Philadelphia Phillies

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Phillies re-signed RHP Sean O'Sullivan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

O'Sullivan made three appearances with the Phillies this past season and posted a 4.30 ERA over 25 starts at the Triple-A level. The 27-year-old is useful depth to have around.
Dec 22 - 5:18 PM

Phillies signed 1B Chris McGuiness to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McGuiness turns 27 in April and batted .264/.358/.412 with nine home runs and 54 RBI over 126 games this past season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate. He'll likely serve as organizational depth for Philadelphia in 2015.
Dec 22 - 5:15 PM

Phillies signed RHP Kevin Slowey to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Slowey, who turns 31 next May, had a 5.30 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in two starts and 15 relief appearances (37 1/3 innings) this past season with the Marlins. He could hang around in a swingman role.
Dec 22 - 5:11 PM

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Padres have had discussions with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.

Lawrence notes that any trade package for Hamels could revolve around the newly-acquired Wil Myers. The Padres have pulled off several blockbuster moves in the past week, and acquiring an elite top of the rotation left-hander would be another strong acquisition.
Dec 21 - 5:11 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has indicated that Chase Utley still has no desire to waive his no-trade clause.

"I've had some dialogue with Wolfie [agent Joel Wolfe] but frankly, he doesn't want to go anywhere," Amaro said. "He has no desire to go anywhere... He wants to honor his contract and that's how we have to perceive it." The Phillies are obviously in rebuilding mode, but it appears that Utley would rather stay where he's comfortable than go to a potential playoff contender. The veteran second baseman will make $10 million in 2015 and has $45 million in three vesting options from 2016-18.
Dec 21 - 9:39 AM

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


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