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Former Phillies 3B Maikel Franco Drawing Free-Agent Interest

Free-agent 3B Maikel Franco, who played more than 650 games for the Phillies over the past six seasons, is reportedly drawing interest from an AL West team. It didn’t take long for the Phillies to find their replacements for their recently non-tendered, and then-longest-tenured players, infielders Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez. The Phillies reunited manager […] Former Phillies 3B Maikel Franco Drawing Free-Agent Interest - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies: How does Didi Gregorius fit into the lineup?

What will the Phillies do with newly-acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius? According to MLB Insider Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Philadelphia Phillies have officially signed free agent shortstop Didi Gregorius to a one-year deal worth $14 million. This was a move that most of the baseball community saw coming. Philadelphia had a gaping hole […] Phillies: How does Didi Gregorius fit into the lineup? - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Red Reporter

Reds target Didi Gregorius signs with Philadelphia Phillies

Another prominent free agent off the board, and not to Cincinnati. It was easy to connect the dots on this one. The Cincinnati Reds watched as shortstop Jose Iglesias became a free agent at season’s end, and later non-tendered former starting shortstop Jose Peraza. Freddy Galvis had his option picked up, but given the club’s intense desire to a) improve its offense, b) make a serious run at a postseason spot in 2020, and c) public commitment to spending some serious money, all eyes moved to the names they could chase on both the free agent and trade market this winter. Shortstop, while...

Rising Apple

Mets should consider free agent Wade Miley as an option for the rotation

The New York Mets are in the market for a starting pitcher and there are plenty to choose from. One pitcher that they should consider going after is southpaw Wade Miley. The New York Mets are in need of a starting pitcher since Zack Wheeler has officially signed with the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies and they […] Mets should consider free agent Wade Miley as an option for the rotation - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Baseball history unpacked, December 11

Fukudome time | Speed up the game, and other stories ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*. Beware of rabbit holes. Today in baseball history: 1917 - In one of the most lopsided deals in baseball history, the Phillies trade Pete Alexander to the Cubs, along with starting catcher Bill Killefer, for right-hander Mike Prendergast, who compiles a...

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Phillies rumor: Club in talks with free agent Sergio Romo

Would veteran reliever Sergio Romo help the Phillies bullpen next offseason? Sergio Romo, the former Giants closer who helped them to multiple World Series titles, is a hot commodity for several at the Baseball Winter Meetings, including the Phillies. Despite turning 37-years-old in March, Romo is picking up interest from a number of contending teams, […] Phillies rumor: Club in talks with free agent Sergio Romo - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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How the Phillies can rebuild their infield

Photo by Denis Poroy/ Trading for Kris Bryant is just one way the Phils can improve their infield. On Monday, the Phillies officially welcomed free agent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler into the fold as the team’s No. 2 starter, likely the biggest free agent the Phils will sign this off-season. No doubt the rotation is better with Wheeler in it, and it’s clear the Phillies were never going to give Stephen Strasburg the seven-year, $245 million contract he received from the Washington Nationals, and Gerrit Cole is going to be a Yankee or an Angel and could eclipse eight years and $300...

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Phillies rumor: Club in talks for Cubs star Kris Bryant

Could the Phillies add a former MVP to their infield this offseason? The Phillies and Cubs have had talks about former MVP Kris Bryant, according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago. A major hold up in any trade involving Bryant is a grievance being heard over Bryant’s service time, which could determine […] Phillies rumor: Club in talks for Cubs star Kris Bryant - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Winter Meetings, Day 1 recap

Photo by Chaz Niell/ Anything big happen? The first day of the winter meetings brought some of the rumors we’re used to this time of year, a big free agent signing and an eyebrow raising quote. Rumors This is the time of year when the craziness begins. You’ve heard about “interested”, “kicking the tires” and all the other cliched saying reporters use. This is when they go into overdrive. This is the one, though, for Phillies fans that kicked things up a notch. Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant . Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue .—...

