Don’t Expect Cole Hamels To Go Anywhere

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the buzz about who the Phillies might or might not trade gets louder and louder. And of the many trade pieces that the Phils possess, Cole Hamels might be the most appealing, and may produce the highest potential return. He is an ace, left-handed pitcher in his prime, and has plenty of playoff–and even World Series–experience. However, Phils...
Via Phillies Nation
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trio of Home Runs Lifts Cole Hamels, Phillies Over New York Nemesis

Cole Hamels may have made his final start in Phillies red on Tuesday Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen Well folks, this was it (possibly). On this night, Tuesday, July 29th of the year 2014, one Colbert Hamels made his final start as a Philadelphia Phillie (maybe). By Thursday, the California Kid will...
Via Philliedelphia
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Nation TV – Episode 17: Trade Deadline Options

On our latest Phillies Nation, Pat and Corey break down the trade deadline and what’s left for the Phillies to work with. The guys also break down the crazy contracts that are hindering some of the possible deals. Kevin Winter joins Corey to discuss hitting tips, Tommy Greene stops by to give some pitching tips, and Ryann has our Batters In-Box questions, as always!
Via Phillies Nation
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Phillies, Pirates talks involving A.J. Burnett 'all but dead'

It seemed like a perfect match. At least on paper. The Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates were said to be discussing a trade that would send right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett back to Pittsburgh, but recent reports have suggested that the two sides are highly unlikely to complete a deal.Jayson Stark of thinks the same and says that trade talks involving Burnett...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

On the Report of the Phillies Asking Price for Cole Hamels

With the trade deadline 48 hours away, the Phillies have apparently made Cole Hamels available in trade talks. This is good news for Phillies fans, as Hamels will likely never have more value than he does right now. However, if Bob Nightengale’s sources are correct, the Phillies asking price for Hamels is insane. Yet, according […]
Via Fangraphs
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 107: Phillies at Mets

Philadelphia Phillies (46-60) at New York Mets (51-55) Starting Pitchers: NYM: Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49) vs. PHI: Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) Time: 7:10, Citi Field TV: CSN Weather: 76, Mostly cloudy Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Tonight: Could this be Cole Hamels’ last start in a Phillies uniform?  Hamels’ name has been in trade rumors as of late, and it is possible that...
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Report: Phillies Telling Teams A.J. Burnett Will Retire After This Season; Pirates Doubt It

The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett in an offseason after Burnett originally told teams he would go back to Pittsburgh or he would retire. After changing his mind, Burnett went to the Phillies, instead of Pittsburgh. While Burnett had a great two years in Pittsburgh prior to this offseason and Pirates...
Via Philliedelphia
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Players’ Performances Hurting/Helping Trade Value

The Phillies’ front office has been hard at work trying to get some pieces on the move to trade suitors in an attempt to re-tool for the future. Some players are making their job easier, while others are making things more difficult. A.J. Burnett may have just pitched his final game in a Phillies uniform….or maybe not. The right-hander’s performance in last night’s game could...
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Exploring the Hamels-to-Dodgers trade possibility

National reports surfaced Monday night that the Phillies "have made Cole Hamels available" and the Dodgers are interested. It makes sense since L.A. is one of few teams -- maybe the only team -- equipped with the finances and elite prospects to pull off a blockbuster for the Phils' lefty ace. But, as colleague Jim Salisbury has said all along, the Phillies will need...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Don't Trade Cole Hamels!

Cole Hamels made his MLB debut in 2006.  Since that time he's become a Top 10 starting pitcher.  Check out his MLB ranks.Cole Hamels' MLB Ranks Since 2006: Minimum 1000 IP W - 104 (14th)GS - 262 (9th)CG - 13 (11th) SHO - 6 (11th)IP - 1719 (9th)K - 1633 (4th) ERA - 3.33 (10th)WHIP - 1.14 (5th)WAR - 33 (9th)*Courtesy of He's 30 years old and under team control...
Via We Should Be GM's
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Interested In Antonio Bastardo, Reunion With Marlon Byrd

The Pittsburgh Pirates have shown interest in at least one of their former players, thus far, starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. The Pirates players lobbied for Burnett's return. But, with Burnett's 2015 option year looming, the Pirates have cooled on the idea of Burnett, according to many reports. Though they have...
Via Philliedelphia
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro: the good moves

In the first of a four-part series, here is the look at Ruben Amaro's good moves as Phillies general manager (yes, he made some good ones)
Via PhilsBaseball
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stark: Byrd, Burnett Tough to Move

