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Phillies Showing Interest In Dee Gordon

Jul 18, 2017 9:21 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies aren't in playoff contention, but are showing interest in trading for Dee Gordon.

Gordon is under contract for roughly $38 million over the next three seasons.

Other clubs are interested in a trade with the Miami Marlins for the speedy infielder as well.

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Red Sox Keeping Tabs On Market For Pat Neshek

Jul 12, 2017 7:46 AM

The Boston Red Sox have interest in trading for Pat Neshek, according to Major League sources.

The Red Sox are looking for a late-inning reliever prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.

Neshek, 36, is having one of the best seasons of his career. He entered the All-Star break with a 1.27 ERA in 37 appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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Pat Neshek To Seek Zack Greinke's Autograph At All-Star Game

Jul 3, 2017 8:38 AM

Pat Neshek will represent the Philadelphia Phillies at the All-Star Game.

The reliever is a noted autograph collector and has already set his sights on a target for next week.

"Zack Greinke," Neshek said. "He's tough. Hopefully we can talk."

He picked up a slew of signatures during his first All-Star appearance in 2014. Greinke's autograph can be tough to get, but Neshek already has a plan in place.

"I'll have my kid run over and get him," he said. "It's going to be cool. My kid is a lot older now. He wasn't even 1 back then [in 2014]. He's 3½ now. He'll be able to watch guys hit home runs, and it will be really neat."

ESPN

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Phillies 'Foresee' Changes At Trade Deadline

Jun 26, 2017 6:49 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to be busy at the non-waiver trade deadline.

"I foresee some changes, obviously," Pete Mackanin said. "But I can't be a fortune teller. I think we have some players that are pretty desirable, but it's too hard for me to kind of project that type of thing."

The most coveted pieces Philadelphia has are expected to be Howie Kendrick and Pat Neshek.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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Mitch Williams Wins $1.5M Lawsuit Against MLB Network

Jun 22, 2017 10:23 AM

A jury has awarded former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams $1.5 million in a civil case against MLB Network after he was fired following reports about his conduct at a Little League game.

The pitcher sued the network after it fired him from his analyst job in 2014, claiming he violated a morals clause.

MLB Network said it respects the jury's Tuesday decision but disagrees with its conclusions and is reviewing its legal options.

Associated Press

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Mike Schmidt Calls Odubel Herrera, Apologizes For Comment

Jun 7, 2017 7:58 AM

Mike Schmidt called Odubel Herrera and apologized Tuesday afternoon after saying earlier in the day that he didn't think the center fielder was the type of player the Philadelphia Phillies could build around.

"My honest answer to that would be no because of a couple of things," Schmidt told SportsRadio 94WIP when asked if the Phillies could build around the Venezuelan-born Herrera. "First of all, it's a language barrier. Because of that, I think he can't be a guy that would sort of sit in a circle with four, five American players and talk about the game. Or try and learn about the game or discuss the inner workings of the game. Or come over to a guy and say, 'Man, you gotta run that ball out.'

"[He] just can't be -- because of the language barrier -- that kind of a player."

Herrera told reporters that Schmidt called him to make sure everything was OK.

"I don't agree with his comments but I respect him as a player," Herrera said through a translator. "I know he's one of the greatest Phillies of all time, but I don't agree with his comments.

"It is disappointing because you never want to hear negative comments, but he called me, he apologized, he explained what happened. So everything is good."

ESPN

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Phillies Have Discussed Sending Maikel Franco To Triple-A

May 31, 2017 3:57 PM

If he doesn't break out of his slump, the Philadelphia Phillies could send Maikel Franco to Triple-A.

"We've talked about it," Pete Mackanin said. "That's about all I'll say. It's been discussed."

Franco has a hit in just three of his last 25 at-bats and was benched two days last week.

"Befuddled is a good word," Mackanin said last week. "As much as he works in the cage and on the field in batting practice and does it right, when he gets in the game his head is still flying [out] and his bat is coming out of the zone.

"You've heard me say this many times: Hitting is like riding a bike. I can't teach you to keep your head in there. I can tell you to do it, but you have to do it on your own and he's got to figure it out. Guys have to figure it out. They have to figure out how to get the job done. Whether it's cut down on your swing, choke up, use a different bat, use a different stance, do something different. If you make outs the same way over and over, it's not going to change.

"At this level you've got to produce. You want to play, you've got to hit and they have to understand that. Nobody is here on scholarship."

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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Phillies Sign Pete Mackanin To New Two-Year Contract

May 11, 2017 10:06 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Pete Mackanin to a new two-year contract that could keep him with the team through the 2019 season.

The deal carries a club option for 2019.

Mackanin had been in the final season of his previous contract, which included a 2018 club option.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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Phillies To Use Joaquin Benoit As Closer

Apr 11, 2017 9:03 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are turning to Joaquin Benoit as closer "for the time being," according to Pete Mackanin.

Since the 2016 All-Star break, Jeanmar Gomez has surrendered 30 runs on 47 hits and 13 walks in 30 innings of work. He's managed a respectable 25 strikeouts and 47.7 percent ground-ball rate in that time, but he's also been tagged for five homers. His ERA over that span is 9.00.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

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Phillies Score Franchise-Record 12 First-Inning Runs
The Phillies defeated the Nationals by the score of 17-3 on Saturday night.

MLB.com

Braves Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal
Ryan Howard will report to extended spring training next week then will join Triple-A Gwinnett.

ESPN

Former Mets, Phillies, Yankees Manager Dallas Green Dies At 82
Dallas Green, who won a World Series as a manager of the Phillies and paved the way for lights at Wrigley Field as president of the Cubs, died Wednesday at 82.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Phillies Acquire Pat Venditte From M's
The Phillies have traded minor league outfielder Joey Curletta to the Mariners for switch-pitcher Pat Venditte.

ESPN.com

Roy Halladay Working As Guest Instructor With Phillies
The plan is for Roy Halladay to work on and off with Philadelphia's young pitchers over the next month.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

Philliles, Nationals, Yankees Early Favorites To Sign Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper is expected to shatter contract records when he signs his next deal and the Phillies, Yankees and Nationals are the early favorites for his services.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Jeremy Hellickson Likely To Start Opener For Phillies
Pete Mackanin has not yet named his Opening Day starter, but Jeremy Hellickson is likely to take the mound for the Phillies.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

Indians Have Interest In Chase Utley
There are believed to be other clubs in the mix to sign Chase Utley, who doesn't have a clear path to playing time in Cleveland with Jason Kipnis the starter at second base.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Phillies, Ryan Hanigan Agree To Minor League Deal
The Phillies have agreed to a minor league contract with Ryan Hanigan and invited him to spring training.

Associated Press

Phillies, Michael Saunders Agree Upon $9M Deal
The contract also reportedly features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million.

ESPN

Curt Schilling Blames Trump Support For HOF Shut-Out
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.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Could Phillies Bolster Offense By Trading For Ryan Braun?
The Phillies have a surplus of starting pitching and some needs on offense.

Ryan Lawrence/Philly Voice

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

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Phillies Looking For Another Hitter, Reliever
Matt Klentak added that neither move is a necessity.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies Sign Odubel Herrera To Five-Year Extension
The Phillies have signed Obudel Herrera to a five-year contract extension that will guarantee the center fielder $30.5 million, according to a source.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Phillies, Joaquin Benoit Agree Upon One-Year Deal
The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal with Joaquin Benoit.

Matt Gelb/Philadelphia Inquirer

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."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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.

ESPN

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