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  • Report: Phillies to Make 'Big Play' for Mike Trout in Free Agency

    Sports Talk Philly "Could Philadelphia Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton's pledge to spend "stupid money" extend beyond this offseason? The Phillies — "regardless who they sign this winter" — will make a "big play" for seven-time All-Star and..." January 16

  • Phillies pitchers facing make-or-break seasons in 2019

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Interested in reading something Phillies-related that doesn't pertain to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? There are about 40 other players who could make an impact for the Phils in 2019 beyond the two superstars. And several of them are facing crucial, perhaps career-altering..." January 15

  • Phillies Could Sign Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel

    Sporting News "The Phillies aren't setting low expectations for the next few months. Philadelphia has "visions" of signing Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel in free agency, according to a report from USA Today, which cites unidentified team executives. The..." January 15

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies Don't Plan to Sign Both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

    Bleacher Report "NFL CFB NBA World Football MLB NHL CBB MMA WWE Golf More Shows B/R Live Mag Get the App Tickets Sign..." January 15

  • Phillies reportedly confident they will sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to spend big this offseason and have been linked to both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and it sounds like they would be greatly disappointed if they somehow came away with neither free agent slugger. Sources told Matt Gelb of The Athletic that..." January 15

  • Bryce Harper would fit Phillies as well as Manny Machado — and maybe even better "It was Sept. 12, and the Phillies had just lost to the Washington Nationals, 5-1, in the season finale between the rivals. Gabe Kapler sat behind a desk atop a stage, the setting for his news conference after home games, and answered a question about ace Aaron Nola. “His stuff..." January 15

  • Phillies Sign Lane Adams To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced Monday that they’ve signed outfielder Lane Adams to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Obviously, it’s not the free-agent outfield addition that Phils fans were hoping they’d hear..." January 14

  • Phillies and ace Aaron Nola are far apart on proposed 2019 salary

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies cleared up all of their potential salary arbitration cases except one on Friday. The one they were unable to settle is noteworthy and could be headed to a hearing. The team did not come to an agreement with ace right-hander Aaron Nola, who is eligible for arbitration for..." January 14

  • Phillies expected to make an offer to Bryce Harper this week

    Hardball Talk "According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies will make a formal offer to free agent outfielder Bryce Harper within a week of their meeting in Las Vegas. The two sides came together for a five-hour meeting on Saturday, which was reportedly attended by Harper’s wife, Kayla, as..." January 13

  • Phillies emerge as clear-cut favorite to land Harper

    USA Today "The Philadelphia Phillies, and not the Washington Nationals, have emerged as the clear-cut favorite to sign free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper after meeting with him for five hours Saturday in Las Vegas, three officials told USA TODAY Sports. The officials spoke on condition of..." January 13

  • Bryce Harper leaves Phillies' meeting without deal "It took roughly 10 weeks, but the Phillies finally found themselves on Saturday face-to-face with Bryce Harper. The Phillies -- led by owner John Middleton -- met Saturday with Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, as the team’s chase for a superstar led them to Harper’s..." January 13

  • GMs think Phillies will chase top FAs after Harper, Machado deal

    The Score "If the Philadelphia Phillies manage to land one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, the spending might not stop there. Several big league general managers believe the Phillies will be aggressive in pursuing free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel even if they sign one of Harper or..." January 12

  • Phillies' Arrieta warns young players amid slow FA market: 'You're next'

    Sporting News "Jake Arrieta wants players coming up on arbitration and free agency to be aware of what they're getting into.  "All of you 1-3 yr players out there better be paying attention to what’s going on in our game," he wrote Saturday on Twitter. "You’re..." January 12

  • Phillies Sign Andrew Romine, Gift Ngoepe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have inked infielders Andrew Romine and Gift Ngoepe, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Both are joining the organization on minor-league deals. Romine, now 33, has appeared in every one of the past nine MLB seasons, though only once has he surpassed three..." January 12

  • Aaron Nola, Luis Severino are headed to arbitration hearings

    Hardball Talk "Scores of arbitration-avoiding deals were reached in the runup to today’s filing deadline. At the moment the best place to see all of them as they come in is probably MLB Trade Rumors, which has a running list of National League and American League arb-avoiding deals...." January 11

  • Phillies willing to offer Bryce Harper $350 million?

