Philadelphia Phillies Wiretap

Rangers Targeting Phillies' Vince Velasquez

Jul 25, 2016 4:47 PM

The Texas Rangers are looking to fortify their rotation and have been targeting Vince Velasquez of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The price to acquire Velasquez is believed to be pretty high.

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

Tags: Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Eyeing Trade For Jeanmar Gomez

Jul 21, 2016 7:09 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez.

Gomez, 28, owns a 2.76 ERA and has converted 26 of his 29 save opportunities this season. He played two seasons with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, making 78 appearances (eight starts) with a 3.28 ERA.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Have Scouted Jeremy Hellickson Recently

Jul 8, 2016 7:12 AM

The Boston Red Sox have scouted Jeremy Hellickson of the Philadelphia Phillies lately.

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

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Phillies To Skip Aaron Nola's Next Start

Jul 4, 2016 12:30 PM

The Phillies will skip right-hander Aaron Nola's final start before the All-Star break in hopes that the rest will help him "clear his head," according to manager Pete Mackanin.

Nola was scheduled to start on Thursday against the Rockies, but he said he understands the team's decision.

ESPN.com

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Phillies Prospect Loses Eye After Freak Accident

Jun 30, 2016 4:44 PM

Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher Matt Imhof, who sustained a traumatic injury to his right eye late last week during a freak training accident, has had his eye removed on the recommendation of doctors.

Imhof said a large piece of metal hit him in the eye and head, fracturing his nose and two orbital bones and causing the loss of vision in his right eye.

"That night, the doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape," Imhof wrote on Instagram.

The Phillies drafted Imhof in the second round of the 2014 draft. He will have a prosthetic eye placed in his right socket.

Imhof, a 6-foot-5 left-hander out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, received a signing bonus of $1,187,900 from the Phillies as the 47th overall pick in 2014.

ESPN

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Phillies Aren't Expected To Spend Big In Free Agency

Jun 20, 2016 7:46 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies will have money to spend this coming offseason, but they aren't expected to use it on a weak class of free agents.

Philadelphia will have $24.5 million committed to players that won't play for them in 2017, but little else. Ryan Howard has a $10 million buyout for his option and Matt Harrison is due another $13 million, most of which will likely be covered by insurance because of a chronic injury.

As the roster currently stands, Freddy Galvis would be Philadelphia's highest-paid player in 2017. He's making $2 million this season.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor

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Police Cite Man Who Threw Bottle At Ryan Howard

Jun 14, 2016 8:42 AM

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.

Sidney Smith, 21, of Wilmington, Delaware, turned himself in Friday over the June 4 incident.

The aluminum bottle was thrown onto the field as Howard walked to the dugout at the end of the game. It landed near him but didn't hit him, and ballpark security alerted police.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Legal

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Stephen Strasburg Improves To 10-0

Jun 11, 2016 1:21 AM

On 80s night at Nationals Park, Stephen Strasburg became the first National League pitcher to begin the season 10-0 since Astros reliever Juan Agosto did it in 1988. He’s the first NL starter to accomplish the feat since 1985, when San Diego’s Andy Hawkins got off to an 11-0 start, ESPN Stats & Information points out.

ESPN.com

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Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results

Jun 9, 2016 8:56 PM

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft is Thursday night in New Jersey and RealGM will track all of the first round action as the picks unfold.

First Round

1. Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) HS

2. Reds: Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee

3. Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa (N.Y.) HS

4. Rockies: Riley Pint, RHP, Saint Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) HS

5. Brewers: Corey Ray, OF, Louisville

6. Athletics: A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida

7. Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (Ala.) HS

8. Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford

9. Tigers: Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon (Calif.) HS

10. White Sox: Zack Collins, C, Miami

11. Mariners: Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer

12. Red Sox: Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat (N.J.) HS

13. Rays: Joshua Lowe, RHP, Pope (Ga.) HS

14. Indians: Will Benson, OF, The Westminster Schools (Ga.)

15. Twins: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum (Pa.) HS

16. Angels: Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

17. Astros: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights (Texas) HS

18. Yankees: Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade Prep HS

19. Mets: Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College

20. Dodgers: Gavin Lux, SS, Indian Trail HS

21. Blue Jays: T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Pittsburgh

22. Pirates: Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest

23. Cardinals: Delvin Perez, SS, Colegio Individualizado PJ Education School

24. Padres (Justin Upton compensation): Hudson Sanchez, SS, Carroll HS

25. Padres (Ian Kennedy compensation): Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State

26. White Sox (Jeff Samardzija compensation): Zach Burdi, RHP, Louisville

27. Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen compensation): Cody Sedlock, RHP, University of Illinois

28. Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann compensation): Carter Kieboom, SS, Walton HS

29. Nationals (Ian Desmond compensation): Dane Dunning, RHP, Florida

30. Rangers (Yovani Gallardo compensation): Cole Ragans, LHP, North Florida Christian HS

31. Mets (Daniels Murphy compensation): Anthony Kay, LHP, Connecticut

32. Dodgers (Zack Greinke compensation):Will Smith, C, Louisville

33. Cardinals (John Lackey compensation): Dylan Carson, OF, Elk Grove HS

34. Cardinals (Jason Heyward compensation): Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State

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Phillies Could Draft Cheaper Player To Use Money On Second Rounder

Jun 9, 2016 2:32 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have the first overall pick in Thursday's Major League Draft and have been linked to A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Corey Ray and Blake Rutherford.

Keith Law reports that the Phillies may draft based on price tag.

"If the Phillies can save $1 million by taking the No. 2 player on their board and then apply that money to sign pick 42 to an overslot deal, they'll do so," Law writes. "And they should -- it's exactly what the current CBA encourages teams to do."

Keith Law/ESPN

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Kyle Lewis Shooting Up Draft Boards
The Phillies are expected to take either A.J. Puk or Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick, but Kyle Lewis is gaining steam.

Jim Callis/MLB

Phillies To Evaluate Vince Velasquez's Sore Biceps
The Phillies are expected to re-evaluate Vince Velasquez on Thursday after he left Wednesday's start against the Cubs with biceps soreness.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Phillies Nearing Long-Team Decision At First Base
Ryan Howard has been slowly losing starts to Tommy Joseph.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Fan Throws Beer Bottle At Ryan Howard In Philadelphia
The Phillies and local police are investigating an incident in which a fan at Citizens Bank Park threw a beer bottle from the stands at Ryan Howard on Saturday.

ESPN

Phillies To Bench Ryan Howard For 3-4 Days
The Phillies plan to bench Ryan Howard over the next few days in the wake of the worst statistical month in franchise history.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Joe Girardi Compares Luis Severino To Roy Halladay
The Yankees have sent Luis Severino to Triple-A to regain the form he showed in a brief Major League stint last season.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Keith Law Has A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Jason Groome In Latest Mock Draft
With a little more than a week before the Major League Baseball draft, Keith Law of ESPN has posted his second mock draft of the year.

Keith Law/ESPN

Odubel Herrera Pulled From Game For Not Hustling
Odubel Herrera was pulled from Monday night's game by Pete Mackanin for not running out a routine grounder in the seventh inning of the Phillies' loss to the Tigers.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Keith Law Has Phillies Taking A.J. Puk In Latest Mock Draft
With the Major League Baseball draft just three weeks away, ESPN's Keith Law has issued a mock draft projecting how the first round will shake out.

Keith Law/ESPN

Phillies Promote Prospect Tommy Joseph
The Phillies have promoted first base prospect Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Evan Webeck/MLB

Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex
Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.

BusinessWire

Hamstring Injury Ends Charlie Morton's Season
Charlie Morton will have surgery on his torn left hamstring Monday in Philadelphia and will miss the remainder of the season.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies Sign Will Venable
The Phillies have signed Will Venable, who could end up starting in the outfield next week.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Phillies Sign Pete Mackanin Through 2017
Pete Mackanin's deal includes a club option for 2018.

Associated Press

Ken Giles Surprised By Magnitude Of Trade To Astros
The Astros raised some eyebrows when they traded five players to the Philadelphia Phillies for Ken Giles and 17-year-old infield prospect this winter.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

'Lazarito' Nearing Decision On Major League Team
Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros is expected to make a decision on where he will sign Wednesday, about one month after Major League Baseball declared him a free agent.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Mackanin: Howard Will Sit If He Doesn't Hit
Ryan Howard is entering his 12th and most likely final year with the Phillies.

ESPN

Cliff Lee Looking For 'Perfect Fit' In Free Agency
Cliff Lee is interested in a Major League comeback, but only if he finds a "perfect fit" in free agency, according to his agent, Darek Braunecker.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Howard, Zimmerman Want Public Retraction From Al Jazeera
The attorneys for Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have sent letters to Al Jazeera demanding that the news agency publicly retract its report suggesting that the two players have used banned substances,

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

Al Jazeera Documentary Links Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman To PEDs
Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman and Taylor Teagarden are among the athletes named as having allegedly received banned PEDs in a documentary from Al Jazeera television.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors