Phillies Search for New Pitching Coach Reportedly Centering Around Bryan Price

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08:  Manager Bryan Price #38 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 8, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Even though the MLB offseason hasn't technically started yet, that hasn't stopped the Phillies from making major moves to their coaching staff.

After firing manager Gabe Kapler, the team's front office went through a thorough managerial search before finally choosing Joe Girardi.

The Phillies now need to find a pitching coach that can complement Girardi, and it looks like they think former Reds manager Bryan Price is that guy.

Price managed Cincinnati up until last season and also served as a pitching coach for the Reds, Diamondbacks and Mariners. He's had success developing multiple arms, including Aroldis Chapman.

Philadelphia can use all the help it can get for the rotation. Last season, the team was 19th in walks per nine innings and just 20th in strikeouts. Look for Price to work with guys like Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez in an attempt to bolster and deepen this unit.

If Price can improve the pitching even a little, the Phillies will take a leap in the NL East and could get back into the postseason.