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  • Phillies rack up record-setting strikeout numbers on both sides of ball

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies set two team strikeout records on this trip to Atlanta — one good, one bad. Jake Arrieta’s strikeout of Freddie Freeman in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Braves was the Phillies’ pitching staff’s 1,385th of the season,..." September 24

  • Jose Bautista Wants To Play In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "Phillies pending free agent Jose Bautista tells FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link) that he plans to continue his career in 2019, which would be his age-38 season. Bautista would like to suit up for a contender next year, Rosenthal says. Considering his..." September 23

  • How concerned should we be about the future of the Phillies?

    The Good Phight "The Phillies long-shot run at the postseason is likely going to end this weekend. The Phils had a chance to make things interesting in the NL East for the last week of the season, entering their four-game series against the Braves trailing by 1 1⁄2 games. A sweep of Atlanta..." September 22

  • A glimpse of what could make Zach Eflin a complete pitcher

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "These last six weeks, the Phillies have desperately needed a starting pitcher other than Aaron Nola to step up to keep them alive in the NL East race.  Zach Eflin has been that guy two starts in a row, allowing one run in 11 innings in victories over the Marlins and Mets. If the..." September 21

  • MLB Rumors: Surprise NL team stealing Manny Machado from Yankees, Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Get ready for a bidding war. When the offseason arrives, two free agents will dominate conversation around the sport: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Harper's powerful left-handed swing will likely attract record offers. Machado's versatile..." September 21

  • MLB Rumors: Astros' Charlie Morton back to Phillies in 2019?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Get ready for the most important offseason in recent Phillies history. With less than $70M on the books for 2019 and a team off a season featured first-place contention in September, the Phillies have an opportunity to strike in free agency and trade market. All..." September 19

  • After watching Wilson Ramos with Phillies, Mets need to sign him this winter

    SNY TV "Phillies C Wilson Ramos will be a free agent after this season and I want him to be on the Mets in 2019, when he'll still be just 31 years old. The Mets are set up to again have a dominant starting rotation next year, with or without Jason Vargas. My hunch is no one..." September 19

  • Rhys Hoskins signs on with MLB super agent Scott Boras

    Hardball Talk "Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins has signed on with super agent Scott Boras, according to industry sources. Boras represents some of biggest stars in baseball, including Bryce Harper. He also represents Phillies Jake Arrieta and Vince Velasquez. Just last week, Harper and..." September 19

  • Gabe Kapler has considered using unconventional pitching strategies

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "As a manager, Gabe Kapler is all about exploring any method he can to win, whether that means pinch-hitting for a member of his starting lineup in the fourth inning or having his fielders use index cards to determine their defensive positioning. So it came as no surprise before the..." September 17

  • Phillies face same deficit as 2007, but this couldn't feel more different

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "With 17 games to go, the Phillies are 7½ games out in the NL East. Sound familiar? In 2007, the Phils were seven games back in the NL East with 17 to play, the year they famously ran down the Mets and won the division the final day of the season. But..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Report: Some executives believe Phillies can sign Manny Machado, Bryce Harper

    Sportsnaut "Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are this winter’s two biggest free agent names. At least some executives think the pair might end up as teammates with the Philadelphia Phillies. “OF THE MORE THAN 10 EXECUTIVES CONTACTED THIS WEEK, THOUGH THE QUESTION WAS ABOUT WHO’D..." September 14

  • As a season wanes, a complex set of decisions awaits the Phillies

    Philly.com "Truth be told, you never really know. Not in baseball. Shortstop Jean Segura was an All-Star at the age of 23 with Milwaukee, then one of the worst hitters in the majors for two seasons. Now with Seattle, he is an All-Star again. As rookies, Will Middlebrooks and Dustin..." September 14

  • Has a full season of being the ace and carrying a staff caught up with Aaron Nola?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "First it was the Phillies’ falling out of the National League East race. And now it’s Aaron Nola falling out of the NL Cy Young race. Neither is official. But it feels that way in both cases. Nola was tagged for four runs over five innings in a 5-1 loss to the..." September 13

  • Jake Arrieta hasn't been bad but hasn't been worth the money either

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Jake Arrieta's performance this season hasn't overwhelmed or underwhelmed. It's just kind of ... whelmed. Typically, when a player is awarded a contract paying $25 million per year, reactions from the fan base are strong in either direction, the way they've been with..." September 12

  • Which MLB contender has the best postseason starting rotation?

