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  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • Despite rumors, Bryce Harper has no issues playing in Philly

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's time to address longstanding rumors that Bryce Harper does not want to play in Philadelphia. Surely, you've heard them. They have hovered all winter like a pesky fruit fly around a rotting banana, and they continue to linger even as the Phillies ramp up their pursuit of..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Phillies confident they will sign Bryce Harper as negotiations pick up "The Phillies, according to a source, are confident they will sign Bryce Harper as they have ramped up their negotiations with the outfielder after being motivated by losing out on Manny Machado. The Phillies began the offseason with the expectation that they would sign either Harper..." February 21

  • MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper Giving Padres a Chance to Match Phillies' Offer

    12 Up "Is the MLB about to get itself a brand new super-team on the West Coast? In response to Manny Machado's massive deal with the Padres, the latest from the rumor mill holds that superstar free agent Bryce Harper is giving San Diego a..." February 21

  • Does Odubel Herrera become trade bait if the Phillies sign Bryce Harper?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Odubel Herrera is a man of much interest in this Phillies camp. He is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2018 season, one that led to management’s order to get into better physical condition. Herrera arrived to camp early and in noticeably better shape. But that..." February 21

  • Phillies, Trevor Plouffe Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran infielder Trevor Plouffe is returning to the Phillies on a minor league contract, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). He’ll report to camp tomorrow, Heyman adds. Plouffe is represented by CAA. The 32-year-old Plouffe spent the 2018 season in the..." February 21

  • Odúbel Herrera dealing with strained left hamstring

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Odubel Herrera's hitting streak will have to be put on hold. The Phillies' centerfielder has hit safely in 17 straight games, the longest active run in the majors, but he will be out of the lineup Tuesday night against the Padres with a left hamstring injury. Herrera..." February 20

  • Padres Drop Out of Bryce Harper Sweepstakes as Phillies and Giants Battle it Out

    12 Up "?After the San Diego Padres ?signed Manny Machado to a record-breaking contract, the hopes of Harper joining them and creating an ?MLB super-team are dead. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Padres are no longer pursuing the free agent..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Pressure is on Phillies to finally spend ‘stupid money’

    Hardball Talk "For the Phillies, the term “stupid money” has defined their offseason. Coined in Novemberwhen owner John Middleton said, “We’re going into this [offseason] expecting to spend money, and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.” While Middleton caught..." February 20

  • Jerad Eickhoff takes a healthy step in front of a supportive crowd

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It says something about the way he is regarded that when Jerad Eickhoff threw off a bullpen mound for the first time this spring on Sunday morning, many of his mates from the Phillies pitching staff were there to watch and support him. Eickhoff, a hard-working and earnest..." February 19

  • As Phillies chase Bryce Harper, GM Matt Klentak says team wasn't prepared to offer $300M for Manny Machado

    CBS Sports "Coming into the offseason of 2018-19, the Philadelphia Phillies' designs on contention, limited payroll commitments, and vast resources were such that they were expected to be serious players for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Well, as of Tuesday, Machado appears to be off the board, as..." February 19

  • Report: Bryce Harper 'Unsure' About Phillies

    Bleacher Report "One possible reason Bryce Harper remains a free agent is because of his reluctance to join a team he's frequently been linked to this offseason.  Per SNY's Andy Martino, Harper is "unsure" about signing with the Philadelphia..." February 19

  • Report: Manny Machado Remains Top Choice for White Sox, Padres and Phillies

    12 Up "We know the Philadelphia Phillies have been rumored to be ?nearing an agreement with Bryce Harper on a massive deal, but apparently he isn't even their first choice in free agency! And the Phils are on the same page as the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres. It's..." February 19

  • Phillies fans keep asking Mike Trout to come to Philadelphia

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "With all the attention on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this offseason, Phillies fans haven’t forgotten about Mike Trout. A few things stand out here. It’s clear that, despite all the distractions and the fact that Trout is not a free agent, Phillies fans won’t rest..." February 18

  • Angels star Mike Trout touts Philadelphia, says free agent freeze 'not good for baseball'

    USA Today "Mike Trout didn’t offer any glimpse Monday on whether he wants to stay with the Los Angeles Angels when his contract expires in two years, or even if he is having negotiations about a contract extension, but did let the unemployed free agent class know that Philadelphia is a wonderful..." February 18

  • Harper Will Sign Massive Deal With Phillies for Over $300 Million

    12 Up "Just when you thought 10-year MLB contracts were heading for extinction, this happens. According to CBS Sports David P. Samson, rumors are beginning to circulate that the Phillies will be signing Bryce Harper to a 10-year, $310 million deal. The Phillies have..." February 17

  • These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Phillies "It's already been a busy offseason for the Phillies, who have upgraded by trading for J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, and signing Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson. But many feel there is still a big piece missing. That would be Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, the two..." February 17

  • Phillies reportedly in lead for Bryce Harper, Nationals a distant second

    Sporting News "It looks like Bryce Harper is staying in the National League East. The Phillies are in the lead to land the superstar outfielder and the Nationals are a distant second, according to The Athletic's Jim Bowden. "I keep hearing there's a lot of momentum and..." February 16

  • Phillies' Gabe Kapler outlines how he would manage Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

    Sporting News "Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are still on the open market and Gabe Kapler is dreaming of what might be. The Phillies manager told reporters Saturday how he would manage the addition of either player to his lineup. “I would handle it the way I would handle any other..." February 16

