Phillies release veteran Coghlan

The Phillies announced Tuesday that they had released outfielder Chris Coghlan.
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Phillies Clarify Catching Situation

For a team without many established players, the Phillies did not have many camp battles this season. Coming into the year there were two bench spots and one bullpen spot up for competition. One spot that was not considered up for debate was backup catcher. After a spring of that position not looking secure, the Phillies solidified on Monday that Andrew Knapp will be the backup to...
Via Crashburn Alley
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Pete Mackanin on the Phillies’ Spring Standouts

My most recent Sunday Notes column contained a snippet from Pete Mackanin, those quotes coming from a longer conversation I had with the Philadelphia skipper on Saturday. Much of it is being shared here. We sat down primarily to talk about this spring’s notable performers. Among them are a pair of veteran non-roster invitees trying to win a roster spot on a youthful club. Offseason...
Via Fangraphs
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Phillies release Chris Coghlan as roster comes into focus

The Phils’ bench is starting to take shape. This one is a bit of an upset. The Phillies have announced the release of outfielder/infielder Chris Coghlan, a non-roster invitee whose positional flexibility and experience made him a leading candidate for one of the team’s bench jobs in 2017. The soon-to-be 32-year-old journeyman did not have a good spring with the club, with...
Via The Good Phight
2 hours ago

News: Joseph homers, Velasquez shines vs Toronto

We’re now less than one week from Phillies regular season baseball. Get pumped. PHILLIES WIN: The Phils’ bats are showing life at the end of spring training, continuing that theme with a 7-1 win over Toronto on Monday. Tommy Joseph socked a two-run home run and struck four hits (.303 with a .909 OPS on the spring), while Freddy Galvis added two hits. Vince Velasquez looked much...
Via Phillies Nation
5 hours ago

Phillies news and links — Four more trimmed from roster

In today’s news, the Phillies roster became en-smallened, there’s new food at Citizens Bank Park, and Kyle Kendrick can’t let anything go. The Phillies cut more players, Phillies say goodbye to two veteran catchers Just a day after Andrew Knapp’s bat woke up, the Phillies released Bryan Holaday and Ryan Hanigan, the two backup catchers that were still in camp. Honestly...
Via The Good Phight
7 hours ago

Joseph's homer backs strong start by Velasquez

First baseman Tommy Joseph hit a two-run homer and right-hander Vince Velasquez struck out seven over five strong innings in the Phillies' 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
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Andrew Knapp Makes the Phillies Opening Day Roster

The Phillies announced the Opening Day Roster, and it included catcher Andrew Knapp. With the release of veteran catchers Ryan Hannigan and Bryan Holaday, Andrew Knapp has earned a roster spot. Knapp has solidified his role as the backup catcher for Cameron Rupp for the 2017 season. Roman Quinn was also optioned to AAA today. […] Andrew Knapp Makes the Phillies Opening Day Roster...
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19 hours ago

2017 Phillies Player Preview: Can we have 2nd Half-Joaquin Benoit please?

The Phillies’ off-season acquisition of Joaquin Benoit will bring much-needed stability to the back of the bullpen in 2017. Cover your eyes. I’m about to drop some 2016 Phillies bullpen statistics on you. Their 5.05 ERA was 3rd-worst in baseball. Their 4.57 FIP was 2nd-worst. They walked 3.72 batters per nine innings last season, which was 7th-most in baseball, gave up 1.40...
Via The Good Phight
21 hours ago

Phillies release Holaday, Hanigan; Knapp likely to make roster

The Phillies have released catchers Bryan Holaday and Ryan Hanigan. Further, they’ve assigned pitcher Michael Mariot to minor league camp and have optioned Roman Quinn to minor league camp. First, the catching news, which means – barring any last-minute addition to the roster – that Andrew Knapp has won the backup catcher job and will land on the 25-man roster for opening...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Phillies Release Bryan Holaday, Ryan Hanigan

Veteran catcher Bryan Holaday has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league deal with the Phillies, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. The Phillies told Holaday he wouldn’t make the team’s Opening Day roster. The Phillies have also released veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, tweets’s Todd Zolecki. It therefore appears Andrew Knapp has made the team as the backup catcher...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
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Phillies may be busy near Trade Deadline

