Phillies Reportedly Lose Coach Flores to the Baltimore Orioles
The Phillies coaching staff already had one major change when pitching coach Rick Kranitz was allowed to depart for the Atlanta Braves so that Chris Young could be promoted to pitching coach. The Phillies then promoted David Lundquist from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to be assistant pitching coach. But the Phillies will have to add an additional coach.
According to MLB.com's Joe Trezza, the Phillies will be in need of a new first base coach to replace Jose David Flores:
It is unclear at the moment what role Flores will take in the Orioles organization.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Breen noted that the Phillies planned to change the role Flores had this upcoming season. Flores spent 2018 as first base coach, outfield coach, and baserunning coach. The newly-hired Paco Figueroa will handle baserunners for the Phillies in 2019. Flores was set to focus on defensive alignments in 2019.
Major league teams are allowed seven uniformed coaches during a game, but teams are free to have other coaches work with the team ahead of time. The Phillies have early added coaching help to aid outside of uniform. It will be interesting to see who the Phillies end up bringing aboard for first base.