Player News - Phillies

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According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, Hector Neris has changed agents and is now represented by Octagon.

Neris is on track to be arbitration-eligible for the first time next offseason. The 28-year-old owns a 2.98 ERA through 186 appearances in the majors and saved 26 games for the Phillies last season. If he maintains his health and performance, he should see some nice rewards through the arbitration process.
Jan 22 - 9:11 AM

Phillies invited INF prospect Scott Kingery to MLB spring training.

Kingery was one of the most improved prospects of 2017, hitting .304.359/.530 with 26 homers and 29 stolen bases in stops at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's spent most of his time at second base, but the Phillies had the 23-year-old infielder play all over the infield after his promotion to the International League, so he could be a candidate to play multiple positions. While it's unlikely Kingery will make the big-league club out of spring training, he's certainly a candidate to play for Philadelphia this summer.
Jan 17 - 4:18 PM

Phillies and RHP Luis Garcia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Garcia was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. He held a 2.65 ERA over 66 relief appearances in 2017.
Jan 12 - 3:48 PM

Phillies and 2B Cesar Hernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.1 million contract.

It's a well-earned raise for Hernandez, who has hit .294/.372/.406 over the last two seasons. He's under team control through 2020.
Jan 12 - 2:18 PM

Phillies and 3B Maikel Franco avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.95 million contract.

Franco is coming off a disappointing showing in 2017 but will still get a nice raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The third baseman batted .230/.281/.409 with 24 homers last season.
Jan 12 - 12:31 PM

Phillies and C Cameron Rupp avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract.

This was the first foray into salary arbitration for Rupp, who made slightly more than the MLB minimum in 2017 while posting a .716 OPS and 14 home runs in 88 games. He'll likely share catching duties with Jorge Alfaro this season in Philadelphia, though Andrew Knapp is in the mix there too.
Jan 10 - 11:28 AM

ESPN Deportes has reported that Maikel Franco's three-game suspension in the Dominican Winter League was rescinded.

The Cibao Giants suspended Franco for partying into the early hours of the morning on the day he had a game. It's unclear what prompted them to lift the suspension, but MLB.com's Jon Morosi says the third baseman is not in the Giants' lineup for their playoff game Monday due to family reasons.
Jan 8 - 6:55 PM

Maikel Franco was suspended three games by the Cibao Giants -- his Dominican Winter League team -- "for violating the organization's discipline code," according to owner Samir Rizek.

Franco and three other players were suspended for partying into the early morning Saturday when the club had a game later that night. The Giants had the best regular season record in the Dominican Winter League but have lost six of their first eight playoff games. Franco, 25, is coming off a disappointing season for the Phillies, having batted just .230/.281/.409.
Jan 7 - 1:37 PM

Phillies signed OF Daniel Ortiz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ortiz was outrighted off the Pirates' 40-man roster in early August after going 1-for-12 in a couple different stints at the major league level. He spent the majority of the 2017 season in Triple-A, batting .270/.303/.457 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI in 110 games.
Jan 3 - 4:13 PM

Phillies signed C Matt McBride to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McBride will give the Phillies an extra catcher at major league camp, but the 32-year-old is doubtful to come under real consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. He has a career .201/.228/.299 batting line in 202 plate appearances at the big league level.
Jan 3 - 4:10 PM

Phillies signed INF Will Middlebrooks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Middlebrooks put up big numbers last season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers, but the 29-year-old is a career .228/.272/.391 hitter in 347 games at the major league level and it's hard to see how he might fit on Philadelphia's active 25-man roster in 2018.
Jan 3 - 4:07 PM

Phillies signed INF Heiker Meneses to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Meneses, 26, batted just .277/.312/.342 with one home run and 11 stolen bases in 88 games last season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Red Sox. He'll be minor league infield depth for Philadelphia.
Jan 3 - 4:04 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, free agent infielder Will Middlebrooks "likely will sign a minor-league deal with the Phillies."

It sounds like the two parties are simply sorting out the final details of the contract. Middlebrooks has logged just 70 plate appearances at the major league level over the last two seasons, with a combined .169/.229/.262 batting line. He turned 29 years old in September.
Jan 2 - 7:03 PM

Phillies signed RHP Steve Geltz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring trainng.

Geltz spent the 2017 season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. The 30-year-old right-hander holds a 4.23 ERA in 104 1/3 career innings at the major league level. He'll function as organizational relief depth for Philly.
Jan 2 - 6:42 PM

David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Nick Williams is the most likely outfielder on the Phillies to be used as a trade chip.

Murphy also says that Odubel Herrera or Aaron Altherr could be moved, but Rhys Hoskins isn't likely going anywhere. The Philadelphia outfield is full, and a talented young player like Williams could help the Phillies acquire some of the pitching they'll need to be competitive in the NL East in 2018 and beyond. As good as he was at the big-league level (.288/.338/.473 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs in 97 games), there are still concerns about his approach at the plate, so this could be a case of Philadelphia selling high.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:33:00 AM


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