Sources: #Phillies trying to trade Papelbon.
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Wil Nieves is headed to the phillies. solid backup catcher type.
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
CSN Philly "There’s been much talk this offseason about the age of the Phillies' roster, and justifiably so. It’s a major concern. Older players are susceptible to breakdowns and when you start playing too many reserves, well, you finish in fourth place. Teammate Corey Seidman has dealt with the age topic..." November 29
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Pitcher Chad Durbin, one of MLB's good guys, has retired. He was released by #phillies in late May.
Hardball Talk "Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Cubs have signed outfielder Casper Wells to a minor league contract. He’ll presumably receive an invite to spring training. Wells made more news this year for bouncing around from team-to-team and making relief appearances in blowout games than..." November 23
Sources: Phils will hire Bob McClure as pitching coach. #Philliestalk
Philly.com "The Phillies protected four prospects from possible selection in next month's Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster Wednesday. Outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and lefthander Rob Rasmussen made the cut. Altherr, 22, and Dugan are both high-ceiling..." November 20
Source: Phillies have re-signed Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $26 million contract.
Delaware Online "In a move that seemed in doubt just a week ago, Carlos Ruiz will re-sign with the Phillies, according to a Fox Sports report. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the deal will be for three years and $26 million. Ruiz, who has spent his entire eight-year career with the Phillies, is a free agent...." November 18
Bronson Arroyo told us that the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Twins and Orioles have all expressed in him but he has yet to get an offer XM 89
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
CSN Philly "The Phillies have another opening on their coaching staff. Assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner has once again left the organization to pursue other opportunities, the team announced on Sunday. In early October, Joyner declined an invitation to return to the club in 2014 because he wanted to..." November 17
CBSSports.com "Earlier Saturday, the three Eye On Baseball writers discussed how much we'd pay Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a contract extension, even though he's not a free agent until after next season. My colleague Dayn Perry argued that he'd wait until after the season because he wouldn't want to jump the..." November 16
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Delaware Online "Four players signed minor-league deals with the Phillies on Friday, the team announced, with all four earning invites to major-league spring training. Two of the signees — Leandro Castro and Cesar Jimenez — are familiar, having spent time in the Phillies system already. The other two — Shawn Camp..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
Toronto Sun "There's been quite a bit of chatter on talk radio and social media about the possibility of a Jose Bautista trade this off-season. On Tuesday night, that talk progressed to another level following a tweet out of Philadelphia. Fox reporter Howard Eskin tweeted the Phillies are in serious..." November 13
Phillies sign shawn camp to minor league deal
The @Phillies sign OF Marlon Byrd to 2-year, $16 million contract with club/vesting option for 2016.
Sportsnet.ca "The nonsense inherent to the GM meetings was whipping around like the howling winds in Orlando early Wednesday morning, with a report out of Philadelphia suggesting the Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays were working on a Jose Bautista for Domonic Brown-plus swap. Before things get all Yu Darvishy..." November 13
Source: #Rockies have "moved on" from Carlos Ruiz. Looking for closer, envisioning Brothers, Bettis in setup roles.
Philly.com "The cost of doing business in baseball's inflationary market manifested itself Tuesday in the form of a 36-year-old outfielder who was exiled last winter to Mexico. Marlon Byrd signed a $700,000 last-chance, minor-league contract with the New York Mets in February and was traded to Pittsburgh..." November 13
CBSSports.com "There's a surprise entry in the Nelson Cruz sweepstakes, and it's the Oakland A's. The Mariners, Mets and Phillies are among other teams in pursuit of Cruz, who hit 27 home runs in a suspension-shortened season. A's general manager Billy Beane likes to pick his spots for the big play, and..." November 13
Red Sox have not offered Carlos Ruiz a $20 million deal.
Amaro said he plans to tender John Mayberry Jr. a contract through arbitration.
I have confirmed that #Rockies offered two-year deal with option to Ruiz...Offer came last night...Rockies offer was not for $20 million
Free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz's agent has told at least one suitor that he has a two-year, $20M offer.
CBS Philly "The Phillies will sign outfielder Marlon Byrd, the Mike and Ike Show on 94WIP are reporting. A source tells Barkann the Phillies will sign the 35 year-old outfielder. Byrd played with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. Byrd started his 12-year MLB career with the Phillies in..." November 12
Source says Marlon Byrd deal is two years, $16 million. #phillies
Denver Post "The Cardinals would have to give the Rockies a reason to trade all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He fits their needs, but the Rockies aren’t pursuing a deal. They are only willing to take the call, and any traction will depend on the Cardinals’ willingness to include elite young pitchers like..." November 12
Hardball Talk "Colorado’s interest in free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz has been well-reported and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are expected to make him a multi-year contract offer. Renck writes that it’s unclear if the Rockies are willing to go beyond two years on a deal, but for a..." November 11
CSN Philly "Some good news and some bad news from the Phillies’ minor-league system: The good: Catcher Tommy Joseph, fully recovered from a concussion that cost him most of the 2013 season, is headed to Latin America to play in the Dominican winter league. The bad: Shortstop Roman Quinn has ruptured his..." November 06
Philly.com "Despite finishing at just 73-89, the Phillies actually significantly outperformed their run differential: their Pythagorean win-loss record, a measure of where they "should" have finished given runs for and against, was 66-96. Now, you can dismiss this as a bunch of mathematical hocus pocus. After..." November 06