Jim Benedict, talking to Pirates' farm director Kyle Stark.
Two weeks ago we heard that the Philadelphia Phillies would be interviewing Jim Benedict, who is currently a special advisor to Neal Huntington, and has played a key role working with pitchers like Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly hears that Benedict impressed team officials in his interview (h/t RumBunter). Salisbury listed several other candidates who have received interviews, but none of them came with good reports. Here is the list of players the Phillies have pursued and the status, via Salisbury:
Roger McDowell - Decided to remain with Atlanta on a two year extension
Bryan Price - Hired by the Reds
Pete Vuckovich - Removed his name from consideration
Rod Nichols - The Phillies' 2013 bullpen coach. No status given.
Ray Burris - The Phillies' 2013 Triple-A pitching coach. No status given.
Reid Cornelius - Miami's bullpen coach was interviewed, but is no longer under consid...
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