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Phillies Trade Francisco to Blue Jays for Local Product

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, December 12, 2011 01:02 PM Comments: 31

Ben Fran is off to Toronto.

UPDATE, 1:27 pm: Here is a tweet from Troy Renck of the Denver post:

“Phillies trade of Francisco opens up poential landing spot for Spilborghs. Phils have liked Spilborghs for a few years as RH bat off bench”

Spilborghs could be interesting, although his 2011 season was a terrible one. He hit just .210 with a .588 OPS, however, has shown to be a very good fourth or fifth outfielder in the past.

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Ben Fran is no more. The Phillies have dealt him north of the border. Here is the announcement from the Phillies:

Outfielder Ben Francisco was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander Frank Gailey, the Phillies announced today.

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Week In Review – Bye Bye Madson, Hello Rollins?

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, December 11, 2011 06:00 PM Comments: 3

The Winter Meetings have lived up to the hype. Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson have found new homes, Prince Fielder will most likely be filling out a change of address form and Alex Gonzalez is calling Brewtown his new stomping ground. Mostly all big names are making big moves.

Just come on home Rollins

It’s a smaller move that could potentially help the Phillies in their negotiating corner. The St. Louis Cardinals, who a lot of people thought were front runners for Jimmy Rollins, allowed Pujols to escape their grasps. This left a lot of money lying around some thought would be to sign Rollins. They, instead, decided to re-up with Rafael Furcal on a two-year deal.

With Furcal and Gonzalez signing deals with the Cardinals and Brewers, respectively, this opens it up for the Phillies to focus on Rollins. There isn’t much of a market now for a shortstop and this will definitely work in Ruben Amaro’s favor. The only obstacle left is what kind of contract will Rollins get.

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Phillies Wrap-up Winter Meetings in Dallas

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, December 09, 2011 07:19 AM Comments: 17

Aramis is the Phillies backup plan. PHOTO AP

What a whirlwind that was. They say everything is bigger in Texas and the Winter Meetings lived up to that standard this past week in Dallas. Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, Gio Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, C.J. Wilson; the list goes on and on of players signing with new teams and hearing their name in countless trade rumors. In the offseason, especially when we retreat to our homes as the weather turns colder, this is what we live for; the rumor mill.

The Phillies poked their head into a few different things this past week, most notably the Aramis Ramirez rumors. It’s widely believed that Ramirez is looked at as a backup plan ONLY if the Phillies are unable to strike a deal with Jimmy Rollins. According to many on the scene in Dallas, Rollins is likely to become a Phillie when all is said and done. However, the Cardinals lost Albert Pujols, so they’ll be desperate to make a splash. Milwaukee has also come calling, although sources say they’ve dropped out. Things will remain very interesting after the dust settles from this gathering.

In case you missed any of our coverage on the happenings in from Big D this past week, here is a bullet-point look at some of the rumors that have surfaced regarding the Phillies.

Jimmy Rollins is tops on the Phillies to-do list. However, the could have some company. Now that the Cardinals have lost all-time-great Albert Pujols, they could get into the running for J-Roll. They certainly do need a shortstop. We’ll see if this happens, but I’d keep a close eye on everything happening in STL.

–Troy Renck of the Denver Post said the Rockies were interested in the services of Phillies 3B Placido Polanco. That rumor then fell through roughly 24 hours later.

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Pujols Signs with LAA; Could STL Shoot for Rollins?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, December 08, 2011 08:50 AM Comments: 161

UPDATE, Thursday 10:20 am: Albert Pujols has inked one of the richest contracts in MLB history with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It goes 10 years, $250-260 million with a full no-trade clause. The Angels slipped in late and got themselves one of the best hitters in the history of the game. What does this mean for the Phillies?

Well, this could mean potentially more dollars in a contract for Jimmy Rollins. With money to spend and a need at shortstop, the Cardinals could now be a player for Rollins – that is, once they wipe the tears of losing one of the best players we’ve ever seen. That has to hurt.

But will this ultimately hurt the Phillies chances of retaining Rollins? Or at least, make it more difficult. This could drive the price of a Rollins-to-the-Phillies contract higher with a new team possibly entering the fray.

