Phillies Rumors & News

  • Pat Neshek Traded to Rockies for Jose Gomez, J.D. Hammer, Alejandro Requena

    Bleacher Report "The Colorado Rockies announced Wednesday that they have acquired reliever Pat Neshek in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. As the Phillies noted, they will receive three minor leaguers in the deal in shortstop Jose Gomez as well as pitchers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer. Neshek is..." July 27

  • Odubel Herrera flips his bat on a fly ball, gets benched for lack of hustle

    Hardball Talk "Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera has been a polarizing figure in his young career. He’s talented and at times has shined, inspiring the Phillies to give him a long term contract this past offseason. At other times, however, he’s aggravated the snot out of his manager, his teammates and his..." July 26

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Dodgers Among Teams To Scout Phillies’ Pat Neshek

    Dodger Blue "While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to several left-handed relievers, team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is hardly the type to pigeonhole himself. Friedman has regularly stressed exploring all avenues to upgrade the roster. Even as the Dodgers are regularly linked..." July 24

  • Phillies activate Howie Kendrick from 10-day disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have officially activated left fielder Howie Kendrick from their 10-day disabled list, the team announced. With Kendrick’s return to the roster, first baseman Brock Stassi was optioned down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The infielder-turned-outfielder hit the disabled..." July 21

  • Phillies' Vince Velasquez: Will come off DL on Tuesday

    CBS Sports "Manager Pete Mackanin confirmed Velasquez (elbow) will start Tuesday for the Phillies, Patrick Pinak of reports. Velasquez will be making his first start since May 30. He made three rehab starts this month, going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 9:3 K:BB in 10 innings. The young righty will..." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Marlins' Christian Yelich to Phillies 'heating up'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is a career .330 hitter at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. That stat could soon be one Phillies fans use to tout a new bright young star arriving to the franchise. As Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors between the Miami Marlins and Phillies have..." July 18

  • Phillies place Aaron Altherr on DL, activate Cesar Hernandez

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies placed outfielder Aaron Altherr on the 10-day disabled list and activated second baseman Cesar Hernandez, the team announced on Monday. Altherr, 26, strained his right hamstring running out a double during Friday’s loss to the Brewers. He has been one of the few bright spots for..." July 17

  • The Phillies May Be Interested in Dee Gordon

    Crossing Broad "No longer young, Dee Gordon is now inexplicably 29 but still fast as hell. He is in the second year of a five-year, $50 million contract. Corey Seidman of CSN notes that the Phils’ interest in Gordon makes no sense, as they already have two young second basemen in Cesar Hernandez and Scott..." July 17

  • Players who will be traded before the deadline

    ESPN "Justin Verlander has been mentioned in trade talks, and it’s possible that market moons and stars will align and the future Hall of Famer switches teams. But any Verlander deal would be incredibly complicated for the Tigers to pull off in the short time frame that remains before the July 31 trade..." July 17

  • Pete Mackanin on possible Phillies trades: 'My feeling is there will be some'

    CSN Philly "With a little more than two weeks to go before the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline and the Phillies still in the process of stockpiling young talent, manager Pete Mackanin has accepted that his roster might be shaken up a bit between now and Aug. 1. "My feeling is there will be..." July 16

  • Pat Neshek jokes he wants to be traded back to Astros

    Yardbarker "Philadelphia Phillies reliever Pat Neshek is a popular subject of trade rumors with roughly two weeks to go before the deadline, but he’s managing to keep his sense of humor through it all. Neshek was asked earlier this week by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports if he has any preferred trade..." July 16

  • Phillies have been “vocal” to Marlins about interest in Christian Yelich

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have been “vocal” to the Marlins about trading for outfielder Christian Yelich. Rosenthal says the Phillies kicked around a trade concept in which the team acquired Yelich along with Giancarlo Stanton and absorbed the remainder of both players’ contracts,..." July 14

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Red Sox keeping an eye on Pat Neshek market

    WEEI Boston "According to major league sources, the Red Sox have some keen interest in Pat Neshek. That shouldn't come as a surprise. Of the two areas that this team might be looking for help at heading into the non-waiver trade deadline, late-inning reliever would almost certainly fit one of the..." July 11

