Storyline: Trading-Value Strategy by Position for the Phillies

When it comes to deal-making groundwork for July 31, it won’t begin on June 30 for the Philadelphia Phillies regarding Cole Hamels and the others. No, most plans are either carryovers from the previous December or March depending on the reasons: goals, budgets, attendance, competition, prospects, ages of talent, shortcomings, market size, current and healthy personnel, etc. Franco...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Toronto expressed interest, but Cole Hamels unwilling to go to Blue Jays

View image | The Phillies trade talks continue. While the Phillies have played well of late, the team is still intent on being sellers. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. recently described the Phillies in a recent Ken Rosenthal piece as "one stop shopping" for contending teams. But, the...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Winning Streak; It Was Fun While It Lasted

The Phillies actually played some pretty good baseball over the past week. No, you didn’t misread that. I used the terms “Phillies” and “good baseball” in the same sentence. The Phillies finished up the ten game home stand quite well. After losing two-of-three to the Mets, then losing the first two games to Pittsburgh, the Phillies went on a roll. They tied up the Pittsburgh...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nola continues to dominate for AA Reading

Aaron Nola, image- Jay Floyd Top Phillies pitching prospect Aaron Nola continued to mow down the competition in the Double-A Eastern League on Wednesday, throwing seven scoreless frames for the Reading Fightins. With Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr and special advisor Pat Gillick in the house at FirstEnergy Stadium to view the outing, according to the Reading Eagle’s Mike...
Via Phillies Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Profile: Maikel Franco

The writing is on the left field wall. Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has been sent to Triple-A with a new position in his future. Like a mama bird regurgitating the contents of its stomach to provide its hungry babies with the sustenance they so desperately need, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. gave Phillies fans the confirmation that Franco was getting "closer and closer". How...
Via Razzball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Nation: Episode 8 – Ryan Lawrence and Kevin Cooney

This week the guys are joined by Ryan Lawrence from the Philadelphia Daily News and Kevin Cooney from the Bucks County Courier Times.  They discuss the future of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon with the Phillies.  They also break down potential trades that Ruben Amaro should explore this season as well as the chances for young prospects seeing time in...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro, Jr.: Maikel Franco "getting close" to Phillies call-up

View image | Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco has been performing very well at the Phillies' highest level of minor league play. For AAA Lehigh Valley, Franco is batting .336 with three home runs and 17 RBI. Franco also has 12 doubles and one triple. 12 doubles would...
Via Philliedelphia
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Fan Barehands Foul Ball With Baby Strapped To His Chest (Videos)

Talk about the best Mother’s Day ever. During the fourth inning of Sunday’s New York Mets-Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, Mets infielder Daniel Murphy fouled a ball into the stands behind home plate gave us a new hero in the form of this Phillies fan father. As it turned out, that dad’s barehanded catch actually made for the perfect day. Comcast SportsNet’s...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

At Phillies game, dad shows infant son how to catch foul ball

PHILADELPHIA -- The best catch at Citizens Bank Park on Mother's Day came from a daring dad -- with a baby strapped to his chest. Phillies fan Mike Capko snagged a hard foul ball off the bat of the Mets' Daniel Murphy with his left hand Sunday while sitting in the second deck behind home plate. The 30-year-old Capko made the play with 7 1/2-month-old son Kolton cradled in a baby...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Exit Velocity: Baseball’s Newest Trend

Exit velocity is a new method to evaluate hitters which is gaining widespread popularity around the league according to Tim Rohan of the New York Times. Exit velocity measures the speed of the ball off the hitter’s bat. “It’s really just physics,” said John Ricco, the Mets’ assistant general manager. “If you hit the ball hard, at a certain velocity and a certain angle...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Sox Starting Pitching Update

With the recent injuries to Adam Wainwright and Brandon McCarthy, plus the horrific numbers Boston’s aceless rotation have put up, the Cole Hamels rumor mill has picked up a new head of steam. Ruben Amaro Jr. is suddenly in the driver’s seat with three World Series contenders seriously in need of an upgrade. Last night Rick Porcello spun seven innings of one-run, two-hit ball...
Via Baseball Professor
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Re-Igniting Papelbon To Red Sox Deal?

Multiple reports are suggesting that the Philadelphia Phillies are stepping up their efforts to deal Jonathan Papelbon back to his original team—the Boston Red Sox. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro has pretty good timing—since current closer Koji Uehara just blew a win in Baltimore. Papelbon has freely expressed his interest in returning to Boston and has been near-perfect this year as...
Via FenwayNation
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Future Phillies Report - Checking in on the top 10 prospects

The Phillies are in a rebuilding phase, so a lot of focus is being put on their young talent in the minor leagues. In the offseason, Ruben Amaro dealt Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd to beef up the pitching prospects on the farm. Severino Gonzalez, Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin...
Via Philliedelphia
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

My Open Letter Ruben Amaro Jr.

