Cast your votes for Phillies Wall of Fame inductee

Voting for the 2015 Phillies Wall of Fame inductee is underway, and it will end on Feb. 6. Nominees include outfielder Pat Burrell, pitcher Larry Christenson, manager Jim Fregosi, reliever Gene Garber, outfielder Tony Gonzalez, closer Jim Konstanty, first baseman Fred Luderus, reliever Ron Reed, coach Mike Ryan, third baseman Pinky Whitney, catcher-manager Jim Wilson and pitcher Rick Wise.

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Phillies trade talks with Crew over Papelbon lose steam

Trade talks between the Phillies and Brewers regarding closer Jonathan Papelbon have “dissipated,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.

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FrancesaCon2 with Mike Francesa

Adam L of Staten Island all dress as the Diet Pope at FrancesaCon2 – with Mike Francesa at Irving Plaza in Manhattan, NY 1/24/15 (William Perlman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)…

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FrancesaCon2 with Mike Francesa

Jim Smith of Conn. with Dave Bruin of East Brunswick and Todd White of Conn. at FrancesaCon2 – with Mike Francesa at Irving Plaza in Manhattan, NY 1/24/15 (William Perlman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)…

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FrancesaCon2 with Mike Francesa

The back of t-shirt with a Francesaism at FrancesaCon2 – with Mike Francesa at Irving Plaza in Manhattan, NY 1/24/15 (William Perlman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)…

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Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Chad Billingsley Would Be A Perfect Fit – RantSports


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Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Chad Billingsley Would Be A Perfect Fit
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Since, like crying, there is no such thing as tanking in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies should do all they can to win games now. The only way the Phillies can improve right now is by trading assets or signing free agents, and signing free agents
Amaro still listening on trade front, talks about change in offensive Allentown Morning Call
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2 Pedro Alvarez Will Bounce Back For Pirates In 2015 – RantSports


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2 Pedro Alvarez Will Bounce Back For Pirates In 2015
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The Philadelphia Phillies have a Big Piece in Ryan Howard and a Useless Piece in Jonathan Papelbon. It is in that organization’s best interest that they get rid of both before the 2015 season starts. Much to the Phillies’ credit, they have been trying
Philadelphia Phillies rumors: Jonathan Papelbon on the move to Milwaukee PennLive.com
Phillies Looking To Trade Papelbon To BrewersESPN
MLB RUMORS: Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers Discussing Trade for Headlines & Global News
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Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame candidates for 2015 announced – Call to the Pen


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Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame candidates for 2015 announced
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In 1978, the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame was created. Different from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Wall of Fame was designed to honor the franchise’s best players for what they did for the city of Philadelphia, whether they were a legend
Twelve Phillies Legends Up For Spot On Team’s Wall Of FameCBS Local

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The Pros and Cons of Trading Papelbon

There are reports that Jonathan Papelbon could be on the move soon. A closer making $13M a year is a luxury item that a team without reasonable postseason hopes like the Phillies has no business employing. Unfortunately, the Phillies didn’t foresee the rapidity of their decline into irrelevance when they signed Papelbon to a 4-year/$50M contract in 2011 — the largest contract ever for a relief pitcher — which has left them unwittingly stuck with a player and contract that doesn’t mesh with their rebuilding goals.

The decision to trade Papelbon should be an easy one then, right? The Phillies don’t need him, he engages in inappropriate crotch grabs, and at age 34 with decreasing velo, his decline could arrive like a baby to a 9-month pregnant woman — any day now. Of course, if GM’ing were that simple anyone could do it. *insert Amaro joke here* *think to self, “gosh, self, that was a good one”* *wait for the laughter to die down*  In reality, there are actual drawbacks to moving Papelbon. Do the cons outweigh the pros? Maybe not, but let’s at least think about the move from all angles before asserting it’s a no-brainer

