Phillies Rumors & News

  • Phillies don’t expect Chad Billingsley to be ready for Opening Day

    Hardball Talk "Philadelphia signed Chad Billingsley to an incentive-laden one-year deal in the hopes that he’ll bounce back well from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, but Todd Zolecki of reports that “he’s not expected to be big league-ready until late April.” That’s no surprise given that..." March 04

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    Meghan Montemurro @M_Montemurro

    Howard just spoke for the 1st time this spring. He said he cut out sugar from his diet starting back in Nov. & has lost 15-20 lbs. #Phillies

  • No signs of progress in Red Sox, Phillies trade talks regarding Cole Hamels

    Boston Herald "Despite the presence of a Philadelphia Phillies executive at JetBlue Park to scout the Boston Red Sox on Monday, there are no signs of any progress in trade talks involving Cole Hamels, two major league sources told The Boston Herald. Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to the general manager..." March 03

  • Cole Hamels Trade Talk ‘Motivation’ For Red Sox Pitching Staff

    NESN "Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up. The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition..." March 03

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    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Chase Utley's right ankle isn't completely healthy. Didn't work out today. "They're not going to play him for a little while," Amaro said.

  • Phillies' Pettibone confident woes behind him "Jonathan Pettibone visited three doctors and underwent several MRIs last year but never got an answer as to what was ailing his pitching shoulder. It was not until a surgeon looked inside his shoulder, the 24-year-old righthander said Saturday, that Pettibone learned the issue. He underwent an..." February 28

  • Cliff Lee slated to start Thursday's Grapefruit League game

    Beaver County Times "Another positive sign in Cliff Lee's path back from last season's season-ending elbow strain came Friday when pitching coach Bob McClure read off his schedule for the first week of spring training games. Lee, whose injury cost him the last two months of last season, is likely to start..." February 28

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    John Clark CSN @JClarkCSN

    Ruben Amaro says Ryan Howard is in the best shape "since Ive known him!" #Phillies

  • Red Sox have 'no urgency' to acquire Hamels

    CSN New England "The Red Sox continue to closely monitor the Cole Hamels situation with the Philadelphia Phillies, but, according to an industry source, "there's no sense of urgency'' to get a deal done soon for the lefty starter. The Red Sox have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Hamels since last..." February 27

  • Papelbon: I'd be Interested in Trade to Jays

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon had just finished running sprints at Phillies camp when he heard that the Milwaukee Brewers had filled their vacant closer’s role by re-signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million deal. Papelbon, who has not hidden his desire to pitch for a winner, had been on the..." February 27

  • Sandberg impressed with Ryan Howard's improved quickness

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard has yet to speak with reporters at Phillies camp, but it’s clear from watching him in workouts for a couple of days that he has gotten himself into pretty good shape. Howard’s improved physical condition — he looks trim and firm — stands out in baserunning and fielding drills. Gone..." February 27

  • Cliff Lee faces hitters, ready for next step "After throwing off the mound with the rest of the Phillies projected starting rotation on Thursday, the first day of official workouts in Clearwater, Cliff Lee did not join Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang and company when they were back on the bumps Saturday. The Phillies are being cautious with Lee,..." February 25

  • Cliff Lee to the Red Sox? Report says it's possible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies have made their desire to rebuild no secret over the winter, and the ultimate move towards achieving that end would be to trade left-handed ace Cole Hamels. However, after trade talks between the Phillies, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox stalled in recent weeks, Cliff Lee would..." February 25

  • Ruben Amaro: Phillies 'open minded' on trade options

    Courier-Post "It is no secret the Phillies are entertaining the option of trading their No. 1 starting pitcher Cole Hamels. General manger Ruben Amaro Jr. isn't willing to give him away for peanuts and rightfully so. There has been a perception from outside the organization that the Phillies are asking too..." February 25

  • Utley wants to stay, but would 'listen' to trade possibilities

    CSN Philly "It’s spring training and Chase Utley is hurting. Here we go again? Not really. Utley rolled his right ankle when he stepped on a baseball during a workout in San Francisco in January. It has improved enough that he’s been able to take ground balls the last few days, but he’s still keeping..." February 24

  • Amaro apologizes to Howard "Before departing for Clearwater, Ruben Amaro Jr. reached out to Ryan Howard and asked him to come into the office. Within the last two weeks, the embattled general manager spoke with the beleaguered first baseman. Amaro, mainly, wanted to make amends for comments he made concerning Howard’s..." February 23

