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All the latest from the Winter Meetings

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, December 09, 2014 09:58 AM Comments: 4

Links below for all the key goings-on out in San Diego at the MLB Winter Meetings thus far…

-Phillies Nation’s Corey Seidman writes for CSN that the free agent starting pitcher market is of great interest to the Phils and should impact the trade market for lefty Cole Hamels.

-Interim team president Pat Gillick spoke of the rebuilding process and getting the roster younger.  He also discussed general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, saying he has Amaro’s back.

-Amaro reportedly had deals available to make that did not benefit the Phillies enough to make any of them happen.

-The Phils’ GM also stated that lefty Cliff Lee’s elbow is progressing well and that he is expected to be ready for spring training.

-Jayson Stark stated that the Orioles could be a suitor for OF Marlon Byrd (more here).

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Off-season league updates: Hernandez heats up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, December 08, 2014 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Once again, we’re back with another weekly rundown of how Phillies players are performing in fall and winter leagues around the globe. Read ahead for all the latest stats and updates.

Venezuelan Winter League-

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Cesar Hernandez, image- Jay Floyd

After going 17-for-37 (.459 avg) in his last nine games, infielder Cesar Hernandez is batting .356 with five doubles, 13 RBI and three stolen bases for Lara. In 66 games with the Phillies this year, the 24-year-old switch-hitter batted .237 with a homer, four RBI and a stolen base.

Catcher Gabriel Lino is batting .265 with five doubles, four RBI in 19 games for Lara. The 21-year-old, who was acquired from Baltimore in the 2012 Jim Thome trade, played in 90 combined games with Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater this year, posting a combined .215 average with five home runs and 34 RBI.

In 13 appearances (six starts) with Lara, lefty hurler Cesar Jimenez has a 2-4 record with a 3.48 ERA while striking out 29 and walking eight in 31 innings of work. The 30-year-old posted a 1.69 ERA in 16 big league games with the Phillies this year.

After a 0-for-4 day on Sunday, shortstop Freddy Galvis is batting .246 with seven doubles, a triple, a homer and nine RBI. In 43 big league contests this year, the 25-year-old switch-hitter batted .176 with four home runs and 12 RBI.

Elvis Araujo sports a 4-0 record with a 0.61 ERA in 12 relief outings for Zulia. The 23-year-old left-hander, who was signed as a free agent this off-season, posted a 2-1 record with 11 saves, a 3.42 ERA and a 9.00 K/9 mark in 43 combined games with Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Akron this year. Continue reading Off-season league updates: Hernandez heats up

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Phillies Scouting Dodgers System

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, December 03, 2014 11:21 AM Comments: 36

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported late last night on Twitter that the Phillies are doing “intensive homework” on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system in anticipation of a possible Cole Hamels deal. Despite missing the first two weeks of the 2014 season, Hamels had arguably the best season of his career, posting a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts while finishing sixth in NL Cy Young voting.

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Phils Don’t Offer Tomas Contract

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, December 02, 2014 07:47 AM Comments: 29

Found this somewhat shocking – the Philadelphia Phillies did not offer now-Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas a contract before he signed with Arizona.

According to his agent, Jay Alou, via Philly.com, the Phillies never offered the Cuban a deal and he signed a $68.5 million deal to play in the desert.

I’m surprised because the Phillies were hoping to change the tenor of the team this offseason, and signing the best, young power bat on the market would have represented that. Yet, no offer was made. They clearly were worried about something, most likely his defense and conditioning concerns. And of course, the amount of money he was seeking. There have been some rumblings that Tomas is more of a DH than an OF. The Phillies already have a few of those players currently on the roster.

 

 

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Phillies off-season league updates: Altherr, Araujo, Franco, Hernandez, more

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, November 30, 2014 03:55 PM Comments: 7

Baseball never stops and neither does Phillies Nation.  It’s another weekly edition of the Phillies off-season league rundown featuring updates on players from around the globe.  Read ahead for all the info with activity through Saturday.

Venezuelan Winter League-

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Aaron Altherr, image- Jay Floyd

Aaron Altherr is done with his time in Venezuela.  The righty batting outfielder hit .286 with four home runs, 27 RBI and a stolen base in 31 games for Zulia. The 23-year-old played in two games with the big league Phillies this year. In 127 minor league games in 2014, the Phillies’ 9th round pick in 2009 posted a .237 average with 14 HR, 59 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

In 31 games with Zulia, shortstop Freddy Galvis is batting .254 with seven doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI. In 43 big league contests this year, the 25-year-old switch-hitter batted .176 with four home runs and 12 RBI.

Elvis Araujo sports a 2-0 record with a 0.66 ERA in 11 relief outings for Zulia. The 23-year-old left-hander posted a 2-1 record with 11 saves, a 3.42 ERA and a 9.00 K/9 mark in 43 combined games with Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Akron this year.

