Phillies Rumors & News

  • Why the Phillies are so confident Rhys Hoskins' slump is nothing to worry about "It’s one thing for Rhys Hoskins to stand tall, puff out his chest, and, in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, insist there’s nothing to see here. How else is a 25-year-old who has played fewer than 100 games in the majors and achieved an unprecedented level of success..." May 25

  • Still a Phillie, Cesar Hernandez earns skipper’s respect as ‘epitome of winning player’

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Over the winter, two big questions hovered around Cesar Hernandez: 1. Would he be a Phillie on opening day? 2. Would he survive without Freddy Galvis? On the threshold of Memorial Day, traditionally the first checkpoint of the baseball marathon, the..." May 24

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • At what price, Manny Machado? Sorry, Phillies. It's infinity and beyond! "Back in the olden days, when people used to do things like ring doorbells and read magazines, there was a magazine company that was known for ringing people’s doorbells and giving them a million bucks. I’m not really sure of the particulars, not because I forget them, but because..." May 23

  • A Carlos Santana error hurts Phillies again "First place will have to wait. Teams don’t pop champagne for reaching first place in May, but it would have been a nice victory for the young Phillies on Tuesday night if they were able to advance past the Braves in the standings. Gabe Kapler said before the 3-1 loss that..." May 23

  • Phillies' Gabe Kapler: Jorge Alfaro and Pudge Rodriguez are 'neck-and-neck, at worst'

    USA Today "Even at this early stage of the season, a series for first place in the National League East elicits extra excitement from already-pumped up Phillies manager Gabe Kapler — and more than a touch of hyperbole. So perhaps a grain of salt is required when Kapler favorably compares..." May 22

  • Phillies Shut Down Jerad Eickhoff’s Rehab Program

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies received some troubling news on rehabbing right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, as he experienced numbness in his fingers during his most recent rehab appearance (Twitter link via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia). As Todd Zolecki of further notes, Eickhoff..." May 21

  • Odubel Herrera’s on-base streak ends at 45 games

    Hardball Talk "Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera‘s streak of reaching base safely has ended after 45 consecutive games. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Cardinals. Herrera’s streak tied Chuck Klein for the fourth-longest on-base streak in..." May 20

  • Report: Five teams could trade for Cole Hamels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers are in last place and headed for another lost season, and a mass exodus could follow this summer. Amid reports that the Rangers are willing to trade their top assets this summer, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that they may find five major suitors for ace..." May 18

  • Phillies need to pursue Manny Machado right now "Sometimes the stars align just right and the thing you need the most is the thing that is most available. This is one of those times for the Phillies, and they must seize the moment. Now, not next winter, is the time to pursue Baltimore superstar Manny Machado. Yes, the price is going..." May 17

  • The Phillies are off to their best start since 2011 and looking like contenders

    CBS Sports "Central to the Phillies' interleague win over the Orioles on Wednesday (PHI 4, BAL 1) was 25-year-old righty Nick Pivetta, who whiffed 11 batters in seven innings of work ...    On the offensive side of things, second baseman Cesar Hernandez homered and..." May 17

  • Manny Machado, soon-to-be free agent, has an 'awesome' bond to Phillies

    Larry Brown Sports "Manny Machado first met Joe Jordan when he was a teenage phenom. Machado was one of the country’s premier amateur players and Jordan was the scouting director for a team with one of the top picks in the MLB draft. “He was the guy that was on me for a while,” Machado..." May 17

  • Phillies manager Gabe Kapler makes sure every reliever gets a turn

    Hardball Talk "Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta was brilliant Thursday against the Orioles, striking out 11 in seven innings before leaving with a 4-1 lead. The Phillies went on to win 4-1, too, but not before manager Gabe Kapler used four similarly talented right-handed relievers to finish it..." May 16

  • Vince Velasquez: 'This is the healthiest I’ve been in five years'

    Philly Voice "Vince Velasquez is a very likable guy. He’s intelligent, articulate, self-reflective, almost to a fault, and healthy for the first time in about five years. So far in May, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander is 2-0, with a 3.27 ERA, with 16 strikeouts and 5 walks.  The..." May 16

  • Phillies manager Gabe Kapler lauds Manny Machado

    Sporting News "  The Phillies have put together a solid start to the 2018 season, currently sitting second in the loaded National League East. The Phillies have put together a solid start to the 2018 season, currently sitting second in the loaded National League..." May 15

