Sunday, December 28, 2014

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

Cole Hamels trade talks could gain focus by Tuesday

Monday, December 8, 2014, 4:26 PM
SAN DIEGO — There is one pitcher whose shadow hangs over the first day of baseball's annual winter meetings, but Jon Lester could soon make a decision that has wide-ranging effects. That, at least, is the hope of Phillies officials who have engaged numerous teams on another prized pitcher, Cole... Read more

Deals that make sense for Phillies

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:52 PM
Ahead of the Winter Meetings, the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb and CineSport’s Noah Coslov talk about the Phillies front office, the pursuit of Yasmany Tomas and one player that should be traded. Read more

Jesse Biddle has mild elbow tendinitis

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:21 AM
The Phillies should add prospect Jesse Biddle to their 40-man roster later Thursday, and Biddle's recent elbow trouble was diagnosed as mild tendinitis. It is one positive for Biddle, 23, whose 2014 season was forgettable. "Everything looked good," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development... Read more

Few changes for Phillies' minor-league development staff

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:22 PM
Former catcher Pat Borders, hired to manage single-A Williamsport, is among the few changes to the Phillies' development staff for 2015. Both Dave Brundage and Dusty Wathan will return to their posts as managers of triple-A Lehigh Valley and double-A Reading, respectively. Greg Legg and Shawn Williams... Read more
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