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Jan 18, 2019
Philadelphia Baseball Mailbag: Harper or Machado, are the Phillies landing Trout, and more

Philadelphia Baseball Mailbag: Harper or Machado, are the Phillies landing Trout, and more

Regardless of the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado madness, the Philadelphia Phillies remain on the hunt to improve other areas of the club. This week's mailbag deals with several questions regarding the starting rotation, bullpen projections, and Mike Trout.Don't let the snow this weekend keep you down for too long, a month from today will mark the Phillies' first full-squad workout in Clearwater. "When will we have an answer on Machado or Harper, the suspense is killing me!" - Jerome K.It's killing everybody, Jerome. At this point though, I think it could be a couple weeks before we see...
Jan 14, 2019
Gannon and Zavorski added to Preseason All-State Showcase

Gannon and Zavorski added to Preseason All-State Showcase

Two more local high school standouts have been tabbed to participate in Prep Baseball Review's Pennsylvania Preseason All-State Showcase next month in Manheim, Pa. Junior backstop Gavin Zavorski of William Penn Charter and junior middle infielder Jack Gannon of La Salle both are expected to take part in the elite event.The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Zavorski spent this past summer with Zoom Academy and Miller Baseball, most recently playing in the WWBA National Championship this past in July in suburban Atlanta. He also plays football for the Quakers as a defensive end and a tight end.Gannon, a...
Jan 14, 2019
Middleton and Phillies say meeting with Bryce Harper was positive

Middleton and Phillies say meeting with Bryce Harper was positive

According to multiple reports, the Phillies had a productive meeting with Bryce Harper and his agent this past weekend in his hometown of Las Vegas. The meeting, which included Phillies owner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak, assistant general manager Ned Rice, team president Andy MacPhail, manager Gabe Kapler, and Harper's agent Scott Boras, lasted close to five hours according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The Phillies remain a favorite to land the six-time All-Star. The White Sox are in the running, but appear to be more interested in landing Manny Machado. The Nationals...
Jan 12, 2019
Phillies and Aaron Nola appear headed to an arbitration hearing

Phillies and Aaron Nola appear headed to an arbitration hearing

The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Friday the club avoided arbitration hearings with eight different players, but the bigger story is the lack of an agreement between the club and hurler Aaron Nola.Nola, according to sources is seeking $6.75 million, while the Phillies filed at $4.5 million. The disparity in figures means the case will be taken to arbitration next month. The two sides can potentially negotiate an agreement through before that happens. If a deal isn't reached, an arbitration panel of three judges will select one of the two figures to be Nola's salary for 2019. Nola, 25,...
Jan 11, 2019
Prep Charter's Lewandowski and Felter to participate in All-State Showcase

Prep Charter's Lewandowski and Felter to participate in All-State Showcase

Right-hander Colin Lewandowski of Penn Charter is the most recent addition set to participate in Prep Baseball Report's Preseason All-State Showcase at Keystone State Baseball Academy next month. The showcase is by invite only and allows for high school prospects to compete for roster spots in future PBR events, including the Pennsylvania Top Prospects Games, Elite Prospects Showcase, and the PBR Futures Game. Lewandowski, a 6-foot-1, 150-pound sophomore, sits in the 80s with an electric fastball coupled with an outstanding slider. He plays travel ball with Miller Baseball and earned...
Jan 10, 2019
Phillies avoid salary arbitration with Jerad Eickhoff

Phillies avoid salary arbitration with Jerad Eickhoff

Jerad Eickhoff was limited to just three appearances last season due to injury, but the Phillies still believe he has the potential to be a solid option at the backend of the rotation.The two avoid arbitration on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $975,000. The 28-year-old right-hander has a career 3.91 over four seasons in the Majors to go along with a 1.28 WHIP. Eickhoff underwent surgery immediately following the season to address an ongoing carpal tunnel issue that first appeared back in 2017. He also dealt with a recurring lat injury that he initially encountered in a Grapefruit...
Jan 10, 2019
Phillies and Hector Neris avoid arbitration

