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The Phillies are attempting to extend second baseman Chase Utley as opposed to trading him at this week's trade deadline. The 34-year old Utley is going to be a free agent at the end of the season, and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said that he envisions Utley as a Phillie for life.
On the surface, a contract extension for Utley seems silly. In recent years, he's had injuries to both of his knees, as well as to his ribs and his right thumb. The Phillies already have several large, ugly contracts on the books for next season, so why would they throw Utley's on top of the pile?
2013 will likely end up being Utley's best season since 2010 after he missed 138 games in 2011 and 2012. He's also going to be part of a crowded free agent class at second base after the season, along with Robinson Cano, Kelly Johnson, and Omar Infante. With multiple options on the table, Utley could end up getting a lesser contract than if he were the cream of the second base crop, whic...
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Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is ready to pack his bags and leave Philadelphia if they don’t turn things around. “I definitely didn’t come here for this,” Papelbon told MLB.com. Papelbon signed a a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011. He was asked what he thought about
Jimmy Rollins made it clear to the Philadelphia media traveling with the team in Detroit: “I’m not going anywhere.” That was his response when asked if he were approached by the team with a trade to a contender.
Rollins has 5 and 10 rights, meaning five seasons with the same team, 10 in the league. Therefore, he has the ability to block all trades. Therefore, J-Roll isn’t...
If it's July, Cliff Lee must be on the trade market.
Actually, Lee hasn't been traded during the season since 2010. Chances are, he will not be traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. But the Phillies are discussing their All-Star left-hander with other clubs, according to major league sources, creating the possibility of another Lee blockbuster.
Jonathan Papelbon had only a couple minutes to talk Sunday morning at Comerica Park but he said plenty expressing the need for changes in the organization if things do not improve on the field.
Papelbon signed a four-year $50 million contract in November 2011 but he has known mostly losing at this point in Philadelphia. The Phillies returned home after a 12-4 loss to the Tigers...
We will always have the dropped fly ball. The Phillies will make room for third baseman Cody Asche by designating for assignment outfielder Steve Susdorf. Susdorf was 1 for 7 and started one game for the Phillies. Plenty of parts are on the move, but for now it appears Michael...
The Phillies will not give Cliff Lee away for some peanuts and a sack of potatoes. But I thought you knew that already. As we have seen Lee go from untouchable to maybe-touchable, one thing remains: Lee is a top pitcher. What else would you expect? CBS's Jon Heyman wrote...
When the Red Sox’ roster was dismantled after the disastrous September in 2011, Jonathan Papelbon found himself on the way out of town. Now in Philadelphia, the closer believes the Red Sox had the right idea about rebuilding, and the Phillies would be wise to follow their lead.
While hopes were high in Philly at the beginning of the season, Philadelphia now finds themselves 10...
The Phillies may be re-signing Chase Utley, but they could be looking at a potential Cliff Lee deal as well. The Phillies scouts were seen at AAA Memphis scouting Cardinals pitching prospect Carlos Martinez. That would appear to make sense for one trade: a Cliff Lee trade. The Cardinals are...
If the trade rumors bothered the Philadelphia Phillies, they only have a few hours left.
Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young hit two-run homers to back John Lannan, and the Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Tuesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.
The Phillies beat the New York Mets 13-8 in their first game after the All-Star break, but scored a total of 14 in the...
Cliff Lee is undoubtedly the biggest difference-maker among pitchers who could even conceivably be traded by Wednesday. With Lee signed through at least 2015, it’s going to take a pretty penny to pry the left-hander away from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Boston Red Sox could likewise use some pitching help, and the team certainly has the prospects to make a deal happen, if they...
After an eight game losing streak the Philadelphia Phillies have decided to sell and sell hard. One guy who has been talked about a lot is closer Jonathan Papelbon, especially with teams like the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in need of closers. One of them, the Tigers, satisfied their need with a trade for Jose Veras so that takes one team out of the market. Unfortunately...
So it begins.
ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Phillies are calling other teams to let them know some players are available. All, except one:
PHI has reached out to other teams to let other teams know that players are available, including Michael Young. Cliff Lee not on the list.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
All most of us can say is, about damn time. After Saturday’s...
With the Phillies finally admitting that they’re not going anywhere fast, Ruben Amaro is talking to teams about Cliff Lee. The Red Sox are reportedly showing the most interest, and despite the fact that Boston is on Lee’s 21 team no-trade list, those are almost always negotiable, and Lee would probably rather play for a winner than an aging team with no clear path to get back...
Today at 4 PM, the MLB non-waiver trade deadline will come. What once looked like it could be an active sell off for the Philadelphia Phillies, may come and go with very little to no change.
In the past week, reports have surfaced that the Phillies and Chase Utley, in the final year of his contract, may be working toward an extension. While the thinking is that there aren’t many...
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young is okay with being traded as long as a team that he is traded to visit Texas Rangers according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The Phillies reportedly plan on calling up third baseman Cody Asche, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan indicating a trade could be imminent. Asche, 23, is hitting .295/.352/.485 in 446 Triple-A plate...