The Phillies could be one of the busiest teams in baseball in July.
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Cameron Rupp: A Large Man of Extremes

The Phillies have never been long without a franchise catcher. At least not for the last 30 years of their history. Carlos Ruiz has been in various stages of decline over the past few years and as the 2016 season opened he had already ceded his starting job. That starting job had been given to Cameron Rupp. Rupp was never highly regarded as a prospect despite the pedigree of being...
Via Crashburn Alley
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Philadelphia Phillies: Where Does Freddy Galvis Fit in with Team's Future?

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Philadelphia Phillies: Prospects to watch this season

In the previous season of Philadelphia Phillies baseball we finally began to see concrete steps being placed in the long journey back to the postseason. Players began to dazzle fans early in the season starting with Vince Velasquez‘s 16 strikeout performance in his second start for the Phillies, soon followed by four straight home run games by Maikel Franco in July, and of...
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Phillies Release Sean Burnett

The Phillies have released veteran left-hander Sean Burnett, according to a team announcement. The reliever, who had an opt-out in his minor league contract for Sunday, requested his release. At his best, Burnett was a high-end bullpen option from 2009-12, when he combined for a 2.86 ERA and a 55.4 percent ground-ball rate with the Pirates and Nationals. Arm issues have derailed...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Philadelphia Phillies cleaning up their roster for opening day

The Philadelphia Phillies made a few roster moves early Friday morning, as the 25-man roster is starting to shape up with one week to go until opening day in Cincinnati. Outfielder Tyler Goeddel, who was in the majors all of last season, was optioned to Double-A along with starting pitcher Jake Thompson.  The Phillies also sent infielder Hector Gomez, catcher Logan Moore and relief...
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Hector Neris: Building the Next Bullpen

Heading into the 2017 season, we here at Crashburn Alley strive to update you on a specific storyline regarding many of the returning staples from last season’s roster. Today is starting pitcher Hector Neris. The Phillies had a bad bullpen in 2016. The trade of Ken Giles left them with newly signed David Hernandez as the only competent looking reliever in the bullpen. After a...
Via Crashburn Alley
4 days ago

Phillies manager fining players $1 for each mistake

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has a very young team, so he’s coming up with unique ways to instill discipline and accountability in his clubhouse.His solution? Every time a player doesn’t hustle or makes a preventable mistake, the entire team is fined a dollar. The aim is that players will get on teammates who cost them money and hold them accountable for their...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Vince Velasquez learns from 16-strikeout game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) A dazzling, 16-strikeout performance was the best and worst thing that happened to Vince Velasquez last season. The hard-throwing righty quickly showed his electric stuff in his second start with the Philadelphia Phillies, tossing a three-hitter with no walks and 16 Ks against San Diego last April. But Velasquez spent the rest of the season trying to do...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Why Jeremy Hellickson shouldn’t start opening day 2017

As manager Pete Mackanin has just announced that Jeremy Hellickson will indeed make his second consecutive opening day start, I think he’s made the wrong decision. Even though Hellickson had the most wins, started the opening day last year, and led the rotation the majority of the year a change would benefit not only the team this season but in years to come too. So why not...
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Philly dilemma: Rupp plays for Phillies, roots for Cowboys

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Cameron Rupp is a fan favorite in Philadelphia until football season starts. Rupp had a breakout year for the Phillies in 2016, smacking 43 extra-base hits as he replaced Carlos Ruiz as the starting catcher. But Rupp grew up in Dallas and loves the Cowboys . That doesn't sit well in Philly where Eagles fans are obsessed with hating America's Team. Rupp enjoys...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Maikel Franco hopes to fulfill big expectations

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) When a Hall of Fame player who is the best third baseman in franchise history says the man playing his former position is an MVP candidate, people notice and expect to see great things. Maikel Franco didn't live up to Mike Schmidt's grand expectations in his first full season with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was no slouch, either. Still, Franco knows he...
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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