Phillies Rumors & News

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Phillies, Blue Jays Interested In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are the newest team to be linked to Angel Pagan, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The Blue Jays are also still connected to the Pagan hunt, though previous reports had indicated that Toronto was content with its current mix of left field options. Pagan would be..." March 27

  • Phillies Release Bryan Holaday, Ryan Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran catcher Bryan Holaday has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league deal with the Phillies, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. The Phillies told Holaday he wouldn’t make the team’s Opening Day roster. The Phillies have also released veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, tweets MLB.com’s Todd..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Phillies, Blue Jays Interested In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are the newest team to be linked to Angel Pagan, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The Blue Jays are also still connected to the Pagan hunt, though previous reports had indicated that Toronto was content with its current mix of left field options. Pagan would be..." March 24

  • Dallas Green, manager for Phillies' 1st World Series win, dies at 82

    CBS Philly "A Philadelphia Phillies legend has passed away. Phillies’ Chris Wheeler tells WIP Sports Radio that Dallas Green died Wednesday. He was 82. Green’s family tells Eyewitness News that he passed away peacefully around 12:30 p.m. at Hahnemann Hospital. Green has been at Hahnemann for the past..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Pete Mackanin fines Phillies after Franco's error

    Philly.com "All the inhabitants of the Phillies clubhouse will feel the pain of Maikel Franco's error when they each have to pay manager Pete Mackanin a whopping $1 on Sunday morning. Mackanin said Franco's error - the third baseman lost a pop-up in the sun on Saturday afternoon despite having sunglasses..." March 20

  • Phillies name Jeremy Hellickson as Opening Day starter

    Philly Voice "For the second year in a row, the Phillies are opening the regular season at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. And for the second year in a row, veteran right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been given the assignment to start for the Phillies on Opening Day. Manager Pete Mackanin made the..." March 19

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Phillies option pitcher Appel to minors

    MLB.com "Mark Appel's longer-than-anticipated journey to the big leagues will continue in the Minor Leagues. The Phillies announced Tuesday morning that Appel and fellow right-handers Ricardo Pinto and Nick Pivetta had been optioned to Minor League camp. The moves did not come as a surprise, but..." March 15

  • Phillies, Mariners Swap Joey Curletta, Pat Venditte

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have traded outfielder Joey Curletta to the Mariners for ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte, per an announcement from Philadelphia. This is the second trade since last August involving the 31-year-old Venditte, whom Seattle acquired from Toronto for minor league infielder Tim..." March 12

  • Clay Buchholz continues work to fine-tune high fastball

    CSN Philly "Clay Buchholz is continuing to refine his latest weapon in the battle to get batters to swing and miss -- the high fastball. Buchholz struck out six in 3 1/3 innings of work against the Yankees on Friday. He gave up four hits, including a three-run homer to Chase Headley in the first inning,..." March 11

  • Phils Pitcher Purposely Popped Arm To Get TJ Surgery

    MLB.com "Early in 2014 -- frustrated with a futile rehab and armed with the knowledge that the ligament in his left elbow would pop again -- Sean Burnett returned to his hotel room in Tempe, Ariz., to force the issue. He set up pillows against the headboard of his bed, picked up a few baseballs and..." March 09

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Seven months after elbow injury, Aaron Nola passes the first of many tests

    CSN Philly "The top starting pitchers in the major leagues throw over 3,000 pitches in a season, so it would be silly to get overly excited about the 30 that Aaron Nola threw in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday afternoon. But make no mistake: This was a positive development. The moment that manager..." March 02

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Report: Roy Halladay likely to work for Phillies in spring training

    Hardball Talk "Former major league pitcher Roy Halladay is likely to work for the Phillies in spring training, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. The right-hander has been discussing with the Phillies potential responsibilities he might have at Spectrum Field and Carpenter Complex, the Phillies’ spring training..." March 01

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Phillies speed up preparation, but pitcher Zach Eflin backs off

    CSN Philly "With the exhibition season starting in a week, the Phillies wasted no time having their hitters see live pitching. Pitchers threw “live” batting practice on four fields during the first day of full-squad workouts Friday. The Phillies play their annual exhibition game against the University..." February 18

  • Chris Christie blasts Phillies, says they 'suck', calls Citizens Bank Park 'unsafe'

    CSN Philly "Since Chris Christie has not been given any sort of meaningful role in the Trump administration, he has plenty of time to talk about sports, namely Philadelphia sports. This clearly isn't the first time the Cowboys fan has ripped on Philadelphia. You all likely remember when he said Eagles fans..." February 16

  • Freddy Galvis to miss World Baseball Classic with groin injury

    Philly.com "Freddy Galvis is out of the World Baseball Classic before it even begins. The Phillies shortstop said Wednesday that he told Venezuelan manager Omar Vizquel that he will be unable to represent his country in the international baseball tournament that is set to begin next month because of a groin..." February 15

  • Phillies gearing up to land a star?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here come the Phillies. Well, in a sense. As spring training begins, the story lines and players to watch are fascinating as the franchise attempts to go from rebuilding to contending soon. While it's easy to simply paint the 2017 season as another rebuilding year for building blocks to..." February 14

  • Pete Mackanin’s contract extension is still up in the air

    CSN Philly "Among the issues facing the Phillies as they begin spring training, Pete Mackanin’s job status is a low-priority item. He’s under contract for 2017. The rebuilding Phillies improved by eight wins under his skippership in 2016. He’s safe. But what about 2018? In some regards, it..." February 11

  • Phillies manager says Gomez will open season as closer

    Fantasy Pros "Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has stated that Jeanmar Gomez will be given the first opportunity to close for the Phillies. (thescore.com) Fantasy Impact Gomez was 37 for 43 in save opportunities last season with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Any player that gets a chance to close..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Yes, it's been a sneaky good offseason for Klentak and the Phillies

    Philly.com "Really, what else could we possibly talk about this morning except for the implications that Chris Coghlan’s signing will have on the Phillies’ lineup? #fingeronthepulse Seriously, though, you’re going to have to turn elsewhere for all of your commemorative Tom Brady coverage. I’m flying to..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • How a tainted trade last summer still is impacting at least 3 MLB franchises

    Fox Sports "When Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller last September, it was for his failure to disclose required medical information in a trade that sent left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for right-hander Anderson Espinoza. Preller did not receive additional..." February 02

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Phillies agree to minor-league deal with Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have signed catcher Ryan Hanigan to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. Included in the deal is an invitation to MLB camp this spring. He can earn $1.25MM if he makes the major league roster, with $375K in available incentives, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via..." January 26

  • Phillies prospect who lost eye in freak accident retires

    ESPN "It was my normal postgame routine to use exercise bands after I pitched. They were already hooked to the wall when I walked into the athletic training room, so I grabbed them and started my workout. Same thing, different day. It was the fifth repetition on the second set of my third..." January 25

  • Ryan Howard is still hoping for one more shot at a World Series ring

    Fox Sports "A free agent for the first time, he is training furiously, waiting patiently, staying positive about his chances of getting an opportunity even in a market that remains saturated with first base-DH types. “I think I can still go out there and compete, and compete at a high level,” Howard said..." January 25

  • Marlins acquire Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies

    Hardball Talk "The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders..." January 25

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21