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Philadelphia Phillies offseason update: Ryan Howard edition

This offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies have shown a commitment to disassembling the core of their 2007-2011 run for the first time. One player they’re eager to get rid of is Ryan Howard. After giving him a 5-year, $125 million extension, the Phillies are having a serious case of buyers remorse. In the time since the Phillies spent $125 million on him, Howard has gone from a...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies rumors through December 25

Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the past week...
Via PhilsBaseball
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Trading Odds for the Phillies

Of the eight Philadelphia Phillies still on the block to swap by August 1, Marlon Byrd would be the stud with the lowest payout for a betting man. To date, what has Ruben Amaro Jr. received? There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week. Please, scroll down for this edition of Genuine Insight: Gambling for Tomorrow. Welcome, Newcomers: This article represents...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rollins on Howard Situation: 'That's not how things were ever done around here'

View image | This past weekend, Ruben Amaro admitted that he talked to long-time Phillies first baseman, Ryan Howard, and that the team would be better without him moving forward. With $73 million remaining on Howard's deal, not only would the Phillies have to find someone willing to take...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Frosty Phillies Favorites: 2014 Player Christmas Survey

Matt Imhof as Santa, photo editing- Eric Floyd Everybody loves the holidays and baseball players are certainly no different.  Each year at Christmas time, I survey a group of Phillies prospects about what they get excited for during the holiday season. Players that took part in this year’s questionnaire include 2014 second round draft selection lefty hurler Matt Imhof, this year’s...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

12 Days of Christmas- Phillies Styles Volume IX

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Phillies gave to me...  12 Months of misery (Screw you Amaro!) 11 Hit batsmen by Kyle Kendrick (KK!) 10 RBI from Reid Brignac9 Wins from Cole Hamels (despite a sparkling 2.46 ERA) 8 Ball Girls a milking 7 Wild pitches uncorked by Jake Diekman 6 Triples from Chase Utley 5 Intentional walks in a mere 23 innings from Jeff Manship 4 The...
Via We Should Be GM's
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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.: "We Are Working in Trying to Build That New Core"

View image | Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. joined Howard Eskin and Hollis Thomas Tuesday morning on SportsRadio 94WIP. The following is a transcript of the conversation, where Amaro touched on the realistic rebuilding time frame, as well as the current status of where the club stands with...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Cole Hamels be traded?

The status of Philadelphia Phillies staff ace Cole Hamels has been a hot topic this off season. Hamels has lead the Phillies to a World Series Championship in 2008 and several successful seasons, but it will take many years for the Phillies to get back to their former glory. With an aging core, the Phillies have begun the rebuilding  process after another disappointing year. Jimmy...
Via Total Sports Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang Heading to the Phillies?

I spoke with a former MMO Writer who has since left our merry group to join a newspaper in Philadelphia covering the Phillies. Boo… Bah… Humbug… During our conversation he went onto telling me not to be shocked if the Phillies are the mystery team who won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. “I’m not saying we’re definitely the winning bidder, but we placed...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Off-season league notes: Astudillo, Herrera staying hot

Baseball goes year-round.  All over the globe, Phillies players are in action and we’ve got the rundown on how they are performing.  Read ahead for all the details. Venezuelan Winter League- Willians Astudillo, image- Jay Floyd Willians Astudillo, a corner infielder and backstop who has been playing a lot of outfield of late, is batting .314 with a homer and four RBI in nine...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Ryan Howard was last an elite power hitter in 2009, when he launched 45 homers and posted a .279/.360/.571 line at the age of 29. He topped 30 homers in both 2010 and 2011, but his triple slash fell in both seasons. Then, Howard blew out his Achilles to end the 2011 NLDS, and his career has gone completely off the rails. In the first three seasons of his five year, $125 million...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to the Phillies?

