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Maikel Franco hit .337/.344/.570 with four home runs over 22 games in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.

Franco also had a strong regular season for Gigantes del Cibao. He didn't do much last September with the Phillies, but the 22-year-old third base prospect has posted big-time slugging numbers at every level of the minors and could take on significant fantasy value at some point in 2015. Cody Asche is expected to open the year at the hot corner for Philly. Ryan Howard still has to be plugged in at first base.
Jan 26 - 12:00 PM

The Brewers and Phillies haven't talked about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade in two days, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"It doesn’t appear there’s any momentum to it right now," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "It could be revived later, I guess, but right now there’s nothing happening. "Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated." Haudricourt said the main issues remain Papelbon's no-trade clause and a vesting $13 million option in 2016, part of which the Brewers would ask the Phillies to pick up. At this point, someone will have to give some ground to make a deal work.
Jan 24 - 6:56 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Jonathan Papelbon deal to the Brewers is "on life support, at best."

That's quite a change from Friday, when the deal was said to be basically complete. The hangup seems to be money, as the two sides hadn't agreed on how much money the Phillies would pick up in a potential deal. If the Brewers don't deal for Papelbon, it's unclear if he'll be changing addresses this offseason.
Jan 24 - 6:25 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Astros discussed pursuing free-agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick before their failed pursuit of Ryan Vogelsong.

It's unclear if Kendrick would again be an option for them now that Vogelsong has decided to re-sign with the Giants. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.42 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 1138 2/3 innings in his career and his already minimal fantasy value would take a hit if moving to the American League.
Jan 24 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the "last remaining obstacle" to a trade sending Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers is deciding how much money from the reliever's $13 million 2016 option the Phillies would pick up.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal indicated earlier Friday that a deal wasn't close, but based on Stark's report it appears it could be coming together quickly. Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be shipped to Milwaukee, but Stark says that won't be an issue. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games, but the reliever would want the option picked up in order to agree to a trade.
Jan 23 - 9:55 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in order to waive his no-trade clause, Jonathan Papelbon would likely require a team on his no-trade list to guarantee his $13 million option for 2016.

The option would vest with 48 games finished -- a number Papelbon has reached in every one of his full seasons -- but having it guaranteed would protect him should he get injured. Rosenthal says the Blue Jays' interest in the closer is "very limited," so at this point it sounds like he'll either be traded to the Brewers or stay put. Papelbon has not yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause, so it doesn't appear a deal is close yet.
Jan 23 - 9:09 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in addition to the Brewers, the Blue Jays have also inquired on Jonathan Papelbon.

Rosenthal notes that both clubs are on the reliever's no-trade list and he has yet to agree to waive the clause for either team. While Rosenthal agrees with Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan (who was first to report the Papelbon/Milwaukee news) that talks between the Phillies and Brewers have picked up in recent weeks, he says a deal is "not close" to going down at this point. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016.
Jan 23 - 8:37 AM

According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Brewers and Phillies are having serious talks about Jonathan Papelbon.

It's really hard to see why the Brewers would go after Papelbon when Francisco Rodriguez is still sitting out there in free agency. Perhaps the Phillies would pay down Papelbon's $13 million salary to a comparable level to what Rodriguez will get, but if that's the case, they'd probably want solid prospects in return. It'd be a lot easier for the Brewers to just re-sign the guy who saved 44 games last year or, if he's being too stubborn, move on to fellow free agent Rafael Soriano. If the Phillies trade Papelbon, they could sign one of the veteran closers as a stopgap. Everyone would love to see Ken Giles get the job, but considering the arbitration salaries of closers, it could be considerably cheaper for the Phillies in the long run if they spend a few million to keep him in a setup role this year.
Jan 23 - 2:20 AM

Phillies signed INF Tyler Greene to a minor league contract.

Greene, 31, spent last season at the Triple-A level between the Braves and Padres and batted .298/.345/.446 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI over 126 games. He hasn't played in the majors since 2013 as a member of the White Sox and figures to serve as organizational depth for Philly.
Jan 22 - 4:26 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that he thinks Cole Hamels "is going to be in our uniform" next season.

"I don’t really foresee him being moved," Amaro said. "It is possible because we’re literally keeping our minds and eyes and ears open on every player that we have on our roster. That said, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. And so, if we were to move him, we’re going to have to get some of the best prospects in baseball back." It's perfectly reasonable for Amaro to take this stance, as Hamels is his best trade chip and he needs to extract as much value as possible if he's going to deal him. And, because Hamels is under contract for four more years, there's no pressure for the GM to make a move unless he gets exactly what he wants. The Cardinals, Red Sox, Padres and Rangers have been talking to the Phillies about the southpaw, though the Rangers are likely now out of the picture after they dealt for Yovani Gallardo.
Jan 20 - 9:43 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that Cliff Lee (elbow) has already thrown off a mound 3-4 times this offseason.

It was reported over the weekend that Lee was slated to throw off the bump for the first time in two weeks, but that was apparently inaccurate. Lee's 2014 season ended prematurely due to a flexor pronator strain, but he'll enter spring training with no limitations. The news is certainly good to this point, but the veteran left-hander remains a major health risk heading into 2015.
Jan 20 - 6:23 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Rangers "continue pursuit" of Kyle Kendrick and Ryan Vogelsong.

The Rangers have been connected to a variety of arms this offseason, including marquee starters Cole Hamels and James Shields. However, it appears at this point they may be moving onto some low-hanging fruit. Kendrick owns a career 4.42 ERA and 4.9 K/9 ratio, though he does earn some points for durability. Vogelsong holds a 4.62 ERA over the last two campaigns and will turn 38 in the middle of next season.
Jan 18 - 10:46 AM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro reiterated that if Ryan Howard remains with the team heading into spring training, that he'll have to earn the team's starting job at first base.

Amaro has made no secret of his desire to move Howard this offseason, and has been open and honest with Howard about the fact. The team would prefer to go with either Darin Ruf or Maikel Franco at first base, and Howard would have to beat them out for at-bats at the position.
Jan 17 - 9:03 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) is progressing quicker than anticipated in his recovery from a flexor pronator strain and he's scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time in two weeks.

The veteran southpaw is coming off a highly disappointing and injury-riddled season where he posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 72/12 K/BB ratio over 81 1/3 innings. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training and represents a nice bounce-back candidate.
Jan 17 - 8:38 AM

Phillies claimed OF Jordan Danks off waivers from the White Sox.

Danks was designated for assignment last week after batting .222/.303/.291 in 132 plate appearances last season. He'll be a reserve outfielder for the Phils.
Jan 16 - 3:08 PM


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