Tagged: 2014

The Phils have announced that they have retained outfielder Grady Sizemore for another year.

Philadelphia_PhilliesEarlier today, the Phils have announced that they have retained the services of outfielder Grady Sizemore for the next season.

Sizemore had appeared in 112 games during the 2014 seasons, 60 of which were played for the Phils and 42 with the Red Sox. In the games that he had played with the Phils, he would bat .253, going 41 for 162, with a slugging percentage of .389, as he would hit 9 doubles, 2 triples and 3 HRs, knocking in 12 RBIs while scoring 21 times. He would collect 14 walks while striking out 35 times. For both the Red Sox and the Phils, Sizemore would have a combine batting average of .233 with a slugging percentage of .354, as he went 81 for 347, hitting 19 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs, while he would walk 33 times, while striking out 76.

Sizemore will be given a one-year contract worth 2 million dollars, as he is expected to be the team’s fourth or fifth outfielder at the end of Spring Training next year.

The Phils have also announced that they have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year contract.


The Phils have just announced that they have inked Jerome Williams to a one-year deal.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils have announced that they have just signed a one-year deal with Jerome Williams.

Williams, whom the Phils have picked up off of waivers during the summer, would start in nine games for the Phils, ending the season with a record of 4-2, with a 2.83 ERA, as he appeared in 57.1 innings, giving up 48 hits and 20 runs, 18 of which were earned, as he struck out 38 batters while walking 17. Williams, who also pitched for the Astros and the Rangers during the season, would appear in a total of 37 games, with 11 starts, compiling a combined record of 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA, as he pitched in 115.0 innings, giving up 125 hits and 64 runs, 61 of which were earned, as he struck out 82 batters while walking 36.

Williams would be receiving $2.5 million dollars, including performance bonuses, as he stays with the team, being one of the team’s confirmed starters, with the others being team ace Cole Hamels and Dave Buchanan, while Cliff Lee works his way back from a year ending elbow injury, and A.J. Burnett decides whether to stay with the team, attempt free agency or retire from baseball and Kyle Kendrick looks to become a free agent after the World Series is over.

Glad to still have you on the team, Jerome. Hope that 2015 will be as good for you as the final month or so of 2014 was.

The Phils have earlier announced…

Philadelphia_Philliesthat they have outrighted right handed relief pitcher Shawn Camp to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and have recalled right handed relief pitcher Luis Garcia.

Camp has appeared in just three games this season, including last night’s outing against the Blue Jays, in which he would pitch in three and a third innings, giving up two runs, both in last night’s game, on seven hits, as he stuck out a batter, for a record of 0-0, 5.40 ERA.

Luis Garcia, who is making his second appearance with the team this year, pitched against the Braves on April 14, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 9-6 lost. In 2013, Garcia would appear in 24 games, all in relief, compiling a 1-1,  3.73 ERA record, as he threw 31.1 innings, giving up 15 runs, 13 of which were earned, on 27 hits, 23 walks and a hit batter, while striking out 23. At Lehigh Valley this year, Garcia’s record is 2-0 and six saves with a 0.00 ERA, as he had appeared in 11 games, pitching in 13 and 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits, an unearned run and four walks, while striking out 13.

Hopefully Garcia will help to stabilize the bullpen.

