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PostHeaderIcon Hernandez traded to Dodgers for two players

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It took until August 7, but the Phillies finally made a trade. Surprisingly, it involved an unlikely subject.

Thursday’s starter Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later.

Hernandez was 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA. He had come on strong of late, including a very strong performance in his last start in Washington, allowing an unearned run on four hits in eight innings.

A report indicated that the Phillies will receive two “lower minor-league players” in the deal. Hernandez was signed to a one-year deal this offseason worth $4.5 million.

Hernandez was placed on waivers on Saturday. The Phillies recently put another round of players on waivers. Cole Hamels and Marlon Byrd were claimed. At the moment, no other deals appear to be close just yet.

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PostHeaderIcon The Sound Of Silence: Phillies make no trades at deadline

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The trade deadline has come and gone. For eight hours on Thursday, teams dealt player after player as normal deadline activity ensued.

None of it involved the Phillies.

After many trade rumors surfaced in previous weeks, the Phillies made no trades at the deadline and kept the roster the same as it has been for the past few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon UPDATE: No serious efforts from Phillies to trade Hamels

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UPDATE: Following an afternoon filled with rumors of Cole Hamels potential trade, there was a new story on Tuesday night.

FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal reported that, according to sources, the Phillies had “no meaningful dialogue” with other teams regarding Hamels. There were no offers on the table involving the left-hander and they had not made any formal requests of other teams.

Rosenthal added that a source also claimed that a deal involving Hamels was the “least likely” to happen among the deals the Phillies were considering.

CBS Sports Jon Heyman confirmed the same reports and added his take, saying the Phillies should be interested in moving Hamels unlike what their actions suggest.

There was an uproar among fans when Hamels appeared in rumors. For a fan base desperate to see new faces and start a rebuilding process, how could anyone be opposed? Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Amaro denies rumors of moving Howard

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For the last 48 hours, rumors have been flying around about Ryan Howard.

First the Phillies were internally discussing releasing the former MVP. Then, legitimate trade rumors surfaced after Thursday’s game.

But on Friday, Ruben Amaro Jr. denied that the Phillies are planning on moving the first baseman at all.

“That is not something we are contemplating,” Amaro said. “I don’t know where that’s coming from.” Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Report: Phillies ‘trying hard’ to trade Howard

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Ryan Howard spent Thursday afternoon’s Phillies win against the Giants the same way he spent Wednesday night’s loss – sitting on the bench for the game’s entirety.

Prior to Thursday’s game, Howard had a private meeting with manager Ryne Sandberg. Following the game, Howard offered no comment.

“Talk to him,” Howard said upon leaving the clubhouse. “Bye. Talk to the manager.”

Less than two hours later, Howard’s name showed up on the trading block as a high priority. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Phillies are “trying hard” to trade the struggling first baseman and are willing to take on most of his remaining $70 million owed through 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Utley named All-Star starter

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was named to the starting lineup of the 2014 All-Star Game on Sunday night. Fan voting closed on Thursday and as of Tuesday’s final update, Utley had an 880,000 vote lead.

Utley finished ahead of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon for the starting spot, receiving 2,866,529 votes, about 800,000 votes in front of Gordon.. He joins first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, catcher Yadier Molina and outfielders Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gomez and Yasiel Puig as the other All-Star starters for the National League.

Utley is also the Phillies lone representative for the All-Star Game, to be held in Minnesota on July 15.

The Phillies second baseman will make his sixth career All-Star appearance and also his sixth start, his first since five straight starts from 2005-2010. Only Joe Morgan and Ryne Sandberg – both Hall of Fame second basemen – have made more All-Star starts at the position.

In 2014, Utley is hitting .286 with six home runs and 40 RBI in 84 games.

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PostHeaderIcon Phillies agree to terms with top pick Nola

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Last Thursday, the Phillies began the process of building their future by drafting one of the most major-league ready players in the Draft. On Tuesday, he became an official member of the Phillies.

Former LSU pitcher Aaron Nola, the right-hander drafted by the Phillies with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 Draft, has agreed to terms with the Phillies according to assistant GM Marti Wolever.

Nola was drafted out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 2011 Draft but honored a commitment to LSU instead. He credited that choice for becoming the first-round pick he was in 2014.

His junior season was incredibly impressive. Nola was 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 116 1/3 innings.

“There is something to say about having now stuff and that’s what Aaron Nola has,” Wolever said. “Aaron Nola has now stuff. We don’t really have to project a lot because it’s already here.”

“I am ecstatic. It is a surprise. I feel so grateful to get picked by an organization early on in the round. It means everything to me,” Nola said. “It has always been my dream that I could get in the draft. I am ready to head out and go wherever they send me.”

There are several places Nola could go to begin his path to the majors. In some cases, his “now stuff” could move him as far ahead as Single-A Lakewood – which one scout compared to college level – but it is more likely that Nola will only bypass the rookie leagues and go to NY-Penn League Williamsport, whose season gets underway later this week.

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