Phillies Rumors & News

  • Phillies release IF Adam Rosales

    Yardbarker "The Phillies have released infielder Adam Rosales, according to an announcement from the team. Rosales was in camp on a minor league contract that would’ve paid him $1.75MM had he made the 25-man roster. The versatile Rosales was competing to win a job as Philadelphia’s utility infielder,..." March 23

  • How does Phillies' Scott Kingery feel about inevitable trip to minors?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Baseball reality is about to hit Phillies prospect Scott Kingery. Despite an off-the-charts spring training for a rising Phillies team, Kingery is almost guaranteed to be heading to Triple-A next week when the big league season begins. The reason you'll hear from the Phillies: Kingery, a..." March 23

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • What's up with Phillies top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Sixto Sanchez, the Phillies' top pitching prospect, has been noticeably absent from game action in minor-league camp. Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, says there's nothing to be alarmed about. "He had the flu and he's over it now," Jordan said. "He's fine now. No..." March 21

  • MLB Rumors: Rangers' Cole Hamels back to Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here come the Phillies. With Jake Arrieta in tow, a team that hasn't posted a winning record since 2011 has a real chance to coalesce into a contender quickly. If that happens in 2018, don't be surprised if a front office led by general manager Matt Klentak attempts to add for a push at a..." March 21

  • Mark Leiter Diagnosed With Mild Flexor Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Phillies righty Mark Leiter has been diagnosed with a mild flexor strain, according to Jim Salisbury of (via Twitter). He will be shut down for two to three weeks before attempting to ramp back up. That’s certainly disappointing news, though far from the worst-case scenario...." March 20

  • Rangers Claim Tommy Joseph

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies, according to an announcement from Texas. In a corresponding move, the Rangers placed right-hander Clayton Blackburn on the 60-day disabled list with a strained pitching elbow. Joseph, whom Philadelphia designated..." March 19

  • Royals bringing former Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz into spring training camp

    Kansas City Star "The Royals are working toward an agreement with free-agent right-hander Clay Buchholz on a minor-league contract, a source told The Star. Buchholz, 33, missed almost all of 2017 after surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. He made two starts for Philadelphia before the..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies battle for Rays' Archer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's been a long time (2009 World Series? Cliff Lee's free agency?) since the Yankees and Phillies were truly battling for the same thing. That could change this summer. With the Yankees possibly looking for the missing piece to a World Series title and the Phillies likely in need of one..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies still after Alex Cobb?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies have spent more money on free agents than all but one (Cubs) team this offseason. So why not add one more expenditure on the bill? With mid-rotation starter Jerad Eickhoff down with a lat injury, some believe the Phillies should pursue free-agent starter Alex Cobb--a pitcher the..." March 19

  • Phillies among front-runners to sign Bryce Harper

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper could very well be the most sought after free agent in Major League Baseball history when he becomes available after the 2018 season. While a bidding war of unprecedented proportions is expected, one MLB insider already believes one dark horse team could very well already be among the..." March 16

  • Phillies' Eickhoff out 6-8 weeks with strained lat "Jerad Eickhoff will start the season on the disabled list, as he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a strained back muscle. The Phillies likely will fill Eickhoff’s rotation spot with Ben Lively or Zach Eflin. Eickhoff last pitched on March 9 and seemed to have lost a bit of..." March 16

  • If you're bummed that Jake Arrieta didn't sign with the Cubs, then blame Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Tribune "If you’re angry, frustrated or just bummed that one of the greatest and most important pitchers in Cubs history left town, then blame the pitcher. Because ultimately, Jake Arrieta left the Cubs because he chose to leave the Cubs. Arrieta looked funny in Phillies red instead of Cubs blue..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Scott Boras adds fuel to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Phillies rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "The never-ending rumors are about to get louder, Phillies fans. With Jake Arrieta on board for the 2018 season, the Phillies have taken their rebuild into overdrive and committed toward chasing a winning season this summer. By next winter, we could be looking at an ascending team with a chance..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Jake Arrieta addresses the velocity concerns

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "As good as Jake Arrieta will look in red pinstripes, there's no hiding the fact that he comes with some red flags. His average fastball velocity dropped from 94.9 mph in his Cy Young season of 2015 to 92.6 mph last season, according to PITCHf/x data. This has been interpreted in some..." March 14

  • Buster Olney Thinks Phillies Are Eventual Landing Spot for Manny Machado in Free Agency

    12 Up "Manny Machado has had one hell of a run in Baltimore. In his six seasons there, he's finished in the top ten in MVP voting three times including two top-five finishes, he's smacked 138 home runs, and posted a .279 batting average. While the Orioles would probably love to have Machado for the..." March 13

  • Jake Arrieta intends to be ready for start of regular season

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Phillies starter Jake Arrieta had one of the oddest offseasons in recent memory. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner wasn’t able to procure a contract until Sunday, 11 days into the month of March. As a result of signing so late, he has missed about four weeks of spring training. As Corey Seidman of..." March 13

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Jake Arrieta writes thank you letter to Chicago

    Fanrag Sports "Pitcher Jake Arrieta has finally found a new team, with the free agent officially signing with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. With the move comes the true end to a chapter in Arrieta’s career, as he spent four-plus seasons with the Chicago Cubs after the team acquired him via trade in..." March 13

  • Jake Arrieta Rumors: Phillies Favorite to Sign Pitcher as Talks Intensify

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta's long wait to find a new team this offseason could be nearing an end. Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, talks for Arrieta are "heating up" with the Philadelphia Phillies viewed as the favorites to sign the 2015 National League Cy Young winner. One..." March 11

