Player News - Phillies

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Marlins have signed catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Ellis will head to Miami to act as J.T. Realmuto's backup catcher. The veteran hit just .216/.301/.298 in 2016 between the Dodgers and Phillies, but his clubhouse rep is exceptional and he's had some decent seasons in the past.
Dec 7 - 4:28 PM

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday that they are currently viewing Tommy Joseph as their regular first baseman.

Klentak didn't rule out the possibility of adding another option for first base, but Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 homers and 47 RBI over 107 games as a rookie in 2016 and they are prepared to see what he can do with an everyday role. "If that changes by virtue of an additional player acquisition, then we'll adjust," said Klentak. "But Tommy showed pretty well for himself all year long and we're excited to see what he can do in a little more of a regular role this coming year." Joseph was better against lefties than he was against righties, but he can be a cheap power source in fantasy leagues in 2017.
Dec 7 - 10:16 AM

Phillies designated RHP Michael Mariot for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Joaquin Benoit on the 40-man roster. Mariot, 28, owns a 5.98 ERA over 44 appearances at the major league level.
Dec 6 - 12:06 PM

Phillies signed RHP Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com first reported that the two sides were close while Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the contract terms. Benoit finished strong with the Blue Jays in 2016 after coming over from the Mariners, putting up a 0.38 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings before tearing a calf muscle. The good news is that the 39-year-old has already begun running in preparation for 2017. He'll serve in a set-up role with his new team.
Dec 6 - 12:04 PM

Joaquin Benoit will make $7.5 million on his new one-year free agent contract with the Phillies.

That info comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Benoit agreed to the one-year deal with Philly on Sunday and it should be finalized later this week after the veteran right-hander passes a physical. He finished strong with the Blue Jays in 2016, posting a 0.38 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings after a deadline trade from the Mariners. Benoit was dreadful during his short time in Seattle.
Dec 5 - 3:55 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing interest in free agent A.J. Ellis.

Miami needs a new backup catcher with Jeff Mathis having signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks last week. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 in 2016, but he's a well-liked guy with a decent career OBP of .340. It's a pretty good fit.
Dec 5 - 8:44 AM

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Phillies are closing in on a deal with free agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit.

The 39-year-old hurler missed the final week of the regular season and all of the postseason after tearing a muscle in his calf. After struggling in the first half of the season, Benoit posted a stellar 0.38 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings after a deadline deal to the Blue Jays. He could compete for save chances with Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris.
Dec 4 - 11:10 PM

Zach Eflin (knees) began a throwing program on Wednesday.

Eflin had a patellar tendinopathy on both knees in August after dealing with pain in his knees he says since Little League. "All of a sudden to go out there and do what I love with no pain, It’s an unbelievable feeling," Eflin said. "I never thought that this day would come that I would be pain-free throwing. I thought that I would always go through it, that it was always something I could deal with it. I’m really, really excited to see what my body can handle when it’s healthy." Eflin will compete in spring training for a spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Dec 4 - 9:57 AM

Phillies non-tendered INF/OF Cody Asche.

Asche was designated for assignment earlier in the day on Friday, and unable to find a trade partner the Phillies cut bait with the utility man. The 26-year-old hit a disappointing .213/.284/.350 with four homers and 18 RBI in 218 plate appearances in 2016. There's enough talent here that another team may be willing to take a shot on him as a free agent.
Dec 2 - 9:18 PM

Phillies designated INF/OF Cody Asche for assignment.

Asche has shown flashes for the Phils but is a .240/.298/.385 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim David Rollins.
Dec 2 - 3:10 PM

Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Rangers.

Rollins has now been claimed off waivers three times in the last couple weeks. The lefty will compete for a spot in the Phillies' bullpen in spring training, assuming he's not designated for assignment before then.
Dec 2 - 3:07 PM

Phillies hired former Twins general manager Terry Ryan to serve as a special assignment scout.

Ryan turned in over 17 years (in two different stints) as Twins general manager prior to receiving the boot in 2015. The man who initially brought him into the fold in Minnesota back in the 1980's was Andy McPhail, who now serves as Phillies team president. In a statement, Phillies GM Matt Klentak said, "While we have made significant investments in our analytical endeavors over the past year. It is important to remember that quality talent evaluation is essential to making quality baseball decisions."
Nov 30 - 4:26 PM

Joaquin Benoit (calf) has resumed running and plans to pitch in 2017.

Benoit tore a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and was unable to pitch in the playoffs, but he's recovered now and has drawn interest on the free agent market. The 39-year-old proved he still has something left after posting a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances with the Blue Jays down the stretch.
Nov 30 - 12:12 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that there is mutual interest between the Phillies and free agent catcher A.J. Ellis.

Stark says it would be a "catcher, leader, unofficial coach" type of role for the 35-year-old backstop, who was dealt from the Dodgers to the Phillies this past August for Carlos Ruiz. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 overall in 2016, though he did finish strong in his 35 plate appearances down the stretch with Philadelphia.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 29 - 7:22 PM

Cedric Hunter has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for amphetamine.

Hunter appeared in 13 games with the Phillies this past season and batted .294/.324/.433 with 10 homers and 53 RBI over 98 games at the Triple-A level. The 28-year-old is currently a free agent and will get a late start on the 2017 season wherever he lands.
Nov 23 - 3:14 PM


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