Phillies make a splash, ink free agent Zack Wheeler to five-year deal

December 4, 2019

The Philadelphia Baseball Review has confirmed the Phillies have an agreement in place with right-handed starter Zack Wheeler. Marc Carig of The Athletic first reported the signing on Wednesday afternoon. It’s a five-year deal worth just under $120 million, per sources. Wheeler, 29, spent five seasons with the New York Mets and finished 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts last season. He was a first-round draft pick in…

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Phillies could cut ties with veterans Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco

December 2, 2019

Monday night marks the deadline for clubs to offer contracts to players eligible for salary arbitration, and the Phillies have nine such players on their current roster, including Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco. Hernandez is projected to earn nearly $12 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. After putting up a pair of outstanding seasons in 2016 and 2017, he’s posted an OPS+ of 93 since and is hitting…

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A two-way prospect and an All-American transfer highlight newest additions for Saint Joseph's

November 26, 2019

Saint Joseph’s announced on Monday the addition of nine players to the baseball program for the upcoming 2020 season. The class includes freshmen Brandon Drapeau, Nick Embleton, Adam Fine, Peter Gallo, Alec Rodriguez, Patrick Shearer, Luca Trigiani, and Cam Walker, and junior transfer Noah Weber. “The collective group of 2020 newcomers is very solid, with several players that could make an immediate impact, even with a veteran group returning,” head…

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Phillies hire Joe Dillon as hitting coach

November 21, 2019

The Phillies have hired Joe Dillon to serve as hitting coach, the club announced on Thursday. The hiring completes new manager Joe Girardi’s coaching staff. Dillon worked as an assistant hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for the past two seasons and previously spent two seasons as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Miami Marlins. Over the past two seasons with Dillon on staff, the Nationals led the National…

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Phillies add four prospects to 40-man roster

November 21, 2019

The Phillies added four prospects to their 40-man roster on Wednesday night, protecting them from exposure to the Rule 5 draft set for next month. Left-hander JoJo Romero, the club’s 10th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was a non-roster invitee to spring training last year and spent the season splitting time with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old combined to go 7-9 over 24 starts while posting…

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La Salle unveils 56-game slate for 2020 season

November 20, 2019

La Salle University unveiled its 2020 schedule on Wednesday, aiming to build on the success of a 25-win campaign from 2019. The Explorers open the season on Friday, Feb. 14 in South Carolina with a three-game weekend set at Furman. The club will then come home for the home opener on Saturday, Feb. 22 with a doubleheader against Hofstra. The Explorers open Atlantic 10 conference play at Richmond on March…

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Crosscutters may get axe under new MLB restructuring proposal

November 20, 2019

Details continue to pour out regarding Major League Baseball’s plans to realign the current Minor League structure as the Professional Baseball Agreement between the two entities expires at the end of the 2020 season. The most notable change in the plan unveiled by MLB includes the elimination of 42 MiLB organizations, including the Phillies’ Class A short-season affiliate Williamsport Crosscutters. If the plan were to move forward as outlined, more…

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Bobby Abreu one of six Phillies on 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

November 19, 2019

Bobby Abreu never was viewed as an elite superstar, yet his contributions over an outstanding 18-year career put him in the company of Hall of Famers such as Dave Winfield, Andrew Dawson, and Vladimir Guerrero. On Monday, Abreu made his debut on the Hall of Fame ballot. He’s one of six players on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot with connections to Philadelphia. Curt Schilling, Raul Ibanez, Scott Rolen, Billy…

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Phillies hire Bryan Price as pitching coach

October 31, 2019

Joe Girardi can check off finding a pitching coach from his somewhat lengthy to-do list as the Phillies new skipper. The club announced the hiring of Bryan Price on Thursday morning. The 57-year-old Price managed the Cincinnati Reds from 2014-2018 and has served as the pitching coach for the Mariners, Diamondbacks, and Rays. Price will be the Phils third pitching coach in as many seasons. Rick Kranitz was fired from…

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Girardi excited to be in Philadelphia to manage the Phillies

October 29, 2019

Sitting at a makeshift stage inside Pass and Stow in Citizens Bank Park, Joe Girardi cracked a smile as he told a story about asking former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard for an autograph for his son. Moments earlier he spoke fondly of former stars John Kruk and Darren Daulton. It was just one of several examples Girardi gave on Monday of his affection for Philadelphia while being introduced as the…

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