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Astros Determined To Sign Closer

Nov 22, 2015 2:21 AM

The Astros are very determined to get a closer, other teams have told ESPN's Jayson Stark, as Houston is looking at both trade and free-agent options.

The Astros have checked in on Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman, Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller, Philadelphia's Ken Giles and Tampa Bay's Brad Boxberger, according to Stark.

Tags: Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Send Prospect To D-Backs For Hellickson

Nov 14, 2015 4:44 PM

The Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Phillies for right-handed pitching prospect Sam McWilliams.

The 28-year-old Hellickson went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts after being traded to Arizona from Tampa Bay last offseason. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2011 and won a Gold Glove in 2012.

Hellickson is 49-48 with a 3.94 ERA in 142 games in six big league seasons.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Phillies Open To Moving Ken Giles

Nov 11, 2015 8:39 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are open to trading young closer Ken Giles.

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.

Philadelphia hasn't ruled out keeping him, but trading him could help fill other needs.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Begin To Embrace Analytics, Launch PHIL

Nov 6, 2015 7:07 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have taken a big step in catching up in the analytics department by launching their own proprietary information system.

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said he is currently working with a beta version of the custom-made sabermetrics system.

Klentak said the system is a place for the team to store and manipulate data, including scouting reports, medical information, basic statistics, and "refined, nuances statistical information." The PHIL acronym stands for "Phillies Holistic Information Location."

"Basically it's a place to house all of our information and synthesize it and try to manage it and pool it and bring all together," Klentak said. "That's what PHIL will provide. I'm new to it. I was not involved in the design of it, but I'm getting more and more familiar with it. We're making some tweaks to it to make sure it suits what we're looking to do and what we're hoping to achieve. It's close to its official launch."

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Domonic Brown Elects Free Agency

Oct 27, 2015 7:44 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies outrighted Domonic Brown off their 40-man roster on October 19.

The outfielder has elected free agency. He had the option to do so because he has three years of Major League service time.

Brown, 28, hit .228/.284/.349 in 204 plate appearances this past season.

Matt Eddy/Baseball America

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ruben Amaro Jr. To Coach First-Base For Red Sox

Oct 24, 2015 9:04 PM

Former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will be making a rare transition in 2016, when he returns to the playing field as the Red Sox's new first-base coach.

A baseball source confirmed the pending hiring, which was first reported Saturday by the Boston Globe.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Phillies Hire Matt Klentak As New GM

Oct 24, 2015 9:01 PM

The Phillies have hired Angels assistant general manager Matt Klentak as their new general manager, a baseball source confirmed to Saturday.

Klentak, 36, replaces Ruben Amaro Jr., who was fired in September with the Phillies on the way to a major league-worst 63-99 record and a second straight last-place finish in the National League East.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Phillies Down To Three Candidates For GM

Oct 23, 2015 7:16 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are down to three candidates as they continue their search for a general manager.

The club's organizational meetings begin on Monday and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that someone could be in place by then.

Philadelphia has interview numerous candidates including Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, MLB's vice president of baseball ops Kim Ng, Indians VP of player personnel Ross Atkins, Angels assistant GM Matt Klentak, Cardinals director of player personnel Matt Slater, Athletics assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz, Royals assistant GM J.J. Picollo, Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom and former Cubs GM Jim Hendry.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Dan Kantrovitz Onto Second Interview With Phillies

Oct 22, 2015 7:08 AM

Dan Kantrovitz, who once looked like the favorite to become the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, is onto his second interview with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report.

Other recent interviews for the GM job in Philadelphia include J.J. Piccolo, Matt Klentak, Matt Slater, Larry Beinfest and Ross Atkins.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Preparing For Important 2016 Draft

Oct 13, 2015 4:34 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have the No. 1 overall pick next June and have begun preparing for what will be a very important draft for the organization.

Johnny Almaraz, the team's amateur scouting director, and his entire staff will be crisscrossing the country to scout the top amateur players countless times up until June.

"Heading into the year we've been anticipating we'd pick pretty high, so we've been on the go," Almaraz said. "We're very, very optimistic and very positive about this year's crop. We're fortunate to have the No. 1 pick in a really good year."

At this point, there is no consensus No. 1 pick in next year's draft.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Draft, Misc Rumor

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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

Phillies Search For GM In 'Early Stages'
The Phillies let Ruben Amaro, Jr. go earlier this month and Andy MacPhail hopes to have someone in place prior to the organizational meetings, which begin on Oct. 26.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Pete Mackanin Will Manage Phillies In 2016
Pete Mackanin will manage the Phillies next season after the club removed his interim tag.


Odubel Herrera Benched By Phillies For Not Hustling
Odubel Herrera was taken out of the game and benched Sunday for pouting and not hustling by manager Pete Mackanin.


Jonathan Papelbon Questions Phillies' Desire To Win
Jonathan Papelbon returned to Citizens Bank Park with the Nationals on Monday and took some shots at the Phillies, who traded him earlier this summer.

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies Fire GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
The Phillies have the worst record in the majors at 54-86 and will miss the postseason for the fourth straight year.

Phillies In No Rush To Decide Amaro's Future
The Phillies have restocked their farm system well over the last nine months, but is that enough for Ruben Amaro to keep his job as general manager?

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Cherington, Picollo Are Options To Replace Philadelphia's Amaro
If the Phillies decide to part ways with general manager Ruben Amaro this offseason, two potential options have emerged.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Phillies Introducing More Analytical Approach
The Phillies, who ESPN ranked last among all Major League clubs in the use of analytics earlier this year, are introducing a new approach.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Phillies' Fan Injured Shortly After Commissioner Spoke About Safety
Rob Manfred said there's a chance that extra safety nets could be put up at MLB parks as early as next season.

Phillies Get Richy, Sweeney From Dodgers For Utley
The Phillies will receive Minor Leaguers John Richy and Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in the Chase Utley deal.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Utley Traded To Dodgers
A pair of Minor League players will head to Philadelphia in the trade and Los Angeles will pay $2 million of what remains on Chase Utley's contract for 2015.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Phillies May Be Nearing Utley Trade
The Chase Utley situation may be coming to a head in Philadelphia and it is possible that the Phillies will trade him as soon as Wednesday, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Phillies Won't Have To Pay All Of Matt Harrison's Salary
The Phillies inherited Matt Harrison's contract and the insurance policy attached to his deal in last month's trade with the Rangers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Chase Utley Likely To Remain With Phillies
Chase Utley, who has cleared waivers, must be acquired before the Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible to play in the postseason.


Angels Still Hope To Acquire Chase Utley
The Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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