In a slow MLB offseason, social media posts from players are getting special attention for any shred of news they might provide. On Wednesday afternoon, a post from Joc Pederson was the latest to set the rumor mill buzzing.
Pederson’s latest Instagram featured the outfielder posing with the Phillie Phanatic, the Philadelphia Phillies’ mascot, with the caption “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.” It also included Calum Scott’s “Dancing On My Own,” a song the Phillies adopted as their playoff anthem in 2022 and 2023. The post immediately inspired rampant speculation that it was a signing announcement from the free agent.
The rumors and speculation were quickly shut down by beat reporters covering the team.
Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer posted to X (formerly Twitter), “A Phillies source says they haven’t signed Joc Pederson.”
A Phillies source says they haven’t signed Joc Pederson.
— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) December 6, 2023
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