Player News - Phillies

Date: Team: Pos:

Philles acquired RHP Enyel De Los Santos from the Padres for SS Freddy Galvis.

Ranked by MLB.com as the Padres' No. 13 prospect, De Los Santos held a 3.78 ERA and 138/48 K/BB ratio over 150 innings in his first taste of Double-A this past season. Slated to turn 22 later this month, he could potentially debut at some point in 2018.
Dec 15 - 1:17 PM

Phillies signed RHP Tommy Hunter to a two-year, $18 million contract.

The deal was first reported Tuesday and is now official. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says a "significant portion" of the $18 million Hunter will receive comes in the form of a signing bonus. The veteran reliever had a nice bounce-back 2017 season, posting a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays. He'll help set up for Hector Neris.
Dec 15 - 12:50 PM

Phillies signed RHP Pat Neshek to a two-year, $16.25 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on the first day of the Winter Meetings and then finalized Wednesday after Neshek passed his physical. The veteran right-hander opened the 2017 season with the Phillies and pitched terrifically in a setup role before they traded him to the Rockies on July 26 for three minor leaguers. He should resume that setup gig in the Philadelphia bullpen in 2018.
Dec 13 - 5:25 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.

It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy.
Dec 12 - 10:29 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are moving toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Gelb adds that the Phillies do not have a deal in place with Addison Reed, contrary to multiple reports. It sounds like their primary target was Hunter all along. The 31-year-old right-hander registered an excellent 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it'll be a two-year deal.
Dec 12 - 8:32 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Tommy Hunter has either signed with the Astros or Dodgers.

Topkin received that information from a source with a "non-involved" team. Hunter, 31, posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017, holding opposing hitters to a stingy .202/.254/.333 batting line. There should be something official soon.
Dec 12 - 7:30 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tommy Hunter is on the Mets' radar.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first connected Hunter to the Mets earlier Monday and Newsday's Marc Carig has said the reliever is a "prime target" for the team. It sounds like something could come together quickly between the two sides. Hunter had a nice bounce-back season with the Rays in 2017, posting a 2.61 ERA and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings.
Dec 11 - 8:29 PM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that a reunion of Pat Neshek and the Phillies "could be announced this week."

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Neshek received a couple multi-year offers and is expected to take one from the Phillies in the $16-17 million range. The veteran reliever began last season in Philadelphia before being sent to Colorado in a trade. Neshek, 37, posted a 1.59 ERA and 69/9 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings in 2017.
Dec 11 - 4:25 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are more likely to target relievers like Tommy Hunter, Steve Cishek, and Anthony Swarzak.

In other words, the Mets don't want to give a three-year deal to the top-of-the-market options like Addison Reed and Bryan Shaw. Instead, Sherman hears that the Mets would prefer to follow what the Cubs did with Brandon Morrow and give two years with a higher annual average value. Hunter, Cishek, and Swarzak aren't big names, but they are all coming off excellent seasons.
Dec 11 - 11:21 AM

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Phillies have signed former Braves prospect Abrahan Gutierrez.

Gutierrez was one of the international prospects the Braves had to surrender as part of their punishment for violating international signing rules. The 18-year-old catcher from Caracas, Venezuela will receive a $550,000 signing bonus from Philadelphia, and he gets to keep the $3.53 million bonus that he got from Atlanta in 2016. Gutierrez will likely spend the majority of the 2018 season in rookie ball.
Dec 5 - 8:12 PM

The Phillies have hired Rob Thomson as their new bench coach.

It was reported that Thomson was leaving the Yankees after not getting the manager job, but it's now official. He's been on the Yankees' staff for the last 10 seasons, including the last three as bench coach to Joe Girardi. He'll be an excellent resource for rookie manager Gabe Kapler.
Dec 5 - 3:15 PM

The Phillies have named Rick Kranitz their new pitching coach.

They've also added Chris Young (not that Chris Young) as assistant pitching coach. Kranitz was the Phillies' bullpen coach in 2016 and their assistant pitching coach in 2017. Rob Thomson is expected to become Philly's new bench coach, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Dec 1 - 4:42 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have identified Rob Thomson as a leading candidate for their bench coach job.

Thomson has been the bench coach under Joe Girardi with the Yankees and interviewed to replace him but isn't expected to get that job. He has plenty of coaching experience and thus would seem to be a good fit with the Phillies under new skipper Gabe Kapler, whose managerial experience is very limited.
Dec 1 - 3:28 PM

The Phillies will interview Rob Thomson for their bench coach job.

Thompson has worked as a coach with the Yankees dating back to 2008. He's had two stints as a bench coach and one as a third base coach. He's one of five known candidates for the Yankees' managerial job, but he's trying to secure a backup plan in case things don't work out. He would give the Phillies an experienced hand alongside new manager Gabe Kapler.
Nov 27 - 3:59 PM

Phillies sent RHP Alberto Tirado to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Tirado passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by Philadelphia last week. The 22-year-old has strikeout stuff, but control continues to be an issue for him. He has averaged 6.0 BB/9 in the minors.
Nov 27 - 2:27 PM


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