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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies' contract with Jake Arrieta includes an opt-out clause after the second season.

Arrieta will earn $30 million in 2018, $25 million in 2019 and $20 million in 2020. The right-hander has the option to opt-out after the 2019 season, but the contract also allows the Phillies to void that potential opt-out clause in the form of a two-year extension for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. In that event, Arrieta would earn $20 million per season for those two years, with incentives that could drive it up to $25 million per season. All told, the final deal could wind up being for five years and between $125 and $135 million.
Mar 11 - 7:35 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today confirms that the Phillies have reached a three-year, $75 million deal with Jake Arrieta.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia was first to report that an agreement was in place. Arrieta was thought to be seeking upwards of five or six years when the offseason began, but this market has been poor for pretty much every top free agent. The 32-year-old brings some credibility to the front of the Phillies' rotation, though he lost some velocity on his fastball in his final season with the Cubs and finished with a relatively underwhelming 3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings. Citizens Bank Park is a power-friendly environment. There are some red flags on his fantasy outlook for 2018 and beyond.
Mar 11 - 5:21 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Jake Arrieta "is expected to sign in the next couple of days" and the Phillies are "looming as the favorite."

Nightengale notes that "several teams remain involved," so it certainly doesn't seem like Arrieta-to-Philadelphia is a slam dunk at this point. However, we've often heard the two sides connected in recent weeks and it appears there's definitely some smoke there. Arrieta reportedly has been wanting a 4-5 year contract, whereas the Phillies understandably would prefer him on a shorter deal with a higher AAV. We'll see if the two sides can come to a compromise.
Mar 11 - 1:54 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Phillies have had "recent contact" with free agent right-hander Lance Lynn.

Morosi cautions that the sides "are not close to a deal" and that the Phillies are also monitoring the market for Jake Arrieta. It's clear that Philadelphia wants to wind up with one of the remaining top free agent starters, though there hasn't been any talk tying the club to Alex Cobb. Lynn, 30, returned from Tommy John surgery last season to deliver a 3.43 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings with the Cardinals. He boasts a 3.38 career ERA in 977 2/3 total major league frames.
Mar 1 - 7:42 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies and Jake Arrieta are "having dialogue."

Top free agents Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, and J.D. Martinez have all found homes in recent days, so the focus now turns to Arrieta. There's a connection with the Phillies, as members of the team's front office know him well from their time in Baltimore. Arrieta would be a great fit in Philadelphia's rotation, but Heyman hears that the Phillies would prefer a shorter-term deal. It's safe to say that multiple teams would be interested if the soon-to-be 32-year-old is seriously willing to consider such a scenario.
Feb 20 - 9:20 AM

Tony Watson is drawing interest from the Giants, Phillies, and Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the Giants were in serious talks with the veteran reliever. According to Heyman, the interest in Watson extends beyond the three teams mentioned. The 32-year-old is coming off a 3.38 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings in 2017. He'd be a fine bullpen addition just about anywhere.
Feb 13 - 2:03 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies are "checking in" on free agent starter Yu Darvish.

Rosenthal cautions that the Phillies have also discussed most of the other remaining high profile free agents, hoping that a player might fall into their less expensive and "preferably short-term" range. Given the amount of players still available, it's possible the Phillies will land another big name this offseason. Rosenthal notes, however, that it is unlikely they will be the high bidder on someone like Darvish, who is drawing interest from the Twins, Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers, and should command upwards of $150 million when all is said and done. Jon Morosi of reported Wednesday that the 31-year-old right-hander is "increasingly likely" to sign somewhere this week.
Jan 24 - 3:02 PM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia writes that the Phillies could be interested in free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

Salisbury notes that Arrieta has been working out with Philadelphia outfielder Nick Williams in Austin, and that Williams has been selling him on the Phillies. He also writes that GM Matt Klentak is "actively" looking at ways to improve the Philadelphia rotation. Reports are that Arrieta is still looking for a five-year deal, and the Phillies reportedly aren't willing to go that long with a starter on the market. If that yearly ask goes down, Philadelphia could very much be in play for the 31-year-old right-hander.
Jan 18 - 8:21 AM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, free agent infielder Will Middlebrooks "likely will sign a minor-league deal with the Phillies."

