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Storyline: Trading Odds for 2 Displeased Phillies

If you eliminate Chase Utley from the aging members of the Philadelphia Phillies, you have either unhappy professionals or past-their-prime stars. And the faithful show no patience for yesterday’s heroes. There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week. Storyline features multiple stars and Red Alert highlights a specific player. Please, scroll down for this...
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Phillies sign former Dodgers’ pitcher Chad Billingsley

Chad Billingsley. Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that they have come to an agreement with former Los Angeles Dodgers‘ starter Chad Billingsley. Billingsley, 30, will make a guaranteed $1.5 million in 2015 with the opportunity to increase that number with performance bonuses, according to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies’ beat writer for
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

The future of Cole, Howard, and the NL East

MLB Prospectus   -Special focus on Cole Hamels & the Philadelphia Phillies- *With the Pre-Preview of the Phillies Lineup & the NL East *   Well, we have officially reached a breaking point.  This winter, Cuban phenom defector Yasmany Tomas signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  This high-profile slugger, who is now set to be a National...
Via Total Sports Live
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies sign RHP Billingsley

According to reports, the Phillies have signed righty starter Chad Billingsley to a one-year $1.5 million contract. Out with an elbow injury last season, the 30-year-old did not pitch in 2014.  He last pitched in 2013 when he appeared in two games for the Dodgers. A former 1st round draft pick of Los Angeles in 2003 (24th overall), Billingsley, who stands six-foot-one and weighs...
Via Phillies Nation
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Out of the Batter’s Box – The return of Blanton and Papelbon heading to Toronto?

The Phillies made some front office moves, have a possible new trade partner to discuss Papelbon, and Amaro remains one of the worst GMs in baseball. 1. Will anybody let Joe Blanton pitch? Former Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton is looking to make a return to the mound this season. After sitting out the 20144 season without a job, Blanton plans to workout in front of any team willing...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies elevate Montgomery to chairman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have elevated David Montgomery from president to chairman and named Hall of Famer Pat Gillick team president. The move was announced Wednesday, several months after Montgomery took a leave to continue his recovery from jaw cancer. Montgomery says he's healthy enough now to assume some of his responsibilities. Gillick was the Phillies general...
Via AP on Fox
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Phillies Make Front Office Changes

According to the Philadelphia Phillies, David Montgomery will return to the team, but in a different role. The longtime Phillies president will now become the Chairman of the team, with Bill Giles moving to Chairman Emeritus. Pat Gillick, who assumed the role of President when Montgomery fell ill with jaw cancer, will continue with that role. Montgomery, who has been with the team...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

David Montgomery returning as chairman and other front office moves

Aside from waiting to see if the Phillies will be able to move Jonathan Papelbon or if there will be any interest in the possible return of Joe Blanton (more on that one in a bit), the Phillies made some front office changes Wednesday afternoon. David Montgomery is not returning to his position as team president. Instead, Montgomery is taking over the role of chairman in the Phillies...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pat Gillick Named Phillies President; David Montgomery Becomes Chairman

View image | A long-rumored change has been made in the Phillies organization. David Montgomery, President of the Phillies since 1997, will not return to the role of President after a medical leave. Pat Gillick, who as recently as last week indicated he would not be the permanent Phillies...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies and Brewers Continuing Jonathan Papelbon Trade Talks with the Blue Jays the Mix

View image | Just when talks appeared dead, they have roared to life. Two reports tonight have said that talks for Jonathan Papelbon with the Brewers are still alive, although it is unclear how serious those talks are. Other reports are claiming that the Blue Jays have jumped into...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Target Moncada Waiting to Sign With a Team

Phillies target Yoan Moncada defected from Cuba in November, its now January and he is still looking to begin his professional baseball career. Its not for lack of interest, as just about every team has been linked to Moncada including the Phillies. A recent story from Baseball America’s Ben Badler states that Moncada’s problem isn’t the government allowing him to sign, but...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Out of the Batter’s Box – Maikel Franco impressive in winter, local weather forecasts not so much

