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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Drew Anderson hoping to make quick rise through Phillies’ minor league ranks | PhillyVoice

After watching Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, and others graduate to the big leagues in the last two seasons, the Phillies will be eager to see the next wave of young pitching make their own case for a chance to call Citizens Bank Park home in 2017. Anderson was one of seven pitchers added to the 40-man roster in mid-November, along with Mark Appel, Ben Lively, Ricardo Pinto, Nick Pivetta, Alberto Tirado, and left-hander Elniery Garcia.

Anderson probably isn’t likely to reach the major leagues before 2018 at the earliest, but his addition to the roster made it abundantly clear what the Phillies think of his future.

“I like a lot about him,” Jordan said. “He’s got very good weapons to begin with, a good arm and a good breaking ball. … I think what I really like about him is he was a low-round high school pick but all he’s done is compete. He’s got a lot of confidence. I think he has a lot of the intangibles good pitchers have. … He’s got a chance to be a good piece.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Checking in on Chase Utley’s Hall of Fame chances

Better argument than I could have made, and he’s my favorite Phil since Schmidt, but I guess he comes up short…

Utley was part of the core that led the Phillies during the most successful period in their history and to a championship. He may not have hit 58 home runs or stole more than 40 bases in a season like Ryan Howard or Jimmy Rollins, but he was arguably the most valuable part of that team. Utley is worth 63 career WAR, the highest among 2007-2011 Phillies not named Roy Halladay (65.6). In comparison, Rollins is the next highest at 49.4.

eddieot Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, phillies

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NON-ROSTER INVITEE THREAD

It might be good to have an all-purpose NRI thread. Who has your team brought in? I’ll start with the Phillies who unsurprisingly mostly have prospects, with only Pedro Beato, Pedro Florimon, and Daniel “Pedro” Nava in the “hopeful journeyman” category.

The notable prospects who were invited to camp were SS J.P. Crawford, 1B Rhys Hoskins, OF Andrew Pullin, 2B Scott Kingery, and RHP Victor Arano. It will be Crawford’s second invite to camp, and he is widely expected to take over as the Phillies’ everyday SS at some point in 2017. Pullin, Hoskins, and Kingery all need more time in the minors and are blocked by Major or other minor leaguers at their positions.
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Triple-A veterans Cam Perkins, Brock Stassi, and Logan Moore also will be in camp. It appears that Stassi will get a shot to be a platoon partner of Tommy Joseph’s, but even if he does not accomplish that goal, he might be the go-to first baseman if Joseph goes down with injury. Perkins is a corner outfielder who can really hit, but has an archetypal center fielder’s power. He is an older version of Tyler Goeddel, essentially. Moore is a good defensive catcher who will be in camp because there are never enough catchers. Joining Moore behind the plate will be Chace Numata, who has grown into a good defender and had a breakout year at the plate in Clearwater.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:40 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: nris, phillies

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Phillies are perfectly positioned to take advantage of crowded market for hitters | FOX Sports

Moss does seem like a great fit.

A hitter such as Bautista or Bruce could thrive at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Moss, because of his left-handed bat and ability to play first base, also could provide support for Tommy Joseph, who slugged 21 homers in 315 at-bats last season but was better when he had the platoon advantage against left-handed pitching.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Silverman: Red Sox trade of Buchholz nothing more than a salary dump | Boston Herald

$13 million is way too much to pay for rotation depth.

Tobias doesn’t make the Sox better now.

And now the Red Sox’ rotation depth is just two, rather than three, tweaked obliques from having to turn to Roenis Elias, Henry Owens or Brian Johnson as a spot-starting savior. The old adage that you can never have enough starting pitching is one that not-new-anymore president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has not sworn allegiance to.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, phillies, red sox

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Report: Phillies Acquire Pitcher Clay Buchholz From Red Sox

The Phillies have reportedly acquired pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports. The Phillies will send a minor-league Josh Tobias to Boston, according to Jim Salisbury. Buchholz, 32, was 3-6 last season with a 5.86 ERA in just 66.0 innings of work and 10 starts, bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchh, phillies, red sox

Jimmy Rollins signs minor-league deal with Giants | Mercury News

Rollins gets a shot to finish his career in his hometown megalopolis (the A’s must have not been interested in signing him to his real hometown).

He’ll be battling Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrienza for a backup infielder’s role with the Giants.

