Phillies starter drops a classy message ahead of Opening Day…

A former Phillies starting pitcher, Michael Lorenzen, remains without a team as the MLB regular season approaches. Despite his free agent status, Lorenzen is actively preparing for Opening Day.

While the baseball season has commenced for two teams, the Philadelphia Phillies and others are set to start in a week. However, with Opening Day looming, several free agents, including Lorenzen, are still seeking contracts for the 2024 season.

Lorenzen, who has attracted interest from multiple teams over recent months, notably participated in a bullpen session for numerous clubs in January. Recently, he was linked to the New York Yankees following Gerrit Cole’s injury news, although no agreement materialized.

Reports indicate that Lorenzen showcased his readiness for the season by delivering a 70-pitch session, reaching speeds of 94 to 96 mph. This demonstration of form suggests he is prepared to contribute immediately if given the opportunity before Opening Day.

Following a promising start with the Phillies, including his involvement in the franchise’s 14th no-hitter, Lorenzen’s performance declined, culminating in a disappointing 5.51 ERA during his tenure. Despite this, he remains hopeful of securing a contract for his 10th MLB season.

His camp has reportedly sought a two-year, $20 million deal, although he may need to adjust his expectations given recent contract negotiations involving other prominent players.

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