Phillies Scouting Dodgers System

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, December 03, 2014 11:21 AM Comments: 36

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported late last night on Twitter that the Phillies are doing “intensive homework” on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system in anticipation of a possible Cole Hamels deal. Despite missing the first two weeks of the 2014 season, Hamels had arguably the best season of his career, posting a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts while finishing sixth in NL Cy Young voting.


Yasmani Tomas May Not Land in Philadelphia

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, November 20, 2014 01:36 PM Comments: 72

This morning on 94.1 WIP-FM, Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki was on and was asked about the latest on Cuban outfielder, Yosmani Tomas.

What Zolecki said did not sound promising for fans hoping that the young, premiere outfielder would land in Philadelphia this offseason.


“He’s getting closer (to making a decision on a team), I don’ know if it’ll be the Phillies though,” said Zolecki. “I thought if the Phillies were going to get him, then they would have gotten him by now. Ruben, when he likes to go after these big fish type guys, likes to move fast, be aggressive with it, and move on with the rest of the offseason.”

Tomas, a 24-year-old, 6’1″, 240 pound corner outfielder could very well be the next great Cuban-born slugger to come to MLB, joining a list of players that includes Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jose Abreu.

In the 2012-2013 Serie Nacional regular season, Tomas batted .289 with 15 home runs, 34 walks and 52 strikeouts in 324 plate appearances over 81 games. He also ranked fifth in slugging, and sixth in home runs.

His breakout season came in the 2011-2012 regular season where he batted .301 with 16 homers in 240 plate appearances over 69 games.

With Marlon Byrd likely being dealt to a contender, and Dominic Brown’s disappointing play, a guy like Tomas would be welcomed into the Phillies’ outfield with open arms. Not only would he bring some excitement to a team in desperate need of some, but he could become a player that the Phillies can begin to rebuild their team around.

If in fact he does not land in Philadelphia, the team and the fan base could potentially be missing out on some exciting raw talent.

Here’s hoping he lands with the Phillies, and gives both the team and fans some hope for the future.

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Earlier today, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark tweeted that one MLB executive said to bet the mortgage on the Phillies because “they want to do something big.”

However, another report by MLB.com’s Paul Hagan suggests that the Phillies’ are “backing off” Tomas due to concerns about his defense.

A deal for Tomas could potentially be in the $100 million range, but do the questions marks about his defense lower his value? The guy surely has big-bat potential, but what about his glove?

All we can do at this point is sit back and wait. Perhaps Tomas will end up with the Phillies after the smoke clears, or maybe not. Despite the defense, I would personally love to see this kid’s bat in the lineup on an everyday basis.



Report: Rollins Blocked Deal to Mets

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, November 11, 2014 02:30 PM Comments: 7

Here is some news out of left field: Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that Jimmy Rollins blocked a deal that would have sent it him to the Mets. While the timeline of the deal exploration is unclear, it likely was within the last year or so, as Rubin’s article cites the Mets need for a shortstop. Rollins reportedly blocked the proposed deal.

Rollins has one more year left as part of the three-year extension, plus a fourth year option, he signed following the 2011 season. Per FanGraphs, Rollins has been worth $49.6 million over the last three seasons while making only $33 million.


Phillies Frontrunners for Yasmany Tomas

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, October 23, 2014 01:20 PM Comments: 4



According to this report, the Phillies are linked–and are frontrunners at this point–for 23 year old Cuban talent Yasmany Tomas.

The right-handed outfielder would make sense for the Phillies, who have some money and are in desperate need for some outfield help. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. personally flew to the Dominican Republic to scout Tomas, who has also been linked to the Dodgers, Padres, Twins, Rangers, Giants, and Tigers.

He stands at 6’1, 230 pounds and is considered one of, if not the best power hitter coming out of Cuba right now.

Amaro made a gamble on a Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, and the jury is still out on that move. Still, with the Yasiel Puig‘s and Yoenis Cespedes‘s of the world, looking for Cuban talent is certainly worthwhile for the Phillies.


Changes Coming To Phillies Organization

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 21, 2014 01:15 PM Comments: 30

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies will be making many changes throughout the entire organization. He was on 97.5 The Fanatic yesterday with Mike Missanelli, and talked about the state of the Phils organization. He mentioned that, in addition to the changes, he believes that GM Ruben Amaro Jr is unsafe, despite David Montgomery saying that Amaro was not on the hot seat. Listen to the full interview here.

I think the Phillies need to change a lot of things (obviously), and the rumors that Stark is hearing could definitely be a step in the right direction. What do you think?


Cubs Awarded Claim on Hamels, Deal Unlikely

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, August 08, 2014 10:14 AM Comments: 25

As first Tweeted by 97.5 FM’s Mike Missanelli, the Cubs have won the revocable waiver claim on Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels but a deal is unlikely says Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times.

The Phillies reportedly asked for super shortstop prospect Addison Russell as a start to the deal. Russell, in itself, isn’t a bad place to start, but the mechanics of a trade get incredibly complicated after that. As Wittenmyer notes, a few of the players that the Phillies would be interested in in a theoretical deal, like Starlin Castro and Javier Baez, are already on the Cubs 40-man roster and would have to clear waivers in their own right. Finally, it may make more sense for both sides to conduct their business once the season ends: with a number of high-profile free agent arms available, the Cubs may be best served to attempt to sign one from free agency while the Phillies, if interested in trading Hamels, would be foolish to limit themselves to just one trade partner unless they are blown away.

Hamels, at 30 years old, is in the middle of the best season of his career, posting a near-career high K/9 IP rate and career-lows HR/9 IP rate, ERA, and FIP. Per fWAR, Hamels ranks sixth in the NL while ranking fourth in ERA and sixth in FIP.


