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Jeff Francoeur, Phillies Have Mutual Interest In Return

Sep 24, 2015 6:30 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies and Jeff Francoeur have mutual interest in extending their relationship beyond this season.

The club reportedly pulled Francoeur back after an August waiver claim.

Francoeur will be a free agent this winter.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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MacPhail Expects Ryan Howard To Remain With Phillies

Sep 24, 2015 7:59 AM

Ryan Howard, one of just two holdovers from the 2008 World Series championship team, may or may not have a future with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Andy MacPhail anticipates that Howard will be with the team in spring training next season.

Howard will be in the final year of the five-year, $125 million contract extension he signed in April 2010. He will make $35 million between his base salary and the buyout of his option for 2017.

"I don't know what's going to happen over the course of the winter, what opportunities may be available for us and for him," MacPhail said. "We'll just have to cross that bridge when we get there.

"But right now, he's somebody that I think we have a vested interest in getting back healthy and getting him to Clearwater and getting that bat in our lineup that we don't have without him."

Jake Kaplan/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Phillies Search For GM In 'Early Stages'

Sep 23, 2015 7:18 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the "early stages" of their search for a general manager.

The club let Ruben Amaro, Jr. go earlier this month and Andy MacPhail hopes to have someone in place prior to the organizational meetings, which begin on Oct. 26.

"I've had one interview, but just one," MacPhail said. "I would say [it's in the] early stages."

Philadelphia is expected to hire someone outside the organization.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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Pete Mackanin Will Manage Phillies In 2016

Sep 22, 2015 4:28 PM

Pete Mackanin will manage the Philadelphia Phillies next season after the club removed his interim tag.

The extension includes a club option for the 2017 season.

Mackanin, 64, was named interim manager of the Phillies on June 26 following the resignation of Ryne Sandberg. Since taking over, the Phillies have gone 30-46, which included a 21-12 stretch from July 17 through Aug. 23.


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Odubel Herrera Benched By Phillies For Not Hustling

Sep 21, 2015 4:39 PM

Odubel Herrera was taken out of the game and benched Sunday for pouting and not hustling by Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin.

Herrera tossed his bat and failed to hustle to first base on a pop fly in the second inning of a one-run loss to the Atlanta Braves. Mackanin said it was just the latest in a series of incidents for Herrera, and the interim manager wanted to "make sure he gets the message."

"Boys play Little League and men play Major League Baseball," Mackanin said. "We will not pout, we will not feel sorry for ourselves. If you want to, then you don't belong here. He had to learn a lesson. ...

"Lately he's been showing his emotions a little bit more. We're just not going to stand for it. He's got to understand that it doesn't work that way. I'm sure he's going to understand."


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Jonathan Papelbon Questions Phillies' Desire To Win

Sep 15, 2015 7:33 AM

Jonathan Papelbon returned to Citizens Bank Park with the Washington Nationals on Monday and took some shots at the Philadelphia Phillies, who traded him earlier this summer.

"I don't know if I got a bad rap here or whatever, but I can promise you I was, by far, [from being] the bad guy on this team," Papelbon said. "I was one of the few that wanted to actually win, and I was one of the few that competed and posted up every day."

Papelbon added that the losing culture in Philadelphia extended beyond the players.

"I think the blame goes all the way from the front office all the way down to the bat boy," Papelbon said. "When you don't have an organization that wants to win, it's pretty evident, and they go out and publicly say, we're not going to win. So what more, you know what I mean?"

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

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Phillies Fire GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

Sep 10, 2015 3:41 PM

The Phillies have dismissed GM Ruben Amaro Jr., effective immediately, president-in-waiting Andy MacPhail announced Thursday.

"It's never an easy decision to make a change," MacPhail said in a statement. "Ruben has had a direct impact on some of the best years in the team's history. He helped to create some great memories for Phillies fans with his accomplishments, but in order to return to a top-contending club, we believe this is the right thing to do as we continue the rebuilding process."

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Phillies In No Rush To Decide Amaro's Future

Sep 3, 2015 6:53 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have restocked their farm system well over the last nine months, but is that enough for Ruben Amaro to keep his job as general manager? currently ranks Philadelphia's farm system seventh in Major League Baseball.

