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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Phillies trade Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
December 10 2014, 6:25 PM EST.
@PGordonPBR

The Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia has come to an end.

The 36-year-old shortstop was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers. Specific details of the trade have yet to be announced.

Rollins, who earned a full no-trade clause having spent 10 seasons in the major and five with the same club, approved the move.

Rollins collected 2,306 hits in 15 seasons with the Phillies and won the National League MVP award in 2007. His name is littered across the franchise leader board.

The trade leaves Freddy Galvis atop the Phillies depth chart at shortstop.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Phillies never made an offer to Yasmany Tomas


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
December 2 2014, 3:45 pm EST
@Philabaseball

For weeks the Phillies were believed to be the favorite to land Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, but things quickly took a turn early last week when sources close to the club indicated concerns about Tomas' conditioning and defensive ability.

Tomas went on to agree last week to a six-year deal with Arizona for $68.5 million.

For all the scouting, time and interest the Phillies invested in the 24-year-old the organization never made an offer, according to Tomas' agent, Jay Alou.

"Interest was sincere, but they were not prepared to make an offer until the the Winter Meetings," Alou said Tuesday.. "Ruben always kept in contact, but the DBacks stepped up and the deal structure made sense for Tomas."

Alou hinted the Phillies needed to move salary before making an offer, so the club wanted to wait to see what cash they could free up from possible trades at the Winter Meetings before making an offer.

Amaro declined to discuss Tomas when reached for comment, citing the organization's policy on publicly discussing negotiations.

Tomas' contract with Arizona includes a potential opt-out after four seasons, so a similar deal with the Phillies would not have made much sense as the club continues to rebuild.

The Phillies already have approximately $135 million committed to payroll for 2015 and that's not including Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Antonio Bastardo, all of whom are arbitration eligible.

Outfielder Marlon Byrd seems to be the most logical option to be moved next week. The Yankees have already expressed an interest and several clubs are seeking a bat with some pop for a short-term deal. The 37-year-old is entering the final year of his current contract and is owed $8 million.

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Deadline near for Phillies to tender Brown, Revere and Bastardo


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
December 2 2014, 12:15 pm EST.

With less than a week before the start of baseball's Winter Meetings, the Phillies still have some business to take care of before heading to San Diego.

The club has until midnight Tuesday to tender contracts to their three arbitration-eligible players - reliever Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Domonic Brown and Ben Revere.

The expectation is all three players will receive offers from the Phillies prior to the deadline, but there's no guarantee any of them will be with the club come Opening Day as the front office looks to rebuild.

Bastardo, 29, is the most likely of the three to be dealt this winter. The lefthander has a power arm and will become a free agent after the 2015 season, so he's a perfect fit for a team looking to compete next season. In 64 innings last season he finished 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA.

Revere, 26, put together a career year last season when he hit .306 while stealing 49 bases. He earned $1.95 million last year through arbitration. 

Brown, 27, is arbitration eligible for the first time and is coming off a lackluster year where he hit just .235 with 10 home runs; a significant drop in production from his 27 home run All-Star campaign in 2013. 

Bastardo earned $2 million last year through arbitration, while Brown's salary was $500,000. 

All three players are expected to see salary increases in 2015, according to projections from mlbtraderumors.com. 

Players have until Jan. 13 to file for arbitration. If players arbitration eligible players are not tendered contracts by midnight they become free agents. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sources: Phillies scaling back interest in Yasmany Tomas


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
November 20 2014, 3:00 pm EST.
@Philabaseball

The Phillies have been closely linked to Yasmany Tomas for nearly three months, but sources indicated Thursday the club may be scaling back their interest in pursuing the Cuban slugger.

Tomas, 23, has extreme power and a major league ready bat, but the Phillies front office is not sold on the possibility of sliding him into a corner outfield slot, according to multiple sources.

"They need his bat, but he's built more for the [American League] so he won't have to play defense everyday," said one American League executive. "Defense, by far, is this guy's biggest drawback."

Tomas is believed to be looking for a contract larger than the $72.5 million deal Rusney Castillo signed last summer with the Red Sox.

As reported by The Review last week, Tomas expects to be in San Diego to speak with potential suitors during next month's baseball's Winter Meetings.

In addition to the Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Kansas City and Cleveland have all demonstrated an interest in inking Tomas. Atlanta has also shown an interest, especially now having moved Jason Heyward to Saint Louis.

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