Five Placed on Revocable Waivers

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, August 04, 2014 01:16 PM Comments: 11

Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies have placed five on revocable trade waivers on Saturday: Antonio BastardoA.J. Burnett, Ryan Howard, Kyle Kendrick, and Roberto Hernandez. Per the rules of revocable trade waivers, if a team claims any of the players, the Phillies can either negotiate a trade with the claiming team within 48 hours of a claim, let the other team have the player outright with the claiming team assuming the contract, or revoke the player from waivers with nothing happening. Players are on revocable waivers for 48 hours; if a player goes unclaimed in that time, they can be traded to any Major League team for any other player that has cleared revocable trade waivers or any player that is not on an active 40-man roster.

This likely is not the last of players being put on revocable trade waivers and we should know the fate of these players before the end of the night, with the 48 hour period expiring then.

Analysis: Bastardo and Burnett, by far, drew the most attention out of any players on the club outside of Marlon Byrd prior to the deadline if reports are to be believed. Kendrick likely has some value to a team, particularly if there is an injury closer to the August 31 deadline (a player must be active or on the disabled list on a team’s active roster prior to September 1 if they are to be playoff eligible). Hernandez has the worst BB/9 IP in the Majors right now and likely will clear waivers and not be traded while Howard will likely face the same fate.


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.


Phillies Recall Aumont, Activate Carlos Ruiz

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, July 23, 2014 02:30 PM Comments: 5

After a 14 inning game on Tuesday night the Phillies needed some relief help for a tired bullpen. The Phillies recalled 25-year old Phillippe Aumont from AAA Lehigh Valley. The Phillies also activated Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list and optioned catcher Cameron Rupp to AAA Lehigh Valley. To make room for Aumont on the 40 man roster the Phillies designated reliever Jeff Manship for assignment.

Who knows, maybe the 22nd time will be the charm for Aumont…..


Pittsburgh Emerging as Front Runners for Burnett

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, July 22, 2014 02:00 PM Comments: 85

It is looking as though the Pittsburgh Pirates are emerging as a favorite to land Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.Com tweeted Tuesday that Burnett would prefer to return to Pittsburgh. Burnett, in his first year with the Phillies, pitched for the Pirates during the 2012, and 2013 seasons. Burnett had a great year in 2013 posting a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA. Those numbers helped land Burnett a $15 million dollar deal with the Phillies in the offseason.

Tom Gannam Associated Press

Tom Gannam Associated Press

Burnett’s tenure in Pittsburgh ended on a sour note. When Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with Gerrit Cole instead of Burnett for the series deciding game five NLDS game Burnett was said to have felt disrespected. The game five slight was one of the main reasons why Burnett chose to leave Pittsburgh and not resign. But the bad blood between Burnett and Pittsburgh is said to have been overblown.Rosenthal also said that while Burnett wants to rejoin the Buccos the feeling seems to be mutual with Pirates players lobbying the front office for his return. One snag in the deal could be, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, Burnett’s vesting option for 2015. Burnett has made 21 starts this season for the Phillies. At 24 starts his option would cost $8.5 million. At 27 starts that number gets bumped up to $10 million. At 30 starts it would be $11.75 million and his option would max out at $12.75 million if Burnett were to make 32 starts this season.

Burnett isn’t having the year the Phillies had hoped for this season. He currently has a 6-9 record with a 4.03 ERA. In his last start the righty got rocked, to the tune of six runs in five innings of work. It should be noted that Burnett is pitching through an inguinal hernia this season.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.Com tweeted Tuesday that Burnett has left the Pirates off his no trade list. Burnett, like fellow starter Cliff Lee, can reject a trade to 20 teams. Crasnick tweeted that the nine teams that can trade for Burnett without the righty’s permission are; Pirates, Red Sox, Orioles, Royals, Reds, Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, and Nationals. The Orioles are another team that are said to be in on Burnett.