    Larry Brown Sports "Most Philadelphia Phillies fans would be extremely disappointed if their team did not land one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado this offseason, and one prominent MLB reporter still believes they are going to sign the former. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has been predicting since early..." January 11

  • Forget Bryce Harper; Phillies Can Plan $700M Manny Machado, Mike Trout Pairing

    Bleacher Report "There have been rumblings all offseason that the Philadelphia Phillies were prepared to spend big in free agency and land at least one superstar, if not two. "We're going into this expecting to spend money," owner John Middleton told reporters at the..." January 11

  • MLB Rumors: Did Phillies leapfrop Yankees, White Sox in Manny Machado sweepstakes?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Philadelphia Phillies are taking a page of out the Chicago White Sox’s playbook in an attempt to jump to the front of the line in the Manny Machado sweepstakes. Dan Connolly of The Athletic lays out why this move by the Phillies could help sway..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Phillies set to renew 'interesting' relationship with super-agent Scott Boras

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies will renew what has been at times a trying, but always interesting, relationship with baseball's most powerful agent when club leaders travel to Las Vegas on Saturday. Somewhere in that desert town of bright lights and big shows, Phillies officials will sit across..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Phillies Hire Manny Machado's Mentor From Baltimore Orioles Days as Coach

    12 Up "Oh, the White Sox are bringing in Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay because they train with Manny Machado in Miami Well, two can play at that game. Late Thursday night, the Phillies announced the hiring of Bobby Dickerson, formerly the Orioles' third base..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • Evolution of free agency is hurting players but could help Phillies with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's been a strange MLB offseason. Or maybe it's been a normal MLB offseason, by the current standards.  Here we are on Jan. 10 and the top three players on the free-agent market (Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, A.J. Pollock) remain unsigned and the best catcher (Yasmani..." January 10

  • Report: Rival Executive Thinks Bryce Harper Will Choose Nationals Despite Phillies Meeting

    12 Up "Bryce Harper's free agency continues to take shape with each passing day, as the 26-year-old superstar explores the market for himself as he decides what his next steps in the league will be.  Harper is set for another meeting with the Phillies this..." January 10

  • Phillies pursuit of Manny Machado ‘heating up’

    Sportsnaut "The market for free agent Manny Machado is getting warm. And according to a report, the Philadelphia Phillies are very interested. Quoting a source,’s Mark Feinsand reported that Philadelphia’s pursuit of Machado is “heating up.” Philadelphia..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why to expect more from Jake Arrieta in 2019

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Jake Arrieta allowed 17 unearned runs in 2018, the most in all of baseball and at least four more than every starting pitcher in the majors except Francisco Liriano.  That should change in 2019, with an improved Phillies defense. The Phillies will be better defensively at two..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • If the Phillies sign Bryce Harper, what happens to the rest of the outfield? "Bryce Harper is already plenty familiar with Citizens Bank Park, so it makes sense that the Phillies will visit his hometown Saturday as they play their hand in Las Vegas at the Harper sweepstakes. The Phillies will meet with Harper himself, and they are expected to be the..." January 09

  • Report: Phillies and White Sox Will Move on Mike Moustakas as Backup Plan for Manny Machado

    12 Up "With the Manny Machado saga inching closer and closer to a resolution, his suitors are starting to show their hands in terms of backup plans should they not reel in one of the biggest fish in the free agency ocean.  While the New York Yankees already brought in a 'Missed..." January 08

  • Free agent Bryce Harper set for meeting with Phillies

    USA Today "The Philadelphia Phillies front office – including owner John Middleton – is flying to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet with prized free agent Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, in their first face-to-face talks, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY..." January 07

  • Report: Phillies and White Sox 'Most Aggressive' on Manny Machado as Yankees Play Coy

    12 Up "?The New York Yankees are either putting on a great poker face or just aren't as interested in free agent Manny Machado as many previously thought.  According to MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the Philadelphia Phillies and ?Chicago White Sox have been more..." January 07

  • Updating Phillies' payroll — it's higher than you might think

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies opened last season with a payroll just under $96 million. Their average opening day payroll from 2016-18 was $95 million. That figure has risen significantly with the acquisitions of Jean Segura and Juan Nicasio and the signings of Andrew McCutchen and David..." January 05

  • The Phillies don’t have a closer

    The Good Phight "With the Phillies signing David Robertson to be a member of the bullpen for the next two years, it might be easy for casual fans to assume that a closer has just joined the team. That’s natural. After all, Robertson has demonstrated the ability to be a closer, having..." January 04