Righty pitcher Ethan Martin returned from a back injury and pitched twice in the past week for La Guaira, allowing three earned runs while striking out four and walking four in four innings of work. The 25-year-old was acquired from the Dodgers in the 2012 Shane Victorino trade.  Martin appeared in two games with the Phillies this year, allowing two earned runs in four innings.

Also for La Guaira, righty Mike Nesseth has allowed seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old posted a 2-7 record with a save and a 5.60 ERA in 42 combined outings at Double- Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year. The six-foot-five 210-pound Nesseth was the Phils’ 17th round pick in 2010.

In 21 games, infielder Cesar Hernandez is batting .317 with five doubles, 12 RBI and three stolen bases.  Hot of late, Hernandez is batting .379 with eight runs scored in his last seven games.  In 66 games with the Phillies this year, the 24-year-old switch-hitter batted .237 with a homer, four RBI and a stolen base.

Catcher Gabriel Lino is batting .317 with five doubles, four RBI in 16 games for Lara. The 21-year-old, who was acquired from Baltimore in the 2012 Jim Thome trade, played in 90 combined games with Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater this year, posting a combined .215 average with five home runs and 34 RBI.

In nine appearances with Lara, lefty hurler Cesar Jimenez has a 2-4 record with a 3.56 ERA while striking out 29 and walking eight in 30 1/3 innings of work in 12 appearances. The 30-year-old posted a 1.69 ERA in 16 big league games with the Phillies this year. Continue reading Phillies off-season league updates: Altherr, Araujo, Franco, Hernandez, more

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Happy Thanksgiving from Phillies Nation!

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, November 27, 2014 11:16 AM Comments: 28

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends here at Phillies Nation! We hope you enjoy spending time with loved ones while chatting about the Phillies and maybe even watching the Eagles. And remember, we’re just 76 days from Spring Training.

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Phillies Yankees Discuss Rollins, Price Too High

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, November 26, 2014 02:48 PM Comments: 38

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting, via Twitter, that the Phillies and Yankees had preliminary discussions about Jimmy Rollins but the Yankees balked at the high asking price. The talks never got too serious, as Rollins was never asked to waive his no-trade clause. Rollins has a full no-trade clause and has stated in the past that he has no desire to change locations.

(AP)

Yankees asked about Rollins but the price was too high (AP)

A high asking price for an aging veteran?! Well I know I am SHOCKED. This is coming off a 2014 trade deadline which saw the Phillies make no moves because, according to the GM, “teams weren’t aggressive enough”. A laughable comment considering this past years trade deadline was the busiest deadline in history. So a high asking price for Rollins should not come as a surprise considering Amaro is still in charge.

But then again a high asking price for Rollins might be justified. Rollins has a very reasonable $11 million dollar price tag for 2015. Rollins had a pretty good year in 2014 and  Fangraphs valued his 2014 season as a $19.7 million dollar player. In 2014 Rollins had a slash line 0f .243/.323/.394 while hitting 17 home runs, 55 runs batted in, scoring 78 runs and swiping 28 bags. His fielding percentage was .988 and he committed just 7 errors in 1170.2 innings. Because of his solid season at the plate and another tremendous year in the field, his WAR was 3.6.

Jimmy Rollins is a very attractive target for potential teams looking for a short stop because of his fielding ability, veteran leadership, and switch hitting ability. I do not think there is a chance that Jimmy Rollins gets traded, BUT the only team I can see Jimmy Rollins waving his no-trade clause to is the Oakland A’s. Jimmy grew up in Oakland, and has stated that he would like to finish his career in Oakland. Other than that I think you can expect James Calvin Rollins to be manning short stop come opening day 2015.

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Off-season League Updates: Franco slumps, Martin deals with injury

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, November 23, 2014 11:40 AM Comments: 0

It’s time once again for another weekly review of Phillies players’ performances and progress in off-season leagues around the globe.

Dominican Winter League-

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Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd

Third baseman Maikel Franco has been in a slump lately, going 3-for-27 (.111 avg) over his last seven games.  One positive out of that is that two of his three hits during that time are home runs.  Overall in 22 games for the Gigantes, the 22-year-old is batting .239 with six homers and 21 RBI.  This year in 133 contests with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the righty hitting Franco posted a .257 batting average with 16 home runs and 78 RBI.

Right-handed reliever Hector Neris has made 11 scoreless appearances for the Toros while striking out five and walking four in 8 2/3 innings.  The 25-year-old appeared in one game with the Phils this year, earning a win in his big league debut.

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Power hitting outfielder Dylan Cozens has a .205 average with three homers and six RBI in 11 contests with Melbourne.  This year, with Class A Lakewood, the 20-year-old sported a .248 average with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 132 games.  The six-foot-six 235-pounder was the Phillies’ 2nd round draft selection in 2012.

Catcher Chace Numata has tallied a .295 average with three doubles and four RBI in 12 games, also with Melbourne.  Numata missed much of the 2014 season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken hamate bone prior to the season.  The 22-year-old was the Phillies’ 14th round draft pick in 2010.

