On top of searching for their next manager, the Philadelphia Phillies are on the look for a new scouting director after Johnny Almarez stepped down in early-September for personal reasons.
Philadelphia isn't looking to promote from within for this highly important scouting position. According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Phillies are offering their scouting director position to New York Yankees cross checker Brian Barber.
Not only are the Phillies heavily linked to former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, but they might poach one of New York's national cross checkers. You wonder if the two are intertwined somehow and will dictate whether Girardi comes to Philadelphia?
Barber is considered one of the top amateur scouts around, so the addition of the former big league pitcher would be a huge addition for the Phillies, who are in desperate need of better internal talent.
And based on the Yankees track record of identifying and developing young talent, there might not be a man more suited to turn the tide in Philly.