for a team that believes he can hit in or near the middle of the order.
Nov 22 - 4:34 PM

Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis reports that the Twins have shown interest in Brad Hand and Alex Colome.

The Twins previously were reported to have contacted the Reds in regards to the availability of Raisel Iglesias. Minnesota clearly wants to upgrade their bullpen, and all three would be improvements over their current closer situation. A Hand trade might be the most logical, as the Padres are still clearly in rebuild mode, and the right-hander is coming off a career year where he registered a 2.16 ERA and struck out 104 batters in just under 80 innings.
Nov 22 - 4:09 PM
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