John Kruk could be on his way back to Philadelphia, but this time as a commentator, according to an MLB.com report.
The Phillies are in need of a replacement for Matt Stairs, who the team announced Wednesday will become its new hitting coach. Stairs, 48, spent the last three seasons in the broadcast booth alongside former Phillies Jamie Moyer and Ben Davis, as well as play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy.
Fortuitously for the Phillies, Kruk recently became available.
Kruk, a member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame, left ESPN in October after 12 years as one of their most prominent Major League Baseball analysts.
In a statement, Comcast Sportsnet said that at this time "we have no announcements regarding our Phillies broadcasts for 2017."
Kruk retired from baseball in 1995 after a 10-year career with the Phillies, San Diego Padres, and Chicago White Sox. The three-time All-Star ended his career with a .300 batting average, 100 home runs and 592 runs batted in.
Prior to his career with ESPN, Kruk spent time as an analyst with Comcast SportsNet and Sports Talk 950 AM WPEN (which later became 97.5 The Fanatic). He also coached the Reading Fightin Phils, the Phillies' AA minor league team, during the 2001 season.
Shortly after leaving ESPN, Kruk opined about his future on Twitter.
Staff Writer Rob Tornoe contributed to this report.