“Kelby”? “Ehire”? These are ballplayers? JIMMY, that’s a real ballplayer name.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 20, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, oakland, phillies

Monday, December 19, 2016

Phillies payroll fell to 26th in MLB last season

2015: 9th highest payroll
2016: 26th highest payroll
2017: 30th?

When the Phillies agreed last week to pay $30.5 million for Odubel Herrera, it represented the largest guaranteed sum issued by the team in more than four years. Not since Cole Hamels signed for $144 million in July 2012 had the Phillies guaranteed a player more, and that feels like forever ago. The last position player to receive higher than a $30.5 million guarantee was Jimmy Rollins when he signed for $38 million in December 2011.

Assuming there are any free agents next winter, the Phillies are going to be rumored to be in for every one of them. Also the Yankees, with no big contracts past 2017 except Ellsbury and McCann.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Phillies sign extension with Odubel Herrera

5 years, $30.5 million to buy out all remaining arbitration years for Odubel who has two seasons in the bigs now, both with an OPS+ of 111 while playing LF well and CF not very well. Looks like we have our first official building block for the next dynasty.

2022: Club option for $11.5 million
2023: Club option for $12.5 million

The Phillies are usually pretty reluctant to make multi-year deals with players with many years of club control left. Or maybe they haven’t had any good young players who might merit such a deal, until Odubel. They never made a deal with Domonic Brown, that’s for sure.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Phillies re-sign Andres Blanco, add a former first-round bat | PhillyVoice

It’s all Phillies all the time at BBTF.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andres blanco, phillies

Let’s get dirty: Dumpster dive pitching candidates – Phillies Nation

I’ve been betting on Anderson for a few seasons. Although I got one decent year, for the most part, I’ve been, like his real employers, disappointed.

Brett Anderson. He’d probably be too expensive, even at a one-year, $6 million deal, for the Phillies to deal with his inherent injury risk. His season career-high for innings is 180 in an eight-year major-league career, and he’s only thrown over 100 innings two other seasons. His back caused him to miss almost all of the 2016 season, and as much as elbows and shoulders usually can be fixed, backs are a lot trickier for a pitcher to come back from. You can book at least one DL trip for Anderson, even in a largely healthy season. That injury history also will reduce his value at the trade deadline, even if he’s been able to trot out every five days for the first half of the season. All that being said, if other teams balk at something like a $6 million contract and the Phillies can get him for $2 million plus appearance and innings incentives and convince him he’ll be starting, it’s probably worth it for a guy who had a good season in 2015, is a lefty and whose peripheral stats have always been better than his actual stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak adds 20 pounds of muscle

Oh no, not again.

The difference was striking.

When Mickey Moniak arrived in Philadelphia to sign his first professional contract six months ago, he was rail-thin and 170 pounds.

On Tuesday night, Moniak made a quick visit to the winter meetings to be honored as Baseball America’s high school player of the year for 2016.

He’d added 20 pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame.

“It’s all muscle,” Moniak said proudly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:02 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies

Friday, November 11, 2016

Phillies acquire Howie Kendrick in trade | MLB.com

They believe they found one Friday. The team announced it had traded Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney to the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick. Kendrick, 33, will be the team’s everyday left fielder, although he spent the majority of his 11-year career at second base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 09:18 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, howie kendrick, phillies, trades

Monday, November 07, 2016

This so-so pitcher refusing $17M is ultimate free agency peek | New York Post

He has his work cut out with this sale.

Boras mentioned age (30 in April), spin rate on his breaking ball (fourth-highest revolutions per minute among those who threw at least 100 curves this year), his improved cutter since joining the Phillies in 2016 and how much better Hellickson has pitched since distancing himself from February 2014 surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow (3.84 ERA in his 46 past starts dating to June 2015).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:55 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jeremy hellickson, phillies


Saturday, November 05, 2016

Phillies Acquire Pat Neshek - MLB Trade Rumors

Win-win presumably.  Astros to get lottery ticket or money for a guy whom they would have released. The Phils get some bullpen help which they really need.  It’s not like the Phils have 5 can’t-miss bullpen arms waiting to come to the majors in April.
I’ll set the over/under on comments for this thread at 1.5

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Freddy Galvis has earned a starting role – Phillies Nation

He hit a little bit and his defensive numbers were pretty good. Still his bWAR ranked only 23rd at 1.3 wins, between Chris Owings and Adeiny Hechavarria.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: freddy galvis, phillies

Monday, October 03, 2016

Ryan Howard’s emotional last day: ‘It will be with me forever’ | PhillyVoice

The final day of the 2016 regular season was Howard’s moment at Citizens Bank Park.

