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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

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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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.

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

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Phillies, Ryan Hanigan Agree To Minor League Deal

Jan 26, 2017 7:53 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a minor league contract with Ryan Hanigan and invited him to spring training.

Hanigan will earn $1.25 million if added to Philadelphia's 40-man roster.

He also has the chance to earn $375,000 in performance bonuses based on starts at catcher.

Hanigan played the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

Associated Press

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Phillies, Michael Saunders Agree Upon $9M Deal

Jan 16, 2017 5:11 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with Michael Saunders, according to a report.

The contract also reportedly features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million.

Saunders, 30, hit a career-high 24 home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 and was named to the American League All-Star team.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Curt Schilling Blames Trump Support For HOF Shut-Out

Jan 3, 2017 7:05 AM

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.

Schilling has received only 55.1 percent of the vote, well below the 75 percent needed for induction, according to Ryan Thibodaux's public ballot tracker.

In addition, several weeks ago Schilling shared an image on Twitter that supported lynching journalists and several voting members have admitted that the image hurt his candidacy.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Could Phillies Bolster Offense By Trading For Ryan Braun?

Jan 3, 2017 6:51 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have a surplus of starting pitching and some needs on offense.

Ryan Lawrence opines that, along with the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, the Milwaukee Brewers could be a trade partner for the Phillies if Ryan Braun is at the center of a deal.

Braun, 33, is owed $80 million over the next five seasons, but Philadelphia has some payroll flexibility.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Trade Clay Buchholz To Phillies

Dec 20, 2016 3:12 PM

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

The Red Sox picked up their $13.5 million option on Buchholz's contract at the end of last season, but the possibility of a trade always seemed present.

After Boston acquired Chris Sale, it was rumored that they would deal Buchholz or Drew Pomeranz.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

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

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Phillies Looking For Another Hitter, Reliever

Dec 19, 2016 7:30 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies would like to add another hitter or reliever, according to Matt Klentak.

Klentak added that neither move is a necessity.

If the Phillies add a hitter, it would likely be a reserve outfielder.

"We continue to prioritize roster flexibility and payroll flexibility so players that are in position to sign shorter term contracts are going to be more appealing to us," Klentak said.

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

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Phillies Sign Odubel Herrera To Five-Year Extension

Dec 16, 2016 9:41 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Obudel Herrera to a five-year contract extension that will guarantee the center fielder $30.5 million, according to a source.

The contract also includes club options for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Herrera would not have been eligible for arbitration for another year.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Phillies, Joaquin Benoit Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Dec 5, 2016 5:01 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal with Joaquin Benoit.

The salary is the same he earned this past season, which he spent with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

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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."

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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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Mets Scratch Noah Syndergaard's Start On Saturday
Sean Gilmartin will make a spot start for the Mets on Saturday against the Phillies.

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Pete Mackanin Wants To See Phillies Add 'Go-To' Bat
The Phillies may be a few years from contention, but they could look to add some veteran bats this winter.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Phillies Expected To Pursue Veteran Position Players In Free Agency
Martin Prado and Ian Desmond appear to be likely options at this point.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis To Phillies For Carlos Ruiz
A.J. Ellis said a number of emotional goodbyes with players and staff Thursday, but the most emotional was with Clayton Kershaw.

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Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard Clear Revocable Waivers
Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard have both cleared revocable waivers and can now be traded without restriction.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

MLB Clears Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman In PED Probe
Major League Baseball has cleared Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman of any wrongdoing in its investigation of an Al-Jazeera report on performance-enhancing drugs, saying that neither player violated the

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Phillies Planning To Play Aaron Altherr In Center Field
The plans have many wondering if the Phillies plan to dangle Odubel Herrera in trade talks this winter.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Phillies Turn First Triple-Play At Petco Park
The Phillies turned the first-ever triple-play at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports