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Out of the Batter’s Box – Maikel Franco impressive in winter, local weather forecasts not so much

Did we all survive the snow? Are we all mad at the local meteorologists this morning? Whether you are off or not, this morning’s round-up is operating on a two-hour delay. 1. Phillies prospect Maikel Franco’s winter drawing praise You never know how a prospect is going to pan out, but the expectations continue to be on the rise for Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco...
Via Macho Row
45 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Top 20 Prospects 2015

J.P. Crawford has the potential to become the next great Phillies shortstop While not very deep, the Phillies system has two first round gems at the top and several quality pitching prospects following them. The rest are very fluid and do not bring extraordinary promise. 1. J.P. Crawford, SS Crawford, the best high school shortstop in the 2013 draft, has provided hope for Phillies...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Rebuild Becomes Realistic with Yoan Moncada

Photo: Courtesy The Greedy Pinstripes Back in the end of June last season, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada left his home country in hopes of filing for MLB free agency. At just 19 years of age, Moncada immediately became an interest for many teams, with the ability to build and groom...
Via Philliedelphia
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Franco wraps up Dominican League in torrid fashion

Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd Phillies prospect Maikel Franco wrapped up an excellent off-season campaign in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, helping his team, the Gigantes, lock down the Dominican Winter League championship with a 3-for-4 effort that included a grand slam, a solo homer and seven total RBI. Through 38 regular season games, the six-foot-one 180-pounder posted...
Via Phillies Nation
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon Still Has Something Left In The Tank

The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to trade 34-year old closer Jonathan Papelbon for over a year now. Many teams have inquired, but none have been able to pull off a deal for the fiery reliever. The Phillies are, and have been, in clear re-building mode and Papelbon has to go. He’s been a menace in the clubhouse, to the media, and on the field especially to certain umpires...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard publishes children's book with wife Krystle

View image | gettyimages.com Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard already has a National League MVP award, Rookie of the Year award, five All-Star Game appearances, a World Championship and a Silver Slugger award on his resume. Now he can add one more item: published author. Howard and his wife Krystle...
Via Philliedelphia
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco had an absurd winter

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco is nearly universally thought of as the organization’s third-best prospect, behind J.P. Crawford and Aaron Nola. Franco will be given every opportunity to earn a job on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster this spring, and if the winter that Franco had in the Dominican is any indication, he’s ready. During the regular season in...
Via Bloguin Best
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco had an absurd winter

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco is nearly universally thought of as the organization’s third-best prospect, behind J.P. Crawford and Aaron Nola. Franco will be given every opportunity to earn a job on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster this spring, and if the winter that Franco had in the Dominican is any indication, he’s ready. During the regular season in...
Via The Outside Corner
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Out of the Batter’s Box – Phillies, Brewers stall on Papelbon trade talks

Some snow has fallen and more is on the way. While we get buried in some snow over the next 24 hours or so, now is a good time to start thinking some warm thoughts. With spring training creeping up on us rather quickly, now is as good a time as any to revive the site and this routine round-up of Phillies links. This is Out of the Batter’s Box. Let’s go. 1. Brewers and Phillies...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vesting option makes Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon difficult to trade

The Phillies do not currently owe closer Jonathan Papelbon any money in 2016; Papelbon’s $13 million vesting option for that season will become guaranteed only if he finishes 48 games in ’15. So, why would the Phillies offer to pay a significant portion of the vesting option in a trade with the Brewers or any other club? Good question – and a question that is complicating the...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brewers GM Says Papelbon Trade Talks Hit Snag

Maybe it’s just posturing, or maybe the Phillies and Brewers really have taken a step back in their trade talks involving Jonathan Papelbon. Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin admitted that there had been dialogue between the two teams but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The report says that the biggest hold-up is the option year, which likely means there is a discrepancy between...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Broadcaster Larry Andersen Shares Thoughts on Ryan Howard; Manfred Proposing Elimination of Defensive Shifts?

View image | gettyimages.com This past Tuesday, Phillies' long-time broadcaster Larry Andersen joined MLB.com's Hot Stove to share his thoughts on first baseman, Ryan Howard. "I look for him to be with the Phillies to start the season, and see where it goes. I have to be honest, I was...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: A Jonathan Papelbon trade?

