Phillies Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Jeremy Hellickson exited Friday’s game with lower back tightness

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies dominated on Friday night, pulling off a rare 7-2 win against the Pirates and recording their fourth victory in 16 games. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was the key to their win, both on the mound and at the plate, but left in the seventh inning after a bad swing at the plate caused..." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Rangers top Phillies for 7th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- There is an old saying that the definition of momentum in baseball is the next day's starter. The Texas Rangers had momentum going on Tuesday with Yu Darvish on the mound. The right-hander struck out nine over seven strong innings, and Texas reached .500 for the..." May 17

  • Eickhoff proof Hamels trade worked for Phillies

    Courier-Post "Four days before returning to Texas, Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff had already thought about pitching in the ballpark where he once envisioned his Major League Baseball career would be built. Instead, Eickhoff will step onto the mound Tuesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington as a Phillie,..." May 16

  • Phillies listening to trade offers for Jeremy Hellickson?

    CBS Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are letting other teams know they'll listen to trade offers for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. From Cafardo: 3. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, Phillies — Phillies personnel have made it known they'll listen on Hellickson in trade..." May 15

  • Harper's 2-run shot in ninth lifts Nationals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Pete Mackanin laughed just a little bit when asked about the possibility of pitching around Bryce Harper with a runner on first and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the score tied. "I didn't even think of it," said Mackanin, the Philadelphia manager. "I'm not..." May 14

  • Phillies will listen to trade offers for Hellickson

    Sports Talk Philly "Though it is a little early for the hot stove to be heating up, the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly beginning to lay the groundwork for a possible July trade. According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the team has been open about their willingness to begin discussing a potential..." May 14

  • Ryan Howard says he's not retiring from baseball

    USA Today "Former Phillie Ryan Howard isn't giving up on playing professional baseball. Howard made clear he is "absolutely" still pursuing another opportunity. "By no means am I done," Howard told The News Journal during a phone conversation Friday afternoon. "My plans haven't changed to try and..." May 13

  • Phillies 3B Franco trying to shake slump

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON - Friday's game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the first-place Washington Nationals was rained out, and that may give Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco a chance to regroup. Franco is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and is 1-for-17 (.059) in his last five games. He is..." May 12

  • Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

    Yardbarker "The MLB trade deadline is nearly two and a half months away, but it isn’t too early to start assessing the market. Teams are off to good and bad starts, and those struggling may soon have to confront the reality that they’re just not going to contend this season. Those that aren’t going to..." May 12

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Phillies extend manager Pete Mackanin's contract through 2018 "Pete Mackanin became an interim manager of the Phillies in the middle of 2015, when the franchise initiated its rebuilding process, and now the Phillies have extended his contract to keep him around for what could be seasons as a contending club. The Phillies signed Mackanin to a new contract,..." May 11

  • Mariners hang on to defeat Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais chuckled a bit when asked about managing in the type of game his team played in Tuesday night. In a game that took 3 hours, 48 minutes and saw a combined 19 runs, 27 hits and six pitchers used on each side, Servais' team came out on..." May 10

  • Ruiz hits 3-run double to lead Mariners over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- It was unclear just exactly what the Citizens Bank Park crowd was trying to say. The "oooo" sound permeating through the ballpark in the top of the seventh inning seemed to have a dual meaning. It was certainly some parts booing, as the Philadelphia Phillies' faithful was..." May 10

  • Braves release Ryan Howard from minor league deal

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves have ended the Ryan Howard experiment even before it really began, releasing the former Phillies slugger from his minor league contract Monday after he failed to show enough at Triple-A Gwinnett to warrant a major league call-up. Howard, 37, hit .184 with one homer, two walks and 11..." May 09

  • Altherr sparks Phillies' comeback vs. Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Altherr was on the bench all day Sunday, a chilly and windy day at Citizens Bank Park. Once he entered, he only needed one pitch to give Philadelphia Phillies a jolt. Altherr blasted a pinch-hit, three-run home run to even the score in the bottom of the eighth and the..." May 07

  • Zimmerman, Nationals pummel reeling Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Zimmerman was robbed in the first inning. He hit the ball too far and too hard for the Phillies to handle in his next two at-bats. Baseball's hottest hitter, Zimmerman continued his remarkable stretch with the bat and accounted for three RBIs in the Washington..." May 06

  • Strasburg's arm, bat leads Nationals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Throughout the last few seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies have found it hard enough to beat Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg when he's on his game. Helping himself at the plate only makes the task against Strasburg more difficult. Strasburg tossed 5 2/3..." May 05

  • Cubs rally for 5-4 win over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Willson Contreras doesn't need to start to have an impact for the Chicago Cubs. The second-year catcher delivered a two-out pinch-hit double, the key hit in a four-run sixth inning, as Chicago claimed a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. "The..." May 04

  • Phillies prospect Scott Kingery powering way toward majors

    CSN Philly "Phillies prospect Scott Kingery is a power hitter now, if only temporarily. It's the latest twist in the young second baseman’s tale. Such reinvention probably shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore, seeing as the one constant in his career has been change. Isn’t he the guy who went from Arizona..." May 04

  • Cubs push across run in 13th to down Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Albert Almora Jr. was already on the run from second base as teammate Matt Szczur slapped a 13th-inning infield grounder. Almora's target was home plate and a game-winning run if Szczur's grounder didn't turn into an inning-ending double play. Ben Zobrist was forced at..." May 04

  • Lester, Cubs labor past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jon Lester overcame a tight strike zone and finally earned a victory. The Cubs left-hander worked five rocky innings, and the bottom and top of the Chicago batting order came through in an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Lester (1-1) allowed three runs..." May 03

  • Phillies jump on Cubs early in 10-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Pete Mackanin said he was concerned that his team might be flat coming into Chicago on Monday after three consecutive losses last weekend to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Philadelphia Phillies manager did not need to worry. The Phillies pounced on Cubs starter Brett Anderson..." May 02

  • Dodgers stun Phillies with four in ninth

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- In almost a half-century of baseball, 65-year-old Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin couldn't recall a more devastating defeat. "It's one of the worst losses I've ever been associated with, the way we lost," Mackanin said. "The way they tied it was tough to take. A..." April 30

  • Dodgers' Ryu finally gets a win, beats Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- It is a bit generic to note that Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu won his first game since 2014, 5-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Knowing the exact number of days -- 973 -- puts it in better perspective. Ryu won 14 games in each of his first two major..." April 30

  • Dodgers end Phillies' six-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- After enduring his worst start in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform since he joined the club last season, Kenta Maeda bounced back with a solid performance Friday night. Justin Turner drove in two runs and the Dodgers ended the Philadelphia Phillies' six-game winning streak with a..." April 29

  • Phillies beat Marlins for sixth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Manager Pete Mackanin of the Philadelphia Phillies recalled a conversation he had last year with pitching coach Bob McClure. The subject was starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and his use of changeups against right-handed batters. Mackanin was against it, but deferred to..." April 27

  • Clay Buchholz apologized to the Phillies for getting injured

    Hardball Talk "’s Todd Zolecki reports that starter Clay Buchholz is at Citizens Bank Park for Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins. The right-hander recently underwent surgery to repair a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass. The timetable for his recovery is three to five months, but most are..." April 27

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