  • Phillies showing signs with offense, pitching that they're for real

    Courier-Post "We are constantly looking for signs to see if the Phillies are for real, to see if this crawl to the top of the National League East is legitimate or a prelude to a mid-summer swoon, when it's time for the Eagles' training camp to start.Of course, the Phillies could be in the..." May 14

  • What Jake Arrieta is doing even better than in Cy Young season

    NBC Sports Washington "Jake Arrieta makes his seventh start tonight for the Phillies in their series-opener against the fading Mets, a team he didn't face when the Phils were at Citi Field in early-April. He'll enter the night 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and .207 opponents' batting average, all ace-like numbers..." May 11

  • Phillies to pursue Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in free agency?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies are on the rise in 2018. By the time 2019 rolls around, we could be looking at a team ready to make a legitimate run toward a championship. While the roster still has holes, there's money to burn in Philadelphia. Speculation has run wild about possible free agency pursuits of young..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Pat Neshek unsure how long forearm injury will keep him out "Pat Neshek was an hour away from driving to the airport earlier this week to start a rehab assignment when he felt a sensation in his arm. The reliever was working his way back from a shoulder injury. And now he had a new injury, in his forearm. An MRI revealed that Neshek had a mild strain of..." May 10

  • Is Odubel Herrera's streak for Phillies placing him among baseball's elite?

    Courier-Post "There was never a question about Odubel Herrera's talent. It was always something else with Herrera. Was he focused every day? Was he going to hustle? Was he going to get more attention for his bat flips or his base hits? That was an issue last June when former manager Pete Mackanin..." May 10

  • Zach Eflin becomes wild card in crowded Phillies' rotation shuffle

    Courier-Post "Gabe Kapler had his poker face working on Tuesday. If he knows the answers to the tough decisions that are coming down the road concerning the Phillies’ starting rotation, the first-year skipper certainly didn’t tip his hand. “The cool thing about how our rotation is going right now is we..." May 09

  • We need to start appreciating Odubel Herrera

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Odubel Herrera in many ways is a lot like your spouse or sibling or best friend. At times they are going to drive you crazy. They can push your buttons like no one else. But when you step back and compare the pros and the cons, the good far outweighs the bad. And it’s time people started..." May 08

  • Phillies fans clamoring for Nick Williams seem to be missing the point

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "No matter who the odd man out became this season for the Phillies, a portion of the fanbase was going to complain. That's the nature of sports, fandom and, well, Philadelphia. So far, the odd man out has been Nick Williams. Williams sat again Sunday, making it 12 times in the Phillies' last..." May 07

  • Phillies call up Seranthony Dominguez from Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies announced that reliever Seranthony Dominguez has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Reliever Adam Morgan was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back. Dominguez, 23, started the season with Double-A Reading but was promoted to Triple-A near the end of April...." May 07

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • Jake Arrieta On Declining Cubs’ Offer

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a chat with Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Phillies hurler Jake Arrieta verified prior reports that Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made a last-ditch offer before the team agreed to terms with Yu Darvish. Arrieta, who ultimately signed with the Philadelphia..." May 02

  • MLB Rumors: Dodgers stealing Manny Machado from Yankees, Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The first monkey wrench in the upcoming Major League Baseball trade market could be on the way. With Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager out for the season with an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery, the defending National League champions could look to the trade market to..." May 02

  • Phillies' Rhys Hoskins now one of the favorites to win NL MVP

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It’s May 1, which means an odds update from Bovada ... which really likes Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins is 15/1 to win NL MVP, trailing only Bryce Harper (9/5), Kris Bryant (9/5) and Nolan Arenado (12/1). Pretty remarkable considering Hoskins has yet to play even a half-season’s worth of games in the..." May 01

  • Mechanical tweak could mean more fastball pop for Jerad Eickhoff

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "After watching Jerad Eickhoff throw a couple of simulated innings Saturday, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler mentioned how impressed he was with the life and velocity that the right-hander had on his fastball. Eickhoff opened the season on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. He has..." April 30

  • Phillies Place Victor Arano On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have placed righty Victor Arano on the 10-day DL, per a club announcement. He has been diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff. To replace Arano on the active roster, the Phils have promoted fellow right Zach Eflin. That move had been anticipated, as he’ll make a start..." April 30

