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...
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28 minutes ago

Phillies have recent success in Rule 5 Draft

On the last day of the Winter Meetings, Major League Baseball holds the Rule 5 Draft. Always held in December at the Meetings, the draft allows teams to select players from other clubs that are not on their 40-man roster and have at least four years of minor league experience. The player selected must remain on the selecting team’s 25-man roster for the entire season. If not, that...
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42 minutes ago

Why Shohei Otani probably isn’t going to play for the Phillies

Or, any National League team, to be honest. Everybody is getting excited about Shohei Otani. There’s good reason to salivate over Japan’s most intriguing player. This year, the 21-year-old was one of the best pitchers in Japan, going 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA while striking out 11.2 batters per nine innings and walking just 2.9. In his career he is 39-13 with a 2.49 ERA and a career...
Via The Good Phight
3 hours ago

Phillies Designate Michael Mariot For Assignment

The Phillies announced that they’ve designated right-hander Michael Mariot for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Joaquin Benoit, whose one-year deal is now official. Mariot, 28, pitched 21 2/3 innings with the Phils last year but limped to a 5.82 ERA with a 23-to-14 K/BB ratio and a 31 percent ground-ball rate in that time. Mariot has an ERA just shy...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 hours ago

Phillies reportedly nab reliever Joaquin Benoit at Winter Meetings

The Phillies quietly mutter “shut up” to everyone asking for bullpen help. As society shuts down for the MLB Winter Meetings from December 4-8, we are all metaphorically starving for news - unlike our families, who are literally starving as we sacrifice paychecks for Phillies roster updates. "Please," beg our children, who are now British street urchins for some reason. "Just...
Via The Good Phight
6 hours ago

Phils' Cozens collects for leading Minors in HRs

Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens left the Winter Meetings with an $8,000 check in his pocket.
19 hours ago

Aramark fires Phillies snack vendor for white nationalist views

Good riddance. A few weeks ago, Liz Roscher wrote a piece on a snack vendor at Citizens Bank Park, Pistachio Girl, and the PR nightmare that her vocal support of white supremacist politics was for the Phillies organization. It begged the question of how fans were supposed to go to Phillies games knowing that someone like that would be selling them ballpark food. Now no one has to...
Via The Good Phight
1 day 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.''...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

'Tis the season this Saturday at Phillies Authentics Sale

The Phillies Authentics Sale begins at 10 a.m. ET and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with several chances to purchase game-used memorabilia, meet Phillies manager Pete Mackanin and get holiday photos with Phanta Claus.
1 day ago

What will Terry Ryan do for the Phillies?

Photo by Bryan Green No one will be asking new Phillies front office employee Terry Ryan to oversee the kind of masterful deconstruction and low-budget rebuild he performed with the Minnesota Twins multiple times during his two terms as the team’s general manager. But isn’t it good to know there is someone in the Phillies front office who has done it before? Ryan is the newest...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Phillies near agreement with Joaquin Benoit

Photo by Keith Allison ( The Phillies are close to signing relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit, according to Jim Salisbury. Benoit, who will be 40 in July, had a poor start to 2016 with Seattle (24.1 IP, 5.18 ERA, 28 K, 15 BB) but turned it around completely with Texas (23.2 IP, 0.38 ERA, 24 K, 9 BB). The righty is probably somewhere...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Terry Ryan hire shows a different kind of commitment from Phillies

The Phillies get it.
Via PhilsBaseball
1 day ago

Winter Meetings Primer

The MLB Winter Meetings officially begin today but the wheeling and dealing won’t begin until Monday for the Philadelphia Phillies and the rest of the league. The Philadelphia Phillies have done much of their heavy lifting for the offseason already but they will be on the lookout for deals to fit the team while the […] Philadelphia Phillies: Winter Meetings Primer - Section 215...
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1 day ago

John Kruk is Replacing Matt Stairs in the Phillies Broadcast Booth

Earlier this month, Matt Stairs was hired as the Phillies’ hitting coach. In October, it was announced John Kruk was leaving ESPN. So this is just the natural conclusion. @CrossingBroad I told you this 6 weeks ago bo. WHo needs Salisbury to break a story. — Bazzaro Miyagi (@86theveggies) December 1, 2016 According to Jim Salisbury – and also...
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5 days ago

2016 Phillies Report Card: Cameron Rupp

Back before the 2013 season, Matt Winkelman and I were holding down the proverbial fort at, and we conceived to go back and forth on a couple players where we had wide splits on our soon-to-be-published organizational rankings. One of those players was Cameron Rupp. My ranking of Rupp was about 15 spots ahead of Matt’s, and my reasoning had been well documented...
Via Crashburn Alley
5 days ago

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
6 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
12 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
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Jeremy Hellickson Really Improve This Year?

Around this time in 2015, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had just completed a three-year stretch during which he recorded a cumulative ERA near five and experienced some injury troubles to boot. Following his one and only season in Arizona, he was traded to Philadelphia for a young righty who wasn’t even among the Phillies’ top-25 prospects at the time. There wasn’t a great...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Hellickson Accepts Offer, Makes Pitching Market Even Thinner

We have our first qualifying-offer acceptance of the offseason, and it’s Jeremy Hellickson who’s taken $17 million to stay put for another year. He’ll remain with the Phillies for now, and get paid rather handsomely to do so. A guarantee of $17.2 million isn’t bad at all for a pitcher with Hellickson’s past. He was a somewhat interesting commodity given that he was coming...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

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