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Joe Maddon: Bryce Harper To Cubs Is 'Not Going To Happen'

Jan 17, 2019 8:05 AM

The Chicago Cubs have a limited budget this offseason, but had been expected to be players for Bryce Harper for several years.

Harper is best friends with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and has a dog named Wrigley.

Joe Maddon has further refuted the possibility of Harper signing with the Cubs,

"Not going to happen," Maddon said at the club's annual fan convention.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies Plan To Make Play For Mike Trout In Two Years

Jan 16, 2019 8:13 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies plan to make "a big play" for Mike Trout when he's scheduled to become a free agent in two years.

Of course, there's a chance the Los Angeles Angels will sign Trout to a contract extension before he hits the open market.

Trout is a native of Vineland, New Jersey, which is roughly 40 miles from Philadelphia.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

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

Phillies Won't Sign Both Bryce Harper And Manny Machado

Jan 16, 2019 8:08 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have been linked to both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency, but they won't be signing both superstars.

The Phillies are believed to have a lot of money to spend going forward.

According to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Philadelphia has visions of signing Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel.

Matt Gelb/The Athletic

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies Now 'Clear-Cut Favorite' To Sign Bryce Harper

Jan 14, 2019 7:49 AM

After meeting with Bryce Harper for five hours in Las Vegas on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies are considered the favorites to sign him, according to a report.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today cited three sources in his report.

The Washington Nationals, who were believed to be the favorites after meeting with Harper over the holidays, now believe they are a "long shot" to sign Harper.

The Phillies are expected to make a formal offer to Harper this week.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Sources: Manny Machado Has Eight-Year Offer From White Sox

Jan 14, 2019 1:52 AM

As the sweepstakes for best free agents heats up, Manny Machado is sitting on an eight-year offer from the White Sox and is still engaged with the Phillies while their pursuit of Bryce Harper grew stronger with an in-person meeting in Las Vegas over the weekend, league sources told ESPN.

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies, White Sox View Mike Moustakas As Fallback To Manny Machado

Jan 9, 2019 7:55 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are keeping tabs on Mike Moustakas in the event they are unable to land Manny Machado, according to sources.

Moustakas is represented by Scott Boras, who also represents Bryce Harper. Both clubs have been linked to Harper as well.

Last offseason, Moustakas remained on the open market until re-signing with the Kansas City Royals on a one-year, $6.5 million deal in March.

Jon Paul Morosi/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies Will Meet With Bryce Harper On Saturday

Jan 8, 2019 8:06 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies will meet face-to-face with Bryce Harper on Saturday in Las Vegas, a source has confirmed.

The Phillies met with Manny Machado last month at Citizens Bank Park. They made a contract offer, but the details are unknown.

Philadelphia would reportedly like to determine whether or not they'll be able to land Harper or Machado before considering other moves.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies Sign David Robertson To Two-Year Deal

Jan 4, 2019 2:44 AM

Free-agent reliever David Robertson has signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that includes a third-year club option, the team announced Thursday.

Robertson will make $10 million in 2019 and $11 million in 2020, a source told ESPN. A $12 million option for 2021 includes a $2 million buyout.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Bryce Harper's Free Agency Could Go Into February

Jan 2, 2019 11:15 AM

Bryce Harper's free agency could extend into February, according to a source.

Harper continues to wait for a contract he deems suitable.

The Washington Nationals previously offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract. Harper has met multiple times with reps from the Nationals and there remains a possibility of him re-signing.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are the other two teams prepared to make a similar offer to Harper.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Both Prefer Not To Sign With Phillies

Dec 28, 2018 9:55 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have been planning for this offseason for years and are loaded with money to pursue free agents.

Both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have received interest from the Phillies, but word is neither player particularly likes Philadelphia. Furthermore, Harper and Machado both would have preferred to sign with the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have shown little interest in signing Harper.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Indians Still Discussing Corey Kluber Trade
The Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Reds have shown interest in Corey Kluber.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Manny Machado To Meet With Yankees, Phillies
Manny Machado is believed to be in the market for one of the richest contracts in baseball history, perhaps more than $300 million.


Reports: Mets, Wilson Ramos Agree To Two-Year, $19M Deal
Veteran catcher Wilson Ramos has a carer .273 batting average and 109 home runs.

Manny Machado Would Move Back To Third For 'Right Contract'
Manny Machado wants to play shortstop, but he may be willing to move back to third base for the "right contract."

Scott Lauber/Philadelphia Inquirer

Andrew McCutchen Agrees To Three-Year, $45M Deal With Phillies
Andrew McCutchen batted .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 155 games last season.


Phillies To Meet With Agents For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
According to sources, the Phillies prefer signing Manny Machado to Bryce Harper.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies Acquire Jose Alvarez From Angels
The Phillies have acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Angels in exchange for right-hander Luis Garcia.


Phillies Inquire With Giants About Madison Bumgarner
They have also been linked to J.A. Happ and Dallas Keuchel.

CBS Sports

Phillies Now Focused On J.A. Happ
Now that Patrick Corbin has agreed to terms with the Nationals, the Phillies are focused on J.A. Happ in free agency.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura
The Phillies are nearing a trade with the Mariners that will send Jean Segura to the National League, according to multiple reports.


Patrick Corbin Visits Phillies
The Phillies hosted Patrick Corbin for a free-agent visit on Tuesday, according to sources.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Nathan Eovaldi Drawing Plenty Of Interest
It is being reported that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, and Red Sox are interested in free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

Phillies Ready To Spend Big In Free Agency
Phillies owner John Middleton said he's planning to spend, "and maybe even be a little stupid about it."

Gabe Kapler Loses Malibu Home In Wildfire
Over the weekend the Malibu home of Gabe Kapler was incinerated by raging wildfires in California.

Matt Gelb/The Athletic

Phillies 'Shopping' Carlos Santana
If Carlos Santana is moved, the Phillies would put Rhys Hoskins back at first base.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Phillies, Dodgers Considered Favorites To Sign Bryce Harper
The Giants and White Sox have been linked to Bryce Harper, but are considered longshots.

RealGM Staff Report

Adam Jones Vetoed Trade To Phillies To 'Maintain' Value As Free Agent
The Orioles attempted to trade Adam Jones to the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year, but he blocked the deal using his 10-and-5 no-trade protection.

Sara Perlman/MASN Sports

Rhys Hoskins Hires Scott Boras
Rhys Hoskins won't be arbitration-eligible until after the 2020 season and won't reach free agency until the end of 2023.

Jim Salisbury/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Ryan Howard Officially Announces Retirement
Ryan Howard, 38, hasn't played in the Major Leagues since 2016 and has been a free agent since November.


MLB Clarifies Rule, Says Pitchers Can Use Cheat Sheets
Major League Baseball has informed teams that it's OK for pitchers to use the kind of scouting cards that umpire Joe West confiscated from Phillies reliever Austin Davis this weekend.

Associated Press