Philadelphia Phillies Team Thread
This will be an area for team news and rumors around free agents and trades.
LUBRANO TAKES OVER FIGHTIN' PHILS
With new owner and General Manager Domenick Lubrano, the Phillies will look to bring home a long lost championship team back to Philly. A local PA native, Lubrano believes with a few key changes of the roster, the Phillies are right in the hunt for the postseason and World Series. "I completly believe we have a shot to win it all, I see no reason not to believe that", Lubrano said in a statement. "We will look to upgrade our pitching imeditiatly, and continue to look for upgrades for our ballclub." It didn't take long for him to make an impact, trading 2 top pitching prospects, Daniel Haigwood and Brett Sinkbiel, for Chris B. Young, Jack Cust, Wilson Valdez and Adam Gold. "Young has great stuff, and will fit just fine in our number three spot behind Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson. Jack has a chance to platoon possibly in right field if we make a copule other changes, and will hope cope with the loss of Bobby Abreu. He has always had some pop, and we hope he breaks out to his true potential this year. Wilson Valdez is expected to be a switch hitting option off the bench for us, as well as a very valuable utilliy infielder. Adam Gold figures to pitch at AA and AAA this year with a September call-up. His numbers at A ball are pretty impressive [8-4 3.51 ERA]." As for what he had to say on the players he was parting with:"Daniel is going to have a very good major league career I believe, he pitched fine for us at AAA and in the Bigs last season. Brett has tremendous upside as well, he will also have a fine career. We know what we are giving up is two great young arms, but at the same time, wanted to upgrade with a guy like Chris Young who has been around the league for a little while now, and understands the game more. Also, we felt we could upgrade other parts of our team more." Lubrano also announced that Ryan Madson has agreeded to a 4 year/ 55 million dollar contract and that all other free agents have either been let go or have rejected the team's offer.
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Good luck buddy, should be an interesting season.
PHILLIES LATEST TRADE RUMORS
The Philies are reportedly in talks with the Cleveland Indians about a trade that would send Jimmy Rollins to the Tribe. Along with Rollins, SP Dan Giese could go with him in return for SP Fausto Caramona and IF Kevin Kouzmanoff. GM Domenick Lubrano has declined to comment on the situation as a whole but said, "We have been talking to the Indians about a trade that includes us trading a shortstop, but I'm not going to go into specifics at this current time. If a trade happens, we will be sure to quickly announce it to everyone." Rumors also say the Phils may be interested in Astros 1B Mike Aubrey, a young power hitting left hander. Reports say the Astros are looking for a sturdy IF or OF prospect in return. Numerous outlets believe OF Mike Bourn has been offered, and believe if the offer is turned down, Chris Roberson will be offered. And if that falls through, a three way trade could take place. The Phillies have been rumored to be looking to move slugging 1B Ryan Howard, and Aubrey could become a natural fit, should the Phills deal Howard. However, even if they don't move Howard, the team needs depth at 1B and Aubrey could provide pop off the bench. Again, GM Lubrano only said, "We are in preliminary talks with the Astros about one of their 1B, and we're trying to find a successful match. Hopefully, in the next 24-48 hours we will know where these talks are going." Make sure to stay tuned all for all the Phils trade rumors, as well as free agent rumors soon, and latest draft buzz.
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HOWARD'S DAYS AS PHILLIES NUMBERED?
A blockbuster trade seems imminent, according to several media outlets. Reports say that left handing hitting slugger Ryan Howard could be headed out west to the San Fransico Giants. In return, the Phillies are rumored to recieve SP Merkin Valdez, 1B Lance Niekro and either 3B Nate Shierholtz or another Minor League Prospect. At first, it was believed that the Giants, Phillies and Astros had opened up a 3 way trade. However, the Astros have had other plans and the Phillies are believed to have changed their minds as well. The Phillies' GM Domenick Lubrano confirmed last night that the Phillies were in "talks about one of their first baseman" and hoped "in the next 24-48 hours we know where talks are heading." The first baseman is believed to be Mike Aubrey, and the Phillies reportdely offered OF Mike Bourn for him. The Astros, however, have reportdely countered with a deal that would send Aubrey and pitcher Rodrigo Rosario for Mike Constanzo. The Phillies, however, want to continue Howard talks first, therefore they will know if Aubrey will deffinately be needed to be Howard's replacement. The Phillies have declined to comment on the talks.