Did we all survive the snow? Are we all mad at the local meteorologists this morning? Whether you are off or not, this morning’s round-up is operating on a two-hour delay. 1. Phillies prospect Maikel Franco’s winter drawing praise You never know how a prospect is going to pan out, but the expectations continue to be on the rise for Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco...
Via Macho Row
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies rumors through January 27

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week...
Via PhilsBaseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Top 20 Prospects 2015

J.P. Crawford has the potential to become the next great Phillies shortstop While not very deep, the Phillies system has two first round gems at the top and several quality pitching prospects following them. The rest are very fluid and do not bring extraordinary promise. 1. J.P. Crawford, SS Crawford, the best high school shortstop in the 2013 draft, has provided hope for Phillies...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Rebuild Becomes Realistic with Yoan Moncada

Photo: Courtesy The Greedy Pinstripes Back in the end of June last season, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada left his home country in hopes of filing for MLB free agency. At just 19 years of age, Moncada immediately became an interest for many teams, with the ability to build and groom...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco had an absurd winter

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco is nearly universally thought of as the organization’s third-best prospect, behind J.P. Crawford and Aaron Nola. Franco will be given every opportunity to earn a job on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster this spring, and if the winter that Franco had in the Dominican is any indication, he’s ready. During the regular season in...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: A Jonathan Papelbon trade?

When the Philadelphia Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon before the 2012 season, they never envisioned the issues his contract might cause. Papelbon was made the highest paid reliever in MLB history with a 4-year, 50 million dollar deal complete with a vesting option for a fifth year and partial no trade clause. Now, due to his attitude, combined with the amount of money, vesting...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

No need for Phillies to rush Papelbon trade

The Phillies should do their best to move Papelbon, but they do not need to trade him right now...
Via PhilsBaseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How Far Away Are the Phillies?

The situation in Philadelphia is bleak. I don’t think that statement is going to cause a stir. The Phillies, right now, are projected by Steamer to be the worst team in baseball in the season ahead, even worse than the rival Braves. Even if you might personally find Steamer to be a waste of everyone’s […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard: The Unwanted Man

There are several variations of “the talk.” As a young adult, it may be about when two people love each other very much. As someone who is just graduating from college, it likely pertains to what you are going to do with the rest of your life. As an athlete, though, it’s unlikely to fill a person with hope or inspiration. It’s almost always about an organization moving...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Cole Hamels Trade Probably Won’t Happen This Offseason

This embed is invalid" /> The Philadelphia Phillies are in no rush to trade pitcher Cole Hamels. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged Tuesday that the club could trade Hamels this offseason. However, Amaro isn’t banking on a deal unless Philadelphia receives the perfect haul in exchange for its ace. “I think Cole Hamels is going...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Curious and Sad Case of Ryan Howard

On an autumn night in 2011, as the St. Louis Cardinals won the deciding game of the NLDS, a cataclysmic moment occurred in the career of Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger Ryan Howard. A city’s hope rested with Howard, his team down by just one run with ace Roy Halladay on the mound, the most-beloved lefty in Philadelphia since Steve Carlton was at the dish with two outs remaining...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Cole Hamels trade update

At the beginning of the offseason I wrote a piece about the Phillies suitors for Cole Hamels and why a Hamels trade makes sense. Now, halfway through the offseason, new suitors have emerged and the market has shifted due to different signings and non-signings (top FA pitcher Max Scherzer remains unsigned). While it still makes sense for the Phillies to trade Hamels, it is time...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez wants his Jheri curl on Hall of Fame plaque

Pedro Martinez was one of four players who was voted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, and we are all thankful for that. As expected, Pedro’s interviews have been phenomenal. That includes his answer to a question about the prime of his hairstyling career. On Wednesday, TMZ asked Martinez if his Jheri curl hairstyle...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez was a 'punk,' says voter who didn't cast ballot

Pedro Martinez received an outpouring of love from the baseball community Tuesday, but not everyone’s a fan of No. 45.   Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, earning 91.1 percent of votes from the assembled voters. Still, despite that seemingly high number, there were 49 ballots that didn’t include Martinez’s name. Cleveland Plain Dealer writer...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

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