  • Phillies To Sign David Robertson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to a two-year, $23MM contract with free-agent reliever David Robertson, reports Mark Feinsand of (via Twitter). The contract contains a $12MM club option for a third season, and Robertson has already passed his physical. He’ll earn $10MM in 2019,..." January 03

  • MLB Rumors: This NL Team Is Red Sox’s Competition For Craig Kimbrel

    NESN "While the baseball world awaits the free-agent decisions of both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the best reliever left on the market still is searching for his next contract. Closer Craig Kimbrel, who has spent the last three seasons with the Boston Red Sox, reportedly is searching..." January 03

  • The Phillies’ “worst case scenario” is not that bad

    The Good Phight "The more time goes by, the more pessimistic some Phillies fans are getting about their team acquiring either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado (MacHarper, as it were). There has already been a disconcerting tweet that both superstars would prefer the New York..." January 02

  • Bryce Harper Rumors: Phillies, White Sox Willing to Offer 10-Year Contracts

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are reportedly both willing to offer free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper a 10-year contract. According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Phillies and White Sox are the only organizations other than..." January 02

  • Source: Phillies plan to meet with Bryce Harper even as they await Manny Machado's decision

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The New Year has arrived and the Phillies remain one of at least three teams serious about signing free-agent infielder Manny Machado. Machado visited with the White Sox, Yankees and Phillies before Christmas. Those clubs — and any mystery teams — were told to submit..." January 02

  • Who are the Phillies as we enter 2019?

    The Good Phight "Today is the 63rd day of 2018-19 MLB free agency, and it was also the 63rd day in which the Phillies did not announce a deal with either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. There was a time when signing both of them felt like a real possibility. Now, it feels far more likely they will sign..." December 31

  • Astros, Phillies “Very Interested” In Robbie Ray

    MLB Trade Rumors "Although Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray reportedly isn’t on the block, he’s nonetheless drawing trade interest, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Both the Astros and Phillies “are very interested” in Ray, Cafardo writes. Arizona made one..." December 29

  • Phillies want to sign Dallas Keuchel, but not at asking price

    Larry Brown Sports "Dallas Keuchel is a former Cy Young Award winner who has been one of the better pitchers in baseball for several seasons now, which is why it is somewhat surprising that he remains a free agent as January nears. Asking price could have a lot to do with that. Jon Morosi of MLB Network..." December 28

  • Bryce Harper, Manny Machado reportedly 'don't particularly like' idea of playing for Philadelphia

    New York Post "This is the quiet time in baseball. In a sport that has become a 52-week-a-year endeavor, this is the one time when many offices go dark and executives try to play catchup with rest and family. Still, cellphones might be muted, but not turned off — at least not for substantial..." December 27

  • Report: Phillies Growing Leery of Offering $300 Million to Manny Machado

    12 Up "If only Manny Machado would've run harder down the first base line and avoided clipping Jesus Aguilar's ankle during the postseason, he might not be in this situation. According to George A. King III of the New York Post, there is "industry speculation..." December 24

  • These Teams Lead Race To Sign Zach Britton In Free Agency

    NESN "The free agency market likely will land Zach Britton in a baseball hotbed. The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are the leading contenders to sign the veteran relief pitcher, according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman. Britton joins Manny Machado among players the Yankees and..." December 21

  • Phillies To Sign Shane Robinson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran outfielder Shane Robinson, according to the latest minor transactions from Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Terms of the arrangement are not known. Robinson, 34, has appeared in nine MLB campaigns, though he has..." December 20

  • Manny Machado's Phillies visit began with a Philly electrician telling him to 'get the money'

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's generational talents brought his free agency tour to Philadelphia on Thursday, with potentially hundreds of millions of dollars waiting for him at Citizens Bank Park. It was only natural, then, that as Manny Machado exited his chauffeured vehicle and took his first steps..." December 20

  • Why aren’t writers applying the ‘character clause’ to Curt Schilling?

    Hardball Talk "Ever since the likes of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and other “steroid era” greats have appeared on Hall of Fame ballots, voters have cited the “character clause” as justification for not voting for them. It has seemed that, over the last..." December 20

  • Phillies must convince Manny Machado and Bryce Harper that they are about to join a dynasty "We have arrived at Manny Eve, the day before a superstar free-agent infielder visits Philadelphia and finds out what the Phillies have to offer him this holiday season. We know it will not be an easy sell even though the Phillies are most likely willing to pay in excess of $300 million over 10..." December 19