MLB Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies

Why Philly backtracked on Howard stance 

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
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A month ago, it appeared that Ryne Sandberg and the Philadelphia Phillies would be reducing the playing time of their overpriced slugger, Ryan Howard. But after three games on the bench in favor of Darin Ruf, the 34-year-old has started 29 of the past 30 games. What gives?

Is Phillies GM's job safe? 

August, 21, 2014
Aug 21
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The Philadelphia Phillies have won just four of their last 12 games and -- at 17 games out of first place -- are deeper in the National League East cellar than at any time all season. Yet, management of the team doesn't seem to think there's a need for a change of leadership.

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Retirement on horizon for Burnett? 

August, 20, 2014
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After allowing five runs in 7-2/3 innings to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, A.J. Burnett has now lost six of his last seven starts, and remains stuck at 153 wins for his career. That career may soon be over.

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Papelbon's fate with Phillies 

August, 15, 2014
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With five losses in their last six games, save opportunities have been few and far between for the Philadelphia Phillies. However, in spite of the emergence of Ken Giles as a strong bullpen option, it's still Jonathan Papelbon who is getting those rare chances when they do crop up.

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Hamels ready to move on? 

August, 14, 2014
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The Philadelphia Phillies have Cole Hamels under contract through at least the end of the 2018 season, and the pitcher has repeatedly has expressed his intention to remain with his current team. However, reports that Hamels was selling his home have caused some speculation that a change of scenery may be forthcoming for the pitcher.

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Any chance for Hamels deal? 

August, 8, 2014
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August doesn't often bear enormous fruit in terms of blockbuster trades, and it appears that in the case of Cole Hamels, it's highly unlikely that there will be an exception to the rule.

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Surgery in Cliff Lee's future? 

August, 7, 2014
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Cliff Lee's latest injury, a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, has ended the veteran southpaw's season prematurely. Will Lee be able to avoid surgery?

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Sizemore's future in Philly 

August, 5, 2014
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Grady Sizemore has found a new lease on life with the Phillies, but is there any future for the veteran outfielder in Philadelphia?

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Will Byrd be dealt in August? 

August, 3, 2014
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The July 31 trade deadline passed without the Philadelphia Phillies making a move, and no general manager has come under more scrutiny than Ruben Amaro, who was unable to find a taker for any of his bloated contracts.

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Are any current Phillies in '15 rotation? 

August, 2, 2014
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With the news of Cliff Lee's probable season-ending injury, the Philadelphia Phillies are staring at a complete overhaul of their starting rotation for 2015.

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Will Phillies fire GM? 

August, 1, 2014
Aug 1
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There was a lot of trade deadline action on Thursday, but one team that was noticeably absent from the festivities was the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite being in the National League East cellar and having veteran talent that could have been dealt away to kickstart a rebuilding process, the team stood pat.

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Will Phillies make any SP deals? 

July, 30, 2014
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If Cole Hamels pitched his final game in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform on Tuesday night, he certainly made it a good one. Hamels shut out the New York Mets for eight innings, scattering six hits and striking out eight batters in a 6-0 win.

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Byrd on the move? 

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
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The Philadelphia Phillies lineup for tonight's game against the New York Mets shows that Grady Sizemore will be starting in right field and batting sixth -- instead of Marlon Byrd.

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Will Phillies make moves or not? 

July, 27, 2014
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There's been no shortage of rumors surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies as the trade deadline approaches, and ESPN.com's Jim Bowden says that "the time has come for the (team) to realize that it's too late to retool. It's time for them to put denial behind them and embrace the realities of a complete rebuild."

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Howard headed for the door? 

July, 24, 2014
Jul 24
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When Darin Ruf started at first base for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday instead of Ryan Howard, there was no reason to believe it was anything more than a routine day off for a veteran. However, that might not be the case.

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