Tag: Philadelphia Phillies

Michael Saunders to Phillies: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball and Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reported the news Monday. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports later reported the deal is worth $9 million with a club option worth $11 million and can be worth as much as $14 million with escalators. On Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported Saunders is expected to take a physical with the Phillies in the next day or two to finalize the deal. Crasnick noted the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays were also in on the outfielder, while the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks had interest as well. Saunders picked a good time to become a free agent, as his 2016 season with the Blue Jays was his best season in Major League Baseball. Last year marked the first time in his career that he played at least 140 games, with ...




Clay Buchholz to Phillies: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Pitcher Clay Buchholz is no longer a member of the only MLB team he has known, following a tumultuous 2016 campaign.  The Philadelphia Phillies announced they acquired Buchholz and sent minor league second baseman Josh Tobias to the Red Sox on Tuesday. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman initially reported the deal. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters the Red Sox will listen to potential trade opportunities, but there is "no major drive" to add more players. Dombrowski said trading Buchholz gives the team flexibility during the offseason and puts Boston under the CBT (competitive-balance tax).   The New York Post's Joel Sherman thought the move played into what the Phillies have done this offseason: MLB.com's Mike Petriello likes how Philadelphia has assembled its starting rotation: This comes after Rob Bradford of WEEI.com noted earlier in December teams that talked to the Red Sox about available pitchers sensed Dombrowski was more interested in trading Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report ...




Odubel Herrera, Phillies Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Any thoughts the Philadelphia Phillies had about trading Odubel Herrera have likely gone away after the All-Star center fielder signed a contract extension with the team. The Phillies announced the five-year extension Thursday. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the contract will pay Herrera $30.5 million in guarantees and includes option years for 2022 and 2023. There had been some speculation about the Phillies exploring trade options for Herrera this offseason. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reported during the winter meetings the team "might be willing" to deal the 24-year-old.  Herrera has been a pleasant surprise in two seasons with the Phillies. He was a Rule 5 draft pick in December 2014 after the Texas Rangers kept him off their 40-man roster because they didn't have a spot available for him.  With the Phillies embracing a full-scale rebuild, Herrera made the team's Opening Day roster. He put together a solid debut season with a .297/.344/.418 slash line ...




Joaquin Benoit to Phillies: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Philadelphia Phillies took a big step toward shoring up their bullpen with the addition of Joaquin Benoit on Monday.  According to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball, the 39-year-old reliever signed with the club after Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported the two sides were close Sunday night. Benoit had two very different seasons in 2016, struggling to the tune of a 5.18 ERA with the Seattle Mariners before eventually being traded at the deadline. He was lights out with the Toronto Blue Jays, however, allowing just one run in 23.2 innings.  Unfortunately, the right-handed pitcher tore his calf attempting to run in from the bullpen in a late-season, bench-clearing brawl. He missed the last week of the regular season and the entire postseason, unable to help the Blue Jays in their eventual loss in the American League Championship Series. "It's a big loss, no doubt about it," manager John Gibbons said at the time of the injury, ...




Terry Ryan Hired as Phillies Special Assignment Scout: Latest Details, Reaction

Terry Ryan needed only five months to find a new job, with the Philadelphia Phillies hiring the former general manager as a special assignment scout.  The Phillies announced Ryan's hiring in a press release on their official website.  "I have known Terry for more than a decade and have enormous respect for all that he accomplished during his tenure with the Twins," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said in the release. "Terry's work ethic, loyalty and track record as a talent evaluator are simply unparalleled in our game." Ryan previously worked with the Minnesota Twins, serving 19 years as general manager in two different stints from 1994 to 2007 and 2012 to 2016. He helped lead the franchise to four American League Central titles between 2002 and 2006, including an appearance in the American League Championship Series in 2002.  The Twins became one of the American League's worst teams since 2011, losing at least 92 games ...