I spoke with a former MMO Writer who has since left our merry group to join a newspaper in Philadelphia covering the Phillies. Boo… Bah… Humbug… During our conversation he went onto telling me not to be shocked if the Phillies are the mystery team who won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. “I’m not saying we’re definitely the winning bidder, but we placed...
Via Mets Merized Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro’s Comments About Ryan Howard Should Cost Him His Job

The Philadelphia Phillies are in full rebuild shopping every available asset attempting to re-stock the prospect cupboard. The off-season has been littered with Cole Hamels trade speculation and a recent transaction that saw the departure of Jimmy Rollins being shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pair of prospects. The Phillies have unsuccessfully shopped veteran first...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Amaro Told Howard Org. Would Be Better Without Him

In refreshing, but cold-blooded, honest, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly told Ryan Howard that the organization would be better off  in 2015 without the first baseman. Amaro’s exact quote comes courtesy of 97.5 the Fanatic’s Matt Lombardo in a piece written for “I told [Howard] that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization...
Via Phillies Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins says goodbye to Philly in full-page Inquirer ad

The Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia is a wrap, and to thank the demanding, loyal, passionate Philly fans, the club’s long-time shortstop took out a full-page ad in Saturday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Jimmy Rollins bought a full-page ad in Saturday’s @PhillyInquirer: — Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 20, 2014 In case the font is too small…...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Second Baseman Chase Utley Releases Statement About Jimmy Rollins Trade

View image | Phillies second baseman Chase Utley issued a statement today, responding to the trade of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, his double-play partner for the last 11 years. Through the Phillies Twitter account, Utley said: Chase on @JimmyRollins11: — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014 Of course, Utley probably...
Via Philliedelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How bad will the Philadelphia Phillies be in 2015?

Without Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies are tied for the worst odds to win the World Series in the MLB. They are also dead last in odds to win the NL pennant at 80/1, with the next worst team being at 40/1. These odds beg the question: Will the Philadelphia Phillies really be that bad? Recent History First, it helps to look at the record trend from the last few years...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley bids farewell to Jimmy Rollins

The trade is official – long-time Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rollins’ long-time double play partner in Philadelphia, Chase Utley, posted a farewell message to his former teammate. Chase on @JimmyRollins11: — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014   In case you can’t read the statement through...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Radio host Chris Stigall apologizes for remarks about Phillies fan with cancer

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Chase Utley made a surprise appearance on “Ellen” earlier this week to meet a 23-year-old woman who is battling a rare form of cancer. Chris Stigall, a morning host on WPHT 1220 AM in Philadelphia, saw this as an opportunity to crack some jokes. Julie Kramer has been diagnosed with stage 4...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Talk radio host jokes about Phillies fan with cancer featured on Ellen

We generally don’t dive too deep into the world of talk radio because quite frankly, it’s hazardous to our health. But in this situation, we felt like we had to make an exception. On Monday’s episode of Ellen, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley surprised a fan named Julie Kramer, who is fighting a battle with cancer. The segment was absolutely heartwarming, and could put...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels wants to go to a team that wants to win

  Cole Hamels hasn’t done much winning in recent years, and he wants that to change soon. It’s becoming more and more evident that change isn’t going to come with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is a big reason why the left-handed pitcher has been the subject of trade rumors for a long time. Wherever Hamels is on Opening Day, one thing is clear: he wants to be in...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #186: Marlon Byrd | OF | PHI

It may have taken until his age-35 season, but Marlon Byrd is finally fantasy relevant. Over the last two seasons, the outfielder has averaged 24.5 homers and 86.5 RBI, extremely serviceable numbers that made him the 22nd-ranked OF in 2013 and the 37th-ranked OF in 2014. Last year I swapped Shin-Soo Choo for Byrd in one of my more competitive leagues — would you have expected...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers acquire Jimmy Rollins

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t waste much time replacing Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. According to multiple reports, the defending NL West champions have acquired veteran Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies (via CSN Philly). The interesting dynamic here is that Rollins waived his no-trade clause to go to the Dodgers. That has been a point of contention over the past couple...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Phillies Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Philadelphia Phillies. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Philadelphia’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Phillies system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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