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Phillies Sign Chad Billingsley

Jan 30, 2015 8:10 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Billingsley spent all of last season on the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers while he recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

The deal with the Phillies includes performance bonuses.

Associated Press

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Montgomery To Return As Philadelphia's Chairman

Jan 29, 2015 7:47 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that David Montgomery will return as the club's chairman.

Pat Gillick, who has served as interim team president since Montgomery took a medical leave of absence last August, will continue on as president.

Former club president Bill Giles, who had held the title of chairman since 2001, will now be the club's chairman emeritus.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Discussing Papelbon With Blue Jays, Brewers

Jan 28, 2015 9:02 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies remain in talks with the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers about a potential trade for Jonathan Papelbon.

Two sources said the talks were alive on Tuesday night.

Both the Blue Jays and Brewers are in need of a closer, but Papelbon's salary ($13 million in 2015) has been a sticking point.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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

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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.

Yahoo.com

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

AJ Cassavell/MLB

Phillies Prepared To Begin Season With Howard
The 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.

Austin Lawrence/MLB

Howard Can Block Trade To 20 Teams
There are only nine teams the Phillies can trade Ryan Howard to without his permission.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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