This is definitley something to keep an eye on…

UPDATE, Thursday 8:50 am: While nothing has been finished as of yet, and may not be before the end of the Winter Meetings, all signs point to a deal between the two sides soon. Jon Heyman, now of CBSSports.com, says that the Phillies aren’t saying one way or another, but he doesn’t see another outcome.

Last night, the Brewers cancelled a meeting with Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano. Milwaukee was thought to be a possible suitor for Jimmy, but that no longer seems to be the case.

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Week In Review: Rollins, Mayberry, Minors

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, December 04, 2011 04:51 PM Comments: 2

Will the Phillies re-sign Rollins at the Winter Meetings?

‘Tis my favorite time of the year.  As soon as the Thanksgiving table has been cleared, the Christmas decorations come out.  Watching football all afternoon with child-like giddiness knowing the best is yet to come is what the holiday’s are all about.

Now, we have already had some teasers thus far this offseason when the Phillies brought back Jim Thome and signed mega-cliche closer Jonathan Papelbon.  Those signings were just a taste of how great this winter could be.  The Winter Meetings are just around the corner (this week) and Ruben Amaro Jr. has already made flight arrangements to try and bring back Philly’s longest tenured player.

Amaro is heading to Dallas this week to meet with Jimmy Rollins‘ agent, Dan Lozano, to progress talks further in bringing back the former MVP to play short stop in Philadelphia next season.  Amaro won’t be alone in his venture out west as Lozano is said to have other meetings with additional suitors.  Also, the Phillies might wait and see what happens with other free agents, like Alex Gonzalez, to see how the market settles.

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Week in Review

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, January 09, 2011 02:14 PM Comments: 0

I know, you have had a busy week. You haven’t been able to keep up with all the Phillies happenings. You must be so upset. Don’t worry, we here at Phillies Nation have you covered. Every Sunday you can check it with our Week in Review and see exactly what you missed the week before. So without further adieu….

It’s been a bit of a slow week for the Phillies. They did go out and resigned J.C. Romero to a one-year deal worth around $1.35 million plus some performance bonuses. This is a great pick up for the Phillies who just two months ago had declined the $4.5 million option for 2011 on Romero. In order to add Romero to the 40-man roster, the Phillies had DFA Sergio Escalona.

The Phils are still talking with Chad Durbin and his agent about possibly resigning the right hander. The Phillies have made a formal offer to Durbin earlier in the week and his representatives have made a counter offer back. Some other teams are looking at Durbin, but according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer he would prefer coming back to the Phillies.

Some other things you may have missed this week:

-Top Moments from 2010 #25 – #22
-Corey asks ‘Is Blanton Staying or Going?’ and takes a look at The Importance of Defense
-Jay breaks down Top Phillies Prospects #25 – #23
-Delwyn Young has been add to the non-roster invitee list for Spring Training along with Brian Bass, Tuffy Gosewisch, Joel Naughton, Robb Quinlan, Michael Schwimer and Michael Stutes.
-Year in Review: Roy Halladay
-Year in Review: Roy Oswalt

Other news around the division:

The Braves stepped up their game this offseason trading away Omar Infante and Michael Dunn to acquire Dan Uggla, the slugging second baseman from the Marlins. Earlier this week Atlanta finalized a five-year contract extension with Uggla worth $62 million.

The Nationals have also been very busy since the Winter Meetings. Aside from the Jayson Werth signing, the Nats have had their names linked to a lot of big name players. They missed out on Zack Greinke (apparently it was about winning) and looks like Carl Pavano won’t be playing in the Nation’s capital either. They did, however, manage to sign 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2013.

Adrian Beltre finally got the big contract he was after. The Rangers signed him to a deal worth $80 million over five years with a vesting option of $16 million for a sixth year. I mention this because it was just last offseason the Phillies offered Beltre a deal, but he chose to sign with Boston. After one year, he goes after the big money and gets it from Texas. The Phillies were unlikely to shell out that kind of money to bring Beltre to Philly. Plus, I like Placido Polanco better.

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Offseason Icebreakers, Vol. 2: The Unbeatable Team

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, December 21, 2010 02:50 PM Comments: 20

In order to alleviate the boredom of the offseason–the NFL and regular season ice hockey being inadequate as diversions–I’ll be posting icebreaker questions periodically. They’ll always be at least tangentially related to the Phillies, and, as always, feel free to leave your own answers in the comment section.

