Phillies have plenty of work ahead as Winter Meetings open in San Diego

December 9, 2019

With the Winter Meetings underway in San Diego, the Phillies are looking to add an infielder with pop to solidify the offense. Didi Gregorius fits that bill and, per multiple sources, is a prime target of Phills’ GM Matt Klentak’s. Gregorius, if acquired, would take over at shortstop, allowing the Phillies to move Jean Segura to second base. Scott Kingery would then become the everyday third baseman. Gregorius played under…

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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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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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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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The Philadelphia Phillies will hire Joe Girardi as manager

October 24, 2019

It appears Joe Girardi will be managing again in 2020, and this time he’ll be wearing red pinstripes. The two sides have an agreement in place, according to a source. It’s believed the Phillies could make a formal announcement at some point today. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki was first to report the signing. It was clear from the outset that the Phillies valued experience in their search for a new manager….

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Sources say Phillies are making a hard push to land Girardi

October 23, 2019

It appears the Phillies are inching closer to hiring a new manager, and a pair of sources close to the Philadelphia Baseball Review indicate an announcement may come as soon as Thursday. The Phillies finished an additional round of interviews earlier this week with Buck Showalter, Dusty Baker, and Joe Girardi. According to sources, of the three candidates, Girardi is the favorite of Phillies’ managing partner John Middleton. The Cubs…

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