  • Phillies’ Odubel Herrera says he lost focus last season, ‘definitely motivated’ to be better "Even by the Odubel Herrera standard of inconsistency, it ranked as a first-ballot selection for the Bizarro Baseball Hall of Fame. Eight weeks into last season, on May 23, Herrera stood with a handful of baseball’s best players, batting .343 and slugging .535 with seven home..." February 15

  • MLB rumors: Manny Machado ‘disappointed’ in offers; Padres trying to leapfrog Phillies, White Sox, Yankees

    Newark Star-Ledger "Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports Manny Machado is is no rush to sign a deal. Heard in Miami circles: It’s about the deal, he’s disappointed with the offers so far and Machado is willing to..." February 15

  • Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched last season with torn meniscus "Jake Arrieta said he knew something was wrong with his left knee last summer, when pain flared as he left the mound to cover first base on a grounder or left the batter’s box and ran down the line. He suffered the injury sometime in May, but Arrieta, whom manager Gabe Kapler..." February 15

  • Manny? Harper? Klentak satisfied but monitoring "Phillies general manager Matt Klentak had just finished a press conference Thursday morning at Spectrum Field, where he discussed Aaron Nola's four-year, $45 million contract extension. He stretched his legs a moment before he sat back down to discuss anything else that happened to be on..." February 14

  • J.T. Realmuto hasn't thought about contract extension, but he has thought about Bryce Harper

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "As J.T. Realmuto donned Phillies jersey No. 10 for the first time Tuesday, it was not difficult to imagine a similar scene unfolding in the coming days or weeks. Manny Machado is still out there and No. 13 — which he wore for six seasons in Baltimore — is..." February 13

  • Phillies' Neshek believes players signed bad CBA

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Never shy about speaking his mind, Phillies reliever Pat Neshek sounded off Wednesday on the declining player salaries and glacial pace of MLB free agency, a new norm that no baseball player and few fans can get behind. It's Feb. 13, the first official day of workouts for pitchers..." February 13

  • Gabe Kapler Reveals Jake Arrieta Underwent Offseason Surgery on Knee

    Sportsnaut "Philadelphia Phillies ace Jake Arrieta is currently recovering from knee surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019 MLB season. Manager Gabe Kapler told reporters on Wednesday that Arrieta suffered a meniscus injury during offseason weight training, per..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • Phillies, Aaron Nola agree to contract extension

    The Good Phight "They did it. On the even of an arbitration hearing that would have pitted Aaron Nola against his employer over 2019 salary figures, the two sides have instead reached an agreement on a long-term contract. Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Matt..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Would Washington Nationals match or beat a Phillies’ offer to keep Bryce Harper away from Philadelphia?

    Federal Baseball "In the course of speculating as to how much of a draw the addition of J.T. Realmuto in the City of Brotherly Love might be for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper (who did once say that if the catcher, “was on our side, it wouldn’t have happened”..." February 10

  • A closer look at what makes J.T. Realmuto the best catcher in baseball

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "J.T. Realmuto has been a Phillie for one day and you've probably already heard a few dozen times that he's the best catcher in baseball. In a column in support of the trade Thursday, I referred to Realmuto as the only catcher in baseball you could argue possesses all..." February 10

  • J.T. Realmuto trade: Prospect expert weighs in on Marlins' return of Sixto Sanchez, Jorge Alfaro and Will Stewart

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international bonus pool money and three players: catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart. To help make better sense of the trade, we decided..." February 09

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • Report: Nationals may match any Philadelphia offer to Bryce Harper

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals are still in the Bryce Harper race, and an offer from the Philadelphia Phillies could get them very motivated to retain the star outfielder. According to Jon Morosi of, the Nationals are “increasingly wary” of losing Harper to the..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Report: Marlins, J.T. Realmuto were $100 million apart in talks before trade

    Sportsnaut "The Miami Marlins received a nice little haul in the deal that sent J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Having waited until the last minute prior to the start of spring training, it didn’t look like a deal would get worked out this winter. Obviously,..." February 08

  • Phillies “Gaining Momentum” In Pursuit Of J.T. Realmuto

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are “gaining momentum” in their pursuit of Realmuto, according to’s Jon Morosi. Precisely what that means isn’t clear, but it seems the sides have reason to believe they could line up on a swap. Mish tweets that he expects a..." February 07

  • Report: Marlins trade all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Phillies

    Sportsnet "The Miami Marlins have traded all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies in for a package including catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, according to Jim Bowden of the Athletic. February 07

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • Report: Marlins insisting on top prospect from Phillies in JT Realmuto talks

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins are maintaining a very high asking price for catcher J.T. Realmuto. According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins are insisting that top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez be in any potential Realmuto deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Miami is open to trading..." February 06

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Source: Phillies have indeed had trade talks with Marlins regarding J.T. Realmuto

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies have engaged in recent conversations with the Miami Marlins regarding a trade for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, a baseball source confirmed. The talks were initially reported by several national outlets on Tuesday. The Phillies were linked to Realmuto during the winter..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • Phillies Sign Drew Butera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have announced a deal with veteran catcher Drew Butera, as Jon Heyman of MLB Network first reported (Twitter link). It’s a minor-league arrangement that provides for a $1.3MM salary in the event that Butera is able to crack the MLB roster. He receives a spring..." February 05

  • Inside Gabe Kapler’s tenure as the head of the Dodgers player development department

    Hardball Talk "Over the weekend a story came out about an incident that took place in hotel room involving two Dodgers minor leaguers and three women back in 2015. The upshot: a 17-year-old runaway joined two other women with the players, was given alcohol, got sick and then was beaten up by the other..." February 05