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Rosenthal: Phils Talking Lee With Other Teams

Posted by Alex Lee, Mon, July 29, 2013 09:32 AM Comments: 26

It sounds like the Phillies are talking to other teams about Cliff Lee.  (PHOTO: AP)

It sounds like the Phillies are talking to other teams about Cliff Lee. (PHOTO: AP)

While we heard yesterday from ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Phillies have finally informed teams a certain number of their veteran players are on the trading block, Cliff Lee was apparently not on that list. But in his Fox Sports column today, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have discussed their All-Star lefty with other clubs. Rosenthal acknowledges that the Phils are unlikely to trade Lee, in large part due to their insistence on receiving a huge haul in return for the former Cy Young winner:

“One rival executive on Sunday night acknowledged the Phillies’ willingness to trade Lee but said the team would do it only “for a lot!!!” — meaning, a steep package of talent.”

The Phils have every right to start the bidding for Lee sky high. He is an elite pitcher and has a track record of dominance come October. He is likely the most coveted player that has any chance of changing teams before Wednesday’s 4pm trade deadline. But Rosenthal outlines several other things that may preclude a Lee trade, as paraphrased below:

- Lee’s contract includes a 20-team no-trade clause and has about $70MM left on it ($9MM left in 2013 and a $12.5MM buyout for 2016). Lee’s $120MM contract has essentially worked out for the Phils, especially when compared to some of the other nine-figure deals given to free agents in recent years. Lee is still a stud, but the no-trade clause and the money narrows down the list of teams that’d be willing to take on the money and fork over premium talent in return.

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Olney: Phils Reaching Out to Other Teams

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, July 28, 2013 01:01 PM Comments: 36

So it begins.

ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Phillies are calling other teams to let them know some players are available. All, except one:

All most of us can say is, about damn time. After Saturday’s embarrassment, this is actually somewhat exciting.


Phillies Sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, July 26, 2013 10:11 PM Comments: 57

Yahoo’s Jeff Passan is reporting that the Phillies have signed Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six year, $50 million pact that can be worth more than $60 million. Passan reports that the Phillies beat out the Red Sox to land Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 26, is a righty that reaches the mid-90s with a fastball and also has a “change-up, fork, and curveball,” according to DJ Short. Short notes that Gonzalez made a name for himself in the 2010 University Baseball Championships but has pitched sparingly since after being suspended for trying to flee Cuba.

The news comes as somewhat as a surprise and a bit oddly-timed as it was learned today from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that the Phillies were being peppered with offers for Cliff Lee. Lee is the best pitcher on the market – could Gonzalez’s signing be a sign that the Phillies are willing to trade him?


Phillies Nation TV: Trade Deadline Scenarios and Interviews from ESPN

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, July 25, 2013 11:14 AM Comments: 3

The hot stove is heating up as the Phillies decide whether they’re sellers or buyers. Pat and Corey give you their best moves, including whether or not it’s a good idea to trade Michael Young during his most valuable days. They also debate National League MVP candidates and answer fan questions from Ryann.

I make a rare appearance for interviews with Kevin Negandi and Chris McKendry – two SportsCenter anchors with strong Philly roots. The legendary Brian Dawkins also drops in for a few Philadelphia memories of his own.


My Day at ESPN Headquarters

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, July 22, 2013 08:30 AM Comments: 2

Last Wednesday, I had the great fortune of visiting the sports fan’s version of Disneyland, also known as ESPN headquarters.  It’s a wonderful place filled with celebrities, athletes, and people that care a lot about broadcasting sports to fans like us.  A big thanks goes out to Kristen Hudak, Senior Publicist at ESPN and displaced Nationals fan who organized the day for me.  Besides seeing the sights, I wanted to meet some of the Philadelphia-area natives that make the magic happen in Bristol, CT.

Kevin Negandhi

Kevin Negandhi and Brian

Upon entering the ESPN campus, I was immediately impressed by the sheer size the place – dozens buildings, miles of roads, and more satellite dishes than NASA.  My first visit of the day was with SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi at the on-site Starbucks.  Kevin’s enthusiasm for Philly sports is infectious.  As I came to discover throughout day, whenever I told someone that I was from Philly, the first thing they replied was, “have you talked to Negandhi yet?”  It’s that obvious.  As a West Philly native and Temple grad, Negandhi is constantly talking Philly sports.  I spoke with him on camera for a few minutes for this week’s episode of Phillies Nation TV but probably could have continued for hours.

