No one person or organization is without fault. The same can be said about the Phillies. Sometimes players with great future potential slip through the cracks. For example in the previous decade, the Phillies traded a young Gio Gonzalez as part of a trade for Freddy Garcia. Gonzalez became one of the most dynamic pitchers […]Read more "Six players the Phillies whiffed on in the 2010s"
Just like Jacob Marley at the beginning of a Christmas Carol, the 2010s are dead. Gone is a decade of Phillies baseball filled with major mediocrity with a few bright spots in the beginning. What isn’t gone are the effects of trades from the past decade. Knowing what we do now, let’s look back at […]Read more "Reevaluating the Phillies’ biggest trades of the 2010s"
Massive spending was the hallmark of the Phillies’ offseason a year ago. En-route to acquiring David Robertson, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, J.T Realmuto, and Bryce Harper, the team shelled out a whopping $403M. Typical of the affluent Phillies, the team continued to spend the big bucks this winter, conferring $132M to land Didi Gregorius and […]Read more "Follow the Money: Phillies Payroll Suggests One More Season in the Wings"
Entering the offseason with roughly $50M to spend without threatening the luxury tax, the typically-affluent Phillies weren’t flexing their financial prowess like they were last year. Although they reportedly had interest in the elite tier of free agents this winter- Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Madison Bumgarner, namely- nothing ever actually materialized. Unlike last winter […]Read more "Lackluster farm system continues to plague the Phillies"
Hi, Phillies blogger/fan Alec Kostival here. I know this may seem a little informal than usual, but it felt like the best route in discussing the big bad luxury tax. Let me throw some background information at you first. So far in the offseason, the Phillies have added about $38 million in taxable payroll. While […]Read more "It’s time for the Phillies to push past the luxury tax barrier"
Shortly after being labeled as ‘in the race’ to land the services of 29-year old pitcher Zach Wheeler, it appears as though the Phillies are set to complete the signing. Wheeler struggled in the early stags of 2019, missing time due to a right shoulder injury, but he bounced back in an exceptional way. Going […]Read more "Instant analysis: Phillies sign Zach Wheeler to 5-year deal"
When it comes to the Rule 5 Draft, the Phillies have had solid levels of success. In December 2004, the Phillies selected Shane Victorino from the Dodgers organization in the Rule 5 Draft. Victorino would go on to become the most accomplished position player to ever come from Hawaii. He went to 2 All-Star Games, […]Read more "The ultimate Phillies Guide to the Rule 5 Draft"
With the annual, lively winter meetings less than a month away, free agency and trade news abounds as teams get a bit more loose-lipped around the event. Most of the buzz is fairly light at the moment, as general managers are also wary of revealing too much of their plans too early in the winter. […]Read more "Why the Phillies should be all-in on Robbie Ray Sweepstakes"
As the annual, ever-eventful winter meetings draw near, the offseason buzz continues to grow louder by the day. The Phillies, like rival clubs, aren’t immune to the noise either. From Gerrit Cole to Kris Bryant to Madison Bumgarner to Cole Hamels, the Phillies have had their name linked to just about every premier free-agent available. […]Read more "Phillies pursuit of Didi Gregorius should not come at the expense of Segura"
Three seasons ago, Rhys Hoskins took the league by storm after making his debut for the Phillies in the second half of the season. Ranking in the top ten at No.6 on the Phillies prospect list at the time of his promotion to the big leagues, expectations were high for the talented first baseman when […]Read more "Will Phillies’ new hitting coach oversee a Rhys Hoskins resurgence?"