  • Bryce Harper: Phillies fans not as rude as fans of Mets, Braves

    Hardball Talk "Speaking to the media as All-Star Game festivities were under way in Miami, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper dropped a bombshell. Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he said that Phillies fans were not as rude as fans of the Mets and Braves. There are several possible explanations..." July 10

  • Phillies believe Maikel Franco distracted by analytics, stats

    Yardbarker "One MLB team that apparently believes that the advanced stats movement has its detriments is the Philadelphia Phillies. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier this week that the Phillies believe that an overemphasis on stats and analytics has distracted third baseman Maikel Franco from..." July 09

  • Phillies want to ‘spend big’ after 2018 season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies’ rebuilding process has been slow and arduous, but there could be some light at the end of the tunnel. The team has just one guaranteed contract on the books for 2018 — outfielder Odubel Herrera’s — and, with money to spend and free agents hitting the market, may look..." July 08

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Autograph collector Pat Neshek to pursue Zack Greinke at All-Star Game

    ESPN "Pat Neshek, the Philadelphia Phillies' representative for the 2017 All-Star Game, is a noted autograph hound who has already set his sights on his target for the Midsummer Classic. "Zack Greinke," Neshek told reporters after being named to the National League All-Star team Sunday. "He's tough...." July 03

  • Phillies to promote top prospect Nick Williams "The Phillies have promoted outfield prospect Nick Williams, who will join them Friday in New York but might not be with them for long. A source confirmed a report that Williams was informed of his promotion Thursday night after triple-A Lehigh Valley’s game in Allentown. Williams,..." June 30

  • Phillies' Herrera fined by manager for latest baserunning gaffe

    CSN Philly "Early Sunday morning, Odubel Herrera was summoned into manager Pete Mackanin's office for a chat. It wasn't the first time it has happened this season. But it was the first time this happened: Mackanin, according to sources, fined Herrera an undisclosed amount of money stemming from an..." June 27

  • Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

    Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions. Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home..." June 26

  • Maikel Franco Rumored to Be 'More Than Available' in Trade from Phillies

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Phillies have made struggling third baseman Maikel Franco available in trade talks as MLB's hot stove heats up ahead of July's trade deadline. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe categorized Franco as "more than available," though it's unclear how much compensation the Phillies..." June 25

  • Phillies have 'standing offer' on table for Neshek

    CSN Philly "There are five weeks to go before the non-waiver trade deadline and the Phillies have already received at least one offer for one of their players. The club has a "standing offer" on the table for veteran reliever Pat Neshek, according to a source. The right-hander is having a strong season...." June 25

  • Nationals showing interest in Phillies' Neshek

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have shown interest in Phillies righty Pat Neshek, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). Other clubs are interested in the veteran setup man as well, he notes, which comes as little surprise given Neshek’s affordable salary and strong work thus far in 2017. Indeed, the..." June 23

  • Phillies Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Adam Haseley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed on bonus terms with first-round pick Adam Haseley, according to’s Todd Zolecki. (’s Jim Salisbury tweeted yesterday that the draftee was in Philadelphia.) While the deal has yet to be finalized, it is likely to be inked in the coming days. Financial..." June 21

  • Phillies Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Adam Haseley

    MLB Trade Rumors "Philadelphia has announced the signing of Haseley and six other picks from the first ten rounds of the draft. 8:42am: The Phillies have agreed on bonus terms with first-round pick Adam Haseley, according to’s Todd Zolecki. (’s Jim Salisbury tweeted yesterday that the..." June 21

  • Phillies designate Saunders, Gomez for assignment

    Delaware Online "The Phillies are cutting ties with their notable offseason free-agent signing. Outfielder Michael Saunders was designated for assignment before Tuesday's game. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, who lost his closer job less than two weeks into the season, was also designated for assignment...." June 20

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Cesar Hernandez Out Six Weeks With Oblique Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies will be without second baseman Cesar Hernandez for roughly six weeks due to a strained oblique muscle, manager Pete Mackanin tells reporters (Twitter link via Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal). The loss of Hernandez will remove one of the few Phillies that has been enjoying a..." June 13

  • Phillies trade Joely Rodriguez to Rangers

    CSN Philly "The Phillies on Tuesday afternoon traded left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Rodriguez, 25, was designated for assignment last Tuesday. The Phillies had 10 days to either trade, release, outright him to the..." June 13