The next stop was a behind-the-scenes viewing of a Baseball Tonight taping.  First off, the studio is incredible, every bit as cool as it looks on TV.  Adnan Virk was moderating a “baseball’s best lineups” segment with Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling.  After the taping, I spoke with Adnan and Tim about the NL East race and what kind of roster moves the Phils will make this month.  Tim thinks they’ll be buyers – at least as of the All-Star break. Continue reading My Day at ESPN Headquarters


Writer’s Roundtable: Memorable Home Runs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, July 15, 2013 02:02 PM Comments: 0

This one is all about the Home Run, mostly because MLB’s Home Run Derby is upon us, but also because “Chicks dig the long ball!”

What is the most memorable Home Run that you got to see in person? What you say is the most memorable Phillies HR ever? Is there a non-Phillies HR that helped get you hooked on baseball growing up?


Don McGettigan: I was lucky enough to be at 2008 NLDS Game 2… where with the Phillies already holding a 1-0 advantage in the series, the most unimaginable things occurred against one of baseball’s best pitchers, C.C. Sabathia. With a runner on 2nd, Brett Myers worked a 9-pitch Walk, followed by Jimmy Rollins free pass on four-straight balls. The bases now loaded, Shane Victorino stepped to the plate and hit a Grand Slam into the seats in left field to give the Phillies a lead they would not surrender. It was at that moment I realized the Phillies could beat any pitcher that postseason and that winning the World Series could actually happen.

I think the most memorable Phillies HR ever would have to be Mike Schmidt’s 500th… because I’m not sure we’ll ever see it happen to any other Phillies player.

There isn’t one specific HR that got me hooked as a kid, but watching Ken Griffey Jr. highlights all the time always left me wanting more, and ESPN Sports Center around the clock was about the only way a kid could get his Mariners’ fix. The other one that sticks out a lot is Kirk Gibson’s Game 1 game-winner off of Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series. Since I was born in 1983 that play was shown over and over along with Kirby Puckett’s 1991 WS Game 6 game-winning HR, and some guy in Toronto who hit one to win something in 1993, but I don’t want to talk about it.

Eric Seidman: For me, the most memorable Phillies home run belongs to Matt Stairs. The go-ahead two-run homer in the 2008 NLCS was the moment that I really felt, holy shit, the Phillies could actually win the World Series. It was just such a majestic home run that I get goosebumps just thinking about it. The most memorable homer I saw in person was kind of a random one, from early on in the 2001 season. The Phillies were losing to the Braves and Kevin Jordan hit a grand slam in what was a 5-6 run inning and they moved ahead to win the game. While I was a fan prior to that season, that 2001 team was the first one where I really started watching 162 games per season and being in attendance at that game, it felt like a special Phillies team.

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Gameday: Phillies (45-46) vs Nationals (46-44)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, July 10, 2013 06:03 PM Comments: 9

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (45-46) vs Washington Nationals (46-44)

Cliff Lee (10-2, 2,73) v. Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14)

TIME: 7:00, Citizens Bank Park
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will turn to Cliff Lee tonight, and the All-Star lefty will try to bounce back after his last two shaky starts. He’s given up seven earned runs over his last 13.1 innings. His last outing against the Braves was going smoothly until a rough sixth inning where he gave up a three run home run to Dan Uggla. The only out he recorded in the inning was a bunt groundout. He still received the win thanks to a solid performance by the Phils bullpen. It was the first time that he had not pitched at least seven full innings since May 1.

For the Nats, Gio Gonzalez will get the start, and he’s been pitching pretty well lately. Over his last seven starts, he has an ERA of just 2.11. He’s gone at least six innings each time, and hasn’t given up more than 3 ER. Runs for both teams will come at a premium tonight.


GAMEDAY BEER: Sweetwater Blue

SweetWater Blue is a unique light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries. It begins with an appealing blueberry aroma and finishes as a surprisingly thirst-quenching ale. It’ll certainly be hard to find in the Philly region, but if you know of one of those crazy 6-pack stores that has EVERYTHING, look for this, or at least ask about it. It’s an Atlanta-based brewing company. And while I’m not particularly fond of fruity beer, a hint I don’t mind. Get out that chicken and the Sweet Baby Rays and make this a sweet night.  -By Pat


ESPN’s Law Gives Sobering Scouting Report on Franco

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 09, 2013 06:55 AM Comments: 0

Franco is a fast riser - but how high has he gone?We’ve all fallen in love with the Phillies farm system while witnessing several players tear it up this season. Maikel Franco, Cody Asche, and Jesse Biddle are the new faces of the minors, and rightfully so. Each has given you something to look forward to for the future.