Hamels and Byrd claimed on Revocable Waivers

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, August 06, 2014 06:09 PM Comments: 13

Phillies ace lefty Cole Hamels has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unidentified team according to Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies now have 48 hours to either work out a trade with the unidentified team, or pull him back. The third option would be to let Hamels just go to the unnamed team for nothing with the mystery team paying the rest of Hamels salary. This is very unlikely, however.

Hamels can be traded to nine different teams without his consent. Those teams are the Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Cardinals, Nationals, Rangers, Padres and Yankees.

The Red Sox have shown interest in Hamels this season, with the Phillies having scouted their AA team. Hamels was said to be a fit for Boston if they could not sign Jon Lester to a long term contract. The Red Sox ended up trading Lester to the Oakland Athletics on deadline day leaving a reunion between Lester and “bean town” in doubt.

The Dodgers claimed lefty Cliff Lee last year on revocable waivers, and could be the team in question. Rosenthal reports that the Phillies may be better off trying to trade him in the offseason, rather than trying to work out a trade with this mystery team. The 30-year old ace is enjoying arguably his best season in his Major League career. He has compiled a 6-6 record with a 2.42 ERA. He has given up a career low eight home runs, and opposing hitters are batting just .224 off the lefty. His trade stock has never been higher.

Marlon Byrd was also claimed on revocable waivers by an unidentified team. This could be a move by a team actually looking to acquire Byrd’s services for a stretch run, or it could be used to block other teams from trading for the 36-year old outfielder. Byrd, who has been one of the better free agent pick ups of the winter, has another year left on his contract along with an obtainable vesting option for 2016. Byrd is hitting .269 this season with 21 home runs, and 63 runs batted in.

His contract was one of the reasons on why he was not traded at the July 31st non-waiver deadline; teams did not want to invest two more years into an aging outfielder. It is also worth noting that Jonathan Papelbon cleared waivers.

My take: I respectfully am going to disagree with Ken Rosenthal in regards to Hamels. If you are looking for an ace pitcher, this is the offseason to get one. This free agent class is set to feature both Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Hamels would be the third choice for teams that lost out on either of those two pitchers. Teams would seemingly rather pony up money than prospects. While his trade stock has never been higher, and I worry of a Cliff Lee type situation, I don’t see a trade happening. The Phillies had been in talks with the Dodgers, but asked for three top 20 prospects in all of baseball for the 30-year old ace. 48 hours just isn’t a ton of time to get adequate value for a pitcher of Hamels caliber.

Byrd is more likely to go. Byrd would be a nice addition for a team needing outfield help, as he is one of the best options on the market. Two of the teams on his no-trade list are the Seattle Mariners, and the Kansas City Royals. Both of those teams had been interested in Byrd, but the slugging right fielder wanted them to pick up his option. The Yankees were also a fit for Byrd, but when the Phillies asked for former first round pick Aaron Judge the Yankees balked and decided to acquire Martin Prado.

Papelbon was the guy most Phillies fans wanted claimed. That would have been the easiest way to get rid of Papelbon and his contract (barring that the claiming team was not on his no-trade list). Hopefully the Phillies will be able to work out a deal with a team for Papelbon, who is still owed $13 million next season, with an obtainable vesting option in 2016 for another $13 million. In Ruben we trust?


Deadline Rumor: Royals interested in Burnett

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, July 31, 2014 11:57 AM Comments: 49

Happy trade deadline day, Nation. Not much cooking on the Phillies front, on a day that began with a blockbuster announcement for a deal between Boston and Oakland.

Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports and MLB Network, tweeted this morning that Kansas City has been in touch with the Phils regarding righty hurler A.J. Burnett.


The 37-year-old Burnett sports a 6-10 record with a 4.15 ERA this season in 23 starts for the Phils.

Many thought the Phillies would be a big player today with several teams interested in the services of OF Marlon Byrd.

Byrd, who turns 37 next month, has been the Phillies’ top offensive producer, tallying 20 home runs with 60 RBI and a .270 average in 106 contests this season.

No deals to report yet. Stay tuned to PhilliesNation.com for updates as they happen.


Yankees In On Bastardo and Byrd

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, July 30, 2014 05:13 PM Comments: 21

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Yankees have interest in both left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo and right fielder Marlon Byrd. Bastardo, 28, has struggled at seemingly just the wrong time for the Phillies,  seeing his ERA jump by nearly a point and a half since June 28 with opponents getting on base at a .390 clip since that date. Bastardo appeared to be headed toward another solid season but has certainly sputtered while on his way to the highest innings’ pitched total of his career.  Byrd, meanwhile, is one of just two National League outfielders with 20 or more homers and would immediately improve a Yankees’ right fielding corps that ranks 29th in fWAR with an AL-worst .281 OBP.


Don’t Expect Cole Hamels To Go Anywhere

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, July 29, 2014 11:53 PM Comments: 16

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the buzz about who the Phillies might or might not trade gets louder and louder. And of the many trade pieces that the Phils possess, Cole Hamels might be the most appealing, and may produce the highest potential return. He is an ace, left-handed pitcher in his prime, and has plenty of playoff and World Series experience.

Jon Morosi reported that Hamels was officially on the trading block. However, Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly set the price tag very high for Hamels.

Because of that, it is looking more and more likely that Hamels, at least for now, will stay put in Philadelphia. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have received no real offers for the lefty and cites a source claiming that Hamels is the least likely candidate to be traded.

The market for Hamels right now might not be strong with other top lefties David Price and Jon Lester on the trade market. And Hamels, more so than any other player on the Phillies, is a guy you absolutely need to sell high with, unlike some other players like Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, and A.J. Burnett, to name a few. The return for him needs to be outstanding. There will be more–and potentially better–opportunities to trade him in the future.

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