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Odubel Herrera Pulled From Game For Not Hustling

May 24, 2016 7:29 AM

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 Philadelphia Phillies' loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Instead of hustling to first base after hitting a grounder to Justin Wilson, Herrera appeared to take a more casual route down the line. Normally it would not have been costly, but Wilson ended up stumbling and almost bungling the play, it could have been the difference in a base hit and an out in what was at the time a tied ballgame.

"He didn't run," Mackanin said. "One of the ingredients to our success to this point is the fact that these guys play with energy, they play hard, and we're training them to play the game the right way. And not running is not the right way. And that's why it's more important for me to set that tone than to take our best hitter out of the lineup."

Mackanin admitted it was not an isolated incident with Herrera, giving the manager even more reason to call attention to the issue and discipline the young player.

"I've seen it in the past, and it's been trickling in," Mackanin said. "I just, I didn't like it, and I just made a decision."

Katie Strang/ESPN

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Keith Law Has Phillies Taking A.J. Puk In Latest Mock Draft

May 19, 2016 6:59 AM

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.

The Philadelphia Phillies have the first pick and Law has them taking Florida Gators left-hander A.J. Puk. There is no consensus at the top of the draft with Puk, Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis, Louisville outfielder Corey Ray and California prep outfielders Mickey Moniak and Blake Rutherford among their options.

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Phillies Promote Prospect Tommy Joseph

May 13, 2016 3:40 PM

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

Joseph, 24, was hitting .347 with six home runs in 27 games for Lehigh Valley. He had the highest OPS (.981) in the International League.

Philadelphia's first basemen are hitting .174 with eight home run and a .624 OPS.

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Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

Apr 28, 2016 8:29 AM

Fantex, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major League players.

The players are Maikel Franco, Collin McHugh, Jonathan Schoop, Tyler Duffey and Yangervis Solarte.

Fantex offers professional athletes an up-front, one-time payment in exchange for a portion of that player's future earnings both on and off the field. Fantex then sells "shares" of that player to public investors for a set price.

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.


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Hamstring Injury Ends Charlie Morton's Season

Apr 27, 2016 3:04 PM

Charlie Morton will have surgery on his torn left hamstring Monday in Philadelphia and will miss the remainder of the season.

Morton will need six to eight months to recover, according to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Adam Morgan, who has been pitching at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is expected to take Morton's spot Friday against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park.

Morton injured himself Saturday, running to first base on a sacrifice-bunt attempt.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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Phillies Sign Will Venable

Mar 29, 2016 7:47 AM

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

Philadelphia checked on a long list of outfielders this spring, but they seem to be done searching after reaching a deal with Venable.

Venable, 33, hit .244/.320/.350 in 390 plate appearances split between the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers last season.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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Phillies Sign Pete Mackanin Through 2017

Mar 25, 2016 3:32 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed manager Pete Mackanin to a two-year contract through 2017.

Mackanin's deal includes a club option for 2018. The 64-year-old had signed a one-year contract in September after replacing Ryne Sandberg, who abruptly resigned in June.

He led the Phillies to a 37-51 record.

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Ken Giles Surprised By Magnitude Of Trade To Astros

Mar 24, 2016 3:44 PM

The Houston Astros raised some eyebrows when they traded five players to the Philadelphia Phillies for Ken Giles and 17-year-old infield prospect this winter.

One of the players sent to Philadelphia was Mark Appel, who they once took with the first overall pick in 2013.

"I didn't feel like I was all that valuable," Giles admitted. "I thought I might be like a 2-for-1, two-high-prospects kind of guy. So I feel honored that I was viewed as that valuable to a team."

Only three Major League relievers have had a sub-2.00 ERA and 10-plus strikeouts per nine innings over their first two seasons: Giles, Takashi Saito and Rob Dibble.

Before landing Giles, the Astros were in on Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Miller, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger.

"I think that's true on a couple of different levels," A.J. Hinch said when asked if the game has changed. "One is, the value of the last nine outs -- not just the closer but the last nine outs -- has grown across the game. And some of it has to do with the way the Royals have won championships, the way the Giants have won championships. The intensity of those last nine outs has become more valuable.

