Phillies Rumors & News

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Things could get ‘a little weird’ for Chase Utley if Dodgers clinch in Philadelphia

    Orange County Register "With their magic number shrinking daily now, the Dodgers could very well celebrate the clinching of their fifth consecutive NL West title during this week’s four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Uh, awkward. “I actually haven’t thought about it at all,” said Dodgers second..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Could Phillies' Rhys Hoskins be next Giambi or Votto?

    Courier-Post "Like anyone who has watched rookie Rhys Hoskins on a daily basis the last five weeks, Phillies hitting coach Matt Stairs has been captivated. Stairs saw hundreds of hitters during his Major League Baseball career that spanned 19 years with 12 different teams. Yet few displayed such a mature..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Phillies To Promote Henderson Alvarez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are set to promote right-handed starter Henderson Alvarez to the major-league level, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Phillies have an open spot on the 40-man roster, so the organization will not need to make a corresponding roster move. It’s been a complicated road..." September 11

  • Phillies' Rhys Hoskins has gone from unwanted to unbelievable

    Sporting News "No one wanted Rhys Hoskins. The Phillies’ rookie left fielder was hardly a blip on anyone's radar when he finished his career at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif. Forget about getting drafted — Hoskins couldn’t even get the attention of college programs. In an age when talented..." September 11

  • Odubel Herrera extends hitting streak to 20 games

    Hardball Talk "With a third-inning double against the Nationals on Thursday evening, Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to 20 games. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that’s the longest streak in the majors this season. Only three other players — Jose Altuve, Bryce..." September 08

  • Ex-Phillies prospect Matt Imhof lost an eye to baseball and learned to live without it "He could close his eyes and hit his throwing partner in the chest. That still came natural. The accident had not stripped that. Then Matt Imhof opened his left eye — his only working eye — and tried to catch the baseball. He knew he had to decide where the ball was headed and when to close his..." September 05

  • Phillies' rookie phenom Hoskins left game after getting plunked on wrist "Rhys Hoskins grabbed his right hand on Saturday night and grimaced. He was in serious pain and that was enough to send manager Pete Mackanin and athletic trainer Scott Sheridan shooting out of the dugout before Hoskins was even halfway to first base in the seventh inning of a 10-9 loss to the..." September 03

  • Phillies place Jerad Eickhoff on 10-day DL

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that the club has placed right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff on the team’s 10-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his pitching hand. Fellow righty Ricardo Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to assume Eickhoff’s spot on the big league..." August 31

  • Phillies claim veteran reliever Juan Nicasio from Pirates

    CSN Philly "The Phillies added a veteran reliever on Thursday, claiming right-hander Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nicasio, 31, has a 2.85 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 60 innings this season, which he's spent as the Pirates' setup man. This was Nicasio's final season of arbitration..." August 31

  • Phils yet to decide Hoskins' primary '17 position "Is there any question Rhys Hoskins will play nearly every day the remainder of the 2017 season? Eleven home runs in 64 at-bats will keep anyone in a Major League lineup. But what happens when Phillies outfielders Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr return from the 10-day disabled list? Does..." August 29

  • Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins is on a historic home run rampage after smacking No. 11

    CBS Sports "Hey, remember when Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies became the fastest player in the history of Major League Baseball to reach 10 home runs? Yeah, he did that Saturday night, homering for the 10th time in 17 career games. On Sunday, he went deep again. That's 11 home runs in 18 career games...." August 27

  • Phillies' Rhys Hoskins makes history with 10th home run to start his career

    CBS Sports "In Friday night's recap, we noted that Phillies OF/1B Rhys Hoskins became the first hitter in MLB history to tally nine homers in his first 16 games. Well, Mr. Hoskins played career game No. 17 on Saturday, and you can probably guess what happened ... So, yeah, that's a changeup low and away..." August 27

  • Rhys Hoskins ties major league record with eighth homer through first 15 games

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies lost 9-8 to the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, running their record to 3-9 over their last 12 games. Outfielder Rhys Hoskins continues to hit, though, as he smacked his eighth homer, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning off of Vance Worley which knotted the game at one..." August 25

