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Diamondbacks Deal Jeremy Hellickson to Phillies For Prospect

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-handed pitching prospect Sam McWilliams. The 28-year-old Hellickson went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts after being traded to Arizona from Tampa Bay last offseason. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2011 and won a Gold Glove in 2012 but has struggled giving up homers, allowing at least 20 in four of the past five seasons. Hellickson is 49-48 with a 3.94 ERA in 142 games in six big league seasons. The 20-year-old McWilliams... 
 

Phillies Find Home for Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels Next

The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a trade that will send closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in exchange for RHP Nick Pivetta while also sending cash considerations to the Nationals, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced. The 34-year-old Papelbon has pitched to a 1.59 ERA with 40 strikeouts against just seven unintentional walks in 39 2/3 innings. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 186 and is 12th on the all-time saves list with 342. Papelbon is owed the balance of a $13-million salary for 2015.... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez , Jason Grilli

Jonathan Papelbon has loudly voiced his desire for  a trade to a contender. Francisco Rodriguez could be on the move if the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers get an offer they can’t refuse. Yet, for a contender that needs a closer – like the Toronto Blue Jays – Atlanta’s Jason Grilli would cost less in terms of salary and prospects. Over 35 games and 33.2 innings this year, the 38-year-old right-hander has a 2.67 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings and 24 saves for a surprising Braves team that is 42-43, 4.5 games... 
 

Phillies Need to Trade Jonathan Papelbon, Any Takers?

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade. Two sources said on Tuesday evening that the talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phils and Brewers were in serious negotiations. FOXSports.com mentioned the Blue Jays’ interest. In the days since, reports surfaced that a deal with either team is unlikely. But that has not stopped them from continuing to talk about Papelbon. Both Milwaukee and Toronto... 
 

Philadelphia Phillies, Ruben Amaro Need Trade Partners

Ruben Amaro Jr. needs his phone to ring.  Philadelphia Phillies fans need his phone to ring.  Any chance for the Phillies to turn the page on their 2008 World Series Championship team hangs in the balance.  The Phillies clubhouse has been champagne free now for three seasons with the Phillies falling further and further off the pace in the National League East. But the Phillies are suffering from a severe hangover from that championship run. The cost of winning hangs around the neck of the Phillies Fanatic and the organization. Amaro has to cut... 
 

Phillies Start Restructure by Dealing Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

Questions have lingered about the Philadelphia Phillies’ off-season plans. Will they unload veterans and rebuild or keep their prominent names and make one final run at a Natioanl League East title with the current group? Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro delivered an answer Wednesday afternoon when he traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 36-year-old Rollins has spent his entire 15-year Major League career in Philadelphia. A second round pick out of an Oakland area high school in 1996, Rollins made his big league... 
 

Phillies ship Bastardo to Pirates for minor league pitcher

With Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett signed to solidify the rotation for 2015, the Pittsburgh Pirates shifted their attention to the bullpen by acquiring 29-year-old left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez. Earlier this week, the Phillies were reportedly talking to the Boston Red Sox about trading Bastardo for minor league infielder and Philadelphia area native Sean Coyle. Bastardo has spent all six of his Major League seasons with the Phillies. He surrendered just 43 hits in 64 innings... 
 

Red Sox-Phillies talking swap for lefty Antonio Bastardo

After their ill-fated attempt to reunite with Andrew Miller, the Boston Red Sox are discussing a deal with Philadelphia to acquire another power left-hander. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Boston is interested in landing 29-year-old lefty Antonio Bastardo for infield prospect Sean Coyle, who is from the Philadelphia area. At the trade deadline last July, the Red Sox traded Miller to Baltimore for highly regarded left-handed starting pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. Boston pursued Miller this offseason before the veteran inked a four-year,... 
 

August Trade Candidates: Philadelphia Phillies Chase Utley

The Philadelphia Phillies stood pat at the July 31st trade deadline, and many pundits felt this was a missed opportunity for the club to sell. They have a firm hold on last place in the National League East. With an aging roster and a minor league system that is short on impact talent, a rebuild is in order. While they didn’t make any deals at the deadline, several Phillies players could be dealt in August. One of those players is second baseman Chase Utley. The 35 year-old Utley is under contract for $15 million this season, and at least... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon, A.J. Burnett

David Price is the big prize among starting pitchers on the trade block. Jeff Samardzija has already been dealt, and it remains to be seen whether Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee will change teams by the deadline. Beyond that, there are plenty of mid level options. Two veteran hurlers, Bartolo Colon and A.J. Burnett, have seen their names mentioned frequently in the last week or so. The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are six and 12 games under .500 respectively. Colon was signed to a two-year deal worth $20 million this offseason. The 41 year-old... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Should the Phillies Deal Hamels and Lee?

The Philadelphia Phillies are currently occupying last place in the National League East. While they hung on to unrealistic hopes of contending last season, they appear to be facing up to reality this year. It’s time for the Phillies to rebuild their aging roster, and their farm system could desperately use some fresh faces. Ace pitchers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are receiving plenty of interest. Either would could make a big difference for a contending team. Lee has been one of the five best pitchers in baseball since 2008. The 35 year-old... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios

It’s only four weeks until the trade deadline. As of now there haven’t been any big moves, but players will be trading places soon enough. With the San Diego Padres deciding to extend outfielder Seth Smith, he’s off the trade block. Here are a couple of the more significant outfielders that will be available to a contending team. Alex Rios was moved last season, as the Chicago White Sox sent him to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, which turned out to be Leury Garcia. The 33 year-old right fielder... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Alexei Ramirez and Jimmy Rollins

As the calendar turns from June to July and more teams find themselves out of playoff contention, the trade market starts to heat up. Two shortstops that could be moved are Alexei Ramirez and Jimmy Rollins. The two players are both north of 30, but both could help out a contending team. Furthermore, they are unlikely to break the bank in terms of salary or the return they would command in a trade. Ramirez has been the everyday shortstop for the Chicago White Sox since 2008. Now 32, he’s in the midst of his best offensive season since his... 
 

Phillies Sign A.J. Burnett, Old Player That is Good

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal, reports Hayden Balgavy of THV 11 in Arkansas. Burnett’s deal is worth $16 million. Burnett’s future was undetermined for most of the 2014 offseason, and he took longer than expected to decide whether he would retire or pitch again in 2014. Early on, he stated that if he pitched again, it would be in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. However, he may have switched gears after the Pirates neglected to extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer. After... 
 

Phillies Reach Agreement With Roberto Hernandez

The Philadelphia Phillies reached an agreement with right-hander Roberto Hernandez according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly. The deal is pending a physical.  Hernandez spent 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays and pitched to a 4.89 ERA with a 6-13 record. Known for inducing ground balls Hernandez had a 53.2% ground ball rate in 2013. His best season came in 2007 when he went 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA in 32 starts with the Indians. Those days are likely long gone but he should fit in the backend of the Phillies rotation. Jonathan Pettibone and Miguel Alfredo... 
 
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