It sounds like the two parties are simply sorting out the final details of the contract. Middlebrooks has logged just 70 plate appearances at the major league level over the last two seasons, with a combined .169/.229/.262 batting line. He turned 29 years old in September.
Jan 2 - 7:03 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Phillies are one of the teams that have discussed a Christian Yelich trade with the Marlins.

Spencer notes that the Phillies have the prospects to make a deal for Yelich work, although that certainly doesn't mean a trade is particularly likely. The Marlins have discussed Yelich with a number of clubs, as it's no surprise plenty of teams are interested in the cost-controlled young outfielder. Miami has said publicly that they want to hang on to Yelich, but it's probably more likely than not that he's ultimately dealt before Opening Day.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 11:27:00 AM

According to Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of, the Phillies have inquired on "just about every young starter that could be traded this winter."

That list includes Chris Archer of the Rays, Danny Duffy of the Royals, and Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. The Phillies have the sort of farm system to pull off a trade for a young, controllable starting pitcher and the recent addition of Carlos Santana gives them more options, as they have Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, or Nick Williams as potential trade pieces with Rhys Hoskins expected to play the outfield.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:37:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract.'s Jesse Sanchez says the Phillies also have a $17.5 million club option for 2021. It's an odd fit on the surface, as it means either Rhys Hoskins or perhaps even Santana will play the outfield or Santana will move back third base and bump Maikel Franco from a starting job. Perhaps there will be a series of moves coming from Philly. Santana does give the Phillies a bona-fide bat, as he boasts a career .249/.365/.445 batting line and has averaged 24 homers per season in his seven full years. The Indians will now have to turn to Plan B at first base.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:33:00 PM

White Sox selected outfielder Carlos Tocci from the Phillies with the fourth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Rangers.

Tocci, who was signed out of Venezuela at age 16, hit .307/.362/.398 as a 21-year-old in Double-A last season. He's not going to develop much power, so he's probably not a future regular. Still, he could be a nice reserve outfielder in time and he's polished enough that it wouldn't be too difficult to carry him now.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:42:00 AM

Phillies selected Twins RHP Nick Burdi with the third pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Pirates for international slot money.

Burdi was considered the top relief prospect in the 2014 draft and was expected to move quickly, but he didn't develop as hoped initially and, after a fast start last year, he required Tommy John surgery in May. It makes plenty of sense to stash him away here -- he can spend at least the first half of the year on the DL -- but he's not a great bet to turn into a bullpen asset anytime soon.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:39:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 04:01:00 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers will only trade Michael Fulmer in a "lopsided" deal.

Every team wants to win a trade, but in the case of dealing Fulmer, it really does only make sense for the Tigers to entertain offers that appear heavily in their favor. Why else would the Tigers trade a 24-year-old cost-controlled right-hander with excellent stuff and an already solid track record? The Yankees and Phillies have reportedly shown interest, but they're likely going to have to give up a substantial amount of prospects to procure his services.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:58:00 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have shown interest in acquiring Zack Greinke.

With the Phillies taking care of their bullpen with the signings of Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek, Murray reports that the Phillies have turned their attention to improving their rotation. Even with those signings, Philadelphia still has one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, so they can certainly afford to take on contract, even a large one like Greinke's. Reports are that despite his sizable contract, the Diamondbacks are not looking to salary dump the 34-year-old right-hander. The Yankees have also shown interest in procurring his services.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 08:03:00 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is drawing free agent interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Athletics, Orioles, and Phillies, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that the Giants, Royals, and Rays have also checked in. Gonzalez is probably so popular because many teams view him as a good buy-low option, but this much interest could obviously work to drive up his price. The 32-year-old outfielder batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for Colorado in 2017. He carried an outstanding .295/.353/.534 batting line between 2009-2016.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.

It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 10:29:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that there is no agreement in place between the Phillies and free agent reliever Addison Reed.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that Philadelphia was closing in on a three-year agreement with Reed, but it seems there has been a last-minute pivot to Tommy Hunter. Reed should still land somewhere soon as the relief dominos continue to fall at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.40 ERA, 0.996 WHIP, and 167/28 K/BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings over the last two seasons and he operated as the Mets' closer for a time in 2017.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 08:38:00 PM

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