“Why would the Phillies do this? It is almost inexplicable. They have nothing to gain—Wetzler is gone, and Philadelphia will receive a compensatory sixth rounder this summer—and everything to lose. Non-senior prospects generally indicate their “signability” before a team selects them. You should now expect very few of them to be open to talking with the Phillies. If, as MLB.com’s Jim Callis surmises, the Phillies ratted out Wetzler in anger for not signing with them, it’s petty, vindictive, and ultimately self-defeating.” –Barry Petchesky
The NCAA reinstated the Washington State player, so maybe Wetzler is guilty of more. Right now it looks bad for Philadelphia. What a shithole of a city and franchise. They should rename it from “City of Brotherly Love” to “City of Little Brother Syndrome”. Much more accurate.
Cue the conspiracy theory (and the timing does seem odd, and also odd the WSU player was reinstated) that this is a way to hurt a non-SEC team. The NCAA is in bed with everyone so there’s probably at least a smidge of truth to that. OSU can win without Wetzler for some time, so this egg on Philly and the NCAA’s face is nice. Wetzler better sue (see Andrew Oliver).