Player News - Phillies

Date: Team: Pos:

Aaron Nola (elbow) told reporters Tuesday that he will have no restrictions leading into spring training.

Nola was diagnosed last August with a low-grade sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and a flexor sprain in his forearm, but he underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in September and is already feeling close to 100 percent. The young right-hander makes for a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option for the 2017 season. He registered a 2.65 ERA over his first 12 starts last year before falling apart in the second half.
Jan 17 - 6:08 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers have been "in touch" with free agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco.

The Tigers traded Cameron Maybin at the start of the offseason and currently project to go into camp with in-house options for center field which includes the likes of Tyler Collins, Anthony Gose, and JaCoby Jones, so it makes sense that they aren't satisfied. Bourjos, who turns 30 in March, batted .251/.292/.389 with five home runs, 23 RBI, and six steals over 123 games with the Phillies last season. Blanco, 33, hit .224/.309/.311 with one home run, 11 RBI, and six steals in 106 games with the Giants in 2016.
Jan 17 - 2:55 PM

Cesar Hernandez requested $2.8 million and was offered $2 million by the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

With the two sides being relatively close, there's a decent chance that they meet somewhere in the middle and avoid going to a hearing in February. MLBTradeRumors.com projects Hernandez to earn $2.5 million through arbitration, which leans slightly toward the player's side.
Jan 13 - 7:29 PM

Phillies and RHP Jeanmar Gomez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

Gomez saved 37 games but finished with a 4.85 ERA with the Phillies last season. He was arbitration-eligible for the final time.
Jan 13 - 3:32 PM

Phillies and SS Freddy Galvis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year, $4.35 million contract.

Galvis made $2 million last year, so he is getting a nice raise. He provides most of his value on defense, but broke out with 20 homers last season. He also steals bases, but his batting average and on-base percentage are anchors on his fantasy value.
Jan 12 - 4:56 PM

Phillies re-signed 1B/OF Christian Marrero to a minor league contract.

The 30-year-old journeyman played in 82 games at Double-A Reading in 2016, slashing .282/.422/.462 with eight homers and 32 RBI. If he continues to post numbers like that, he could get an opportunity with the Phillies at some point during the 2017 campaign.
Jan 8 - 10:06 AM

Phillies signed RHP Jesse Beal to a minor league contract.

The former Orioles prospect spent the 2016 season pitching for Sussex County in the Independent Canadian-American Association where he posted a 2.59 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 31/8 K/BB ratio across 24 1/3 innings. He has never pitched above High-A ball, so for the time being he's nothing more than organizational bullpen depth for the Phillies.
Jan 8 - 10:01 AM

Phillies signed RHP Pedro Beato to a minor league contract.

Beato spent last year in the Orioles' minor league system, collecting a 2.65 ERA over 65 relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. He last appeared in the major leagues with Atlanta in 2014.
Jan 7 - 4:22 PM

Phillies signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract.

Ramos posted an ugly 6.04 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 16 appearances last year for the Rangers before getting released in late July. He then latched on with the Tigers on a minor league deal but didn't make it up to Detroit. The left-hander will operate as organizational pitching depth for Philly in 2017. He has experience as both a starter and reliever over parts of eight major league seasons.
Jan 5 - 2:52 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation confirms the Orioles are showing interest in free agent reliever David Hernandez.

MASN's Roch Kubatko was first to suggest Baltimore as a possible fit for the 31-year-old right-hander. Hernandez posted a 3.84 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings last season out of the Philadelphia bullpen after working his way back from Tommy John surgery with Arizona in 2015. He'll probably operate in middle relief wherever he winds up signing.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 04:47:00 PM

Phillies acquired RHP Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox for INF Josh Tobias.

The deal is now official. The Phillies will cover all of Buchholz's $13.5 million salary for 2017 as part of the deal. The 32-year-old Buchholz lost his rotation spot for a stretch this past season and finished with a 4.78 ERA and 93/55 K/BB ratio over 139 1/3 innings, but the Phillies are banking on some improvement with the move to the National League. Health has been an issue for him at times, but a rebound isn't out of the question here.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies have acquired right-hander Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported that a deal was close. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Red Sox will receive second base prospect Josh Tobias in return. It was mostly a salary dump for Boston, as the Phillies are picking up his $13.5 million salary for 2017. Buchholz will join a rotation which is also set to include Jeremy Hellickson, Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Nola, and Vincent Velasquez. Buchholz had issues with the home run ball in 2016, but this is a worthwhile gamble by the Phillies. Moving to the National League could be a good thing for him. He could be flipped to a contender at the trade deadline if he enjoys a strong first half.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Red Sox could trade Clay Buchholz soon.

It's unclear who the Red Sox are talking to right now, but Heyman mentions that the Phillies were trying for him. There's been speculation about a deal involving a starter ever since the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox, though WEEI's Rob Bradford reported earlier this month that the team "prioritized" moving Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz. Buchholz posted a disappointing 4.78 ERA and 93/55 K/BB ratio over 139 1/3 innings this past season, but he saw better results during the second half. The Red Sox picked up his $13.5 million club option for 2017 in November.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:10:00 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, free agent Ryan Howard is one of several left-handed bats the Rays have discussed this offseason.

Pedro Alvarez, Logan Morrison, Brandon Moss and Luis Valbuena have also been on their radar. Howard's market has been almost nonexistent this offseason coming off a lousy 2016 campaign but he'll land on his feet at some point. Even with a below-average contact rate, the 37-year-old can still hit for power. This is the first time Howard has been a free agent since debuting with the Phillies in 2004.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 11:46:00 PM

Phillies signed C Bryan Holaday to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 29-year-old backstop was non-tendered by the Red Sox earlier this month. He's a career .245/.282/.346 hitter with five homers and 44 RBI in 411 plate appearances at the big league level. He'll compete to be the backup catcher behind Cameron Rupp.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 02:09:00 PM


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