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It has already been a busy week or so at Phillies spring training. Obviously, the Phillies made a splash by signing A.J. Burnett on the same day that pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater. But many things have happened since the start of spring training worth noting.
It has been a little while since I’ve been able to write about some of the issues. So here’s a brief rundown on some of the news items with my thoughts below. Read the rest of this entry »
Jonathan Papelbon will always be the outspoken member of the Phillies teams in decline. As the team failed through the middle of the season, Papelbon started to struggle on a regular basis. And finally, when the Phillies looked as incompetent as possible, Papelbon snapped.
Papelbon’s now famous quote – “I definitely didn’t come here for this.” – stood out as one of the important moments in the season.
So when Cole Hamels said during the offseason that there was a lack of leadership in the clubhouse last season, it certainly appeared that fingers were being pointed. Somebody wasn’t being a team guy. It was easy to assume that person was Papelbon.
On Monday, Papelbon addressed the media for the first time this spring. His comments started about clubhouse leadership and being a leader to the team. Read the rest of this entry »
The newest member of the Phillies, pitcher A.J. Burnett, arrived in Clearwater on Sunday and reported to Phillies camp for the first time. His one-year, $16 million contract was finalized on Sunday morning.
The deal also includes a mutual option for $15 million in 2015 and also a limited no-trade clause. Burnett also has a player option for $7.5 million if the Phillies choose to decline the mutual option.
On Sunday afternoon, Burnett was introduced alongside GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg. Read the rest of this entry »
In the wake of early spring injury news, the Phillies finally made a splash in the offseason. The Phillies and pitcher A.J. Burnett have agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal for the 2014 season.
Burnett has been on the free-agent market for months and was even debating retirement at one point. It was rumored the only team he would pitch for was the Pittsburgh Pirates, Burnett’s 2013 team. However, the Phillies managed to stay in the race for the right-hander, and signed him on Wednesday.
Burnett is a career 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA and 2,180 strikeouts in his 15-year career. The 37-year-old was 10-11 last season with a 3.30 ERA and 209 strikeouts.
Burnett has also pitched for the Marlins, Blue Jays and Yankees in his career.
The signing comes in the wake of news that Cole Hamels will not be ready on Opening Day due to shoulder tendinitis. Hamels hopes to be ready for the first week of the season.
That said, the Phillies, who already lacked starting pitching depth, certainly needed to make a desperate push for another starter, and preferably one that is a household name.
Burnett fits the bill and manages to give the Phillies an additional boost to the rotation.
The Phillies are expected to undergo wholesale changes this offseason as they try to assemble a new group for 2014 with the hopes of returning to the Postseason. That started immediately following the final game of the season.
Within 24 hours of the season’s conclusion, the Phillies announced that they would not be offering a new contract to pitching coach Rich Dubee.
Dubee spent nine seasons with the Phillies, most of them under Charlie Manuel. Dubee handled pitching staffs that featured the likes of Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Pedro Martinez, Brad Lidge, Jonathan Papelbon, Tom Gordon, Brett Myers and more.
Dubee was also a member of the 2008 World Series championship coaching staff.
The Phillies have committed to Ryne Sandberg as manager of the 2014 team. His current coaching staff consists of Juan Samuel, Steve Henderson, Wally Joyner, Mick Billmeyer, Rod Nichols and Jesus Tiamo.
Much more to come in this busy offseason for the Phillies.
The Phillies lose five of their final seven games to coast into the offseason. There was one positive that came from all of that.
For the first time since 2001, the Phillies have a Top-10 pick in the MLB Draft. With their 73-89 record, third worst in the National League, the Phillies claimed the seventh overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
The last time the Phillies had a Top-10 pick, they selected pitcher Gavin Floyd with the fourth overall pick in 2001.
In recent history, the seventh pick has produced some sound talent that is already at the major-league level. Here are some of the players drafted seventh overall in recent seasons:
- 2002: 1B Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
- 2003: OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
- 2004: RHP Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
- 2005: SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
- 2006: LHP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
- 2009: LHP Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
- 2010: RHP Matt Harvey, New York Mets
Obviously, that is some pretty good talent. Kershaw is quite possibly the best pitcher in baseball right now. Harvey is a star in the making. Minor is more than serviceable. Tulowitzki, Markakis and Fielder are all solid position players.
The Phillies formed their core of players during a championship run with high draft picks. Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell and Brett Myers were all first-round picks for the Phillies. Could this pick lead to a centerpiece to the future?
That remains to be seen, but since the Phillies posted their worst season since 2000, they get a chance to bolster the system with a top-tier pick.
As this dismal season comes to a close, the Phillies opened their final five games the same way the final 10 began, with a loss.
Falling to 72-86, the Phillies are preparing to close the season in Atlanta. But first, they lost at the hands of the miserable Marlins.
The Phillies are going out with a whimper, losing in five of six games. That included Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Marlins.
The Phillies finally snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a victory over the Marlins in a bullpen game no less. It was a positive step for a group that has shown improvement in the second half.
The Phillies (72-85) enter the final five games of the season. The first of those five is the series finale against the Marlins (58-100) on Wednesday.
Cole Hamels (8-14, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed six runs on 10 hits in seven innings in a loss to the Mets in his last start. Hamels last faced the Marlins on June 5, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings in a win. In his career against the Marlins, Hamels is 9-12 with a 3.16 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA.
The Phillies will face left-hander Brad Hand (1-1, 3.14 ERA). Hand allowed one run on one hit in two innings in his last appearance on Friday against the Nationals. Hand picked up the win against the Phillies in relief on Sept. 18. He made his last start on Sept. 13 against the Mets, allowing four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. In his career against the Phillies, Hand is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.
There were two milestones in sight for Cole Hamels. One was easily attained. The other one was not.
Hamels struggled early against the Mets as the Phillies officially clinched what was inevitable.
With 10 games remaining and just one loss separating the Phillies from a .500 record and their first losing season since 2002, the chances of the Phillies avoiding the losing season were slim to none.
The Mets struck early and the Phillies, despite getting chances, failed to rebound, losing to the Mets, 6-4, on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
A total of 49 players have taken the field for the Phillies in the 2013 season. With so much roster confusion, there are some cases where it is a wonder who will be on the roster in 2014.
A closer look, however, reveals that the Phillies 2014 roster is almost completely set. Here’s the breakdown. Read the rest of this entry »