Thursday, January 29, 2015

The case for Ryan Howard on the Opening Day roster

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 3:42 PM
With a little over a month remaining until the first full squad workout at Bright House Field, it is looking increasingly likely that Ryan Howard will be a participant. That's because they have little to gain and nothing to lose by holding on to him for the first couple months of the season. First... Read more

Phillies chat with David Murphy

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 4:40 AM
Join David Murphy of the Daily News as he takes your Phillies questions in a live chat, beginning Tuesday at noon. Read more

An odds-on favorite for Ryan Howard's new team?

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 11:13 AM
Jimmy Rollins was introduced as a Dodgers last week and Marlon Byrd will report to camp with the Reds, not the Phillies, when spring training begins next month. Subtracting one-fourth of the regular lineup is a start, but it’s difficult to label the Phillies rebuilding efforts this winter as... Read more

#OnDeck: A look at the Phillies' 2015 Opening Day roster

Friday, January 9, 2015, 8:47 AM
There's little doubt in my mind that the Phillies will finish 2015 with the worst record in major league baseball. Perhaps the Rockies give them a run. We'll handicap that race some other day when we have time to kill. For now, let's take our first look at the likely Opening Day roster. You could say... Read more

Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera are on fire in the Caribbean

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 10:12 AM
Maikel Franco is currently sixth in the Dominican League in OPS, hitting .272/.335/.469 with seven home runs in 147 at bats while playing for Los Gigantes. It’s worth noting that he ranks just a couple of spots above Jordany Valdespin, and that 27-year-old White Sox minor leaguer Dan Black leads... Read more

#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
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