Jeremy Hellickson Accepts Phillies’ Qualifying Offer: Contract Details, Reaction

After having his best season while with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016, Jeremy Hellickson has decided to extend that partnership by accepting the team's $17.2 million qualifying offer.   The Phillies announced the news on Monday after Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball first reported the decision. Hellickson's 2016 season flew under the radar because the Phillies were bad, but he quietly turned in the best season of his seven-year career. One of the big keys for Hellickson's success last season was staying healthy, which has been a problem for him since 2014, and something he acknowledged in September.  "I've felt good every time out," Hellickson said, via Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com. "Felt good in between starts. I'm recovering like I was early in my career." Hellickson doesn't have top-of-the-rotation stuff with a fastball that FanGraphs clocked at an average of 90.0 mph in 2016, but he's able to find different ways to succeed without posting gaudy strikeout numbers.  His ground-ball percentage ...




Charlie Morton’s Contract Option Declined by Phillies: Latest Comments, Reaction

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday that they have declined to pick up the mutual option on pitcher Charlie Morton.  Morton was set to earn a $9.5 million salary in 2017, but the Phillies instead exercised a $1 million buyout, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.  Morton, 32, made just four starts in 2016, finishing 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched. He missed the majority of the season after tearing his hamstring in April.  A major reason for the buyout was likely because it wouldn't have been guaranteed that Morton would have made the starting rotation given the team's bevy of young starters and prospects. Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez are locks to earn spots on the rotation, while Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and perhaps even Mark Appel will compete for spots in the rotation. In other words, Morton would have needed to have a very strong spring to earn ...




Ryan Howard’s Contract Option Declined by Phillies: Latest Comments and Reaction

The Philadelphia Phillies made a long-expected move Thursday, as they announced they have declined the 2017 club option on first baseman Ryan Howard's contract, making him a free agent. According to Spotrac, the Phils would have had to pay Howard $23 million next season had they exercised their club option, but they instead decided to buy him out for $10 million. The Phillies honored the 36-year-old veteran prior to their final game of the 2016 regular season in a move that signaled the end of his time with the organization. Despite that, Howard made it clear he wanted to continue playing elsewhere, according to ESPN.com: "I know there's more in the tank. I'll know when it's time." Howard hit a career-low .196 last season, and his 56 RBI were the fewest of his career in a season that saw him play 100 or more games. The 2001 fifth-round draft pick of the Phillies did club ...




Phillies Bat Around in 8th Inning Without Recording a Hit

The Philadelphia Phillies accomplished an unusual feat during Saturday's 9-5 road win over the Atlanta Braves, sending all nine batters to the plate in the eighth inning without recording a single hit during the frame, per MLB Stat of the Day. Entering the inning with a 5-3 lead, Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel drew a lead-off walk as a pinch hitter, and shortstop Freddy Galvis bunted into a fielder's choice that put Goeddel out at second and Galvis safe at first.  After a walk by infielder Taylor Featherston and subsequent double steal, Braves reliever Hunter Cervenka intentionally walked second baseman Cesar Hernandez to load the bases. Cervenka then walked outfielder Odubel Herrera to bring in the inning's first run, but the real damage occurred when the next two batters reached on errors, pushing the lead from 6-3 to 8-3 while still leaving the bases loaded with one out. Braves reliever Ryan Weber then hit outfielder Aaron ...




Vince Velasquez Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Phillies SP

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez is one of the most intriguing names being talked about leading up to the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Continue for updates. Rangers' Pursuit of Velasquez Reportedly Falling Short Saturday, July 30 The door may be open for other teams to get involved in the sweepstakes, with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reporting Saturday a deal between the Phillies and Texas Rangers is now viewed as "unlikely." Velasquez is enjoying a breakout campaign in Philadelphia with a 3.32 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 97.2 innings across 18 starts. The progress is encouraging after an up-and-down rookie season with the Houston Astros in 2015 before getting dealt to Philly last winter. His high strikeout rate (9.95 per nine innings) makes him a coveted target. The biggest question is whether he'll be able to continue getting a lot of swings and misses when he starts attacking the zone more, which will be necessary to ...




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