  • Arrieta agrees to 3-year, $75 million deal with Phillies

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Philadelphia Phillies have an “agreement in principle” on a multi-year deal with free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The contract is for three years and $75 million, per USA Today. Arrieta has been one of the top players on a chaotic MLB free agent market..." March 11

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Why J.P. Crawford highlights a bright Phillies future

    Sporting News "J.P. Crawford may sound like the name of an expensive lawyer in a high-stakes legal thriller, but he's not. It's is actually the name of one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball, a shortstop for the Phillies who entered 2018 as a consensus top-40 prospect. He, along with a host of..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Why Phillies' Scott Kingery should start season in minor leagues

    Newark Star-Ledger "Move over, Rhys Hoskins. Scott Kingery is the next big Phillies thing. Remember the hype train that surrounded Hoskins during his two-month takeover of the majors last summer? There's a similar buzz building around what Kingery could be if given the chance to crack the Opening Day roster this..." March 05

  • If it's 1 or 2 years, Phillies should sign Lance Lynn

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's March 1 and several prominent starting pitchers are still lingering in free agency. Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb — three guys nobody would have guessed would still be out there a handful of games into spring training. The Phillies have been linked to Arrieta this offseason — more on..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Jimmy Rollins wants to retire as a Phillie, but only his way "Jimmy Rollins put on a pinstriped Phillies jersey Sunday for the first time in nearly four years. Rollins, at Spectrum Field for a ceremony to honor the 2008 world champions, had not returned to the Phillies since he was traded after the 2014 season. The team’s all-time hits leader hasn’t..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Four reasons why the Phillies should consider signing two free-agent pitchers

    CBS Sports "The calendar has flipped over to March, yet still dozens of free agents remain unsigned with Opening Day four weeks away. At the moment nine of our top 50 free agents remain unsigned, including four of the top nine. There are still plenty of plenty of players available for any team that decides to..." March 01

  • Phillies reportedly have been in contact with Lance Lynn

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have been in contact with pitcher Lance Lynn, according to a report. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have been in touch with Lynn as well as top free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta. Both players remain unsigned even as spring training begins for MLB..." March 01

  • The Phillies are planning to try some unique outfield shifts in 2018

    CBS Sports "After three straight 90-plus loss seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies are starting to look like an up-and-coming young team. Last season top prospects Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, and J.P. Crawford reached the big leagues, and over the winter the club signed the perpetually productive Carlos..." February 28

  • Pirates outfielder Daniel Nava out 10-12 weeks after back surgery

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates outfielder Daniel Nava underwent back surgery and is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks, Pirates director of sports medicine Tom Tomczyk said on Wednesday. Nava signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates a week before the start of spring training, but participated only in the first..." February 28

  • How Phillies will honor Roy Halladay this season

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies will posthumously induct Roy Halladay into the team’s Wall of Fame. In addition, a flag bearing Halladay’s No. 34 will be flown at Citizens Bank Park throughout the 2018 season. Halladay, who died tragically in a plane crash on Nov. 7 of last year, will be honored on Saturday, Aug...." February 27

  • Aaron Nola Will Be Phillies Youngest Opening Day Starter Since 1964

    CBS Philly "Aaron Nola will be the Phillies’ youngest opening day starter since Dennis Bennett in 1964. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler announced the 24-year-old right-hander will be the team’s opening day starter over the weekend. “Barring anything crazy happening, he’s our guy,” Kapler said of Nola on..." February 27

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Don't expect Rhys Hoskins to bat leadoff "Gabe Kapler filled out his fourth Grapefruit League lineup card on Monday afternoon and had an interesting name written into the leadoff spot. 1. Rhys Hoskins, left field The manager has used his lineups this spring to try different things. It is practice, Kapler said. And there are six..." February 27

  • Phillies 3B Will Middlebrooks leaves game after collision

    ESPN "Veteran infielder Will Middlebrooks, who signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last month, left Saturday's spring training game with what appeared to be an injury to his left ankle or leg. Playing third base, Middlebrooks was injured in the eight inning when he drifted..." February 25

  • Aaron Nola named the Phillies' 2018 Opening Day starter

    Number Fire "The Philadelphia Phillies have officially named pitcher Aaron Nola as their 2018 Opening Day starting pitcher. What It Means: No real surprise here as the 24-year-old Nola is coming off a career-best season in 2017. While the Phillies are rumored to be interested in free agent Jake Arrieta,..." February 25

  • New Phillies manager Kapler creates social media challenge for his players "Entering Spring Training new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler introduced a team motto: Be bold. While that primarily applies to the team's play on the field as it hopes to surprise other teams in the National League East, it seems to also apply to life off the field. In that vein, Kapler has..." February 25

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Phillies open to 3-year contract for Arrieta "Scott Boras is known to call an owner or two as he pursues and closes monster contracts for clients. The agent can be persuasive. So how often has Phillies owner John Middleton heard from Boras recently? Middleton shaped his thumb and index finger into a circle Thursday, a couple of hours..." February 22

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Why the Phillies could make a surprising playoff run in 2018

    Sporting News "The breadth and volume of a baseball season causes a lot of leveling, for individual players and teams alike, but it also creates opportunity for a few surprises. Sometimes it’s one guy who steps forward, like Chris Taylor for the Dodgers last season, and sometimes it’s a team that reaches..." February 21

  • Phillies Engaged In “Dialogue” With Jake Arrieta

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are “having dialogue” with Jake Arrieta and his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While there’s currently a “gap” between the sides’ bargaining positions, it seems there’s at least some real interest being explored. Philadelphia has long been cited..." February 20