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  • Phillies 'shopping the hell' out of Santana

    The Score "One year after handing Carlos Santana a three-year, $60-million contract, the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly "shopping the hell" out of their first baseman, one rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The switch-hitting Santana, 32, had a relatively..." November 12

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Brantley not expected to return to Indians, has received 3 offers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Free agent outfielder Michael Brantley is not expected to return to the Indians. Brantley has reportedly received offers from Atlanta, Philadelphia and the White Sox. The Indians did not offer Brantley a one-year $17.9 qualifying offer on Friday. Chris Antonetti, Indians..." November 08

  • Source: Phillies in no hurry to eat salary if they trade Carlos Santana

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Notes, quotes and observations as baseball’s annual general managers meetings come to a close and what promises to be a busy, newsy Phillies offseason heats up. Carlos Santana, owed more than $40 million over the next two seasons, is available for a trade. An industry..." November 08

  • Angels show interest in free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos

    Los Angeles Times "The Angels are among five teams interested in signing free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak on it publicly. Ramos is a nine-year veteran who was an All-Star for the second time in his career last year, when..." November 08

  • Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins seems headed back to first base

    Philly.com "As the Phillies begin their pursuit of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, they are also starting to reveal that they'll be introducing a new first baseman in 2019. Rhys Hoskins, after a season in left field, seems headed back to first in at least a part-time role. The Phillies moved..." November 08

  • The Phillies Were Not Strong Up the Middle in 2018

    The Good Phight "At the start of the season, the Phillies’ middle infield situation looked promising. After jettisoning Freddy “Should of kept” Galvis, top prospect J.P. Crawford was penciled in as the starting shortstop. His tandem partner would be dependable veteran Cesar..." November 07

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • Source: Phillies will pursue Japanese free-agent pitcher Yusei Kikuchi

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies would like to improve their starting pitching this winter. And if they can do that by adding a left-hander, all the better. The Phils have used a lefty starter just three times in the last two seasons and that’s not ideal when you face Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves..." November 07

  • Phillies reportedly interested in closer Craig Kimbrel

    Philly Voice "We're only a few days into MLB free agency, but it already seems like the Philadelphia Phillies have been linked to nearly every top available player. And that's not likely to stop any time soon — what, with the Phillies having all that money to spend and all those areas in which..." November 07

  • Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? Phillies fans shouldn’t hold their breath.

    Philly.com "It isn't by chance that the Phillies are flush with cash at a time when their readiness to contend coincides with the free agencies of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. "One of the things about going through the rebuild is that we were very careful with our out-year..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Phillies could go trade route as they look to improve starting pitching

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Baseball’s offseason ramps up with the start of the general managers meetings Tuesday. Phillies GM Matt Klentak is here, looking for two more good months. The 2018 Phillies led the National League East in early August then suffered a monumental collapse en route to a sixth..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Phillies Outright Pedro Florimon

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced that infielder Pedro Florimon has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He’ll become a free agent in the coming days now that he’s been removed from the 40-man roster. Florimon, 31, hit .225/.276/.423 with a pair..." November 02

  • Phillies’ positional needs centered on, but not limited to, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

    Philly.com "To most Phillies fans, the thought of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado choosing to sign here is too good to be believed, especially when the Dodgers, Cubs, and Yankees figure to be interested. After all, where did the Sixers get by doing so much flirting with marquee free agents? At last check,..." November 02

  • Can Phillies get on Clayton Kershaw's radar if he opts out?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Two left-handed pitchers with options on their contracts could change the complexion of the free-agent market for the Phillies and any other team seeking starting pitching. Clayton Kershaw has until 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday to decide whether to exercise the two years and $65 million..." November 01

  • Manny Machado or Bryce Harper would be nice, but Phillies need to develop their own talent

