PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

If they pick … who’s available in the Rule 5 Draft?

Reportedly the Phillies won’t select anyone in this year’s Rule 5 Draft. But who knows … the Phils bullpen can still use some help. And so can a few other areas. Though it’s unlikely, a roster hole can be addressed Thursday in the Rule 5 Draft. How it works Players who are not on their major league team’s 40-man roster and were either signed to a contract at age 19 or...
Via Phillies Nation
42 minutes ago

Pete Mackanin Would Like to Manage the Phillies Next Year Please

In 16 months, Pete Mackanin has gone from zombie interim manager to the Phillies’ potential skipper of the future. Is he any good? I mean, maybe? He’s tough on his players, hasn’t really made a bunch of glaring errors, and managed a generally talent-less team. This season is set to be a contract year for Mackanin, with the Phillies able to pick up a team option on his contract...
Via Crossing Broad
1 hour ago

Phillies’ top draft pick Mickey Moniak drops by Winter Meetings

The “very polite” 18-year-old was there to accept his national award. Out for an evening stroll at the Winter Meetings last night, Jon Heyman ran into a young man in National Harbor and conducted some impromptu field work. I just me Mickey Moniak. Here's my scouting report: Very polite, looks 14. #phillies — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2016 What was the...
Via The Good Phight
5 hours ago

Klentak on closer competition, Tommy Joseph, Andrew Knapp

General Manager Matt Klentak told reporters Tuesday there’s likely to be a competition to sort out the bullpen. As of now the ‘pen includes 2016 holdovers Hector Neris, Jeanmar Gomez and Edubray Ramos, plus newcomers Pat Neshek and Joaquin Benoit. Neris, Gomez and Benoit are likely to compete for the closer role, with other jobs to fall in place from there. The Phils will also...
Via Phillies Nation
6 hours ago

Phillies 2016 Rule 5 Preview

The Phils may not take anyone this year after being major players in previous seasons. The Rule 5 draft is on Thursday morning as most people are looking to abandon the Winter Meetings to return to normal society as quickly as possible. In the past the Rule 5 draft has been a point of success for the Phillies with Shane Victorino (before rule change), David Herndon, Odubel Herrera...
Via The Good Phight
21 hours ago

Phillies' everyday 1B job belongs to Joseph

The Phillies are prepared to turn Tommy Joseph loose in 2017.
Via Phillies.com
21 hours ago

Phillies History Flashback: When the Phils traded a hall of famer for Pickles

This Phillies history post is sponsored by Shibe Vintage Sports. Check them out for the latest throwback sports apparel! *** With the Winter Meetings underway, let’s look at one of the worst trades in Phillies history. It’s just incredible how many times the Phils have been raked over the coals by the Cubs. There was the infamous Ryne Sandberg  trade, there was the awful...
Via Phillies Nation
22 hours ago

Mackanin pushing for Phils to add bat

Pete Mackanin has been stumping for months for the Phillies to acquire a couple of productive everyday hitters before Spring Training. They got one last month in Howie Kendrick, but while one hitter is nice … "I would like to get another guy," Philadelphia's manager said Tuesday afternoon at the Winter Meetings. "Yeah, it would be nice. We have to improve offensively."
Via Phillies.com
23 hours ago

2016 Phillies Report Card: Jeanmar Gomez

That Jeanmar Gomez played the role of an effective closer for the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies for so long was a slight miracle in and of itself. It’s not to say that Gomez is an incompetent reliever, but simply one not built for high-leverage situations. You can’t find a semi-reliable closer in the league without a great out-pitch, an offering that jumps out on opposing scouting...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Why Shohei Otani probably isn’t going to play for the Phillies

Or, any National League team, to be honest. Everybody is getting excited about Shohei Otani. There’s good reason to salivate over Japan’s most intriguing player. This year, the 21-year-old was one of the best pitchers in Japan, going 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA while striking out 11.2 batters per nine innings and walking just 2.9. In his career he is 39-13 with a 2.49 ERA and a career...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Phillies Designate Michael Mariot For Assignment

The Phillies announced that they’ve designated right-hander Michael Mariot for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Joaquin Benoit, whose one-year deal is now official. Mariot, 28, pitched 21 2/3 innings with the Phils last year but limped to a 5.82 ERA with a 23-to-14 K/BB ratio and a 31 percent ground-ball rate in that time. Mariot has an ERA just shy...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Phils' Cozens collects for leading Minors in HRs

Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens left the Winter Meetings with an $8,000 check in his pocket.
Via Phillies.com
1 day ago

Phillies food vendor who supports white nationalism is fired

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A popular food vendor at the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired. Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2gZ9REe ) that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after ''publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values.''...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Expected to Sign Joaquin Benoit

According to Jim Salisbury, the Phillies have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, pending a physical. Benoit split last season almost evenly between the Mariners and the Blue Jays. He was terrible in Seattle and amazing in Toronto, and the main culprit (as these things usually go) was an increased walk rate and home run rate in Seattle. Taken as a whole...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

Terry Ryan hire shows a different kind of commitment from Phillies

The Phillies get it.
Via PhilsBaseball
2 days ago

Former Twins GM Ryan hired by Phillies as scout

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have hired former Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout.Philadelphia announced the appointment Wednesday, about 4 months after Ryan was fired in the middle of his 19th season as GM of the Twins. Ryan spent 31 years with the organization, starting in 1986 as the scouting director. During his time running the baseball...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats acquire right-hander Cordero from Phillies

WASHINGTON (AP) Pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been acquired by the Washington Nationals from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named. The 25-year-old right-hander is 10-12 with a 3.80 ERA in 110 relief appearances and five starts over five minor league seasons. He was obtained by Philadelphia at the 2015 trade deadline in the deal that sent outfielder Ben Revere to the...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Allow Me to Sell You on Charlie Morton

Times are desperate, man. You know what kind of shape the free-agent market for starting pitchers is in. I hope you like Edinson Volquez, because you can’t even get a Jeremy Hellickson, and there’s only one Rich Hill to go around. Everyone knows the market is bad. Even the pitchers who make up the market know the market is bad. Out of this bad market, the Astros have plucked...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Jeremy Hellickson Really Improve This Year?

Around this time in 2015, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had just completed a three-year stretch during which he recorded a cumulative ERA near five and experienced some injury troubles to boot. Following his one and only season in Arizona, he was traded to Philadelphia for a young righty who wasn’t even among the Phillies’ top-25 prospects at the time. There wasn’t a great...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Hellickson Accepts Offer, Makes Pitching Market Even Thinner

We have our first qualifying-offer acceptance of the offseason, and it’s Jeremy Hellickson who’s taken $17 million to stay put for another year. He’ll remain with the Phillies for now, and get paid rather handsomely to do so. A guarantee of $17.2 million isn’t bad at all for a pitcher with Hellickson’s past. He was a somewhat interesting commodity given that he was coming...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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