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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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Sources: Cubs Have Touched Base With Phillies On Hamels

Apr 30, 2015 3:31 PM

The Chicago Cubs have continued to touch base with the Philadelphia Phillies regarding Cole Hamels, according to Major League sources.

In addition to the Cubs, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are also believed to be in the market for a starter.

Chicago is winning, which may make them more aggressive on the trade market as the midseason approaches.

"You're always thinking about that stuff," said Jed Hoyer, pointing out it's still too early to think too specifically. "You're at a stage where a two- or three-game winning streak or losing streak really changes your outlook in a hurry.

"But certainly we're hopeful that we're in that position. And we're obviously going to prepare as if that's the case."

The Cubs entered play on Thursday at 12-8 and two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Phillies Send Manuel Out To Scout Red Sox

Apr 29, 2015 3:22 PM

The Boston Red Sox may still be the front-runners to land Cole Hamels in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies have sent Charlie Manuel, former manager and current executive, to Salem, Virginia to look at Boston's Carolina League club. Manuel Margot, a 20-year-old center fielder, is coming off a breakout season.

Margot is listed by Baseball America's No. 72 prospect.

A package built around Margot and a highly-touted pitching prospect -- Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson -- may be enough for the Red Sox to land Hamels.

David Murphy/Philadelphia Daily News

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Phillies Willing To Pay Part Of Hamels' Salary In Trade

Apr 29, 2015 8:43 AM

Ruben Amaro revealed on Tuesday that the Philadelphia Phillies are willing to pay a portion of what is owed to Cole Hamels to facilitate a trade.

Hamels is owed $96 million through 2018, and possibly $110 million with his 2019 option.

"We are very open-minded," Amaro said. "We're not afraid to subsidize contracts. We never told a club that we would not absolutely subsidize his contract. That is not a realistic way to do business.

"If there's a deal to be made, and we have to subsidize part of it, we'll do it."

The Phillies have been looking for top-level prospects in return for Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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Phillies Trying To Sell Red Sox On Re-Acquiring Papelbon

Apr 27, 2015 4:31 PM

The Boston Red Sox have issues with their pitching staff, including the rotation and bullpen.

Closer Koji Uehara's velocity is down about 3 miles per hour this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to engage in trade talks with Boston, "trying to hook the Red Sox on bringing back Jonathan Papelbon."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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Utley Wants To Remain In Philadelphia

Apr 20, 2015 8:28 AM

Major League clubs have been told over the last year that Chase Utley won't accept a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies' prospects for the immediate future are bleak, leading some to believe that Utley may change his stance.

The 36-year-old is hitting .116/.167/.256 in 13 games this season.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Victorino Gets Standing Ovation In Philadelphia

Apr 6, 2015 4:45 PM

Shane Victorino, who played nearly 1,000 games for the Phillies, received a standing ovation as a member of the Boston Red Sox in Philadelphia on Monday.

The Phillies traded Victorino in 2012. He made the trip to Philadelphia with the Red Sox in 2013, but was on the disabled list.

When Victorino trotted down the third-base line with the other starters during the pregame introductions, he received a loud round of cheers from the crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

"I obviously started here, got an opportunity as a young kid to become the baseball player that I am, and fortunately now, got moved to a great city with great fans, a great organization," said Victorino.

"To come back in '13 and not get an opportunity to play and still get the ovation I did in between innings, as I said last year when I was facing back surgery, there was a date on my calendar that I circled, that I wanted to be here for and be healthy, more importantly, and that was today here in Philadelphia."

Ian Browne/MLB

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Jeff Francoeur, Andres Blanco Make Phillies' Roster

Apr 5, 2015 5:37 PM

The Phillies selected the contracts of outfielder Jeff Francoeur and infielder Andres Blanco and optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to complete the 25-man roster, according to and ESPN.com report on Sunday.

ESPN.com

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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

George A. King III/New York Post

Cliff Lee To Rehab Elbow On 60-Day DL
This is the third time that Cliff Lee will try to recover from the elbow injury non-surgically.

ESPN.com

Lee Throws With Discomfort, Surgery Possible
Cliff 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 Phillies left-hander.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Sources: Orioles Keeping Eye On Howard
The Orioles are keeping tabs on Ryan Howard this spring, according to sources.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Cliff Lee: Surgery Could End Career
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.

ESPN

Yankees Have Come Closest On Hamels
Of all the teams that have expressed interest in Cole Hamels, the Yankees have come closest to acquiring the left-hander.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Cliff Lee Has Renewed Elbow Soreness
Cliff Lee started only 13 games in 2014 due to an elbow strain.

ESPN.com

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

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