Major League Baseball awarded the Phillies the Cubs' pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft after the Phils won a grievance regarding Chicago's handling of Lendy Castillo, whom the Cubs selected from Philadelphia in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro heads to next week's Winter Meetings searching for more pitching, bench help and perhaps the holy grail he seeks: a big right-handed bat to drop into the middle of the lineup.
The Phillies announced Thursday afternoon they have signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year contract. He is expected to back up Carlos Ruiz.
Boxes upon boxes sat in the Phillies' clubhouse on Wednesday morning at Citizens Bank Park. Some were headed to Afghanistan, while others would be shipped to the Pacific and Europe. Liberty USO had reached the conclusion of its annual Operation Stocking Stuffers Care Package program, with some final help from the Phils.
Though the Astros still have seven months to determine whom they'll take at No. 1, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon has established himself as the frontrunner. Owner of a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon topped NCAA Division I with 184 strikeouts last spring and led the Wolfpack to their first College World Series appearance in 45 years.
The Phillies added another arm Tuesday night, when they announced they had acquired right-hander Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen. The trade explains the Phils agreeing to terms with catcher Wil Nieves, which sources confirmed following the initial CBSSports.com report.
The Phillies head to next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd already in tow. They still have plenty of work to do. Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently he still considers pitching a priority, so it stands to reason the Phillies will be looking to find some arms for the rotation and bullpen.
The Phillies offered no true surprises before Monday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts to their players eligible for salary arbitration. They avoided arbitration with infielder Kevin Frandsen, agreeing to a one-year, $900,00 contract, which includes performance bonuses. They also tendered contracts to right-hander Kyle Kendrick, center fielder Ben Revere, left-hander Antonio Bastardo an
When Washington, Ill., mayor Gary Manier was reached by phone Wednesday night, he had no idea of the $100,000 personal commitment made by Jim and Andrea Thome and the Thome family to help rebuild a city devastated by tornadoes on Nov. 17.
Having just completed their first year with The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation, which promoting academic and athletic development and literacy, Ryan and Krystle Howard will participate in Philly's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Although manager Ryne Sandberg has said that starting pitching should be an offseason priority, the Phillies also need to stabilize their leaky bullpen.
In Curt Schilling's first year of Hall of Fame eligibility, he matched the uniform number he wore throughout his career, taking home 38.8 percent of the votes. Eventually, he might get the 75 percent he needs to join the exclusive fraternity that comprises the best of the best, with his 11-2 playoff record and 2.23 postseason ERA standing out most in his candidacy.
Left leg injuries have limited Ryan Howard to 151 games the past two seasons, in which he hit a combined .244 with 25 homers, 99 RBIs and a .752 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. Howard's contention: Why can't I bounce back like David Ortiz?
Aaron Altherr is coming off by far his most complete season in the Phillies' farm system -- one that earned him a trip to the desert to compete alongside some of the best prospects in baseball with the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.
Aiden Riebel and his family already knew Thursday was going to be a special night. The 6-year-old, who has battled cancer for nearly his entire life, was set to be named an honorary fireman in a ceremony at his local Washington Township Fire Department. Yet even they could not have predicted just how special the night would become.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged the risks Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies formally announced they had signed catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $26 million contract.
The Phillies have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Blanco, 29, has played parts of six big league seasons with the Royals, Cubs and Rangers.
The Phillies have found their new pitching coach. More than seven weeks after the Phils told Rich Dubee he would not be back next season, they announced on Thursday afternoon that they have hired Bob McClure.
The Phillies added four players to their 40-man roster Wednesday, which protects them from December's Rule 5 Draft. The foursome includes outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.
The Phillies on Tuesday announced they have signed infielder Reid Brignac to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training.
Yes, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could make a big move before Opening Day on March 31 in Texas -- at this point, a trade is the only way to improve the offense -- but barring that, it looks like the heavy lifting for the 2014 offense is complete.
A source on Monday confirmed multiple reports the Phillies and catcher Carlos Ruiz have agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal.
Wally Joyner -- whose return to the Phillies as assistant hitting coach has been on-again, off-again -- is off again, as the club announced Sunday that the former big league first baseman has left the organization, reportedly to be the Tigers' hitting coach.
The Phillies on Friday announced they had signed four players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla., as non-roster players: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez, and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.
As the signing of Marlon Byrd, 36, showed, the Phillies are more interested in winning in 2014 than beginning a youth movement.
Carlos Ruiz's name has been mentioned frequently this week at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., where teams are searching for catching help. The Phillies still need a catcher, particularly a right-handed-hitting one, and Ruiz still fits the bill.
Marlon Byrd cashed in on his bounce-back 2013 season this week by signing a two-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies.
With the acquisition of Marlon Byrd, the Phillies' 2014 lineup card is just about complete. Giving the 36-year-old Byrd, who started last season as a non-roster invitee in the Mets camp, a two-year contract worth $16 million plus a club/vesting option raised eyebrows across the baseball world, but Amaro said the signing addressed a specific need.
The Phillies believe they found a right-handed bat on Tuesday, when they finalized a two-year, $16 million contract with free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Most of the speculation surrounding Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has focused on the usual teams -- the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels and D-backs. But after arriving at the General Managers Meetings on Monday, GM Ruben Amaro hinted that the Phillies could also be on that list.