    Philly.com "The most important acquisition of the Phillies offseason may have already happened. The past few months have been a showcase for aspiring financial planners who know exactly where John Middleton should park his money. Invariably, this investment advice focuses on one of the most top-heavy crops..." October 29

  • Report: Phillies hire new farm director Josh Bonifay

    The Good Phight "Multiple outlets are confirming information first reported by Matt Gelb of The Athletic that the Phillies have hired Josh Bonifay from the Houston Astros as their new director of player development. The Phillies have not confirmed the hire. According to..." October 25

  • Phillies worst in MLB at making hard contact

    Philly.com "  The 2018 postseason could end as soon as this weekend in Los Angeles, and that means the..." October 25

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Has Manny Machado played (and talked) himself out of Philly before ever getting to Philly?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "A hearty congratulations to Manny Machado for getting through Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday without doing anything stupid, anything to hurt his free-agent platform. Or should we say anything else? Machado, the gifted shortstop/third..." October 18

  • Phillies are in a tricky spot with Justin Bour

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It feels safe to say that two of the four veteran bats the Phillies acquired in July and August — Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Bautista — will not be back next season. Wilson Ramos is definitely worth bringing back, as long as the price makes sense and the Phils feel somewhat..." October 17

  • Bryce Harper? Manny Machado? Phillies should sit this one out

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Be bold. That two-word mission statement set forth by Gabe Kapler became the center of the Phillies’ marketing push for the 2018 season. Many Phillies fans are hoping that mindset defines the team’s approach to this offseason as well. The dots are easy to connect..." October 17

  • Phillies coach Dusty Wathan to interview for Rangers manager

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Texas Rangers will interview Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan for their manager opening later this week, according to a baseball source. Wathan, 45, was a finalist for the Phillies' job that went to Gabe Kapler a year ago. Wathan is a former catcher who played..." October 16

  • Which arbitration-eligible players should Phillies get rid of?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Earlier this week, we took a look at the Phillies' 2019 payroll, factoring in guaranteed contracts, arbitration raises and players making close to the minimum to figure out how much money the Phils would begin the offseason with. The conclusion was basically that the Phillies..." October 11

  • Phillies free agent Wilson Ramos wants to play every day, which makes a return seem unlikely

    Philly.com "Wilson Ramos was three months from becoming a free agent when he felt his left hamstring tighten in July while he ran to first base. Instantly, Ramos was brought back to 2016, when he tore his ACL just a week before hitting free agency. "I was really scared," he..." October 11

  • Should Sixto Sanchez still be an untouchable Phillies prospect?

    The Good Phight "The Phillies farm system isn’t what it used to be. Heading into the 2017 season, the Phils had a top-10 farm system, but over the course of that season, a large number of those prospects graduated to the Majors. The system took another hit before the 2018 season as..." October 10

  • Phillies' 2019 payroll and how much they can realistically spend this offseason

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "You've been hearing for a while that the Phillies have plenty of money to spend this offseason on top stars if they so choose. How much money do they have exactly? Let's take a look at the 2019 payroll: The guaranteed contracts Jake Arrieta:..." October 09

  • Gabe Kapler named in a wild report about the FBI's investigation into the Dodgers

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI have launched an investigation into the recruitment of international players by MLB teams, according to a report Tuesday by Sports Illustrated. The "sweeping probe," as Sports Illustrated refers to it, is exploring "possible..." October 04

  • Gabe Kapler confronts Philly radio host over ‘disrespectful’ column

    Sportress of Blogitude "Gabe Kapler on Wednesday morning confronted a Philly radio host over a critical column which the Philadelphia Phillies skipper deemed “disrespectful.” The column in question was penned by 94.1 WIP host Angelo Cataldi in which general manager Matt Klentak is called out..." October 03

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies among 3 most likely suitors for Bryce Harper?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The winter Major League Baseball has been waiting for is finally about to arrive. When the postseason ends, one of the most star-studded free-agent classes in history will hit the open market. The group will be led by a pair of superstar 25-year-old..." October 03

  • Rhys Hoskins would ‘love’ to play first base, but would the Phillies make that move?

