Friday, January 30, 2015

Prospect at a glance: Ben Lively

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 12:14 PM
In the span of 21 days last month, the Phillies added four starting pitcher prospects to the upper levels of a depleted minor league system. None of the four are considered can’t-miss prospects, but each has a legitimate chance to over the next couple years develop into a mid-to-back end of the... Read more

Report: Howard can block trades to 20 teams

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 10:04 AM
As if finding a suitor for Ryan Howard and at least part of the $60 million remaining on his contract doesn't pose enough of a challenge for the rebuilding Phillies, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is apparently limited in the teams with which he could strike a deal. Howard can block trades to 20... Read more

Phillies sign starter Aaron Harang

Monday, January 5, 2015, 12:13 PM
Regardless of whether or not the Phillies pull the trigger on a Cole Hamels trade before spring training, they were going to need another pitcher or two to help fill out the 2015 starting rotation. That is the rationale behind Monday's signing of 36-year-old righthander Aaron Harang, an innings eater... Read more

Former Phillies closer Madson attempting comeback with Royals

Sunday, January 4, 2015, 10:45 AM
Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson is attempting a comeback with the Kansas City Royals, who announced Sunday they signed the 34-year-old righthander to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp. Madson hasn’t pitched in the majors since the 2011 NLDS, which capped the last... Read more

Charlie Manuel rejects Orioles overtures; could have increased presence with Phillies

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:11 AM
There was little incentive for a 71-year-old former manager still involved with baseball to consider Baltimore's pleas to become their hitting coach, but Charlie Manuel did just that. He listened to his friends in the Orioles organization. There was no match, and he declined the offer Wednesday, according... Read more

Cole Hamels hoping to play for team 'that wants to win'

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:28 AM
Cole Hamels expected the rumors. He heard them last summer, and when Ruben Amaro Jr. informed the veteran Phillies players last September of the team's future direction, a trade appeared even more possible. He remains a Phillie, but during a Sunday interview with SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio... Read more

Padres pitching prospect Zach Eflin could go to Phillies in Jimmy Rollins trade

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 11:49 AM
SAN DIEGO — The names of the two prospects the Phillies will receive from Los Angeles for Jimmy Rollins remain shrouded. A source familiar with the situation said one of the players could come from a separate Dodgers trade with another club. That is the reason for the delayed announcement. Zach... Read more

Boston, sans Jon Lester, has options beyond Cole Hamels

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11:41 AM
SAN DIEGO — John Henry, principal owner of the Red Sox, flew last week to Atlanta for a second meeting with Jon Lester. The pitcher helped Boston win a World Series. He beat cancer and threw a no-hitter two years later. He grew up in their organization. Now, Henry needed to sway a beloved figure... Read more

Cody Asche to 'possibly' try first base and left field in spring training

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:25 PM
SAN DIEGO — There are myriad questions about his roster that Ryne Sandberg cannot answer, not until the Phillies executed a few of the trades they have pursued. There are too many scenarios for Sandberg to speculate. He spoke in generalities Tuesday during a formal media session at baseball's... Read more

The Mookie Betts Lesson: Why Phillies will finally adjust valuation of prospects

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 2:03 PM
SAN DIEGO — The Phillies love Mookie Betts. He is 22 years old. He posted an .812 OPS in 213 big-league plate appearances last season while playing three different positions. He started the season in double A, reached base at a .431 clip in 99 minor-league games, and is easier to project than... Read more
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