  • With J.P. Crawford on DL, Phillies turn to Scott Kingery at shortstop

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "As expected, the Phillies placed J.P. Crawford on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right forearm (see story). Crawford had been feeling some tenderness in the forearm for a few days. He aggravated it making a throw in Saturday night's 4-1 loss to Atlanta. An MRI Sunday morning..." April 30

  • Rhys Hoskins didn't need to be an uber prospect to be difference maker

    Courier-Post "Rhys Hoskins was never labeled with the uber-prospect status that Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. developed in the minor leagues. While he was a borderline top-10 prospect in the Phillies organization according to the last two seasons and a fifth-round selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the..." April 30

  • Phillies Place J.P. Crawford On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have placed shortstop J.P. Crawford on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, per a team announcement. The club recalled infielder/outfielder Jesmuel Valentin from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Crawford’s DL placement was expected after the 23-year-old left the..." April 29

  • Phillies place Ben Lively on 10-day disabled list with lower back strain

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies have placed right-hander Ben Lively on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, according to an announcement on Friday. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Jack Thompson has been recalled from Triple-A LeHigh Valley. The team has yet to reveal the severity of..." April 28

  • MLB rumors: Josh Donaldson to Phillies in mega free agency class?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Every good plan needs a backup route. For the Phillies, saving pennies for a run at either Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper or Baltimore Orioles infielder Manny Machado seems like a wise decision. As the 2018 Phillies rise, there's a good chance the combination of deep pockets and..." April 27

  • Klentak praises Kapler for moving on from boos, keeping focus on players

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Three weeks ago, the Phillies returned from their first road trip of the season with a 1-4 record and first-year manager Gabe Kapler was booed before the home opener. Since then, the boos have turned to cheers. The Phillies entered play Wednesday night with a 14-8 record and Kapler has made..." April 26

  • A mechanical adjustment 'kick-started' Rhys Hoskins' career

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The spectacular beginning of Rhys Hoskins’ major-league career can be traced to a conversation he had with two members of the Phillies’ player-development department back in September 2014. Hoskins had arrived in the Phillies organization earlier that year as a fifth-round draft pick out of..." April 25

  • Phillies ink Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

    Sports Talk Philly "Just under two weeks after opting out of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, eight-year veteran utility infielder Trevor Plouffe signed a similar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies Monday evening, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Plouffe, 31, is slashing..." April 24

  • The Phillies are red hot and here are five reasons to believe they can stay in contention all year

    CBS Sports "Three weeks ago at this point, new Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was a laughing stock throughout baseball. His first series as manager went about as poorly as possible, and it was capped off by Kapler forgetting to warm up a reliever before taking out his starter. It was bad. So bad..." April 23

  • Phillies off to historic start at home as Kapler finds winning formula

    Courier-Post "Gabe Kapler doesn't hear the boos anymore when he goes to the mound to remove a pitcher. That's because the Phillies manager and his analytical brand of baseball is having quite a revival after a slow start. But really, the Phillies are following Kapler's blueprint of working walks and..." April 23

  • Jesse Biddle gets the call to the majors

    Hardball Talk "On Wednesday, the Braves placed reliever Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and called up reliever Jesse Biddle from Triple-A Gwinnett. Lots of minor leaguers get to the call to the majors in any given year, but Biddle’s promotion is even better because of..." April 18

  • Odubel Herrera apologizes to teammates after miscues cost Phillies a game

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The dateline says Atlanta, but it might as well say Planet Odubel. Phillies fans have visited the locale before. It’s the place where you can see Odubel Herrera drive balls into the gaps with his sturdy bat and run them down with his quick legs. It’s the place where he oozes the talent that..." April 17

  • MLB rumors: Yankees or Phillies favorites for Orioles' Manny Machado?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Buckle up, baseball fans. As the 2018 season progresses, the look forward to a sport-changing free-ageny class next winter commences. With names like Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and (potentially) Clayton Kershaw, Hall of Fame-caliber stars will hit the open market. For teams like the Yankees..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Nick Pivetta taking command of his spot in rotation

    Courier-Post "Clinging to a one-run lead in the seventh inning, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler went to the mound to talk to his young second-year pitcher, Nick Pivetta. Kapler didn’t need to check the analytics to see if he needed to bring the hook with him. He just looked at Pivetta and liked what he..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

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