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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez: a bullpen piece?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:36 PM
MIAMI - In the next 4 weeks, there could be more than a few changes to the Phillies' roster, including in the bullpen. While the relief corps is home to the team's most promising crop of youngsters (Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Justin De Fratus, Mario Hollands, et al.), two veteran relievers could move... Read more

Phillies trade partners: Breaking down the buyers

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 3:20 PM
The first significant trade of last year's pre-deadline frenzy occurred on July 2, when the Cubs shipped Scott Feldman to the Orioles in exchange for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, a move that has paid nice dividends so far for the Cubs. It is a pertinent move with regards to the Phillies. Arrieta was... Read more

Chase Utley's OPS is below .800 for the first time this season

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 8:19 AM
Chase Utley’s OPS dropped below .800 for the first time this season, putting his batting line more in line with what it was in 2012 than in 2013. His rate stats suggest he is simply normalizing to the player that he has been for the last three or four years. His extra base hit percentage is 9... Read more

It's July and Amaro is assessing trade market

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 6:49 PM
Prior to Tuesday's game in Miami, Ruben Amaro Jr. talked about his team's most recent struggles and how it impacts the trade deadline at the end of this month. Q: You guys played well on the last trip, and then kind of blew that up on this last homestand, huh? Amaro: "I think the frustrating thing... Read more

Lee unconcerned with trade deadline

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 5:53 PM
The last time the Phillies arrived in Miami, they did so without Cliff Lee. After making 10 starts, and pitching through pain for nearly a month, Lee remained in Philadelphia for an MRI. He was placed on the DL later that night with a left elbow strain. Lee was with the Phillies when they arrived... Read more

The Astros are about to make a move that could make you want to punch yourself

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 8:58 AM
The Hunter Pence trade has the potential to turn from grimace-and-bear-it to curl-up-in-the-fetal-position-and-weep-softly in the very near future. That’s because, according to MLB.com, the Astros are preparing to call up outfield prospect Domingo Santana today. Santana was literally the “other... Read more

Earth to everybody: This is the reality of the Phillies' situation

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:36 AM
If we want to hold an honest conversation about the Phillies’ proper course of action the next month, we must concur with Ruben Amaro Jr. and David Montgomery on a key point. Cleaning up a mess the magnitude of the one that they have made over the last five or six years is a much more complicated... Read more

Phillies were exploring trading Aaron Altherr for Bud Norris

Monday, June 30, 2014, 3:58 PM
In case you haven't heard, somebody hacked into the computer system that the Astros use, in part, to log communications with other teams with regard to potential trades. For all the details, head over to Deadspin. As far as I can tell, the only relevant chatter occurred on July 22, 2013. The line:... Read more

Of all the underachieving teams, the Phillies are the underachievingest

Monday, June 30, 2014, 3:24 PM
If you haven't had the chance, read my column in today's Daily News, which examines the Phillies' loss of a marketplace they owned in the not-so-distant past. Just how bad have they been? According to the numbers -- or, at least, according to my interpretation of the numbers, the Phillies are on... Read more

Biddle given "mental break" at Reading

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 8:38 PM
In the span of three weeks, Jesse Biddle has gone from the top pitching prospect in the Phillies farm system to a struggling starter removed from Double-A Reading’s rotation. Biddle was placed on the temporarily inactive list on Thursday. “We decided to give Jesse a mental break,”... Read more
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