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PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Is Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang Heading to the Phillies?

I spoke with a former MMO Writer who has since left our merry group to join a newspaper in Philadelphia covering the Phillies. Boo… Bah… Humbug… During our conversation he went onto telling me not to be shocked if the Phillies are the mystery team who won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. “I’m not saying we’re definitely the winning bidder, but we placed...
Via Mets Merized Online
59 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Off-season league notes: Astudillo, Herrera staying hot

Baseball goes year-round.  All over the globe, Phillies players are in action and we’ve got the rundown on how they are performing.  Read ahead for all the details. Venezuelan Winter League- Willians Astudillo, image- Jay Floyd Willians Astudillo, a corner infielder and backstop who has been playing a lot of outfield of late, is batting .314 with a homer and four RBI in nine...
Via Phillies Nation
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Ryan Howard was last an elite power hitter in 2009, when he launched 45 homers and posted a .279/.360/.571 line at the age of 29. He topped 30 homers in both 2010 and 2011, but his triple slash fell in both seasons. Then, Howard blew out his Achilles to end the 2011 NLDS, and his career has gone completely off the rails. In the first three seasons of his five year, $125 million...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to the Phillies?

I spoke with a former MMO Writer who has since left our merry group to join a newspaper in Philadelphia covering the Phillies. Boo… Bah… Humbug… During our conversation he went onto telling me not to be shocked if the Phillies are the mystery team who won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. “I’m not saying we’re definitely the winning bidder, but we placed...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro tells Ryan Howard Phillies are better without him

Ryan Howard can never argue that Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has not been honest with him. After trading shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Amaro told 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli that the Phillies are trying to move Howard next. In fact, Amaro says he told Howard that the team...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro literally said Phillies are better off without Ryan Howard

There is something about Ruben Amaro that I like these days. It's hard to pinpoint it but, oh yeah, HE LITERALLY SAID THE PHILLIES ARE BETTER OFF WITHOUT RYAN HOWARD.
Via PhilsBaseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro’s Comments About Ryan Howard Should Cost Him His Job

The Philadelphia Phillies are in full rebuild shopping every available asset attempting to re-stock the prospect cupboard. The off-season has been littered with Cole Hamels trade speculation and a recent transaction that saw the departure of Jimmy Rollins being shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pair of prospects. The Phillies have unsuccessfully shopped veteran first...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Amaro Told Howard Org. Would Be Better Without Him

In refreshing, but cold-blooded, honest, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly told Ryan Howard that the organization would be better off  in 2015 without the first baseman. Amaro’s exact quote comes courtesy of 97.5 the Fanatic’s Matt Lombardo in a piece written for NJ.com: “I told [Howard] that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Crasnick: Phillies Could "Jump In" on Asdrubal Cabrera.

View image | gettyimages.com Long-time Cleveland Indian and current free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, 29, may have interest by the Philadephia Phillies according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The #Phillies could jump in on Asdrubal Cabrera, source says. But first Ruben Amaro Jr. would have to move some payroll. — Jerry...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Behold the Future of the Phillies

Jimmy Rollins out, Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in. Both Eflin (1st round in 2012) and Windle (2nd round in 2013) were high draft picks.  Neither has pitched above Single-A.  Neither has eye-popping minor league numbers.  Projections range from mid-rotation to back end starting pitcher.  I'll believe it when I see it.Eflin is a 20 year old righty and has compiled a 17-14 record...
Via We Should Be GM's
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins Thanks Philadelphia Fans With Full Page Ad

In tomorrow's Philadelphia Inquirer, former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins took out a full page ad to thank Phillies fans. See the full ad tomorrow, courtesy of MLB.com.
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins says goodbye to Philly in full-page Inquirer ad

The Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia is a wrap, and to thank the demanding, loyal, passionate Philly fans, the club’s long-time shortstop took out a full-page ad in Saturday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Jimmy Rollins bought a full-page ad in Saturday’s @PhillyInquirer: pic.twitter.com/ct2rRiw2sU — Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 20, 2014 In case the font is too small…...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Second Baseman Chase Utley Releases Statement About Jimmy Rollins Trade

View image | gettyimages.com Phillies second baseman Chase Utley issued a statement today, responding to the trade of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, his double-play partner for the last 11 years. Through the Phillies Twitter account, Utley said: Chase on @JimmyRollins11: pic.twitter.com/5pxUovXx9I — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014 Of course, Utley probably...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How bad will the Philadelphia Phillies be in 2015?

