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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Plans for more protective netting already in works in Philly | FOX Sports

Nerf balls and bats. Problem solved!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, phillies

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Darnell Sweeney, John Richy have potential | phillies.com

Phillies get a couple of decent prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Chase Utley: Greatest Phillie of title era | MLB.com

“He was flanked by league MVPs, left and right,” said Ed Wade, the general manager when Utley was drafted. “But I think if you boil down his decade worth of performance in a Phillies uniform, I don’t think it would be overstating to say he was the MVP of that era. As good as that core nucleus was, what all those guys did, there was sort of a performance and a heartbeat level that was happening at second base.”

That’s not hyperbole. As calculated by baseball-reference.com, Utley’s WAR is fourth in franchise history. Among position players, it is second only to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, phillies

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chase Utley Agrees to Dodgers Trade.

Chase Utley, whose 13-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies included five All-Star appearances and the club’s first World Series championship since 1980, agreed to a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has been agreed upon, but not finalized. The Phillies will receive a pair of mid-level prospects from the Dodgers, who will also receive $2 million to help offset the remainder of the $15 million Utley is paid this season.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 07:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies, trades

Phillies rookie Maikel Franco has small hand fracture

Franco visited Philadelphia-based hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp and had an MRI that revealed a fracture in his left hand, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, maikel franco, phillies

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

J.P. Crawford

The next big thing in Philly.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Casella: Best MLB Rotations of Past 30 Years

Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL?  Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:13 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, nationals, phillies, roy halladay

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Ruben Amaro, Phillies deal for 12 prospects | phillies.com

Does this make Ruben a tenth level or eleventh level genius?

“This was as well prepared as we’ve been,” Amaro said. “There were no shortage of suitors, and when you’re talking about five or six teams to cover all those players and all those prospects … we started to target some of those guys during the offseason. The scouting and the addition of the analytics portion of these evaluations put us in the best position to be ready to make the trades.”

Quality is key. Some folks considered the Phillies’ farm system to be among the bottom third in baseball before this season. Following the 2015 Draft and the prospects they received from Texas, Washington and Toronto, some believe they have catapulted into the top half, if not the top third.

But quantity is key, too.

“They always say to get five if you need 10,” Gillick said. “It’s a numbers game. We think we got the numbers, and we think we got the quality. Hopefully out of that group, we’ll get four or five of them that’ll be able to perform in the Major Leagues.”

“You want to dream as much as you possibly can, but you also have to be realistic about the players,” Amaro said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr., trade deadline

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Quality and quantity: Phillies’ return for Hamels looks solid | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

I’m not sold on Alfaro. If he’s the centerpiece of the deal, they may end up disappointed. Luckily they received a bunch of other bodies so somebody else can help make this deal a winner.

In this deal, the Phillies get quality and quantity. Alfaro will be viewed as the centerpiece. The Phillies have long been linked to him in their search for a difference-making young catcher. Alfaro has the potential to be exactly that. He has a power bat and a very strong arm, though he’s viewed as raw behind the plate. He’s also missed significant time this season with an ankle injury that required surgery. According to CSN Phillies insider Jim Salisbury, Alfaro is expected to play again this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Keith Law - ESPN (Insider) - Phillies effectively reload their farm system with Cole Hamels deal

Here is Law’s overall assessment of the deal.

Ultimately, the Phillies got two highly regarded but flawed position player prospects, a high-probability starting pitching prospect who has a chance to be a solid No. 3, and a pair of depth arms. That’s a good mixture of quantity and quality for Hamels, exactly what they should have tried to get in this franchise-altering opportunity.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Rangers Get a New Ace in Cole Hamels

I picked the wrong night to go to bed early.

Was this haul really worth waiting for? Don’t get me wrong but, although they got a lot of bodies, I’m not sure they got the really high-upside guy they were holding out for. Williams has been pretty good in Double A but he’s just OK. Alfaro, despite his placement on prospect lists, looks overrated to me. Thompson is the best pitcher of the lot and he grades out as a middle of the rotation guy, at best. Time will tell, of course.

After months of rumors, Phillies ace Cole Hamels has reportedly been traded to the Rangers in an eight-player deal.  The Rangers acquired Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman, and $9.5MM in cash for veteran lefty Matt Harrison, pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, and outfield prospect Nick Williams.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Philadelphia Phillies want “best” offers for Cole Hamels by Wednesday

The Philadelphia Phillies have told several teams interested in acquiring Cole Hamels that they’d like to get their “best” offers by Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com.

The team would then make a decision about where—and whether—to trade him.

The Phillies have continued to speak with a large number of teams—a group known to include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox—about Hamels.

However, sources said that in the case of about half of that group, the Phillies initiated those talks in an attempt to reopen discussion about players whom those clubs had said previously they’d be unwilling to trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Source: Jonathan Papelbon will be traded | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

“Papelbon will be traded[emphasis added],” a baseball source with knowledge of the situation told CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday.

The question is where?

And when?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan papelbon, phillies

Monday, July 27, 2015

Aaron Nola follows Cole Hamels, earns 1st win | phillies.com

Nola looked good again.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cole Hamels displays his value in no-hitter | MLB.com

Not a bad showcase start.

“I mean, it’s not what I envisioned,” Hamels said, asked if he thought about this being his final start with the Phillies. “It’s not what I thought. It’s not in my thought process. I think all I’ve been thinking about the past couple days was just to kind of correct my pitching, just being able to be out there and enjoy the moment.”