PHILLIES DEAL HOWARD, ADD FRONT RUNNER FOR REPLACEMENT
The rumors surronding Phillies 1B Ryan Howard are true: The young slugger was sent out west to the Giants for SP Merkin Valdez, 3B Nate Shierholtz and 1B Lance Niekro. Phils GM Domenick Lubrano said, "We understand Ryan Howard is a great ball player, and we wish him the best of luck, but we felt we have made an oustanding trade. Merkin gives us yet another top arm that will compete for a spot in the rotation. Nate had a terrific rookie season and we hope he continues to grow and become even better. Lance could be part of a platoon position at 1B, but gives us depth at that position as well." The Phillies than made another rumored deal official: 1B Mike Aubrey will be coming from Houston for OF Chris Roberson. Lubrano said,"Mike Aubrey is a very good young bat with pop, and we believe he will help diminish the void left by Ryan at first base and in this line up. He has all the tools to become just as good as Ryan. We know Chris will have a solid major league career, but we felt he would be caught in a log jam here, as well as the fact we needed to add a left handed hitting first baseman." The Phils had been rumored to be in a three way deal with both these teams, but elected to make two seperate trades. These two trades now give the Phils three in less than a week, continuing the make over by the new owner and GM. Lubrano said of the remodeling of the team:"I look at this team as a house that is being done over: The foundation has been laid, but you have to get rid of some old pieces and add some new ones to get bigger,better and, hopefully, stronger. We feel that pitching is more important in this league than offense, considering our infield is still tremondous without Ryan. It's easier to add a power hitting first baseman that a top of the rotation arm, as well as adding two guys who can make imediate impacts on this club." As for what he said for what's next:"Who knows, we may stay the same going into opening day or make another monster trade. We're open to anything right now, at least to listen to. So we'll see, and hopefully these deals will end up working in our favor."
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PHILS LOOK TO CONTINUE HOLIDAY SHOPPING, LOOK TO MOVE OUTFIELDER, PITCHER
The Philadelphia Phillies have been very busy during the holiday season to make sure they pick up as much as possible on their Christmas wish list. At the top of that list was what every team is always looking for: pitching. Mainly starting pitching, but due to the fact the team will lose Jon Lieber, Ugueth Urbina, Geoff Geary and Wes Obermueller, the team was in the market for anything that would be an upgrade. The team did mange to bring back starter Ryan Madson with a four year, fifty-five million dollar contract. Madson went 13-9 last season with a 3.11 ERA, while leading the team with 214.1IP. The team also managed to pry Chris Young from the Padres, along with Jack Cust and two other players, for two minor league pitchers. Young, who went 9-8 with a 3.86 ERA in 177.1IP, is expected to be slotted thrid in the rotation behind Cole Hamels and Madson and take Jon Liebers spot in the rotation. The team than made a gutsy call by trading former MVP Ryan Howard to the Giants for Merkin Valdez, Nate Schierholtz and Lance Niekro. Valdez could also join the starting rotation, while Niekro could platoon first base with Mike Aubrey, who was acquired in a deal from Houston for Chris Roberson, and Shierholtz could either be utilized as utility man or an outfielder if the team moves another. The outfield seems set now on having Matt Murton in left, Rocco Baldelli in center and Shane Victorino in right. But rumors are the Phils want to move Baldelli for a minor leaguer or two, and move Victorino in center, and than decide on Cust or Shierholtz in right, with Mike Bourn also being a possibillity. The team elected not to re-sign right fielder Bobby Abreu, saying,"We feel we have other players who need a shot and we would rather spend that money on an ace." And going back to the team's rotation, it seems that it will go Hamels, Madson, Young, Paul Maholm with the final spot going to either Valdez, Keith Bucktrot or Scott Mathieson, with Valdez being the early favorite, and the two "losers" getting a spot in the bullpen. The team does want to move an arm, Dan Giese. The team would like to package Giese and Baldelli together, getting more value in return, considering the team feels they have five or six good outfielders without Baldelli anyway, and thirteen or fourteen reliable arms without Giese. The team did say they were looking to move a few more players, saying, "We've been the ones making offers most of the time to teams, even the Howard deal we pushed a little bit. That's how we're going to go about buissness on most deals, but on these two guys we might sit back a little and wait and see, than go to a team and talk about a possible trade occurring."
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PHILLIES FIND PARTNER AGAIN IN GIANTS, DEAL BALDELLI, 2 OTHERS
The Phillies had said they were looking to move an oufielder and an arm- instead they dealt 2 outfielders and a reliever. They traded away OF Rocco Balldelli, who the team a very high interest in dealing him before Spring Training, OF Jake Blalock, a 22 year old AA prospect, and LHP Eude Brito, who the team expected to be a lefty specialist out of the bullpen, to the Giants for RHP Jeremy Accardo, LHP Eric Threets, OF Carlos Valderrama and OF Dan Ortiemier. Threets is expected to replace Brito, while Accardo is expected to become a set up man. Valderamma gives them the right handed hitting outfielder of the bench the team needs, and Dan Ortiemier provides the team with depth."We are very excited to bring these guys in. Jeremy and Eric should be good solid relievers for us this season and Carlos and Dan provide us with much needed depth in the outfield positions", GM Domenick Lubrano said."Rocco just wasn't in our plans anymore, while we dealt Eude to get other pieces, and at the same time, replaced him. Jake is a solid prospect, but was not a part of our plans. We feel they will all have solid careers, but that this deal upgrades our club as we continue to rebuild and make a playoff push." The deal continues Lubrano's theory of building up a strong pitching staff, while sacraficing a little bit of offense. The deal seems to set the Phillies up heading into spring, but they are now willing to listen to offers for pitchers Aquinllio Lopez and Dan Giese, according to reports. However, Lubrano said, "We won't rule out any deals, we're still open, but as it is right now, don't expect much more trades from us. We'll go after some free agents hard, but we won't be a bone headed team in that regard."