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Phillies May Be Able To Sell Howard As DH Upgrade

May 24, 2015 9:28 AM

Ryan Howard is showing signs of an offensive resurgence, which may allow the Philadelphia Phillies to trade him to an American League team looking for an upgrade at designated hitter.

Howard is hitting .268/.314/.550 with 10 home runs.

Some of the clubs that may be looking for help at DH are the Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins.

The Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles may eventually also become strong fits.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Marlins Showed Interest In Trading For Papelbon

May 24, 2015 9:22 AM

The Miami Marlins showed some interest in trading for Jonathan Papelbon around the time they fired Mike Redmond, according to a report.

It's now unclear whether the Marlins will look to buy after a slow start to the season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Angels, Phillies Have Discussed Revere Trade

May 21, 2015 6:59 AM

Ben Revere may become the odd man out in the outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies and a trade seems likely.

The Phillies have discussed a possible trade with the Los Angeles Angels in recent weeks, according to sources.

The Angels have been scouting Revere and like him, but compensation hasn't been agreed on.

Revere is making $4.1 million this season and will not become a free agent until after the 2017 season.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Teams Monitoring Ben Revere For Possible Trade

May 20, 2015 7:55 AM

Teams continue to monitor Ben Revere for a possible trade.

Revere may be the odd man out with Cody Asche and Domonic Brown working their way back to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com hears that the Los Angels Angels like Revere but are in "exploratory mode" and aren't rushing for outfield help.

The 27-year-old was said to be available via trade shortly before Opening Day.

Revere is hitting .266/.311/.351 in 164 plate appearances.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Kyle Kendrick Received Mixed Messages From Phillies

May 19, 2015 7:45 AM

Kyle Kendrick, who spent his entire professional career with the Philadelphia Phillies before this season, says he received mixed messages from Ruben Amaro, Jr. upon his departure.

The 30-year-old signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

"Would I would have liked to come back? Yeah, why not," Kendrick said of the Phillies. "It's the only place I know. But I was also excited to go somewhere else. These guys were interested -- very interested. You always want to be somewhere you're wanted. That was the main thing. Philly didn't want me, and these guys wanted me. That's the way it worked out."

Kendrick knew early in the offseason that he wouldn't be returning to the Phillies.
 
"Ruben called me about a week after the season and said we're going to go in a different direction, we're going to go younger," Kendrick said, "and then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, (huh). That's the way it is. Honestly I think it's just part of the game and wanted some different faces. That's the way it goes."

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Call Up Maikel Franco

May 15, 2015 2:24 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up top prospect Maikel Franco to be their everyday third baseman.

"This was a baseball decision based on Maikel's development and performance," Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "We believe he is ready for the next step."

The Phillies will host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Franco, 22, will replace Cody Asche, who was sent down earlier this week to Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier this week.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Ben Revere Aware Of Rumors, Angels Could Be Destination

May 15, 2015 7:47 AM

Ben Revere, who has already been part of one trade in his career, has been aware of recent rumors since the Philadelphia Phillies began the season.

Revere knows he could be one of the veterans that the Phillies trade off before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

The Phillies will have a crowded group of outfielders when Cody Asche and Domonic Brown join the club. Asche is learning to play left field while Brown returns from injury and ineffectiveness.

According to a recent report, the Los Angeles Angels are one team interested in Revere.

"I know it's a business," Revere said. "I know we need some guys to help this program out, this organization out. If I do, it's a part of the game. But the only thing I'm trying to do is help the team win. I'm not worrying about it. If it does happen, it happens. If it doesn't, I'm going to try to bring some W's to this team."

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cole Hamels Dominant Over Last Five Starts

May 14, 2015 5:40 PM

Cole Hamels was shaky in his first three starts of 2015, but the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander has been dominant as of late.

Over his last five starts, Hamels is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA. He has allowed just one home run in 33 innings. He allowed an eye-popping seven home runs in his first 18 frames.

