Player News - Phillies

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NBCSPhilly's Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have placed first baseman Justin Bour on waivers.

The Phillies just wanted Bour as a pinch-hitter down the stretch last year; with Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins on the roster, there was no way he'd be in their plans for 2019. Someone will probably claim him and see what he's looking for in arbitration in advance of the non-tender deadline. If the team doesn't like what it hears, he can be let go then at no cost. He'd be a fine option as a platoon first baseman ... it's just a matter of whether that's worth $5 million or so in this environment.
Nov 14 - 4:07 PM

The Phillies are promoting Chris Young to pitching coach in place of Rick Kranitz, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Young, who just retired as an active pitcher after the 2017 season was hired as an assistant at the same time that Kranitz was brought in a year ago. It sounds like the Phillies wanted to continue with that arrangement, but multiple teams were interested in Young and the Phillies decided it was more important to keep him around than it was Kranitz. Kranitz remains under contract, but Rosenthal says he'll be allowed to interview elsewhere.
Nov 14 - 12:16 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies are shopping Carlos Santana.

Of course they are. The idea would be to move Santana and put Rhys Hoskins at first base. The problem with the idea is that Santana is owed $35 million over the next two seasons with a club option for $17.5 million with a $500,000 buyout in 2021. He posted a disappointing .766 OPS with the Phillies in 2018, and while he still can hit for power (24 homers) and get on base (110 walks), the value is likely to be very limited. If the Phillies are serious about trading Santana, they might need to include a prospect along with salary coverage.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 9:28 AM

Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves are among the teams that have shown interest in free agent backstop Wilson Ramos.

The Angels are also among the teams known to have interest in the hard-hitting catcher. Ramos, 31, hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI in 111 games between the Rays and Phillies in 2018.
Nov 11 - 7:38 PM

Carlos Zambrano's agent, Barry Praver, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that his client would like to pitch in the major leagues again.

Zambrano, 37, is currently pitching in the Venezuelan winter league after pitching in the Mexican League earlier this year. He's lost 30 pounds since his playing days and says he's serious about a comeback attempt. However, Zambrano holds a 6.75 ERA and 15/19 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings between the two stops and he wasn't good the last time he pitched in the majors back in 2012, either. He seems unlikely to even get a minor league contract.
Nov 9 - 9:32 AM

Francisco Rodriguez wants to pitch next season, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

K-Rod failed to attract any MLB interest after getting cut from Phillies camp in late March, but he went on to post a promising 2.76 ERA in 42 1/3 innings with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. The 36-year-old right-hander might be able to find a non-guaranteed minor league deal this winter.
Nov 7 - 5:20 PM

According to Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are "among five teams" interested in signing free agent catcher Wilson Ramos.

There is a long list of teams in need of help at the catcher position, so Ramos should do quite well this winter. The 31-year-old backstop slashed .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Rays and Phillies. Angels catchers combined for a .220/.271/.357 slash line in 2018.
Nov 7 - 4:05 PM

The Phillies have hired Paco Figueroa as their outfield and baserunning coach.

Figueroa served as the Dodgers' minor league hitting coordinator in 2018. Former major leaguer Sam Fuld was the Phillies' outfield and baserunning coach last year and will now be able to shift his focus to the breakdown and dissemination of data to players, something he did on more of a part-time basis previously.
Nov 6 - 6:10 PM

Pedro Florimon has elected free agency.

Florimon was sent outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday, but he'll refuse the assignment and hit free agency instead. A career .211/.270/.319 hitter, he'll try to secure a minor league deal elsewhere this winter.
Nov 4 - 5:47 PM

Phillies sent INF Pedro Florimon outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Florimon is a career .211/.270/.319 hitter over parts of eight major league seasons.
Nov 2 - 2:17 PM

Phillies prospect right-hander Sixto Sanchez will skip the Arizona Fall League after recently experiencing soreness in his right collarbone.

Sanchez was working in the instructional league when he began feeling symptoms. The 20-year-old was hoping to participate in the AFL after his season was cut short due to a right elbow issue in June. Fortunately, the recent setback is considered minor and he should be ready to go for spring training. Sanchez, one of the top pitching prospects in the game, had a 2.51 ERA and 45/11 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings over eight starts with High-A Clearwater this season.
Oct 9 - 9:02 AM

Jose Bautista went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases in a 3-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday.

Yep. That Jose Bautista. The steals are the third and fourth of the season for the 37-year-old. We're as surprised as you are. Joey Bats finishes the year with a line of .203/.348/.378 with 13 homers and 48 RBI in 122 games with the Mets and Phillies. Assuming he wants to continue playing, he should find a spot one someone's bench in 2019.
Sep 30 - 6:39 PM

Cesar Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a homer in a 3-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday.

Hernandez led off the game with a solo shot off of Kevin Gausman, and it was the 15th homer and 60th RBI on the season for the second baseman. His batting average of .253 left much to be desired, but he did get on at a .353 clip, and his 19 steals over 161 games aren't too shabby, either. He has two more years of arbitration eligibility, so he should be back as the starting second baseman for the Phillies in 2019.
Sep 30 - 6:36 PM

Seranthony Dominguez struck out two hitters in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save on Sunday against the Braves.

Dominguez didn't allow a hit or a walk, and he threw 8-of-10 pitches for strikes in the save. He finishes with 16 on the season, and the scoreless inning lowers his ERA to 2.95. The 23-year-old had some shaky moments in his first year as a closer, but for the most part, he was a solid stopper. He should have the role next year, and assuming the Phillies make another jump, he could have a big save total in 2019.
Sep 30 - 6:33 PM

Ranger Suarez allowed one run over three innings while striking out five in a no-decision against the Braves on Sunday.

Suarez allowed a Ronald Acuna double that scored Charlie Culberson, but that was it. The 23-year-old didn’t get much of a chance to make his mark in 2018 with the Phillies, allowing a 5.40 ERA over 15 innings in four starts. He did post a 2.75 ERA in 124 minor league innings, but he struck out just 84 hitters. He may have a chance to earn a spot in the Philadelphia rotation at some point in 2019, but he isn’t likely to miss enough bats to have much value in terms of fantasy.
Sep 30 - 6:30 PM

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