CBSSports.com "The Phillies and A.J. Burnett wouldn't mind working out a deal for him to go to Pittsburgh, but the Pirates' interest, believed mild at best, might fall further if Burnett intends to pick up a player option for next year that's likely to be worth $12.75 million. The option is for $7.5 million..." July 24
San Jose Mercury News "Madison Bumgarner spent most of a 59-minute rain delay Wednesday in the dugout, staying warm in the moist summer air. As he headed out to the bullpen to prepare to throw again, manager Bruce Bochy called general manager Brian Sabean. With a depleted bullpen, a steady downpour and a day game the..." July 24
Rumors & Rants "A few years ago Ryan Howard was one of the most feared hitters in baseball, and now he’s on the verge of being out of the game altogether. On Wednesday a report surfaced claiming that the Philadelphia Phillies are considering paying the rest of Howard’s contract and releasing him after the..." July 24
Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported yesterday that the Phillies have considered releasing struggling first baseman Ryan Howard with more than $60 million remaining on his contract and today is the day it becomes totally clear that the former MVP has been benched. Philadelphia is facing a..." July 24
Hardball Talk "Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is off the disabled list after missing the past month with a concussion. Ruiz hit poorly on a minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A, going 3-for-17 (.176) with three strikeouts and one walk in five games, but he’s avoided any post-concussion symptoms and the..." July 23
CSN Bay Area "Buster Posey made everyone work deep into the night. Brandon Crawford made sure it was worth the effort. And closer Tim Lincecum – yes, you read that right – led the handshake line after recording his first career save. For the second consecutive night, the Giants bullpen was a succession of..." July 23
CSN Philly "Slumping Ryan Howard was not in the Phillies’ starting lineup against a left-handed pitcher for the second time in six post-all-star break games on Wednesday night, and his future with the team is in serious question. Manager Ryne Sandberg would not use the word “platoon,” but that’s exactly..." July 23
Rival evaluators saying July 31 trade deadline doesn't apply to Cliff Lee, because he'll clear waivers; guaranteed $48m for next 1 1/3 yrs.
CSN Philly "Even though the media -- social, mainstream and otherwise -- is a abuzz with the potential for an active trade deadline for the Phillies, the players have been able to ignore most of the chatter. Burrowed into a cocoon where TV and computers are used for watching video on hitting and pitchers,..." July 23
The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23
San Jose Mercury News "Ryan Vogelsong pitched on an island for a month, getting zero run support in four consecutive starts. Besieged by the flu Monday, Vogelsong finally broke down and had a clunker. Naturally, this was the night he received help from every corner of the clubhouse. The Giants pounded out 15 hits and..." July 22
To date, Phillies telling other teams Cole Hamels is not available.
Tigers showing interest in Phillies LHP Bastardo, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me. Keeping tabs on all relievers -- including Papelbon.
ESPN Boston "The Cole Hamels-to-the-Sox rumors, while making some modicum of sense, shouldn’t be taken too seriously, one major league source said Monday. The Phillies are actively shopping Cliff Lee, who came off the disabled list Monday night to start against the Giants, and are much more apt to keep Hamels...." July 22
Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe drops the following blurb in his weekly Sunday notes column … Chase Uthttp://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/20/blue-jays-giants-taking-their-best-shot-at-chase-utley/ley, 2B, Phillies — Right now it doesn’t appear that Utley is going anywhere because he..." July 21
CSN Philly "The market for starting pitchers will get a little more interesting on Monday night. Actually it could get a lot more interesting if Cliff Lee pitches well. The left-hander will come off the disabled list to face the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game series at Citizens Bank..." July 21
Philly.com "The market for A.J. Burnett last winter was limited because the 37-year-old righthander preferred to play near his Monkton, Md., home. The Phillies offered Burnett $16 million with a limited no-trade clause, and he signed in February. Burnett has pitched to a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts, which does..." July 21
CSN Philly "The trade deadline is getting closer. You can hear it in the answers that Ruben Amaro Jr. is giving to questions. “I'm not going to go through a trade deadline discussion every day,” the Phillies' general manager said before Saturday night’s game against the Braves at Turner Field. “The only..." July 21
CSN Philly "Ryne Sandberg is not known for being the master of quips, but he did get off a pretty good one after Cole Hamels picked up his fourth win of the season in a tight 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. “He wanted run support, we’ll give him run support,” the Phillies' manager..." July 20
CBSSports.com "No one can really be blamed for making a play for a great pitcher like Phillies star left-hander Cole Hamels. But in the case of the Red Sox, who have shown interest in Hamels according to the Boston Globe and others, it's maybe just a littler bit harder to understand. Boston offered its own..." July 20
Phillies and Orioles have had very preliminary talks on a trade that would send A.J. Burnett to Baltimore, sources tell @FOXSports1.
