Monday, January 26, 2015

#OnDeck: Three more pivotal questions for the future

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10:41 AM
There are still plenty of question marks facing the Phillies as they close in on the start of spring training. The three most intriguing, in my opinion: 1. Will Jonathan Papelbon be here? 2. Will Cliff Lee be healthy? 3. Will Cole Hamels be traded before Opening Day? The quick answers: 1. Probably... Read more

Chase Utley, Nomar Garciaparra, Potter Stewart, and the Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 5:01 PM
One of the familiar arguments put forth by a segment of Hall of Fame voters is the Potter Stewart argument: I know a Hall of Famer when I see one. I thought of this argument when I saw that Nomar Garciaparra received 30 votes, or 5.5 percent, in this year's balloting. My first thought was that the... Read more

Harang joins Phils rotation - for now

Monday, January 5, 2015, 1:49 PM
BARRING a blockbuster Cole Hamels trade - which could still happen between now and next month - the 2015 Phillies starting rotation is beginning to crystallize. The Phillies signed veteran righthander Aaron Harang to a 1-year, $5 million deal yesterday. The deal includes performance and award bonuses... Read more

#OnDeck: The state of the Phillies at the dawn of 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015, 9:49 AM
Less than a month ago, the first domino had yet to fall. Less than 3 months ago, the company line still insisted that the Phillies were going to focus all of their resources on putting a contending team on the field in 2015. Every public utterance by Ruben Amaro Jr. was answered with a thunderous... Read more

Phils land pitching prospect for Byrd

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 2:52 PM
The Phillies winter overhaul - moving veterans from a forgettable 2014 season in hopes to infuse more youth onto the roster in 2015 - continued before the new year on Wednesday. The Phillies traded veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for righthanded pitching prospect... Read more

Source: San Diego has talked about Hamels trade

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 4:01 PM
The Padres have had discussions about trading for San Diego native Cole Hamels with new outfielder Wil Myers as potential bait, according to a baseball source. The Padres have been baseball’s busiest team since the Winter Meetings ended in San Diego earlier this month, acquiring three starting... Read more

Rollins eager to help end Dodgers drought

Friday, December 19, 2014, 4:00 PM
Jimmy Rollins had just finished some pilates work this morning at his home in Tampa when the phone call he'd waited a week for finally came through. It was from Dodgers team president Andrew Friedman. Rollins was no longer a Philadelphia Phillie. "The Phillies are going one way," Rollins said,... Read more

Rollins officially headed to Hollywood

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:30 AM
Jimmy Rollins is officially headed to Hollywood. After more than a week of waiting, and silence from nearly all parties involved, the Phillies sent their long-time leadoff hitter and shortstop, a former National League MVP who helped lead the franchise into the best era in its history, to the Los... Read more

Diminishing hopes for landing a haul for Hamels

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:57 AM
It is looking increasingly unlikely that the Phillies will end up landing the haul they say they want in order to part with star lefty Cole Hamels. That's not to say a deal is impossible. But two potential suitors have dramatically increased their leverage in recent days, whittling away the likely... Read more

Fire sale: Bastardo traded to Pittsburgh

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:27 PM
First, the longest tenured athlete in Philly. Now, the longest tenured Phillies pitcher not named Cole Hamels. Less than hour after reports surfaced that former MVP, 4-time Gold Glove winner and 3-time All-Star Jimmy Rollins had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a deal that is still being finalized... Read more
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