ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies have been granted permission to Pirates Special Assistant Jim Benedict. Benedict currently serves as a special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington.
Benedict, 52, has been with the Pirates since 2008 and has held a few positions including minor league pitching coordinator. He is credited with resurrecting the careers of Francisco Liriano and All-Star reliever Mark Melancon. Benedict worked closely with Charlie Morton, who has rebounded nicely since Tommy John surgery, and future-ace Gerrit Cole.
Melancon called Benedict "kind of a guru when it comes to pitching."
Not a bad option for the Phillies' job.
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