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Listen: Corey Seidman discusses the Rollins trade on 97.5 The Fanatic

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, December 12, 2014 04:05 PM Comments: 0

Nick Kayal on 97.5 The Fanatic

Last night Corey Seidman joined Nick Kayal on 97.5 The Fanatic to discuss the Phillies recent moves.

Listen as they breakdown the Jimmy Rollins trade, give their thoughts on what the Phillies Opening Day lineup may look like, and debate whether or not J-Roll can make it to Cooperstown.

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Open Thread: Where Do You Rank Jimmy Rollins Among Phillies All-Time?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, December 12, 2014 02:33 PM Comments: 17

Last year, Pat and I compiled the 100 Greatest Phillies of All-Time. The recently-traded Jimmy Rollins ranked ninth before breaking the club’s all-time hit record.

With all of the discussion of Rollins taking place, where would you rank Jimmy Rollins among Phillies all-time? Now that he is the all-time leader in club history in hits, did he jump even higher on your rankings? Let us know what you’re thinking. If the 100 Greatest Phillies of All-Time were to become a book, where would you place J-Rol?

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Elephant in the Room: Who Replaces Rollins?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, December 11, 2014 08:00 PM Comments: 45

As you know by now, Jimmy Rollins is on his way to Los Angeles. After the dust clears, there will be baseball to play and a short stop position to field in 2015. So just what options do the Phillies have? Unfortunately, with a tight budget and no urgency to win in 2015, not many.

The Obvious Candidate

Freddy Galvis

Galvis, still just 25 years old, started 23 games for the Phillies at shortstop in 2014, mostly down the stretch when Rollins was on the disabled list. The Venezuelan’s best attributes early in his minor league career were defense and speed with both unfortunately seemingly deteriorating instead of improving. His disappearing speed is easy to pinpoint: Galvis’s 23 combined steals across two levels in 2011 compared to zero in 2012, four in 2013, and three in 2014. Saying Galvis’s defense has deteriorated is tougher to justify with numbers, although his FanGraphs’ defensive value has decreased each year since 2012, but he seems to have lost some of his unteachable range.

Galvis has never been much of a hitter but showed signs of improvement with Triple-A Lehigh Valley last year (.267/.322/.452 with 3 homers) and finished the season on a hot streak (.267/.313/.500 with three homers from September 9 on). The hot streak was particularly tantalizing compared to how he started the season (.048/.109/.048 through May 8, before his first demotion). Was Galvis’s showing in Triple-A and streak to end the year in Philly enough to win him the starting shortstop spot in 2015? It is genuinely hard to say. Even if the Phillies don’t want to be particularly competitive in 2015, they may be able to find someone better. They certainly won’t find anyone cheaper, however, as Galvis is in his final pre-arbitration year.

Outside the Box Internal Options

Odubel Herrera

Recognize his name yet? Herrera, 22, was taken in today’s Rule V draft. At 5’11″, 200 lbs, Herrera probably best profiles as an outfielder but had the best year of his career in 2014, playing mostly second base for Double-A Frisco, hitting .321/.373/.402. Herrera’s versatility should help him make an increasingly thin 2015 Phils squad but it is unlikely that he would win the starting shortstop role over Galvis or the following…

Cesar Hernandez

Hernandez, 24, started two games at shortstop for the Phillies in 2014 and is currently tearing it up in the Venezuelan Winter League. After showing signs of being able to get on base at the Major League level as a rookie in 2013, Hernandez seemingly took steps backwards in offensive development after being sent down to Reading and Lehigh Valley as he learned new positions.

The Veteran, Free Agent Options

Omar Quintanilla

Boy, that name feels like a Ruben Amaro if I have ever seen one. Veteran player? 33  years old, nine year vet, check. About as good or possibly worse than someone you already have? Check.

Quintanilla, 33, is a .220 career hitter across nine Major League seasons. He will likely be available for the league veteran minimum. It would not surprise me to see him invited to camp. Quintanilla, however, is not a solid option as a long- or short-term solution.

Danny Worth

Worth’s, 29, biggest moment as a professional baseball player was undoubtedly playing in the 2012 World Series with the Tigers. A career .230 hitter, Worth is pretty much the same player as Quintanilla but with better on-base skills. Like Quintanilla, Worth has been productive in the field over his career at preventing runs per FanGraphs in small sample sizes. Worth would be a slightly better option than Quintanilla and may be easier to sign because he has less veteran cache.

