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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

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Phillies' Fan Injured Shortly After Commissioner Spoke About Safety

Aug 27, 2015 11:00 PM

A woman was injured by a foul ball at a Phillies gameThursday night hours after the MLB commissioner was at the stadium and spoke about increasing fan safety.

Commissioner Rob Manfred talked at Citizens Bank Park before the Mets played the Phillies. He said there was a chance that extra safety nets could be put up around the majors as early as next season.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Get Richy, Sweeney From Dodgers For Utley

Aug 20, 2015 7:02 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies will receive Minor Leaguers John Richy and Darnell Sweeney from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Chase Utley deal.

Los Angeles will receive $4 million to help offset the remainder of Utley's contract.

Philadelphia has announced that Sweeney will step in immediately and fill Utley's spot on the Major League roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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

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Utley Traded To Dodgers

Aug 19, 2015 4:45 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Phillies May Be Nearing Utley Trade

Aug 19, 2015 2:07 PM

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 sources.

Ruben Amaro, Jr. recently told the local media in Philadelphia that Utley would likely remain with the organization.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Won't Have To Pay All Of Matt Harrison's Salary

Aug 18, 2015 4:40 PM

One of the players the Texas Rangers sent the Philadelphia Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade was Matt Harrison.

Harrison is owed more than $27 million through 2017, but the Phillies may not be on the hook for all of that money.

The Phillies inherited Harrison's contract and the insurance policy attached to his deal.

The policy entitles the Phillies to 75 percent of Harrison’s salary past a certain cutoff, but only if the insurance company confirms that he is unable to perform due to a specific back issue, according to a source.

Harrison, who will turn 30 on Sept. 16, has made only nine starts since 2013, including three after he returned from back surgery in early July. He has been on the disabled list since shortly after last month's trade.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Chase Utley Likely To Remain With Phillies

Aug 18, 2015 4:25 PM

Chase Utley will likely remain with the Philadelphia Phillies for the rest of the season, according to Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Utley, who has cleared waivers, must be acquired before the Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible to play in the postseason. He has a full no-trade clause in his contract.

"As I told you before, it is very likely he'll be here in Philadelphia through the end of the year, and then we'll see what happens after that," Amaro told 94WIP in Philadelphia.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Angels Still Hope To Acquire Chase Utley

Aug 16, 2015 10:12 AM

The Los Angeles Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.

According to reports, the Angels are more pessimistic about getting Utley than prior to Friday.

The Philadelphia Phillies have to agree on a prospect and the San Francisco Giants have also been strongly linked to the veteran infielder. There is $6 million in guaranteed money left on his contract.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley

Aug 14, 2015 7:13 AM

The San Francisco Giants aren't the only team seriously interested in Chase Utley.

According to sources, several teams have made trade offers for the Philadelphia Phillies infielder.

The Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Utley has a $15 million club option for 2016 that no longer will vest automatically based on plate appearances. His club option would then drop to $11 million, but the Phillies would be expected to take the $2 million buyout instead.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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

Phillies Trade Ben Revere To Blue Jays
Ben Revere is expected to play left field for the Blue Jays and could hit first.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Source: Hamels Wouldn't Accept Trade To Astros
Houston is looking to further bolster their rotation after acquiring Scott Kazmir last week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Eight Players, $9.5M In Cash Involved In Hamels Trade
The trade that will send Cole Hamels to the Rangers involves eight players and a significant amount of cash with six players headed to the Phillies.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rangers Nearing Deal For Cole Hamels
The Rangers are nearing a trade with the Phillies for Cole Hamels, according to multiple reports.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Giants 'Fading' In Cole Hamels Derby
The Giants haven't been in touch with the Phillies over the last 24 hours, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Red Sox 'Unlikely' To Get Cole Hamels
The Red Sox have long been linked to the Phillies left-hander, but his no-trade clause has been a consistent road block.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Rangers Not Looking For Rentals, Talking Pitchers With Padres
The Rangers aren't looking to acquire rental players this week as they eye additions that could help beyond 2015.

T.R. Sullivan/

Drew Storen Seemingly Unhappy With Papelbon Trade
The Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday, something that didn't seem to sit well with incumbent closer Drew Storen.

Bill Ladson/MLB

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