Philadelphia Phillies Wiretap

Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees

Mar 5, 2015 4:07 PM

Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Philadelphia Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

The San Diego Padres, New York Mets and New York Yankees were interested in Rollins.

Rollins has a full no-trade clause, which limited Philadelphia's options.

It had been reported that the Mets were the shortstop's second choice, but Rollins disagrees.

"There wasn't a second choice," Rollins said.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Polanco '90 Percent' Retired, Open To Coaching

Mar 5, 2015 8:33 AM

Placido Polanco, who didn't play baseball last season, considers himself to be "90 percent" retired.

However, the 39-year-old is leaving the door open if the right situation arises. He mentioned the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins as destinations.

Polanco is open to coaching as a way to remain involved with baseball.

Jorge Ebro/El Nuevo Herald

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Feel 'No Urgency' To Deal For Hamels

Feb 26, 2015 4:46 PM

The Boston Red Sox continue to monitor Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies, but "there's no sense of urgency" to trade for the left-hander, according to a source.

Boston has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Hamels since last season.

Hamels recently told USA Today that he would prefer being dealt to a contender.

Another source said the Red Sox are known to have made their interest in Hamels clear to the Phillies.

Sean McAdam/CSNNE

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Papelbon Interested In Possible Trade To Blue Jays

Feb 26, 2015 4:40 PM

Jonathan Papelbon made some interesting comments Thursday when asked about a potential trade from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed Francisco Rodriguez, removing one potential landing spot for Papelbon, who has said that he'd prefer to pitch for a winner.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also been linked to the right-hander.

“Yes, Toronto, interests me -- if it interests Ruben [Amaro]," he said. "I know some of the guys on their coaching staff. They're a good team. If Ruben can do a deal with them, I'd be interested."

Papelbon is making $13 million this season and has a vesting option for $13 million for 2016.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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

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Hamels Hopes To Be Traded To Contender

Feb 18, 2015 4:54 PM

Cole Hamels would prefer to be traded to a contending team.

"I want to go to a place where I can win again," Hamels told Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Hamels wanted to be clear that he's not demanding a trade, but expressed his desire to win.

"I know it's not going to happen here," the left-hander said.

The Philadelphia Phillies are believed to be asking for a lot for Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sandberg: Howard To Start At First For Phillies

Feb 18, 2015 4:49 PM

Ryan Howard will start at first base for the Philadelphia Phillies to begin this season, according to Ryne Sandberg.

The Phillies have been attempting to rebuild and trade Howard.

Howard has never fully rebounded after tearing his left Achilles tendon during the final out of Philadelphia's 2011 season.

"Right now he's here to prepare for the season as one of the guys," Sandberg said.

"If he gets to where he's hitting 30-35 home runs, which is good home runs for this day and age of baseball, he can help us win games this year. To see him in the spring and see him prepare and have him get ready, he's here. Right now, unless he gets unseated he's the first baseman."

Associated Press

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Remain Focused On Getting 'Younger And More Athletic'

Feb 17, 2015 9:27 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have shuffled their roster a bit this offseason, but they have more work to do.

They traded Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo and watched A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick leave.

However, the Phillies still have numerous veterans on the roster including Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon and Cliff Lee.

"We didn't necessarily expect to make a full transition in a two- or three-month period of time," Ruben Amaro said. "The process doesn't start on Oct. 1 and it doesn't end on Feb. 15. It continues. We'll continue to look at ways to get younger and more athletic. There's still a lot of work to be done.

"I think we've made some pretty decent progress as far as bringing some players and some talent into our system, particularly at the upper levels, that we hope will provide the depth that is necessary to move us forward. It's not a three-month process. The process is going to take a little longer and we understand that we have those challenges. We'll continue to work on that transition."

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox, Phillies Not Close To Hamels Deal

Feb 16, 2015 5:13 PM

The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are not close to a trade involving Cole Hamels, according to a source.

The Boston Globe reported on Sunday that the Red Sox were one of four teams to make an offer for Hamels.

The Red Sox are concerned with the cost to acquire the left-hander.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals, Dodgers Top Sports Book Win Totals

Feb 14, 2015 2:05 AM

The Nationals and the Dodgers have the highest projected season win totals, and the Phillies have the lowest, according to numbers posted Friday at the Atlantis sports book in Reno, Nevada.

The Nationals, who are 5-1 favorites to win the World Series at the Atlantis, top the sports book's season win total list at 93. The Dodgers, at 91, are the only other team projected to win more than 90 games.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Four Teams Have Made Offers For Hamels

Feb 12, 2015 9:16 AM

According to Ruben Amaro, four teams have made a "real" offer to the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels.

The general manager added that eight teams have "kicked the tires" on acquiring the left-hander.

The San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers have all been connected to Hamels this winter.

The Phillies are more eager to trade Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon than Hamels, who would command more in return.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres Made 'Aggressive Offer' For Hamels
The Padres made an "aggressive offer" for Cole Hamels before coming to terms on a deal with James Shields.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Phillies Expect Hamels To Start On Opening Day
While the Phillies haven't ruled out trading Cole Hamels, they expect the left-hander to be in spring training with them.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Teams Waiting For Phillies To Alter Stance On Hamels
Teams are waiting for the Phillies to either reduce the level of prospects they want in return or demonstrate a willingness to eat some of the salary owed to Cole Hamels.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Brewers Still Discussing Papelbon; Blue Jays Are Long Shots
The Brewers continue to discuss a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade with the Phillies.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Kyle Kendrick, Rockies Agree To $5.5M Deal
The Rockies have agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Kyle Kendrick, according to multiple reports.


Five, Six Teams Still Trying To Trade For Cole Hamels
No team has offered a package that Philadelphia would seriously consider for Cole Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Phillies Continuing To Discuss Jonathan Papelbon Trade
Ruben Amaro has confirmed that Jonathan Papelbon trade talks are ongoing.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Padres Still Exploring Trades
The Padres have remade their roster, but may not be done dealing.

Cash Kruth/MLB

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

Associated Press

Montgomery To Return As Philadelphia's Chairman
Pat Gillick, who has served as interim team president since David Montgomery took a medical leave of absence last August, will continue on as president.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Phillies Discussing Papelbon With Blue Jays, Brewers
Both the Blue Jays and Brewers are in need of a closer, but Jonathan Papelbon's salary has been a sticking point.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Brewers In Talks To Acquire Papelbon
Milwaukee is on Jonathan Papelbon's no-trade list, but that doesn't rule out a swap if the reliever feels he has a better chance to win.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

Chris Haft/MLB

Phillies: Nothing Imminent Involving Hamels
The Phillies are not close to dealing Cole Hamels, according to Ruben Amaro, Jr.

AJ Cassavell/MLB

Rangers, Phillies Discussed Hamels Before Gallardo Deal
The Rangers held "in-depth trade talks" with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels before they acquired Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires
Arthur Rhodes had a 20-year career, changing uniforms 9 times in eleven years.

Rangers Still In Pursuit Of Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels is guaranteed $96 million over the remainder of his contract, which ends with a club option for 2019 at $20 million.

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels
Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Phillies for a steep price.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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