    USA Today "Here’s a thing I made for you to argue about online: Trying to predict the outcome of any short MLB postseason series is a fool’s errand. As noted frequently in this space around this time of year every year, it would take a best-of-269-game series to determine, with..." September 11

  • Phillies grounds crew needed blowtorches to prepare field for play

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia area received a significant amount of rainfall over the weekend, and the tarp at Citizens Bank Park probably should have been rolled out during the duration of the inclement weather. Unfortunately, that was not the case. On Monday, the grounds crew at Citizens Bank..." September 11

  • The Phillies are running out of time

    Philly.com "It sure seemed to be the start of a Phillies win Sunday when the Mets scratched Cy Young favorite Jacob deGrom for a pitcher named Corey Oswalt shortly before the first pitch. Instead, it was the start to yet another frustrating Phillies loss. The Phils have lost six of their last..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • MLB Rumors: Angels' Mike Trout to Braves or Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "We could be getting closer and closer to an unprecedented baseball moment: The sport's best player, Mike Trout, possibly on the trade block this coming winter. If you go by the word of the Los Angeles Angels, Trout isn't going anywhere. But thanks to Ken..." September 07

  • Is it time this offseason for Phillies to move on from Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Cesar Hernandez has lost his job as the Phillies' everyday leadoff hitter. Odubel Herrera has lost his job as the everyday centerfielder. Will either player be back in 2019? Will both? Let's take a look, starting with Hernandez. Cesar's..." September 06

  • Maikel Franco remains out of Phillies’ lineup, likely headed home to have painful wrist checked

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Maikel Franco’s sore right wrist had not improved when he showed up to work Tuesday. He will likely head back to Philadelphia to be seen by a specialist on Wednesday. Franco has been out of the Phillies' starting lineup four of the last five days. He had an X-ray on Sunday...." September 05

  • Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan leaves organization

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "These things happen in baseball. A new group of organization leaders move in. They bring with them their ideas and philosophies. The old group of leaders move out. They bring their talents and skills to other organizations. It is baseball’s circle of life. Joe Jordan is the..." September 05

  • More changes ahead for Phillies' front office

    Yardbarker "Some further changes are on the horizon in the Phillies’ front office, as farm director Joe Jordan has stepped away from the organization, Matt Gelb of The Athletic writes (subscription link). The Phillies have since confirmed Jordan’s departure. Gelb characterizes a..." September 05

  • MLB Rumors: Hall of Famer suggests Angels' Mike Trout-to-Phillies offseason blockbuster

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here we go--again. With the 2018 Phillies trying to claw into the postseason, there's always an eye on even bigger things for a franchise with upside and a ton of money to spend in future seasons. When the offseason arrives, expect Manny..." September 05

  • Ryan Howard officially retires with 'Thank You, Philly' letter

    The Player's Tribune "I t’s been 14 years, almost to the day. September 1st, 2004 — that was the first time that I set foot inside the Phillies’ clubhouse: home against the Braves, during Citizens Bank Park’s inaugural season, for my Major League..." September 04

  • Phillies Activate Jerad Eickhoff, Designate Ben Lively

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have activated right-hander Jerad Eickhoff from the 60-day disabled list and designated fellow righty Ben Lively for assignment, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com tweets. Eickhoff’s finally in line to pitch after going down in mid-March with a lat strain, an injury that was..." September 03

  • Joe West creates stir by confiscating cheat sheet from Phillies pitcher

    ABC 6 "Pitchers can't have a cheat sheet -- at least for now. Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Davis and Phillies manager Gabe..." September 02

  • Phillies Designate Jesmuel Valentin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have designated infielder Jesmuel Valdin for assignment, per a club announcement. The move was made in order to clear room for Pedro Florimon, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list. Valentin, originally drafted by the Dodgers, has been with the Phillies..." September 01

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Phillies alter pitching rotation to optimize 'awesome' Aaron Nola

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Looking to optimize their chances of making the postseason for the first time since 2011, the Phillies have made a slight but significant adjustment to the starting pitching rotation. Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez will flip-flop in the rotation. Nola will move up a day and pitch..." August 30

  • Gabe Kapler's playoff guarantee no longer on solid footing as Phillies continue to slip out of postseason picture

    CBS Sports "After a fairly embarrassing season-opening series in Atlanta, rookie Phillies manager Gabe Kapler rushed headlong into the criticisms by guaranteeing that his team would make the playoffs. For a time, that looked like an example of sage boldness. As recently as Aug. 7, Kapler's Phils..." August 29

  • Players Phillies are most likely to call up on Sept. 1

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "As depressing as this is to everyone who loves summer, Saturday is Sept. 1. In the baseball world, that means expanded rosters. Starting on Sept. 1, teams can activate everyone on their 40-man roster if they so choose. You typically do not see a team make use of all 40 spots..." August 28

