Should we be applying more or less pressure to Maikel Franco?

And, like, does it matter. Really. The word is out: Maikel Franco is looking good. The Phillies' third baseman has reportedly dropped about five to seven pounds, thanks to a workout regimen that had him getting up before the Dominican sunrise. It was a goal he'd put in place himself, having specified conditioning as an aspect of his game to improve in 2017. It's cool to see a young...
Via The Good Phight
3 hours ago

Joseph digs into numbers to improve hitting

There is no question that Tommy Joseph will enter Spring Training next month as the Phillies' first baseman. The team said exactly that at last month's Winter Meetings.
22 hours ago

Grapefruiting 2017: The first things to know

We’re three weeks from P&C Day. (That’s Pitchers & Catchers Day.) Yup, three weeks from the beginning of Phillies spring training, and just one month from the first game of spring (Phillies vs. University of Tampa, 1:05 p.m. Feb. 23 at Spectrum Field). Wait, Spectrum Field? That’s the new name of Bright House Field, the Phillies’ spring home in Clearwater, Fla. And...
Via Phillies Nation
22 hours ago

A Too Early Look at the 25-Man Roster: Pitching Locks

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Clearwater on February 13th–three short weeks from now–it is certainly early to look forward to which 25 players will emerge from Spring Training as members of the Phillies Opening Day roster. This week, we’ll look at the locks to break camp with the Major League club before turning to potential roster battles in the final...
Via Crashburn Alley
23 hours ago

Franco mourns loss of Ventura, Marte

Good morning! We’re one month from the first game of spring training (Phillies vs. University of Tampa). STREAM TEAM: Late last week it was announced that Comcast SportsNet will offer live streaming of Phillies games for a variety of devices in 2017. You need a cable package with CSN in order to stream those games. But the service will be available on the NBC Sports app and via...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Commentary: Maikel Franco doesn’t need to become a superstar

There’s a new column at It’s by Bob Brookover. The headline: (Maikel) Franco needs to become next Phillies superstar. No, he doesn’t. Brookover’s basis for the superstar talk roots with a comment by Pete Mackanin. The comment: “I think (Maikel) Franco is going to blossom into a perennial all-star caliber player.” Perennial means constant. All-star caliber...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

2017 Minor League Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

This Sunday I attempt to write the first Phillies Minor League Preview not from the magic fingers of former Prospector Mike. I will try my best today to carry the torch, and provide the best damn Phillies Prospect breakdown this side of Broad St. Thankfully it's a deep system, filled with intriguing prospects with fantasy potential. The rebuild has been a slow burn in Philly, but...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag #19: Flipping Crap

There was that one Mythbusters episode with the polishing experiment... In the past week, the Phillies signed a new starting outfielder...and other things happened. So let’s just get into the mailbag. Once again no prospect spotlight because I wrote 50 prospect reports over the past two weeks. The spotlight will be back next week. Mailbag! @Matt_Winkelman @TheGoodPhight...
Via The Good Phight
3 days ago

Inbox: How does Saunders fit into lineup?

Why Michael Saunders over Roman Quinn or Aaron Altherr in right field? With Saunders, what will the Phillies' starting lineup be? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers these questions and more in the Inbox.
3 days ago

Can the Phillies be .500 in 2017? Felske Files Episode 85!

On Episode 85 of The Felske Files, host John Stolnis discusses the Phils' stated goal of reaching .500 this season. Is it possible? Also, in-depth analysis of the Michael Saunders signing and the Hall of Fame inductees with The Ringer's Michael Baumann, and more Phils talk with Crashburn Alley Editor-in-Chief Eric Chesterton.
Via The Good Phight
4 days ago

Phillies finalize deal $9M deal with Michael Saunders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies and outfielder Michael Saunders have finalized a $9 million, one-year contract. Saunders will earn $8 million this season, and the Phillies have a 2018 option worth $10.5 million with a $1 million buyout. The option price could increase by $2.5 million: $500,000 each for making the All-Star team and reaching 560 plate appearances, and...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Designate Severino Gonzalez For Assignment

The Phillies announced on Thursday that they’ve designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster for outfielder Michael Saunders, whose one-year deal with the team is now official. Gonzalez, 24, has spent parts of the past two seasons in Philadelphia but has been unable to replicate his minor league results at the Major League level....
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Who Are You: Howie Kendrick

This is the first post in a weekly series which will run each Thursday. Over the next several weeks, I’ll take a deep dive look at new members of the Phillies roster. We’re just a couple months away from settling down to watch these guys day-in and day-out for half a year, so let’s try to find out who they are and what to expect from them in 2017. Embed from Getty Images...
Via Crashburn Alley
5 days ago

Is the 2017 Rotation Set?

This offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies have been wheeling and dealing to add pieces to their roster but the unit with the least change has been the rotation. In 2016, the rotation was the strength of the Philadelphia Phillies until injuries to Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, and Vincent Velasquez derailed things. Over the course of the season, […] Philadelphia Phillies: Is the 2017...
Via Section215
5 days ago

2017 ZiPS Projections – Philadelphia Phillies

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Philadelphia Phillies. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Boston / Chicago...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Tommy Joseph vs. Eric Thames by Bryan Joiner

Is the second-year Phillie or the new, KBO-destroying Brewer a better fantasy bet in 2017?
Via Baseball Prospectus
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nola feels '100 percent' after injury-shortened 2016

If Aaron Nola pitches as well as he said he feels, there might not be any competition this spring for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation.
6 days ago

Phillies reach $4.2 million deal with Gomez

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have avoided arbitration with reliever Jeanmar Gomez, agreeing on a $4.2 million, one-year deal with the right-hander. Philadelphia exchanged arbitration figures with second baseman Cesar Hernandez. The team offered a raise from $525,000 to $2 million, and Hernandez asked for $2.8 million. Gomez emerged as Philadelphia's closer in 2016 and was outstanding...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

SS Freddy Galvis and Phillies agree to $4.35 million deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Freddy Galvis and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $4.35 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration. In his second full season as Philadelphia's starting shortstop, Galvis had a career-high 20 homers and 67 RBIs in 2016, when he made $2 million. He also was an NL Gold Glove finalist. But the switch-hitting Galvis batted only .241 with...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies interested in Jose Bautista

The Jose Bautista Sweepstakes still appears to be a very open competition. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Tuesday, Bautista is on the Philadelphia Phillies’ list of potential free agent targets. However, the team is said to be reluctant about the draft pick compensation attached to the six-time All-Star slugger. Bautista’s prowess at the plate is well...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Can Maikel Franco take the next step

The Philadelphia Phillies are a young team and with young talent. One of the Phillies brightest young stars is third basemen Maikel Franco. For the Phillies to have a successful season in 2017, Franco needs to have a bounce back season. In 2015, Franco showed signs that he had potentials to be an All-Star type player. In 80 games played, Franco hit 14 home runs, 22 doubles and drove...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

On Odubel Herrera’s Defense

If you’ve watched Odubel Herrera in the field over the last two years, you might be surprised to see him rated as a positive by defensive metrics. He can certainly run circles around a ball from time to time, and we’ve all seen that iconic route that saved Cole Hamels‘ no hitter. But if you drill down into Herrera’s defense, it starts to look like he’s the opposite of Derek...
Via Fangraphs
December 21, 2016  |  Discuss

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