MLB Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies

Abreu back on the market 

March, 27, 2014
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As ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported Wednesday, the Philadelphia Phillies informed Bobby Abreu that he was not making the team's Opening Day roster, and gave him time to consider his options going forward. On Thursday, Abreu asked for and was granted his release from the team.

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Possible fits for Mayberry 

March, 22, 2014
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The Philadelphia Phillies have made it known that first baseman/outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is available, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

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Is the spring training feud between Jimmy Rollins and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg nearing a tipping point?

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Burnett not ready to retire 

January, 29, 2014
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Although pitcher A.J. Burnett had been mulling retirement after the Pittsburgh Pirates decided against making him a qualifying offer, a source tells ESPN.com that Burnett is indeed planning to pitch in 2014.

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Tuesday Roundup: Machado's progress 

January, 14, 2014
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Manny Machado is not in attendance at Baltimore Orioles minicamp this week, but that shouldn't be seen as a sign that the third baseman's recovery from knee surgery is not progressing as expected.

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Phillies getting even older? 

January, 14, 2014
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The window for the Philadelphia Phillies to win a World Series with their current roster is rapidly closing. Last season, the team was one of only three franchises with an average age of 30 or more, and the re-signing of veterans Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and the addition of 36-year-old Marlon Byrd certainly didn't make the team any younger.

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Two more for Tanaka 

January, 8, 2014
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Count another two teams "in" on the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes as the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox have both apparently entered the competition for the free agent pitcher.

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There's been talk for some time now that the Philadelphia Phillies are looking to rid themselves of closer Jonathan Papelbon's contract. Consider ESPN.com's Buster Olney's tweet a few weeks back, "Folks who've talked with PHI say they're EXTREMELY motivated to move Papelbon."

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Tuesday Roundup: Busy holiday week? 

December, 24, 2013
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The bulk of baseball’s offseason roster movement tends to take place before Christmas, but December 25 is almost here and a good number of prominent free agents are still available, particularly on the pitching front.

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Philly reunion for Madson? 

December, 24, 2013
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The Philadelphia Phillies may be interested in a low-risk deal with reliever Ryan Madson, who has not pitched in a big league game over the last two seasons.

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Could Orioles look to Papelbon? 

December, 22, 2013
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The Baltimore Orioles continue to try and rebound from their ill-fated attempt to sign Grant Balfour to a two-year deal. Following the pitcher's physical, the Orioles opted to cancel a previously agreed-upon deal with Balfour and are again exploring alternative options at closer.

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Papelbon likely to stay in Philly 

December, 13, 2013
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When reports surfaced earlier this week that the Philadelphia Phillies were considering dealing a group of players that included Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon, the team seemed to be quick on the trigger to respond.

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Rule 5 draft highlights 

December, 12, 2013
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The MLB Rule 5 Draft took place Thursday morning at the winter meetings, with only nine teams selecting players in the major league portion of the draft.

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Who might deal for Hamels, Lee? 

December, 10, 2013
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The Philadelphia Phillies are still built to win now, but have told other teams that they are willing to consider trades of either of their two best starting pitchers, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, according to ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

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Phillies stuck with Papelbon? 

December, 8, 2013
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Just because a team is believed to be shopping a player, that doesn't mean that the team will get their wish. Although Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Philadelphia Phillies are seeking to send Jonathan Papelbon elsewhere, the odds of that actually coming to pass appear to be stacked against the club.

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