In August, the Phillies informed longtime minor league pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller that they would not renew his contract for 2014. The young arms did make some strides in the second half of the season, with lefty Jake Diekman and righty Ethan Martin showing promise in relief.
The new pitching coach will inherit plenty of uncertainty on his staff. Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are the only definites for the rotation next year,
although the Phillies are hopeful that Cuban signee Miguel
Alfredo Gonzalez will win a spot in the rotation.
Righthander Kyle Kendrick faces an uncertain future heading into his final year of arbitration, after some epic struggles over the last 3 months of the season. Closer Jonathan Papelbon's save percentage and ERA were at his career averages, but his velocity and strikeout rate have dropped, raising some concerns for a player who still has 2 years and a vesting option remaining on the deal he signed before the 2012 season.
The Phillies announced that Paul Fournier will be their major league strength and conditioning coordinator. Fournier replaces Dong Lien, who had been on the major league staff for 6 years. Lien has been offered another position within the organization.
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