After opening his season 1-for-12, outfielder Brian Pointer has gone 11-for-34 (.324 avg).  Overall, Pointer has a .261 average with a home run and five RBI in 12 games with Perth.  In 123 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater this year, Pointer posted a .246 average with 15 homers, 53 RBI and 16 steals.  The 22-year-old lefty batter was the Phils’ 28th round pick in 2010.

Third baseman Mitch Walding is batting .220 with three doubles and eight RBI in 11 contests for Canberra.  Walding sported a .237 average with seven home runs and 55 RBI in 108 games for Class A Lakewood this year.  The 22-year-old was the Phillies’ 5th round draft choice in 2011. Continue reading Off-season League Updates: Franco slumps, Martin deals with injury

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Phils add three pitching prospects to 40-man roster

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, November 21, 2014 02:20 PM Comments: 2

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Jesse Biddle, image- Jay Floyd

It was announced on Thursday that the Phillies added three young hurlers to the big league 40-man roster.  Lefties Jesse Biddle and Adam Morgan along with righty Nefi Ogando were that trio.

Biddle has been among the Phillies’ top prospects since he was selected with their 27th overall pick in 2010.  This news is a rare positive nugget about the 23-year-old, who had a terribly difficult 2014 after missing a lengthy stretch with a a concussion, sitting out his final start of the regular season with a separate ailment and being shut down with elbow soreness after making two appearance this autumn in off-season ball in Puerto Rico.

Since debuting at the Double-A level to begin last year, Biddle hasn’t looked too sharp, posting a 10-24 record along with a 4.02 ERA in 46 appearances over the last two seasons.  Additionally, his 9.52 K/9 mark is very exciting, but the 5.14 BB/9 average (evidence of control concerns) that goes along with it is far from appealing.

Morgan, the Phillies’ 3rd round draft choice in 2011, missed the 2014 regular season after undergoing shoulder surgery last winter.  The 24-year-old has tallied a 12-22 record along with a 3.25 ERA in 56 minor league games (55 starts).  After making a few appearances at the Florida Instructional League in September, Morgan posted a 1-2 record along with a 6.61 ERA in six games in the Arizona Fall League this off-season.

Ogando, who was acquired from Boston for John McDonald last year, was also among the Phils’ representatives in the AFL and had a 1-0 record with three saves and a 3.07 ERA in 12 outings for Scottsdale.  The 25-year-old posted a 5-1 record with seven saves, a 6.27 ERA and a 9.16 K/9 mark in 48 relief appearances for Double-A Reading this year.

The additions were made to protect the players from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The Phillies’ 40-man roster stands at 38 players.

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Yasmani Tomas May Not Land in Philadelphia

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, November 20, 2014 01:36 PM Comments: 71

This morning on 94.1 WIP-FM, Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki was on and was asked about the latest on Cuban outfielder, Yosmani Tomas.

What Zolecki said did not sound promising for fans hoping that the young, premiere outfielder would land in Philadelphia this offseason.

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“He’s getting closer (to making a decision on a team), I don’ know if it’ll be the Phillies though,” said Zolecki. “I thought if the Phillies were going to get him, then they would have gotten him by now. Ruben, when he likes to go after these big fish type guys, likes to move fast, be aggressive with it, and move on with the rest of the offseason.”

Tomas, a 24-year-old, 6’1″, 240 pound corner outfielder could very well be the next great Cuban-born slugger to come to MLB, joining a list of players that includes Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jose Abreu.

In the 2012-2013 Serie Nacional regular season, Tomas batted .289 with 15 home runs, 34 walks and 52 strikeouts in 324 plate appearances over 81 games. He also ranked fifth in slugging, and sixth in home runs.

His breakout season came in the 2011-2012 regular season where he batted .301 with 16 homers in 240 plate appearances over 69 games.

With Marlon Byrd likely being dealt to a contender, and Dominic Brown’s disappointing play, a guy like Tomas would be welcomed into the Phillies’ outfield with open arms. Not only would he bring some excitement to a team in desperate need of some, but he could become a player that the Phillies can begin to rebuild their team around.

If in fact he does not land in Philadelphia, the team and the fan base could potentially be missing out on some exciting raw talent.

Here’s hoping he lands with the Phillies, and gives both the team and fans some hope for the future.

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UPDATE:

Earlier today, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark tweeted that one MLB executive said to bet the mortgage on the Phillies because “they want to do something big.”

However, another report by MLB.com’s Paul Hagan suggests that the Phillies’ are “backing off” Tomas due to concerns about his defense.

A deal for Tomas could potentially be in the $100 million range, but do the questions marks about his defense lower his value? The guy surely has big-bat potential, but what about his glove?

All we can do at this point is sit back and wait. Perhaps Tomas will end up with the Phillies after the smoke clears, or maybe not. Despite the defense, I would personally love to see this kid’s bat in the lineup on an everyday basis.

 

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