  • Mets trade Jose Bautista to Phillies

    New York Post "With minutes to spare, the Mets completed a Jose Bautista trade. The 37-year-old outfielder is heading to the Phillies, with the deal being completed shortly before the 1 p.m. deadline a day after Philadelphia claimed him on waivers, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported. " August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • Hot-hitting Roman Quinn out of Phillies’ lineup with sore hamstring

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies were without one of their hottest hitters for Sunday’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. Outfielder Roman Quinn, riding a 9-for-16 hot streak over five games, four of which were starts, was out of the lineup with a tender left hamstring. Quinn said he..." August 27

  • Orioles Acquire Jack Zoellner From Phillies For International Bonus Pool Space

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have acquired minor league first baseman Jack Zoellner from the Phillies in exchange for international bonus pool space, according to an announcement from both clubs. Zoellner was the Phillies’ ninth-round selection in the 2017 draft. It’s at least a..." August 27

  • Phillies Claim Jose Bautista On Revocable Waivers; No Agreement Reached Yet

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have claimed Mets outfielder Jose Bautista on revocable trade waivers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The two sides are discussing a deal and have until tomorrow to complete a swap, Rosenthal adds. Of course, the Mets could also just let Bautista go..." August 27

  • Aaron Nola has quietly become the most underrated ace in baseball

    The Score "Two years ago, Philadelphia Phillies starter Aaron Nola was just another top pitching prospect heading down the ominous path of elbow troubles. Nola owned a 4.78 ERA in 2016 when he was shut down with an elbow strain, and his fastball had been creeping across at a pedestrian 90 mph...." August 27

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Phillies’ Justin Bour heads to disabled list with strained oblique

    Philly.com "Justin Bour's big night Wednesday came with a price, as he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday morning with a strained left oblique. Bour doubled in the first inning Wednesday and homered in the third. He felt a twinge during his last swing in the ninth, when he..." August 23

  • Phillies’ Asdrubal Cabrera getting reacquainted at shortstop

    Philly.com "Before being traded to the Phillies on July 27, Asdrubal Cabrera had not played shortstop during the 2018 season. Cabrera was in the starting lineup at short in Tuesday's game at National Park against the Washington Nationals. It was the 16th time he had played there since the..." August 22

  • Phillies Acquire Luis Avilan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced that they have acquired lefty Luis Avilan from the White Sox. Righty Felix Paulino will go to Chicago in return. The Philadelphia organization designated righty Jose Taveras to create 40-man roster space for the move. It’s not..." August 22

  • What it could take for Phillies to re-sign Wilson Ramos

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "A week into his Phillies career, this fan base has warmed to Wilson Ramos to the point that many are wondering whether they'll try to keep him around past this season. This question started pouring in the morning after Ramos' historic, 3-extra-base-hit, 3-RBI..." August 20

  • MLB GM Predicts Bryce Harper Will Leave Nationals, Sign with Phillies

    Bleacher Report "At least one MLB general manager believes Washington Nationalssuperstar outfielder Bryce Harper will leave the organization as a free agent this offseason to sign with the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. On Thursday, Jon Heyman of Fancred..." August 17

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Wilson Ramos Will Reportedly Be Activated Today

    Crossing Broad "The Phillies’ recent freefall continued last night after failing to back Nick Pivetta’s strong outing in a 2-1 loss. They’ve scored only 16 runs while losing five of their last seven games. In other words, it’s time for the Phillies to stop fucking around...." August 15

  • Brewers Acquire Jake Thompson, Designate Alec Asher

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have acquired right-hander Jake Thompson from the Phillies in exchange for cash, the Phillies announced Tuesday. Right-hander Alec Asher has been designated for assignment to open roster space, and the Brewers have optioned Thompson to Triple-A, per an announcement of their..." August 14

  • Surprising how many NL teams let Justin Bour slip to Phillies

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Justin Bour-Matt Stairs comparison has been a popular one in the days since the Phillies surprisingly acquired Bour from the Marlins. Big, burly, power-hitting, left-handed first basemen. But in several other ways, this move was different.  • Bour is 10 years..." August 13

  • Phillies temporarily demote Zach Eflin despite having a career year, costing him $20,000

    CBS Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies could find themselves in the postseason once October rolls around. Over the weekend, however, they found themselves entangled in a controversy concerning a player and their pay. The Phillies optioned starter Zach Eflin following his start on Friday night and..." August 13