SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball includes continued Papelbon trade discussions, A's fans (legitimate) dislike of Bud Selig, and a Panda making a half-court shot from his butt. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of..." January 29
CSN Philly "The Phillies are in the market for low-risk, high-reward players and one outfielder designated for assignment Wednesday fits that description. After a disappointing five-year run with the White Sox that included power but little else, 25-year-old outfielder/first baseman Dayan Viciedo was..." January 29
CBS Philly "The Phillies announced on Wednesday that David Montgomery is out as President of the team. Montgomery will return to the team as Chairman, not President, confirming an October report from 94WIP’s Howard Eskin. Pat Gillick will continue his current position as President and Bill Giles will take..." January 28
I get impression #Brewers would like to find way to do problematic Papelbon trade. If that fails, fall-back position likely is K-Rod.
MLB Blogs "The Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade. Two sources said this evening that talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phillies and Brewers were in serious..." January 27
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Last year at “Brewers On Deck,” team principal owner Mark Attanasio stepped to a microphone and drew raucous applause from fans by announcing Milwaukee’s stunning four-year, $50 million free-agent deal with starting pitcher Matt Garza. Those hoping for another big announcement Sunday involving..." January 25
CSN Philly "The Phillies are showing serious interest in free-agent right-hander Chad Billingsley, a major-league source tells CSNPhilly.com. Billingsley, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Dodgers and was a mainstay in that team’s starting rotation from 2008 to 2012 before elbow problems sent him to..." January 23
Philly.com "Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg spent about 10 minutes trying to explain himself, but before he'd go too far and say something he might regret, he inserted awkward laugher into the conversation. Even when the questions changed, they eventually circled back to the same topic, given Sandberg's..." January 22
Courier-Post "There are advantages to being in located in a big market as the Phillies are in Philadelphia. Typically big market teams have more money to spend, better resources and a priority to win, sometimes at any cost. That's part of the reason the Phillies find themselves forced to rebuild the..." January 21
Philly.com "Ruben Amaro Jr. certainly isn’t ruling it out, but on Tuesday the Phillies general manager said he thinks Cole Hamels will open the season pitching against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. “I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly," Amaro said before the annual winter..." January 21
Cliff Lee has already thrown off a mound three or four times, Ruben Amaro Jr. just said. On track for spring training.
Sporting News "Max Scherzer is heading to Washington, which means that a Nationals team with a nearly flawless lineup now boasts a rotation with the 30-year-old right-handed free agent, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez, with Tanner Roark in reserve. It is possiblethe..." January 20
Gaslamp Ball "Despite the distribution of some of the Padres' biggest prospects, San Diego has kept their farm's cream of the crop. This puts them in the most-likely-to-land-a-trade seat on the Phillies' play-hard-to-get dating show. According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, as of now the most likely competition or..." January 20
Hardball Talk "Cliff Lee managed to avoid surgery after being limited to just 13 starts last season due to a flexor pronator strain, but he’s still a big wild card coming into 2015. The Phillies hope to get a sense on his progress soon. According to Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies general..." January 17
Philly.com "EVERYONE on the planet - well, everyone on the planet who even casually follows major league baseball - is aware that the Phillies would like to trade Ryan Howard in an effort to expedite their rebuilding project. Both Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf could step in and play first base in his place..." January 17
Arthur Rhodes, 45, hasn't pitched in big leagues since 2011. But I heard that he officially retired today. Was All-Star for #reds in 2010.
Dallas Morning News "The Rangers continue to pursue the possibility of adding left-hander Cole Hamels from Philadelphia. The Rangers have remained in contact with Philadelphia about Hamels, a person familiar with the process said on Thursday. The stumbling block appears to be money. Hamels is guaranteed $96..." January 16
Hardball Talk "In a video for CSN Philly, Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies are involved in “staredowns” with four teams involving left-hander Cole Hamels: the Padres, Cardinals, Rangers, and Red Sox. Salisbury adds that it will be tough for the Phillies to get the value they’re looking for and a trade..." January 15
CSN Philly "The Phillies open spring training camp in Clearwater five weeks from today with their first workout for pitchers and catchers. Will Cole Hamels be there? Five days later, position players will join the group for the first official full-squad workout. Will Ryan Howard be there? As NFL..." January 15
CBSSports.com "Fresh off a trio of bold impact moves to rework their entire outfield and the middle of their lineup, the aggressive Padres are still said to be alive for another potential blockbuster, this one involving Philly's ace lefthander Cole Hamels – although, others teams also are in the mix, and..." January 13
Fox Sports "The start of spring training is a little more than a month away. The clock is ticking for the Phillies to trade first baseman Ryan Howard, a task that should not be as difficult as it has proven to be. Yet another potential destination for Howard vanished Saturday when the Rays acquired John..." January 12
Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals say they like their starting rotation. But that is not preventing them from pursuing a major upgrade. The team is exploring trades for left-handers Cole Hamels and David Price and the possibility of signing free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer, according to major-league..." January 08
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
ESPN.com "As Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explores trades involving first baseman Ryan Howard, he faces challenges beyond trying to move an underperforming player with a big contract. Under the terms of Howard's five-year, $125 million contract with the Phillies, he can block..." January 06
The Phillies announced they have signed Aaron Harang to a one-year, $5 million deal.
