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Keith Law's Phillies top prospect list includes J.P. Crawford, Aaron Nola

The Phillies have acquired several young players this offseason in their quest toward getting younger. As the dust settles, new prospect rankings are coming forth. Keith Law of ESPN posted his lists this week. Despite the acquisitions, the Phillies have just two out of the top 100 prospects. With 30...
Via Philliedelphia
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Phillies sign Chad Billingsley to one-year deal

The Phillies have signed pitcher Chad Billingsley to a one-year contract. Billingsley, 30, can push his deal to be worth as much as $8 million if he reaches performance incentives. While dealing with elbow issues over the past two seasons the former Dodgers start has made just two starts. The Phillies will hope that Billingsley is healthy and can earn a spot in their rotation...
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Phillies could have a sneaky good rotation

I have a spoiler alert for you – the Philadelphia Phillies will not be a good team in 2015. They’ll likely finish last in the National League East. However, if the team is going to move up to fourth, or maybe even third, in the division, it’ll because of their starting rotation. Last year, the Phillies rotation was a mess. Despite throwing 1,013 1/3 innings, the third...
Via The Outside Corner
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Philadelphia Phillies: Chad Billingsley signing

The Philadelphia Phillies have spent more of this offseason selling than buying, but on Thursday they entered the buyer’s market. Former Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley signed with the Phillies for 1-year, $1.5 million and some unnamed performance bonuses. Many of the Phillies trades and signings this offseason have dealt with the teams starting pitching, and this move should...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2015: #15 RHP Ethan Martin

Ethan Martin, image- Jay Floyd Following a year in which he experienced shoulder problems and struggled at the Triple-A level, hurler Ethan Martin has fallen off many people’s radars when it comes to Phillies prospects. Despite his physical setbacks and an adjustment period after moving out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen, the righty still has an arm that could make...
Via Phillies Nation
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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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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
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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
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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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
3 days 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
3 days 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
3 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies rumors through January 27

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week...
Via PhilsBaseball
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon in Transition

From the looks of things, Jonathan Papelbon might well soon be on his way to Milwaukee. As I write this, nothing’s confirmed, and you never know when something might break down, or when some other team might decide to interfere. But the last I saw, the Brewers and Phillies were deep into negotiations, with the […]
Via Fangraphs
8 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
9 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
10 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...
10 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
11 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
23 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...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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