Phillies Rumors & News

  • New Phillies manager Gabe Kapler guarantees a ‘s—load’ of wins in 2018

    Sportress of Blogitude "Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler didn’t back down a bit when asked recently what to expect out of the team in 2018. In fact, Kapler took it to another level when he guaranteed the Phillies would amass a “s—load” of wins next season. The boisterous proclamation loaded with Kapler’s..." January 18

  • Nick Williams talks up Phillies to a free-agent Cy Young winner

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's not clear whether the Phillies will add a starting pitcher before opening day, but surely they would like to. General manager Matt Klentak “is busting his ass every single day looking for every possible opportunity to upgrade our team from every perspective,” manager Gabe Kapler said on..." January 18

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rhys Hoskins on 'surreal' rookie year, position switch, expectation

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "For a couple of weeks in August, Rhys Hoskins might have been Philadelphia's most popular athlete. Fans marveled at the nightly power display that the young slugger put on in the middle of the Phillies' batting order. Carson Wentz and the Eagles had not yet begun their magnificent season. Hoskins..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Phillies sign 3 to clear up arbitration cases

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies wrapped up all of their potential salary arbitration cases when they agreed to 2018 contracts with infielders Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco and relief pitcher Luis Garcia on Friday. Earlier in the week, the team agreed on a contract with catcher Cameron Rupp. Those were the..." January 12

  • Phillies playing waiting game with Jake Arrieta?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As of Jan. 12, the Phillies have spent more money on free agents than any team in Major League Baseball this offseason. Yes, you read that right. Carlos Santana (three years, $60M), Tommy Hunter (two-years, $18M) and Pat Neshek (two years, $16M) didn't generate huge headlines in..." January 12

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Phillies, Cameron Rupp avoid arbitration

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies and catcher Cameron Rupp have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $2.05 million salary for the 2018 season, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Rupp had been eligible for arbitration for the first of three years. Rupp, 29, hit .217/.299/.417 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI..." January 10

  • Ryan Howard Gunning For MLB Comeback

    TMZ "One of baseball's most dangerous power hitters ain't done swinging for the fences just yet ... 'cause 38-year-old Ryan Howard tells TMZ Sports he's gunning to return to the MLB this season!! We spoke with the 2006 National League MVP about his future in baseball ... and the 3-time All-Star..." January 10

  • More dots connecting Phillies to Alex Cobb

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the hot stove remains as cold as it has ever been this deep into an offseason, insiders have begun to play matchmaker to line up players with potential suitors. For the second time in less than a week, one common theme emerged: Alex Cobb to the Phillies. Last week, ESPN deemed..." January 09

  • Report: Phillies’ Maikel Franco suspended by Dominican team for partying

    Larry Brown Sports "Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has drawn a suspension from his hometown team in the Dominican Republic due to his partying. According to a report by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes over the weekend, Franco was one of four players suspended by the Cibao Giants, a Winter League..." January 08

  • Phillies sign Steve Geltz to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Phillies have signed reliever Steve Geltz to a minor league contract. Geltz, 30, spent the 2017 season with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. He made 23 appearances spanning 27 innings, putting up a 2.67 ERA with a 29/12 K/BB ratio...." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Top potential trade destinations for Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Yardbarker "It’s no secret, you guys — the Boston Red Sox need to find a legit power bat this winter. It also no secret as to the person they’re pursuing to help fill that void. No American League team hit fewer home runs (168) or had a lower ISO (.149) than Boston in 2017, and perhaps no team appears to..." December 26

  • No one will wear Halladay's No. 34 for Phillies next season "The Phillies will honor Roy Halladay in at least one way in 2018. Nobody will wear No. 34, which he wore from 2010-13. Halladay died Nov. 7 when his ICON A5 aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old. Despite spending just four seasons with the Phillies, Halladay left a..." December 22

  • Phillies owner John Middleton is ready for his team to start winning again: 'I think we're close' "John Middleton, the Phillies’ principal owner, freely admits that he has been conflicted over these last few years, that there has been a war raging between his heart and mind, between his desire to win right now and his recognition that the Phillies needed to rebuild their organization. No..." December 21

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Report: Former Orioles outfielder Kim returns to play in South Korea

    Baltimore Sun "Former Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim — whose two seasons in the major leagues had ups and downs — will return to his native South Korea to play in the KBO League. According to a report from South Sports, Kim signed a contract with the LG Twins. He will be introduced in a news conference..." December 19

  • Phillies' ramped-up rebuild demands starting-pitching upgrade

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Let the record show that on a snowy Friday afternoon 10 days before Christmas 2017, the Phillies ramped up their rebuild. Dramatically. What other conclusion can be drawn after the club went out and signed Carlos Santana, one of the best offensive players on the free-agent market? With the..." December 18

  • Carlos Santana deal proves MLB players union made right call

    New York Post "This baseball offseason has provided so many distractions and diversions that we’ve neglected one of the hottest topics of recent winters. Thanks to multiple manager searches and the sagas of the Braves, Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, the qualifying offer has been more forgotten than..." December 18

  • Phillies Asked About Marcus Stroman, Danny Duffy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have been aggressively shopping for controllable pitching this winter, as the team has “inquired on just about every young starter that could be traded this winter,” Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of report. This list of targets include their previously-reported interest in..." December 18

  • Giants showed some interest in Phillies’ Maikel Franco at Winter Meetings

    NBC Bay Area "One of the Giants' big offseason goals is to find an everyday third baseman. That search appears to have included checking in with the Phillies on Maikel Franco. According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Giants "were sniffing around" the 25-year-old third baseman during the..." December 17

  • Phillies inquired about Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman

    Sportsnet "The Philadelphia Phillies have inquired about Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, according to major-league sources cited by The Phillies agreed on Friday to a three-year, $60-million contract with first baseman Carlos Santana and appear poised to move forward with their..." December 16

  • Carlos Santana agrees to 3-year, $60 million deal with Phillies

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported Friday by FanRag Sports. Santana has played his entire big league career with the Cleveland Indians, who acquired..." December 15

  • Padres to acquire Freddy Galvis from Phillies

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are finalizing a deal to send shortstop Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. Galvis, 28, is off one of his better seasons. The infielder slashed .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers, a single-season career-high 29 doubles,..." December 15

  • Yankees and Phillies inquired about Zack Greinke

    Fanrag Sports "In addition to the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies inquired about right-handedArizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, a league source tells FanRag Sports. After signing two relievers – Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek – Philadelphia appears to be looking for an..." December 14

  • Phillies Engaged In Talks With Addison Reed

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are looking to make multiple bullpen additions, it seems. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, via Twitter, the organization is engaged in “ongoing discussions” with free agent righty Addison Reed. Reed, who’ll soon turn 29, has been a lights-out reliever ever since he joined the..." December 12

  • Even with eye on top talent like Manny Machado, Phillies will give core more time

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "On Day 1 of the winter meetings Monday, the Phillies' longstanding interest in Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado bubbled to the surface once again. The subject will continue to percolate all winter and beyond as the Orioles mull whether to trade the star player or let him play out the 2018..." December 12

  • Phillies reach agreement with Tommy Hunter

    Fanrag Sports "The middle-relief market has started to take shape as of Tuesday night. The Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement to sign veteran right-hander Tommy Hunter. The parties agreed on a two-year deal, FanRag Sports has learned. Hunter rehabilitated his value over the past year, again..." December 12

  • Phillies, Reed closing in on 3-year deal

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies and reliever Addison Reed are closing in on a three-year deal, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. What Reed lacks in electric stuff, he makes up for in durability. Over the past five seasons, the right-hander has made 342 appearances, fifth in the majors behind Bryan..." December 12

  • Jake Arrieta ain't happening, Phillies fans

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Throughout this entire offseason, Phillies officials have privately said that they will not be players for top free-agent starting pitchers seeking long contracts and huge paydays. It's not that the Phillies can't do it. This is the same ownership group that signed free agent Cliff Lee to a..." December 12

  • Phillies shouldn't trade top prospects for Manny Machado

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies have been connected to Manny Machado for a while and will continue to be with the Orioles superstar entering the final year of his contract. As Jim Salisbury pointed out Sunday, the Phillies have the depth to try to swing a deal for Machado at some point over the next year...." December 11

  • Phillies close to signing Pat Neshek to two-year deal "The Phillies, a source said, are close to a deal to sign reliever Pat Neshek, who represented the team in last year’s All Star Game before being traded two weeks later to Colorado. Neshek was excellent last season with the Phillies after being acquired from Houston as a salary dump. " December 11

  • Phillies Hire Rob Thomson As Bench Coach

    CBS Philly "The Phillies have hired Rob Thomson as bench coach, the team announced on Tuesday. Thomson, 54, spent the last 10 seasons with the New York Yankees as bench coach and third base coach. Thomson spent 28 seasons in the Yankees organization as a minor league coach, manager, field coordinator,..." December 06

  • Report: Phillies have received trade offers for Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez

    Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have received trade offers for shortstop Freddy Galvis and second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Those offers, however, haven’t been to the club’s liking. Both Galvis and Hernandez were tendered contracts ahead of Friday’s non-tender..." December 04

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Dodgers reportedly sign Venditte to Minors deal "The Dodgers reportedly signed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to a Minor League deal on Monday, according to SB Nation. Venditte spent the 2017 season pitching for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Phillies organization, posting a 3.36 ERA in 69 2/3 innings of relief." November 28

  • Yankees bench coach Thomson to interview with Phillies

    SNY TV "Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, who is one of five candidates for New York's managerial vacancy, will interview for the Philadelphia Phillies' bench coach job, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti. Thomson interviewed for the Yankees' managerial opening earlier in November, joining Dodgers third..." November 27

  • Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Reportedly Dies In Traffic Accident

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed on Friday the passing of former big league right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who had just turned 31 years old back in September. Multiple reports out of Cuba initially noted that Gonzalez died in a vehicular accident in Cuba. After originally..." November 24

  • Report: Phillies Considering Chase Utley As Bench Coach

    CBS Philly "Fresh off a World Series appearance, a former Phillie standout could be making a return to the ball club, according to a recent report. WIP’s Howard Eskin hinted on Twitter at the possible return of hometown legend Chase Utley, who recently experienced a World Series defeat with the Los Angeles..." November 23

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015 "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Roy Halladay Crash Report: Wild Flying Patterns, Dangerously Close to Homes

    TMZ "Roy Halladay was flying dangerously close to homes -- and making wild turns and adjustments in altitude -- moments before his fatal crash ... this according to the NTSB. The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report regarding the Nov. 7 crash in Florida that killed..." November 21

  • Phils DFA Mark Appel as they set 40-man roster for Rule 5 draft

    ESPN "Mark Appel, a former No. 1 overall pick, was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. The Phillies now have seven days to either trade him or place him on irrevocable waivers. The 26-year-old right-hander was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft by the Astros, who traded..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Red Sox, Phillies continue interest in Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Red Sox and Phillies have continued their interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana this offseason, according to Fox Sports. Santana had a .259/.363/.455 slash line last season — which was virtually similar to his 2016 numbers — while also hitting 23 home runs with 79 RBIs. A..." November 20

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