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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, and a threat on the bases. Several other names have been thrown around as possible targets for the Phillies, such as Angel Pagan and Josh Hamilton, but Upton is reportedly their most realistic option.
B.J. Upton has visited with the Phillies and Braves thus far in free agency.
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Tuesday afternoon, the Twitter hot stove ignited with news that free agent outfielder B.J. Upton had signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.Except...it wasn't true. Thankfully, "Bossman Junior" was on the case!And that fake Twitter account would've gotten away with it too...if it wasn't for those meddling kid! Of course we should all believe Upton until,...
The Braves love B.J. Upton.
And physically, whats not to love? He runs like the wind, swiping bases with ease. His power can be intimidating.His glove swallows fly balls destined for the gaps.And even though he just turned 28, Upton is an experienced postseason performer, having already played for Tampa Bay in the 2008 World Series and AL Division Series in two other years.
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...
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 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...
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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.
Free agent reliever Joel Peralta has finalized a $6 million, two-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Peralta gets $3 million in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have $2.5 million annual options for 2015-17.
The 36-year-old right-hander went 2-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 76 appearances last season. He was second in the AL in appearances in 2012 and his 147 appearances...
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...
The Case for James Shields By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.comAuthor’s Note: I originally wrote this article near the trade deadline (late July 2012) as I felt very strongly that the Angels wanted to acquire Shields for the division run. However, this event did not come to pass for, probably, the following two reasons: 1) The Rays, rightfully, felt that they were still in contention...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Free agent reliever Joel Peralta has finalized a 6 million, two-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Peralta gets 3 million in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have 2.5 million annual options for 2015-17.
The 36-year-old right-hander went 2-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 76 appearances last season. He was second in the AL in appearances in 2012...
The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, two
teams known to be in the market for a center fielder this winter, have met with
free agent B.J. Upton, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Sources: #Phillies met with B.J. Upton earlier this week.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 16, 2012
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...