The Pirates currently sit two and a half games out of the division lead, and two games out of a wild card spot. Pittsburgh could certainly use pitching help as their starters have a 3.92 staff ERA which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Burnett isn’t going to fetch a top prospect so if a deal does get done don’t expect to hear names like Josh Bell, Austin Meadows, or Reese McGuire.


Which Teams are Watching Cliff Lee? Is Hamels Available?

Posted by Pat Egan, Mon, July 21, 2014 08:04 PM Comments: 23

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

During the Jayson Stark Show, hosted by our very own Pat Gallen, Stark named the 10 teams that are in attendance for Monday nights Phillies game presumably to scout Cliff Lee. Those teams are; Tigers, Pirates, Giants, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Angels, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, and Royals. Lee is making his first start since an elbow strain put him on the disabled list in mid May.

Lee is owed $25 million next season and the lefty also has one of those pesky vesting options for 2016 for the price of $27.5 million. The Phillies would have to eat some of that salary if they hope to get anything back for the four time All Star. Lee is scheduled to make one more start before the July 31st non waiver trade deadline.

Stark also threw out a very interesting nugget about Cole Hamels. Reports out of Boston surfaced last week stating that the Phillies were not interested in trading Hamels, but Stark rebuffed that. “I’m hearing that Cole Hamels is available.” Stark, quoting an unnamed source, said the Phillies weren’t trying to move Hamels, but looking to see if they could get blown away by an offer. Hamels isn’t as off limits as previously thought. If you are wondering what it would cost a team to acquire the services of the 30 year old lefty Stark notes that the asking price would be similar to that of the Ray’s David Price. Which is a lot.

You can listen to the Jayson Stark show every Monday from 6-7 on 97.5 the Fanatic. You can also watch the show live as it broadcasts from the Green Parrot in Newtown Pennsylvania.


Brignac, Lee, Nieves Activated

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, July 21, 2014 02:45 PM Comments: 14

The Phillies have announced that infielder Reid Brignac, LHP Cliff Lee, and catcher Wil Nieves have been activated for tonight’s game. To make room for the trio, the Phillies have outrighted catcher Koyie Hill to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, designated Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment, and optioned infielder Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. None of the moves come as particular shocks, especially the since the Phillies have been carrying six outfielders since signing Grady Sizemore.


A Seller’s Guide to Lee and Hamels

Posted by Pat Egan, Thu, July 17, 2014 04:00 PM Comments: 3

It’s that time of year again! The time of year where franchises mortgage the future for quick fixes. Teams are categorized into two different sections; buyers and sellers. The Phillies will find themselves categorized in the latter. It’s no secret really. With a record of 42-53, the Phillies find themselves 10 games back in the division and a wild card spot. Stars like Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, and possibly Jimmy Rollins could all be playing in different uniforms a month from now. Today, I’ll focus on two of those players.

Cliff Lee is in his second stint with the Phillies, and the lefty ace is no stranger to being traded. Lee has been traded a total of four times in his career and he is fully expecting to be traded for the fifth time in the coming days (possibly weeks). The last time the Phillies traded the lefty ace, they got virtually nothing back. Ruben Amaro Jr. received Tyson Gillies, JC Ramirez, and Phillippe Aumont from Seattle. Aumont is the only player from that trade still with the organization, and his time is likely numbered. Ruben Amaro is likely going to be able to have a do over with Lee and look to restock a barren farm system.

Lee currently has a limited no trade clause, which will allow Lee to veto trades to 20 different teams. The teams that we know are on his no trade list are; Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, and Orioles. One such team that is NOT on his list is the St Louis Cardinals. Lee is currently rehabbing an elbow injury but will make two starts before the July 31st deadline. Lee is owed $25 million for next season, along with a vesting option of $27.5 million for 2016.