The Phils win opening day in Texas as the offense explodes for 14 runs, defeating the Rangers, 14-10.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils starts the 2014 season with an opening day victory as the offense explodes for 14 runs, as they defeat the Rangers, 14-10.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, up to third base. Two batters later, after Tony Gwynn, Jr. had walked to load the bases, and with still two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Asche and Gwynn. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his 200th home run of his career, knocking in Asche, Gwynn and Revere. The Rangers got a run back in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Adrian Beltre, an infield single by Alex Rios and a walk by J.P. Arencibia, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Leonys Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Rios and Arencibia up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Josh Wilson then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits a bases-clearing double, scoring Rios, Arencibia and Martin. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Marlon Byrd’s single, then moved up to third base, while Byrd would stop at second base, on Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers’ wild pitch, and with one man out, Howard is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice on Ruiz’s grounder to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, 6-2, for the inning’s second out, as Byrd remained at second base, while Ruiz is safe at first. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rios hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Beltre’s single, and Beltre, who had just singled, giving the Rangers a 7-6 lead. The Phils tied the game up at seven-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Asche’s walk, and Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, scoring Arencibia, who had just singled, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, Byrd hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Phils then took an 11-8 lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men still out, Asche hits an infield single on a ball that is deflected off of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando’s leg, which would allow Brown, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, to score from second base, as Rangers shortstop Andrus commits a fielding error on the deflected ball, as Ruiz, who had earlier walked, would safely reach second base. The Phils then increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, as Mayberry walked, moving both Ruiz and Asche up a base, and with still two men out, Revere hits a two-run single, scoring Ruiz and Asche, giving the Phils a 13-8 lead, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Beltre, a single by Rios, sending Beltre up to second base, and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Choice, after B.J. Rosenberg had replaced Jake Diekman, and with nobody out, Arencibia hits into a doubleplay, 6-4-3, as Beltre scored, making it a 13-9 Phils’ lead, as Rios moved up to third base, while Choice is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Martin walks to put runners on the corners, and with still two men out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Rios, making it a 13-10 Phils’ lead, while sending Martin up to second base. After Rosenberg is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, and Shin-Soo Choo is walked, loading the bases as Martin and Adduci both move up a base, the Phils get out of the inning as Andrus hits into a force out, 4-unassisted, as Choo is wiped out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 14-10 lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Asche hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Martin to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. B. J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tanner Scheppers received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on eighth hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Pedro Figueroa (0-1, 21.60) took the lost as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Shawn Tolleson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Seth Rosin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ offense opened the season with seventeen hits, with Ben Revere (Singles, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pinch-Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, 2 RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils would also have six walks (Howard, Ruiz (2), Asche, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Mayberry) and two stolen bases (Revere (1), Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense would perform a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will continue their interleague game road series with the Rangers (0-1, 5 AL West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Globe Life Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Phils to a 2-0 record. The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Rangers to their first victory of 2014. The Phils will be hoping that the offense will continue to hit, while the pitching starts to improve over this afternoon’s performance.

A few things had occurred since my last post…

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst. yesterday, former Phil Roy Oswalt announced that he was officially retiring, as he signed a one-day contract with the Astros so that he could officially retire as an Astros. Oswalt, who is an fourteen-year veteran, ten of which was spent as an Astros, was a member of the Phils for part of the 2010 season and part of the 2011 season, during which he complied a winning record of 16-11. Oswalt would also play for the Rangers and the Rockies. Oswalt, during his career, would be the NL leader for ERA in 2006 with a 2.98 ERA, wins in 2004 with 20, games started with 35 games in both 2004 and 2005 and in WHIP in 2010 with a 1.03 WHIP. He was also a member of the 2005 Astros team that would win the NL pennant before losing to the White Sox in that year’s World Series, being swept by Chicago, 4-0. Overall, Oswalt had a career record of 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA as he pitched in 365 games, 341 of which were starts, as he completed 20 games, including 8 shutouts. He would pitch in 2245.1 innings, giving up 2199 hits and 897 runs, 838 of which were earned, as he struck out 1852 batters, while walking only 520. I wish you luck in your retirement, Roy.

Then, the Phils announced that Comcast plans to hire both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs to replace Chris Wheeler and Garry Matthews inside the TV broadcast booth, starting this season during Spring Training. Congratulations, guys. Hope you both do well in the broadcast booth.

Lastly, the Phils announced that they have just signed starter A.J. Burnett, who they have been pursuing during the off-season, to a one-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Burnett, who had pitched for the Pirates last year and in 2012, is coming off a 10-11 season, with a 3.30 ERA, as he pitched in 30 games, all starts, with a complete game, as he threw in 191 innings, giving up 165 hits and 79 runs, 70 of which were earned, as he struck out 209 batters, while walking only 67. Burnett, who has also pitched for the Marlins, the Blue Jays and the Yankees, being a member of the 2009 World Championship team, has a 147-132 record with a 3.99 ERA, as he appeared in 375 games, starting 370 of them, as he threw 23 complete games, 10 of which were shutouts. He threw a total of 2353.2 innings, giving up 2140 hits and 1142 runs, 1043 of which were earned, as he struck out 2180 batters, while walking only 955. Welcome to the team, A.J.

Burnett’ll more than likely be the number three man in the starting rotation, after Cole Hamels starts pitching after the start of the season, as the Phils announced that Cole will miss opening day as he has developed tendinitis in his left bicep, which will keep him from throwing the ball for the next eight to ten days, and slow down his participation in spring training, although Cole has said that he should be ready to pitch at some point in April. I’m just hoping that it is only a minor setback, as the Phils will need Cole to back up Cliff Lee, if they expect to get anywhere this season.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. 🙂