Trade Rumors

Perhaps a Long Lost Answer Has Arrived in Andy MacPhail and a Trade Rumor Roundup

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Fri, June 19, 2015 03:11 PM Comments: 10

With the Phillies in such a low place in the year, it is only fitting that the fire-sale rumors would continue.  Cole Hamels is sitting his start out for the night, Jonathan Papelbon just added another save to his franchise leading record, and Aaron Harang is…well, Aaron Harang.

Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com reports that on top of the trade rumors for household names, comes news about ‘major changes’ that the upper management could be seeing as well.  Multiple outlets have been reporting that the Phillies are looking at Andy MacPhail to come aboard to right the ship of the ever so sinking Phillies.

Where MacPhail will fit into the Phillies’ Organization is a question yet to be answered, but most point to the Team President position, which has been shifted around in the past years and Pat Gillick has made it clear that he is not looking to obtain the position long term.

If Andy MacPhail is brought on board, would it leave much room for the declining Ruben Amaro Jr. at the GM position?  Most think not, and most find it unsettling that RAJ currently holds control over the fate of the franchise with a huge trade value like Cole Hamels.  Meaning quicker actions need to be taken to address this issue.

Trade value is still rampant in Cole, with teams like the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, and Texas Rangers looking to acquire his talents.  Last night, Hamels emptied his locker after news of his hamstring strain passed through the media, pranking players and writers alike into thinking he had been traded.

Jonathan Papelbon has come out to say that the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays would be suitable trade partners in his eyes for his services.  I have seen many scouts trolling the Phillies press box for a while now hoping to get a glimpse of the rare Papelbon save, and last night they finally had that chance as he came out to retire three Orioles batters.  One scout that has been following the Phillies for days trying to catch this rare feat is the Toronto Blue Jays scout, who has been on a 10-game road trip watching closely. Continue reading Perhaps a Long Lost Answer Has Arrived in Andy MacPhail and a Trade Rumor Roundup


Revere trade rumors; Would you deal him or someone else?

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, May 21, 2015 01:26 PM Comments: 14

On Wednesday night, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported the Phillies have had discussions with the Angles about a possible trade of outfielder Ben Revere.

The 27-year-old Revere, who becomes a free agent following the 2017 season and is making $4.1 million this season, is batting .258 with 12 RBI and nine stolen bases through 40 games this year.

The Angels have a struggling offense and their left fielder Matt Joyce is sporting a .155/.203/.236 slash line in 34 games. The addition of the speedy Revere could certainly prove to be beneficial for the team that sits 5 1/2 games behind the Astros in the American League West division.

Left field is a crowded position for the Phillies, who have options to replace Revere, who has also played plenty of center field, if he is dealt.

Domonic Brown, for Triple-A Lehigh Valley is 15-for-40 (.375 avg) with six RBI over his last nine games as he pushes he way back toward the big league roster. Overall the 27-year-old sports a .272 average with five doubles, a triple and 16 RBI in 30 games for the IronPigs.

Cody Asche, recently demoted to Lehigh Valley tasked with a switch to the outfield, has no timetable for a return to the bigs. The 24-year-old has looked serviceable in his new role as the ‘Pigs’ leftfielder. The 24-year-old batted .245 with two home runs and four RBI in 30 big league games this year.

Aaron Altherr, who had a proverbial cup of coffee with the Phils last year, has continued to progress in the minors with Double-A Reading this year.  Current big leaguers Darin Ruf and Grady Sizemore could also see more at bats with the absence of Revere.

Would you, the fans, like to see the Phillies trade the affordable and productive Revere, who batted .306 and swiped 49 bags last year? Do you think he’d get the best return or could he be a valuable part of the Phils’ future, as they rebuild? Do any of the team’s outfielders have better value if they are traded?  Vote in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments section!

Which Phillies OF has best trade value?

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Phillies Willing to Eat $50 Million to Trade Howard

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, March 18, 2015 10:53 AM Comments: 27

According to a report, the Phillies are willing to pay $50 million of the remaining $60 million of first baseman Ryan Howard‘s contract to trade him. Howard is hitting .235/.235/.441 with two homers this Spring and was dogged by trade rumors all winter.