ESPN’s Keith Law says wait a tick. Law scouted the Reading Fightin’ Phils last week and came away with some interesting things to say about Franco, a 20-year-old third baseman who has been tearing it up since being promoted.

Franco is a right-handed hitter who gets his hands very high and deep at the plate, nearly locking his right elbow right before he brings his hands forward, and his above-average bat speed can only go so far in getting the bat head to the zone in time. He’s very strong and when he gets his hips started early enough he’s got 65 or 70 raw power (on the 20-80 scouting scale), although the timing of his hip rotation varies from pitch to pitch.

His approach, however, is a disaster right now — not only does he struggle to recognize off-speed stuff, especially changeups, but he’s only interested in pitches he can crush, making no adjustments to where the pitch is located or to its type. If you signal that you’re just trying to murder fastballs, you’re not going to see many fastballs in the zone. That approach shows up in his lack of patience, with just one walk in Reading, on June 23, but it will show up soon enough in his batting average, as well.

It’s true, there are flaws in Franco’s game. He’ll need to readjust at each level, but it’s hard to complain about the kid when he’s been tearing it up. Sure, he won’t hit .400 forever, but there are good signs and bad signs, just like with each prospect that laces ‘em up on a daily basis.

Law also gives his thoughts on Kelly Dugan who just made a jump to Reading:

Dugan’s tools are pretty average across the board — he’s a 45-50 runner with a 55 arm and might be a 55 glove in right — but he’s got a good feel to hit thanks to fast wrists that allow him to accelerate his bat very quickly. A left-handed hitter, Dugan has no stride, just raising and lowering his front leg, and crouches more than you’d like to see, but with good hip rotation and solid results so far I wouldn’t argue for reducing any of the noise in his swing until it becomes a problem.

The lack of tools is a little bit of a concern, but his plan at the plate is better than Franco’s and he’s a good enough athlete to stay in right and perhaps end up above average there, making him a potential everyday guy in a system that could use a few more of them.

To read Keith Law’s full post, click here.

If you’d like to read on Jay Floyd’s interview with Phillies director of player development, Joe Jordan, click here.


Lannan Twirls A Gem In Phils Win

Posted by Alex Lee, Mon, July 08, 2013 09:54 PM Comments: 14

John Lannan was unhittable on Monday night at CBP (Photo: AP).

John Lannan was unhittable on Monday night at CBP (Photo: AP).

Ruben Amaro publicly challenged his players when he decreed this 10-game homestand the tipping point of the 2013 season.  So far so good through four games, as the Phillies topped the Nationals on Monday night, 3-2, to climb within 2.5 games of second place Washington.

John Lannan (2-3, 4.26 ERA) threw eight innings of shutout ball and Ben Revere fueled the offense with his bat and his legs, tallying three hits, a steal and scoring two of the three Phillies runs.  Jimmy Rollins also had a good night, following two Revere hits with singles of his own in innings that led to runs.  Jonathan Papelbon navigated through a rocky ninth – two hits, a few loud outs – to capture his 19th save of the season.

The Phillies are now 4-3 against the Nationals this year and have three more against them this week at Citizens Bank Park.


- Lannan was magnificent in his second outing against his former team.  The lefthander retired the side in order in four of his eight frames, allowing only four hits and a pair of walks.  He induced 12 groundouts in eight innings.  Monday night was unequivocally Lannan’s best start as a member of the Phillies.  He needed only 109 pitches to get through eight, the first time he’s hit triple digits in 24 outings dating back to 2011.  He lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.26 on the season.

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Gameday: Phillies (43-46) vs Nationals (46-42)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, July 08, 2013 07:26 PM Comments: 0

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (43-46) vs Washington Nationals (46-42)

John Lannan (1-3, 5.15) v. Dan Haren, (4-9, 6.15)

TIME: 7:00, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Brown LF, M. Young 3B, D. Young RF, Ruf 1B, Ruiz C, Lannan P.

Your Gameday Beer: Landshark Lager

Not the greatest brew in the world, but it’s probably better than your Millers’ and Coors’ of the world. And a case isn’t too expensive, so enjoy. -Pat Gallen

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