Would the Phillies benefit from a six-man rotation?

After the Phillies acquired pitcher Clay Buchholz from Boston, it locked down what was probably the final piece to solidify the rotation. The Phillies now employee two seasoned veterans in Buchholz and Jeremy Hellickson and are still taking long looks at Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez to round out their five-man rotation. Nola confirmed with CSN’s Michael Barkann...
Via Phillies Nation
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Mailbag #19: Flipping Crap

There was that one Mythbusters episode with the polishing experiment... In the past week, the Phillies signed a new starting outfielder...and other things happened. So let’s just get into the mailbag. Once again no prospect spotlight because I wrote 50 prospect reports over the past two weeks. The spotlight will be back next week. Mailbag! @Matt_Winkelman @TheGoodPhight...
Via The Good Phight
1 hour ago

Inbox: How does Saunders fit into lineup?

Why Michael Saunders over Roman Quinn or Aaron Altherr in right field? With Saunders, what will the Phillies' starting lineup be? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers these questions and more in the Inbox.
22 hours ago

Will Andrew Knapp secure a backup catching role?

For the first time in several years, Phillies fans can say that their team is entering spring training with a clear-cut plan. The beginning of the end started in 2012, when both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley started the year on the disabled list, and from that point on, Ruben Amaro Jr. – whether it came from him or the front office – added uninspiring filler to the team, acting...
Via Phillies Nation
22 hours ago

Crash Bag, Vol. 3: Gazing into the Abyss

The Phillies did some things since our last installment of the Crash Bag–sign Michael Saunders, DFA Severino Gonzalez, say Aaron Nola is healthy–but, if the questions submitted for present consideration carry a larger message it is that no one give a hoot about any of that. What follows is complete frivolity. Yes, even more so than usual. In that spirit: Tommy Joseph here...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Can the Phillies be .500 in 2017? Felske Files Episode 85!

On Episode 85 of The Felske Files, host John Stolnis discusses the Phils' stated goal of reaching .500 this season. Is it possible? Also, in-depth analysis of the Michael Saunders signing and the Hall of Fame inductees with The Ringer's Michael Baumann, and more Phils talk with Crashburn Alley Editor-in-Chief Eric Chesterton.
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Phillies finalize deal $9M deal with Michael Saunders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies and outfielder Michael Saunders have finalized a $9 million, one-year contract. Saunders will earn $8 million this season, and the Phillies have a 2018 option worth $10.5 million with a $1 million buyout. The option price could increase by $2.5 million: $500,000 each for making the All-Star team and reaching 560 plate appearances, and...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Designate Severino Gonzalez For Assignment

The Phillies announced on Thursday that they’ve designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster for outfielder Michael Saunders, whose one-year deal with the team is now official. Gonzalez, 24, has spent parts of the past two seasons in Philadelphia but has been unable to replicate his minor league results at the Major League level....
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Who Are You: Howie Kendrick

This is the first post in a weekly series which will run each Thursday. Over the next several weeks, I’ll take a deep dive look at new members of the Phillies roster. We’re just a couple months away from settling down to watch these guys day-in and day-out for half a year, so let’s try to find out who they are and what to expect from them in 2017. Embed from Getty Images...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

You’ll Be Able To Stream Phillies Games Online This Year

MLB Advanced Media and NBC’s Regional Sports Networks have come together like two of Captain Planet’s protégés to bring you, with their powers combined, Phillies games on your laptop and mobile devices for the first time. Via press release: NBC Sports Regional Networks today announced an agreement with MLBAM to stream local market MLB games, as well as pre- and postgame shows...
Via Crossing Broad
2 days ago

Is the 2017 Rotation Set?

This offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies have been wheeling and dealing to add pieces to their roster but the unit with the least change has been the rotation. In 2016, the rotation was the strength of the Philadelphia Phillies until injuries to Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, and Vincent Velasquez derailed things. Over the course of the season, […] Philadelphia Phillies: Is the 2017...
Via Section215
2 days ago

2017 ZiPS Projections – Philadelphia Phillies

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Philadelphia Phillies. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Boston / Chicago...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies, Twins open Dominican Rep. baseball academy

Good morning! Here’s the news: ACADEMY OPENS: The Phillies and Twins opened their shared baseball academy in the Dominican Republic Tuesday. Per Todd Zolecki, the $18 million, 85,000-square foot facility in Boca Chica includes three full-sized fields for each team, bullpen mounds, agility fields, covered batting cages, dormitory space, training and weight rooms, dining halls, coaching...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago

