Rollins on Howard Situation: 'That's not how things were ever done around here'

View image | This past weekend, Ruben Amaro admitted that he talked to long-time Phillies first baseman, Ryan Howard, and that the team would be better without him moving forward. With $73 million remaining on Howard's deal, not only would the Phillies have to find someone willing to take...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.: "We Are Working in Trying to Build That New Core"

View image | Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. joined Howard Eskin and Hollis Thomas Tuesday morning on SportsRadio 94WIP. The following is a transcript of the conversation, where Amaro touched on the realistic rebuilding time frame, as well as the current status of where the club stands with...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Amaro, Phillies finally realize Ryan Howard needs to go

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 extension...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days 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
6 days 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
7 days 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
7 days 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 “I told [Howard] that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization...
Via Phillies Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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

View image | 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...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Amaro Jr. on Howard: Better for Organization to be "Not With Him But Without Him".

View image | Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke with 97.5 The Fanatic's Mike Missanelli Friday afternoon to discuss the Rollins trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as other pertinent issues relating to the club. One of the topics of discussion was Ryan Howard, who the...
Via Philliedelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles still want Charlie Manuel to be their hitting coach

The last time Charlie Manuel was in a baseball dugout was July 2012. Then, the Philadelphia Phillies fired him and made Ryne Sandberg the new manager. Manuel, then rejoined the Phillies as a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Even though, Manuel has not been in the dugout for a while now, he is still getting offers from teams such as the Baltimore Orioles. In November...
Via Total Sports Live
11 days ago  |  Discuss

All the latest from the Winter Meetings

Links below for all the key goings-on out in San Diego at the MLB Winter Meetings thus far… -Phillies Nation’s Corey Seidman writes for CSN that the free agent starting pitcher market is of great interest to the Phils and should impact the trade market for lefty Cole Hamels. -Interim team president Pat Gillick spoke of the rebuilding process and getting the roster younger. ...
Via Phillies Nation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro Jr. has the support of Pat Gillick

Today, began the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings where many teams will be making trades and free agent signings. One of those teams that could be unloading players are the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are in rebuilding mode as the team unsuccessfully finished this past season with a 73-89 record which put them in last place in the NL East. The NL East is getting stronger with young...
Via Total Sports Live
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Asking Too Much for Players? 'That's a bunch of malarkey' - Amaro

Plenty of news regarding the Phillies, more specifically involving Ruben Amaro. At the Winter Meetings and prior, it has been heard that the team was asking too much in return for their players. Our fearless GM's response?... Amaro was asked if #Phillies are wanting too much for their players. "That's...
Via Philliedelphia
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Gillick Backs Amaro: 'Ruben didn't all of a sudden get dumb'

Anyone out there a Ruben Amaro Jr. supporter? No? Not all at once. Oh, yes, you in the back! Pat Gillick. These days, there are no supporters of Ruben Amaro from the fans, but Phillies interim president, Pat Gillick, says that Amaro has his support and that Ruben didn't get...
Via Philliedelphia
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Gillick on Phillies Rebuild: 'You have to kind of disassemble piece by piece'

Let's spare you the details. You already know the Phillies have admitted to rebuild, but have yet to do a thing about it. Ruben Amaro has responded with his normal "smug" remarks saying the team has had some good discussions and that he likes the talks that are ongoing. Well,...
Via Philliedelphia
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Showing Interest in Orioles' Steve Johnson

#175763294 / Day one of the Winter Meetings is underway and we already know that Ruben Amaro is looking for talent. What kind of talent? Well, starting pitching of course! Since the offense doesn't need any help... Ruben Amaro said his #1 priority at Winter Meeting is starting pitching....
Via Philliedelphia
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Amaro: Phillies Are Busy, Just Doing It "Quietly"

So far the Phillies have been relatively quiet, other than signing incumbent Phillies Jerome Williams and Grady Sizemore to new contracts. This has frustrated Phillies fans, who have been assured of change for 2015. Despite the relatively quiet Phillies offseason, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. says that the Phillies...
Via Philliedelphia
19 days ago  |  Discuss

For Phillies' Ruben Amaro, Jr., Passing On Yasmany Tomas Is The Bigger Risk

#163395990 / The Phillies went from "strong contenders" to land free agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas to perhaps not even making Tomas an offer. After floating out the story that the Tomas' defense was a concern, the Phillies were not even among four teams who made Tomas an offer. While...
Via Philliedelphia
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro on Tomas to AZ: "We are not disappointed"

#105614216 / Reports surfaced earlier today that Cuban phenom, Yasmany Tomas had agreed to a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal, reportedly for six years for just under $70 million, is for much luss money than anyone expected and Tomas ended up with a team that no one...
Via Philliedelphia
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Fan Throws Shade At GM Ruben Amaro on His Baseball Reference Page

The offseason is always an unsettling time for Philadelphia Phillies fans. At any second, general manager Ruben Amaro can do something stupid. Whether it’s getting shafted in a trade, a stupid free-agent acquisition, or an unneeded extension—the odds are always high for something head-scratching. A reader at Beerleaguer, a Phillies blog, decided to have some fun at Amaro’s...
Via Busted Coverage
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Yanks called Phillies about Jimmy Rollins; price tag “too high”

  The New York  Yankees need to find a shortstop before Spring Training, but one thing they know, it’s not going to be the Philadelphia Phillies‘ Jimmy Rollins. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Yankees called Ruben Amaro inquiring about the availability of Jimmy Rollins. After the Phillies set a high asking price for Rollins, the Yankees moved on and are now looking...
Via Baseball Essential
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Injury Update: Cliff Lee to start throwing next week

The Philadelphia Phillies are clearly in a rebuilding mode following their second straight 73-win season. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has made it clear that he'll listen to offers for any player, including aging core veterans that helped the Phillies win a World Series six years ago. One player who could command a lot in a trade is Cliff Lee, who has been cleared to start...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Phils sign free agent Araujo thanks to Amaro’s sibling sponsor

Late last week the Phillies signed minor league free agent Elvis Araujo to a big league contract and it was partly a relationship in the team’s front office that helped get the deal rolling. Araujo, a six-foot-six 215 pound lefty has previously pitched in the Cleveland organization, tallying a 22-14 record with 11 saves and a 3.87 ERA in 102 games (57 starts) in his five-year professional...
Via Phillies Nation
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Alert: A Surprise Signing, Phillies?

With an open slot for a starter, will Miguel Gonzalez or a new face plug that hole for the Philadelphia Phillies? Keep in mind, if Ruben Amaro Jr. tabs Gonzalez and he does not pitch satisfactorily, the front office will have a major problem. There will be a published Red Alert and/or Storyline each week. Please, scroll down for this edition of Pinstripe Focus: The Final...
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Biddle headed home from PR with elbow soreness

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced to reporters on Tuesday that top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle had experienced elbow soreness and would be headed to Philadelphia for evaluation. The six-foot-five 220-pound lefty allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in his most recent outing for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican/Roberto Clemente League on Saturday...
Via Phillies Nation
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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