100 Days until first Spring Training Game, there is still time

100 Days until the Phillies Spring Training schedule starts, is Ryne Sandberg mangerial style fitting in with the Phillies team

The Phillies have exactly 100 days until their first Spring Training game in Florida. That’s a good thing, because now pretty well into the off-season, not much has changed in the composition of this team. No changes to the coaching staff was made public knowledge, and incredibly so since the Phillies really played poorly most of the season.

A week ago, during the GM meetings in Arizona, there was great speculation that just about everyone was on the trading block from A to Z. Cole Hamels name was prominent as was a few others, but now after the hoopla of the meetings have settled, only a few mentions of trades are still making their way to the internet and publications.

Maybe the words of Pat Gillick is correct, ‘this team won’t contend for a couple more years.’ So as Phillies fans, there may be a serious slip back (as there already has been) to the days when the Phillies were not good at all, and a last place finish last year sort of foretells that there may be more pain heading towards Phillies fans as they watch this team degrade further.

100 Days until first Spring Training Game, there is still time
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Phillies broadcast: McCarthy, Stairs come up short in numbers game – SportingNews.com


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Phillies broadcast: McCarthy, Stairs come up short in numbers game
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When we’re not at the game, we’re watching on TV, and broadcasters shape the way we see baseball. This year, Sporting News has been reviewing the work done in booths across MLB. This time it’s the Philadelphia Phillies on Comcast Sportsnet …

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Philadelphia Phillies potential offseason target: Brandon Morrow – That Balls Outta Here


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Philadelphia Phillies potential offseason target: Brandon Morrow
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A few years ago, Brandon Morrow looked like he was developing into one of the best starters in the American League. He led the majors in strikeouts per nine innings in 2011, and followed that up with a 2.96 ERA the next year. Unfortunately, injuries

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Major League Baseball 2015 Picks

The new Major League Baseball season will get under way in April of next year, and bookmaker Betfair already have prices on which teams will make it to the World Series. Current joint favourites for the 2015 World Series crown are the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have had great success in years gone by, but their last World Series win came way back in 1898. Since the end of the last decade, this side have shown steady improvement, and have now won the West Division in four of the last seven years, including the last two years consecutively. Farhan Zaidi has done an excellent job since arriving as General Manager, and the Los Angeles Dodgers certainly have a good platform on which to build now. With a decent off season, they can certainly be one of the leading contenders for MLB glory come 2015. The odds compilers at Betfair make the Dodgers 7/1 chances to win the next World Series and that is a price that will definitely appeal to a number of baseball punters.
Joining the Los Angeles Dodgers at the head of the Betfair World Series market are the Washington Nationals, who can also be supported at odds of 7/1. The Nationals are a part of the East division, and have only been known by their current name since 2005. Previously, the Washington Nationals were called the Montreal Expos, but a move for the franchise to Washington, D.C. Meant a change of name was very much in order. While their trophy cabinet is pretty bare thus far, the Washington Nationals have made encouraging strides over the last couple of season, having won the East Division title in both 2012 and 2014. Manager Matt Williams has got his side playing some decent stuff and following some good draft picks, the Nationals now have a chance of some major honours in the world of baseball.

As far as the Philadelphia Phillies are concerned, the bookies give the side little hope of challenging for Major League Baseball’s biggest prize come 2015. The Phillies are ranked at 100/1 outsiders along with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins. Having had a great spell from 2007 to 2011 winning five consecutive division titles, the Philadelphia Phillies have dropped off again over the last few seasons. Long time manager Charlie Manuel was sacked in 2013 and that would end up being the sides first losing season since back in 2002. This is now very much a rebuilding phase for the Phillies, and a lot will depend on what happens during the off season for this great franchise. The Phillies are rumoured to be looking at some Red Sox players and if the right men come through the door, then things can change very quickly as we see season after season. Those odds of 100/1 could look very big come next April if that were to be the case. Stayed up to date on all the latest market movers in the 2015 World Series at betfair.com.

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Hill Re-Signed, Clemens Added

That headline reminds me of the 90’s when Ken Hill and Roger Clemens were racking up the wins.  Fast forward to 2014 and we’re referring to Koyie Hill and Paul Clemens…not quite the same.

Koyie Hill was with the Phillies organization last season, and even saw action in 10 games.  The 11 year MLB journeyman catcher is a career .207/.553 hitter over 341 games.  However, he’s always been reliable on defense, and the 35 year old serves as depth and a mentor to the Triple-A squad.

Paul Clemens, no relation to roid rager Roger, has spent the past two seasons with the Houston Astros, appearing in 48 games, racking up 98 innings with a less than pleasant 5.51 ERA/1.52 WHIP combo.  The right-hander is set to turn 27 years old in March, and if you’re looking for a silver lining he’s turned in an even worse 5.91 ERA/1.56 WHIP in 46 Triple-A contests, so he’s actually improved at the MLB level.

