Player News - Phillies

Date: Team: Pos:

Phillies re-signed INF Pedro Florimon to a minor league contract.

Florimon appeared in 15 games with the Phillies during the second half and should find himself in the mix for a bench job in spring training. The 30-year-old owns a .209/.269/.308 batting line over 271 games in the majors.
Nov 13 - 6:14 PM

Dusty Wathan will be the third base coach and John Mallee will be the hitting coach in 2018 for the Phillies.

Rick Kranitz will stay on the staff as well, but his role is to be determined. Wathan interviewed for the managerial position, and has been in the Philadelphia organization since 2008. Mallee comes to the Phillies after being let go by the Cubs, and has also served as hitting coach for the Astros and a hitting-coordinator for the Marlins.
Nov 10 - 12:10 PM

Pedro Florimon has elected free agency.

Florimon was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster and will now seek a job elsewhere. He's hit only .209/.269/.308 over parts of seven big league seasons.
Nov 6 - 5:41 PM

Phillies activated RHPs Vince Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff and Zach Eflin from the 60-day disabled list.

They're now all back on the 40-man roster. Velasquez had surgery in August to repair a vascular issue with his right middle finger, but he should be ready for spring training.
Nov 6 - 5:37 PM

RHP Jesen Therrien has elected free agency.

Therrien had Tommy John surgery in September and will be out until 2019. He'll look to rehab with another organization.
Nov 3 - 3:11 PM

Phillies hired Gabe Kapler as manager.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Sunday that Kapler was expected to be the Phillies' choice, and they've made the move official. Kapler has only one year of managerial experience, and that was with the Red Sox' Class A affiliate back in 2007, but he's been the Dodgers' director of player development since November of 2014 and was a popular managerial candidate in recent years.
Oct 30 - 4:48 PM

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies will indeed hire Gabe Kapler as their next manager.

This confirms a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. According to Zolecki, the Phillies could make it official as soon as Monday's off-day for the World Series. It was reported last week that Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan was the front-runner, but Zolecki writes that things changed after Kapler impressed during the second round of interviews last Friday. Kapler has been the Dodgers' director of player development since November of 2014. He has limited managing experience, consisting of a brief stint with the Red Sox' Class A affiliate back in 2007, but he's been a popular managerial candidate in recent years. With his background in nutrition and analytics, the Phillies are hoping Kapler can be the right man to lead their young clubhouse.
Oct 30 - 9:24 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Gabe Kapler is expected to be named the next manager of the Phillies.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last week that the club was "zeroing in on" Dusty Wathan to be their next skipper, but Heyman claims that barring something unforeseen, it'll be Kapler. Kapler is currently the Dodgers' director of player development. His managing experience consists of one year in A ball way back in 2007.
Oct 29 - 9:14 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Phillies are "zeroing in on" Dusty Wathan to be their next manager.

Wathan, 44, has been managing at various levels of the Phillies' minor league system since 2008 and he spent the 2017 season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, so this would be somewhat of a natural promotion. Among the other known candidates to take over for Pete Mackanin, who was let go in late September: Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, Mariners third base coach Manny Acta, Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond, Giants third base coach Phil Nevin, and Phillies third base coach Juan Samuel.
Oct 25 - 11:06 AM

Pedro Beato has elected free agency.

The 30-year-old hurler spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, posting a stellar 2.75 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 42/20 K/BB in 55 2/3 innings. With most clubs seeking additional bullpen depth, he should be an attractive commodity this off-season.
Oct 21 - 2:19 PM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies have interviewed Giants third base coach Phil Nevin for their managerial opening.

Nevin was a finalist for the Diamondbacks' job a couple years ago before being hired to the Giants' coaching staff last winter. Zolecki adds that Dodgers player development director Gabe Kapler has either interviewed or is scheduled to interview. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway and A's third base coach Chip Hale have also been interviewed.
Oct 20 - 3:15 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Athletics third base coach Chip Hale has interviewed for the Phillies' managerial opening.

Hale was fired by the Diamondbacks after going 148-176 in two seasons. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is also known to be a candidate for the Phillies' job, and Heyman also lists Phillies special assistant Jorge Velandia, Phillies minor-league manager Dusty Wathan and Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina among the names that have "surfaced."
Oct 20 - 9:53 AM

Hyun Soo Kim told Yonhap News Agency in Japan that he is hoping to play for a major league team in 2018.

Kim may have to settle for a minor league contract this winter after batting just .231/.307/.292 over 239 plate appearances between the Orioles and Phillies in 2017. "It's not something I can control," he said of a potential landing spot in free agency. "Obviously, I'd love to stay in the majors. ... I'll just try to do the best I can." Kim turns 30 years old in January.
Source: Yonhap News
Oct 19 - 10:55 AM

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports that the Phillies will interview Indians pitching coach Mikey Callaway for their managerial opening next week.

The report comes after ESPN's Buster Olney reported Thursday that the Phillies were "taking a close look" at Callaway. The Indians pitching coach is expected to be a hot commodity this offseason, as he could be interviewed by a few teams that have managerial vacancies.
Oct 13 - 2:20 PM

The Phillies have named Larry Bowa senior advisor to general manager Matt Klentak.

Bowa has been the team's bench coach for the last four seasons but will now move to a different role following the firing of manager Pete Mackanin. The 71-year-old has been part of the organization as a player, manager, coach and now member of the front office.
Oct 13 - 11:11 AM


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