Hamels had a 19.89 ERA in his past two starts, which had many wondering if he would be traded before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET Deadline. Yes, Hamels has a tremendous track record, but if he threw another clunker, it might have raised too many concerns for teams being asked to part with top prospects.

Of course, the reality is even before Hamels stepped onto the mound, talks about him had heated up.

The Rangers, Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Giants are making the hardest pushes for Hamels, according to multiple sources who have spoken to MLB.com over the past couple days. The Phillies and Rangers recently reengaged talks, and a source said the Yankees’ interest is more than just an organization performing its due diligence.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Friday, July 24, 2015

Source: Cubs chasing Cole Hamels, David Price not in play yet | CSN Chicago

MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a significant acquisition.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs, david price, phillies, tigers, trade rumors

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

COONEY: Nola’s first impression creates a buzz - Bucks County Courier Times

Something positive in Philly. I haven’t had time to watch this game yet. Did anyone watch this game?

“Kid was pretty good, wasn’t he?” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said as he departed the news conference room afterward.

That was an understatement. Nola managed to do the impossible — live up to the hype that this starving organization and its fan base had built for his debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Astros talk Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross as well as Cole Hamels - Ultimate Astros

Multiple sources said the Phillies are willing to eat money in a Hamels deal depending on the package received, while one noted the asking price in terms of prospects was high, both in quantity and quality of players.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, trade rumors

Monday, July 20, 2015

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But Cueto’s six-walk performance on Sunday likely renewed concerns for teams already worried about his elbow; his average fastball velocity of 92.68 mph was his second-lowest of the season, according to Brooksbaseball.net (the only game in which Cueto’s velocity was lower was on May 19, after which he missed a start due to stiffness in his elbow).


Cole Hamels’ scuffles continue amid trade talk | MLB.com

This doesn’t help his trade value, part 2.

If Cole Hamels made his final start for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, it will be a forgettable conclusion to a memorable career.

Hamels allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out one in just three innings in an 8-7 victory over the Marlins, which gave the Phillies their first series sweep since May. Hamels’ poor effort Sunday followed his July 10 start at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where he allowed a career-high nine runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Giants.
“What I’ve done in the last week and a half hasn’t been up to my standards or the expectations of many,” Hamels said afterward.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Clutch Jeff Francoeur emerges for Phillies | MLB.com

Clutch Francoeur! Take away this guy’s word processor!

Edit: Link fixed. Stupid MLB! Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff francoeur, phillies

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ryne Sandberg quit the Phillies because players are mean

Pull up a chair and grab some Bushmills.

But he also wasn’t very good at what he did, even with a lack of talent. His in-game decision making lacked creativity. He often appeared unprepared, and multiple players openly bristled at his authority, both veterans and younger players. One of Sandberg’s closest friends, his bench coach Larry Bowa, said as much in an interview with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.

Several pitchers — Hamels, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and David Buchanan — openly disrespected Sandberg during visits to the mound last season.

Bowa said Sandberg addressed that with the pitchers in spring training.

“That was one issue that bothered him,” Bowa said.

And while some of those issues were behind the scenes, there were others that were more public, like his dugout spat with reliever Ken Giles, after Giles was visibly upset on the mound after being ordered to intentionally walk a batter a few weeks back.

“It shocked me,” Bowa said. “I’d never seen [Sandberg] that mad. I was like, ‘Whoa, who’s this? Who just came out of his body right here?’ ”

A half-season of frustration?

“I’m sure it was,” Bowa said. “I’m sure it was.

Bowa added, “Giles is a great kid; he got caught up in the moment and he was concentrating on the hitter.”

But for Sandberg, “That was sort of the straw that broken the camel’s back,” Bowa said. “He went over and said, ‘I’m running this team. If I want to put that guy on, I’m putting him on. I’m the manager, you’re the pitcher.’ ”

Was that one of the moments that led to Sandberg’s decision?

“Maybe,” Bowa said. “Maybe.“

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:17 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryne sandberg

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

For Andy MacPhail, a game-changing version of money ball

No. No. No. No. No. Aaron Nola is the kind of player the Phillies should be holding onto right now. While I don’t think he’ll be an ace, he can be a nice starter in the middle of a rotation when the team is ready to contend again.

How much is Aaron Nola worth as a trade chip? Is there an Anthony Rizzo out there to be acquired in exchange for a team that desires an Andrew Cashner?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Expect another apology by Phillies GM Ruben Amaro after clumsy comments about Chase Utley | FOX Sports

The reaction to this seems a little overblown. In 249 PA, Utley has hit .179/.257/.275. In 212 PA, Cesar Hernandez is hitting .301/.386/.383.

Here is what the Phillies’ general manager should have said Tuesday when asked if second baseman Chase Utley would reclaim his position after coming off the disabled list:

“It’s too soon to answer that. Chase has meant a lot to this franchise. Cesar Hernandez is playing well. We’ll see where we are when Chase comes off the DL. So much can happen between now and then.”

Every other GM would have offered some variation of that answer. But Amaro, when asked if Utley still would be the primary second baseman once healthy, told reporters, “Not for me, he’s not. Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman. I would assume that Cesar would be our second baseman. I think that’s fair.”

...

“I don’t know if it has to be,” Amaro said. “Chase’s situation will kind of dictate itself, how he feels. There’ll be time for him to play, I think. He could play some first base. He could play some second.

“But as far as I’m concerned, just like what our plan has been for a long, long time, and that’s to give opportunities to young men who could be part of our future.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr.

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