Phillies Rumors & News

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Comcast SportsNet to air a record 145 Phillies games

    CSN Philly "A record 145 Phillies games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet in 2016, including the season opener on Monday, April 4 at 4 p.m. against the Reds. Additionally, 10 games will air on NBC10, including the home opener on April 11 at 3 p.m. against the Padres. The remaining seven games will..." February 03

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Sources: Phillies trade Jesse Biddle to Pirates "The Phillies have traded Jesse Biddle, the Germantown Friends product and former first-round pick, to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to two sources. Biddle, 24, had been designated for assignment Friday. The Phillies had 10 days to trade, release or waive him. It is not yet known what the..." February 03

  • The Phillies offseason -- unlike their team -- has not been bad at all

    MLB Daily Dish "With Spring Training games just over a month away, it's time to break down what each team did over the offseason. The series begins with the basement-dwelling Philadelphia Phillies. With only 63 wins in 2015, the Phillies just narrowly missed a triple-digit loss season. There aren't a whole lot of..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Phillies owner believes Phillies' future 'will turn pretty quickly'

    CSN Philly "David Montgomery had a front row seat and first-hand involvement in the last Phillies rebuild. He began an 18-year run as team president in 1997 as the franchise was moving on from the core of the 1993 National League championship team and starting to grow the nucleus of the club that eventually..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • MLB asks USADA to assist in Al Jazeera PED investigation

    SB Nation "The Al Jazeera PED documentary story has taken yet another turn, as Major League Baseball has enlisted the assistance of the US Anti-Doping Agency in its investigation of the documentary's claims. MLB hopes to find out if players Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman received banned drugs, as was..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Phillies sign outfielder David Lough to a minor league contract

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies announced this afternoon that they signed outfielder David Lough to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. With his ability to play all three outfield positions, Lough has been a useful bench piece in the past, but he batted just .201/.241/.313 with four..." January 25

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Could the Phillies have bought a contending team for next season?

    SB Nation "Previously, on Baseball: 1. The Philadelphia Phillies have been bad. They're trending in the right direction, doing smart and patient things, but they're unlikely to contend next year. 2. The Philadelphia Phillies were a large-market team that used to have one of the biggest payrolls in..." January 20

  • Expect Ryan Howard to be riding the pine against lefties in 2016

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Phillies manager Pete Mackanin spoke to the media for the first time in 2016, and he made a point of saying that your reputation and your salary will have little bearing on how much playing time you get this coming season. Rather, if you hit, you will play. It’s that simple. That goes..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Phillies Avoid Arbitration With Jeremy Hellickson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay the offseason trade acquisition an even $7MM in 2016, reports Jim Salisbury of (via Twitter). The Scott Boras client will top his $6.6MM projection (via MLBTR..." January 15

  • Source: Phillies avoid arbitration with Jeanmar Gomez

    CSN Philly "One day after signing Freddy Galvis to a one-year deal, the Phillies avoided arbitration with another eligible player. The Phillies on Thursday night agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez, a source confirmed to's Jim Salisbury. FOX..." January 15

  • Phillies, Freddy Galvis agree to one-year contract

    The Good Phight "Four years ago, it was announced that Chase Utley would be too hurt or handsome or something to be the Phillies' Opening Day second baseman. Utley's health had become a seasonal concern every spring for the past few years, but his absence would hardly be the worst thing to occur in 2012...." January 14

  • Pat Gillick back with the Phillies as an advisor, other front office shuffling announced

    Hardball Talk "Pat Gillick built the Phillies into a winner in the mid-2000s, left, came back to try to fix the mess Ruben Amaro created and then stepped aside at the end of last season to make way for Andy MacPhail. Here’s hoping he didn’t pack up all of his office knickknacks, because he’s coming back. The..." January 13

  • Here's why Justin Upton makes sense for the Phillies -- and why it won't happen

    Fox Sports "Waiting for free agents to sign, a mind starts to wander. So recently I started thinking: What about Justin Upton to Philadelphia? The Phillies' first-round pick, No. 1 overall, is protected. The team, embarking upon a rebuilding program, is on track to reduce its payroll from about $146..." January 13

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Marlins are looking at a couple righthanded bats, including Jeff francoeur. Would be nice veteran add for clubhouse.

  • Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay get into spat over Hall of Fame

    ESPN "After receiving the equivalent of a brushback from former major league pitcher Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens charged the mound in a social media battle surrounding the 2016 Hall of Fame voting. Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who retired in 2013 with 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts and a..." January 08

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Clemens fires back at Halladay: 'He was accused of using amphetamines'

    The Score "Roger Clemens is throwing some serious heat at a former teammate. Prior to the ballots being revealed for 2016 Hall of Fame voting Wednesday, Cy Young winner Roy Halladay stated that neither Clemens nor Barry Bonds belonged in the Hall of Fame due to their alleged use of performance-enhancing..." January 07

  • Phillies sign journeyman OF Cedric Hunter to minors deal

    CSN Philly "The Phillies on Monday signed 27-year-old outfielder Cedric Hunter to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. This is a pure depth signing. Hunter has had only one cup of coffee in the majors since being drafted by the Padres in the third round in 2006, going 1 for 4 in 2011." January 06

  • Halladay tweets Bonds, Clemens don't belong in Hall of Fame

    The Score "Twitter rants condemning illicit drug use in sports have grown pretty tired in recent years, but Roy Halladay's recent remarks may be the exception. He is a doctor, after all. Ahead of Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement, Halladay - the former Cy Young award winner known affectionately as..." January 06

  • Ryan Howard files defamation lawsuit against PED accuser

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard has backed up his threat. He is suing the Al Jazeera network. The Phillies' slugger filed a defamation suit Tuesday night in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. The suit was filed against the Al Jazeera network and two reporters who worked on a documentary that connected..." January 06

  • It appears Curt Schilling’s politics are costing him Hall of Fame votes

    Hardball Talk "Last year Curt Schilling claimed that he wasn’t getting the same support for the Hall of Fame as John Smoltz because he was a Republican and Smoltz was a Democrat. That was kind of crazy, not least of why because Smoltz is not a Democrat. Either way, it seemed like Schilling was acting paranoid or..." January 05

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

  • Lee would need right fit to pitch in 2016

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent pitcher Cliff Lee would need a “perfect fit” in order to leave home and make a comeback, agent Darek Braunecker told MLB Network Radio (audio link). Braunecker also said that he isn’t certain whether Lee will do a full showcase workout for teams but whenever (or however) he does show..." January 03

  • Attorney for Howard, Zimmerman denies PED report "The lawyer for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman vehemently denied a report that they received performance-enhancing drugs, calling the claims "outright lies" and vowing to fight them in court. William Burck of Quinn Emanuel represents Howard and..." December 28

  • Report: Howard, Zimmerman linked to PEDs

    The Score "Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden have been listed among several athletes linked to performance-enhancing drugs. On Saturday, The Huffington Post named the three major-league players based..." December 27

  • Report: MLB to investigate doping allegations against Howard, Zimmerman

    Washington Post "Major League Baseball and the NFL will each investigate claims made in an Al Jazeera documentary that legendary quarterback Peyton Manning and other athletes, including Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies, used performance enhancing drugs..." December 27

  • Klentak 'very pleased' with results in first months as Phillies GM "Phillies general manager Matt Klentak has been on the job fewer than two months, but he has packed plenty into it. Klentak made his first big trade Dec. 12, shipping closer Ken Giles and Minor League infielder Jonathan Arauz to the Astros for right-handers Mark Appel, Vincent Velasquez, Thomas..." December 26

  • Yes, there is tanking in baseball

    ESPN "In Monday’s column, I listed the growing industry issue of teams tanking seasons as one of 10 storylines to watch for 2016. In response, John Stolnis insists in this piece that the Phillies are not tanking. He also misses the point of the larger issue. As written here many times in the past..." December 22

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