  • Phillies cautious with Cliff Lee early in camp

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Thursday. His group was back on the mound again Saturday. However, Lee was absent. Don’t fret. The left-hander, it turns out, is on a slightly different schedule than everyone else. In the early stages of camp, he will throw every..." February 22

  • Schmidt set to help Brown, other Phils bats this spring "The last time Mike Schmidt offered Domonic Brown a hitting tip, the power-swinging left fielder knocked one out of the park. It happened in June, when Schmidt was in Philadelphia to watch Jimmy Rollins break his franchise-hits record. Brown caught Schmidt inside the clubhouse and asked what he..." February 21

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    Ryan Lawrence @ryanlawrence21

    Cliff Lee recently had bronchitis, so it briefly put his winter throwing program on hold.

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    Meghan Montemurro @M_Montemurro

    Unless he gets unseated Sandberg said Ryan Howard will be #Phillies first baseman this yr. Spoke to Howard a month ago, said he was positive

  • Cole Hamels on Phillies: Winning 'not going to happen here'

    USA Today "The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Philadelphia Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that..." February 18

  • Ryne Sandberg says first base is Ryan Howard’s job to lose

    CSN Philly "Ryne Sandberg doesn’t care for the R-word. “I don’t look at it as rebuild,” the Phillies manager said Wednesday, the day before pitchers and catchers hold their first workout of the spring. “I look at it as, well, transition.” The transition began in the fall when club president Pat..." February 18

  • Nothing close with Red Sox, Cole Hamels

    WEEI Boston "According to a major league source, the Red Sox aren’t remotely close on any sort of trade for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. The source says that the Sox have made Philadelphia aware of the parameters of what the Sox are willing to give up for the starter. The Boston Globe reported Sunday that..." February 16

  • Red Sox made offer for Phillies' Cole Hamels

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Although Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro would not reveal the four teams that made an offer for pitcher Cole Hamels, the Red Sox were reportedly one of the teams, a source told The Boston Globe. " February 16

  • Phillies continue to have trouble dealing Papelbon

    Fox Sports "To illustrate the difficulty that the Phillies are experiencing in trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon, consider a recent turn in their discussions with the Brewers. The Phillies only were willing to pay a significant part of Papelbon's contract if the Brewers parted with a top prospect,..." February 12

  • Time for Red Sox to be open-minded about Cole Hamels deal

    Boston Herald "There are two ways to look at the unceasing trade talk involving Cole Hamels. From the perspective of embattled Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Hamels is a life jacket, his only chip to yield the prospect-rich return that will show his bosses he’s capable of leading a massive rebuild..." February 12

  • Phillies have received four “real offers” for Cole Hamels

    Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury, the Phillies beat writer for, shares the following report … A week before spring training, a number of Phillies remain very much available for trades. Cole Hamels is still the most coveted Phillie. How many teams have shown interest in the left-hander this..." February 11

  • The Padres are said to have made “an aggressive offer” for Cole Hamels

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres made an “aggressive offer” to the Phillies for lefty Cole Hamels before pivoting to James Shields. That comes in the course of his column about Hamels and the Phillies. He doesn’t say exactly what the offer consisted of, but you have to assume it..." February 11

  • Why the Red Sox should sacrifice Blake Swihart to trade for Cole Hamels

    Boston Herald "There are two ways to look at the unceasing trade talk involving Cole Hamels. From the perspective of embattled Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Hamels is a life jacket, his only chip to yield the prospect-rich return that will show his bosses he's capable of leading a massive rebuild..." February 11

  • Phillies GM expects Cole Hamels at spring training "Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reiterated that he wouldn't rule out trading starting pitcher Cole Hamels soon, but says he expects him "to be in spring training" with the team when pitchers and catchers report next week. Hamels has been the subject of trade rumors for..." February 10

  • Amaro: Talking with clubs about ace "Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Monday that while he wouldn't completely rule out trading ace Cole Hamels in the next week, "I would expect him to be in spring training with the Phillies." Amaro's assessment came on the day Hamels' most aggressive pursuer in..." February 09