Analysis: It is hard to imagine that Howard has much trade value, at all. From 2012 through 2014, Howard ranks dead-last among 37 qualifying first baseman in FanGraphs’ version of WAR, ranking 33 of 37 in OBP and 28 out of 37 in SLG, a former highmark for Howard. Last season was Howard’s first season of 325 or more plate appearances since 2011 and Howard lead baseball in strikeouts.

Maikel Franco has not put much pressure on the Phillies to open up a position for him to play this Spring (.207/.207/.207) but just about any replacement at first base would outperform Howard at this point. Howard’s OBP from 2012-2014 ranks 183 out of 213, SLG 133th behind Jason Kubel, Jonny Gomes, Delmon Young, and Jed Lowrie, 169th in wOBA, and 187th in defense despite defensive rating by FanGraphs being an accumulative stat and Howard missing over half of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

It is clear by Howard’s stats at this point that a large majority of professional baseball players would serve the Phillies better at first base, including Franco, Darin Ruf, or Chris McGuiness (.444/.615/.444 in nine Spring Training at bats) but even with the Phillies willingness to eat his 2015 and 2016 payments, they will likely be unable to find a taker for Howard because most teams have at least a handful of players who could outperform Howard, even if they are not traditional first basemen.


Report: Yankees Closest to Landing Hamels

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 08, 2015 01:55 PM Comments: 13

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe dropped this interesting nugget today: the New York Yankees have, thus far, made the most enticing offer to the Phillies for left-handed starter Cole Hamels.

Writes Cafardo:

According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.

Hamels, who pitched two strong innings in his spring training debut Friday against the Yankees, has stopped talking about a trade. He said before camp that he was looking forward to pitching for a contender again, and that he would welcome a deal to Boston.

It is hard to speculate what the Yankees may have offered for Hamels but they do have a handful of intriguing prospects. With it rumored that the Phillies were interested in Boston middle infielder/center fielder Mookie Betts and catcher Blake Swihart, the Phillies may be interested in 22-year old, 6’7″ power hitting outfielder Aaron Judge (.308/.419/.486 with 17 homers across two A-ball levels last season) or 22-year old catcher Gary Sanchez (.270/.338/.406 with 13 homers in Double-A in 2014). A deal for Hamels may be able to net them one of these upper-tier prospects but likely not both as the Phillies are insistent any team trading for Hamels pays his entire remaining salary (four years, $94 million plus a $20 million team option or $24 million vesting option for 2019).


Odds & Ends: Papelbon, Manuel, and Asche in Left

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, February 02, 2015 09:35 PM Comments: 28

A lot of news and notes coming from Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly today. First, Salisbury quotes Ruben Amaro as saying “things are still alive” in reference to a potential Jonathan Papelbon trade. Salisbury notes Papelbon’s contract, which includes an easy-to-vest $13 million 2016 option, is one deterrent preventing teams other than the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays from becoming serious suitors.

Salisbury also reported that Charlie Manuel will be one of eight guest instructors joining the club in Spring Training, joining Mike Schmidt, Aaron Rowand, Dan Pleasac, and others.

Salisbury reported earlier in the day that the much-speculated “Cody Asche to the outfield” experiment has begun. Asche is taking reps in left field in Clearwater weeks before players are required to report to camp. As Salisbury notes, Asche has played second base while in the Phillies system and has taken reps at first base and left field at different points through his career. Maikel Franco hit .337 with four homers and 16 RBI in the Dominican Winter League and may play Asche into a new position with a strong Spring despite Amaro’s assertions that Asche is the club’s third baseman.


Report: Brewers interested in Papelbon

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 23, 2015 02:21 AM Comments: 31

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Brewers are in serious discussions with the Phillies to acquire right-handed relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon.

The 34-year-old is owed $13 million for the coming season with a vesting option for the same amount in the following year, if he finishes 48 games in 2015.  Papelbon, who was acquired by the Phillies as a free agent following the 2011 season, has a limited no-trade clause.

Last season, Papelbon tallied a 2-3 record with 39 saves and a 2.04 ERA in 66 appearances.


