Even In Win-Now Mode, Phils Should Still Sell

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, July 12, 2013 09:05 AM Comments: 5

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Phils should consider moving Ruiz, even if they want to win next season. (Photo: AP)

On Wednesday, The Good Phight published a spirited piece regarding the Phillies and the upcoming trade deadline. In it, Joe Catz argues that right now fans should stop being so concerned with what the future holds for the franchise if it is precluding you from enjoying day-to-day success. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do.

Essentially, his argument boils down to the fact that, right or wrong, the Phillies are not going to have a major overhaul of their roster via a late July fire sale. The reason being an ownership group that won’t allow a full-on rebuild. They’re constantly in win-now mode, and that means tearing it down just isn’t an option.

I’d like to go on record and say I agree 100% with Catz. As a fan, you should never stop yourself from enjoying a team’s success on a given night because you’re worried it may affect an impending rebuild. Baseball is supposed to be fun, and when you can’t even allow yourself the joy of your favorite team’s successes, what’s even the point anymore? Continue reading Even In Win-Now Mode, Phils Should Still Sell


Should the Phillies Call the Giants About Pence?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 11, 2013 11:10 PM Comments: 32

Good series, let’s go call the Giants about Pence?

Think back to your days in high school or college, to the girls or fellas that you dated. There were the ones that made you stay up at night, heart racing. You may have even written poetry or songs for them. Then, there was the moment that things got weird and you parted. You fell in love again, usually with someone new, married, and your former flame is long forgotten.

For a lot of fans, Hunter Pence was the player that got their palms sweaty and blood pumping. He was a handsome-yet-clumsy throwback to the 1970′s – a player whom writers used words reserved only for the most awkward-yet-talented, and oddly usually Caucasian, players. Writers called him a gritty gym rat and a hustler. Last year, the Phillies fell well out of contention and, frankly, things got weird. Pence and his penchant for eating after scoring game winning runs were sent to San Francisco where he won a World Series.

Since then, Domonic Brown has become an All-Star outfielder but there is a hole left unfilled in right field. There is one player that is likely available who can fill that hole – while I am one of the many who believe the steep cost of his acquisition may become one of the worst trades in Phillies history, that player’s name is Hunter Pence. Continue reading Should the Phillies Call the Giants About Pence?


Phils Interested in Joba Chamberlain?

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, July 09, 2013 01:02 PM Comments: 6

Joba ChanmberlainAccording to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Phillies have expressed interest in Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain. He suggests that Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz are some names that are being thrown around as possible players in a deal. Here’s the quote:

National League sources say the Phillies are amenable to dealing Michael Young and have expressed interest in Joba Chamberlain, a salary-dump swap that would save Philadelphia roughly $7 million. The sources also say Carlos Ruiz can be had before the deadline, too.

A Young-Chamberlain (or Ruiz-Chamberlain) swap wouldn’t be the most ideal trade for the Phillies, but it wouldn’t hurt. Michael Young is certainly tradeable, and, considering the circumstances, trading Young would be beneficial. Chamberlain would provide some much needed help in the bullpen, even though his numbers are poor this year. He could step into the 6th or 7th inning role for the Phils, who desperately need something. A fresh start could be what helps Chamberlain rerun to his dominant form from a few years back. Michael Young could go to the AL where he could flip between playing the field and being a DH. The trade makes sense for both teams on the surface.

However, I think that the Phillies need to be sellers at the deadline, and a Chamberlain for Young swap doesn’t really fit the description of “sell”. So I’d rather them hold on to Young and see what else they can get for him in the next few weeks. I hope this rumor stays just that–a rumor. What do you guys think?


Phillies Acquire John McDonald from Cleveland

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, June 27, 2013 05:54 PM Comments: 15

John McDonald - Philadelphia PhilliesChalk this move up as strange: the Phillies acquired 38-year old infielder John McDonald from Cleveland for a player to be named later or cash. It doesn’t take advanced statistics to show that McDonald has been ineffective this season. McDonald has hit just .053/.163/.079 in 43 PA and will join his third team this season.  In case you are wondering, that triple slash line is worth -0.7 fWAR, an amazing accumulation of negative value in such a short span. His -0.7 WAR to 43 PA comparison makes him literally the least valuable player per PA in the Majors this season.