 

Despite their thinness at shortstop heading into 2015, the Phillies are generally well-stocked there otherwise. It may be top prospect J.P. Crawford‘s job to lose by mid 2016 with Arquimedes Gamboa and 5’5″ speedster Grenny Cumana in the development ranks.

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Phillies nab two minor league hurlers in return for Rollins

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, December 11, 2014 03:59 PM Comments: 12

At long last, it was announced on Thursday what the Phillies would obtain in return for franchise all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins.  Righty pitcher Zach Eflin and lefty Tom Windle are the players headed east.

On Wednesday, news leaked that the Phillies and Dodgers agreed on a deal for the three-time All-Star and 2007 National League most valuable player, Rollins, but it wasn’t know what the Phils would get in the swap for close to 24 hours.

The 20-year-old Eflin was the Padres’ first round draft choice (33rd overall) in 2012 and had just been acquired from San Diego in the deal for Matt Kemp.  With Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore this year, Eflin, who stands six-foot-four and weighs 200 pounds, tallied a 10-7 record along with a 3.80 ERA and a 6.5 K/9 mark in 24 starts.

Scouts like Eflin’s excellent change up and his fastball sits in the low 90′s with potential to increase.  His pitch menu also includes a slider. Continue reading Phillies nab two minor league hurlers in return for Rollins

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Phils add two, lose three in Rule 5 draft

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, December 11, 2014 01:30 PM Comments: 8

HerreraIn the major league portion of the yearly Rule 5 draft that took place on Thursday morning at the MLB Winter Meetings, the Phillies selected 2B/SS Odubel Herrera from the Texas Rangers and lefty hurler Andy Oliver from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Each player must remain on the Phillies’ big league roster for the entire 2015 season or would have to be offered back to the team they were selected from.

Last season combined at Class A Advanced and Double-A in the minors, the 22-year-old posted a .315/.383/.388 slash line with 21 steals in 125 games.  He has played 135 of his 574 pro games at the position that is of most concern with the reported trade of Jimmy Rollins, shortstop.  Defensively, it is said that Herrera has some progress to make with the glove, but with 10 games played in the outfield last year, he touts the versatility that enhances his value as a bench player, if the Phils are to keep him on their roster next year.

Currently playing in the Venezuelan Winter League, 5-foot-11 lefty batter sports a league-best .374 batting average with a .986 OPS in 42 games with La Guaira, the same team that Phils pitching prospects Ethan Martin and Mike Nesseth play for.

Oliver, who touts questionable control (7.6 BB/9 in 77 games the past two seasons at Triple-A Indianapolis), fills a void in a collection of lefties competing for a big league spot in spring traning next year after the dealing of Antonio Bastardo.

As a reliever last year, the 27-year-old, who has big league experience with the Tigers, tallied a 3-4 record with 13 saves and a 2.53 ERA and a .157 BAA. Continue reading Phils add two, lose three in Rule 5 draft

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Fan Poll: Who would you NOT Trade?

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, December 11, 2014 10:23 AM Comments: 26

It’s Winter Meetings time and already the Phillies have parted with one of their legends. As Jimmy Rollins heads to sunny Los Angeles and Antonio Bastardo is off to less sunny Pittsburgh, other Phillies like Cole Hamels and Chase Utley wonder if they’re next. Are there any sacred cows on this team? Take our poll below and let us know if you think there is one player the Phillies should absolutely not trade.

Who should the Phillies NOT trade?

View Results

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Bastardo Dealt to Pittsburgh

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, December 10, 2014 06:12 PM Comments: 16

Phillies lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo is on his way to the Pirates, according to reports. In return, the Phillies get Joely Rodriguez, a 23-year-old starter who finished last season at Double-A.

Bastardo spent six seasons with the Phillies, posting a 3.72 ERA over 275 appearances.

Rodriguez was 6-11 last year with a 4.84 ERA at Altoona. He made 21 starts and 30 total appearances.

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Reports: Jimmy Rollins Traded to the Dodgers

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, December 10, 2014 05:21 PM Comments: 72

(AP)

(AP)

Jimmy Rollins has played his last game for the Philadelphia Phillies, according to reports.

In a deal that gained traction rapidly on Wednesday, Rollins waived his no-trade clause and has been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers according to multiple outlets, including Jim Salisbury from CSNPhilly.com. The man who was a staple for the Phillies at the shortstop position since he entered the league in 2000 will be suiting up for another team for the first time in his career come 2015. That just feels weird to type.

