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The biggest news today from the Hot Stove is that, per Jon Heyman, the Phillies view Josh Hamilton as a fall-back option in the event they don’t sign Michael Bourn or B.J. Upton. Heyman described the market for Hamilton as a “bona fide mysetery market”, with the Mariners out, the Orioles and Brewers on the periphery, and the Rangers, Braves, Phillies, and Red Sox having the strongest interest.
In an Insider-Only piece yesterday, Buster Olney believes the Phillies may start the dominoes going in the center field market. He had a pretty comprehensive piece about the Phillies’ center field targets, but if you have been following our Hot Stove coverage, including our new mailbag feature, a lot of that information would look very familiar. In short, Olney states: Bourn is good lead-off fit but is too expensive, Hamilton’s power translates well but is another lefty and has a great deal of off-the-field issues, Upton is probably the best fit but is a case of never reaching his believed ...
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The Phillies announced today that outfielder Zach Collier and right-handed pitchers Ethan Martin, Trevor May, and Jonathan Pettibone have been added to the 40-man roster.
Collier, 22, was the Phillies’ supplemental first round pick, 34th overall, in 2008. The 6’2 lefty showed improved plate discipline in 2012, hitting .269/.333/.399 in his first year at High-A Clearwater...
The Phillies bullpen was a major point of contention this season as it rated as one of the very worst in the sport.
However, ‘bullpen’ is not a static term, as relievers come and go. The relief corps at the end of a season could look vastly different than it did during the first couple of months. The Phillies fit this description and, for that reason, it isn’t entirely fair...
The Philadelphia Phillies' double-A affiliate is tweaking its name and adding an...ostrich?
The Reading Phillies changed their name Saturday to the Fightin Phils, a nod to the big club's longtime nickname. And the farm team also says a pugnacious ostrich, complete with balled fists, is its new mascot.
The club says the name change - in the city affectionately known as Baseballtown...
PhilliesTags: Juan PierrePhilliesThe Phillies didn’t have many bright spots in 2012, but outfielder Juan Pierre was one of them.
Pierre was brought in during Spring Training as a non-roster invite, and wasn’t promised a spot on the team. However the veteran was able to play his way onto the Opening Day roster, and spent the majority of the [...](Read more...)
Thanks to La Salle University's David Grzybowski for providing video of the Philadelphia Phillies Double-A team's rebranding into the Reading Fightin' Phils. The uniforms are pretty sweet and I love the ostrich as the mascot, very minor league-esque. Phillies organizational good soldier Mike Spidale was the model, he of 1407 minor league hits over 13 seasons.
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According to rumors, the Philadelphia Phillies view free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton as a "fallback option" if they are unable to sign B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn.
The Phillies have some decisions to make for tonight's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. Before midnight tonight, any player signed at 18 or younger with five years of minor league time, or signed at 19 with four or more, must be on the 40 man roster, or they will exposed to the draft. Being that they have 34 players on the 40 man now, they cannot...
Per the IronPigs, the Phillies have rounded out their Minor League coaching staffs. Joining new manager Dave Brundage on the ‘Pigs staff is the returning hitting coach Sal Rende and Ray Burris, who joins the ‘Pigs as their pitching coach replacing Rod Nichols.
From the press release:
Burris, 62, becomes just the second pitching coach in team history. The native of Duke, Okla...
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We're over a month removed from Phillies baseball, and frankly, I'm bored. Sure, there's football (other than the Iggles) and a time of gross over-eating coming up, but I want Phillies news. I crave it. I fully expected Ruben Amaro to have made some crazy trade by now that would make me hate-love him even more. Instead, I'm forced to...
The Philadelphia Phillies are open to almost any option that would fill the gaping hole that they have at third base. That almost should not include the recently designated for assignment Chone Figgins.
In the old days the Phillies would go after a guy like Figgins and then do a public relations job on their fans as to why they thought he would return to the player he was four years...
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In preparation for the Rule 5 draft, the Phillies have added four players to the 40-man roster, CSNPhilly reports. The four are RHP Trevor May, RHP Jonathan Pettibone, OF Zach Collier, and RHP Ethan Martin. The move keeps other teams from claiming them in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
The draft allows a team to select players from...
Per a report from MLB.com, the Philadelphia Phillies are making a push to acquire free agent outfielder B.J. Upton. Upton has spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays after debuting in 2004.
Although Upton has struggled the last few seasons with less than impressive batting averages, he would fill several key voids for the Phillies: an outfielder, a right handed bat with power...
While Upton is the center of the Braves attention, he may be in the center of the Phillies' field next year. Photo: AP
Slow news day today as we still wait for the dominoes to fall in the center field market, however, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported today that while B.J. Upton is the Braves top target, the Phillies are considered to be the favorite for the right handed center...
According to multiple sources, Juan Pierre has agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.
The 35-year-old outfielder will be making his second stint with the organization, offering veteran leadership, a tremendous work ethic and speed.
Pierre appeared in 130 games with the Phillies in 2012, batting .307 with 37 stolen bases.
Entering his 14th big league season, Pierre previously...
In reading a column from Buster Olney recently I saw the ESPN writer make a pretty bold statement regarding the Wilpon family and the New York Mets. Most of the column requires ESPN Insider access to read, but Olney makes his point pretty clear in the intro (click here to read in full):
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R.A. Dickey looked a little shaken after winning the Cy Young...