This icebreaker comes courtesy of my younger brother, who killed about 3 hours on a bus somewhere in Eastern Europe with this question. You are hired as the general manager of a baseball team and given the task of assembling a team that will win each of the next 10 World Series. If you fail, you’ll be executed.

The Rules:

You can choose any 25 people on the planet, regardless of contract status or if they’re in the major leagues. Money is no object–any player can be had and paid. You can also choose any assortment of players–if you want to go with 8 position players and 17 pitchers, or vice versa, knock yourself out.

However, once you choose your 25-man roster, no changes can be made for 10 years. Also, while money is no object, injuries and aging are, so if you pick Roy Halladay as your ace, don’t expect him to perform at his current level until he’s 44. And while you’re at it, you also have to hire a manager and a coaching staff. A big tip of the hat to FanGraphs and Baseball Reference, two sites that, as always, have been my primary sources for research.

My Unbeatable Team is after the jump. If you feel so inclined, make up one of your own and leave it in the comments section. Warning: this post is 5,001 words long, so if you’re one of those people who refuses to read anything longer than a comic strip, you might want to take a pass.

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Notes From the Winter Meetings: Wednesday

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, December 08, 2010 11:40 PM Comments: 123

-Yes, you heard correctly – Zack Greinke. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No. The hottest rumor out of the Winter Meetings thus far pertaining to the Phillies is that they are “considering” the Royals ace and Cy Young winner.  A person with knowledge of the situation told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that the Phillies brass has had internal discussions as well as talks with Kansas City about Greinke. Amaro said:

“We have explored and tried and talked about acquiring some significant players,” he said. “We’ve tried to shoot for the moon on some things and laid some groundwork, but the possibility of them happening is kind of remote.”

Unlikely as it may be, Ruben and his boys are stirring things up a bit down in Central Florida. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, but what would it cost? If Cole Hamels is involved, you stay away. Hamels fits beautifully in between the two Roy’s, so you don’t want to mess with that. In no uncertain terms, the Royals organization will pillage the Phils farm system – that’s a given. Dom Brown would have to be involved – also a given.

This trade rumor barely as legs, but it’s a big one nonetheless.

-Dennys Reyes still isn’t a Phillie, however, he could be one soon. There have been multiple reports today of him signing with the team, although nothing has been completed. It would be for one-year with a second-year option.

-Aaron Rowand is not coming to Philadelphia, so says Giants GM Brian Sabean. He said the rumors surrounding his expensive, little-used outfielder are conjecture. This one could be a possibility, especially if the Giants pay most of his remaining salary. He’s a guy the Phillies know well; he’s also a guy the Giants would love to unload. Keep an eye on this, it may have legs. Am I fan of it? Not really, but the market is thinned out after Matt Diaz and Jeff Francouer signed.

-Is Magglio worth it? Scott Boras, his agent-extraordinare, says the bidding begins at two-years, $20 million. If that number comes down a bit, then the Phillies might be on to something. However, I’m just not sure if he’s worth $10 million a year. I’m also not so sure Carlos Peña is worth $10 million a season either, but that’s what the Cubs gave him, so anything’s possible.

UPDATE, 9:00 AM Thursday: While I was tucked away in bed, Dennys Reyes finally signed a contract with the Phillies; go figure. The deal is worth $1.1 million in 2011 and there is a mutual option worth $1.35 million in 2012. If Reyes reaches 70 appearances this year, he’ll have the right to exercise that. There is also a $150,000 buyout in ’12.

Not a bad deal for a lefty who will have to remember how to stop lefties. Then again, this seems to be the going rate for guys of his caliber nowadays. Just yesterday, George Sherrill signed a similar contract with the Atlanta Braves. Reyes can’t be any worse than J.C. Romero was in his final year-and-a-half in Philly, and for less than half the price.

UPDATE, 9:12 am Thursday: In the Rule 5 draft, the Phillies selcted Michael Martinez, an infielder from the Washington Nationals. Martinez, 28, is a light-hitting, switch-hitter who has been a minor league lifer. In AAA last season, he had a .720 OPS and played five positions.