Philly.com "The market for A.J. Burnett last winter was limited because the 37-year-old righthander preferred to play near his Monkton, Md., home. The Phillies offered Burnett $16 million with a limited no-trade clause, and he signed in February. Burnett has pitched to a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts, which does..." July 20
CSN Philly "The trade deadline is getting closer. You can hear it in the answers that Ruben Amaro Jr. is giving to questions. “I'm not going to go through a trade deadline discussion every day,” the Phillies' general manager said before Saturday night’s game against the Braves at Turner Field. “The only..." July 20
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "You can’t ask for better two-out results. The Braves had nine of 10 hits and five of six runs come with two outs en route to a 6-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night at Turner Field. The victory, coupled with the Washington Nationals’ loss to the Milwaukee Brewers,..." July 19
Phils prefer to trade John Mayberry over JP Crawford
CBSSports.com "The strong belief, based on talks so far with the Phillies, is that the team would much prefer to trade Cliff Lee than Cole Hamels. But, as one rival GM said, "Cliff Lee isn't pitching. So how can you make a deal for him today?" That is a fair point, but Lee is expected back soon from an..." July 18
WEEI Boston "According a major league source, the Phillies are currently showing no inclination to trade Cole Hamels. Hamels has been the subject of rumors involving the Red Sox recently, with the Boston Globe suggesting the Red Sox might be viewing the lefty as a top-of-the-rotation replacement for Jon..." July 18
Spoke to a baseball source today who said he expects the #Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon
Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will play for single-A Clearwater on Thursday, so he could return next week.
MLB.com "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16
ESPN.com "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15
CSN Philly "Cliff Lee struggled in his third rehab start at Clearwater, allowing eight runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Only three of Lee's runs against the Palm Beach Cardinals were earned. Five came across in the first inning, which was extended by J.P. Crawford's error at shortstop. Four of those..." July 15
AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P
NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P
MLB.com "Changes are almost certainly coming for the Phillies. A franchise-record payroll has not translated into postseason contention this year. The Phillies reached the All-Star break on Sunday with a 42-53 (.442) record, their second-lowest winning percentage at the break since 1997, when they went..." July 14
Hardball Talk "From Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer … Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has announced his post-all-star break rotation. A.J. Burnett will start the first game back Friday in Atlanta. Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick will pitch the next two days. Cliff Lee, making his..." July 13
CSN Philly "Carlos Ruiz was back in the Phillies' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park Saturday and feels good in his recovery from a concussion. Ruiz will head to Clearwater on Sunday to ramp up the process with a few days of batting practice and work blocking balls. He will likely begin his rehab..." July 13
Washington Post "If this season has proved anything about Ryan Zimmerman, it is that he cannot be counted out. The Washington Nationals stuck him in left field, and he learned how to play a new position while his broken thumb healed. They yanked him back to his old position, the one that makes his battered..." July 13
The Red Sox were one of a few teams to watch Cole Hamels earlier this week. Hamels has four years remaining on his contract.
Los Angeles Times "General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Saturday the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire a frontline pitcher such as David Price or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Colletti acknowledged he is looking for both starting and relief pitching. While he didn’t specifically..." July 13
CSN Philly "It started in Milwaukee. There, after losing nine out of 10 games and getting ready to take on the top team in the National League, the Phillies’ hitters got together to hold a meeting. Discussed were how hitters can approach plate appearances and how the team could give the Phillies one last..." July 12
CSN Philly "As baseball’s trade season heats up, Marlon Byrd will be connected to any team looking for a bat. The Phillies’ rightfielder is having an excellent season. He leads the team in homers (18) and slugging (.481) and is second in RBIs (52). Byrd has been down this road before. He was traded from..." July 12
Phillies send Buchanan to AAA. Grady Sizemore called up from AAA.
CSN Philly "The Phillies are still buried in last place in the National League East and they need a high-powered telescope to see the top of the division. So, nobody of sane mind, or at least nobody who has seen this team play for the past year, will be fooled into thinking that a four-game sweep of the..." July 11
CSN Philly "If a contending team wants Jonathan Papelbon, he’s ready to go. His limited no-trade clause will not be an issue. The Phillies’ closer racked up his 22nd save –- and third in as many games -- in the team’s 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night (see Instant Replay). Papelbon..." July 11
Philly.com "There was thought, Ryne Sandberg said, to granting Roberto Hernandez a shot at his first complete game in almost a year. The sinkerballer limited Milwaukee to one run in eight innings Wednesday on 84 pitches. He attacked an aggressive lineup that has occupied first place for 92 straight days only..." July 10
CSN Philly "Domonic Brown says he knew nothing about general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.’s public criticism of the Phillies’ offense on Monday. Amaro’s call-out of the Phillies’ flaccid bat rack included a threat to make changes if certain unproductive hitters didn’t quickly become productive. You didn’t..." July 09
Cole Hamels can be traded to LAD, LAA, STL, WAS, ATL, NYY, BOS, TEX, SD without his permission, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.