Scott Boras stays silent about his talks with the Phillies

Standing on a makeshift riser with a massive Christmas tree set as a backdrop, agent Scott Boras spoke to a large group of swarming reporters in the lobby of the Mandalay Bay Resorts & Casino on Wednesday morning. As expected, Bryce Harper’s name and where he expects to sign was the focal point of the 40-minute conversation. “Bryce is open to a lot of different venues,” Boras said. “It’s really…

December 12, 2018
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Additions of McCutchen and Segura should increase Phillies win total in 2019

The Phillies may not have landed a superstar yet, but the additions of Jean Segura and Andrew McCutchen should improve the offense considerably in 2019. The Phillies finished last year with the second worst contact rate in all of baseball at 74.7-percent and failed far too often to manufacture runs. The two newest additions should be able to change that though, as McCutchen brings a career contact rate of 79.4-percent…

December 12, 2018
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With Happ off the table, Phillies continue their search to bolster the starting rotation

Reports surfaced early Wednesday morning that the Yankees and starting pitcher J.A. Happ are near an agreement on a three-year deal that will keep the hurler in the Bronx. Happ, 36, was a potential target for the Phillies who are looking to add a left-handed pitcher to the starting rotation. An All-Star last season, Happ finished the year 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 31 starts for Toronto and New…

December 12, 2018
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The addition of McCutchen could increase the chances of Harper signing with Philadelphia

It’s not the mega-move that everybody in Philadelphia wants to see, but the addition of Andrew McCutchen significantly improves the Phillies roster and gives the organization a little more flexibility to make a potential trade. The Phillies and McCutchen agreed to a three-year deal on Tuesday worth $50 million. The contract is pending a physical. He’ll open the season in right field. The Phillies have been in the market for…

December 11, 2018
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Odubel Herrera's future in Philadelphia hangs in the balance after Phillies bolster outfield

Odubel Herrera opened last season in Philadelphia as a building block for the Phillies future, a high-energy player that could bat in the top of the order and play a solid center field. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old pieced together his worst season by far at the big league level and doubled-down with several gaffes in the outfield and on the base paths. Herrera achieved career highs in homers (22) and RBIs…

December 11, 2018
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Phillies sign outfielder Andew McCutchen to a three-year deal

The Phillies have been looking to improve their outfield, and it appears they’ve added a former All-Star to the mix. According to multiple sources, the club has inked free agent Andrew McCutchen to a three-year deal pending a physical. A source close to The Review says the deal is worth $50 million. Phillies have agreed to a three-year contract with Andrew McCutchen, source says. Deal is pending a physical. —…

December 11, 2018
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How the potential Realmuto deal to the Mets potentially hurts the Phillies

As the second day of the Winter Meetings opens, the big news surrounds a potential three-way deal involving the Yankees, Mets, and Marlins. Nothing is official as of yet, but reports indicate the Mets could receive catcher J.T. Realmuto while the Yankees receive Noah Syndergaard and the Marlins receive Miguel Andujar and a package of prospects. So, how does this impact the Phillies? Well, for one, the Phillies are believed…

December 11, 2018
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Kapler admits he'll change his tune a bit in 2019

Gabe Kapler will be the first to tell you that he wasn’t perfect last season in his rookie year as skipper of the Phillies, but he’s sought feedback from those around him and intends to be better in 2019. “I’ve spent a good amount of time evaluating myself and I continue to look for ways to improve,” Kapler said Monday in Las Vegas at the Winter Meetings. “I think one…

December 10, 2018
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Kapler offers praise to Harper and Machado as Winter Meetings open in Las Vegas

Gabe Kapler walked into the media workroom at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort on Monday morning and greeted the crowd of reporters huddled around him with a smile. Last year in Orlando there was a dozen or so reporters interested in hearing from him, but Monday was different as nearly three times as many media members were gathered around to ask questions and hear his take on the Phillies…

December 10, 2018
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Three things to follow this week with the Philies at the Winter Meetings

The entire baseball world will be focused on Las Vegas this week as the Winter Meetings open on Monday at the Mandalay Bay. This year, perhaps more than ever, the spotlight will squarely be on the Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Matt Klentak. No other club in the majors has the financial flexibility to make multiple major splashes like the Phillies. Megastars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain targets, plus…

December 9, 2018
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