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John Stolnis

2019 Phillies in review: Rhys Hoskins

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The Phils slugger had a difficult season last year. Will he bounce back?

When the 2019 season began, hopes were high for Rhys Hoskins.

No longer would he have to play left field, a failed experiment in 2018 that everyone assumed forced Hoskins to take some of his focus off his offensive development in order to learn a position for which he was ill-equipped. Instead, at his natural first base, the assumption was that he would be able to concentrate on...

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Ethan Witte

This trade target wouldn’t really be for 2020

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He’s injured and will miss 2020, but this could be an interesting get for the Phillies

Another entry in our off-the-wall trade ideas series

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: trading for Jameson Taillon will not help the Phillies in 2020. He underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. Sure he might be able to make a few starts at the end of the season, but for the most part, he’d be a non-entity when it came to discussing...

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John Stolnis

The Phillies need to go over the luxury tax if they want to be World Series contenders

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The Phillies reportedly are intent on staying under the tax, which is a questionable decision.

The signing of Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million contract is no doubt a controversial one.

On the one hand, you have a guy who has had two seasons where he has performed at the level of a No. 3 starter, a guy with a Tommy John surgery in his past and who is being given top-of-the-rotation money on the hopes he can turn into a...

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Why the Phillies may regret signing Zack Wheeler

David Samson believes that Wheeler may not have been the smartest signing for the Phillies

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Paul Boyé

The instant impact of Zack Wheeler

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The Phillies struck a five-year deal with a former division rival, and arguably the best available pitcher not named Cole or Strasburg

Did you find yourself thinking early in November, “boy, would I like the Phillies to sign a starting pitcher this winter?” Well, good news, like-minded friend! The Phillies are free agent righty Zack Wheeler — you may remember him from his time with the Mets — agreed to a five-year deal worth $118 million...

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Ethan Witte

REPORT: Phillies sign Zack Wheeler

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The first major splash is a doozy

The Phillies needed starting pitching, you say?

It has to be something better than average, you opine?

Don’t want to eat up too much money before scraping the luxury tax, you demand?

Well guess what? The Phillies just signed someone that fulfills all three of these desires, signing arguably the best non-elite pitcher on the market in Zack Wheeler.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies are in...

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Zack Wheeler, Phillies Reportedly Agree to 5-Year Contract Worth over $100M

Free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler agreed to a five-year deal in excess of $100 million with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan ...

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The Smarty Jones

Cole Hamels is dead to us now

Hope you like losing in the playoffs, Cole

The Phillies’ former ace has betrayed the fans by signing with the Braves

It turns out, FanSince09 was right all along: Cole Hamels is a bum.

Coal Hammels sucks #showyahate

— Wudder Herzog (@FanSince09) March 9, 2011

There had been speculation that the Phillies and their former #3 starter ace were interested in a reunion. It had the makings of a nice story: The prodigal son returns to lead the team back to postseason glory. Instead, Hamels...

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Maikel Franco could have been a star

Five-years removed from the white-hot start to his MLB career, Maikel Franco’s tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies ended with a whimper, not a roar. When Maikel Franco made his Philadelphia Phillies debut in September of 2014, he was joining a dying team. A half-decade removed from their first World Series Championship of the century, the […] Philadelphia Phillies: Maikel Franco could have been a star - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog

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The Smarty Jones

Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez: Icons of a forgettable era

There were some good times for both Franco and Hernandez along the way | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Farewell to a couple of guys who played a lot of innings for some bad teams

Next year at this time, when we’re assuredly celebrating the first of many consecutive playoff seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, we may take a look back at the sad years between 2012 and 2019 to remind ourselves how good we have it. When scanning those rosters, we may come across the names Maikel Franco...

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Phillies non-tender Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco

The Phillies have non-tendered second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia was among those to report. Neither move is surprising, but the non-tenders will nonetheless bring about the end of an era for the Phillies’ infield. Both Hernandez and Franco had been mainstays for the Phillies over the past few seasons. The switch-hitting, high-on base Hernandez was the more valuable of the two, as he was a 2.0- to 4.0-fWAR player in...