Phils, Reds Deal for Byrd Falls Through

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, December 29, 2014 05:58 PM Comments: 13

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported today that the Phillies nearly sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Reds before the trade fell through. Morosi’s tweet says the deal could still be reworked. The particulars of the deal are unknown at this time and the timing of the rumor is curious considering the fact that the Reds have recently dealt starters Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon and appear to be in somewhat of a rebuild of their own. Byrd, who turns 38 in August, lead the Phillies with 25 homers, a .445 SLG, and a .757 OPS. Byrd has $8 million left on his contract for 2015 with an $8 million option for 2016 that will vest with 550 PA in 2015.


Rumor: Padres Have Explored Trade for Hamels

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, December 21, 2014 05:29 PM Comments: 9

I apologize for this Hot Stove item in advance as it doesn’t seem there are a whole lot of legs to it right now. Or does it? If the reporter is good (he is), I’ll bite.

Ryan Lawrence of Philly.com is reporting that the San Diego Padres have had discussions about trading for Cole Hamels “according to a baseball source” with newly acquired outfielder Wil Myers as the centerpiece of the deal. What is unclear is whether the discussions were internal or included the Phillies and what members of the Padres’ organization had them. Lawrence notes that the Padres are a team that Hamels can be traded to without his consent and that one week ago, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that the Padres were one of the teams interested in acquiring Hamels.

The pieces do fit together to make a trade work, on the surface. The Padres, who have swung deals for a starting catcher, third basemen, and have at least six Major League starting outfielders after acquiring Matt Kemp, Myers, and Justin Upton within last week. Myers fits the bill with what the Phillies are looking for: he is under team control through 2019 and was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013 but is recovering from a wrist injury. And despite swinging so many trades in the last seven to ten days, the Padres still have a number of prospects available to compliment a deal for Hamels. Hamels has become more appealing in recent days in large part due to the rising price tags of Max Scherzer and James Shields, the latter who requested a five year deal in the $110 million range, not coincidentally the identical amount Hamels has remaining on his contract if his options vest.

We will continue to keep an eye on this one.


Report: Phillies Frontrunners for Korean SS Kang

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, December 21, 2014 01:47 AM Comments: 18


If you were to believe the rumor mill, the Phillies did an awful lot of due diligence looking at different players to fill their wide open whole at short. Deep into the night, the rumor mill continues to churn and it continues to involve filling the shortstop position.

This rumor is out of left field and has a bit more sizzle than rumors linking the Phillies to Rafael Furcal. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation is reporting that the Phillies are considered frontrunners for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. While that part is speculation, although there is interesting headcount we will get to later, there is a bit of substance to go along with the report: Kang’s team, the Nexen Heroes, have accepted a $5 million posting fee from a MYSTERY TEAM (emphasis mine) for the rights to negotiate with him. If Kang goes unsigned, he returns to Korea and the posting fee is returned to the winning team.

Cotillo notes that his sources indicate the Phillies and Nationals are the two frontrunners for Kang while other sources have indicated that 11 teams (Mets, Orioles, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Braves, Giants, A’s, Twins, and Rays) either did not bid or have dropped out of bidding. Kang, 27, hit 40 homers last year with a 1.198 OPS in the KBO, a noted hitter’s league, however Jeff Todd and Brad Johnson of MLB Trade Rumors indicate that those numbers still compare very favorably against league average.


Phillies Linked to Cabrera, Furcal at Short

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, December 20, 2014 04:13 PM Comments: 7

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies could become a player for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera if they are able to clear payroll. Cabrera was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012 with Cleveland where he played from 2007 through mid-2014 when he was dealt to Washington. Cabrera, 29, is a career .268/.330/.409 hitter who has hit .242 and .241 in 2013 and 2014 respectively after appearing to be one of the most promising shortstops in baseball.

Late last night, Crasnick reported that the Phillies may be interested in Rafael Furcal. Furcal, an All Star in 2003, 2010, and 2012, will enter his age 37 season in 2015 and played in just nine games with the Marlins in 2014 after missing the entire 2013 campaign.

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