The Philadelphia Phillies are the only organization Cole Hamels has ever known. The 30-year old Hamels was just 18 years old when the Phillies took him with the 17th overall pick in the 2002 MLB Draft. Having signed a seven-year deal in 2012, Hamels is owed $100 million through 2018. Hamels, like Lee, has a limited no trade clause. The teams NOT on Hamels no trade list are: Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Braves, Nationals, Yankees, and Red Sox.

Let’s take a look at potential suitors for either Lee or Hamels, and what the Phillies should be asking for. Remember, just because a player has a particular team on their no trade list doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t go to that team. It just means the team has to ask the players permission. For a player like Cliff Lee, having never won a World Series, waiving your no trade clause to go to a contender might be enticing. Continue reading A Seller’s Guide to Lee and Hamels


Phillies Call Up Grady Sizemore

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, July 10, 2014 08:47 PM Comments: 25

The Phillies have called up center fielder Grady Sizemore following their four-game sweep of the Brewers. To make room on the roster, David Buchanan was sent down to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Buchanan will keep his normal pitching schedule, even with being sent down.

Sizemore hit .216/.288/.324 for the Red Sox in 2014 before being designated for assignment. Prior to being called up, he was hitting .289/.360/.378 for the IronPigs.

Sizemore has a history of injuries, but used to be one of the better center fielders in MLB, and had the potential to be an all-time great. Sadly, injuries derailed his career. Included in his MLB resume is three All-Star appearances, two Gold Gloves, and a Silver Slugger award. He had a 30/30 season in 2008.

The Phillies outfield is in desperate need of help (especially with a banged up Ben Revere), and Sizemore could potentially be an answer–or he could provide depth should the Phillies explore trading Marlon Byrd.

Cliff Lee was transferred to the 60-day DL, but he’ll likely be ready to start just after the all star break.


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.


Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #1 Wise Move For GM Quinn

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, July 06, 2014 04:20 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies gave up a really good pitcher in Wise to acquire Carlton. Fortunately for them, they acquired a great one.

This is the final trade in the Top 10 Trades in Phillies History. Consideration was given to the performance of the players traded with their new club v. the performance of the players acquired with the Phillies in addition to heavily weighing the success of the Phillies once the trade was completed. Thank you for following along with our countdown.

This series will be immediately followed by the Top 10 Worst Trades in Phillies History, starting approximately on July 7.

The number one trade in Phillies history should come as a surprise to very few. But at the time of the trade, one could have argued that the trade was pretty even. Let’s look at both players in a blind comparison:

Player A: Age 25, 75-76, 3.60 ERA, 1.302 WHIP, 5.2 K/9 IP, One-time All-Star

Player B: Age 26, 77-62, 3.10 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 IP, Three-time All-Star

Player B was better but with better defense, Player A’s stats might look better. And whichever person was on the better team would benefit the most, right? Player A is right-hander Rick Wise, a player the Phillies signed as an amateur free agent in 1963. Player B is, of course, “Lefty” Steve Carlton.

Phillies General Manager John Quinn had seen the fortunes of his squad slowly deteriorating. After narrowly missing the pennant in 1964 due to a painful late season collapse, Quinn’s squads would finish no higher than fifth in the newly-created NL East, winning just 67 games in 1971. In a July 25, 1989 interview with the Philadelphia Daily News’ Stan Hochman, Wise recalled he wanted a 100 percent raise from Quinn: “After seven years with the Phillies I was only making $25,000. And then I led the league in fielding, in hitting, hit six homers, threw that no-hitter, led the Phillies’ pitchers in every major category… John Quinn offered me a $10,000 raise. “

Out in St. Louis, Cardinals’ owner Augie Busch was playing the same game with Carlton. According to Wise, Busch said “he wasn’t gonna give (Carlton) one more red cent.” Strangely, both players were traded for each other on February 25, 1972 as pitchers and catchers began to report to Spring Training and got the raises each desired but from different teams. Continue reading Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #1 Wise Move For GM Quinn

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