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ESPN's Jayson Stark heard from two sources that the Yankees offered the Phillies "a utility player" for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

That didn't get the job done. The Phillies seem to have a lofty asking price for Rollins, who turns 36 years old this week and is owed $11 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $44 million deal. They're simply not going to be able to get a top prospect or young, productive major league talent in exchange for the veteran shortstop.
Nov 26 - 4:03 PM

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Yankees talked to the Phillies about acquiring shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

However, the Phillies' asking price was too high, so the Yankees have moved on. Oh, Ruben. Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 138 games this past season. He turns 36 this week and is owed $11 million next season.
Nov 26 - 2:12 PM

Phillies signed C Rene Garcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Garcia owns a .258/.300/.335 batting line over seven seasons in the Astros' minor league system. The 24-year-old will function as organization depth with his new club.
Nov 25 - 3:40 PM

Phillies signed INF Cord Phelps to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Phelps spent most of 2014 with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate, batting .259/.361/.388 with seven homers and 51 RBI in 99 games. The 27-year-old could compete for a bench job in the spring.
Nov 25 - 3:35 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Dodgers have joined the pursuit of Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

That pursuit includes the Red Sox, who Nightengale earlier Monday classified as having "had the most serious talks" regarding Hamels. The Dodgers have the prospects and the payroll muscle to get a deal done, and Hamels would certainly strengthen a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren. If the Phillies do decide to deal their ace, they appear to be in a good position to do so.
Nov 24 - 6:07 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox "have had the most serious talks" with the Phillies regarding a trade for ace Cole Hamels.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago that the Red Sox had already rejected a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies, but the dynamic has changed now that the Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. It's easy to make matches between Boston's surpluses and Philly's needs. Hamels, 30, is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million option for 2019, but that's not terrible money in this market for a starter of his caliber.
Nov 24 - 1:20 PM

Phillies signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old utility man appeared in 27 games for the Padres during the 2014 season, slashing .233/.296/.274 with seven RBI in 73 at-bats. His versatility should allow him to compete for a reserve role with the Phillies.
Nov 22 - 2:25 PM

Phillies signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old right-hander appeared in 13 games out of the Astros bullpen in 2014, registering a 5.84 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 16/13 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. With his ability to start and pitch in relief, he'll provide valuable organizational depth for the Phillies.
Nov 22 - 12:59 PM

Phillies re-signed C Koyie Hill to a minor league contract.

The 35-year-old backstop saw limited time with the Phillies during the 2014 season, slashing .238/.273/.286 in 21 at-bats over 10 games. He'll continue to provide catching depth and a valuable veteran presence in the minor leagues.
Nov 22 - 12:12 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Nefi Ogando from Double-A Reading.

Ogando struck out 57 over 56 innings for Reading this past season but also held a 6.27 ERA. Still, the Phillies like his arm and he now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 9:39 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of LHP Jesse Biddle from Double-A Reading.

Biddle had a rough 2014, holding a 5.03 ERA over 16 Double-A outings. He remains one of the Phillies' best pitching prospects, however, and is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 9:37 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Carlos Ruiz "is available just as every Phillies player is."

There are certainly drawbacks with Ruiz. He'll turn 36 in January, has faded offensively the last two seasons and has spent time on the disabled list in each of the last six campaigns. He's also recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and is owed $17.5 million over the next two seasons. However, Ruiz would still be an upgrade behind the plate for many clubs, so in a market thin at catcher he could have appeal.
Nov 19 - 10:04 AM

Phillies signed RHP P.J. Walters to a minor league contract.

Walters spent the entire 2014 season in the minor leagues, posting a 4.82 ERA in 142 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. The 29-year-old right-hander may get a shot with the Phillies at some point next summer but is doubtful to have much success.
Nov 17 - 9:33 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have rejected "a couple" trade proposals from the Phillies involving Cole Hamels.

It's not clear what the offers were, but Cafardo expects the Phillies to re-open trade talks with the Red Sox soon. Philly is looking to clean house this winter, and by far their best trade chip is Hamels, who has a relatively reasonable contract and won't come cheaply. In addition to the Red Sox, the Cubs and Blue Jays are two other clubs known to have interest in the left-hander.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 16 - 10:04 AM

Philadelphia Phillies sign LHP Elvis Araujo to major league contract.

Araujo last pitched in the Indians' farm system. The 23-year-old from Venezuela played at the High-A and Double-A levels for Cleveland, where he pitched a total of 50 innings to a 3.42 ERA.
Nov 13 - 4:20 PM


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