"And the other idea that I have is, I think it's hard to measure, analytically or emotionally, what a blown opportunity to win a game means. It's not just about one game, as a lot of measures would tell you. Back when the closer role was less valuable in the eyes of some around the game, it was because they were focused on the value of just one loss. In actuality, when you're on a team and you blow leads, the carryover effect can last far longer than just one game."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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'Lazarito' Nearing Decision On Major League Team

Feb 9, 2016 4:29 PM

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.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder, 16, has drawn interest from the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.

"I'm always ready. I'm realizing my dream to play professional baseball," Armenteros told last week at Estadio Quisqueya during the Caribbean Series. "I'm planning on making a decision on [Wednesday], but only God knows what will happen and when I will sign. I'm not worried about it. I'm just waiting on the right opportunity."

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Mackanin: Howard Will Sit If He Doesn't Hit

Jan 20, 2016 7:17 AM

Ryan Howard will be on the bench for the Philadelphia Phillies this season if he doesn't hit, according to manager Pete Mackanin.

"It's going to be a difficult situation," Mackanin said. "But decisions have to be made. And I have to do what I think is best for the organization and the team."

Howard is entering his 12th and most likely final year with the Phillies.

The former MVP has hit below .230 in three of the last four years. He had a .418 OPS in 100 at-bats against lefties last season, so Mackanin likely wants to see Darin Ruf play more.


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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.

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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

Phillies Receive Appel In Giles Deal
The Phillies receive former No. 1 draft pick Mark Appel in the Ken Giles trade to the Astros.

Sources: Astros Trade Four Players To Phillies For Ken Giles
Philadelphia will reportedly receive pitchers Vincent Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzer, along with a third significant prospect and another player.


Phillies Claim Peter Bourjos Off Waivers
The Phillies have claimed Peter Bourjos off waivers from the Cardinals.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Astros Determined To Sign Closer
The Astros are looking at both trade and free-agent options to sign a top closer for next season.

Phillies Send Prospect To D-Backs For Hellickson
Jeremy Hellickson is 49-48 with a 3.94 ERA in 142 games during six major league seasons.

Phillies Open To Moving Ken Giles
Ken Giles, 25, notched a 1.80 ERA and 15 saves over 69 appearances last season, after posting a 1.18 ERA in 44 games during his 2014 rookie campaign.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies Begin To Embrace Analytics, Launch PHIL
The Phillies have taken a big step in catching up in the analytics department by launching their own proprietary information system.

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Domonic Brown Elects Free Agency
The Phillies outrighted Domonic Brown off their 40-man roster on October 19.

Matt Eddy/Baseball America

Ruben Amaro Jr. To Coach First-Base For Red Sox
Ruben Amaro Jr. is the former GM of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Phillies Hire Matt Klentak As New GM
Matt Klentak replaces Ruben Amaro Jr. who was fired in September.

Phillies Down To Three Candidates For GM
The club's organizational meetings begin on Monday and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that someone could be in place by then.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Dan Kantrovitz Onto Second Interview With Phillies
Dan Kantrovitz, who once looked like the favorite to become the general manager of the Brewers, is onto his second interview with the Phillies.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Phillies Preparing For Important 2016 Draft
The Phillies have the No. 1 overall pick next June and have begun preparing for what will be a very important draft for the organization.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies To Interview Kim Ng For GM Job
Andy MacPhail is the Phillies' new president and is considering Kim Ng, Ross Atkins and Larry Beinfest.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Kim Ng To Interview For Phillies' GM Job
Kim Ng currently works in Major League Baseball's central office.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Jeff Francoeur, Phillies Have Mutual Interest In Return
The Phillies reportedly pulled Jeff Francoeur back after an August waiver claim.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

MacPhail Expects Ryan Howard To Remain With Phillies
Ryan Howard, one of just two holdovers from the 2008 World Series championship team, may or may not have a future with the Phillies.

Jake Kaplan/Philadelphia Inquirer