"No decision has been made on Ruben at this point," Phillies president Pat Gillick said. "We just got by the Trade Deadline. Consequently, we're moving a lot of people in the Minor Leagues from [Jerad] Eickhoff to [Alec] Asher and others. We've had our hands full. It's a decision that will be made in the next 30 days or so."

Gillick is stepping down after the season and Andy MacPhail is taking his place.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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Cherington, Picollo Are Options To Replace Philadelphia's Amaro

Aug 28, 2015 7:05 AM

If the Philadelphia Phillies decide to part ways with general manager Ruben Amaro this offseason, two potential options have emerged.

J.J. Picollo, currently an assistant general manager with the Kansas City Royals, is a New Jersey native and has been mentioned by industry insiders.

Ben Cherington, recently let go by the Boston Red Sox, is another option. He shares a connection to Amherst College with Phillies minority owner and general partner John Middleton.

"That's the one to watch," said an American League personnel man.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Phillies Introducing More Analytical Approach

Aug 28, 2015 6:55 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies, who ESPN ranked last among all Major League clubs in the use of analytics earlier this year, are introducing a new approach.

Andy MacPhail has been added to the front office this season and will officially take over for Pat Gillick as team president this fall.

"The Phillies have even hitched a ride on the sabermetrics train. The franchise's new proprietary computer system, PHIL (short for Phillies' Holistic Information Location) will be up and running in September," writes Jerry Crasnick.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Phillies' Fan Injured Shortly After Commissioner Spoke About Safety
Rob Manfred said there's a chance that extra safety nets could be put up at MLB parks as early as next season.

Phillies Get Richy, Sweeney From Dodgers For Utley
The Phillies will receive Minor Leaguers John Richy and Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in the Chase Utley deal.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Utley Traded To Dodgers
A pair of Minor League players will head to Philadelphia in the trade and Los Angeles will pay $2 million of what remains on Chase Utley's contract for 2015.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Phillies May Be Nearing Utley Trade
The Chase Utley situation may be coming to a head in Philadelphia and it is possible that the Phillies will trade him as soon as Wednesday, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Phillies Won't Have To Pay All Of Matt Harrison's Salary
The Phillies inherited Matt Harrison's contract and the insurance policy attached to his deal in last month's trade with the Rangers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Chase Utley Likely To Remain With Phillies
Chase Utley, who has cleared waivers, must be acquired before the Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible to play in the postseason.


Angels Still Hope To Acquire Chase Utley
The Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Utley Seeks Playing-Time Assurance To Waive No-Trade
Chase Utley has drawn trade interest after clearing revocable waivers, but possesses full no-trade protection by way of ten-and-five rights.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Giants May Be Willing To Pay Tax For Chase Utley
The Giants have crossed a new payroll boundary and might continue to add salary before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Giants, Phillies Discussing Utley Trade
The two clubs are discussing prospects, which is an indication that talks are fairly advanced.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Utley Clears Waivers, Now Eligible For Trade
Chase Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday night and is now eligible to be traded by the Phillies.


Contenders Continue To Scout Chase Utley
The Cubs, Giants and Yankees all had scouts at Monday night's game between the Phillies and Diamondbacks.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Chase Utley Placed On Trade Waivers
Chase Utley still has 10-and-5 rights and could veto any trade of which he does not approve.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Rangers Send Tyler Pastornicky To Phillies
The Rangers have traded Tyler Pastornicky to the Phillies in exchange for cash considerations.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Giants Scouting Chase Utley
Chase Utley returned from the disabled list and went 4-for-10 over three games.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees Could Pursue Chase Utley
The Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are the teams most likely to pursue Chase Utley before the end of August, according to an industry source.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

Blue Jays Inquired About Cole Hamels Several Times
As they searched for pitching ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Blue Jays inquired with the Phillies about Cole Hamels.

Jonah Keri/Grantland

Phillies Began Process Of Trading Cole Hamels In October
The Phillies began the process of surveying the trade market for Cole Hamels back in October when it was announced that they planned to rebuild.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Rangers Informed Matt Harrison Of Trade Mid-Game
Word was spreading that Matt Harrison would be part of the package given to the Phillies for Cole Hamels and the Rangers wanted to inform the left-hander before his family would find out on the intern

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

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