It was his final game in a Phillies uniform. It was a recognition of his iconic 13-year stay in Philadelphia.

It was an emotional goodbye for the 36-year-old Howard, who is set to file for free agency for the first time in his professional career next month.

“Today is a day I’ll definitely remember,” he told the crowd of 36,935 inside the ballpark after the game’s final out. “Philadelphia will always be home.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Friday, September 16, 2016

With end nearing, Ryan Howard will play in final two weekend series in South Philly | PhillyVoice

When the month began, Mackanin said he planned to play Tommy Joseph more at first base in an effort to see more of the younger half of the first base timeshare. But he’s reversed course, knowing that this could be it for Howard.

“I just kept thinking about it, the whole year I’ve been thinking about it, that situation,” Mackanin said. “Especially as well as he’s handled the whole thing, he’s been so good about the whole thing, I want to give him something.”

Mackanin will start Howard in each of the final two home weekends, unless the team is matched up against a left-handed starter.

“Another 20-25 at-bats won’t matter for Joseph,” Mackanin said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

COONEY: Herrera could end up shuffling himself out of Phillies’ outfield picture | Phillies | buckscountycouriertimes.com

Wishcasting.

All of those things added together makes trading Herrera not an outrageous possibility this offseason. Matt Klentak showed last year that he was willing to part with young players with attractive potential in the Ken Giles trade. And given the inconsistency that Herrera has shown in two major-league seasons, perhaps this would be a wise time to move him.

That stroke can be unorthodox and potent. It can also deliver good results at times. But if it doesn’t become a steadier presence, then there may not be any other choice for the Phillies to do but to look elsewhere for help.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Rumors & Rumblings: Bryant is scouts’ pick for NL MVP

Somebody is going to be very disappointed this off-season.

Right fielder Jose Bautista reportedly was seeking a five-year, $125 million contract extension from the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training.

The talks went nowhere and Bautista will become a free agent in November coming off an injury-ravaged season. He is hitting .227 with 17 home runs with a .793 OPS in 91 games following a six-year run where he hit a combined 227 homers and was selected to the All-Star Game each year.

It will be interesting to see how Bautista’s market plays out this winter. A source with knowledge of the situation says Bautista has not softened his stance on giving the Blue Jays a potential hometown discount and wants to see what offers are out there.

Executives and scouts aren’t sure what kind of deal Bautista will get.

“I know it’s not going to be five and 125,” an executive from an NL team said. “Beyond that, I really don’t know. That’s a tough one. I don’t see him going back to Toronto. I think that ship has sailed, especially since he is having leg issues now and Toronto plays on artificial turf. I say he winds up in the American League where DHing is an option.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, jose bautista, mets, notes, phillies

Sunday, August 28, 2016

An Appreciation: Carlos Ruiz, the most popular person of the Phillies’ golden era | PhillyVoice

Read the article for the explanation.

But Carlos Ruiz, another important homegrown stalwart from the core that helped the Phillies win a world championship, two National League pennants, and five division crowns, was arguably the most popular person during that era.

Maybe that doesn’t make any sense when you read it. Maybe it does.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos ruiz, dodgers, phillies

Friday, August 05, 2016

Now is the time for the Phillies to bring back Jimmy Rollins

Phillies should sign him this month and let him retire as a Phillie.  And not only retire as a Phillie by signing him to the usual one-day contract and letting him wave good-bye to the fans at the start of a game.  No, for Rollins and the Phillies this year, with the season in the dumps, I see no reason why the team shouldn’t sign Rollins to a one-day contract AND let him play his last game in red pinstripes. Do this in late August, before the team brings up J.P. Crawford to play shortstop in September. Give Freddy Galvis a breather for a night.  Get some extra fans in the seat in the middle of the August doldrums and let Jimmy play shortstop for one last game at Citizens Bank Park.

Why the hell not? And bring Chollie down from the exec. suite to manage it.

eddieot Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Phillies Nearly Employed An Optimal Lineup Last Night – Phillies Nation

Since they are playing Phillies hitters, this can’t even remotely be true.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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