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MLB Network Radio's Steve Phillips reports that the Blue Jays are having discussions with the Yankees, Phillies, Braves and Cardinals about Josh Donaldson.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Donaldson has been scratched from the lineup at High-A Dunedin, where he had been slated to play a rehab game Friday. Donaldson has cleared revocable waivers and it's looking like the chances are good that the former MVP is traded sometime Friday evening. The Cardinals had been looking like the favorites and still appear to be in the running, although it's worth noting that president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Friday that he didn't anticipate making any additions. Stay tuned.
Aug 31 - 5:59 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Phillies have acquired outfielder/third baseman Jose Bautista from the Mets.

No word yet on the return for the Mets, but it's not expected to be much. Bautista hasn't been nearly as productive in recent weeks, but he'll give the Phillies an experienced bat for the stretch run. The 37-year-old is batting .196/.339/.364 with 11 home runs over 342 plate appearances overall this season.
Aug 28 - 12:56 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports hears that Adam Jones has cleared revocable trade waivers.

That means he is eligible to be traded to any team, but Jones has stated a desire to remain in Baltimore through the end of the season and his 10-and-5 rights allow him to veto any potential deal. There was real interest from the Phillies at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline -- Jones apparently even had conversations with members of the Philadelphia front office -- but Heyman says the 33-year-old impending free agent "might be more likely to consider an AL team, where he’d have a chance to DH as well as play the outfield."
Aug 16 - 11:42 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have acquired Justin Bour and cash from the Marlins for a minor league pitcher.

Rosenthal says that the Phillies claimed Bour off revocable waivers and were able to work out a deal for the big first baseman. It's bad news for Bour's fantasy value, as Carlos Santana is set as Philadelphia's starter at first base. Bour figures to be used mainly in a pinch-hitting role and will get the occasional start at first against righties. He's under team control through 2020, but the Phillies could wind up non-tendering him or flipping him to another team this offseason. The Marlins figure to use Garrett Cooper (wrist) as their main first baseman once he returns, but until then it could be Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas at the position.
Aug 10 - 2:14 PM

Rangers claimed LHP Zac Curtis off waivers from the Phillies and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

Curtis is joining his fourth organization since 2016. The reliever has a 3.73 ERA and a 26/26 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings as a major leaguer the last three years. The Rangers will surely give him a spot in their pen at some point in the next few weeks.
Aug 7 - 2:49 PM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports that the Phillies will acquire Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup.

This makes the third member of the Blue Jays' bullpen to be moved in the past few days, with Roberto Osuna joining the Astros and Seung Hwan Oh moving to the Rockies. Loup has appeared in 50 games for Toronto in 2018, registering a 4.54 ERA and 1.598 WHIP over 35 1/3 innings. He'll likely serve as a "lefty-only" member of the Philadelphia bullpen for the remainder of 2018.
Jul 31 - 3:29 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Rays have traded Wilson Ramos to the Phillies.

Feinsand adds that the Rays will get a player to be named later from Philadelphia. Ramos, an impending free agent, is currently on the disabled list with a hamstring strain and will likely remain sidelined until mid-August. But he was playing well before the injury, with a .297/.346/.488 batting line, 14 homers, and 53 RBI over 78 games with Tampa Bay.
Jul 31 - 2:51 PM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Phillies are "close" to acquiring Wilson Ramos from the Rays.

This backs up a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who reported earlier in the day that the two side were "deep into talks" on a deal. Ramos is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, but he could provide a big boost behind the plate down the stretch and possibly into the postseason. Ramos, 30, is due to become a free agent this winter.
Jul 31 - 2:49 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Jake Diekman is among the relievers being considered by the Phillies.

Rosenthal writes that the Phillies are expected to add a left-handed reliever by Tuesday's deadline. Diekman, who was originally drafted by the Phillies, holds a 3.69 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season. He's due to become a free agent this winter.
Jul 31 - 10:59 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Yankees and Diamondbacks "have shown varying levels of interest" in Brad Ziegler.