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Phillies add Biddle, Morgan, Ogando to 40-man roster – Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia


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Phillies add Biddle, Morgan, Ogando to 40-man roster
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It is the next step for the 23-year-old Biddle, who has been on the radar of most Phillies fans since the Phils selected him 27th overall out of Germantown Friends School in 2010. Biddle was in Clearwater with the Phillies last year, but as a non
Philadelphia Phillies – PlayerWatchGlobalPost
Phillies Add Three Including Jesse Biddle To 40 Man RosterCBS Local
Phillies Injury Update: Jesse Biddle diagnosed with mild tendinitis after MRISports Injury Alert
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Minor Mish Mosh and Forty Man Mayhem (There Was No Mayhem)

“I’m gonna do some writing,” I said to my wife as she dozed off Thursday night. She barely managed a groggy reply.

“Writing?”

“Baseball writing.”

“You could write me a love letter.”

“A love letter about Roman Quinn?”

Roman Quinn was named to a prospect list Thursday by Jim Callis and Jom Mayo from MLB.com. They called Quinn the 23rd best prospect in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League, which led me to wonder where he might fall on some Top 100 discussions this off-season. Almost certainly, he’ll be in the conversation for the last third of John Sickels’ Top 150, but I doubt he’ll sniff any Top 100s. Still, he did have a very fine AFL, showing a willingness to use his eye at the plate, a continued progress towards base stealing prowess, a little bit of pop, and what was described regularly as a pretty good glove, especially for someone who spent about three calendar years learning shortstop in vain. To me, he’s the Phils #4 prospect, trailing only consensus #1 J.P. Crawford and the pair of Aaron Nola and Maikel Franco, in whatever order one might prefer them. Right now, I have Franco ahead of Nola, but ask me again after Franco finishes his winter league and maybe I change my mind. FTR – Jesse Biddle and his never-ending string of stings, dings and various other uncomfortable things, holds on to fifth for the moment, pending any setbacks in his recovery from elbow tendinitis.

Another interesting guy in the off-season leagues has been Hector Neris. He’s not allowed a run in eight innings in the Dom Rep, walking one, allowing five hits and striking out five in ten outings. This following a season where the righty reliever had a long scoreless streak and a slightly better than 3:1 K:BB ratio at AAA, earning himself a spot on the 40-man roster and a one inning big league debut. He’s a guy the club may get some use out of for his option years and beyond if he keeps doing what he’s doing. He doesn’t profile in the back of a bullpen, but he could easily break camp in a low-leverage role and a chance to earn his manager’s trust, much like Mario Hollands in 2014. (h/t to @phoulballz, Jay Floyd, for highlighting Neris often on Twitter.)

Had he not been added mid-year, Neris would have needed a 40-man spot Thursday in order to be protected from the Rule 5 draft at the upcoming Winter Meetings. Three Phillies punched their 40-man tickets Thursday, Biddle, LHP Adam Morgan and RHP Nefi Ogando, who like Roman Quinn, had an impressive AFL. Theses moves, in addition to the signing of LHP Elvis Araujo last week, and the earlier deals handed out to Grady Sizemore and Jerome Williams, leave the Phillies with two open spots heading into the Rule 5. The club is set to pick 8th. Last year, in the big league portion of the draft, the Phils picked Kevin Munson from Arizona and lost Seth Rosin to the Mets. Both players eventually made it back to their original clubs, though Rosin took a Ben Revere-like route through two 25-man rosters and one former British Penal Colony.

Who’s most likely to go this year? I’d say it’s Colt Murray. If I were a second division GM, I would absolutely give him a tryout in my bullpen. He’s got some fastball velocity and enough stuff on his secondaries to warrant a long look. Some interesting but very unlikely-to-be-drafted Phillies? Ethan Stewart, whose AFL showed he needs a lot of work on his control. Rosin, who didn’t really show improvement over the season and was passed on by every team on his way back to the Phils a couple weeks into the year. And Miguel Nunez, who just plain isn’t ready to compete in the bigs. Nunez could be stashed as a mop-up/swing man type by a team not intending to contend in 2015 who was willing to sacrifice another year of development after he already lost two to injury. Seems unlikely, but you never know what scout maybe saw him and loved him and can convince a GM he’s worth a chance.

That’s it for now – I’ll try to give you my two cents on anyone the club grabs in the Rule 5, and on anyone the club nets in trades for their veteran right fielder (let’s hope it’s not Endy Chavez again), or left-handed ace (insert FanGraphs grumbling here), or large-assed lefty reliever with unwed parents, or superstar first baseman with a five year contract.

Minor Mish Mosh and Forty Man Mayhem (There Was No Mayhem)
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MLB News: Cuban Outfielder Yasmany Tomas Will Attend Winter Meetings … – Headlines & Global News


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MLB News: Cuban Outfielder Yasmany Tomas Will Attend Winter Meetings
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The 24-year-old slugger has been garnering interest from the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners. More teams can jump …
Phillies, Giants the favorites for Yasmany Tomas, per reportSB Nation
Report: Phillies Have ‘Cooled’ On Yasmany TomasCBS Local
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Trio of young arms added to Phillies' 40-man roster

The Phillies added pitchers Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan and Nefi Ogando to the 40-man roster on Thursday to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.

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Tomas' asking price may dampen Phillies' interest

Some folks in baseball still consider the Phillies to be the favorites to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. But are they?

Tomas' asking price may dampen Phillies' interest
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