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Phillies Sign Pete Mackanin To New Two-Year Contract

May 11, 2017 10:06 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Pete Mackanin to a new two-year contract that could keep him with the team through the 2019 season.

The deal carries a club option for 2019.

Mackanin had been in the final season of his previous contract, which included a 2018 club option.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Phillies To Use Joaquin Benoit As Closer

Apr 11, 2017 9:03 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are turning to Joaquin Benoit as closer "for the time being," according to Pete Mackanin.

Since the 2016 All-Star break, Jeanmar Gomez has surrendered 30 runs on 47 hits and 13 walks in 30 innings of work. He's managed a respectable 25 strikeouts and 47.7 percent ground-ball rate in that time, but he's also been tagged for five homers. His ERA over that span is 9.00.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Phillies Score Franchise-Record 12 First-Inning Runs

Apr 9, 2017 2:14 AM

The Phillies scored a franchise-record 12 runs in the first in a 17-3 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night, the most runs they have scored in a game since they posted 22 on the Reds on July 6, 2009.

The Phillies began the inning having scored just 14 runs in four games, but a combination of nine hits (including three doubles and one triple), four walks and two sacrifice flies put them within a run of the franchise record for most runs in an inning overall.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Braves Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal

Apr 6, 2017 1:10 PM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Ryan Howard to a Minor League contract.

Howard will report to extended spring training next week then will join Triple-A Gwinnett.

Howard, 37, is a career .258 hitter with 382 home runs and 1,194 RBIs.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Former Mets, Phillies, Yankees Manager Dallas Green Dies At 82

Mar 23, 2017 8:07 AM

Dallas Green, who won a World Series as a manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and paved the way for lights at Wrigley Field as president of the Chicago Cubs, died Wednesday at 82.

No cause of death was announced, but Green had been suffering from kidney failure.

Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president, minor league director and scout.

"The game lost a great baseball man today," Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement released by the team. "Dallas held many different positions in baseball, and his passion and love for the game was evident in every role he played."

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

Phillies Acquire Pat Venditte From M's

Mar 12, 2017 4:47 PM

The Phillies have acquired switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from the Mariners for minor league outfielder Joey Curletta.

The trade was announced Sunday.

Venditte, 31, has pitched three times in spring training for Seattle this year and twice for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

Venditte was 0-0 with a 5.73 ERA in 15 games for Toronto and the Mariners last year. Able to throw with both arms, he's 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA in 41 games in the majors.

Curletta, 23, hit a combined .251 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs in Double-A and Class A in the Dodgers' system last season.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Roy Halladay Working As Guest Instructor With Phillies

Mar 8, 2017 7:50 AM

Roy Halladay reported to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday to serve as a guest instructor in Clearwater, Florida.

The plan is for Halladay to work on and off with Philadelphia's young pitchers over the next month.

"I like just being around," Halladay said. "For me right now it's just about learning new names and getting to know people, just being around I think is important for me right now. More than anything I just want to get to know these guys and anyway I can help, I'll be happy to help.

"Whatever concerns they may have, if any, or talking about things that helped me be successful, so it can cover a range of things. For me, it's just a pleasure to be able to help out. If it's throwing BP, I'll throw BP. ... I think it's just a great opportunity to get out here again and be around the guys. Especially with so many new, young players, it's exciting for a guy like myself to come in and watch them. If I can share anything that'll help them, that's awesome."

Halladay, who turns 40 in May, said he had a few offers from other teams to take on a similar role but opted to work with the Phillies. He spent the final four years of his 16-year career with the organization.

"To me, it feels like the type of organization that they are at this point, and where I felt the most welcomed and the most wanted was here," Halladay said. "And I also felt like there were the best opportunities for me to be helpful. I'm coming in with that hope and we’ll see how these first few days go and go from there."

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Philliles, Nationals, Yankees Early Favorites To Sign Bryce Harper

Mar 3, 2017 7:31 AM

Bryce Harper is expected to shatter contract records when he signs his next deal and the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals are the early favorites for his services.

One executive believes the Nationals are a long-shot to re-sign Harper -- “How are they going to sign him? They defer money in every contract," the executive said. However, Washington has surprised in the past by signing Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg for a combined $385 million.

