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Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis To Phillies For Carlos Ruiz

Aug 26, 2016 2:09 AM

The Dodgers added a chemistry test to the equation Thursday, trading beloved backup catcher A.J. Ellis to the Phillies in order to improve the team's fortunes against left-handed pitching.

The Dodgers landed right-handed hitting catcher Carlos Ruiz in the transaction, as well as cash considerations, while minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later also went to the Phillies along with Ellis.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard Clear Revocable Waivers

Aug 24, 2016 4:20 PM

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

Only one week remains for players to be dealt while remaining eligible for the postseason rosters of their new clubs.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Trade Rumor

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MLB Clears Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman In PED Probe

Aug 19, 2016 4:25 PM

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 sport's drug program.

It was announced Friday that MLB had completed its investigation, which "did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman."

Al-Jazeera reported in a December documentary that Howard and Zimmerman, along with several other professional athletes, allegedly received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

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Phillies Planning To Play Aaron Altherr In Center Field

Aug 10, 2016 3:03 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies plan to play Aaron Altherr in center field soon.

The plans have many wondering if the Phillies plan to dangle Odubel Herrera in trade talks this winter.

"I like Altherr in center field," Pete Mackanin said. "He glides to the ball. It's fun watching him play. [There's] a good chance he'll be the centerfielder and we'll move Odubel (to a corner outfield spot), but we're not doing anything right now. The thought crossed my mind to make that switch this year -- maybe in September, just to get Odubel familiarized with a corner."

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Phillies Turn First Triple-Play At Petco Park

Aug 8, 2016 8:04 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies turned the first-ever triple-play at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon.

With runners on first and second, Jabari Blash of the San Diego Padres hit a ground ball to third. Maikel Franco started the around the horn 5-4-3 triple play going to Cesar Hernandez, who threw to Tommy Joseph.

The Padres opened Petco Park in 2004.

The triple-play is the first turned by the Phillies since Eric Bruntlett turned an unassisted triple play in August 2009.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres

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Phillies To Promote Jake Thompson For Saturday Start

Aug 5, 2016 8:33 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies will promote Jake Thompson and he'll make his first Major League start on Saturday.

The move is somewhat tied to Philadelphia placing Aaron Nola on the disabled list.

Over his 129 2/3 innings on the year in his first attempt at Triple-A, Thompson carries a 2.50 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

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Phillies Aren't Motivated To Move Jeanmar Gomez

Jul 29, 2016 8:44 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies "don't seem motivated" to trade Jeanmar Gomez, according to a report.

Gomez has a 2.83 ERA in 47 2/3 innings as the club's closer.

The 28-year-old would seem like a prime trade candidate for a rebuilding team, but he could provide stability in the bullpen going forward as well.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Targeting Phillies' Vince Velasquez

Jul 25, 2016 4:47 PM

The Texas Rangers are looking to fortify their rotation and have been targeting Vince Velasquez of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The price to acquire Velasquez is believed to be pretty high.

The 24-year-old is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 17 starts this season, striking out 103 batters in 91 2/3 innings.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tags: Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Eyeing Trade For Jeanmar Gomez

Jul 21, 2016 7:09 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez.

Gomez, 28, owns a 2.76 ERA and has converted 26 of his 29 save opportunities this season. He played two seasons with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, making 78 appearances (eight starts) with a 3.28 ERA.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Have Scouted Jeremy Hellickson Recently

Jul 8, 2016 7:12 AM

The Boston Red Sox have scouted Jeremy Hellickson of the Philadelphia Phillies lately.

Hellickson is one of many rotation options the Red Sox are considering, according to sources.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Phillies To Skip Aaron Nola's Next Start
The Phillies hope the time off for Aaron Nola will "clear his head."

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Phillies Prospect Loses Eye After Freak Accident
Matt Imhof, who sustained a traumatic injury to his right eye late last week during a freak training accident, had his eye removed on the recommendation of doctors.

ESPN

Phillies Aren't Expected To Spend Big In Free Agency
The Phillies will have money to spend this coming offseason, but they aren't expected to use it on a weak class of free agents.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

Police Cite Man Who Threw Bottle At Ryan Howard
A man accused of throwing a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a game earlier this month has been cited for disorderly conduct, according to police.

ESPN

Stephen Strasburg Improves To 10-0
The Nationals beat the Phillies by the score of 9-6 on Friday night.

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Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Phillies Could Draft Cheaper Player To Use Money On Second Rounder
The Phillies have the first overall pick in Thursday's Major League Draft and have been linked to A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Corey Ray and Blake Rutherford.

Keith Law/ESPN

Kyle Lewis Shooting Up Draft Boards
The Phillies are expected to take either A.J. Puk or Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick, but Kyle Lewis is gaining steam.

Jim Callis/MLB

Phillies To Evaluate Vince Velasquez's Sore Biceps
The Phillies are expected to re-evaluate Vince Velasquez on Thursday after he left Wednesday's start against the Cubs with biceps soreness.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Phillies Nearing Long-Team Decision At First Base
Ryan Howard has been slowly losing starts to Tommy Joseph.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Fan Throws Beer Bottle At Ryan Howard In Philadelphia
The Phillies and local police are investigating an incident in which a fan at Citizens Bank Park threw a beer bottle from the stands at Ryan Howard on Saturday.

ESPN

Phillies To Bench Ryan Howard For 3-4 Days
The Phillies plan to bench Ryan Howard over the next few days in the wake of the worst statistical month in franchise history.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Joe Girardi Compares Luis Severino To Roy Halladay
The Yankees have sent Luis Severino to Triple-A to regain the form he showed in a brief Major League stint last season.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Keith Law Has A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Jason Groome In Latest Mock Draft
With a little more than a week before the Major League Baseball draft, Keith Law of ESPN has posted his second mock draft of the year.

Keith Law/ESPN

Odubel Herrera Pulled From Game For Not Hustling
Odubel Herrera was pulled from Monday night's game by Pete Mackanin for not running out a routine grounder in the seventh inning of the Phillies' loss to the Tigers.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Keith Law Has Phillies Taking A.J. Puk In Latest Mock Draft
With the Major League Baseball draft just three weeks away, ESPN's Keith Law has issued a mock draft projecting how the first round will shake out.

Keith Law/ESPN

Phillies Promote Prospect Tommy Joseph
The Phillies have promoted first base prospect Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Evan Webeck/MLB

Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex
Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.

BusinessWire

Hamstring Injury Ends Charlie Morton's Season
Charlie Morton will have surgery on his torn left hamstring Monday in Philadelphia and will miss the remainder of the season.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies Sign Will Venable
The Phillies have signed Will Venable, who could end up starting in the outfield next week.

Jayson Stark/ESPN