Phillies Rumors & News

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Phillies speed up preparation, but pitcher Zach Eflin backs off

    CSN Philly "With the exhibition season starting in a week, the Phillies wasted no time having their hitters see live pitching. Pitchers threw “live” batting practice on four fields during the first day of full-squad workouts Friday. The Phillies play their annual exhibition game against the University..." February 18

  • Chris Christie blasts Phillies, says they 'suck', calls Citizens Bank Park 'unsafe'

    CSN Philly "Since Chris Christie has not been given any sort of meaningful role in the Trump administration, he has plenty of time to talk about sports, namely Philadelphia sports. This clearly isn't the first time the Cowboys fan has ripped on Philadelphia. You all likely remember when he said Eagles fans..." February 16

  • Freddy Galvis to miss World Baseball Classic with groin injury "Freddy Galvis is out of the World Baseball Classic before it even begins. The Phillies shortstop said Wednesday that he told Venezuelan manager Omar Vizquel that he will be unable to represent his country in the international baseball tournament that is set to begin next month because of a groin..." February 15

  • Phillies gearing up to land a star?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here come the Phillies. Well, in a sense. As spring training begins, the story lines and players to watch are fascinating as the franchise attempts to go from rebuilding to contending soon. While it's easy to simply paint the 2017 season as another rebuilding year for building blocks to..." February 14

  • Pete Mackanin’s contract extension is still up in the air

    CSN Philly "Among the issues facing the Phillies as they begin spring training, Pete Mackanin’s job status is a low-priority item. He’s under contract for 2017. The rebuilding Phillies improved by eight wins under his skippership in 2016. He’s safe. But what about 2018? In some regards, it..." February 11

  • Phillies manager says Gomez will open season as closer

    Fantasy Pros "Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has stated that Jeanmar Gomez will be given the first opportunity to close for the Phillies. ( Fantasy Impact Gomez was 37 for 43 in save opportunities last season with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Any player that gets a chance to close..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17? "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Yes, it's been a sneaky good offseason for Klentak and the Phillies "Really, what else could we possibly talk about this morning except for the implications that Chris Coghlan’s signing will have on the Phillies’ lineup? #fingeronthepulse Seriously, though, you’re going to have to turn elsewhere for all of your commemorative Tom Brady coverage. I’m flying to..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • How a tainted trade last summer still is impacting at least 3 MLB franchises

    Fox Sports "When Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller last September, it was for his failure to disclose required medical information in a trade that sent left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for right-hander Anderson Espinoza. Preller did not receive additional..." February 02

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Phillies agree to minor-league deal with Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have signed catcher Ryan Hanigan to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. Included in the deal is an invitation to MLB camp this spring. He can earn $1.25MM if he makes the major league roster, with $375K in available incentives, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via..." January 26

  • Phillies prospect who lost eye in freak accident retires

    ESPN "It was my normal postgame routine to use exercise bands after I pitched. They were already hooked to the wall when I walked into the athletic training room, so I grabbed them and started my workout. Same thing, different day. It was the fifth repetition on the second set of my third..." January 25

  • Ryan Howard is still hoping for one more shot at a World Series ring

    Fox Sports "A free agent for the first time, he is training furiously, waiting patiently, staying positive about his chances of getting an opportunity even in a market that remains saturated with first base-DH types. “I think I can still go out there and compete, and compete at a high level,” Howard said..." January 25

  • Marlins acquire Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies

    Hardball Talk "The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders..." January 25

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Phillies close to deal with Michael Saunders

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies and free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders are closing in on an agreement, reports MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi. The 30-year-old Saunders, a client of Meister Sports Management, has been linked to the Phillies on multiple occasions over the past several weeks. " January 16

  • Phillies, Freddy Galvis avoid arbitration

    Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies and shortstop Freddy Galvis have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $4.35 million salary for the 2017 season. Galvis, 27, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. this past season, Galvis broke out by hitting 20..." January 12

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Will Curt Schilling make the Hall of Fame despite recent controversy?

    CBS Sports "The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced on Jan. 18. We're using the interim period to examine each of the 34 candidates on the BBWAA ballot. Remember that a player must be named on at least 75 percent of submitted ballots to be enshrined into Cooperstown. If you're tuning in..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • No, the Phillies Should Not Sign Jose Bautista

    Fox Sports "Speculation is that the Philadelphia Phillies would like to add another veteran outfield bat, but is that really the right move at this time? The Philadelphia Phillies’ rebuilding program continues to move along at a reasonable pace. After finally resolving to commit to that rebuild, the club..." January 08

  • Phillies to extend protective netting over dugouts in 2017 "The Phillies will expand the protective netting at Citizens Bank Park to cover both dugouts, a decision that follows a growing safety trend in Major League Baseball and satisfies the wishes of some players. "We think this is a reasonable step which will provide additional protection for fans,"..." January 07

  • Phillies, Cesar Ramos Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Cesar Ramos, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (on Twitter). The Wasserman client will add a southpaw with considerable Major League experience to Philadelphia’s depth chart. Ramos, 32, opened the 2016 season with the..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces? "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Phillies Open To Adding Veteran Bat

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are still open to the idea of adding a veteran bat — likely an outfielder/first baseman — to their relatively young lineup, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Among the potential free-agent targets are Jose Bautista, Michael Saunders and Brandon Moss, although the Phils are..." January 04

  • Three potential trading partners for the Phillies

    Philly Voice "Happy New Year. When we last left the Phillies, they were locking up their one, proven everyday player to a long-term deal and then jumping at the chance to add a proven veteran starter to their rotation at minimal cost. The team reports to spring training six weeks from today. But is its..." January 03

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Elvis Araujo to play for Chunichi Dragons in 2017

    Hardball Talk "The Marlins finalized their two-year, $16 million deal with right-hander Brad Ziegler on Friday, designating left-hander Elvis Araujo for assignment in the process. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Araujo will play for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball in..." December 24

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Examining the Phillies’ plan to claw out of payroll hell

    New York Post "The Phillies acquired Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox on Tuesday. In itself, it is not much of a pre-Christmas transaction. But taken in the larger context of Philadelphia’s offseason, it was another step away from being a serial tanker. There are no rules against tanking. It works when done..." December 21

  • Red Sox trade Buchholz to Phillies

    TSN "The Boston Red Sox have traded pitcher Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report from Jon Heyman. The Red Sox will get minor-league 2B Josh Tobias in return for Buchholz, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The 32-year-old finished with an 8-10 record last year in..." December 20

  • Ryan Howard's trainer plans to make him 'superhuman' during offseason

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard's career with the Phillies has come to an end but that doesn't mean his baseball career is over. Many people believe Howard can still play. Charlie Manuel for one. The Big Piece himself for another. In a new video posted by Whistle Sports, Howard gives us a look at the training..." December 17

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