  • Phillies place Cesar Hernandez on 10-day disabled list with strained oblique

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies placed second baseman Cesar Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to June 10. Hernandez sustained the injury during Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, when he reportedly felt discomfort in his side while..." June 11

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Mike Schmidt apologizes for saying language barrier limits Odubel Herrera

    ESPN "Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt issued an apology Tuesday afternoon after saying earlier in the day that he didn't think outfielder Odubel Herrera was the type of player the Philadelphia Phillies could build their team around. "My honest answer to that would be no because of a couple of..." June 06

  • Did the shift ruin Ryan Howard’s career?

    Hardball Talk "At Five Thirty Eight, Rob Arthur has an interesting article up in which he posits that defensive shifts were responsible for the drastic downfall at the end of former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard‘s career. Arthur uses a lot of data to show just how much Howard declined once opposing teams realized..." June 06

  • Mike Schmidt: Odubel Herrera can't lead Phillies because he doesn't speak English

    SI "People, we've been over this before. When you feel the urge to ask an old baseball player what they think about the sport nowadays, just walk away and do something—anything—else, because all you're going to get is some warmed-over and casually racist nonsense about Playing The Game The Right..." June 06

  • Odubel Herrera willing to risk getting drilled (and maybe injured) to continue flipping his bat

    CSN Philly "Maybe this was the game that will get Odubel Herrera going. "Hopefully it's going to start something good," the Phillies centerfielder said after hitting the ball hard several times in a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday (see game story). Herrera doubled twice and smoked a..." June 04

  • Phillies place Joaquin Benoit on DL and recall Adam Morgan

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have placed right-handed relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list and have recalled left-hander Adam Morgan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to MLB Roster Moves. Benoit is dealing with a left knee sprain, and his stint on the disabled list will..." June 03

  • Phillies GM Frustrated, But Committed to Rebuild and Giving Maikel Franco a Chance

    CSN Philly "It happens all the time in baseball. The losses pile up. The front office looks to shake things up. An underperforming player is sent to the minor leagues. The Phillies have a prime candidate for demotion in Maikel Franco. He has struggled much of the season and could probably use some time in..." June 01

  • Phillies' Vince Velasquez: Lands on disabled list

    CBS Sports "Velasquez (elbow) was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday. It was announced following Tuesday's game that Velasquez was DL-bound, and the move is now official. The right-hander saw a big dip in velocity from the first inning to the second inning Tuesday (from around 95 mph to the low-90s),..." May 31

  • Report: Phillies have discussed demoting Maikel Franco to Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has had a dismal season. Though his 2016 campaign wasn’t anything special, he hit 25 home runs and hit 88 RBI, showing enough promise that he could eventually become the Phillies’ third baseman of the future. This season, though, he’s skidding to a..." May 31

  • Vince Velasquez exits with elbow injury as Phils get pounded "Vince Velasquez grimaced and grabbed his right side, and a miserable month of Phillies baseball became even more dire Tuesday night. The righthander left a 7-2 loss to the Marlins with a right elbow flexor strain after throwing just 19 pitches. The injury will send Velasquez to the disabled..." May 31

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • Phillies could make play for Harper

    Fanrag Sports "The prevailing thought is that if Bryce Harper leaves the Washington Nationals as a free agent following next season, he likely will wind up landing with the New York Yankees. Though the right fielder grew up in Las Vegas, he was a Yankees fan. The Yankees also figure to have enough money..." May 24

  • Ali and Tommy Joseph: Officer and a first baseman

    USA Today "Ali Joseph estimates she's helped deliver nearly 240 babies. A 1st Lt. in the United States Air Force, Joseph has served as a labor and delivery nurse for the last four years at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital in Destin, Florida. Since becoming an active duty service member in 2013, Joseph,..." May 21

  • Vince Velasquez: 'I'm clueless right now, running around like a chicken without a head'

    CSN Philly "As tough as Philly fans are when an athlete is underperforming, Vince Velasquez is harder on himself than pretty much anyone else could be. Some pitchers would be at a loss for words after suffering yet another poor outing but Velasquez (2-4, 5.98) on Saturday was the opposite, baring his soul..." May 21

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