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Brewers In Talks To Acquire Papelbon

Jan 23, 2015 8:49 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers are in serious talks to acquire Jonathan Papelbon, according to a report.

The Philadelphia Phillies would send money to Milwaukee a part of the deal.

Milwaukee is on Papelbon's no-trade list, but that doesn't rule out a swap if the reliever feels he has a better chance to win.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also had interest in Papelbon recently.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong

Jan 22, 2015 8:26 AM

Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the San Francisco Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

It was reported earlier this week that Vogelsong flew to Houston to meet with the Astros. He has also been linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies.

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Phillies: Nothing Imminent Involving Hamels

Jan 21, 2015 8:47 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are not close to dealing Cole Hamels, according to Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Amaro didn't rule out a potential deal, but said that nothing is close.

"We continue to have dialogue with other clubs about making more change," Amaro said. "I don't know if anything is going to happen. Nothing is really imminent."

AJ Cassavell/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rangers, Phillies Discussed Hamels Before Gallardo Deal

Jan 20, 2015 7:48 AM

The Texas Rangers held "in-depth trade talks" with the Philadelphia Phillies regarding Cole Hamels before they acquired Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers.

The sticking point in talks between Texas and Philadelphia was money.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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

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Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires

Jan 18, 2015 1:12 PM

Though he hadn't appeared in a major or minor league game since 2011, veteran Arthur Rhodes quietly held on to a remarkable career that spanned 20 big league seasons.

According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, that changed on Friday as the now 45-year-old left-handed reliever just as quietly made his retirement official.

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Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Rangers Still In Pursuit Of Cole Hamels

Jan 16, 2015 8:09 AM

The Texas Rangers are still pursuing the possibility of adding Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Texas has remained in contact with Philadelphia, according to a source. Money appears to be the stumbling block.

Hamels is guaranteed $96 million over the remainder of his contract, which ends with a club option for 2019 at $20 million.

A year ago, Hamels included the Rangers among the teams to which he would accept a trade. He can change the list annually.

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

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

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Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels

Jan 15, 2015 3:54 PM

Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for a steep price.

Four primary suitors remain for the left-hander, according to sources, the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

The Phillies will not move Hamels unless they get the haul they are looking for in return.

Hamels is signed through 2018 at $96 million and possibly through 2019 at $110 million if his option kicks in.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers

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Report: Padres Still Targeting Hamels

Jan 13, 2015 10:42 AM

Cole Hamels is reportedly still a target of the San Diego Padres, who have shaken up their roster this offseason.

Nothing is close between the Padres and Philadelphia Phillies, but the left-hander, who is a San Diego native, has been linked to the club before.

The Phillies are believed to want a lot in return for the 31-year-old Hamels.

AJ Cassavell/MLB

Tags: San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Prepared To Begin Season With Howard

Jan 12, 2015 4:43 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to trade Ryan Howard for months, but the club is prepared to begin the season with the slugger on the roster.

Ruben Amaro Jr. told FOX Sports over the weekend that the Phillies will not release Howard, and a trade remains the best option for both sides.

"The fact that we've been so public makes people think we'll release him," Amaro said.

"That won't happen. He'll play for the Phillies if we don't trade him ... but there is a point of diminishing returns. At some point, we're going to keep him, let him produce. Someone will have a need for him. He may be worth more later in the year or next year."

Austin Lawrence/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Howard Can Block Trade To 20 Teams

Jan 6, 2015 7:44 AM

Under the terms of Ryan Howard's five-year, $125 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, he can block trades to 20 teams.

That leaves only nine clubs where Howard can be traded without his permission.

The limited no-trade clause makes exploring a trade involving Howard difficult for the Philadelphia front office.

According to a source, the nine teams Howard can't block a trade to are: the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.

Howard will earn $25 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Phillies have a $23 million club option for 2017 with a $10 million buyout, so Howard is guaranteed a minimum of $60 million through the end of his contract.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies, Aaron Harang Reach One-Year Deal
Harang, 36, had a bounce-back year after signing with the Braves before last season.

ESPN

Phillies Want To Move Hamels Before Opening Day
The Red Sox and Cardinals remain linked to Hamels.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Reds Acquire Marlon Byrd From Phillies
Byrd will earn $8 million next season on the final year of a two-year deal that includes an $8 million team option for 2016.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Byrd Trade Between Phillies, Reds Fell Through
The two teams could re-work the trade in the future.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Phillies, Wandy Rodriguez Agree To Minor League Deal
Veteran pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and the Phillies agreed to a Minor League deal on Saturday.

MLB.com

Report: Padres, Phillies Discussing Trade For Hamels
The Boston Globe reported last week the Padres, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rangers were interested in Cole Hamels.

MLB.com

Sources: Rollins Trade Still In Play Despite Kemp Snag
If Matt Kemp doesn't head to the Padres, Philadelphia would have to agree on different compensation.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Hamels Keeping An Open Mind On Future
Cole Hamels has repeatedly said that he wants to win while he is pitching in his prime.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Astros Could Be Dark Horse For Hamels
Cole Hamels has as many as five years and $110 million left on his contract.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Phillies Losing Hope For Huge Haul In Hamels Trade
Cole Hamels has five years and $90 million left on his contract.

David Murphy/Philadelphia Daily News

Pirates Get Antonio Bastardo From Phillies
Philadelphia will receive minor league left-hander Joely Rodriguez in return.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Jimmy Rollins Traded To Dodgers
Jimmy Rollins has been traded by the Phillies to the Dodgers.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Phillies Keeping Tabs On Lester, Which Could Shift Hamels Market
Philadelphia isn't in the mix to sign Jon Lester, but where he lands will help set the trade market for Cole Hamels.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Phillies Scouting Dodgers, Expecting Trade Talks
The Phillies are expecting to engage in trade talks with the Dodgers regarding left-hander Cole Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Phillies Never Made Offer To Yasmany Tomas
The Phillies were the first team to show interest in Yasmany Tomas, but they never made him a Major League contract offer.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

Papelbon Carrying Little Trade Value
The Blue Jays and Astros could use a closer, but haven't shown interest.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Phillies 'In No Rush' To Trade Hamels
The Phillies are open to trading Cole Hamels this offseason, but Ruben Amaro says he doesn't feel any urgency to move the left-hander.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tomas Reportedly Seeking $100M, Which May Turn Phillies Off
The Phillies have long been considered the favorites to sign Yasmany Tomas, but that may no longer be the case.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Braves To Work Yasmany Tomas Out Privately
Tomas has acquired a visa and could attend the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sources: Mets Contacted Phillies About Rollins
The talks have since been dismissed because Rollins does not want to leave Philadelphia, a source added.

Adam Rubin/ESPN