Philadelphia Phillies Wiretap

Phillies, A.J. Ellis Have Mutual Interest In Deal

Nov 30, 2016 8:47 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies and A.J. Ellis have mutual interest in a deal for the 2017 season.

The Phillies, who acquired Ellis from the Los Angeles Dodgers during last season, consider him both a leader and "unofficial coach."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jeremy Hellickson Accepts Phillies' Qualifying Offer

Nov 14, 2016 4:29 PM

According to multiple reports, Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hellickson was one of 10 players to receive qualifying offers from their teams.

The 29-year-old was 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA last season. He tied career highs with 32 starts and 189 innings pitched and struck out a career-best 154 batters.

Philadelphia acquired Hellickson in a 2015 trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Phillies Acquire Howie Kendrick In Trade With Dodgers

Nov 11, 2016 5:49 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Howie Kendrick to the Philadelphia Phillies for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney.

Sweeney is a former Dodgers' prospect.

Kendrick was unhappy with his irregular playing time with Dodgers this season and had asked to be traded, according to sources.

He has one year remaining on a two-year, $20-million contract that will pay him $10 million in 2017.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jeremy Hellickson Leaning Towards Rejecting Qualifying Offer

Nov 10, 2016 7:57 AM

Jeremy Hellickson received a qualifying offer from the Philadelphia Phillies and the right-hander is leaning towards rejecting the one-year, $17.2 million offer.

Hellickson is expected to seek and receive a multi-year contract this offseason.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Exploring Trade Options For Howie Kendrick

Nov 9, 2016 8:47 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly exploring trade options involving Howie Kendrick.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels were named as potential destinations in the report by Ken Rosenthal.

Kendrick, 33, hit .274/.331/.387 with 17 homers through 263 games with the Dodgers the last two years. He has one year remaining on his contract.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Phillies Hire Bryan Minniti As Special Assistant to GM

Nov 8, 2016 3:51 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Bryan Minniti as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak.

Minniti was the assistant GM with the Arizona Diamondbacks for seven years.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Source: M's Acquire Catcher Carlos Ruiz From Dodgers

Nov 7, 2016 12:02 AM

The Seattle Mariners added depth to their catching corps on Sunday, acquiring catcher Carlos Ruiz in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a source told ESPN's Jayson Stark.

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Phillies Hire Matt Stairs As New Hitting Coach

Nov 2, 2016 5:45 PM

The Phillies have hired Matt Stairs to be their new hitting coach.

Stairs played parts of 19 seasons in the major leagues with 12 different franchises, including the 2008 World Series champion Phillies. He spent the past three seasons as an analyst on the team's television broadcasts.

The 48-year-old Stairs replaces Steve Henderson.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Signing

Phillies Fire Hitting Coach Steve Henderson

Oct 3, 2016 1:56 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have fired hitting coach Steve Henderson.

Philadelphia finished the season last in the Major Leagues in runs scored.

Henderson joined Philadelphia in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Phillies retained six other coaches including Larry Bowa (bench), Rick Kranitz (bullpen), Bob McClure (pitching), John McLaren (catching), Mickey Morandini (first base) and Juan Samuel (third base).

Associated Press

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Ryan Howard Thanks Fans Before Final Game With Phillies

Oct 3, 2016 1:26 AM

Ryan Howard thanked Phillies fans and the organization and saluted his teammates in an emotional speech during a pregame ceremony Sunday before his final game with the team.

The 2006 National League MVP choked up a few times and fought back tears when he told the crowd: "My family has grown with all of you.''

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Mets Clinch Wild-Card Spot
The Mets are returning to the postseason and will host the Giants or Cardinals on Wednesday.

Phillies Likely To Pursue Veteran Arm
Matt Klentak says the Phillies have placed a priority on adding a veteran pitcher this offseason.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Mets Scratch Noah Syndergaard's Start On Saturday
Sean Gilmartin will make a spot start for the Mets on Saturday against the Phillies.

Pete Mackanin Wants To See Phillies Add 'Go-To' Bat
The Phillies may be a few years from contention, but they could look to add some veteran bats this winter.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Phillies Expected To Pursue Veteran Position Players In Free Agency
Martin Prado and Ian Desmond appear to be likely options at this point.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis To Phillies For Carlos Ruiz
A.J. Ellis said a number of emotional goodbyes with players and staff Thursday, but the most emotional was with Clayton Kershaw.

Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard Clear Revocable Waivers
Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard have both cleared revocable waivers and can now be traded without restriction.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

MLB Clears Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman In PED Probe
Major League Baseball has cleared Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman of any wrongdoing in its investigation of an Al-Jazeera report on performance-enhancing drugs, saying that neither player violated the


Phillies Planning To Play Aaron Altherr In Center Field
The plans have many wondering if the Phillies plan to dangle Odubel Herrera in trade talks this winter.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Phillies Turn First Triple-Play At Petco Park
The Phillies turned the first-ever triple-play at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Phillies To Promote Jake Thompson For Saturday Start
The Phillies will promote Jake Thompson and he'll make his first Major League start on Saturday.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Phillies Aren't Motivated To Move Jeanmar Gomez
Jeanmar Gomez has a 2.83 ERA in 47 2/3 innings as the club's closer.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Rangers Targeting Phillies' Vince Velasquez
The 24-year-old is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 17 starts this season, striking out 103 batters in 91 2/3 innings.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Pirates Eyeing Trade For Jeanmar Gomez
The Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Red Sox Have Scouted Jeremy Hellickson Recently
Jeremy Hellickson is one of many rotation options the Red Sox are considering, according to sources.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Phillies To Skip Aaron Nola's Next Start
The Phillies hope the time off for Aaron Nola will "clear his head."

Phillies Prospect Loses Eye After Freak Accident
Matt Imhof, who sustained a traumatic injury to his right eye late last week during a freak training accident, had his eye removed on the recommendation of doctors.


Phillies Aren't Expected To Spend Big In Free Agency
The Phillies will have money to spend this coming offseason, but they aren't expected to use it on a weak class of free agents.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

Police Cite Man Who Threw Bottle At Ryan Howard
A man accused of throwing a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a game earlier this month has been cited for disorderly conduct, according to police.


Stephen Strasburg Improves To 10-0
The Nationals beat the Phillies by the score of 9-6 on Friday night.