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Behold the Future of the Phillies

Jimmy Rollins out, Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in. Both Eflin (1st round in 2012) and Windle (2nd round in 2013) were high draft picks.  Neither has pitched above Single-A.  Neither has eye-popping minor league numbers.  Projections range from mid-rotation to back end starting pitcher.  I'll believe it when I see it.Eflin is a 20 year old righty and has compiled a 17-14 record...
Via We Should Be GM's
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins Thanks Philadelphia Fans With Full Page Ad

In tomorrow's Philadelphia Inquirer, former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins took out a full page ad to thank Phillies fans. See the full ad tomorrow, courtesy of
Via Philliedelphia
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins says goodbye to Philly in full-page Inquirer ad

The Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia is a wrap, and to thank the demanding, loyal, passionate Philly fans, the club’s long-time shortstop took out a full-page ad in Saturday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Jimmy Rollins bought a full-page ad in Saturday’s @PhillyInquirer: — Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 20, 2014 In case the font is too small…...
Via The Outside Corner
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Second Baseman Chase Utley Releases Statement About Jimmy Rollins Trade

View image | Phillies second baseman Chase Utley issued a statement today, responding to the trade of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, his double-play partner for the last 11 years. Through the Phillies Twitter account, Utley said: Chase on @JimmyRollins11: — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014 Of course, Utley probably...
Via Philliedelphia
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

How bad will the Philadelphia Phillies be in 2015?

Without Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies are tied for the worst odds to win the World Series in the MLB. They are also dead last in odds to win the NL pennant at 80/1, with the next worst team being at 40/1. These odds beg the question: Will the Philadelphia Phillies really be that bad? Recent History First, it helps to look at the record trend from the last few years...
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley bids farewell to Jimmy Rollins

The trade is official – long-time Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rollins’ long-time double play partner in Philadelphia, Chase Utley, posted a farewell message to his former teammate. Chase on @JimmyRollins11: — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014   In case you can’t read the statement through...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Radio host Chris Stigall apologizes for remarks about Phillies fan with cancer

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Chase Utley made a surprise appearance on “Ellen” earlier this week to meet a 23-year-old woman who is battling a rare form of cancer. Chris Stigall, a morning host on WPHT 1220 AM in Philadelphia, saw this as an opportunity to crack some jokes. Julie Kramer has been diagnosed with stage 4...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies checking in on free agent Kyle Kendrick

The Rockies are looking at free agent pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick, 30, would be an end of the rotation option for the Rockies for next season. #Rockies are looking at FA Kyle Kendrick as a back-of-rotation guy. Pretty durable and has 46% career GB rate. #phillies — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 18, 2014 Kendrick has made 25 or more start in four of the last five...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: What to Expect from the Phillies

When you no longer have a viable way out, you will trade Cliff Lee and eat some of his contract if you’re the Philadelphia Phillies of 2015. Ergo, the fastest route to tomorrow’s prominence is the most unpleasant one. There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week. This review is an additional and updated posting. Please, scroll down for this edition of Genuine...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Stigall Rips Into Chase Utley’s “Ellen” Appearance

In case you missed it, Julie Kramer, a 23 year old woman battling stage 4 synovial sarcoma appeared on “Ellen” this week for an interview the host was doing on inspiring women. Kramer, from Tabernacle, NJ and a big Phillies fan, was surprised with a nice amount of Phillies merchandise, given by Chase Utley himself. He also invited her to any Phillies game next season–including...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels wants to go to a team that wants to win

  Cole Hamels hasn’t done much winning in recent years, and he wants that to change soon. It’s becoming more and more evident that change isn’t going to come with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is a big reason why the left-handed pitcher has been the subject of trade rumors for a long time. Wherever Hamels is on Opening Day, one thing is clear: he wants to be in...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America Publishes Top Ten Phillies Prospects for 2015

It's pretty normal this time of year for Baseball America and other baseball media to revise their rankings of prospects in MLB systems. This morning they published the ranking for the Phillies' top ten prospects and there's quite a lot to take in. I suppose the big story here is...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #186: Marlon Byrd | OF | PHI

It may have taken until his age-35 season, but Marlon Byrd is finally fantasy relevant. Over the last two seasons, the outfielder has averaged 24.5 homers and 86.5 RBI, extremely serviceable numbers that made him the 22nd-ranked OF in 2013 and the 37th-ranked OF in 2014. Last year I swapped Shin-Soo Choo for Byrd in one of my more competitive leagues — would you have expected...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies New Rule 5 Gems

Say hello to Andy Oliver and Odubel Herrera.  And as quickly as you greet them, you might just say adios shortly there after, because neither may last past Spring Training.  The life of a Rule 5 pick is glib. They spend time rotting away in the minor leagues, to then get a small glimmer of hope from a savior for a franchise, to probably being sent right back to the same organization they...
Via We Should Be GM's
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #192: Jonathan Papelbon | RP | PHI

Since Jonathan Papelbon became a full-time closer for the Red Sox back in 2006, he’s amassed a whopping 325 saves, 36 more than runner up Francisco Rodriguez. While you’re not drafting Papelbon this spring because of what he did nearly a decade ago, that’s an extreme amount of consistency and it shows Papelbon can be trusted. Let’s take a look at the last five years, which...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates close to acquiring Antonio Bastardo from Phillies

According to Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors, the Pirates are close to acquiring left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies. Source: #Phillies trade LHP Antonio Bastardo to the #Pirates. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December 10, 2014 Bastardo, 29, posted a 3.94 ERA in 64 innings pitched with the Phillies in 2014 while posting a 3.72 ERA in 259 career innings...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Phillies Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Philadelphia Phillies. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Philadelphia’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Phillies system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll: Relative Trade Value of Samardzija and Hamels

A fiery topic of contention this offseason has been how much trade value Cole Hamels actually has. The Phillies reportedly think he’s worth a bundle of a team’s best young talents, while many of us around here happen to think he’s worth quite a bit less than that, due to the fact that his contract […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies

Evaluating the Prospects: Rangers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Twins, Astros, Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Reds & Phillies Scouting Explained: Introduction, Hitting Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3 Pt 4 Pt 5 Pt 6 The Phillies are an easy target for the Internet and you’d expect the system to not be very strong, given the way the […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Selling $6.9M Philadelphia Condo (Photos)

Jonathan Papelbon could be planning his exit. Papelbon, who has been the subject of trade rumors for more than two years, is selling his $6.9 million Philadelphia condo, pointed out Tuesday. The Phillies closer and his wife paid $4.6 million for the pad back in July 2012, according to Papelbon’s condo, which is located steps away from Rittenhouse Square...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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