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Andy MacPhail To Become Phillies President After Season

Jun 29, 2015 4:55 PM

Andy MacPhail will take over for Pat Gillick as president of the Philadelphia Phillies after this season.

MacPhail, 62, will serve as a special assistant to Gillick for the rest of this season until he takes over the president's role.

Gillick, 77, helped choose MacPhail as his successor.

"He's an information-gatherer and that's very important because any information is critical to making the right decisions," Gillick said of MacPhail.

Gillick stepped down as general manager after the 2008 season and served as an adviser before replacing David Montgomery as president in August 2014.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Converting Tommy Joseph To First Base

Jun 29, 2015 8:18 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are moving catching prospect Tommy Joseph to first base.

After suffering several concussions behind the plate, Joseph is officially being converted from catcher to first base. He began working out at the position on Saturday.

"He's not going to catch going forward," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development. "We're not going to expose him to that type of risk.

"Tommy is very excited about the move and anxious to get back on the field playing again."

Joseph, 23, is a former second-round pick of the San Francisco Giants. He joined the Phillies in the summer of 2012 as the centerpiece in the trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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Tampa Bay Calls Up Grady Sizemore

Jun 28, 2015 2:09 PM

The Rays have purchased the contract of Grady Sizemore from Class A Charlotte, according to an report.

Sizemore, released by the Phillies on June 1, signed with the Rays two weeks later. He spent the past week playing for Charlotte.

The 32-year old outfielder joined the Rays on Sunday and was the designated hitter against the Red Sox.

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Ryne Sandberg Resigns As Phillies Manager

Jun 26, 2015 7:42 PM

Ryne Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in the major leagues.

Sandberg quit Friday with a 119-159 career record over parts of three seasons leading Philadelphia. His only full season was in 2014, when the Phillies finished 73-89.

"With some changes at the top looming, I did not want to be in the way of anything happening and progress going forward," Sandberg said.

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Did $5,000 Keep Yankees From Signing Maikel Franco?

Jun 25, 2015 9:43 AM

Maikel Franco, who has been a sensation for the otherwise struggling Philadelphia Phillies, nearly signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent.

According to one report, Franco signed with the Phillies because they offered him $5,000 more than the Yankees.

Franco confirmed Wednesday that he nearly signed with New York in January of 2010, when he was a free agent prospect out of the Dominican Republic.

The Yankees offered a $95,000 signing bonus while the Phillies offered $100,000. Franco also said he spent two or three weeks at the Yankees complex in Santo Domingo before making his decision.

"It's tough. I know I was almost close to coming here and almost close to signing to the Yankees," he said.

Daniel Popper/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Haven't Ruled Out Run At Hamels

Jun 24, 2015 5:31 PM

The New York Yankees haven't ruled out making a trade offer for Cole Hamels, who is guaranteed $86.2 million through the 2018 season, according to a source.

Hamels took the mound at Yankee Stadium for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday and struggled. He allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work after having his start delayed because of a hamstring injury.

"Nothing has heated up yet on the Hamels front between the two teams, but that could change quickly, as Fox Sports reported that the Rangers are having "ongoing dialogue" with the Phillies about their ace," writes David Lennon.

"Hamels does have a no-trade list of 20 teams, but the Rangers and Yankees are not on it. In other words, they already have been pre-approved as potential destinations."

David Lennon/Newsday

Tags: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies To Hire Andy MacPhail Soon

Jun 24, 2015 5:25 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies plan to hire Andy MacPhail as their top decision-maker within the next week.

MacPhail is expected to receive the title of club president.

Upon MacPhail's hiring, Pat Gillick would shift to a consulting role similar to the one he held before assuming presidential duties in the wake of former president David Montgomery’s health concerns.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Report: Hamels Would Accept Trade To Yankees

Jun 23, 2015 8:25 PM

The market for Cole Hamels is heating up and potential destinations are beginning to appear.

Hamels wants to accept a trade that will help his career and also fortify the Philadelphia Phillies system.

The left-hander would accept a trade to the New York Yankees for a number of reasons, but mostly because he knows the Yankees will put themselves in position to contend for the length of his contract, which runs through 2018.

"The opportunity to play for a team that could ultimately get to the World Series is what every guy hopes for and what every guy works for, starting with the offseason and spring training," Hamels said.

Kevin Kernan/New York Post

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Report: Hamels Blocked Trade To Astros

Jun 23, 2015 8:19 PM

Cole Hamels has blocked a potential trade to the Houston Astros, according to a report by KHOU-TV.

The Philadelphia Phillies left-hander can block a trade to 20 teams of his choosing each season.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Trade For Hamels Is 'Not On The Board'

Jun 23, 2015 8:10 PM

The Texas Rangers aren't close to a deal for Cole Hamels.

After a report earlier Tuesday indicated that the Rangers and Phillies were having "ongoing dialogue" regarding the left-hander, a Rangers source told T.R. Sullivan that a trade for Hamels "is not on the board" at this time.

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Phillies Won't Let Utley's Vesting Option Dictate Playing Time
Ryne Sandberg is aware of Chase Utley's vesting option for 2016, but says the contract issue won't dictate who he puts in the lineup.

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Rangers, Phillies Have 'Ongoing Dialogue' Regarding Hamels
Cole Hamels is open to waiving his no-trade clause for such a deal, according to the report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Unknown Phillies Player Cleans Out Hamels' Locker As Joke
For a brief moment on Thursday it appeared as though the Phillies had finally traded Cole Hamels.

Associated Press

Phillies May Have To Get 'More Creative' To Make Hamels Trade
As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Phillies still have the biggest trade chip in Cole Hamels.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Phillies: Bullpen Phone Issue 'Can Never Happen Again'
The Phillies couldn't reach the bullpen on Tuesday night because the phone was off the hook.


Phillies Interested In Hiring Andy MacPhail
The Phillies are looking at Andy MacPhail as a potential new leader for their front office.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Sandberg, Giles Involved In Dugout Altercation
Ken Giles drew the ire of Ryne Sandberg, Larry Bowa, and Bob McClure in the Phillies dugout on Friday night.

Mariners Interested In Revere, But Phillies Asking Too Much
Talks between the two squads broke down when the Phillies reportedly asked for too much in return for the outfielder.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Phillies Increase Efforts To Trade Papelbon
The Phillies have increased their efforts to trade away Jonathan Papelbon in recent days, according to sources.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Blue Jays, Cubs Have Discussed Papelbon With Phillies
The Phillies are prepared to trade Jonathan Papelbon and have discussed the closer with the Blue Jays and Cubs, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Phillies Open To Taking On More Of Hamels' Salary In Trades
The Phillies still want an elite prospect in return, but they are willing to pay more of Cole Hamels' salary than they were at the start of the season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Ruben Amaro Apologizes For Saying Fans 'Don't Understand The Game'
Ruben Amaro has apologized for making critical comments about the fans in Philadelphia earlier this week.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Phillies Aren't Close To Dealing Any Veterans
The Phillies have a number of players that might receive interest on the trade marketing including Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Phillies May Be Able To Sell Howard As DH Upgrade
Ryan Howard is showing signs of an offensive resurgence, which may allow the Phillies to trade him to an AL team looking for an upgrade at designated hitter.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

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