Phillies Rumors & News

  • With Rollins departed, seems Utley is staying "JIMMY ROLLINS is trying to find a home in Los Angeles and a place to stay in suburban Phoenix, too. He's now a Dodger, so his family home in New Jersey and winter home in Tampa, near the Phillies' spring training facilities, aren't going to do him a whole lot of good. The Phillies' rebuild has..." December 21

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    The #Phillies could jump in on Asdrubal Cabrera, source says. But first Ruben Amaro Jr. would have to move some payroll.

  • San Diego has talked about Hamels trade "The Padres have had discussions about trading for San Diego native Cole Hamels with new outfielder Wil Myers as potential bait, according to a baseball source. The Padres have been baseball’s busiest team since the Winter Meetings ended in San Diego earlier this month, acquiring three starting..." December 21

  • Ryan Howard trade rumors: Ruben Amaro Jr. says it would be best if Phillies move on from first baseman

    Newark Star-Ledger "In the immediate aftermath of the Phillies finalizing a trade sending shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it doesn't appear that the organization is anywhere close to being finished wheeling and dealing. The next veteran out the door could very well be former MVP first baseman..." December 21

  • MLB, umpires reach agreement on new contract

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21

  • Amaro hopes to move more vets, but says Utley wants to stay

    CSN Philly "Jimmy Rollins’ departure from Philadelphia began with a rumor that the Yankees were interested in acquiring him. That led to a text message from Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano, to Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Lozano told Amaro that Rollins, who had full no-trade rights, would OK a..." December 21

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    The #Phillies could jump in on Asdrubal Cabrera, source says. But first Ruben Amaro Jr. would have to move some payroll.

  • No reason to rush into Cole Hamels deal

    Boston Herald "A few weeks ago, an executive from a team that had spoken with the Phillies about trading for Cole Hamels speculated that Philadelphia’s asking price — a multiplayer package headed by at least two “elite” prospects — would invariably come down later in the offseason. Don’t count on..." December 19

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Heard #phillies are kicking the tires on Rafael Furcal, who's playing winter ball for Aguilas in Dominican Republic.

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    Tim Brown @TBrownYahoo

    It appears Dodgers and Padres have worked through lingering issues. They are all but done with the Kemp trade. Rollins coming from Philly.

  • Rollins trade still in place despite Kemp snag

    CSN Philly "A week after striking a deal to send Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies are still waiting to see what the return will be for the well-decorated veteran shortstop. The holdup continues to be a proposed trade that would send outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the San..." December 18

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #Rockies are looking at FA Kyle Kendrick as a back-of-rotation guy. Pretty durable and has 46% career GB rate. #phillies

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17

  • Cole Hamels hoping to play for team 'that wants to win' "Cole Hamels expected the rumors. He heard them last summer, and when Ruben Amaro Jr. informed the veteran Phillies players last September of the team's future direction, a trade appeared even more possible. He remains a Phillie, but during a Sunday interview with SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio,..." December 15

  • Orioles' outfield search continues, Phillies offered Byrd and Howard

    Masn "As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette rushed to the airport in San Diego following the Rule 5 draft - we were on the same flight and he willingly chose a middle seat next to other team officials, while I grabbed an aisle seat and let everyone bump into my shoulder at least once - he..." December 14

  • With Rollins gone, could Utley go too? "Near the end of last season, Jimmy Rollins was asked how far he thought the Phillies were from returning to greatness. "I have no idea," Rollins said. "It could be next year." A reporter wondered why Rollins considered that possible. "That's what's so great about being a ballplayer," Rollins..." December 14

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The Dodgers have acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Phillies in active discussions with #Dodgers on Rollins. @JonHeymanCBS reported that Rollins would waive no-trade for LAD.

  • Rollins would approve trade to Dodgers, who need a starting SS "Longtime Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is said to be willing to consent to be traded to the Dodgers if the teams could work things out. It isn't known how likely a Rollins deal is with the Dodgers, but a person familiar with the situation said there's at least some chance it could happen. It..." December 10

  • Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers

    CSN Philly "The longest tenured athlete in Philadelphia and the Phillies all-time hits leader has reportedly been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. That's according to's Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury whose sources tell him a deal has been completed. This is rather difficult news to process..." December 10

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014 "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10

  • Red Sox, Dodgers become focus in potential Hamels trade

    CSN Philly "Jon Lester’s decision to sign with the Cubs over the Red Sox isn’t the best scenario for the Phillies, but it isn’t the worst either. The best scenario would have been Lester’s signing with the Giants. That way the Phillies could have leveraged the Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers against each other..." December 10

  • Phillies: Trading Howard remains priority

    Courier-Post "The Phillies are heading down a path that could create a very uncomfortable situation come spring training. It is common knowledge the Phillies would love to move first baseman Ryan Howard, which is a challenge given the money owed ($60 million) to a 35-year-old whose body has robbed him of..." December 10

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    If the #Orioles turn to the trade market to fill their need for a bat, #Phillies OF Marlon Byrd is a name on their radar screen, sources say

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Hamels likely Plan B for #RedSox if they fail to sign Lester. Could they get both? Not out of question, sources say.

