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Philadelphia Phillies Prospect Profile: J.P Crawford

JP Crawford is the Philadelphia Phillies #1 ranked prospect The Philadelphia Phillies are an old team that isn’t expected to do much in 2015. They are a team that has some old veterans in Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and Carlos Ruiz that could all bring in some prospects to rebuild. Baseball Prospectus has their farm system ranked at #20 in the majors. Currently, their top...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oft-injured Dugan speaks on latest ailment

Kelly Dugan, image- Jay Floyd Phillies outfield prospect Kelly Dugan expects to be ready to play when the regular season gets rolling in April. Sidelined with a stress reaction in his right foot, Dugan, who is no stranger to injuries, showed up to spring training this week in a walking boot and has engaged in limited activity thus far in Clearwater.  This issue popped up recently...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: No Sense Of 'Urgency' To Get Hamels

According to a source reporting to CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam, the Red Sox are showing "no sense of urgency" to make a trade for lefty ace Cole Hamels. While McAdams indicated that Boston is "monitoring" the trade market for Hamels, they are continuing to refuse the inclusion of either Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart in any package. GM Ben Cherington is in a good spot—since all the...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Will Papelbon Wind Up Back In The AL East?

Papelbon (Top Left)There's something appealing about the idea of facing Jonathan Papelbon lots of times in 2015. That eventuality could come about if the latest rumors pan out and he's dealt to AL East rival Toronto. After a simmering deal with the Brewers fizzled, the Blue Jays have popped up as a landing spot for the 34-year old ex-Red Sox closer. Would he go to the Great White...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Howard Looking Fit; Lee Looking Like Lee

-According to many reports in Clearwater, Ryan Howard has come into camp looking as fit as he has in many years. That line is rather customary this time of year, and can often mean nothing down the line. However, if there’s anyone who needs to be in pristine shape, it’s Ryan Howard. Hopefully his svelte appearance and somewhat-nimble feet translate into something that is a positive...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee pitches for the first time since injury

The look on Cliff Lee's face (above) was right after he threw a pitch for the final time in 2014. July 31, the non-waiver trade deadline, when conceivably Lee could have been traded, he sprained his pitching elbow. Now in camp, trade rumors were already swirling upon Lee, even before...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels trade needs to happen soon

Cole Hamels – Photo Credit – Keith Allison The Philadelphia Phillies did not know that 2011 would be their final season as a “good” team. If you remember correctly, they won 102 games that year — easily the best record in the majors — but wound up losing in five games in the divisional series to the eventual World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s been all...
Via Hot Stove MLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 PBS 30-1 MLB countdown previews: #30 Philadelphia Phillies

         Spring training workouts are now under way with most position players due in camp over the next couple days if not already. Though opening day is a little ways away, baseball has started in the eyes of the die hard. The off season has come to a conclusion and the focus is on what to expect out of the upcoming series of baseball months. It also means the return of...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN to air two Phillies spring training games

With spring training here, we are starting to look forward to spring training baseball in the Grapefruit League. While we still are not sure of the local Phillies Grapefruit coverage just yet, we do know at least two games will be airing this spring. ESPN will broadcast two separate Grapefruit League games involving the Phillies. According to Awful Announcing, the March 19 game against...
Via Macho Row
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Injuries Behind Him, Catching Prospect Tommy Joseph is Now 100%

View image | gettyimages.com Hours before the 2012 non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies opted to part ways with Hunter Pence, sending him to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Seth Rosin, Nate Schierholtz and Tommy Joseph. Joseph was the prized piece in that trade for the Phils, but injuries...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Heaven on Earth returns to Clearwater

Baseball heaven for Phillies fans re-opened today as they held their first full team workout. Aside from the bleak outlook for the team itself, 2015 Spring Training offers plenty of intrigue, some of which was on display on the first official day.
Via PhilsBaseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Utley comes to spring training with sore ankle

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is starting spring training with a sore right ankle and a sunny disposition on the outlook of his rebuilding team. Utley, entering his 13th year with the Phillies, sprained his ankle last month while taking infield work. He said Monday that the minor injury ''put a wrinkle'' in his offseason workout program,...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Darren Daulton is beating brain cancer and that is awesome

Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton shared some fantastic news last week. Daulton said his latest MRI exam was clean, showing he is beating brain cancer. Daulton was diagnosed with two brain tumors back in the summer fo 2013. He shared the news via Twitter and said he is appreciative of the support Phillies fans have given him through his fight. I’m incredibly...
Via Macho Row
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Six years after their last World Series appearance and seven years after they won it, the Phillies are now languishing in the basement of not just the NL East, but all of baseball. Bad contracts, a lack of minor league talent translating to the Majors and a cascade of injuries have combined to make the last few seasons in the City of Brotherly Love sad indeed. However, even with...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM apologizes to Ryan Howard for critical remarks

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke with Ryan Howard recently to apologize for comments he made earlier in the offseason about the struggling first baseman. Back in December, Amaro, who was trying to trade Howard, said on the radio that he told Howard the team would be better off without him. “We’ve talked to Ryan. And...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training preview for Philadelphia Phillies tickets

Ryne Sandberg begins his second season managing the Philadelphia Phillies with little hopes of success heading into the season. After a disappointing 2013, the Phillies tried to “reload” rather than “rebuild” and misfired. After finishing the season with a 73-89 record, the team traded long time shortstop Jimmy Rollins, which made it clear that the Phillies are in a rebuilding...
Via Macho Row
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2015: #3 3B/1B Maikel Franco

Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd Despite a difficult stretch last season, corner infielder Maikel Franco remains as one of the Phillies’ most promising prospects. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, Franco would make his professional debut with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies that same year. As a 17-year-old, he posted...
Via Phillies Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Eager-to-Trade Phillies

With a sizable difference between wanting and completing a deal, the Philadelphia Phillies will hold on to Jonathan Papelbon because they haven’t received an acceptable offer. Even though he will eventually take his services elsewhere, he’ll keep it interesting until then. Granted, he won’t be happy except for payday but fans don’t feel overjoyed with him here either. How...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Hamels' desire for trade 'totally understandable'

Cole Hamels has expressed his openness to joining another MLB team, and the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t mad about it. Well, not too mad.   The lefthanded pitcher raised some eyebrows in a recent USA TODAY Sports article in which he told Bob Nightengale he just wants to win and doesn’t think that will happen in Philly. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. responded...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee answered questions using a Magic 8-Ball

So, just how much of a circus is Phillies camp in Clearwater already? Today, Cliff Lee answered questions from reporters…and used a Magic 8-Ball to give his answers. Your browser does not support iframes. Cliff Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to answer the tough quesitons today. pic.twitter.com/EqqbQEqmMU — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 19, 2015 Cliff Lee, man. What a character...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels wants the Phillies to trade him

It’s not a secret that the Philadelphia Phillies are in the beginning stages of what appears to be a long-term rebuilding plan. A rebuilding plan that it seems staff ace Cole Hamels does not want to be a part of. I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here.” Hamels told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Wednesday...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg: Ryan Howard remains Phillies' starter at first base

  Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg says Ryan Howard will start at first base this season, despite plans to rebuild the team and attempts to trade the declining slugger. Sandberg spoke in support of Howard on Wednesday during his first news conference of spring training as pitchers and catchers reported to Bright House Field. When Sandberg was asked about the former MVP...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers Aren’t The Phillies Just Yet

We often hear the Cardinals being described as one of the best organizations in baseball for their ability to consistently put a winning product on the field, and that’s a reputation that they’ve earned though consistent excellence. It never seems that the Tigers get talked about in quite the same way, but perhaps that’s unfair. […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Phillies actually have a plan

For the first time in a long time, the Phillies seem to have a plan. Well, compared to previous seasons, that is. The Phillies made a few trades in the offseason, added some depth through low cost signings, and shuffled the front office around. Most importantly, they finally acknowledged the existence of that giant, aging, wart, with that one very long hair protruding from it...
Via PhilsBaseball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee could be traded during spring training

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins this winter, have aggressively tried (and failed) to move both Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, and are listening on Cole Hamels. The forgotten man in their rebuild is Cliff Lee, who made just three starts after mid-May because of an elbow strain. But according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies could still...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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