Tale of the Tape: Tommy Joseph vs. Eric Thames by Bryan Joiner

Is the second-year Phillie or the new, KBO-destroying Brewer a better fantasy bet in 2017?
Via Baseball Prospectus
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nola feels '100 percent' after injury-shortened 2016

If Aaron Nola pitches as well as he said he feels, there might not be any competition this spring for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation.
3 days ago

Prospect Quinn works with youth on MLK Day

Roman Quinn lifted up the netting to step inside the hitting cage Monday afternoon at the Ryan Howard Training Center. A boy with a bat in his hands patiently stood next to the practice tee. Quinn worked with the boy and other area youth playing through the Phillies' MLB Youth Academy on Monday as part of their MLK Day of Service.
4 days ago

Phillies gather prospects all in one place

Tragically, that place was Philadelphia. Oh, there you guys are. Drew! Nick! Jorge! Scott! Andrew! Rhys! Victor! Elniery! Dylan! Welcome to Philadelphia, gang! If you step this wa-- Aaaa, whoa, hey, everyone just, uh, move quickly now! You know what’s a terrific Philadelphia custom? Getting and staying indoors. Hurry, hurry. In you go. Great. So, this is the clubhouse. If...
Via The Good Phight
5 days ago

Phillies reach $4.2 million deal with Gomez

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have avoided arbitration with reliever Jeanmar Gomez, agreeing on a $4.2 million, one-year deal with the right-hander. Philadelphia exchanged arbitration figures with second baseman Cesar Hernandez. The team offered a raise from $525,000 to $2 million, and Hernandez asked for $2.8 million. Gomez emerged as Philadelphia's closer in 2016 and was outstanding...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Avoid Arbitration with Jeanmar Gomez, Will Exchange Figures with Hernandez

After reaching a $4.35 million agreement with Freddy Galvis on Thursday to avoid arbitration hearings, the Phillies gained varying levels of closure with their two remaining arbitration candidates on Friday afternoon. Matt Gelb was the first to report that the Phillies have settled with 2016 closer Jeanmar Gomez for a $4.2 million salary for 2017. He made $1.4 million in 2016 and...
Via Crashburn Alley
7 days ago

Phillies Short-Term Deal With Freddy Galvis May Be Telling

The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million deal with Freddy Galvis to avoid arbitration. Closing a deal with Freddy Galvis seemed to be an expected priority for the Philadelphia Phillies. The middle infielder had himself a career year last season, finally finding a groove at the plate. He hit 20 home runs, matching […] Phillies Short-Term Deal With Freddy Galvis...
Via Section215
7 days ago

Report: Phillies interested in Jose Bautista

The Jose Bautista Sweepstakes still appears to be a very open competition. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Tuesday, Bautista is on the Philadelphia Phillies’ list of potential free agent targets. However, the team is said to be reluctant about the draft pick compensation attached to the six-time All-Star slugger. Bautista’s prowess at the plate is well...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Can Maikel Franco take the next step

The Philadelphia Phillies are a young team and with young talent. One of the Phillies brightest young stars is third basemen Maikel Franco. For the Phillies to have a successful season in 2017, Franco needs to have a bounce back season. In 2015, Franco showed signs that he had potentials to be an All-Star type player. In 80 games played, Franco hit 14 home runs, 22 doubles and drove...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

On Odubel Herrera’s Defense

If you’ve watched Odubel Herrera in the field over the last two years, you might be surprised to see him rated as a positive by defensive metrics. He can certainly run circles around a ball from time to time, and we’ve all seen that iconic route that saved Cole Hamels‘ no hitter. But if you drill down into Herrera’s defense, it starts to look like he’s the opposite of Derek...
Via Fangraphs
December 21, 2016  |  Discuss

After 10 Years in Boston, Clay Buchholz Heads to Philly

After a decade in Boston, Clay Buchholz is on the move. And while he’s not going very far, the scenery and competitive landscape will be drastically different. He’ll even need to handle a bat consistently. Unfortunately for him, he’s going from a contender to a—well, they’re still rebuilding. Fortunately for Philadelphia, they’re not giving up a whole lot. 24-year-old...
Via The Sports Post
December 21, 2016  |  Discuss

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