Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies

Player News - Phillies

Date: Team: Pos:

Phillies activated LHP Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list.

The 36-year-old left-hander was shelved in late-July due to a continuance of a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow. He was able to avoid surgery, getting treated instead with platelet-rich plasma injections. He's on track to begin a throwing program in November, though a possible recurrence of this issue certainly needs to be factored in when thinking of calling Lee's name in fantasy drafts.
Oct 25 - 8:52 AM

Phillies activated LHP Mario Hollands from the 60-day disabled list.

Nothing more than a procedural move here that puts Hollands back on the team's 40-man roster. The 26-year-old southpaw was shut down in early September due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow after posting a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35/21 K/BB ratio in 47 frames.
Oct 25 - 8:49 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Cole Hamels is updating his no-trade list.

As of Friday, Hamels can be dealt to the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves, Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers without his consent. However, the left-hander is expected to have an altered list for the Phillies by November 1. Heyman says the Phillies have told Hamels that they "would love" to keep him, but "it's possible their situation could cause them to have to reconsider that." Hamels has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract. The Red Sox and Cubs are two clubs known to have interest in him in the past.
Oct 24 - 4:04 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that teams are going to monitor Chase Utley closely this offseason to see if he becomes available via trade.

Utley would have to approve any deal, and he's expressed a hesitancy to do so in the past. However, the Phillies don't seem particularly close to contending, so perhaps the soon-to-be 36-year-old will have a change of heart over the winter. Utley hit a solid .270/.339/.407 with 11 homers and 78 RBI this season and would no doubt draw plenty of interest from around the league if he's placed on the trade block.
Oct 24 - 12:14 PM

Phillies and LHP Cesar Jimenez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

No word on the terms involved. Jimenez, who turns 30 next month, split this season between the majors and the minors. He had a 1.69 ERA in 16 appearances with the Phillies.
Oct 23 - 5:32 PM

Phillies re-signed OF Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses. Sizemore, 32, batted .253/.313/.389 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 176 plate appearances after joining the Phillies around midseason and figures to serve as a part-time player in 2015.
Oct 23 - 5:20 PM

Phillies signed C John Hester to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster in March and spent the year with their Triple-A affiliate, batting .261/.338/.411 in 71 games. With the Angels' claiming of Jackson Williams off waivers, Hester found a new organization where he might get a shot to provide some catching depth.
Oct 22 - 6:33 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. indicated Tuesday that he expects A.J. Burnett to return next season.

Burnett has a $12.75 million player option for 2015 and has five days after the World Series to decide whether to accept or decline. The 37-year-old has hinted at retirement and hasn't made an official decision on his future, but Amaro believes that he'll be back. "I’m really kind of neutral on it," said Amaro. "I knew what it took to get him back and pitching this year. I would assume that he’d want to pitch again. I don’t have that information, but my inclination is that he’s going to want to pitch. He’s a competitive guy." Burnett posted a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings this season.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Oct 22 - 9:41 AM

Phillies re-signed RHP Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deal includes performance-based bonuses that could carry the total value up to $4 million. Williams was a nice surprise down the stretch this year for Philadelphia, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 38/17 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings (nine starts), but expecting him to replicate that success over a full season is probably foolish. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.36 career WHIP.
Oct 21 - 5:14 PM

Phillies sent INF Andres Blanco outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It's nothing more than a procedural move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Phillies. The 30-year-old infielder appeared in 25 games with the Phillies in 2014, slashing .277/.306/.447 with a homer and three RBI in 47 at-bats.
Oct 17 - 7:12 PM

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News considers Antonio Bastardo the Phillies player most likely to be traded this offseason.

Bastardo had an up-and-down 2014 season with a 3.94 ERA, but he also struck out 81 over 64 innings and has been one of the better left-handed setup men in the NL over the last few years. However, he's due for a raise in his final year of arbitration after making $2 million this year, and the Phillies have burgeoning bullpen stud Jake Diekman from the left side. Bastardo could fetch a decent return and allow Philly to reallocate some funds towards a more pressing need.
Oct 17 - 10:14 AM

Tony Gwynn Jr. has elected free agency.

Gwynn, 32, hit just .152/.264/.190 over 80 games for the Phillies this season. He'll look for another minor league deal over the winter.
Oct 10 - 9:51 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, "people close to" A.J. Burnett believe the 37-year-old right-hander will pitch in 2015.

Burnett has a $12.75 million player option with the Phillies and will need to exercise it within five days of the conclusion of the 2014 World Series. Burnett finished the 2014 season with a 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 9 - 2:25 PM

Phillies released RHP Sean O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan had been outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier in the week. He had a 4.30 ERA in 25 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014.
Oct 8 - 10:35 PM

Phillies sent RHP Sean O'Sullivan outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The move clears him from the 40-man roster. O'Sullivan made three appearances with the Phillies this season and had a 4.30 ERA in 25 starts at the Triple-A level.
Oct 6 - 4:24 PM


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