The most curious part of this move: who does McDonald replace? Will the Phillies send Freddy Galvis to Triple-A to get regular at-bats? Is a Chase Utley or Michael Young trade eminent? McDonald will join the team in LA and join the 25-man roster. No corresponding move has been announced.


PN Interview: RHP Prospect Seth Rosin

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, May 07, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 0

Seth Rosin, image- MiLB.com

Last summer, as part of the Hunter Pence trade, the Phillies acquired righty hurler Seth Rosin (Roe-ZEEN). Originally drafted in the 4th round in 2010 by San Francisco, Rosin had mainly been a reliever with the Giants’ Class A Advanced affiliate San Jose. Now throwing strictly as a starter, since joining the Phils’ organization, the University of Minnesota product, who stands six-foot-six and weighs around 250 pounds, has posted a 1-4 record with a 3.17 ERA while striking out 32 and walking seven in 45 1/3 innings.

Recently, I spoke with the 24-year-old about his transition to a new organization, his thoughts about Reading, Eastern League competition and plenty more. Read ahead for that full interview.

- Last year, at the time of the trade, how were you notified you had been dealt and what was your reaction?

I got a call from the Giants front office at about 8 o’clock in the morning, west coast time, letting me know I had to leave tomorrow to go to Florida, I was in a trade. So, I was just trying to get everything in order, get my car out to Florida, or whatever, all my clothes. I had a host family, so they were really helpful with that. I was just- I knew I had to get all my stuff in order to get over there. It was a good transition and the Phillies guys welcomed me, so it was a good transition.

- As rattling as that appears to be, from that description, is getting that news also exciting, because you know a team has just dealt an established player to get you?

Yeah. It’s a fresh start. All new coaches, everything, I’ve got to get to know everyone’s names and stuff like that. It’s a good start and I’m having a good time over here.
Continue reading PN Interview: RHP Prospect Seth Rosin


Phils Deal RHP Rodriguez to O’s for OF Welty

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 24, 2013 01:47 PM Comments: 4

Ronnie Welty, image- MiLB.com

The disassembling of the prospect group known as the Baby Aces continues, as the Phillies have traded once highly regarded righty hurler Julio Rodriguez to Baltimore for outfielder Ronnie Welty.

Rodriguez once dominated Class A ball, but looked far more human with Double-A Reading last season.  Drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft, the Puerto Rican born pitcher finished with an overall record of 7-3 with a 1.89 ERA and a .175 batting average against in 20 outings with Williamsport and Lakewood in 2010. The following season, Rodriguez was named a Florida State League All-Star, as he finished with a league leading 16 wins, a 2.76 ERA that was second best in the league and a .186 batting average against.  Over those two seasons, he averaged a 10.71 K/9 mark.

Last year in the Eastern League, Rodriguez wrapped up his 2012 regular season campaign with a 7-7 record, a 4.23 ERA and a .243 batting average against, following a difficult eight-game stretch (6.81 ERA) that got him moved from the starting rotation into the bullpen.

Welty, a righty batter that was selected in the 20th round of the 2008 draft, had a very good season last year, as he sported a .333/.373/.662 line, playing most of his games at Double-A in an injury shortened season (56 games played).  The 25-year-old stands 6-foot-3 and weighs around 200 pounds. Continue reading Phils Deal RHP Rodriguez to O’s for OF Welty


Phils Trade Minor League Hurler Cisco to Angels

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 17, 2013 11:25 AM Comments: 21


Cisco with Reading in 2011, Photo- Jay Floyd

PN’s Jay Floyd has learned that the Phillies have traded righty minor league hurler Michael Cisco to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The 25-year-old was originally selected in the 36th round of the 2008 draft and is the grandson of former Phillies pitching coach Galen Cisco.

