What will the Phillies' lineup look like in 2015? Should the Phils try to acquire hitting or pitching? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
It makes perfect sense to Jimmy Rollins why Chase Utley wants to stay in Philadelphia, despite Phillies interim president Pat Gillick saying the team will not win again until 2017 at the earliest.
Jimmy Rollins leaves Philadelphia with a legacy few have matched or surpassed. Yet he carefully considered his time and tenure when Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. contacted him in November about potential trades with the Yankees, Mets and Padres. Rollins still planned to honor his contract with the Phillies, he said, but a short time later Rollins' agent texted Amaro and said the shortst
The Phillies' rebuilding effort is underway, but it is far from over. There are still trades to be explored involving a number of veteran players.
The Phillies will have a new starting shortstop on Opening Day next season for the first time since 2001, now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers.
Before heading to the Dodgers in a trade completed on Thursday, Jimmy Rollins became the best shortstop in Phillies history and the all-time hits leader (2,306) for a club that has been around for more than 130 years.
The Phillies and Dodgers agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles for a pair of Minor League pitchers, and the trade was officially announced on Friday. Philadelphia sent Rollins and cash to the Dodgers for left-handed pitcher Tom Windle and right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin.
Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded? Hamels would not mind following Jimmy Rollins to a winner, considering the circumstances.
The Phillies selected two players in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, which capped a busy week at the Winter Meetings. They took outfielder/infielder Odubel Herrera from the Rangers before selecting left-hander Andrew Oliver from the Pirates.
Is Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. pleased with the work the the club accomplished at the Winter Meetings? Does he think the rebuild is headed in the right direction? Does he anticipate more changes before Spring Training? Amaro is expected to share his insights once Jimmy Rollins is officially traded to the Dodgers for a pair of Minor League pitchers.
Left-hander Antonio Bastardo is headed to the Pirates for Minor League lefty Joely Rodriguez, who the Phillies project as a starting pitcher. Bastardo, who will become a free agent following the 2015 season, became expendable with the emergence of young left-handers Jake Diekman and Mario Hollands.
The Cubs and Jon Lester have agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract, which means trade discussions regarding Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels are heating up.
Utilityman Tomas Perez developed into a fan favorite for the Phils during his tenure from 2000-05. Not so much because of what he did on the field, but because of his effervescent personality.
The Phillies are looking for starting pitching this offseason, a search that becomes increasingly important if they trade Cole Hamels. One potential option is right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. He will compete for a rotation job in Spring Training, despite a checkered health history.
The Arizona Fall League announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.
Ryne Sandberg is restless. He uttered the word "anxious" a few times Tuesday afternoon at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where Major League Baseball is holding its Winter Meetings. He is entering his second full season as Phillies manager and the team is in the beginning stages of a massive rebuild.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday that left-hander Cliff Lee has begun his throwing program and it is going well, which would be good news.
If there's a silver lining to Dick Allen and Tony Oliva missing the Hall of Fame cut on Monday, it's that when this fickle committee votes again in three years their chances should be even greater. Allen should be in the Hall of Fame. Period.
The Phillies would love to reset their roster with the simple press of a button, but they have to invent that magic button first. Expect a slow, long rebuild instead. "It's challenging," Phillies interim president Pat Gillick said Monday morning at the Winter Meetings.
The announcement was straight and to the point. Despite the hard work and optimism in the campaign for Dick Allen, the Veterans Committee didn't elect a single Golden Era player on Monday to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Ben Revere expects a pain-free expression on his face in 2015. He carried an anguished look through much of 2014 as a screw in his right ankle literally touched a nerve. He made light of his frequent wincing to fans Saturday evening as he helped the Phanatic and the Phillies light the Christmas tree in front of Citizens Bank Park. Rain moved the ceremony inside, but the job got done.
Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense).
The Phillies issued a statement on Wednesday evening that said no decision has been made yet on club president David Montgomery's future with the team.
The Phillies tendered contracts to all three of their arbitration-eligible players on Tuesday night: left-hander Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Ben Revere and Domonic Brown.
Jamie Moyer has informed Comcast SportsNet that he will not return to the Phillies' television broadcast booth next season. Moyer, 52, told the network he wants to spend more time with his family at their home in California.
The Phillies will have to look elsewhere for a power bat in the outfield now that Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas has agreed to a deal with the D-backs.
The Phillies raised a record $904,732 for the ALS Association at this summer's ALS Phestival. They have raised more than $15.2 million over the past 30 years, but they were involved elsewhere in the community, too. With the arrival of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, now is a good time to take a look at what else the Phillies have been up to this year.
The Phillies have signed five additional players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training. They are right-hander Paul Clemens, catchers Rene Garcia and Koyie Hill and infielders Chris Nelson and Cord Phelps.
Most of the first-timers on the latest Hall of Fame ballot don't have a legitimate chance of making it to Cooperstown, but they nonetheless had impressive big league careers worthy of another look.
This is Curt Schilling's third year of eligibility, but he doesn't expect to get in this go-around, especially when he knows who else is on the Hall of Fame ballot. The voting results will be announced on Jan. 6 on MLB Network and MLB.com.