Yesterday on 97.5 the Fanatic, my prestigious co-host, Jayson Stark, spoke at length about the Phillies trade deadline options. It’s not pretty, as you should well know. You can hear the entire hour of baseball greatness here. Below are some excerpts. -Marlon Byrd is the best bat on the market according to Stark, but his no-trade clause and 2016 option is holding up a trade. Kansas...
Via Phillies Nation
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg’s Misuse of Phillies Starting Pitchers is Concerning

  Ryne Sandberg deserves a little leeway this season considering the situation he’s in.  The Phillies are in the midst of a steep decline and their over/under win total in Vegas was only 76, their lowest projection since the days of Terry Francona.  Expectations were low for Sandberg in his first big league season in the dugout, but it’s […] The post Ryne Sandberg...
Via Sons of the Spectrum
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Report: Phillies Willing to Trade Cole Hamels

Jayson Stark over at ESPN reported in a column on Monday that the Philadelphia Phillies are entertaining offers for staff ace Cole Hamels, who immediately becomes the top pitcher on the trade market, especially with David Price likely staying in Tampa Bay.  Stark does go on to indicate that a deal is unlikely due to an astronomical asking price. Apparently, Philadelphia is said...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Hamels is On the Block, Dodgers Kicking Tires

Is he or isn’t he? Just three days away from the MLB trade deadline, nobody seems to know. Per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, LHP Cole Hamels is reportedly on the trading block. Morosi reports that the Phillies price tag is currently very high and other outlets have reported that the Phillies are looking for at least three pieces in return for Hamels. Despite starting the season on...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies release outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Monday that they have released outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. Gwynn was designated for assignment last Monday after playing in 67 games for the Phillies this season. He hit .163 with three RBIs, two stolen bases and 14 runs scored. Gwynn has appeared in 672 Major League games and hit .239 with a .621 OPS. Gwynn, 31, lost his father Tony Gwynn on June...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies release Tony Gwynn Jr.

The Philadelphia Phillies have released outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. Gwynn passed though waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Phillies last week. Phillies announce that Tony Gwynn Jr was released. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) July 28, 2014 The 31-year-old Gwynn was hitting just .163/.281/.204 in 199 plate appearances for the Phillies and will likely...
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Phillies Grant Tony Gwynn Jr. His Release

The Phillies designated Tony Gywnn, Jr. for assignment last week when they needed a roster spot for the return of Cliff Lee. However, when designating a player for assignment there is a 10-day window in which teams can decide a player's fate. The Phillies could have tried to send Gwynn...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Rumors: Giants, Dodgers interested in A.J. Burnett

After being one of the top teams in the Major Leagues from 2007-2011, the Philadelphia Phillies have been on a downward spiral the last three seasons. At 46-59, the Phillies are 12 1/2 games out in the National League East and are likely to be big movers before Thursday's trade deadline. One player getting much interest is right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett, who the Phillies...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Are the Phillies Willing to Sell?

If you were banking on the Phillies selling everyone, which you know…. would make sense, you may want to sit down for this. ESPN.Com’s Buster Olney had a series of interesting tweets Sunday night. Some teams that are dealing with the Phillies say they are having difficulty gaining traction in talks;not sure if PHI committed to dealing. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Former MLB WAG Brittany Binger Still Has It

When Grady Sizemore and model Brittany Binger broke off their engagement in 2012, it was just another setback for the injury-plagued former All-Star. Two years later, Sizemore is continuing his MLB career and Binger is still being the sexy goddess that the Playboy model has always been.  While not necessarily a WAG anymore, we decided it made sense to check in on what’s going...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies should run a yard sale, but yard sales sell junk

The trade deadline is creeping up with time quickly running out. The Phillies, it seems, are running out of options that will show any signs of a brighter future. This is not good for a team that by all accounts should be in a perfect situation to be a seller. ESPN’s Buster Olney was told by a rival executive the Phillies should set-up a yard sale at Citizens Bank Park this week…...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New rule allows Ryan Howard to score with touching home plate

Major League Baseball's new rules on home-plate collisions and instant replay allowed Philadelphia's Ryan Howard to pull off a curious play. He scored a run without even touching home plate.Standing on first base with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Howard started running to second when Phillies batter Marlon Byrd hit a pop fly to shallow right field. It should...
Via The Other Paper
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Rundown: Assessing Lee’s Value

In a post from early last week, before Cliff Lee had made his first of two long awaited, yet ultimately disappointing, starts, I said he’d be just fine the rest of the way. In fact, I pegged him as a top 15 pitcher with top 10 upside. Well, 10.2 innings, 21 hits, 9 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, and 7 K later, I’m not quite as optimistic. Those high hit totals have been commonplace against...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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