Without Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies are tied for the worst odds to win the World Series in the MLB. They are also dead last in odds to win the NL pennant at 80/1, with the next worst team being at 40/1. These odds beg the question: Will the Philadelphia Phillies really be that bad? Recent History First, it helps to look at the record trend from the last few years...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley bids farewell to Jimmy Rollins

The trade is official – long-time Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rollins’ long-time double play partner in Philadelphia, Chase Utley, posted a farewell message to his former teammate. Chase on @JimmyRollins11: pic.twitter.com/5pxUovXx9I — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014   In case you can’t read the statement through...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Radio host Chris Stigall apologizes for remarks about Phillies fan with cancer

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Chase Utley made a surprise appearance on “Ellen” earlier this week to meet a 23-year-old woman who is battling a rare form of cancer. Chris Stigall, a morning host on WPHT 1220 AM in Philadelphia, saw this as an opportunity to crack some jokes. Julie Kramer has been diagnosed with stage 4...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: What to Expect from the Phillies

When you no longer have a viable way out, you will trade Cliff Lee and eat some of his contract if you’re the Philadelphia Phillies of 2015. Ergo, the fastest route to tomorrow’s prominence is the most unpleasant one. There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week. This review is an additional and updated posting. Please, scroll down for this edition of Genuine...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Stigall Rips Into Chase Utley’s “Ellen” Appearance

In case you missed it, Julie Kramer, a 23 year old woman battling stage 4 synovial sarcoma appeared on “Ellen” this week for an interview the host was doing on inspiring women. Kramer, from Tabernacle, NJ and a big Phillies fan, was surprised with a nice amount of Phillies merchandise, given by Chase Utley himself. He also invited her to any Phillies game next season–including...
Via Phillies Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels wants to go to a team that wants to win

  Cole Hamels hasn’t done much winning in recent years, and he wants that to change soon. It’s becoming more and more evident that change isn’t going to come with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is a big reason why the left-handed pitcher has been the subject of trade rumors for a long time. Wherever Hamels is on Opening Day, one thing is clear: he wants to be in...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #186: Marlon Byrd | OF | PHI

It may have taken until his age-35 season, but Marlon Byrd is finally fantasy relevant. Over the last two seasons, the outfielder has averaged 24.5 homers and 86.5 RBI, extremely serviceable numbers that made him the 22nd-ranked OF in 2013 and the 37th-ranked OF in 2014. Last year I swapped Shin-Soo Choo for Byrd in one of my more competitive leagues — would you have expected...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates close to acquiring Antonio Bastardo from Phillies

According to Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors, the Pirates are close to acquiring left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies. Source: #Phillies trade LHP Antonio Bastardo to the #Pirates. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December 10, 2014 Bastardo, 29, posted a 3.94 ERA in 64 innings pitched with the Phillies in 2014 while posting a 3.72 ERA in 259 career innings...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Phillies Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Philadelphia Phillies. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Philadelphia’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Phillies system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll: Relative Trade Value of Samardzija and Hamels

A fiery topic of contention this offseason has been how much trade value Cole Hamels actually has. The Phillies reportedly think he’s worth a bundle of a team’s best young talents, while many of us around here happen to think he’s worth quite a bit less than that, due to the fact that his contract […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Selling $6.9M Philadelphia Condo (Photos)

Jonathan Papelbon could be planning his exit. Papelbon, who has been the subject of trade rumors for more than two years, is selling his $6.9 million Philadelphia condo, PhillyMag.com pointed out Tuesday. The Phillies closer and his wife paid $4.6 million for the pad back in July 2012, according to Philly.com. Papelbon’s condo, which is located steps away from Rittenhouse Square...
Via NESN.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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