Dear Mr. Amaro, I write you this letter as a former season ticket holder and lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan who has become increasingly incensed with the lack of direction this organization has.  As someone who works 50-60 hours a week in order to pay my mortgage, car payment, and bills, I hate to request someone lose their job, but I request that you tender your resignation...
Via Complete Philly Coverage
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

No Power, No Wins- 2015 Phillies

Ruben Amaro recently said the Phillies have no power in the outfield and no power in the infield.  True story.Projected Opening Day Starters' 2014 Homeruns:Ryan Howard/1B - 23Chase Utley/2B - 11Freddy Galvis/SS - 4Cody Asche/3B - 10Carlos Ruiz/C - 6Ben Revere/LF - 2Odubel Herrera/CF - 0Jordan Danks/RF - 2Total - 58 HomerunsEven if you plug eventual right fielder Dom Brown into...
Via We Should Be GM's
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Domonic Brown to open up the season on DL

With Opening Day only six days away, the Philadelphia Phillies 25-man roster is starting to take shape. But one player will miss some time due to an injury. According to Todd Zolecki of, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that outfielder Domonic Brown will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with left Achilles tendonitis. This is not good news for Brown...
Via Total Sports Live
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: The (unfortunate) state of the franchise

“THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAVE WON THE WORLD SERIES! THIS ENDS A CITY WIDE CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHT OF OVER 20 YEARS!” Though it seems just like yesterday, it was in 2008, which is ancient history in the world of professional sports. The Phillies then began their slow descent. They were World Series runners up in 2009, lost in the NLCS to the eventually World Series champs in 2010...
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Amaro refutes Biddle’s concussion diagnosis again and again

Jesse Biddle, image- Jay Floyd When a CSNPhilly piece by Jim Salisbury featured quotes from Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. discrediting prospect Jesse Biddle‘s assertion of suffering from a concussion last season, the uproar that should accompany such contradiction was missing. The Phils’ 2010 opening round draft choice (27th overall), Biddle, missed considerable time...
Via Phillies Nation
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. upsets people with concussion comments

Jesse Biddle got hit on the head. Not by a baseball, but baseball or even softball size hail in a summer hailstorm that devastated the Reading area. If you look at the pics of some of the devastation, you will see that this was no normal summer thunderstorm. Biddle was...
Via Philliedelphia
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Cliff Lee Injury Doesn’t Change ‘Stance’ On Cole Hamels Trade

Ruben Amaro has a habit of saying things that probably make lots of sense in his head, but sound a little whacked when spoken out loud. The latest is a series of remarks in an at times bizarre interview with’s Jayson Stark, in which the veteran baseball reporter hypothesized the recent season-ending injury to Cliff Lee impacts the Philadelphia...
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Rangers won’t trade for Cole Hamels

On Sunday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Jake Kaplan that in recent days, one team “stepped up and has shown more particular interest” in pitcher Cole Hamels. Speculating that the Rangers are that team wouldn’t be much of a stretch. Yu Darvish is out for at least four months with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right...
Via The Outside Corner
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Philly Exec Sighting At JetBlue Stirs Rumors

The Great Number One Starter Search is hungry for news—any news—that might suggest the Red Sox are serious about upgrading their rotation. So, when a special assistant to Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro is spotted at JetBlue Park, the rumor mill kicks into high gear. Suddenly, some guy named Charlie Kerfield was given more media attention that Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerfield...
Via FenwayNation
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies open spring by dropping exhibition to D2 University of Tampa

The Phillies gave up five runs in the seventh inning to University of Tampa Sunday. The exhibition was not a good start for reliever Phillippe Aumont, but for the most part there is not too much to be overreacting about with this loss. In the first dose of spring baseball Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies blew a 2-0 lead to Division 2 University of Tampa.  Shortly after...
Via Macho Row
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. 'Sincerely Doubts' Hamels Getting Traded

After being asked by Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann if he thinks he will ever utter the words 'we've just traded Cole Hamels', Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. replied, "I would sincerely doubt it." Amaro Jr. followed by saying, "I know there's a lot of speculation coming from a lot...
Via Philliedelphia
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Has Ruben Amaro Gotten Gun Shy?

Ruben Amaro looks like he is making moves, but Phillies fans are still waiting for Cole Hamels to be dealt Your boss walks up to you and says “you have made poor decision after poor decision. It is hindering this company. I am giving you one last chance.” That sort of warning might alter how you do your job, and the decisions you make at this hypothetical job. There has been...
Via Phillies Nation
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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