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Phils Select J.P. Crawford With First Pick

6 Jun


J.P. Crawford, an 18-year-old high school shortstop, was selected by the Phillies in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Crawford, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, played for Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Calif., where he batted .432 in 25 games with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. Crawford, a cousin of Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford, is the school’s all-time leader in hits (179), runs scored (162), stolen bases (73) and walks (72).

29 Sep

Originally posted on The Zo Zone:

It is a fitting end to a forgettable season.

Ryan Howard, who missed much of 2012 following left Achilles surgery, broke his right big toe Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, where he dropped the lead pipe his swings in the on-deck circle squarely on his toe. Howard said an x-ray Thursday revealed a small fracture in the toe, which will require nothing more than rest to heal.

But his season is over.

So what’s next for the Phillies’ $125 million man? Only the most important offseason of his career.

Howard hit .219 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 56 RBIs in 71 games. His batting average, on-base percentage (.295), slugging percentage (.423) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.718) are career lows, but he projected to 127 RBIs over a full season because he hit .329 with runners in scoring position.

“I know I’m a better hitter than that,” Howard said…

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3 Aug

Originally posted on The Zo Zone:

Joe Blanton is gone.

Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere.

The Phillies placed Blanton on waivers this week, and the Dodgers promptly claimed him. The Phillies had the option of pulling him back from waivers, but instead they shipped him to Los Angeles for a player to be named or cash. The Dodgers will pay the remaining $2.9 million in Blanton’s salary, and the Phillies can get a player back if they want.

CBS’ Jon Heyman reported a team claimed Lee, but Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters today Lee isn’t going anywhere.

That’s not a surprise. Unless the Phillies got knocked out with an offer, the Phillies weren’t going to trade him.

Blanton’s departure leaves five players from the 2008 World Series roster: Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. While working on the The Rotation last year, I asked Blanton how often he…

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Phillies Preparing Offer for Cole Hamels

12 Jul

Jason Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies are preparing a “Substantial Offer” for left-hander Cole Hamels in an attempt to determine whether they can sign him to an extension in the next two weeks.

Stark’s source said “They’re trying to sign him, and they think it’s going to happen. At least that’s what I was told.”

If what Stark’s sources say is true, Baseball in Philadelphia will change forever.

Read the rest of Stark’s article here. 

From everything that I’m hearing, the major sticking point between the two sided is the number of guaranteed years the Phillies are willing to commit to.  Hamels agent John Boggs is pushing for 6-7 years for his client, but the Phillies are more comfortable in the 5 year range.

Weither the Phillies can afford Cole Hamels is a big deal as well.  A lucrative deal for Hamels is a risk that will cripple the Phillies for a number of years when it comes to the salary cap, and Ruben Amaro Jr. will need to be far more creative in future signings…

All he’s really done in the last few years is spend, spend, spend.

Cole Most definitely is worth it, but still it’s a huge move. He’s the best pitcher to come out of the Phillies system in the last 40 years.

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Halladay’s Rehab Start (Video)

12 Jul



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5 Jul

Phanatic Addict:

Does this put you at ease?

Originally posted on The Zo Zone:

There has been a lot of losing lately, and the Phillies are preparing themselves for trades in the event they keep losing.

The Phillies have not been sellers before the July 31 Trade Deadline since 2006, when they moved Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell, Rheal Cormier, Ryan Franklin and others to change the look on the field and the chemistry in the clubhouse. But no matter what happens in the next few weeks, even if the Philies become sellers, Ruben Amaro Jr. said today the Phillies plan on competing in the future.

“It’s more about retooling than it is redoing,” he said at Citi Field. “We’ve got a lot of players that are pretty damn good that I expect to be playing next year for us.”

The will have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy…

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30 Jun

Originally posted on The Zo Zone:

Phillies news release:

The Phillies have traded first baseman/designated hitter Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for catcher Gabriel Lino and right-hander Kyle Simon, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Here are Amaro’s words from a conference call with the five Phillies beat writers in Miami:

Q: How quick did this come together?
A; We talked to some clubs over the last couple of weeks about Jim. We were trying to do two things, really. We were trying to be attentive to Jim’s situation and at the same time, trying to take care of the Phillies. First and foremost, that’s my job, to put us in the position to do the right thing for the organization. At the same time, the player that we’re talking about and the great deal of respect we have for Jim, I wanted to try to put…

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29 Jun

Phanatic Addict:

Thank goodness. Todd Zolecki got a few great quotes from Chad before he jumped into his cab left. I feel bad for Chad, but I’m pretty glad that he’s gone. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Originally posted on The Zo Zone:

The Chad Qualls era is history.

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee summoned Qualls into Charlie Manuel’s office before this afternoon’s game against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park, where he found Ruben Amaro Jr., Scott Proefrock and Manuel waiting for him.

Amaro told Qualls he had been designated for assignment. The Phillies selected left-hander Jeremy Horst’s contract from Triple-A to take his place on the roster. Horst went 1-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 38 1/3 innings in Lehigh Valley.

“We just felt it was the right thing to do,” Amaro said. “There have been some inconsistencies with him. It’s something we’ve discussed a little bit over the last several weeks. His stuff is good. I just don’t know that he’s been as effective as his stuff has shown.”

The Phillies have 10 days to dispose of Qualls’ contract. They can trade him, release him or place…

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Chad Qualls Designated for Assignment

28 Jun

Could this be?  Could this be?

Via Twitter:

Chad Qualls in manager’s office with pitching coach Rich Dubee. Maybe team wants him to go to AAA and try to get straightened out.
6/28/12 11:17 AM
Qualls designated for assignment.
6/28/12 11:22 AM
Chad Qualls designated for assignment.
6/28/12 11:22 AM

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Blasting Zepplin All Day

27 Jun

You have to listen to this while you read.

That’s right folks.  He’s back.

Chase Utley will bat third and play second tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

Yeah, for the Phillies.

Utley got to play the field with the IronPigs on Tuesday night, and went 2-5 with a home run.  After the game he said that he felt good.

“So far, so good,” he said. “It felt pretty good out there. … I’m feeling pretty confident out there. I felt a little bit more comfortable out there on the field and in the batter’s box and hopefully I’ll move forward from here.  I’m extremely anxious to get back,” Utley said. “It’s been quite a while since I’ve been with my teammates.”

It’s all but a given that he’ll be starting tonight against the Pirates.

“I’ll talk to Ruben tonight and tell him how I feel and go from there,” he said. “Right now I feel good. Everything so far has been pretty good.”

Hopefully Chase can remain strong, and contribute.  It’s been his number one concern all along, but the Phillies production has been low, so most likely anything Utley can give them is an upgrade.

“I think I’m a little bit more confident in the things that I’m doing and what’s working for me,” he said. “I didn’t have a whole lot of leg strength (last year), and for me that’s the bottom line — trying to keep my legs strong without irritating them, and right now we’re moving forward.

I would expect Chase to be activated sometime this afternoon.

Until then, just keep blasting the Zepplin.

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