Phillies and Hector Neris avoid arbitration

The Philadelphia Phillies and right-handed reliever Hector Neris avoid arbitration on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.8 million as reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.Neris, 29, ended the 2017 campaign as the Phillies closer but failed to replicate his success early in 2018 and was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in late June. He excelled upon his return though, pitching to the tune of a 2.04 ERA over his final 20 appearances. With Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson at the backend of the bullpen, it's unlikely Neris will see many opportunities late in...
Jan 8, 2019
Philadelphia contingent headed west to meet with Bryce Harper

Philadelphia contingent headed west to meet with Bryce Harper

The Philadelphia Baseball Review has confirmed that several high ranking members of the Phillies organization will travel this weekend to Las Vegas to meet with Bryce Harper and his agent Scott Boras. Included in the entourage headed west is general manager Matt Klentak, team president Andy MacPhail, manager Gabe Kapler, and club owner John Middleton.Boras and the Phillies met last month during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but Harper wasn't present. From all accounts, little came from the meeting aside from the Phillies reiterating their interest to sign the superstar free agent. This...
Jan 4, 2019
Addition of David Robertson gives Philadelphia some flexibility to make another roster move

Addition of David Robertson gives Philadelphia some flexibility to make another roster move

David Robertson is a substantial addition to a Philadelphia bullpen that has the makings, on paper at least, to be one of the best in the National League in 2019. The Phillies agreed to terms with the right-hander on Thursday, inking the 33-year-old to a two-year deal worth $23 million. The contract includes a third-year club option worth an additional $10 million.Strengthening the Phillies bullpen was one of general manager Matt Klentak's primary goals this winter. Multiple sources indicated the club was close to having a deal in place for Andrew Miller, but he signed with St. Louis just...
Jan 3, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies sign reliever David Robertson to a two-year deal

Philadelphia Phillies sign reliever David Robertson to a two-year deal

The Philadelphia Phillies bolstered their bullpen on Thursday, signing right-hander David Robertson to a two-year deal worth at least $23 million. The deal includes an option.Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was the first to report the signing.Robertson, 33, was 8-3 last season with the Yankees with a 3.23 ERA in 69 2/3 innings. He has a career 147 ERA+ and slots well in the backend of the Phillies bullpen.Robertson has tossed at least 60 innings over each of the last nine seasons and has outstanding stuff, including one of the best curveballs in all of baseball. A ground ball pitcher, he projects...
Jan 2, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies to meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas, report says

Philadelphia Phillies to meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas, report says

The Philadelphia Phillies recognize the multiteam dash to land at least one of baseball's megastars on the free agent market is nearing its final stretch, and according to published reports, general manager Matt Klentak and Co. are prepared to make another push.The Phillies are expected to meet with Bryce Harper within the next two weeks out at his home in Las Vegas, this according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.The Phillies met with Harper's agent, Scott Boras, during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas back in mid-December. Though Boras confirmed he met with the Phillies, he...
Dec 31, 2018
Opinion: The Philadelphia Phillies don't need Harper or Machado to have a successful offseason

Opinion: The Philadelphia Phillies don't need Harper or Machado to have a successful offseason

Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura are both legitimate upgrades to a Phillies lineup that severely needed a rehauling this offseason. However, it appears a large contingent of Philadelphia fans - particularly on social media - are less than thrilled with the efforts of general manager Matt Klentak. In any other offseason, adding two All-Star caliber players would be a reason for excitement, however, with the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado sweepstakes still playing out, fans are reserving judgment.In some ways, ownership directly brought this scrutiny on the organization with John Middleton...
Dec 24, 2018
Phillies sign Malvern Prep product, six others to minor league deals

Phillies sign Malvern Prep product, six others to minor league deals

The Philadelphia Phillies announced the signing of seven players to minor league contracts on Friday with each contract including an invitation to Major League spring training in Clearwater, Fla.Perhaps the most notable name is infielder Phil Gosselin, a local product out of Bryn Mawr and a graduate of Malvern Prep. The 30-year-old made the Reds Opening Day roster in 2018 after being a non-roster invitee during spring training. He has batted .263 over 276 major league games in parts of six seasons with the Atlanta Braves (2013-15), Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-16), Pittsburgh Pirates (2017),...