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Phillies: Free agent relief options in a weak market

The Phillies landed one of the big names in this offseason market early in the process, inking former Met Zack Wheeler to a reported 5-year, $118 million contract that keeps Wheeler in a Phillies uniform until his age-35 season. With that being said, there’s still plenty of holes to fill for next season’s roster, one […] Phillies: Free agent relief options in a weak market - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Gerrit Cole market expected to crank up

Photo by Patrick Smith/ Reports indicate that the market for free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole is expected to accelerate in the next few days MLB Rumors: Gerrit Cole has the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels after him, with Jeff Passan saying those three teams are seen as the favorite for the free agent right handed starting pitcher. Passan says teams will be making initial offers soon, and Jon Heyman says initial offers are supposed to be submitted early next week. Heyman lists the Texas Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies as being linked to Cole, as...

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Phillies to ‘Strongly Pursue’ Free-Agent 3B Anthony Rendon

The Phillies’ No. 1 target this offseason is now reportedly 2019 World Series champion and seven-year veteran third baseman, Anthony Rendon. The Philadelphia Phillies appear to not be phased about exceeding the luxury tax for the first time in franchise history. Despite nearing the threshold, the club has their eyes set on a top Washington […] Phillies to ‘Strongly Pursue’ Free-Agent 3B Anthony Rendon - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Philadelphia Phillies third base options to fill void

The Philadelphia Phillies made their rotation stronger by adding Zack Wheeler, but they now need to fill the third base position this winter. Maikel Franco never worked out with the Philadelphia Phillies, and after non-tendering him on Monday they need to fill that void through trade or the free-agent market (which is more likely). One […] Philadelphia Phillies third base options to fill void - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The Phillies are the best fit for a Whit trade

Photo by Ed Zurga/ It makes too much sense Yes...it’s happening again. I’m speculating about a Whit Merrifield trade. But the destination has changed and so has the asking price. Per usual, I need to throw out a disclaimer that I think a trade for Whit is unlikely. I think the likelihood of a trade to anyone is somewhere between me winning the Pulitzer Prize and Jorge Soler winning an MVP award. Also I haven’t seen any rumors about the coming trade situation forming into reality, but it makes a lot of sense to me on all sides. I think Whit Merrifield should be traded to the...

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This trade target wouldn’t really be for 2020

Photo by Justin Berl/ He’s injured and will miss 2020, but this could be an interesting get for the Phillies Another entry in our off-the-wall trade ideas series Let’s get the obvious out of the way: trading for Jameson Taillon will not help the Phillies in 2020. He underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. Sure he might be able to make a few starts at the end of the season, but for the most part, he’d be a non-entity when it came to discussing helping the rotation for the upcoming season. So why make him a target? Sure it doesn’t make much sense to give up...

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Losers in Zack Wheeler sweepstakes still have options

Several available pitching options stand to benefit from Zack Wheeler’s decision to sign with the Phillies. A look at teams who still need a solid starter. The signing by the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday of free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler to a $118 million deal is bad news for a substantial trail of losing suitors in that […] Losers in Zack Wheeler sweepstakes still have options - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: Junior Guerra is an interesting depth option

The non-tender deadline provided the Chicago Cubs with some unexpectedly strong free agent options including former Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra. A surprising amount of valuable players became free agents at this year’s non-tender deadline and the Chicago Cubs have good reason to be interested. Between former Oakland Athletics closer Blake Treinen and Philadelphia Phillies middle […] Chicago Cubs: Junior Guerra is an interesting depth option - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cub Tracks keeps in touch

Phony bologna | Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Obvious is obvious, the day after Prince spaghetti day, maintaining tabs, and other bullets Well, free agency is here, and so is the silly season. Some names are off the market already, and some names have been added to the hat and then thrown at the wall, higgledy-piggledy, hoping something will stick. If you see Anthony in a spaghetti metaphor somewhere in here, I don’t blame you. But seriously, the man HAS to stay - he’s a prince. Release Zoltar instead. AND the LiMu Emu. Liberty bibberty. The Phillies are spending money,...

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Astros: With Zack Wheeler taken, is Madison Bumgarner next in line?

