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Philadelphia Phillies 

Phils' philospophy beginning to evolve

October is a quiet month for baseball teams not in the postseason, so the Phillies have barely registered a blip on the local radar screen -- even with the team signing Grady Sizemore and Jerome Williams this week. That changed Thursday when Phillies interim president Pat Gillick told CSN Philly that the team probably would not contend again until 2017 or 2018.

Rollins, Konerko named co-winners of Clemente Award

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were presented with the Roberto Clemente Award, sponsored by Chevrolet, on Friday before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park.

With Maddon available, Amaro backs Sandberg

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday afternoon that the club supports manager Ryne Sandberg and has no interest in newly available skipper Joe Maddon.

Phils re-sign Sizemore to boost outfield depth

The Phillies need outfielders, and they believe Grady Sizemore can help in some fashion in 2015. They announced Thursday they have signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Phillies Arizona Fall League overview

The switch-hitting Roman Quinn has the chance to be a top-of-the-order catalyst if it all comes together for him. Still only 21, his injury track record hasn't forced him behind the curve just yet. Quinn headlines a class of seven Phillies prospects in the Arizona Fall League.

Phillies sign right-hander Williams to one-year deal

Jerome Williams made enough of a positive impression on the Phillies that they are bringing him back next season. The team announced Tuesday evening that they signed Williams to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million, plus performance bonuses.

With team or not, Byrd a key to Phillies' future

The Phillies know they must improve their offense, and they'll look specifically to the outfield to do so. Marlon Byrd had a productive season and is still under contract, but the club may deal him to a contender in an effort to build depth in the organization.

Brown's future with Phillies uncertain after trying season

Domonic Brown entered this year confident and ready to build upon his 2013 breakout season. But he left Citizens Bank Park late last month with only questions about his future in Philadelphia.

Phils' phenom Quinn shows upside in AFL action

Roman Quinn, the Phillies' No. 5 prospect, finished Tuesday's game 2-for-6. He is hitting .200/.286/.200 in six games this fall.

Inbox: Do the Phillies need to deal Hamels in the offseason?

In the latest Phillies Inbox, beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions on Cole Hamels' status on the trade block, Ben Revere's value and the situation at the hot corner.

Gwynn Jr. opts for free agency

The Phillies announced outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. refused his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has opted for free agency.

Former skipper Manuel to hold winter hitting camp

Charlie Manuel still loves to talk and teach hitting, and the former Phillies skipper and current senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is hosting a baseball camp from Dec. 19-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla. A second camp is in the planning stages for Philadelphia shortly after New Year's Day.

Phillies tab Almaraz to be amateur scouting director

The Phillies have a replacement for former assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever, whom they dismissed late last month. The team announced Wednesday that it has hired Johnny Almaraz, who was the Braves' international scouting director, to be amateur scouting director.

Former Phillies broadcaster Campbell passes away

Bill Campbell broadcast some of the most memorable moments in Philadelphia sports history. His run included eight seasons as a Phillies broadcaster from 1963-70.

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

Nothing off the table for Phillies this offseason

It sounds like the Phillies are ready to deviate from their offseason norm. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke Monday afternoon about open-mindedness and making changes to an "aging" roster this offseason.

Phils hire Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

The Phillies on Monday afternoon announced a tweak to their Minor League player development staff, as former Mariners pitching coach Rafael Chaves joined the organization.

Ten finalists named for Frick broadcasting award

The 2015 Ford C. Frick Award finalists are Richie Ashburn, Billy Berroa, Rene Cardenas, Dizzy Dean, Dick Enberg, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ralph Kiner, Ned Martin, Joe Nuxhall and Jack Quinlan. The award is presented annually "for excellence in baseball broadcasting" by the Hall of Fame.

Phillies refute report of ownership shakeup

The Phillies refuted a TV report Thursday night that limited partner John Middleton is making a push to own the majority of the franchise and that club president David Montgomery was pressured out of his role in August.

Surgery for Ruiz, Revere among Phils' injury updates

The Phillies announced injury updates on Carlos Ruiz, Ben Revere, Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett on Wednesday.

Phillies seeking to retain coaching staff

The Phillies announced Tuesday afternoon that every big league coach has been asked to return for the 2015 season. It remains to be seen if everyone accepts.

Phils need increased production from every spot in '15

The Phillies might be a few solid moves away from turning around their fortunes, but those moves are going to be incredibly difficult to make. Sure, if the Phillies can find a couple of legitimate middle-of-the-lineup hitters and a solid starter, maybe they could creep back into NL Wild Card contention in 2015. But good luck finding legitimate run producers plus a solid starter in the same offseas

Rotation, offense dashed Phils' hopes in '14

The Phillies believed if everything broke perfectly and everybody played well and stayed healthy, they could contend in 2014. Although Cole Hamels' performance and the bullpen were bright spots, the rotation and offense couldn't live up to Philadelphia's high expectations.

Diekman closes out season with 100th strikeout

Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman planned a long drive back to his native Nebraska on Sunday. But he hit the century mark in strikeouts before he left town.

Phillies know changes coming after last-place finish

The Phillies lost to the Braves in their 162nd game, 2-1, to finish 73-89, their same record as last season. It is the organization's third consecutive season without a winning record, and their first last-place finish in the National League East since 2000.

Howard hasn't considered future outside of Philly

Ryan Howard said Sunday morning he has not considered his future in Philadelphia, which means he had not given much thought to the possibility Sunday could be his final game with the Phillies.

Utley reflects on season's downturn, discusses future

Chase Utley finds sanctuary in the batting cages at Citizens Bank Park, and he used that spot Saturday afternoon to talk about a 2014 season that left him frustrated on many fronts.

Phillies come up short in Burnett's final outing

Ryan Howard homered and drove in two on a 3-for-4 night, but it wasn't enough as A.J. Burnett allowed four runs in his final start of the season as the Phillies lost, 4-2, to the Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night.

After Phils erase four-run deficit, Pap notches save

The Phillies mounted a tying two-out rally in the sixth before pulling ahead in the seventh en route to a 5-4 win over the Braves on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

Asst. scouting GM Wolever won't return to Phillies '15

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. promised significant changes in the offseason, but he started Friday when he announced assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever will not return in 2015.

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