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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."

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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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.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Cliff Lee Looking For 'Perfect Fit' In Free Agency

Jan 4, 2016 7:17 AM

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.

Lee, 37, missed the entire 2015 season after elbow and forearm injuries limited him to just 13 starts in 2014.

The left-hander was cleared to resume throwing last month, and Braunecker said Lee is proceeding with his usual offseason program.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Howard, Zimmerman Want Public Retraction From Al Jazeera

Dec 30, 2015 8:39 AM

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, according to a report.

The request could be a prerequisite for a defamation lawsuit.

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Al Jazeera Documentary Links Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman To PEDs

Dec 28, 2015 7:35 AM

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.

Al Jazeera conducted a month-long investigative report on PEDs in sports. Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is the most prominent name mentioned in the report.

The PED claims come from conversations with former pharmacy intern Charlie Sly, who says that he previously worked at an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic called the Guyer Institute. 

Howard and Zimmerman have denied the claims, while Major League Baseball intends to launch an investigation.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Receive Appel In Giles Deal

Dec 13, 2015 1:47 AM

The Philies and Astros have finalized their deal involving closer Ken Giles, according to an report on Saturday.

The Astros get the hard-throwing Giles, but the Phillies receive former No. 1 draft pick Mark Appel in the deal. The right-hander had not previously been reported as being in the deal.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Sources: Astros Trade Four Players To Phillies For Ken Giles

Dec 10, 2015 6:04 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade Ken Giles to the Houston Astros for four players, according to multiple reports.

Philadelphia will receive pitchers Vincent Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzer, along with a third significant prospect and another player.

Giles, 25, has also had back-to-back seasons with ERAs under 2.00 and has struck out 151 hitters in 115 major league innings.


Tags: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Claim Peter Bourjos Off Waivers

Dec 2, 2015 4:34 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed Peter Bourjos off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bourjos posted a .645 OPS the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and Cardinals and the Phillies have long been interested in him.


Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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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
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

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

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