Morosi writes that Ziegler "might be the likeliest player in baseball to be traded before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET." The 38-year-old reliever got off to an awful start this season, but he's posted a 0.93 ERA since the beginning of June and shouldn't cost much in the way of prospects.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 30 - 10:24 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees, Phillies and Indians "have varying levels of interest" in Andrew McCutchen.

The Giants haven't given up hope of making a run at a playoff spot but "are open to moving their pending free agents," according to Morosi. McCutchen looks to be the most marketable of that group even though he's mostly underwhelmed to the tune of a .253/.348/.405 batting with 10 home runs, 43 RBI, and nine stolen bases in 104 games. The Indians could probably use 'Cutch the most of the aforementioned three clubs, but it's unclear which of the three has the most serious interest.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 30 - 9:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Phillies are one of the teams that have asked the Mets about Jose Bautista.

Bautista has hit .233/.382/.421 with six homers over 58 games for the Mets to net some interest from contenders presumably in a part-time role. Heyman says of Bautista that the Mets "won't trade him for nothing," but it surely won't take much.
Jul 30 - 5:28 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, and Brewers are among the teams who have shown the most interest in right-hander Zack Wheeler.

However, Heyman hears that nobody has been able to meet the Mets' asking price. Unless something changes, Wheeler will stay put past Tuesday's trade deadline. Wheeler, 28, has emerged as one of the best starting pitcher options on the market. He's hit his stride with a 3.20 ERA in 11 starts since the start of June and still has another year of team control remaining.
Jul 30 - 10:18 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies and Indians are among the teams that have inquired on Rangers' slugger Joey Gallo.

While it doesn't sound like a deal is imminent, there's plenty of time for the Rangers to get something done before Tuesday's deadline if they so choose. The 24-year-old could be an attractive trade chip as he's under team control through the 2022 season and won't be arbitration-eligible until after the 2019 campaign. He's hitting .190/.306/.458 with 25 homers and 56 RBI in 99 games this season.
Jul 28 - 10:48 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have acquired Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets for pitching prospect Franklyn Kilomé.

Cabrera should see playing time at both shortstop and third base for the Phillies and offers protection at second base, as well. The 32-year-old is in the midst of a fine season, having put up a .277/.329/.488 batting line with 18 home runs and 58 RBI. He's an impending free agent.
Jul 27 - 6:02 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Phillies have shown interest in Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Philly's biggest holes are on the left side of the infield and in the bullpen, but a right-handed-hitting addition to the outfield mix would make some sense too. Jones, an impending free agent, has batted .277/.304/.422 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 96 games this season for the last-place O's. There's also known to be some level of interest from the Indians.
Jul 25 - 1:55 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies are talking to the Blue Jays about outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Per Rosenthal, the Phillies are looking at Granderson as a left-handed bat off the bench and fourth outfielder. The 37-year-old is batting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 81 games this season. This includes a .781 OPS against right-handers. The veteran outfielder would be a nice fit for multiple contenders.
Jul 23 - 10:32 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Brewers, Indians and Phillies are among the teams interested in Mets' second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera.

They join the Mariners and Diamondbacks as teams that have already expressed interest in his services. The 32-year-old is set to hit free agency at season's end and is almost certain to be flipped before the end of the month. He's hitting .280/.332/.487 with 17 homers and 53 RBI on the season.
Jul 22 - 4:40 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Astros, Phillies and Braves are among the teams in the mix for Zach Britton.

Crasnick says the Orioles are "barreling ahead" with Britton trade talks now that the Manny Machado deal is finish. Britton's velocity and effectiveness has picked up recently and as a result the interest in him has perked up, as well. The left-handed reliever is making $12 million this season and is slated to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 20 - 12:03 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are "increasingly likely" to land Manny Machado.

Rosenthal notes that several of the other teams tied to Machado also "expect that outcome." There were a number of reports Tuesday suggesting a last-minute play from the Phillies, but the Dodgers apparently have the best offer on the table and it sounds like the medicals and paperwork might already be done. Look for something official by Wednesday afternoon. Major League Baseball frowns on its clubs making big announcements on the day of the All-Star Game.
Jul 17 - 6:12 PM


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