The Houston Astros apparently struck out on Zack Wheeler. Does that make Madison Bumgarner the next logical starting pitcher in line to pursue? Much to my surprise, the Astros were reportedly one of the teams that were in talks with free-agent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler. But, it was all for naught, with the Philidelphia Phillies […] Astros: With Zack Wheeler taken, is Madison Bumgarner next in line? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies ‘Engaged in Talks’ with Infielder Didi Gregorius

The Phillies are reportedly “engaged in talks” with free-agent Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius, who is highly admired by his former manager Joe Girardi. Now that the Philadelphia Phillies have inked RHP Zack Wheeler on a five-year deal, it appears their next focus is to address their infield. In addition to Wheeler, the organization has also […] Phillies ‘Engaged in Talks’ with Infielder Didi Gregorius - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels Signs with Braves

The Phillies’ Zack Wheeler signing comes just minutes after missing out on a reunion with Cole Hamels, who has signed a one-year deal with the Braves. Despite the rumored mutual interest between the Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent LHP Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series Most Valuable Player will not reunite with his former team this […] Phillies 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels Signs with Braves - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Former Phillies Prospect Carlos Carrasco Wins Comeback Award

Former Phillies prospect Carlos Carrasco, who has recently dealt with a cancer diagnosis, has been named American League Comeback Player of the Year. Amid Philadelphia Phillies news on Wednesday that they have signed right-hander Zack Wheeler and remain engaged in talks with free-agent infielder Didi Gregorius, one of the organization’s former right-handed pitching prospects earned […] Former Phillies Prospect Carlos Carrasco Wins Comeback Award - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies award promising Zack Wheeler a huge contract

The Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent right-handed starter Zack Wheeler to a reported $118 million contract, hoping Wheeler lives up to his promise. Dec. 4: The mid-day guys on Philadelphia’s sports talk radio station WIP were discussing Zack Wheeler an hour or so before it was announced the Phillies had signed him, and the two […] Phillies award promising Zack Wheeler a huge contract - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Report: Phillies Looking at Stephen Strasburg

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Phillies are looking at free agent starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

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The instant impact of Zack Wheeler

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The Phillies struck a five-year deal with a former division rival, and arguably the best available pitcher not named Cole or Strasburg Did you find yourself thinking early in November, “boy, would I like the Phillies to sign a starting pitcher this winter?” Well, good news, like-minded friend! The Phillies are free agent righty Zack Wheeler — you may remember him from his time with the Mets — agreed to a five-year deal worth $118 million Wednesday. Wheeler, 29, was the third-best starting pitching option available after mega-arms Gerrit Cole and Stephen...

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Zack Wheeler to the Phillies: 5 years, $118M

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Zack Wheeler and the Phillies have agreed on a 5 year, $118 million deal, per multiple reports Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a 5 year, $118 million deal, per multiple reports. Evan Grant had reported earlier today that the Texas Rangers, who had Wheeler near the top of their free agent wish list, had been informed they were out of the running. 5 years and a little over $23 million per year is fairly steep for a pitcher with Wheeler’s track record, but after dealing with injuries and ineffectiveness early in his career, Wheeler has...

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Phillies make a splash, ink free agent Zack Wheeler to five-year deal

The Philadelphia Baseball Review has confirmed the Phillies have an agreement in place with right-handed starter Zack Wheeler. Marc Carig of The Athletic first reported the signing on Wednesday afternoon.It's a five-year deal worth just under $120 million, per sources. Wheeler, 29, spent five seasons with the New York Mets and finished 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts last season. He was a first-round draft pick in 2009.Wheeler missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons after dealing with arm injuries, including Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL.The addition of Wheeler broke just hours after...

Amazin Avenue

Zack Wheeler, Phillies, agree to 5-year, $118 million deal

Photo by Rich Schultz/ See ya on the Turnpike, Wheels. Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies have, reportedly, agreed to a five-year contract, worth $118 million, according to multiple sources. Wheeler, who turned down a Qualifying Offer from the Mets earlier this off-season, had been a Met since 2011. Acquired for Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline in 2011, Wheeler made his debut, alongside fellow Met farmhand turned star Matt Harvey, on ‘Super Tuesday,’ a double headed in Wheeler’s native Georgia against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2013. Wheeler underwent Tommy John...

The WORST trade the Mets have made is with Edwin Diaz | Boomer & Gio

Gio and Jerry react to the Mets losing 6-3 to the Phillies on Thursday, suffering a crushing 4-game sweep. The guys also talk about Edwin Diaz's atrocious performance and how acquiring him has been one of the worst decisions the Mets have made thus far.

MLB.com FastCast: Frank Robinson passes away - 2/7/19

The baseball world mourns the death of MLB Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, plus the Phillies trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and c

MLB.com FastCast: Mariners finalize 2 trades: 12/3/18

The Mariners officially send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets, plus Jean Segura to the Phillies for a mix of vets and prospects About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United