They’ll get a better look at him during Spring Training to see if he’s worth keeping for an entire season. By the looks of his numbers, it’s a long shot. If the Phillies do not keep him, he will have to be offered back to the Nats.

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Why Flande, Sanchez Were Released

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, December 08, 2010 08:22 AM Comments: 164

While several free agent and potential trade names have been floated around at this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida, with the Phillies organization attached to them, the moves that the Phils have actually made were of minimal impact at the minor league level.  In an effort to clear space on their 40-man roster, the Phillies released pitchers Yohan Flande (pictured) and Jesus Sanchez.

Flande, a Dominican lefty hurler that will turn 25 years old prior to spring training, is currently pitching for the Toros in the Dominican Winter Baseball League. In 6 games (4 starts), Flande has posted a 1-1 record with a 4.91 ERA and a .303 batting average against, for the Toros. In 27 starts for the Double A Reading Phillies this year, Flande went 10-8 with a 4.38 ERA.

The right-handed Sanchez performed well this season with the High A level Clearwater Threshers as a starting pitcher. In 23 games (22 starts), Sanchez, who turned 23 years old after the season, posted a 9-7 record with a 2.99 ERA. Sanchez was a key pitcher on the Lakewood BlueClaws team that won the South Atlantic League championship in 2009. He was also the last remaining player that the Phillies acquired in the trade that sent Bobby Abreu to the Yankees in 2006.

Flande and Sanchez were among players added to the Phillies’ 40-man roster in November 2009 to protect them from last year’s Rule 5 draft, the annual selection process aimed at preventing teams from stock piling too much talent in the minors and leaving players there to relatively waste away. Each pitcher is now available to any team that wants to claim them off waivers.  Currently, the Phillies’ 40-man roster sits at 38 total players.

According to multiple reports, the Phillies will attempt to reach new contractual agreements with Flande and Sanchez. Each pitcher would need to clear waivers before that happens.

What do these moves translate to? The Phillies likely have their sights set on some players, that they feel two 40-man roster spots could be better utilized on.  Those players could be new Major League acquisitions or prospects they’ll target in the Rule 5 draft this coming Thursday, December 9th. And with so many pitching prospects outshining Flande and Sanchez this season, the organization must not feel too concerned about potentially losing one or both of these individuals.

MANUEL AND AMARO AT LAKEWOOD

In other news from the organization, the Lakewood BlueClaws announced that their parent club, the Phillies, would be making a stop at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, NJ on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011, as part of the club’s Winter Tour. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will be on hand. Registration for the dinner event is $40 per person and proceeds will benefit BlueClaws charities. To sign up, click here, or contact Amy DeMichele at 732-901-7000 ext 172.

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Notes From the Winter Meetings: Tuesday

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, December 08, 2010 01:12 AM Comments: 16

Quite the frenetic day in Orlando, but without much to report really.

Off the table comes one of the better right handed bats on the market in Matt Diaz, who inked a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Phillies were never really in on him – there were no reports or official tweets linking the two sides – but speculation was that the Phillies would be a good fit.

Still on the table (although if he was actually on a table, it would certainly collapse) is Dennys Reyes. Rumors were abound that the large lefty – formerly of the Cardinals, Twins, Padres, Royals, 76ers, and Chiba Lotte Marines – was close to joining the Phillies bullpen. It has not happened as of yet, but sources close to the action say it’s within reach.

The issue with Reyes is that he’s a lefty who can’t get out lefties. They hit .307 against him last year and you don’t need me to tell you that isn’t very good. During his career which has spanned 10 different cities, Reyes has actually been serviceable against left-handed batters sporting a .238 opponent average. Not excellent, but not terrible and that’s what’s keeping him in the league.

Some other names that surfaced today were Pedro Feliciano and George Sherrill. As for the latter, he had a horrendous season in 2010. Horrendous isn’t really even the adjective to describe Sherrill’s year in L.A. His 6.69 ERA and 1.92 WHIP tell the story. Against left handed hitting he was actually quite good – they managed just a .196 average off of Sherrill. The problem was those damn righties. They hit a lofty .427 off him.

The moral of today’s story: tread lightly with the lefties. They’re either too expensive or coming off a bad year, there doesn’t seem to be an in-between.

More tomorrow, we’re sure.

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