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March 15, 2019 - 1:41 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres vice president of scouting Don Welke has died. He was 75.The team says he died Wednesday night in San Diego surrounded by family. No cause was given.Welke worked in baseball for more than 50 years. He joined the Padres in 2014 Michael Taylor Jersey , following general manager A.J. Preller from the Texas Rangers to San Diego. Welke also worked the Phillies, Dodgers, Orioles, Blue Jays, Royals and Reds.Welke was instrumental in the Rangers reaching consecutive World Series. He was directly involved in the signings and acquisitions of Adrian Beltre http://www.nationalsfanproshop…..ley-jersey , Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus. He also helped sign Dave Stieb, Pat Hentgen and John Olerud.In a statement, Preller calls Welke a “visionary who knew and loved baseball, and he shared that knowledge and passion with me and countless other scouts throughout his five decades in the game.” Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesThe oddsmakers foresee a big offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies.According to OddsShark, the Phillies are the betting favorites to sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Philadelphia has even odds of landing Harper and is at plus-150 to add Machado:OddsShark OddsSharkUpdated odds for what team Bryce Harper will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (BovadaOfficial):Phillies EVENCubs +300Nationals +400Giants +750Yankees +800Dodgers +850Red Sox +1500Angels +1500OddsShark OddsSharkOpening odds for which team Manny Machado will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (BovadaOfficial):Phillies +150Dodgers +225Yankees +300Marlins +800Angels +900Braves +1400Nationals +1400The Phillies are also considered a long shot (+500) to sign Craig Kimbrel. The world champion Boston Red Sox have even odds of re-signing the All-Star closer:OddsShark OddsSharkOpening odds for which team Craig Kimbrel will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (BovadaOfficial):Red Sox EVENBraves +225Cubs +500Dodgers +500Phillies +500OddsSharkalso provided the early landscape for the ClaytonKershawsweepstakes assumingKershawopts out of his contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers are at minus-150 to retain the veteran left-hander:OddsShark OddsSharkOpening odds for which team Clayton Kershaw will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (BovadaOfficial):Dodgers -150Rangers +375Astros +375Cubs +800Giants +800Yankees +850Reds +1600Nobody expects Philadelphia to actually get both Harper andMachadosince that would mean investing $500 million鈥攃onservatively鈥攊n two players.But the Phillies are set to have the 19th-highest payroll ($68.9 million) in baseball in 2019 Trea Turner Jersey , perSpotrac. Based on recent history, that would leave general managerMattKlentakto make at least one big signing. In 2011 when the franchise made its last playoff appearance, it had thethird-highest payroll($169.9 million).Ownership has shown a willingness to spend when the Phillies are contending. After making a 14-game improvement in 2018, Philadelphia looks on the cusp of a breakthrough. Getting one of Harper orMachadowould unquestionably help achieve that.KimbrelandKershawwill be two interesting free agents to follow.They’re both among the most proven veterans at their respective positions, yet they’re coming off relatively disappointing 2018 seasons.Kimbrelfinished with a career-high 3.13FIPin the regular season http://www.nationalsfanproshop…..ers-jersey , perBaseball Reference.His 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings were also a big step backward from 2017 (16.4).Most concerning,Kimbrel’s fastball velocity (97.63 mph) was his lowest since 2011, according toBrooks Baseball. The aging curveisn’t kindto relief pitchers, and the 30-year-oldKimbrelmay be on the verge of a steep decline.Kershawis unlikely to fall off a cliff performance-wise in the coming years, but it’s fair to wonder whether the three-time Cy Young Award winner can continue to set the gold standard for starting pitchers.His 3.19FIPwas his highest since his rookie year in 2008 Joe Blanton Jersey , perBaseball Reference, and he hasn’t made 30-plus starts since 2015.As great as it would be to seeKershawend his career in Los Angeles, the Dodgers have to seriously consider how far they’re willing to go to keep him. LettingKershawgo may be the better course of action over agreeing to anotherrecord-settingcontract.

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