When the Philadelphia Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon before the 2012 season, they never envisioned the issues his contract might cause. Papelbon was made the highest paid reliever in MLB history with a 4-year, 50 million dollar deal complete with a vesting option for a fifth year and partial no trade clause. Now, due to his attitude, combined with the amount of money, vesting...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2015: #17 LHP Adam Morgan

Image- MiLB.com Lefty hurler Adam Morgan is fully healthy after recovery from shoulder surgery last winter and is hoping to remind fans why he was ranked among the Phillies’ top prospects just two years ago. The six-foot-one 195-pounder was the Phillies’ 3rd round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Alabama.  Upon making his pro debut that same year, Morgan tallied...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

No need for Phillies to rush Papelbon trade

The Phillies should do their best to move Papelbon, but they do not need to trade him right now...
Via PhilsBaseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon trade talks between Phillies and Brewers halted

Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America Trade talks between the Phillies and the Brewers centering around closer Jonathan Papelbon have come to a stop reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome for both teams in any deal involving Papelbon. The biggest obstacle is his vesting option for the 2016 season which is...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2015: #18 IF/OF Odubel Herrera

Odubel Herrera, image- MiLB.com Selected by the Phillies last month in the big league portion of the annual MLB Rule 5 draft, muti-positional prospect Odubel Herrera is primed to make the team’s opening day big league roster. The 23-year-old Venezuelan spent this off-season proving the Phils were right when they plucked him from the Rangers’ system.  With a league-leading ...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon in Transition

From the looks of things, Jonathan Papelbon might well soon be on his way to Milwaukee. As I write this, nothing’s confirmed, and you never know when something might break down, or when some other team might decide to interfere. But the last I saw, the Brewers and Phillies were deep into negotiations, with the […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers, Phillies Discussing Papelbon Trade

Just days after trading away starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers, the Brewers appear to be in talks to complete another significant deal. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Brewers and the Phillies have been in discussions about possibly sending closing pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to Milwaukee. This is an interesting story, as there are a few hurdles that need to be jumped...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why The Brewers Looking To Trade For Papelbon Is Curious

Jonathan Papelbon. Photo Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports that the Milwaukee Brewers are in serious talks with the Philadelphia Phillies about a trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon can block trades to 17 teams but it is unknown if Milwaukee is one of them and Papelbon could always go ahead and approve the trade if they were. Sources: Milwaukee...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2015: #19 RHP Nefi Ogando

Nefi Ogando, image- Tug Haines Acquired from Boston in a late season deal in 2013 for infielder John McDonald, righty hurler Nefi Ogando has shown loads of potential since joining the Phillies organization. The Dominican Republic native was signed by Boston as an amateur free agent in 2010, debuting as a pro that same year with the organization’s Dominican Summer League club. ...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers reportedly interested in acquiring Jonathan Papelbon

The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly interested in working out a trade for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. According to Yahoo Sports, the Phillies have engaged the Brewers in trade talks as they continue to look for ways to blow up their roster and trim payroll. Papelbon has a no-trade clause in his contract that can...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Greene not Tyler Green

The Phillies have attained the services of an old friend, in name only.  Tyler Greene, the former 1st round pick of the Cardinals, has joined the ranks on a minor league contract.  Tyler Green, the former 1st round pick of the Phillies, is still having nightmares of walking batters and serving up homeruns in retirement. Greene with a third "e" is 31 years old and can play all...
Via We Should Be GM's
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Brewers interested in Papelbon

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Brewers are in serious discussions with the Phillies to acquire right-handed relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon. The 34-year-old is owed $13 million for the coming season with a vesting option for the same amount in the following year, if he finishes 48 games in 2015.  Papelbon, who was acquired by the Phillies as a free agent following...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Sign Former First Rounder to Minor League Deal

View image | gettyimages.com Today, the Phillies have announced a deal with a former top pick. #Phillies have signed former Cardinals No. 1 pick Tyler Greene to a minor-league contract. Last played in big leagues with 2013 White Sox — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 22, 2015 Greene, 31, provides some...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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