Combined over his last two seasons with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Cisco tallied a 13-3 record along with six saves and a 1.70 ERA in 69 outings, all in relief.

*Update*- According to CSN’s Jim Salisbury, the Phils obtain no compensation in the deal. Also, take a look at details on today’s minor league releases by clicking here.



Phils Trade From Depth

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, December 09, 2012 05:45 PM Comments: 4

As you read here on Saturday, Rangers veteran Michael Young waived his no-trade clause, approving a deal to the Phillies, who sent two righty hurlers to Texas.  The 36-year-old Young, slated to be the Phillies’ everyday third baseman next season, is a seven-time All-Star and career .301/.347/.444 hitter.  With those credentials, he commanded a quality return, as the Rangers acquired reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect Lisalverto Bonilla.

Lisalberto BonillaPhillies fans got a sizable sampling of Lindblom last season, after he was acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade.  The 25-year-old posted a 1-3 record with 1 save, a 1.53 WHIP and a 4.63 ERA in 26 games for the Phils.  Often critiqued for being a fly ball pitcher, Lindblom was not seen as being an ideal type to dominate at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

With Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont, Mike Stutes and several other names all having strong reliever make ups and being a similar age to Lindblom or younger, the club didn’t hesitate to move the former 2nd round draft selection to help fill a spot in the daily lineup.

The youngster given up in this deal, Bonilla, is a strong prospect that would have represented the Phillies in the MLB All-Star Futures Game last season, if he hadn’t injured himself while horsing around at the hotel in Kansas City that weekend.

The Dominican native first began to make his name known in 2011 as a member of the Class A Lakewood staff.  In 26 outings that season (15 starts), Bonilla, who stands 6-foot-1 and is listed generously by the Phillies at 175-pounds, sported a 2.80 ERA while striking out 95 batters and walking 29 in 106 innings pitched.  He followed that up with a great campaign in 2012 Continue reading Phils Trade From Depth


Hot Stove: Nats Acquire Span, Lopez Trade Stalls

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, November 29, 2012 05:10 PM Comments: 42

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/29087.png&w=350&h=254Nats Acquire Span

The biggest news in baseball today is the Nationals’ acquisition of center fielder Denard Span. Span, 28, has two years, $11.25 million left on his contract and a $9 million team option for 2015. The Nationals parted with 2011 first-round pick, right-hander Alex Meyer for Span. Span is a career .284/.357/.389 hitter and a plus defender in center.

The trade for Span narrows the Phillies’ options, however, it also takes a potential destination off the table for the other free agent center fielders. With the Giants still the favorite for Angel Pagan until further notice, it appears that the Phillies may have their pick between Michael Bourn, Josh Hamilton, Shane Victorino, non-tender candidate Andres Torres, and others as free agents and the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson and Rockies’ Dexter Fowler as trade targets. The teams still seeking center fielders is believed to be narrowed to the Phillies, Reds, Red Sox, Indians, Marlins, and Rays, although it is believed that of those teams, only the Phillies, Reds, and Red Sox have money to spend.

Upton Offered $20 Million Less By Phils

The Phillies reportedly came in second place in the B.J. Upton bidding war. The Phils’ offer of five years, $55 million was topped by over $20 million by the Braves according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

Continue reading Hot Stove: Nats Acquire Span, Lopez Trade Stalls


Deal For Wilton Lopez Hits Snag?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, November 29, 2012 11:18 AM Comments: 18


UPDATE 2:31 PM: According to Todd Zolecki, the trade is now “unlikely” to happen.


Our Corey Seidman reported yesterday that the Phillies were close to acquiring Houston Astros reliever Wilton Lopez per CSN’s Jim Salisbury. Lopez, 29, was due to be first-time arbitration eligible and is estimated to make around $1.4 million.

While many Phillies fans were wondering who would be included in the trade, today Phillies fans may start to wonder if the trade will happen. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the status of the trade is now “unclear“. Another of Rosenthal’s sources indicate that the trade is still close and that the names discussed include Tyler Cloyd and possibly a “young catcher”. We will continue to follow this one.

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