Player News - Phillies

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that teams have been "unsure about devoting $6-8 million, plus incentives" to Cliff Lee.

It's certainly understandable after Lee missed most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, said last month that his client would need a "perfect" situation if he's to pitch in 2016, and it doesn't sound like that situation is close to presenting itself. The left-hander turned 37 last August.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:36 AM

Phillies acquired RHP Yoervis Medina from the Pirates for LHP Jesse Biddle.

Medina was outrighted off the Pirates' 40-man roster last week, so he'll be a non-roster invitee with the Phillies in the spring. The 27-year-old owns a 3.08 ERA, 9.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 over 146 appearances in the majors. He'll provide some bullpen depth for Philadelphia.
Feb 3 - 2:00 PM

Phillies signed LHP Edgar Ibarra to a minor league contract.

Ibarra, 26, made two relief appearances for the Angels last season and held a 5.43 ERA with over a strikeout per frame at Triple-A. He'll provide left-handed relief depth.
Feb 2 - 4:29 PM

Pirates sent RHP Yoervis Medina outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 27-year-old right-hander, somewhat surprisingly, passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week. He'll still have a chance to compete for a spot in the Pirates bullpen during the spring.
Jan 30 - 8:34 AM

Phillies claimed LHP Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Angels.

It's the third organization LaFromboise has been in over the last month. The left-hander appeared in 11 games with the Pirates this past season and posted a 2.98 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings in Triple-A.
Jan 29 - 2:48 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Jerome Williams recently underwent surgery on his Achilles.

Williams is expected to miss the first couple months of the regular season. The 34-year-old is currently a free agent and it seems likely that he'll now stay that way until he gets healthy.
Jan 25 - 6:25 PM

Angels designated LHP Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for infielder Ronald Torreyes, who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Monday. LaFromboise joined the Angels last month, also on a waiver claim, but now his standing for 2016 is again uncertain. He had a promising showing last season with the Pirates, though it was an eight-inning sample size.
Jan 25 - 3:22 PM

Phillies signed OF David Lough to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lough was non-tendered by the Orioles in early December after batting just .201/.241/.313 during the 2015 regular season. He's a good defensive outfielder, capable of playing all three positions, and should have a decent shot at cracking the Opening Day roster with the rebuilding Phillies.
Jan 25 - 3:07 PM

Matt Harrison (back) isn't expected to be ready for spring training.

According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, it's "unlikely he'll pitch anytime soon." Injuries have limited Harrison to just nine starts over the last three seasons. Harrison was acquired from Texas last summer as part of the Cole Hamels trade but has yet to appear in a game for the Phillies.
Source: phillies.com
Jan 23 - 9:02 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin indicated Tuesday that Ryan Howard could be platooned against left-handed pitching in 2016.

The arrangement worked well during the second half last season, with Darin Ruf thriving against southpaws. Mackanin hasn't made an official decision about how the playing time will shake out in 2016, but Howard will need to perform. "I’m going to make that decision in the spring," said Mackanin. "But at this point, I’m going to have a discussion with Ryan and tell him, ‘If you want to face lefties, you have to hit them better. If you don’t hit them better, I’m going to platoon.’ That’s basically what we’re looking at. It’s gotten to that point." Howard, who is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, hit just .130 with a .418 OPS vs. left-handers last season.
Jan 20 - 10:15 AM

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that Peter Bourjos is expected to have one of the starting jobs in the Phillies' outfield.

It's a bit of a surprise given Bourjos' horrid .218/.292/.342 batting line over the last two seasons. However, he does offer terrific defense and it's not as if the Phillies are overflowing with outfield options. Odubel Herrera will also have a starting job, with Aaron Altherr having the edge over Cody Asche and Tyler Goeddel for the third spot.
Jan 19 - 7:35 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin on Tuesday said of Aaron Nola and Jerad Eickhoff that "I would think they’d be in the rotation somewhere."

"I don’t want to etch anything in stone, but Nola and Eickhoff certainly have made great impressions, at least to me," Mackanin said. "So I would think they’d be in the rotation somewhere." They'll join Jeremy Hellickson and Charlie Morton as the top four in the Philly rotation. That the skipper has penciled in both right-handers isn't surprising, but hearing some confirmation is nice. Nola is obviously the more highly regarded hurler of the two, but Eickoff was surprisingly good down the stretch in 2015 with a 2.65 ERA and 49/13 K/BB ratio over 51 innings. Vincent Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer Adam Morgan and Alec Asher will compete for the No. 5 spot.
Jan 19 - 6:09 PM

Pirates designated RHP Yoervis Medina for assignment.

Medina was just claimed off waivers from the Cubs less than a month ago. The 27-year-old owns a 3.08 ERA, 9.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 over 146 appearances in the majors and could draw interest on waivers again.
Jan 19 - 5:03 PM

Phillies signed C/OF/1B Jake Fox to a minor league contract.

Fox, 33, split last season between Korea and Double-A with the Blue Jays, where he hit .278/.361/.509 with five homers over 29 games. He'll provide organizational depth.
Jan 18 - 4:13 PM

Phillies and RHP Jeremy Hellickson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7 million contract.

He gets a $2.725 million raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility despite posting a 4.62 ERA last season. The Phillies will be relying on Hellickson to eat innings in 2016, although he's averaged just 20 starts over the last two years due to injury.
Jan 15 - 10:55 AM


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