Rodriguez Fails Physical, Signs with Atlanta

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, January 13, 2015 03:34 PM Comments: 12

Wandy Rodriguez will not be a Philadelphia Phillie in 2015. A failed physical, first reported by Marino Pepen, ended Rodriguez’s deal with the Phillies and he is headed to the Atlanta Braves, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Rodriguez has struggled to stay healthy over the last four seasons, starting just 51 games after starting 24 or more in seven straight seasons previous to that. Rodriguez’s deal with the Braves is believed to be around $2 million for 2015.


Phillies ink Jeanmar Gomez

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, January 13, 2015 10:56 AM Comments: 4

The Phillies have signed right-handed reliever Jeanmar Gomez to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training according to multiple sources. Gomez, 26, has a career 4.41 ERA in 120 appearances across the last five seasons with Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Gomez had a career-low 3.19 ERA in 2014 but saw his H/9 IP, BB/9 IP, and WHIP rise after a solid 2013.

AnalysisThis is a smart signing by the Phillies. Gomez is a very nice buy-low candidate that has a very real chance to fill out the bullpen and perform at an above-average clip. 


Meet Jayson Stark at Shibe Vintage Sports next Tuesday

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, November 19, 2014 02:15 PM Comments: 0

The best baseball writer in America, Jayson Stark, will be at Shibe Vintage Sports in Center City Philly on Tuesday, November 25th to sign his latest book, Wild Pitches, and answer your questions about the book, the Phillies, and the upcoming winter meetings. The event is free, and Jayson’s new book will be on sale.

Jayson is going to start signing books at 5:30 p.m. and if you want to hear him talk Phillies and chat about the book, the Q&A portion will start at 6 p.m. It’s gonna be a great event, and a terrific opportunity for you to get some early holiday shopping done for the baseball fan in your life!

RSVP via Facebook here!



Phillies Sign 16-Year Old Panamanian Shortstop

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, August 04, 2014 10:41 AM Comments: 11

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Per Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have signed Panamanian shortstop Jonathan Arauz for $600 K. The signing is front-page news in Panama.

Note: There is one comment on the article at this time which is apparent exasperation that Arauz choose the Phillies. “Solo como observacion al que redacto la noticia, FILIS ??? esta claro como se escribe en la camiseta del Pana… saludos,” the commentor says, which translates into “Just as I am observing the news, Phillies?” Either the poster is very excited that Arauz has chosen the Phillies or the international perception of the Phillies is starting to match that of what is felt here in the states.


Phillies Sign Reyes to Minor League Deal

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 08, 2014 10:46 PM Comments: 0

According to MLB Trade Rumors’ Zach Links, the Phillies have signed Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal. Reyes, 29, last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2011 for the Orioles. Reyes has a career 12-26 Major League record with a 6.05 ERA in 334.2 IP. Reyes last pitched in Korea in 2013.


Phillies Open the International Signing Period by Inking 3

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, July 02, 2014 08:47 PM Comments: 2

Screen-Shot-2014-07-02-at-12.24.44-PMThe Phillies opened the international signing period this year by inking three players, one of whom is ranked as the 8th best free agent according to Baseball America, and the 15th best free agent according to MLB.com. Arquimedes Gamboa headlines the list of players for the Phils  who signed for $900,000. The switch hitting Venezuelan is a versatile player who can play all over the infield.

Just in case Gamboa doesn’t work out the Phillies signed shortstop Daniel Brito for $650,000. They then rounded out their day by signing left hander Jhon Nunez, a Panamanian who signed for $100,000. The Phillies still have a little over $1.5 million left from their allotted $3,221,800 to sign more players.

The Phillies, seeing a depleted farm system, have been very active the past few years on the international market. Last year they signed the #4 ranked player on Baseball America’s list (Luis Encarnacion) and also signed Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to what was originally going to be a $48 million dollar contract, but ended up as a $12 million dollar deal.

Even if guys like Gamboa, Encarnacion, and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez never pan out, the fact that the Phillies are willing to spend big on the international market is a great sign. The Phillies farm system has been decimated by such trades as the Hunter Pence one, and the only way to restock it is though trades, the draft, and signing international free agents. Good news for Phillies fans, GM Ruben Amaro isn’t planning on packing it in. He’s stated he plans on spending the rest of the $1.5 million on other signings.


Phils Ink 16-Year Old Shortstop Gamboa

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, July 02, 2014 01:31 PM Comments: 10

The Phillies have signed 16-year old Venezuelan shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa to a deal worth $900 K reports MLB.com. Gamboa is a light-hitting, plus-glove defender who stands at just 5’11″ and 158 lbs. Gamboa was ranked as the 15th-best international prospect in 2014.

$200 K out of Gamboa’s $900 K salary comes from a bonus pool of $3,221,800 which is determined by the teams’ record in the previous season. Gamboa joins a number of Venezuelan coaches and players in the Phillies organization, including Freddy Galvis and current Clearwater Threshers manager Nelson Prada.


Phillies Sign Grady Sizemore

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, June 24, 2014 05:30 PM Comments: 12

The Phillies have announced that they have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore. Per Pat Gallen, Sizemore will report to Lehigh Valley on Thursday.

Sizemore hit .216/.288/.324 in 205 PA with the Boston Red Sox before being released earlier this month. Sizemore was a three-time All-Star from 2006 through 2008 with Cleveland.


Phils Designate Savery, Burnett Contract Details Revealed

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, February 16, 2014 11:20 AM Comments: 4


The Phillies have designated Joe Savery for assignment to create room for the newly-signed A.J. Burnett. Savery has a career 4.15 ERA in 41 career MLB appearances and was solid in 2013, posting a 3.15 ERA in 20 IP.

Additionally, the details of Burnett’s contract have emerged. Burnett has signed for $15 million for 2014 with a $1 million buyout after the season, hence the original $16 million that was quoted by many. According to Jon Heyman of CBS, the team has a $15 million option for 2015 and, if the team declines, Burnett can trigger a $7.5 million option of his own. Burnett can earn up to $1.75 million in 2014 and 2015 each if he hits performance targets according to Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark notes that should Burnett exercise his $7.5 million option for 2015, that year could be worth a max of $12.75 million.


Phillies Sign SS KC Serna

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, February 09, 2014 12:13 PM Comments: 6

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Phillies have signed 24-year old shortstop KC Serna to a minor-league deal. Serna hit .304/.362/.424 in 420 PA for the Amarillo Sox of the independent American Association. Serna was drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of the University of Oregon as a 42nd round pick in 2011. Serna was tough to strikeout last year, striking out only 9.04% of the time and showed speed on the basepaths, stealing 17 bases in 23 tries.

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