Hardball Talk "Following Wednesday’s trade that sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Reds, the Phillies are considering moving Domonic Brown from left to right field. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the team has spoken to Brown about making the move and Brown has been preparing for the possibility during..." January 01
Also hearing buzz that Phillies are poking around on free agent pitcher Aaron Harang. Phils have been looking for short term pitching fit.
Wandy Rodriguez comes to terms with Filadelfia, pending a physical (source)
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Hardball Talk "The Phillies announced this afternoon they agreed to minor league contracts with right-handers Kevin Slowey and Sean O’Sullivan and first baseman Chris McGuiness. All three players received invites to major league spring training. Slowey posted a 5.30 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings..." December 23
San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are believed to have at least some interest in Phillies ace Cole Hamels, a left-hander and native San Diegan who could put their rotation over the top. But, for now, it doesn’t appear that General Manager A.J. Preller will be flipping another just-acquired player in his ongoing..." December 23
Philly.com "The Padres have had discussions about trading for San Diego native Cole Hamels with new outfielder Wil Myers as potential bait, according to a baseball source. The Padres have been baseball’s busiest team since the Winter Meetings ended in San Diego earlier this month, acquiring three starting..." December 22
Philly.com "JIMMY ROLLINS is trying to find a home in Los Angeles and a place to stay in suburban Phoenix, too. He's now a Dodger, so his family home in New Jersey and winter home in Tampa, near the Phillies' spring training facilities, aren't going to do him a whole lot of good. The Phillies' rebuild has..." December 21
The #Phillies could jump in on Asdrubal Cabrera, source says. But first Ruben Amaro Jr. would have to move some payroll.
Newark Star-Ledger "In the immediate aftermath of the Phillies finalizing a trade sending shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it doesn't appear that the organization is anywhere close to being finished wheeling and dealing. The next veteran out the door could very well be former MVP first baseman..." December 21
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
CSN Philly "Jimmy Rollins’ departure from Philadelphia began with a rumor that the Yankees were interested in acquiring him. That led to a text message from Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano, to Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Lozano told Amaro that Rollins, who had full no-trade rights, would OK a..." December 21
The #Phillies could jump in on Asdrubal Cabrera, source says. But first Ruben Amaro Jr. would have to move some payroll.
Boston Herald "A few weeks ago, an executive from a team that had spoken with the Phillies about trading for Cole Hamels speculated that Philadelphia’s asking price — a multiplayer package headed by at least two “elite” prospects — would invariably come down later in the offseason. Don’t count on..." December 19
Heard #phillies are kicking the tires on Rafael Furcal, who's playing winter ball for Aguilas in Dominican Republic.
It appears Dodgers and Padres have worked through lingering issues. They are all but done with the Kemp trade. Rollins coming from Philly.
CSN Philly "A week after striking a deal to send Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies are still waiting to see what the return will be for the well-decorated veteran shortstop. The holdup continues to be a proposed trade that would send outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the San..." December 18
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Philly.com "Cole Hamels expected the rumors. He heard them last summer, and when Ruben Amaro Jr. informed the veteran Phillies players last September of the team's future direction, a trade appeared even more possible. He remains a Phillie, but during a Sunday interview with SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio,..." December 15
Masn "As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette rushed to the airport in San Diego following the Rule 5 draft - we were on the same flight and he willingly chose a middle seat next to other team officials, while I grabbed an aisle seat and let everyone bump into my shoulder at least once - he..." December 14
Philly.com "Near the end of last season, Jimmy Rollins was asked how far he thought the Phillies were from returning to greatness. "I have no idea," Rollins said. "It could be next year." A reporter wondered why Rollins considered that possible. "That's what's so great about being a ballplayer," Rollins..." December 14