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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Phillies Scouting Austin Romine Of Yankees

Mar 23, 2015 4:53 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have scouted Austin Romine as they hunt for a backup to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Romine is out of options and believed to be behind John Ryan Murphy in the competition to be Brian McCann's backup with the New York Yankees.

The Padres also have an interest in Romine, who has developed a reputation as a solid defensive catcher.

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Cliff Lee To Rehab Elbow On 60-Day DL

Mar 16, 2015 10:40 PM

Four-time All-Star lefty Cliff Lee was placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Phillies to attempt to rehabilitate an elbow injury without surgery. The team announced Monday that an operation was recommended.

Lee has a torn common flexor tendon and was told last week to stop throwing. It's the third time he tries to recover from the injury non-surgically.

"We tried twice and it didn't work, so it's fairly likely that it will remain the same," Lee said. "As we get closer to the threshold of being able to have the surgery or not to make it for next year, as we get closer to that I'll have a decision to make and obviously we'll know a lot more at that point."

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Lee Throws With Discomfort, Surgery Possible

Mar 13, 2015 5:29 PM

Cliff Lee threw Thursday, but the discomfort in his elbow remained.

Lee is trying to pitch with a tear in the common flexor tendon, but if he cannot pitch then season-ending surgery is the next option for the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander.

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Lee Injury Doesn't Change Phillies' Stance On Hamels

Mar 11, 2015 10:21 AM

Cliff Lee's elbow injury won't change how the Philadelphia Phillies handle a possible trade of Cole Hamels, according to Ruben Amaro, Jr.

"No reason to change it," Amaro said. "I don't know what our 'stance' on Cole is. Others have 'stances,' I guess, for us. I guess other people must think we have a 'stance.' Our 'stance' is that we’re open-minded. And that hasn't changed one bit."

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Cliff Lee Says He Won't Pitch In Pain

Mar 11, 2015 10:09 AM

Cliff Lee was medically cleared to resume a throwing program Tuesday, but the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander said if the discomfort near his left elbow returns, "I'm not going to go out there in pain."

"There's no timeline [to make a decision on surgery]," Lee said. "I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing and do it as long as I can. I'm not going to go out there in pain to where something bad can potentially happen. That doesn't make sense to me. So I'm going to play as long as I comfortably can. When it's uncomfortable to play and it hurts to play, then it's not worth it."

Dr. James Andrews agreed with Philadelphia's diagnosis that the MRI of Lee's torn common flexor tendon shows no apparent change, but Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is "not terribly optimistic" that Lee can avoid surgery.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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Sources: Orioles Keeping Eye On Howard

Mar 10, 2015 8:45 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are keeping tabs on Ryan Howard this spring, according to sources.

Howard was 2-for-3 in a spring game between the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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Cliff Lee: Surgery Could End Career

Mar 9, 2015 3:24 PM

Cliff Lee is awaiting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his ailing left elbow and says surgery would end his season and possibly his career.

Lee, 36, didn't pitch after July 31 last year because of a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow. The left-hander said the elbow felt normal as he threw two scoreless innings Thursday against Houston in his spring training debut, but he felt discomfort the next day.

"Basically, if I have the surgery, this season will be done, possibly my career, I guess," Lee said. "I don't know. We'll have to see."

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Yankees Have Come Closest On Hamels

Mar 9, 2015 8:08 AM

Of all the teams that have expressed interest in Cole Hamels, the New York Yankees have come closest to acquiring the left-hander.

The Yankees have offered a package of prospects for the 31-year-old that has at least given the Philadelphia Phillies a baseline for future talks.

Philadelphia continues to look for a deal that would bring back top prospects as well as see the trading team take on all or most of left-hander's salary.

The Boston Red Sox have been linked to Hamels often.

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Cliff Lee Has Renewed Elbow Soreness

Mar 8, 2015 12:17 PM

The Phillies have temporarily shut down Cliff Lee after the left-hander felt renewed discomfort in his pitching elbow.

The Phillies announced Sunday that Lee underwent an MRI on Friday.

The exam did not indicate any ligament damage, but the Phillies have decided to scratch Lee from his next scheduled spring start Tuesday. The former Cy Young Award winner is expected to resume throwing Monday, although the team stated that his throwing program will progress "as tolerated."

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Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees
Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Polanco '90 Percent' Retired, Open To Coaching
Placido Polanco, who didn't play baseball last season, considers himself to be "90 percent" retired.

Jorge Ebro/El Nuevo Herald

Red Sox Feel 'No Urgency' To Deal For Hamels
The Red Sox continue to monitor Cole Hamels and the Phillies, but "there's no sense of urgency" to trade for the left-hander, according to a source.

Sean McAdam/CSNNE

Papelbon Interested In Possible Trade To Blue Jays
Jonathan Papelbon made some interesting comments Thursday when asked about a potential trade from the Phillies.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Hamels Hopes To Be Traded To Contender
Cole Hamels wanted to be clear that he's not demanding a trade, but expressed his desire to win.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Sandberg: Howard To Start At First For Phillies
The Phillies have been attempting to rebuild and trade Ryan Howard.

Associated Press

Phillies Remain Focused On Getting 'Younger And More Athletic'
The Phillies have shuffled their roster a bit this offseason, but they have more work to do.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Red Sox, Phillies Not Close To Hamels Deal
The Boston Globe reported on Sunday that the Red Sox were one of four teams to make an offer for Cole Hamels.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Nationals, Dodgers Top Sports Book Win Totals
The Nationals are 5-1 favorites to win the World Series at the Atlantis in Reno, Nevada.

ESPN.com

Four Teams Have Made Offers For Hamels
The Padres, Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cardinals and Rangers have all been connected to Cole Hamels this winter.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Padres Made 'Aggressive Offer' For Hamels
The Padres made an "aggressive offer" for Cole Hamels before coming to terms on a deal with James Shields.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Phillies Expect Hamels To Start On Opening Day
While the Phillies haven't ruled out trading Cole Hamels, they expect the left-hander to be in spring training with them.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Teams Waiting For Phillies To Alter Stance On Hamels
Teams are waiting for the Phillies to either reduce the level of prospects they want in return or demonstrate a willingness to eat some of the salary owed to Cole Hamels.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Brewers Still Discussing Papelbon; Blue Jays Are Long Shots
The Brewers continue to discuss a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade with the Phillies.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Kyle Kendrick, Rockies Agree To $5.5M Deal
The Rockies have agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Kyle Kendrick, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

Five, Six Teams Still Trying To Trade For Cole Hamels
No team has offered a package that Philadelphia would seriously consider for Cole Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Phillies Continuing To Discuss Jonathan Papelbon Trade
Ruben Amaro has confirmed that Jonathan Papelbon trade talks are ongoing.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Padres Still Exploring Trades
The Padres have remade their roster, but may not be done dealing.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Phillies Sign Chad Billingsley
The Phillies have signed Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Associated Press