Pros

  1. The return – At the very least, by moving Papelbon the Phillies will free up a portion of his salary over the next year or two. The Phillies are rumored to be planning to spend beyond their international bonus pool over the next year and could very well be a player in free agency next offseason with guys like Jason Heyward and Jordan Zimmermann expected to be on the market. Getting money out of a doomed short term commitment (Papelbon) and invested into the future of the club is a definite plus. As a bonus, the Phillies should also expect to receive some sort of talent in return, even if it’s simply a long shot lottery ticket type prospect.
  2. Avoiding the decline – Jonathan Papelbon is 34 years old. His average fastball velocity has declined nearly 4 MPH since his last year with the Red Sox (95.0 MPH in 2011 to 91.3 MPH in 2014 according to Baseball Info Solutions). The lowest two strikeout rates of his career (excluding his abbreviated 2005 debut season) were recorded in the past two seasons. To his credit, Papelbon has proven doomsayers wrong for a few years now, but it would shock absolutely no one if his effectiveness begins to slip. If the Phillies don’t move him now and his production plummets, there will be no chance to recoup any value on Papelbon’s contract.
  3. Roster spot – For as bad as the 2015 Phillies are projected to be, the bullpen is their one bright spot. In addition to the likely members of the back of the bullpen — Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus — there are other young arms likely to cycle through Philadelphia this year that could be fun to watch including Mario Hollands, Hector Neris, Ethan Martin, Elvis Araujo, Nefi Ogando, and Rule 5 Pick, Andy Oliver. With Papelbon gone, there will be one more bullpen slot available to take a good long look at some of these arms in the Major Leagues.
  4. Kenny Giles: Closer – Giles had an absolutely incredible 2014 debut. With his upper 90s fastball and devastating slider, there is no question that he is in possession of a closer’s arsenal. By trading Papelbon, the Phillies can unblock one of the most exciting young relief aces in baseball, award him a closer’s role and see whether he continues to thrive.

Cons

  1. Loss of talent – Say what you will about Papelbon’s potential for decline, he has been among the league’s best relief pitchers during his Phillies tenure with 106 saves, a 2.45 ERA, and a 2.82 FIP. While a bad team may not need elite relief pitching, the prospects of a Papelbon-Giles-Diekman three headed monster coming out of the pen is undeniably exciting. As the sole veteran member of the relief corps, reports last year were that Papelbon was an important mentor and leader to his inexperienced colleagues. You can debate whether he’s the kind of guy you want influencing young talent if you like, but there’s no debating that subtracting Papelbon makes the 2015 Phillies bullpen worse on paper.
  2. Loss of 7-8-9 flexibility – With Papelbon in the mix, the 9th inning is spoken for and the trio of Giles, Diekman, and De Fratus can divvy up the 7th and 8th inning roles. I don’t endorse rigidly defined roles by inning, but evidence indicates that Ryne Sandberg prefers to use strictly defined bullpen roles. More likely than not, Giles will become the closer, Diek the 8th inning guy, and JDF the 7th inning guy. With Papelbon gone, they lose the flexibility to put these guys in the best position to succeed rather than shoehorning them into arbitrarily defined roles.
  3. Giles’ salary – If Giles becomes the full time closer, he will begin to rack up saves. Whether it’s rational or not, saves are a key statistic that gets consideration during the arbitration process and with three years remaining before he becomes arb eligible, Giles will increase his eventual price tag with every save he records. While the Phillies don’t need to be penny pinchers, there’s a financial inefficiency to arbitrarily inflating Giles’ future salary during a lost season.

Well, did the cons list make you the Phillies ought to keep Papelbon around? No? At least I tried.

I think it’s abundantly clear that if there’s a viable offer for Papelbon on the table, the right move is for the Phillies to accept it, but I also know I won’t be heartbroken if the Phillies end up unable to move Papelbon. I don’t like the idea of taking a talent as bright as Giles and immediately restricting him to a contrived role of closer. Let him pitch in a variety of situations; don’t be afraid to bring him in for a high leverage situation in the 6th or 7th inning; and if his control problems resurface, provide him the space necessary to continue refining his craft. Put another way, I’ve yet to see anything from the Phillies current coaching staff that gives me confidence they’ll be creative with their bullpen management in order to get the most from their new relief corps. Despite that, there’s no question that Papelbon’s value to the 2015-2016 Phillies is minimal and successfully trading him would easily be classified another “win” for this winter.

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Phillies talking deal for Papelbon with Brewers

Yahoo Sports reported on Friday that the Phillies and Brewers have been in serious discussions about sending Jonathan Papelbon to Milwaukee, although it will not be easy. Papelbon has a limited no-trade clause and reportedly can block a trade to Milwaukee.

Phillies talking deal for Papelbon with Brewers
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