Results tagged ‘ Phillies ’

Joe Blanton coming out of retirement?

Veteran starting pitcher Joe Blanton is on the comeback trail. The right-hander will hold an open workout and bullpen session for interested clubs on Feb. 4, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

Blanton, 34, retired from baseball in April and did not pitch in the big leagues last season. He last pitched in the Majors in 2013 with the Angels, going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA over 28 appearances, including 20 starts.

Over a 10-year career with the Phillies, A’s, Dodgers and Angels, Blanton is 85-89 with a 4.51 ERA. He’s pitched at least 191 innings in six different seasons.

At this point, Blanton’s best bet to get back to the Majors would seem to be as a fifth starter on a Minor League deal. If he can go to Spring Training with a club, he could have a shot.

–Austin Laymance

Report: Hamels has four primary suitors

Cole Hamels has been on the trading block for months as the Phillies undergo a rebuilding process. So far, that hasn’t resulted in a deal for the ace.

With Spring Training five weeks away for the Phillies, Comcast Sportsnet reports there are four “primary suitors” for Hamels: the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The Phillies are reportedly looking for two top prospects in exchange for Hamels.

The Phillies would prefer to add a premier catching prospect, according to the report, and have interest in Boston’s Blake Swihart, San Diego’s Austin Hedges and Texas’ Jorge Alfaro.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has repeatedly said the Phillies would only deal Hamels for the right price, one that remains high. It’s possible the club keeps Hamels going into the season and continues to explore trades throughout the year.

“Again, he sits right in the sweet spot,” Amaro said last month. “We can keep him and it would be great for us, and if we feel he can move us forward by moving him, that’s something we can explore as well. As I said, we don’t have any rush to move him or mandate to move him.”

– Austin Laymance

Phillies still shopping Howard, no takers yet

The Phillies continue to shop first baseman Ryan Howard, but apparently have “no takers” at this point, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

The Phils are said to be marketing “what a great person” Howard is, but they’re yet to gain much traction. The 35-year-old Howard, who hit .223/.310/.380 with 23 homers and 95 RBIs last season, is owed $50 million over the next two years.

Given his recent injury concerns and career-long defensive struggles, the Phillies’ best bet might be finding an American League team willing to roll the dice on a veteran slugger. For what it’s worth, the nine teams not covered by Howard’s no-trade clause are the Tigers, Royals, Angels, Mariners, Yankees, Rangers, Rays, Orioles, and Red Sox.

– Paul Casella

Report: Phillies, Wandy agree to Minors deal

The Phillies have agreed to a Minor League deal with veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, CSNPhilly.com reported Saturday. The deal, which the club hasn’t confirmed, is pending a physical.

Rodriguez, who will be 36 this season, made only 12 starts in 2013 and six last year for the Pirates due to injuries. But he was a dependable performer from 2008-12 with Houston and Pittsburgh, going 57-55 with a 3.48 ERA and 2.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Dominican Republic native, a 10-year veteran, is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring. He’s coming back from a right knee injury that led to surgery last June.

– Andrew Simon

Rafael Furcal’s comeback bid takes a hit

Rafael Furcal’s chances to continue his Major League career have taken a hit. The veteran shortstop has suffered a torn hamstring and will miss the playoffs in the Dominican Winter League, according to a report by ESPN Deportes.

There had been minimal interest in Furcal from Major League clubs this offseason. The Phillies showed some interest after trading Jimmy Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, and MLB Trade Rumors speculated the Royals could be a potential fit.

Furcal, 37, was limited to nine games with the Marlins in 2014 because of a strained hamstring. He missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. His last full season was ’12, when he was an All-Star with the Cardinals and played 121 games.

–Austin Laymance

Phillies considering Asdrubal Cabrera?

The Phillies could use another option at shortstop now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers.

Asdrubal Cabrera appears to be a possibility for the Phillies, who would need to clear some payroll to sign the free agent, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Cabrera, 29, can play both shortstop and second base. He split last season between the Indians and Nationals, hitting a combined .307 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles and four triples. He was an All-Star in 2011-12 with Cleveland.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday that Freddy Galvis will have the first opportunity to replace Rollins in 2015. However, Amaro did not rule out the possibility of adding another option to the mix at short.

A number of teams have shown interest in Cabrera this offseason, including the A’s, Cardinals, Giants, Mets and Twins, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. It appears the Phillies are now in that group of potential suitors, too.

–Austin Laymance

Astros could enter mix for Hamels

The Astros are reportedly being considered a “sleeper team” in trade talks regarding the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and Giants have all been linked to Hamels this offseason, though Cafardo believes the Astros could swoop in and make a push to work out a deal with the Phils. That said, Hamels does have a no-trade list and it’s unclear at this point whether or not the Astros are on it.

Either way, there is speculation that Hamels might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for any of the aforementioned teams, if said team agrees to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019. He’s currently owed $90 million over the next four seasons before that option year comes into play.

The Giants’ interest likely depends on whether or not they’re able to sign James Shields, while the Cubs could fall out of the race as well after signing top free agent starter Jon Lester last week. The Red Sox and Dodgers are widely believed to still be the frontrunners for Hamels, but it appears they may have more competition than initially expected.

– Paul Casella

Mets add outfielder in Mayberry Jr.

The Mets have reportedly signed outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to a Major League contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSPorts.com.

Mayberry was non-tendered by the Blue Jays earlier this month, making him a free agent. The Phillies traded him to Toronto at the non-waiver Trade Deadline in August. In 78 games between the Phils and Jays, Mayberry hit .212 with seven home runs and 10 doubles.

A first-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Mayberry has a lifetime .208 average over six Major League seasons. He can play all three outfield positions, as well as first base.

–Austin Laymance

Report: Dodgers acquire Rollins

The Dodgers have reportedly acquired veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Though numerous other reports confirmed the deal, including ESPN’s Buster Olney and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports claims that the deal is “close,” but adds that the two sides are still working out terms of the deal and says it could ultimately involve a third team.

Neither club has confirmed any reports.

Talks seem to have materialized quickly after reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that Rollins would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a potential deal involving the Dodgers. The 36-year-old shorstop had a decent year at the plate this past season, notching 17 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases, while still turning in above average defense.

The move seems to be a perfect fit for the Dodgers, who were looking for a short-term solution after losing Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox earlier this offseason. Not only does acquiring Rollins seemingly provide an immediate fix, but it also won’t block top prospect Corey Seager from assuming the role in the near future once he becomes ready to make the jump to the Major Leagues.

– Paul Casella

Giants set to meet with Santana’s agent

The Giants are expected to meet with representatives for free agent right-hander Ervin Santana on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

After missing out on marquee free agent Jon Lester, the Giants are now beginning to pursue alternatives in their need to bolster the starting rotation. It was also reported earlier in the day that the Giants were interested in potentially working out a deal for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

The Giants certainly have money they’re willing to spend after losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox earlier this offseason and missing out on Lester.

Santana, who turns 32 this week, has also garnered interest from the Twins this offseason. Other teams could also enter the picture as the starting pitching market contiunes to heat up in the wake of Lester finally making his decision.

– Paul Casella

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