"I always have hope," Mike Rizzo says about Washington's chances to keep Harper on an extension. "Who wouldn't want to have him long-term? We'd love to have him long-term. We scouted, signed and developed him. And he's been an MVP here. He's great on the club and in the clubhouse. He's a wonderful kid who's been misunderstood."

Harper will be a free agent after the 2018 season. He is a four-time All-Star in five seasons. He's one year removed from a 42-home run season with a 1.109 OPS and a 9.9 WAR.

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

Jeremy Hellickson Likely To Start Opener For Phillies

Feb 21, 2017 7:09 AM

Pete Mackanin has not yet named his Opening Day starter, but Jeremy Hellickson is likely to take the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Let's put it this way: He's probably got the best chance to be our opening-day starter," Mackanin said of Hellickson. "I'm not going to definitely announce it. Anything could happen during the spring. But he was [the opening-day pitcher] last year — and I'm not making the announcement he will be this year — but there's a good chance he might be."

Hellickson is the team's highest-paid player in 2017 at $17.2 million.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Indians Have Interest In Chase Utley

Feb 9, 2017 7:51 AM

The Cleveland Indians have interest in Chase Utley, according to a report.

There are believed to be other clubs in the mix to sign Utley, who doesn't have a clear path to playing time in Cleveland with Jason Kipnis the starter at second base.

Cleveland also has Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana at first base/designated hitter, further complicating the idea of significant playing time for Utley.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies, Ryan Hanigan Agree To Minor League Deal
The Phillies have agreed to a minor league contract with Ryan Hanigan and invited him to spring training.

Associated Press

Phillies, Michael Saunders Agree Upon $9M Deal
The contract also reportedly features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million.


Curt Schilling Blames Trump Support For HOF Shut-Out
In a recent video published by TMZ, Curt Schilling said he believes his support of President-elect Donald Trump is one reason he's losing Hall of Fame support among baseball journalists.

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Could Phillies Bolster Offense By Trading For Ryan Braun?
The Phillies have a surplus of starting pitching and some needs on offense.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Red Sox Trade Clay Buchholz To Phillies
The Red Sox have traded Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies for for minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Phillies Looking For Another Hitter, Reliever
Matt Klentak added that neither move is a necessity.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies Sign Odubel Herrera To Five-Year Extension
The Phillies have signed Obudel Herrera to a five-year contract extension that will guarantee the center fielder $30.5 million, according to a source.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Phillies, Joaquin Benoit Agree Upon One-Year Deal
The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal with Joaquin Benoit.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

Phillies, A.J. Ellis Have Mutual Interest In Deal
The Phillies, who acquired A.J. Ellis from the Dodgers during last season, consider him both a leader and "unofficial coach."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Jeremy Hellickson Accepts Phillies' Qualifying Offer
According to multiple reports, Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Phillies.


Phillies Acquire Howie Kendrick In Trade With Dodgers
The Dodgers have traded Howie Kendrick to the Phillies for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Jeremy Hellickson Leaning Towards Rejecting Qualifying Offer
Jeremy Hellickson received a qualifying offer from the Phillies and the right-hander is leaning towards rejecting the one-year, $17.2 million offer.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Dodgers Exploring Trade Options For Howie Kendrick
The Phillies and Angels were named as potential destinations in the report by Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Phillies Hire Bryan Minniti As Special Assistant to GM
Bryan Minniti was the assistant GM with the Diamondbacks for seven years.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Source: M's Acquire Catcher Carlos Ruiz From Dodgers
Carlos Ruiz had a combined .264 batting average in 2016 with 3 home runs and 15 RBIs in 62 games with the Dodgers and Phillies.

Phillies Hire Matt Stairs As New Hitting Coach
Matt Stairs replaces Steve Henderson as the Phillies' hitting coach.

Phillies Fire Hitting Coach Steve Henderson
Philadelphia finished the season last in the Major Leagues in runs scored.

Associated Press

Ryan Howard Thanks Fans Before Final Game With Phillies
Ryan Howard choked up a few times while thanking fans, the organization, and his teammates on Sunday.

Mets Clinch Wild-Card Spot
The Mets are returning to the postseason and will host the Giants or Cardinals on Wednesday.

Phillies Likely To Pursue Veteran Arm
Matt Klentak says the Phillies have placed a priority on adding a veteran pitcher this offseason.

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