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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have had no offers and "no meaningful dialogue" with teams inquiring on Cole Hamels.

Rosenthal adds that the Phils have also not made "any specific requests" in talks and a potential Hamels trade is the "least likely" to go down of all the ones Philly is contemplating. While Hamels may technically be on the trade block, Philadelphia understandably wants a ton in return and it's looking like teams probably won't be willing to give up what it would take. Hamels boasts a 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 133/39 K/BB ratio this season.
Jul 29 - 10:59 PM

Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run and walked in five plate appearances in Tuesday's win against the Mets.

Rollins broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, hitting a fly ball just over the fence in right field off of Mets starter Dillon Gee. It's the sixth homer of the month, and the 14th overall, for the shortstop. His numbers continue to hover around the league average for shortstops, as he owns a .239/.321/.398 slash line with 47 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
Jul 29 - 10:11 PM

Grady Sizemore went yard for the first time as the member of a National League team, hitting a solo home run to right field in Tuesday's win against the Mets.

It was the 142nd career home run for the veteran outfielder. The prior 141 had all come as a member of an American League squad. Sizemore took starter Dillon Gee out to right field in the fourth to pad the Phillies' lead to 2-0. Since joining the Phillies, Sizemore is slashing .314/.352/.451 in 54 plate appearances. Should the Phillies trade Marlon Byrd, Sizemore would be in line for even more playing time.
Jul 29 - 10:08 PM

Chase Utley blasted a grand slam into the upper deck in right field at Citi Field on Tuesday. It was his only hit in four plate appearances as the Phillies went on to an easy victory.

Utley took reliever Josh Edgin out to right field to break the game wide open at 6-0 in the seventh. It's the fifth grand slam of the veteran second baseman's career, and his first since 2010. The 35-year-old is having another productive year, slashing .291/.353/.439 with nine home runs and 54 RBI.
Jul 29 - 10:05 PM

Cole Hamels picked up his eighth win of the season after shutting the Mets out over eight innings on Tuesday.

Hamels' name has been bandied about in trade rumors lately, but the lefty was able to ignore the distractions and continue his run of strong pitching. Including Tuesday's outing, in which he allowed six hits, walked none, and struck out eight, Hamels has a 1.58 ERA in 12 starts since the beginning of June. Overall, he has a 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 133/39 K/BB ratio. Hamels will wrap up the Phillies' road trip on Sunday against the Nationals.
Jul 29 - 10:02 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that trade talks between the Phillies and Pirates regarding A.J. Burnett are "all but dead."

The stumbling block is Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. Stark says that the Phillies are telling teams they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett has told his teammates the same thing. However, the Pirates don't want him at $14.25 million next year and aren't willing to take the chance if he changes his mind. After all, Burnett waffled back-and-forth between continuing his career or retiring last winter before ultimately deciding on the former.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 6:32 PM

Marlon Byrd is getting a scheduled day off Tuesday.

With the trade deadline looming, it was a bit curious to see Byrd out of the lineup Tuesday, but there's nothing doing yet. Still, there's a decent chance he'll be moved by Thursday.
Jul 29 - 3:38 PM

Marlon Byrd is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.

No word on the reason for his absence, but it's noteworthy with Thursday's trade deadline fast approaching. Grady Sizemore will make the start in right field Tuesday.
Jul 29 - 2:53 PM

Phillies prospect third baseman Maikel Franco went 4-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.

After hitting .162/.196/.238 in June, Franco has shown signs of life in July, hitting .352/.370/.602 with nine doubles, two triples, and three home runs in 22 games. Prior to the season, Franco was supposed to be a mid-season call-up, but his .241/.290/.382 season line has kept him firmly planted in Triple-A. The 21-year old's struggles could be good for him long term, as he will need the ability to focus on deficiencies and tendencies in order to succeed in the major leagues.
Jul 29 - 9:20 AM

A.J. Burnett was tagged for seven runs in five innings by the Mets in Monday's loss.

It's the sixth time this year that Burnett has allowed at least six runs, most in the majors (Clay Buchholz and Kyle Gibson have done it five times apiece). As many awful outings as he's had, it's sort of impressive that his ERA is still a respectable 4.15. Still, there won't be much demand for his services in trade talks this week.
Jul 28 - 10:34 PM

Carlos Ruiz went 4-for-4 and doubled in the Phillies' lone run in Friday's loss to the Mets.

The Phillies had both Ruiz and Marlon Byrd finish with four hits, yet they lost 7-1. They were the first team since 2011 to have 13 hits in a nine-inning game and score just one run in the process.
Jul 28 - 10:25 PM

Marlon Byrd singled four times in five at-bats Monday versus the Mets.

Byrd has multiple hits in six of his last 10 games, pushing his average back up to .274. His average had been dipping since the beginning of June, but it was coming with more homers (13 last two months, seven first two), so there was little reason for his owners to complain.
Jul 28 - 10:23 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Marlon Byrd is "not an option" for the Royals and the Mariners' talks for the outfielder "remain stalled."

Byrd has been connected to both clubs, but the Royals and Mariners are both on his no-trade list. The outfielder has said he'd be willing to waive the clause only if his $8 million option for 2016 is picked up. Byrd has also been linked to the Reds, and ESPN's Jim Bowden said last week that talks between Cincinnati and Philadelphia are ongoing.
Jul 28 - 6:51 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Phillies have made left-hander Cole Hamels available.

ESPN's Buster Olney heard last week that Hamels was not going to be shopped at this year's July 31 trade deadline, but something has apparently changed. Morosi says the asking price is very high, so it's far from a sure thing that the 30-year-old southpaw will be dealt. The Dodgers are believed to have interest. Hamels, who has a 2.72 ERA and 125/39 K/BB ratio in 122 1/3 innings this season, is under contract with Philadelphia through 2019.
Jul 28 - 3:51 PM

Chase Utley is out of the Phillies' lineup on Monday.

It's just a routine day of rest for the veteran second baseman. Reid Brignac will get the nod in his place Monday in the Phillies' series-opener against the Mets.
Jul 28 - 3:13 PM


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