  • Rollins may have considered Yanks but won't waive no-trade for Mets "Scratch Jimmy Rollins off the Mets' shortstop list. The Phillies have told the Mets and some other teams that Rollins isn't willing to waive his no-trade clause at this time, scuttling any chance for a trade involving the Mets and those other teams. It isn't known whether Rollins might change..." December 08

  • The likelihood that Hamels is heading to the Dodgers

    Fox Sports "While recent reports have linked the Dodgers to Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, such a trade is unlikely — at least for now. The Phillies would want one of the Dodgers’ top position prospects, shortstop Corey Seager or outfielder Joc Pederson, in any Hamels deal, according to major-league..." December 04

  • No one wants to trade for Jonathan Papelbon

    Hardball Talk "Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, though expensive, has been one of the best in the business since signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies after the 2011 season. In the three seasons since, he has saved 106 games with a 2.45 ERA and a 212/44 K/BB ratio in 198 innings. Only a..." December 01

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Multiple sources say #Yankees talked to #Phillies about trading for Jimmy Rollins. But asking price was so high, Yanks moved on....

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Los Angeles #Dodgers now also in pursuit of #Phillies ace Cole Hamels, joining #Redsox and others.

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    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    Ex-#Phillies mgr Charlie Manuel gave consideration 2 #Orioles hitting coach job & had opportunities w/ other AL East teams but declined all.

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Los Angeles #Dodgers now also in pursuit of #Phillies ace Cole Hamels, joining #Redsox and others.

  • Phillies have “cooled” on signing Yasmany Tomas

    Hardball Talk "For months now the Phillies have been heavily linked to Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas, but now Paul Hagen of reports that they’ve “cooled on the idea of signing the 23-year-old.” Apparently they still like his offensive potential a lot, but are worried that Tomas may be “more of a..." November 20

  • Ryan Howard recently finished legal battle with family over money "It was late July when Ryan Howard pointedly asked a reporter if he wanted to trade places with him. The anguish in his tone was palpable. A former perennial MVP candidate, the slugger's career was nearing its nadir. Two years removed from a return from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, Howard..." November 19

  • Phillies reportedly scouting Red Sox prospects for possible Cole Hamels trade

    Newark Star-Ledger "Things appear to be heating up on the possibility of the Phillies trading Cole Hamels to the Boston Red Sox front. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies are doing background on three of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization including highly touted catcher Christian..." November 19

  • Pirates sign A.J. Burnett to one-year, $8.5 million deal

    Hardball Talk "Last offseason A.J. Burnett left the Pirates for the Phillies, but after a rough season in Philadelphia he’s going back to Pittsburgh. Burnett has signed a one-year deal with the Pirates worth $8.5 million, which is significantly less than the $12.75 million player option he declined to leave..." November 15

  • Cole Hamels wants out, but trade could be costly

    USA Today "Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels realizes that no one is going to feel sorry for him. You can't have Hollywood looks, marry a gorgeous actress, have two beautiful kids, sign a six-year, $144 million contract extension, and suddenly get sympathy cards because you're employed by the..." November 13

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

  • Cole Hamels knows it's go time in Philly

    USA Today "Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels realizes that no one is going to feel sorry for him. You can't have Hollywood looks, marry a gorgeous actress, have two beautiful kids, sign a six-year, $144 million contract extension, and suddenly get sympathy cards because you're employed by the..." November 13

  • Nats-Cubs trade rumor could reshape market for Hamels

    CSN Philly "A report surfaced Tuesday night that the Cubs and Nationals were engaged in trade discussions about starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. "One source said the teams have enough mutual interest that names have been discussed," Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote. "Another said he..." November 12

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    Jim Salisbury @JSalisburyCSN

    Ruben Amaro said Jesse Biddle is headed home from Puerto Rico to have sore elbow checked.

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Darek Braunecker says client Cliff Lee, who missed last 2 months of '15 with strained elbow, close to beginning throw program #Phillies

  • Source: Royals’ 'interest' in Howard overblown

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard is not going to the Kansas City Royals any time soon, and maybe not at all. USA Today reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about acquiring Howard from the Phillies, but a person with knowledge of the situation characterized the matter as overblown on..." November 11

  • Phillies, Giants and Padres among teams keeping eye on Tomas "Yasmany Tomas, the Cuban slugger and one of the few power hitters on the market, keeps drawing crowds for workouts in the Dominican, and word is the Phillies, Giants and Padres have come to view his exploits most often. All three of those teams have seen Tomas at least three times -- though..." November 11

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The continued refrain from evaluators who've had discussions with the Phillies: They're going to move Ryan Howard, no matter what it takes.

  • Phillies looking for “at least three top prospects” in return for ace left-hander Cole Hamels

    CSN Philly "What could be a whirlwind offseason for the Phillies will begin to intensify with the arrival of the annual general managers’ meetings this week in Phoenix. Over the years, the Phils have made significant moves at this event, acquiring Andy Ashby in 1999, Brad Lidge in 2007 and Marlon Byrd in..." November 10

  • Cubs looking again at Cole Hamels, plus top free-agent pitchers "The Cubs, already connected heavily in speculative reports about top free-agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, are also interested in Cole Hamels, according to sources, and are expecting to talk to the Phillies about him. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Cubs will look into..." November 05

  • You can't pay A.J. Burnett $12.75 million to pitch for the Phillies

    CSN Philly "I want to type out the full number -- $12,750,000 -- with all of the zeroes just to make sure we have a clear picture of what exactly A.J. Burnett opted not to take from the Phillies next season. So now that we've got that $12.75 mil out of the way, what exactly would it take for Burnett to..." November 05

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • With Phillies' trade market open, clubs want Byrd in hand

    Fox Sports "The Phillies are willing to move any player on their roster, but their most popular target in early trade discussions might surprise you. According to major-league sources, it's right fielder Marlon Byrd. While Byrd is 37, he hit 25 home runs last season, more than any free-agent outfielder..." November 04