Phillies Rumors & News

  • Phillies vendor 'Pistachio Girl' says she was fired for supporting white nationalists

    Sporting News ""Pistachio Girl," a vendor who has been a fixture at Phillies games for seven years, has been fired from her job after she vocally supported the white nationalist ideas. Emily Youcis, 26, told Red Ice TV she was fired by Aramark, the company that operates concessions at Citizens Bank Park, on..." December 06

  • Jimmy Rollins hopes to continue playing in 2017

    CBS Sports "Former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins is not ready to hang up his spikes. Rollins, who turned 38 last month, hopes to continue playing next season. He was released by the White Sox on June 15 this past season and did not hook on with another team. Prior to being released Rollins .221/.295/.329 (74 OPS+)..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Phillies have a deal in place with veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit

    Philly Voice "The Phillies bullpen had some bright spots in 2016. The emergence of Hector Neris as a back-end-of-the-pen strikeout prone pitcher. The debuts of talented young arms Edubray Ramos and Joely Rodriguez. The steady hand of veteran Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth inning – at least for the season's first..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Phillies Designate Cody Asche For Assignment, Claim David Rollins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced that they’ve claimed lefty David Rollins off waivers from the Rangers and designated infielder/outfielder Cody Asche for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Asche, formerly one of the Phillies’ top prospects, has struggled in parts of four seasons and was a..." December 02

  • John Kruk to join the Phillies broadcast team

    Hardball Talk "John Kruk left ESPN at the end of the season when his contract was up. Matt Stairs left the CSNPhilly broadcast crew at the end of the season when he was hired to be the Phillies hitting coach. Ergo, CSN’s Jim Salisbury reports, Kruk will join the team’s television broadcast crew on CSNPhilly..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Mutual Interest Between Phillies, A.J. Ellis

    MLB Trade Rumors "There’s mutual interest between the Phillies and veteran catcher A.J. Ellis about a reunion for the 2017 season, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. The Phils would like to have Ellis back and consider him both a leader and an “unofficial coach,” Stark notes. The 35-year-old Ellis (36 in April) went..." November 30

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Phillies hire Terry Ryan as special assignment scout

    Fanrag Sports "Former Minnesota Twins’ general manager Terry Ryan has been hired by the Philadelphia Phillies as a special assignment scout, vice president and general manager Matt Klentak announced on Wednesday. “I have known Terry for more than a decade and have enormous respect for all that he accomplished..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Phillies Release Matt Harrison

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have released lefty Matt Harrison, per a club announcement. Dropping him from the 40-man roster will increase the team’s flexibility this winter. Harrison, 31, came to Philadelphia as part of the cost balancing in the Cole Hamels trade. He is still owed $15MM through next season,..." November 15

  • Jeremy Hellickson Accepts Qualifying Offer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the one-year qualifying offer and will return to the Phillies for the 2017 season a $17.2MM salary, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (Twitter link). Hellickson is represented by Scott Boras. The news on Hellickson comes as somewhat of a surprise,..." November 14

  • Hellickson, Walker on bubble; Bautista will reject qualifying offer

    Fanrag Sports "Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and second baseman Neil Walker are viewed as the two free agents seen as real possibilities to accept the $17.2 million qualifying offer as the deadline looms late Monday afternoon. There is no certainty they will accept but it remains a possibility. Hellickson was..." November 14

  • Dodgers trade Howie Kendrick to Phillies for Darin Ruf, Darnell Sweeney

    SI "The Phillies acquired veteran outfielder/second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Dodgers on Friday in exchange for first baseman Darin Ruf and utilityman Darnell Sweeney. Kendrick, 33, hit .255 with eight home runs in 487 at-bats in 146 games last season. Ruf, 30, batted .205 in 83 at-bats in..." November 11

  • Agent Scott Boras: A Lot of Interest in Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson

    CSN Philly "Scott Boras, the agent for Jeremy Hellickson, offered nothing definitive on whether the pitcher would accept the Phillies’ offer of $17.2 million for the 2017 season or reject it and roll the dice that he can get the multi-year contract he desires as a free agent. But Boras clearly sees a..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Jeremy Hellickson's choice: $17.2 million from Phillies or free agency

    Philly.com "Jeremy Hellickson has a week to decide between $17.2 million from the Phillies or the chance to be a free agent. The Phillies, in the hopes of securing draft-pick compensation, will issue the veteran righthander a qualifying offer before Monday's deadline, sources said. With such a barren..." November 07

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Astros clear bullpen logjam and shed salary by trading Pat Neshek to Phillies

    Houston Chronicle "Rather than decline his $6.5 million contract option and send him into free agency, the Astros on Friday traded veteran reliever Pat Neshek to the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash. The Astros saved $6.5 million in the transaction. If they had not found a trade partner, they were..." November 04

  • Ryan Howard era officially over in Philadelphia

    Allentown Morning Call "The tribute given to Ryan Howard the final day of the 2016 season confirmed what everyone already knew - Ryan Howard wasn't coming back in 2017. It was made official Thursday. The Phillies announced that they declined 2017 club options for Ryan Howard and Charlie Morton and also reinstated..." November 03

  • Aaron Nola's agent: Phillies pitcher '100 percent healthy'

    Philly.com "The Phillies, for now, have no reason to believe Aaron Nola will be compromised in February when spring training begins. The young righthander missed the final two months of this season with sprains and strains of ligaments and tendons in his elbow. The team opted for a conservative treatment of..." November 03

  • Matt Stairs named Phillies new hitting coach

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies have announced that Matt Stairs will be their new hitting coach. Stairs replaces Steve Henderson, who was dismissed the day after the season ended. Henderson’s hitters finished last in the major leagues in runs scored in 2016 and ranked 29th in batting average (.240), on-base..." November 02

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Will Phils trade big names in offseason

    MLB.com "At the very least, they will be open-minded to it. That might not lead to a blockbuster, but there is no reason not to inquire and listen. After all, is there anybody in the organization that is truly untouchable? The fact the Phillies engaged in serious trade talks with the Rangers in July..." October 23

  • Phillies to reportedly switch to Under Armour uniforms in 2020

    CSN Philly "We must protect this house. First reported by Terry Lefton of SportsBusiness Daily, and later confirmed by ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, Major League Baseball will reportedly be switching uniform makers from Majestic Athletic to Under Armour for the 2020 MLB season. Majestic has been making MLB..." October 19

  • Curt Schilling says he’ll run for Senate in 2018. As long as his wife says it’s OK.

    Hardball Talk "Curt Schilling has been toying with the idea of launching a political career lately. I’d say “planning” or “investigating” a political career if he had done more than post dumb political memes on his social media platforms and rant incoherently on talk radio and cable TV, but at the moment we’ll..." October 18

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Phillies Announce Six Outrights

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have outrighted six players, per a club announcement. Infielder Emmanuel Burriss, outfielder Jimmy Paredes, lefty Patrick Schuster, and righties Frank Herrmann, Dalier Hinojosa, and Colton Murray all lost their roster spots. It’s no surprise to see Philadelphia partaking in some..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

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