"It's just going out there and feeling confident with every pitch that I have," Hamels said. "I'm trying to establish strikes to both sides of the plate with whatever pitch. When you're able to do that you're able to command each inning."

Hamels is 10-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 16 starts when the Phillies have scored three or more runs for him the past two seasons.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Papelbon Becomes Philadelphia's Saves Leader

May 14, 2015 10:02 AM

Jonathan Papelbon earned a save on Wednesday night as the Philadelphia Phillies topped the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing him to set the all-time franchise mark for saves.

Papelbon passed Jose Mesa with his 113th save. He has seven saves in as many tries this season.

"I've always said a closer is nobody without the teammates in front of him," Papelbon said. "It's ironic because tonight I couldn't get that opportunity if my teammates don't pick me up."

The right-hander is also the saves leader for the Boston Red Sox.

ESPN

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Chase Utley's BABIP Suggests He'll Improve

May 13, 2015 7:17 AM

Chase Utley is hitting just .111 on balls in play this season, which suggests that the Philadelphia Phillies may start getting more from their second baseman.

Utley has the lowest BABIP among qualified hitters this season.

He has a line drive rate (20.2 percent) just below the Major League average (21.7) and his batting average on ground balls (.054) is the worst in baseball.

"At some point, we can assume some of those grounders will sneak through and more of the line drives will fall and that .122 average will eventually climb," David Schoenfield of ESPN writes.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

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Mike Schmidt Believes Utley To End Slump Soon
The Phillies have given Chase Utley some time off lately as a mental break, but five weeks into the season there are questions as to whether the 36-year-old will emerge from his slump.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

Sources: Cubs Have Touched Base With Phillies On Hamels
Chicago is winning, which may make them more aggressive on the trade market as the midseason approaches.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Phillies Send Manuel Out To Scout Red Sox
The Red Sox may still be the front-runners to land Cole Hamels in a trade with the Phillies.

David Murphy/Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies Willing To Pay Part Of Hamels' Salary In Trade
Cole Hamels is owed $96 million through 2018, and possibly $110 million with his 2019 option.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Phillies Trying To Sell Red Sox On Re-Acquiring Papelbon
The Red Sox have issues with their pitching staff, including the rotation and bullpen.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Utley Wants To Remain In Philadelphia
Major League clubs have been told over the last year that Chase Utley won't accept a trade from the Phillies.

Buster Olney/ESPN

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Victorino Gets Standing Ovation In Philadelphia
Shane Victorino played nearly 1,000 games for the Phillies.

Ian Browne/MLB

Jeff Francoeur, Andres Blanco Make Phillies' Roster
The Phillies have sent Jordan Danks to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to complete their Opening Day roster.

ESPN.com

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Phillies Scouting Austin Romine Of Yankees
The Phillies have scouted Austin Romine as they hunt for a backup to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz.

George A. King III/New York Post

Cliff Lee To Rehab Elbow On 60-Day DL
This is the third time that Cliff Lee will try to recover from the elbow injury non-surgically.

ESPN.com

Lee Throws With Discomfort, Surgery Possible
Cliff Lee is trying to pitch with a tear in the common flexor tendon, but if he cannot pitch then season-ending surgery is the next option for the Phillies left-hander.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Lee Injury Doesn't Change Phillies' Stance On Hamels
Cliff Lee's elbow injury won't change how the Phillies handle a possible trade of Cole Hamels, according to Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Cliff Lee Says He Won't Pitch In Pain
Cliff Lee was medically cleared to resume a throwing program Tuesday, but the Phillies left-hander said if the discomfort near his left elbow returns, "I'm not going to go out there in pain."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Sources: Orioles Keeping Eye On Howard
The Orioles are keeping tabs on Ryan Howard this spring, according to sources.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Cliff Lee: Surgery Could End Career
Cliff Lee is awaiting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his ailing left elbow and says surgery would end his season and possibly his career.

ESPN

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