Making sense of a minor move: David Rollins and the lefties

Last week, when the Phillies made room for recent acquisition and bullpen arm David Rollins by cutting Cody Asche, the general reaction focused more on Asche than Rollins. Asche, who performed admirably in the high minors at a time when the Phillies’ prospect depth was not what it is today, was once received by overeager fans as the first member of a future core. Non-tendering...
Via Phillies Nation
13 hours ago

Mailbag #15: Winter Meetings Recap

How many days until Pitchers and Catchers, again? 40 Man Roster Instead of a prospect spotlight this week - I am deep into writing my Top 50 Prospects, which will arrive later - I want to talk about the state of the Phillies 40-man roster following the Winter Meetings, because is it is fascinating. First, here is how I break down the roster (without accounting for signings or...
Via The Good Phight
17 hours ago

Phillies To Sign Daniel Nava

The Phillies have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Daniel Nava, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Twitter. Nava, 33, spent last year with the Angels and (briefly) the Royals. It has been some time since Nava was a productive major leaguer. He put up a roughly league-average batting line in 2014 with the Red Sox, one year after his breakout 2013 campaign...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Phillies Sign Reliever Sean Burnett to Minor League Deal

The lefty will receive an invitation to Spring Training with a chance to make the team. The Phillies added a much-needed left handed reliever to their Spring Training mix in signing veteran pitcher Sean Burnett to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league Spring Training. SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo was the first to report the acquisition. According to Sportsnet’s...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Phillies sign Sean Burnett to minor-league contract

File this under “Not Sexy.” The Phillies have signed left-handed reliever Sean Burnett to a minor-league contract with a spring training invitation, according to Chris Cotillo of SBNation. Burnett, 34, hasn’t pitched regularly in the majors since 2012. Last season he put in 5.2 innings with the Nationals, giving up two runs while striking out three. At his best – which was...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

2016 Phillies Exit Interview: Peter Bourjos

He’s no Mike Trout, other than for that month or so last summer In the Big Sort that was the Phillies’ 2016 season, Peter Bourjos represented a decent idea that didn’t quite pan out. Familiar to new GM Matt Klentak from their time together in the Angels organization, Bourjos was the team’s biggest free agent signee during the 2015-16 offseason at a modest $2 million. The...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Joaquin Benoit to provide bullpen sanity

Photo by Keith Allison The Final Jeopardy answer is: Colton Murray, Frank Herrmann and Patrick Schuster. Good ahead, Cliff Claven. Take a stab with, “Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?” But in some kind of warped, please-don’t-say-it-was-true reality, those are three pitchers who threw in at least five September games for the Phillies in 2016. Two of them...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Phillies Interested in J.D. Martinez?

Recent reports around the league have suggested the Philadelphia Phillies may be interested in Tigers RF J.D. Martinez. Should they move forward with that pursuit? Philadelphia Phillies fans will be slightly impatient given their lack of activity at the MLB Winter Meetings, but that could be coming to an end. Rumors around the league have […] Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Phillies...
Via Section215
1 day ago

The Year Cesar Hernandez Hit Three Ground-Ball Triples

There’s a genre of baseball discussion known as the “fun fact.” You might also call it “trivia.” A player is the first to accomplish a particular feat in 40 years; another is the only one to reach a notable career mark in a particular season. The genre doesn’t demand rigorous analysis; it’s merely a collection of interesting tidbits which may or may not be relevant...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Phillies Report Card: Andrew Knapp

@FlyingTimber: Matt, I am writing the Crashburn Alley report card on Andrew Knapp. Since I am largely unqualified to comment on his defensive attributes, do you have any kind or unkind words on the subject? Or possibly a resource I could refer to? @Matt_Winkelman: Below average, arm is average, framing improved but not smooth, blocking needs work @FlyingTimber: Likelihood that he...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Phillies stick to plan, stay quiet at Meetings

Philadelphia remained true to their plan and signed right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit on Tuesday to a one-year, $7.5 million contract, its only transaction at the Winter Meetings.
2 days ago

2016 Phillies Report Card: Aaron Altherr

Aaron Altherr was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August 2015 to replace Maikel Franco, who had his wrist broken by a Jeremy Hellickson fastball a week prior. This was not his MLB debut, as he’d taken 6 trips to the plate in 2014, but for all intents and purposes, this was the first glimpse of Altherr Phillies fans got. And he did not disappoint. Despite a 25.5% K-rate...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Given the Market Value Should Herrera Be Traded?

At the beginning of the MLB Winter Meetings, it would have been tough to convince the Philadelphia Phillies to trade Odubel Herrera but given recent events it should be considered. In a disappointing season for the Philadelphia Phillies, Hererra was an absolute rock for the team which was shown by him being the team’s lone all-star representative. El […] Philadelphia Phillies...
Via Section215
3 days ago

Phillies unlikely to participate in Rule 5 Draft

The Phillies have a full complement of players on their 40-man roster, so they are not expected to select anybody in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. It would be the first time that has happened since 2011.
3 days ago

Phillies following course of action at Meetings

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said on Wednesday that the teams with the most successful rebuilds have stuck to their plans. It is why the Phillies plan to stick to theirs.
3 days ago

How new collective bargaining agreement applies to Phillies

A few changes Phillies fans should know.
Via PhilsBaseball
3 days ago

2016 Phillies Report Card: Jeanmar Gomez

That Jeanmar Gomez played the role of an effective closer for the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies for so long was a slight miracle in and of itself. It’s not to say that Gomez is an incompetent reliever, but simply one not built for high-leverage situations. You can’t find a semi-reliable closer in the league without a great out-pitch, an offering that jumps out on opposing scouting...
Via Crashburn Alley
4 days ago

Phillies food vendor who supports white nationalism is fired

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A popular food vendor at the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired. Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after ''publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values.''...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Twins GM Ryan hired by Phillies as scout

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have hired former Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout.Philadelphia announced the appointment Wednesday, about 4 months after Ryan was fired in the middle of his 19th season as GM of the Twins. Ryan spent 31 years with the organization, starting in 1986 as the scouting director. During his time running the baseball...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats acquire right-hander Cordero from Phillies

WASHINGTON (AP) Pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been acquired by the Washington Nationals from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named. The 25-year-old right-hander is 10-12 with a 3.80 ERA in 110 relief appearances and five starts over five minor league seasons. He was obtained by Philadelphia at the 2015 trade deadline in the deal that sent outfielder Ben Revere to the...
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Allow Me to Sell You on Charlie Morton

Times are desperate, man. You know what kind of shape the free-agent market for starting pitchers is in. I hope you like Edinson Volquez, because you can’t even get a Jeremy Hellickson, and there’s only one Rich Hill to go around. Everyone knows the market is bad. Even the pitchers who make up the market know the market is bad. Out of this bad market, the Astros have plucked...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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