  • The Padres should still trade for Cole Hamels

    SB Nation "The Padres just spent $75 million to sign James Shields. They're probably done, but let's ask if they should be. The Padres are better than they were before the weekend started. They're much better than they were before the offseason started. Last week, we asked "Should the Padres sign James..." February 09

  • Padres likely out of Hamels race after adding Shields

    CSN Philly "Slow down, A.J. Preller. The Padres' first-year GM on Monday morning continued his massive overhaul of a team that finished 77-85 last season by agreeing to a four-year deal with James Shields, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Shields was the top remaining pitcher in free agency and..." February 09

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    One exec who spoke with #Phillies says he was told they could move Cliff Lee as soon as spring training if he proves he's healthy

  • Phils among clubs interested in Moncada "The Phillies need to inject more youth into their system, so they have not stopped trying to trade Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and others. Of course, there are other ways to add youth. They could take a run at Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada, who is a highly regarded 19-year-old middle..." February 06

  • Phillies Ownership Looking Closely at Amaro "Phillies chairman David Montgomery hired Ruben Amaro Jr. as Pat Gillick’s replacement as general manager in 2008. Amaro’s contract expires at the end of the year, and his status is unclear following a pair of 89-loss seasons, including a last place finish in the National League East in 2014,..." February 06

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Padres still working hard to get a frontline SP. Worth noting: Ruben Amaro covets Andrew Cashner, and SD not on Cole Hamels' no-trade list.

  • Papelbon still on table for Milwaukee, but there's gap over player return "The Brewers and Phillies are still considering a deal involving star closer Jonathan Papelbon, though there appears to be a bit of work yet to do. Milwaukee is said to be the favorite to land Papelbon, but one person suggested early Wednesday the sides may be in a bit of a “holding pattern.”..." February 04

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    hearing kyle kendrick is going to go to the rockies

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    There are 5 to to 6 teams still trying to trade for #Phillies ace Cole Hamels but no one yet close to coming up with package Phillies covet.

  • 'Things are still alive' on Jonathan Papelbon trade front

    CSN Philly "Talks between the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers involving closer Jonathan Papelbon have been portrayed as everything from “serious” to “dead” over the last week or so. The fact of the matter, according to sources, is that the talks are ongoing and have been for some time. As is the case in any..." February 03

  • Phillies have begun looking at Cody Asche in the outfield

    CSN Philly "Phillies position players aren’t required to report to spring training for three more weeks, but Cody Asche is already working out in Clearwater. And he’s getting some reps and instruction in left field. “He’s still our third baseman,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told on..." February 02

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Preller clearly not done trying to upgrade. Also in touch with #Phillies on Hamels, though some doubt #Padres have enough to make deal.

  • Brewers say “not much has happened lately” in trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers finalized a one-year, $3 million contract with veteran left-handed reliever Neal Cotts on Friday, but they are still in the market for a closer. Jonathan Broxton currently projects to be the team’s closer for 2015, but Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told Adam McCalvy of..." January 31

  • Phillies sign veteran pitcher Billingsley "Many of the Phillies' offseason moves, via trade and free agency, have addressed starting pitching. They added another arm to the mix Thursday when they signed veteran righthander Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Billingsley, 30, has not pitched since 2013 after undergoing..." January 30

  • Say hey, baseball: Jonathan Papelbon trade talks ongoing

    SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball includes continued Papelbon trade discussions, A's fans (legitimate) dislike of Bud Selig, and a Panda making a half-court shot from his butt. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of..." January 29

  • Dayan Viciedo is flawed, but would be worth it for Phillies

    CSN Philly "The Phillies are in the market for low-risk, high-reward players and one outfielder designated for assignment Wednesday fits that description. After a disappointing five-year run with the White Sox that included power but little else, 25-year-old outfielder/first baseman Dayan Viciedo was..." January 29

  • Phillies Announce David Montgomery Is Out As President

    CBS Philly "The Phillies announced on Wednesday that David Montgomery is out as President of the team. Montgomery will return to the team as Chairman, not President, confirming an October report from 94WIP’s Howard Eskin. Pat Gillick will continue his current position as President and Bill Giles will take..." January 28

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    I get impression #Brewers would like to find way to do problematic Papelbon trade. If that fails, fall-back position likely is K-Rod.

  • Phillies Still Talking to Brewers, Jays about Pap

    MLB Blogs "The Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade. Two sources said this evening that talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phillies and Brewers were in serious..." January 27