    Philly.com "The outfield grass would still be moist with dew when Rhys Hoskins would grab his outfield glove each morning and shag fly balls in an empty ballpark during spring training. Hoskins would chase a bevy of balls hit by a Phillies instructor as the sun was still rising. And then return the next..." October 02

  • Disappointing season could land Odubel Herrera on Phillies’ trading block

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Odubel Herrera walked out of the Phillies’ clubhouse early Sunday night and headed for an offseason of uncertainty. Two winters ago, Phillies officials were so high on Herrera that they awarded him a five-year, $30.5 million contract after he’d played just two seasons in..." October 01

  • So ... what answers DID the Phillies get this season?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "A common refrain from Phillies fans lately is that, despite the win increase of at least a dozen this season, just as many questions remain this offseason as last. It's the truth. No aspect of this team looks settled. Not the offense, not the defense, not the rotation, not the..." September 30

  • As Aaron Nola ends dominant season, what is left for him to work on?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "We watched Carson Wentz make The Leap in 2017. Ben Simmons is expected to do the same in his second pro season. In between, Aaron Nola made a leap of his own. Nola, who ended his season Saturday night with seven shutout innings against the Braves, was one of the 10 best pitchers..." September 30

  • Could Phillies make a change in CF in 2019?

    MLB.com "The Phillies plan to make significant changes to their roster and processes before 2019. Maybe they could make a change in center field. Roman Quinn has handled himself well since joining the Phillies in late July. He entered Saturday's game against the Braves at..." September 30

  • Phillies' Hoskins wants free agents to flock to Philadelphia

    The Score "Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins isn't letting the team's second-half collapse dampen his outlook for the future. Hoskins is confident that Philadelphia should be a draw for impending free agents and made his pitch to Todd Zolecki of..." September 28

  • Yo, Bryce Harper: Jake Arrieta ready to make pitches for Phillies on free-agent market

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Jake Arrieta’s work on the pitcher’s mound is over for 2018. But there are still pitches he can make for the Phillies. Arrieta now turns into a recruiter. Bryce Harper. Manny Machado. Patrick Corbin. They will all be free agents this winter. Arrieta was in a similar..." September 28

  • Sources: A federal grand jury is investigating MLB's international dealings, and officials on all sides are worried

    Yahoo! Sports "The plundering of Latin America wasn’t Major League Baseball’s original sin. It’s simply the one that has festered the longest. Corruption of all kinds – illicit payoffs, bonus-money skimming, doping teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs – has been treated as..." September 28

  • Gabe Kapler soliciting feedback from coaching staff in the form of anonymous surveys

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, I discussed the recent clamor among Phillies fans for manager Gabe Kapler to throw a temper tantrum and get ejected by an umpire to fire up his team, which is on its way to its eighth consecutive loss. Kapler is anything but a hothead, so getting ejected — especially for no..." September 27

  • If only the Phillies could have pulled off that Christian Yelich trade ...

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies were interested in Christian Yelich for years. They weren't alone — every front office is interested in a very good, ascending player on a team-friendly contract. But the Phils wanted him badly. What was there not to like? He's a five-tool player who always..." September 27

  • Through fog of defeat, Phillies GM Matt Klentak sees progress, says Gabe Kapler will return in 2019

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Phillies general manager Matt Klentak used the word “awful” to describe the last six weeks. “There’s no other way to put it,” he said before Wednesday night’s game. “We’ve played poorly. We’ve lost games. It’s been miserable..." September 27

  • MLB sees sharp rise in batter hand injuries; higher velocities, other factors cited

    Sporting News "As the MLB season winds down toward the playoffs, players and team management hope that the crack of the bat takes precedence over the crack of the bones. Bones of the hands in particular.  Since the exhibition season, an all-star team of players — more than..." September 27