Philadelphia Phillies Make Big Trades, Victorino and Pence Gone! More Coming?

31 07 2012

Mike-Gill1 By: Mike Gill 

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the San Francisco Giants have acquired Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies while Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Phillies have traded outfielder Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for right-handers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin.

Two major deals and the Philadelphia Phillies might not be done just yet.

In dealing Victorino, the Phillies get back a good bullpen arm in Lindblom.  The 25-year-old right-hander has a 3.02 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings of relief this season.  Martin was the Los Angeles Dodgers first-round pick in 2008 and has maybe the highest ceiling among Dodgers pitching prospects.

Overall, reports are that the Phillies did pretty well in the deal for Victorino.

Tommy Joseph is headed to the Phillies basseball club as part of the Hunter Pence deal, according to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler.  He was the San Francisco Giants’ second-round pick in 2009 and is currently playing at the Double-A level.  He played in the Futures Game this season and just turned 21.  Pegged as San Francisco’s fifth-best prospect by MLB.com, Joseph hit .260 with 8 HR and 38 RBI at Richmond prior to the proposed deal.

He could eventually replace Carlos Ruiz as the Philadelphia Phillies catcher after the 2013 season.

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Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee to Arizona Diamondbacks?

31 07 2012

By Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

With the trade deadline just a few hours away, the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to acquire an ace pitcher.

  • The Diamondbacks may have discussed a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies involving Cliff Lee and Justin Upton, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Felix Hernandez could also be on the D-Backs’ radar. It’s unclear whether either player is available, however. The Mariners front office has been adamant about keeping Hernandez, and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick recently said there was a good chance Upton will remain with the team through the deadline. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman checked with Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, who said he hasn’t changed his mind about trading Hernandez.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies willingness to trade Cliff Lee, and the Red Sox willingness to deal Josh Beckett shows how much each team wants to restructure their finances, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. Sherman also notes that the New York Yankees are unlikely to make a big move. Read the rest of this entry »




Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles talk Joe Blanton’s Medicals

31 07 2012

By Jack Moore | CBSSports.com

The Philadelphia Phillies have faxed Joe Blanton’s medical records to the Baltimore Orioles‘ team orthopedist, a potential first step in approving a trade, Roch Kubatko of MASN reported Monday.

Blanton is in the final year of a three-year, $24 million contract and with the Phillies 16.5 games out of the NL East race holds value only as a trade chip. He has struggled with the home run ball this season, allowing 22 in 20 starts, the main factor behind his 4.59 ERA. Still, a fantastic 118:15 K:BB ratio gives teams like the Orioles reason to hope.

Joe Blanton has struggled with elbow injuries recently, making multiple trips to the disabled list in 2011 with right elbow inflammation.





Philadelphia Phillies Ace Roy Halladay Making Progress

4 07 2012

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Roy Halladay has gone through a vigorous bullpen session Tuesday before Philadelphia played the New York Mets, and the Phillies injured ace could be back shortly after the All-Star break.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Halladay threw 56 pitches, stopping to simulate rest between innings. He could have several more bullpen sessions before pitching a few simulated games.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been out since May 28 because of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle on the right side of his back. The Phillies are 11-21 since he last he last pitched, a tailspin that has the organization talking about possibly being sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. Read the rest of this entry »





Catcher Gabriel Lino: Top Prospect Acquired By Philadelphia Phillies For Jim Thome

4 07 2012

by Mike Newman

It’s not often I head to the park having never heard of a catcher only to leave believing he was a future big leaguer. The last time it happened was in 2010 After seeing Giants Hector Sanchez gun down an opposing runner at second base with a 1.93 second rocket from his knees and swing the bat from both sides of the plate. More recently, Gabriel Lino left a similar impression in April as the starting catcher for Dylan Bundy‘s professional debut as a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization. With his being dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of the Jim Thome deal, Lino finds himself in an organization that has had quite a knack for developing young catchers in recent years.

Having recently turned 19, the 6-foot-3, 200 pound Lino has the frame to become even bigger at full physical maturity due to his being a bit disproportionate through his upper body when compared to his lower half. In fact, Lino may already be 20-30 pounds heavier than his listed weight as my game notes indicated his being thick through the hips with a need to “lean up”. And while this does raise some questions about his ability to remain behind the plate, his being a bit awkward as a young man still growing into his body leaves me thinking there’s room for increased athleticism. An increase in athleticism would serve as a counterbalance for additional size gained allowing him to still project well defensively as a catcher. Read the rest of this entry »





Fantasy Baseball: Paul Goldschmidt

16 06 2012

by Michael DeLuca

Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona DiamondbacksPaul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks has turned it on lately and is still available in 30% of fantasy Leagues.  Pick him up while he’s hot.  Over the last 30 days, Goldschmidt is batting .377 with 6 home-runs and 2 stolen bases, ranking him #1 among all first basemen for the time period.





Fantasy Baseball: Alex Rios

16 06 2012

by Michael DeLuca

Now is Alex Rios - Chicago White Soxthe time to pick up Alex Rios of the Chicago White Sox.  Rios is hitting .297 with 8 home runs and 7 stolen bases but is still unowned in 35% of fantasy leagues.  After a dismal 2011 campaign, Rios appears to be back to his 201o form where he batted .281 with 21 home-runs and 34 stolen bases ranking him among the best outfielders in fantasy baseball.