November 13, 2015 |
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.
November 13, 2015 |
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.
November 12, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The summer development of Andrew Knapp and the July acquisition of Jorge Alfaro prompt the obvious questions regarding which player will be the Phillies' catcher of the future. It doesn't sound as if Matt Klentak has gotten that far yet. The Phillies' new general manager said Tuesday that the organization still views both Alfaro and Knapp as catchers and that each will continue to be developed as such. Both are offensive-oriented players. There exists a school of thought in the industry that Alfaro, given his athleticism and cannon of an arm, could end up in right field.
October 16, 2015 |
U.S. MARSHALS in Philadelphia yesterday caught up with Efrain Viera-Calderon, who has been on Puerto Rico's Top 10 Most Wanted List for five years for allegedly killing a San Juan man in a murder-for-hire plot. The marshals and Philadelphia police found Viera-Calderon at a house in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia, where they also found a handgun, 31 rounds of ammunition and more than two pounds of marijuana. But officials said the murder that made Viera-Calderon a longtime fugitive was not about drugs - but a woman's broken heart, and her broken dreams to make it to the United States.
September 4, 2015 |
NEW YORK - As the Phillies went through their normal pregame activities, Maikel Franco manned third base, fielding plenty of ground balls. He never had a turn in the cage, though. The 23-year-old rookie, once a potential National League Rookie of the Year candidate, remains sidelined with an injured left wrist after being hit by a pitch last month in Arizona. After taking 20 swings of soft toss before last night's game at Citi Field, he still felt "something" in his wrist. Interim manager Pete Mackanin said Franco was still "symptomatic.
August 26, 2015 |
Federal prosecutors accused Sen. Robert Menendez of using "sensational" and "histrionic" arguments in his defense against corruption charges, while themselves recounting unproven prostitution allegations Monday, adding more sharp-edged filings to a case already bristling with animosity. "The defendants' careless use of the evidence and case law to support their attacks accomplishes little more than the continued erosion of their credibility," prosecutors wrote, responding to 15 motions last month by Menendez (D., N.J.)
August 24, 2015 |
MIAMI - Luis Garcia walked off the mound after a recent outing, having needed only eight pitches to dispatch the opposition in order. Once back in the dugout, the Phillies relief pitcher heard from his manager. "Te vamos a pagar medio dia de trabajo, porque no hiciste nada hoy. " Half a day's pay because you didn't do anything today. "Little stuff like that," Pete Mackanin said, "and they get a kick out of it. " Witty remarks such as that one have been more common in the Phillies dugout in the two months since Mackanin was tabbed as the interim caretaker of baseball's worst team.
July 19, 2015 |
The head of a cocaine-smuggling operation that used US Airways baggage handlers to move the product through Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced Friday to 25 years in federal prison. Edwin Fernandez, 37, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in January just minutes before his case was set to go to trial on allegations that his operation smuggled more than 330 pounds of cocaine into the country from the Dominican Republic between November 2011 and July 2012. "We're talking about dozens of kilograms of cocaine," Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney said.
July 3, 2015 |
A year ago, on the first day of baseball's international signing period, the Phillies expended a combined $1.55 million to sign a pair of 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstops. On Thursday, when the next period opens, the team with baseball's worst record is expected to spend more than twice that amount on one 16-year-old slugger who boasts what is said to be loads of raw power potential. The Phillies have long been the favorites to land Jhailyn Ortiz, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound Dominican whom Baseball America ranks as the 18th-best prospect in this class.
June 18, 2015 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge here on Tuesday denied a motion by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to move his corruption trial from New Jersey to Washington. U.S. District Judge William H. Walls rejected almost all of Menendez's arguments in favor of holding the trial in Washington and said a Newark trial would be more convenient to Menendez's constituents. "Justice's workings, such as judicial proceedings, should be readily transparent when possible," Walls said in reading his opinion from the bench.