Player News - Phillies

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice expects Brett Oberholtzer to win the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' starting rotation.

Adam Morgan is also in the running but Oberholtzer has more big league experience and is out of minor league options. Vince Velasquez has a higher ceiling than both of them but another year of seasoning in Triple-A couldn't hurt. Oberholtzer and Velasquez were both acquired from Houston this winter as part of the Ken Giles trade.
Feb 11 - 9:56 AM

David Hernandez will head into spring training as the favorite for the closer's role in Philadelphia.

Used as a starter early in his career, Hernandez has settled in as a reliable late-inning relief option. Though he's mostly been limited to setup duty, Hernandez did log 11 saves with the Diamondbacks in 2011 while filling in for J.J. Putz. Andrew Bailey, Ernesto Frieri and Edward Mujica all have closing experience so Hernandez should face plenty of competition this spring.
Feb 11 - 9:40 AM

Phillies designated LHP Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Taylor Featherston on the 40-man roster. LaFromboise was just claimed off waivers from the Angels late last month and he could soon be with his fourth organization since mid-December.
Feb 10 - 2:59 PM

Phillies acquired INF Taylor Featherston from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Featherston was designated for assignment last week after the Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies. The 26-year-old stuck with the big club last season as a Rule 5 pick, but he batted just .162/.212/.247 over 169 plate appearances. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was previously the assistant GM with the Angels, so he's clearly a fan. A strong defender, Featherston has options remaining, so he can be stashed in Triple-A.
Feb 10 - 2:10 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that teams have been "unsure about devoting $6-8 million, plus incentives" to Cliff Lee.

It's certainly understandable after Lee missed most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, said last month that his client would need a "perfect" situation if he's to pitch in 2016, and it doesn't sound like that situation is close to presenting itself. The left-hander turned 37 last August.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:36 AM

Angels designated INF Taylor Featherston for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Christian Friedrich. Featherston sported a hideous .162/.212/.247 batting line for the Halos last season after they scooped him up in the Rule 5 Draft. There's a decent chance he'll clear waivers.
Feb 5 - 1:50 PM

Phillies acquired RHP Yoervis Medina from the Pirates for LHP Jesse Biddle.

Medina was outrighted off the Pirates' 40-man roster last week, so he'll be a non-roster invitee with the Phillies in the spring. The 27-year-old owns a 3.08 ERA, 9.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 over 146 appearances in the majors. He'll provide some bullpen depth for Philadelphia.
Feb 3 - 2:00 PM

Phillies signed LHP Edgar Ibarra to a minor league contract.

Ibarra, 26, made two relief appearances for the Angels last season and held a 5.43 ERA with over a strikeout per frame at Triple-A. He'll provide left-handed relief depth.
Feb 2 - 4:29 PM

Pirates sent RHP Yoervis Medina outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 27-year-old right-hander, somewhat surprisingly, passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week. He'll still have a chance to compete for a spot in the Pirates bullpen during the spring.
Jan 30 - 8:34 AM

Phillies claimed LHP Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Angels.

It's the third organization LaFromboise has been in over the last month. The left-hander appeared in 11 games with the Pirates this past season and posted a 2.98 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings in Triple-A.
Jan 29 - 2:48 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Jerome Williams recently underwent surgery on his Achilles.

Williams is expected to miss the first couple months of the regular season. The 34-year-old is currently a free agent and it seems likely that he'll now stay that way until he gets healthy.
Jan 25 - 6:25 PM

Angels designated LHP Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for infielder Ronald Torreyes, who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Monday. LaFromboise joined the Angels last month, also on a waiver claim, but now his standing for 2016 is again uncertain. He had a promising showing last season with the Pirates, though it was an eight-inning sample size.
Jan 25 - 3:22 PM

Phillies signed OF David Lough to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lough was non-tendered by the Orioles in early December after batting just .201/.241/.313 during the 2015 regular season. He's a good defensive outfielder, capable of playing all three positions, and should have a decent shot at cracking the Opening Day roster with the rebuilding Phillies.
Jan 25 - 3:07 PM

Matt Harrison (back) isn't expected to be ready for spring training.

According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, it's "unlikely he'll pitch anytime soon." Injuries have limited Harrison to just nine starts over the last three seasons. Harrison was acquired from Texas last summer as part of the Cole Hamels trade but has yet to appear in a game for the Phillies.
Source: phillies.com
Jan 23 - 9:02 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin indicated Tuesday that Ryan Howard could be platooned against left-handed pitching in 2016.

The arrangement worked well during the second half last season, with Darin Ruf thriving against southpaws. Mackanin hasn't made an official decision about how the playing time will shake out in 2016, but Howard will need to perform. "I’m going to make that decision in the spring," said Mackanin. "But at this point, I’m going to have a discussion with Ryan and tell him, ‘If you want to face lefties, you have to hit them better. If you don’t hit them better, I’m going to platoon.’ That’s basically what we’re looking at. It’s gotten to that point." Howard, who is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, hit just .130 with a .418 OPS vs. left-handers last season.
Jan 20 - 10:15 AM


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