Rollins, the Phillies’ all-time leader in hits, will be missed. During his career, J-Roll caught a lot of heat. The fan base had a love-hate relationship with Rollins, who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. We loved when he claimed the Phillies were the “team to beat” but were then offended when he dare call the fan base “front runners”. Then, of course, there was the contingent of fans who hated Rollins first-pitch-swinging mentality and propensity to hit the ball for a lazy pop fly. Yes, Rollins’ time in Philadelphia was far from sunshine and roses. But much like Mike Schmidt, when we look back at the career we watched we will do so fondly.

Jimmy Rollins was the best shortstop the Phillies have ever known. He was a leader for the team that ended the title-less streak in this city. He was, unquestionably, one of the best defensive shortstops during his era. He will be missed.

No word yet on the players coming from Los Angeles. We’ll update as information becomes available.

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Phillies Hot Stove: Rollins, Hamels, Byrd, Bastardo

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, December 10, 2014 02:19 PM Comments: 10

(Getty images)

(Getty images)

Since the signing of Jon Lester by the Chicago Cubs the Phillies hot stove has been heating up. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is reporting that Jimmy Rollins is contemplating waiving his no-trade clause to go to the Dodgers if the Phillies and Dodgers can find a match.This is the first time we have heard that Rollins is considering waiving his no-trade clause. In the past, Rollins has stated that he would not waive his no-trade clause, and that he plans on finishing the contract that he signed in 2012. Rollins, who grew up in Oakland California, always said that he would want to play for his hometown Oakland A’s before his career was over but he never mentioned the Dodgers. Rollins stated last month that he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to the New York Yankees although there are now conflicting reports about that hypothetical trade to the Yankees.

UPDATE: 4:47. ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting that the Phillies and Dodgers are indeed discussing Rollins, and there is a “real chance” Rollins would be dealt

Now that Lester has signed, the market for Cole Hamels is taking shape. The teams that did not land Lester are, to no ones surprise, the ones that are connected to Hamels. The three top teams are the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants. Philadelphia Inquirer writer Matt Gelb has reported that the Dodgers and Phillies matchup best, and the Red Sox are too stingy with their prospects. The Phillies have been aggressively scouting the Red Sox system since last July, and they are likely still viewed as the favorite to land Hamels if he is indeed dealt however, ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting that the Red Sox have yet to reengage the Phillies about Hamels. There is no timetable for a possible deal but things tend to move quickly at the winter meetings.

The Phillies have discussed Marlon Byrd with the Baltimore Orioles. Byrd is an attractive target for teams as he is coming off a strong year, and is a good value at $8 million a year. The Orioles are looking for a corner outfielder now that Nelson Cruz has signed with the Mariners. Byrd, while a very attractive piece to contending teams, has a very obtainable vesting option for 2016 that might scare teams off.

Antonio Bastardo might be switching teams soon. CSN New England’s Sean McAdam reported Tuesday night that the Phillies and Red Sox were discussing a trade that would send Bastardo to “bean town” for former third round pick Sean Coyle. Coyle is nothing but organizational depth at this stage in his career. Drafted in 2010 he was ranked as the Red Sox 30th-best prospect by Baseball America.

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is also reporting that Bastardo is garnering interest for the Pittsburgh Pirates. No players have been mentioned yet, but the market for Bastardo is starting to take shape.

Now here is the fun part. When we sit with baited breath waiting for Ruben Amato Jr. to make a move. Just typing that sentence makes me cringe.

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Sandberg Praises Youth, Ready to Rebuild

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, December 10, 2014 10:06 AM Comments: 0

Seems pretty obvious that Ryne Sandberg is on board with what the Phillies are selling the fan base this offseason: that a rebuild of some sort is forthcoming. It’s been slow to develop, but that could change soon as the Winter Meetings saw their first major move in Jon Lester signing with the Cubs. That could be the first domino to fall.

Sandberg told Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News that he likes the idea of getting fresh blood in here.

“But there is a process there, and there is a way to build it to where we all want it to be, and you have to start somewhere. Like the bullpen last year was young players that had to prove something. They had energy and youth on their side and they were successful. To have that a little bit more on the field on a regular basis, and to get that process started building a new core group, I think that’s necessary.”

That to me says “I’m tired of the old and tired. Give me new blood I can work with that can and will give 100 percent and beyond.” And who can blame him. The veteran-laden teams of the past few seasons have done nothing but lose.

Will Sandberg get his way? We’ll know soon as the wheels should now be set in motion.

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