Sunday, February 1, 2015

#OnDeck: Baseball prepares for the return of Alex Rodriguez

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 10:16 AM
New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is ready to “inject some offense” back into the game, and what better way to do that than breaking the chains off the sport’s celebrity prisoner, Alex Rodriguez. Manfred had some not-negative things to say about A-Rod in a recent interview with ESPN: “I’ve... Read more

Buchanan working to improve curveball

Monday, January 26, 2015, 12:23 PM
David Buchanan relied heavily on his cutter, sinker and change-up last season through the first 20 major league starts of his career. He had changed his grip on his curveball in spring training, when his cutter and slider began to blend together, and he utilized the pitch much less than his others... Read more

#OnDeck: What to expect from the outfields of the NL East

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:23 AM
Mets 2014 outfield: Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Eric Young 2014 outfield stats: .245 BA, .687 OPS, 8.3 WAR, 2.9 dWAR Projected 2015 outfield: Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer Projected 2015 outfield WAR: 4.6 New addition Michael Cuddyer is expressing some of that classic pre-season... Read more

Trading Papelbon, Rollins, Byrd, and Bastardo for Yoan Moncada

Friday, January 23, 2015, 3:19 PM
EDITED: My original figure of $27.1 million was off because I credited the Brewers with paying $10 million over two years instead of $16 million. As you may have read, the Phillies are reportedly discussing a trade that would send Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers. Time and time again, we've heard... Read more

#OnDeck: The Nationals and the dawn of the next 'super-team'

Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:24 AM
It would be pretty fun to watch the spry young Marlins climb over the Nationals to take the NL East crown, but that would also require Washington to dramatically lose their footing. The team lacks depth, but if they keep stockpiling high-end talent, they will gradually lessen the blow of any bad luck... Read more

#OnDeck: Projecting which levels the Phillies’ prospects begin the season

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:23 AM
The first question to emerge from a group of reporters and cameramen huddled around Ruben Amaro Jr. Tuesday night at the Reading Crowne Plaza came from a local news outlet. Which players, the reporter asked, might Reading baseball fans see at FirstEnergy Stadium come April? Given the Phillies’... Read more

#OnDeck: Cole Hamels and the going rate of a big league ace

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:08 PM
Pitchers and catchers will take part in their first official workout in Clearwater, Fla. four weeks from tomorrow. If you’ve listened to Ruben Amaro Jr. within the last week, he expects Cole Hamels to be among those pitchers popping mitts with a free and easy motion (spring training jargon alert!)... Read more

Amaro on Hamels: 'I don't really foresee him being moved'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 8:51 PM
READING, Pa. -- Ruben Amaro Jr. certainly isn’t ruling it out, but on Tuesday the Phillies general manager said he thinks Cole Hamels will open the season pitching against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. “I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly," Amaro said... Read more

Caption Contest: Cole Hamels travel plans

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6:41 PM
Where will Cole Hamels be pitching next season? Many speculated Hamels would be dealt to the Rangers, but that was before Texas acquired Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers. On top of that, there is chatter among reporters and league officials that the Phillies are asking too much in return... Read more

#OnDeck: Phillies should, unfortunately, follow Cardinals' example

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 12:08 PM
This bustling MLB offseason kicked off one sad little afternoon in mid-November, when the Braves suddenly traded their star right fielder, Jason Heyward, to the Cardinals for Shelby Miller. As division rivals, it’s always good news for the Phillies when skilled players leave the Braves. But... Read more
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