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November 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The list of ways to acquire talent has dwindled in recent years as teams lock up their star position players to long-term deals earlier in their careers. Free agency, as new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak has said, is not the best place to invest when looking to acquire surplus value. Drafting effectively on a consistent basis is crucial to sustained success. But so is funneling talent into your farm system through the international market. "I think it's critical to any operation," Klentak said on Wednesday, the final full day of the GM meetings.
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November 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- An obvious perk of finishing a season with the worst record in baseball is collecting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft the following June. The Phillies own that distinction and already have sent Pat Gillick to get a look at University of Florida lefthander A.J. Puk in action. They also invited Barnegat, N.J., High lefthander Jason Groome to Citizens Bank Park this week. But another advantage to owning baseball's worst record, something that first-year general manager Matt Klentak made sure to mention in his introductory news conference last month: The Phillies also have the largest international bonus pool at their disposal for next summer's signing period.
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September 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Andy MacPhail has yet to officially take over as Phillies president, and already he has made his decisions on the fates of now-former general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and now-permanent manager Pete Mackanin. More changes are surely on the way in the coming weeks. MacPhail will hire a new GM - his goal remains to do so before the team's organizational meetings that begin on Oct. 26 - and Mackanin will appoint his coaching staff. But as the changes materialize through the offseason, don't expect the flurry of press releases and news conferences to include the addition of any marquee free agents.
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September 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - What's likely to go down as the worst Phillies season in 54 years is, finally, on the brink of being over. There are 10 games remaining on the 2015 schedule. The Phillies will play tonight in Miami, three times this weekend in Washington, and then come home to say "So long" to Citizens Bank Park for the final time after a forgettable, woeful summer of baseball. Many of the veterans have been traded and enough of the younger players have been evaluated, giving management an idea of what the Phillies have going into another offseason of transition.
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September 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - For the first time since becoming the Phillies' closer, Ken Giles blew a save. Giles surrendered a run in the 10th inning of the Phillies' 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. Dee Gordon walked off the game an inning later with a two-out double off Jerome Williams. The loss dropped the Phillies to 57-95 on the season, 4.5 games worse than baseball's next-worst team, the Atlanta Braves, who defeated the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday.
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September 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The last season in which Carlos Ruiz caught fewer innings than he will in this one was when he first broke into the lineup by filling in for an injured Mike Lieberthal. That was 2006, Lieberthal's final season with the Phillies, and the last year before this one in which Ruiz was not the team's primary catcher. In the seasons between, Ruiz won a World Series, played in an All-Star Game and handled one of the best starting staffs in modern baseball history. No one has caught more no-hitters than his four, and only three have caught more games in a Phillies uniform.
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September 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard traveled with the Phillies to Atlanta on Thursday and occupied his normal corner stall in the Turner Field visitors clubhouse before Friday night's series opener against the Braves. The 35-year-old first baseman did not play for the third straight game, but he could return to the field soon. Barring a setback, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Friday he thinks Howard, who sustained a left knee contusion on Monday, will play before the end of the team's nine-game road trip.
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September 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The first year of the Phillies' rebuild featured a revitalization of the farm system at various positions. That was certainly the case at catcher, the position at which Jorge Alfaro joined the organization in the Cole Hamels trade, and Andrew Knapp broke out with a torrid final 12 weeks at double-A Reading. Neither Alfaro nor Knapp, however, will be major-league ready come the beginning of the next baseball season. And so when the Phillies break camp next April for season No. 2 of their transition, it is likely their catching arrangement will mirror what it has for the latter months of this year.
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September 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE WASHINGTON Nationals have become baseball's most popular punch line this summer. They went from adding a $210 million pitcher to their already-rich stable of arms, onto a roster built to play deep into October, to playing meaningless games in September following a late-season swoon. It's been a welcome sight for Phillies fans, because, as you may have heard, misery enjoys company. But the Nats' misery is likely to be short-lived while the Phillies continue their own rebuilding project.
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September 10, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT IS A funny and pleasant memory for Chooch: that day he got Chase Utley in New York. Lately, for Carlos Ruiz, it's mostly about the memories. The fifth wheel on the home-grown Phillies nucleus that won five NL East titles in a row, Ruiz was the least likely star. Cole Hamels and Chase Utley were first-round picks; Jimmy Rollins, a second-rounder but an obvious star from the outset; and Ryan Howard, a fifth-rounder but the biggest piece of the puzzle in every sense of the phrase.
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