  • Velasquez done for season; Phils sign Henderson Alvarez

    Phillies Nation "As if the news below wasn’t enough, Jon Heyman just reported the Phillies have signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league contract. The 27-year-old Venezuelan, who found success with the Marlins from 2013-14, was pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League (Independent)...." August 22

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Phillies' Herrera lands on DL with hamstring strain

    CSN Philly "Odubel Herrera has hit the disabled list. Herrera, nursing a left hamstring injury, was out of the lineup Friday night for a fourth straight game as the Phillies played Game 2 of their four-game series against the Giants at AT&T Park. Shortly before first pitch, the Phillies placed Herrera..." August 19

  • Young Phillies back to basics with unusual mandatory workout "It was 2:20 p.m. here, about five hours until first pitch Thursday, when the Phillies trickled onto the AT&T Park field. Mandatory workouts are not common in August, not before Game 119 in the middle of another West Coast slog. The players wore their game pants. They convened in right field,..." August 18

  • Two Phillies Denied Players Weekend Uniform Requests

    The Sports Daily "Players Weekend is just around the corner and, by now, you’ve sorted out the good from the bad and picked your favorites. Unfortunately for two members of the Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t get their nicknames on the back of their jerseys and had to opt for less imaginative ones. According..." August 14

  • Rockies Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies announced that they have agreed to a minor league contract with first baseman Ryan Howard. This is the second time this year the longtime Phillie has taken a minors pact. Howard signed one with the Braves back in April, but the 37-year-old only lasted about a month with the..." August 12

  • Phillies' Velasquez exits after 1 inning due to finger numbness

    CSN Philly "Vince Velasquez exited Thursday’s start after one inning with numbness in his right middle finger, per the Phillies. He was replaced by Mark Leiter Jr. to start the second inning. After striking out Curtis Granderson to open the game and getting Neil Walker to pop out to third base, Velasquez..." August 11

  • Phillies call up slugger Rhys Hoskins

    Hardball Talk "CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury reports that slugging minor leaguer Rhys Hoskins will be called up by the Phillies today. Hoskins, the Phillies’ fifth round pick in the 2014 draft out of Cal State Sacramento, has shown in the minors that he has nothing left to prove with his bat. He’s hitting..." August 10

  • Aaron Altherr not expected to return until September

    Hardball Talk "Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr, currently on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, isn’t expected back until September,’s Ben Harris reports. The Phillies just called up 1B/OF Rhys Hoskins from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which will help in the meantime. Altherr, 26, has hit..." August 10

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Rhys Hoskins will play left field in triple-A, could soon be with Phillies "Rhys Hoskins and Tommy Joseph are two righthanded-hitting first basemen, a fact that one month ago led Phillies manager Pete Mackanin to opine they could not coexist on the same team. Mackanin might be right about the long-term situation. But the Phillies have an idea for a temporary..." August 07

  • Former All-Star catcher Darren Daulton dies at 55

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Phillies announced former catcher Darren Daulton died Sunday at the age of 55. The Phillies issued a statement and noted Daulton battled brain cancer for four years before he died. Daulton played 1,109 of his 1,161 career games from 1983 through 1997 for Philadelphia. He was..." August 07

  • Phillies cancel Pete Rose ceremony amid allegations "The Phillies have canceled a ceremony to induct Pete Rose into the team’s wall of fame after new allegations surfaced this week that Rose maintained a sexual relationship in the 1970s with a girl who was not yet 16 years old. Rose, who is banned from baseball because he bet on games while..." August 02

  • Pirates acquire Benoit from Phillies

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates acquired veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations from the Phillies for right-handed relief prospect Seth McGarry, according to a team announcement. Benoit, 40, has a 4.07 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 1.07 HR/9, and 31.5% groundball rate in 42 innings this year, missing..." August 01

  • Phillies trade Jeremy Hellickson to Orioles

    CSN Philly "The Phillies completed their second trade Friday night — and their third of the week — when they sent pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and cash considerations to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, minor-league pitcher Garrett Cleavinger and international bonus money. Earlier in the..." July 29

  • Howie Kendrick Traded from Phillies to Nationals for Prospect

    Bleacher Report "Howie Kendrick has been traded to the Washington Nationals on Friday after spending the first three months of this season with the Philadelphia Phillies. MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal first reported the Nationals acquired Kendrick from the Phillies. Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer..." July 29

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • 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