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Paul Boyé

Phillies non-tender deadline aftermath and analysis

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The team has passed the offseason’s latest checkpoint. Here’s where things stand now.

The winter’s annual moment of reckoning has come and gone, and the Phillies have made some decisions about what they want their 2020 club to look like.

Monday at 8 p.m. E.T. was the deadline for clubs to tender contracts to all players still on their 40-man roster who do not currently have one: Pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players without a long-term...

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John Stolnis

Phillies Decade in Review: Position Players Snake Draft

It was a lackluster decade for position players over the last 10 years.

The Phillies had a lot of players play for them in the last decade. Lots.

In all, 126 different players suited up and played a position that wasn’t pitcher for the Phils from 2010-19, most of them largely forgettable. These players range from the guy who played more games than any other Phillie in the 2010s, Ryan Howard (840) to Steve Susdforf, who logged three games in 2013 and had one hit in seven at-bats. In between...

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Non-tender day discussion thread

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We’ll keep you updated throughout the day as news breaks, Phillies or otherwise

Today is the non-tender day deadline. Teams across the league have to decide whether or not they will offer contracts to their arbitration eligible players for the 2020 season by 8 p.m. tonight. I already wrote a preview post about what the Phillies might do, but here, we’ll keep you up to date on any moves the Phillies make as well as any moves that are otherwise...

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Ethan Witte

There’s an argument to be made that Corey Dickerson was the best trade by any team at this year’s deadline

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A really useful player may rank as Matt Klentak’s second best trade

The numbers

(w/ Phillies) .293/.307/.573. 137 PA, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 24.1 K%, 2.2 BB%, 0.4 fWAR

The good

Dickerson was a shining light in the offensive blackness that was the Phillies’ offense in the summer. When Dickerson was acquired, it was seen as something of a desperation, yet needed, move. Andrew McCutchen was hurt, Odubel Herrera was suspended and no one outside of Bryce Harper...

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Ethan Witte

The Phillies have some decisions to make as the nontender deadline approaches

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Predictions on who might or might not still be here after the deadline on Monday

One of the bigger deadlines in the offseason calendar arrives this Tuesday when teams need to decide whether or not they will tender a contract to arbitration eligible players. Courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors, we can refresh our memories as to who the Phillies need to make decisions on and their estimated salary for 2020.

Cesar Hernandez – $11.8MM
J.T. Realmuto – $10.3MM
Blake...

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What we’re thankful for with the Phillies

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There has to be something, right?

Ethan Witte

I, for one, am thankful for two things. First and foremost, I am thankful for J.T. Realmuto. When the trade happened, I was quite critical of it, thinking that trading their top prospect along with a catcher with offensive upside who had shown marked improvement with his glove was a foolish move. It was totally fine to trade Sixto Sanchez, but I thought they would move him for quite a bit more than just...

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John Stolnis

Phillies Decade in Review: The best moment from every year

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My favorite moment from every year, 2010-19

There’s just more month left in the 2010s, a decade that started off with the Philadelphia Phillies as perennial postseason participant and ended with them trying to make their way back there.

There were two division titles, one postseason no-no, a perfect game, four no-hitters in all, a tear-down, a rebuild, talk of “tanking,” a waiving of the white flag, the death of a beloved star, the tenure of Gabe...

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Ethan Witte

2019 Phillies in review: Andrew Knapp

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A fairly divisive player in the system, is it time for the Phillies to improve at his position?

The numbers

.213/.318/.324, 160 PA, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 31.9 K%, 11.3 BB%, 0.2 fWAR

The good

We here at The Good Phight are always looking for some redeemable value in a player’s season. There has to be something a player did right that justified his spot on the team. So with Andrew Knapp, let’s dig a little bit.

Hmmmmmmm, his offensive numbers weren’t good. 68...

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Ethan Witte

Phillies sign Josh Harrison to a minor league deal

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The former All-Star gets a spring invite

The Phillies announced a signing today, getting veteran utility man Josh Harrison on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

The Phillies have signed INF Josh Harrison to a minor league contract with an invitation to attend major league spring training.

Harrison, 32, missed most of last season with the Tigers with a hamstring injury and was released in Aug. He hit .175/.218/.263 in 36 games.

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