Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies

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Phillies acquired LHP Tom Windle from the Dodgers in the Jimmy Rollins trade.

Windle, a second-round pick in the 2013 Draft, holds a 3.82 ERA and 162/64 K/BB ratio over his first 193 professional innings. The left-hander has mid-rotation potential.
Dec 19 - 11:33 AM

Phillies acquired RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle from the Dodgers in exchange for SS Jimmy Rollins.

Eflin was sent from San Diego to Los Angeles in the Matt Kemp deal before being flipped to Philadelphia. The 20-year-old owns a 3.41 ERA, 1.269 WHIP, and 183/65 K/BB ratio in 253 2/3 career minor league innings and makes for an interesting arm as the Phillies rebuild their farm system.
Dec 19 - 11:30 AM

Dodgers acquired RHP Zach Eflin from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade.

Eflin's stay in Los Angeles won't be long, as he's set to be flipped to the Phillies in a deal for Jimmy Rollins. The 20-year-old owns a 3.41 ERA, 1.269 WHIP, and 183/65 K/BB ratio in 253 2/3 career minor league innings.
Dec 18 - 11:40 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies are "looking at" free agent Kyle Kendrick.

Kendrick has a decent career groundball rate, which is a nice fit for the light air of Coors Field, but the 30-year-old right-hander also owns a putrid 4.42 career ERA and 4.9 career K/9 in eight major league seasons. Colorado continues to aim low.
Dec 18 - 9:25 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Phillies have not approached outfielder Marlon Byrd about waiving his no-trade clause to go to the Mariners.

The Mariners are one of the teams that Byrd would have to approve for a trade to work. Earlier this month, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Orioles were showing interest in the 37-year-old. Despite his age, Byrd still packs a wallop in his bat, having hit .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs in the 2014 season.
Dec 17 - 9:11 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros are a "sleeper team" when it comes to a potential landing spot for Cole Hamels.

The Astros have been aggressive in retooling their bullpen this winter, but they could use help in the rotation, as well. Hamels has a no-trade list and it's unclear if Houston is on it, so it's possible they'd have to agree to pick up his $20 million option for 2019 in order to make a deal work. Cafardo lists the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and possibly the Giants as having interest in Hamels.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 14 - 11:37 AM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the chances of the Phillies trading Chase Utley are "possible, albeit slim."

Utley has 10-and-5 no-trade rights and has always maintained a desire to stay in Philadelphia. However, as Gelb points point, Jimmy Rollins never said he wanted to leave, either, until just recently. Gelb has been told by rival executive that the Phillies "are not aiming for an 'Astros-like' teardown," so they could choose to hang on to Utley even in a rebuilding phase. Utley has $45 million in three vesting options over the next three years and would certainly draw plenty of interest if the Phillies make him available and he indicates a willingness to waive his no-trade rights.
Dec 14 - 10:04 AM

The Phillies offered the Orioles Ryan Howard in a package with Marlon Byrd, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.

That matches up with an earlier tweet from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News saying the two sides had talked about Howard. The Orioles balked at the offer, likely due to Howard's inclusion. The Phils owe Howard $50 million over the next two seasons and would presumably like to unload that contract if at all possible. Whether they'll find any takers remains in question.
Source: MASN Sports
Dec 13 - 6:30 PM

Phillies selected LHP Andy Oliver from the Pirates in the Rule 5 draft.

Oliver getting selected comes as a pretty big surprise. The former Tigers prospect reached the majors in 2010, going 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in five starts. The Pirates picked him up in the minor deal in 2012, but he failed to progress and was dropped from the 40-man last spring. Converted into a reliever last season, he had a 2.53 ERA in 64 innings in Triple-A, with 85 strikeouts and a whopping 47 walks. In 2013, he walked 112 in 124 1/3 innings as a starter. The stuff is there for him to be a useful reliever if he could ever throw strikes, but his control has been disastrous for years.
Dec 11 - 1:24 PM

Phillies selected second baseman-outfielder Odubel Herrera from the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft.

Herrera was primarily a second baseman while hitting .321/.373/.402 in Double-A last season, but the Phillies said they intend to put him in center field in the spring. If he succeeds there, they might even push Ben Revere to left to make room for him. Realistically, though, he doesn't project as much of a major league hitter, not for 2015 anyway. He doesn't walk, he has limited power and he doesn't run as well as Revere.
Dec 11 - 12:57 PM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports the Orioles have talked to the Phillies about Ryan Howard.

The inquiry appears to have been nothing more than that, but it's still interesting that there are teams asking about Howard. The Phillies would be remiss not to listen on the first baseman, who turned 35 years old this year. Howard is due $25 million over the next two seasons and has a $10 million buyout for 2018.
Dec 10 - 8:39 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports the Dodgers and Phillies discussed Chase Utley in the course of Jimmy Rollins negotiations.

Obviously the deal appears to be done without Utley being included, but it's interesting nonetheless. The Phillies have begun to tear it down, and the 30-year-old Utley doesn't appear to be exempt from the rebuild. Utley is due $90 million over the next four seasons, but he would still be easier to move than some of the Phillies big chips.
Dec 10 - 7:49 PM

Phillies acquired LHP Joely Rodriguez from the Pirates for LHP Antonio Bastardo.

Rodriguez had a disappointing 4.84 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 73/43 K/BB ratio in 134 innings this past season at Double-A Altoona, but the 23-year-old southpaw was very good in 2013 at High-A Bradenton and could have a bright future ahead if his control improves. It's a nice minor league piece for the rebuilding Phillies.
Dec 10 - 6:28 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Red Sox haven't reengaged the Phillies regarding a trade for Cole Hamels since missing out on Jon Lester.

It's only been a little over 12 hours since Lester made his decision to sign with the Cubs, so this ultimately doesn't mean much. The Red Sox match up well in a deal for Hamels and the two sides will almost certainly talk soon.
Dec 10 - 2:46 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN hears that the Giants are interested in a trade for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

This means that all three teams who missed out on Jon Lester (also including the Red Sox and Dodgers) are expected to be involved for Hamels. The Phillies wouldn't have it any other way. Things have been quiet for Hamels thus far, but it should heat up very soon. However, the combination of money owed to Hamels and the prospects required to make a deal could limit the number of teams involved.
Dec 10 - 12:46 PM


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