PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rodriguez sharp, Garcia off in 'pen battle

As Spring Training winds down, the Phillies got one more look at two pitchers in the running for the last bullpen job Wednesday. Joely Rodriguez pitched two strong innings against the Pirates in an 8-2 victory, while Luis Garcia struggled in Lakeland, Fla., in an 8-2 win against the Tigers.
Via Phillies.com
2 hours ago

A Trip Through Phillies Theme Nights

Here’s a rundown of all the special events and giveaway opportunities happening at Citizens Bank Park for 2017. We’re almost there, folks! It’s been quite a long, dark offseason, but we are once more preparing ourselves for the return of Phillies Baseball to our eyeballs and earholes. You can let Franzke & LA croon at you through the radio with your windows rolled down...
Via The Good Phight
2 hours ago

Franco hits 6th HR; Altherr, Perkins go deep

Pirates Opening Day starter Gerrit Cole struggled with the long ball in his final Grapefruit League start. Aaron Altherr, Cameron Perkins and Maikel Franco each connected on solo shots for a Phillies split squad in an 8-2 win at LECOM Park on Wednesday.
Via Phillies.com
3 hours ago

Schmidt sees Franco entering MVP race

Mike Schmidt has seen plenty of third basemen play for the Phillies since he retired in 1989. He intimated that Maikel Franco could be the best.
Via Phillies.com
5 hours ago

Freddy Galvis: In Context

It is easy to look past Freddy Galvis. There is a top prospect waiting to assume his premium position on the baseball field. He does little with the bat. His numbers are underwhelming. But as we often see a player as a single WAR total, we may not be appreciating the full value of Freddy Galvis to the Phillies, because that value is hard to pin down. As a glove-first shortstop, Galvis...
Via Crashburn Alley
7 hours ago

Season Preview 2017: High hopes on the farm

Jorge Alfaro will begin the 2017 season in Lehigh Valley. The jury may still be out on how successful the 2017 Phillies will be, but there is no doubt about the farm system … at every level. Last season, the Phils’ farm teams were tops in baseball with a combined winning percentage of .595. This year is set to be no different, especially considering top prospects like J.P. Crawford...
Via Phillies Nation
9 hours ago

The Phillies Batters Need to Commit to Their Roles in 2017

The Phillies aren’t expected to contend, but each player penciled in on the lineup card needs to know their role for the team to get to the next level. No one is going to confuse the 2017 Phillies for the ’16 Cubs. Period. End of story, double-stamped, triple stamped, no erasies, touch blue, make it true. […] The Phillies Batters Need to Commit to Their Roles in 2017 - Section...
Via Section215
9 hours ago

2017 Position Previews: Phillies catchers high in number, low in output at training camp

Forgetting to lay out the traps at the end of last season, the Phillies arrived in Clearwater with an infestation of backstops in the clubhouse. We're doing it! We've survived until the final week of spring training! My god, who'd have thought we'd make it, and we're not even putting the strain and stress on our bodies that big league catchers do. Speaking of which, here are those...
Via The Good Phight
12 hours ago

Orioles acquire starting pitcher Alec Asher from Phillies

Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies trade Alec Asher to Baltimore

Well, someone is being placed on the 40-man roster. The Phillies have traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player-to-be-named-later or cash considerations. Asher went 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA, 13 strikeouts and four walks in five starts for the Phillies in 2016. The trade clears up a spot on the 40-man roster for someone like Brock Stassi or Daniel Nava, as Todd Zolecki just...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Phillies Trade Asher, Cut Coghlan, and Disappoint Some Others

Not wasting any time after releasing some catchers yesterday, the Phillies have started the remaining pre-season cleaning of the roster. First… Then… Finally… That is 9 players gone from camp in two days, plus another free 40 man roster spot. The 25 man roster has become much clearer in the process. There are still two bench spots up for grabs, but the competition is now down...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Phillies Clarify Catching Situation

For a team without many established players, the Phillies did not have many camp battles this season. Coming into the year there were two bench spots and one bullpen spot up for competition. One spot that was not considered up for debate was backup catcher. After a spring of that position not looking secure, the Phillies solidified on Monday that Andrew Knapp will be the backup to...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Pete Mackanin on the Phillies’ Spring Standouts

My most recent Sunday Notes column contained a snippet from Pete Mackanin, those quotes coming from a longer conversation I had with the Philadelphia skipper on Saturday. Much of it is being shared here. We sat down primarily to talk about this spring’s notable performers. Among them are a pair of veteran non-roster invitees trying to win a roster spot on a youthful club. Offseason...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies release Chris Coghlan

Photo by Keith Allison The Phillies have released outfielder/infielder Chris Coghlan. Coghlan, who was thought to be the favorite for a bench spot with the Phillies, had to know his fate for 2017 by the end of Tuesday or else be released. Thus, he’s now on the market. In 19 spring games, Coghlan hit .231 with a .319 on-base percentage and .282 slugging percentage. Other bench...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Looking Back on Tomorrow: Philadelphia Phillies by Jarrett Seidler

Bad draft luck may have delayed the Phillies` rebuild, but they`re close to putting things together.
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Release Bryan Holaday, Ryan Hanigan

Veteran catcher Bryan Holaday has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league deal with the Phillies, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. The Phillies told Holaday he wouldn’t make the team’s Opening Day roster. The Phillies have also released veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, tweets MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. It therefore appears Andrew Knapp has made the team as the backup catcher...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Philadelphia Phillies: Prospects to watch this season

In the previous season of Philadelphia Phillies baseball we finally began to see concrete steps being placed in the long journey back to the postseason. Players began to dazzle fans early in the season starting with Vince Velasquez‘s 16 strikeout performance in his second start for the Phillies, soon followed by four straight home run games by Maikel Franco in July, and of...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies cleaning up their roster for opening day

The Philadelphia Phillies made a few roster moves early Friday morning, as the 25-man roster is starting to shape up with one week to go until opening day in Cincinnati. Outfielder Tyler Goeddel, who was in the majors all of last season, was optioned to Double-A along with starting pitcher Jake Thompson.  The Phillies also sent infielder Hector Gomez, catcher Logan Moore and relief...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies manager fining players $1 for each mistake

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has a very young team, so he’s coming up with unique ways to instill discipline and accountability in his clubhouse.His solution? Every time a player doesn’t hustle or makes a preventable mistake, the entire team is fined a dollar. The aim is that players will get on teammates who cost them money and hold them accountable for their...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Vince Velasquez learns from 16-strikeout game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) A dazzling, 16-strikeout performance was the best and worst thing that happened to Vince Velasquez last season. The hard-throwing righty quickly showed his electric stuff in his second start with the Philadelphia Phillies, tossing a three-hitter with no walks and 16 Ks against San Diego last April. But Velasquez spent the rest of the season trying to do...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Why Jeremy Hellickson shouldn’t start opening day 2017

As manager Pete Mackanin has just announced that Jeremy Hellickson will indeed make his second consecutive opening day start, I think he’s made the wrong decision. Even though Hellickson had the most wins, started the opening day last year, and led the rotation the majority of the year a change would benefit not only the team this season but in years to come too. So why not...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Philly dilemma: Rupp plays for Phillies, roots for Cowboys

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Cameron Rupp is a fan favorite in Philadelphia until football season starts. Rupp had a breakout year for the Phillies in 2016, smacking 43 extra-base hits as he replaced Carlos Ruiz as the starting catcher. But Rupp grew up in Dallas and loves the Cowboys . That doesn't sit well in Philly where Eagles fans are obsessed with hating America's Team. Rupp enjoys...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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