January 30, 2015 |
Longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery has new duties as he returns from a five-month medical leave of absence. Montgomery now will serve in the position of team chairman while Pat Gillick continues as president, the team said Wednesday. The front-office shake-up could pave the way for another new team president in the next year or two. Gillick, the architect of the 2008 world championship team, said Wednesday night in a telephone interview that he doesn't see himself in the position two or three years from now but "definitely" at least through this baseball season.
January 17, 2015 |
Many of the players and much of the atmosphere will be different when the Phillies begin spring training next month in Clearwater, Fla. Ryne Sandberg promises an altered approach from the manager, too. "With a veteran club, I think I expected a little different clubhouse in terms of leadership among the players [last season]," Sandberg said by telephone earlier this week from his winter residence in Chicago. "I don't think it was a good clubhouse, so I would say that falls on me first.
January 16, 2015 |
Before the Phillies' shortstops of past and future were no longer part of the same organization, J.P. Crawford had a couple of opportunities to chat with Jimmy Rollins. Crawford twice visited Citizens Bank Park, first after he was drafted in 2013 and again in September, when he was feted as the team's top minor-league player. "He just told me that it's going to be long seasons ahead of you and you're going to have bumps; you're going to have a roller coaster of a ride," Crawford said.
January 13, 2015 |
JIMMY ROLLINS was introduced as a Dodger last week and Marlon Byrd will report to camp with the Reds, not the Phillies, when spring training begins next month. Subtracting one-fourth of the regular lineup is a start, but it's difficult to label the Phillies' rebuilding efforts this winter as anything more than minor until the biggest hurdle toward fixing the future is cleared. Ryan Howard remains a Philadelphia Phillie. The front office would like to change that fact within the next 6 weeks.
January 9, 2015
THERE ARE still plenty of question marks facing the Phillies as they close in on the start of spring training. The three most intriguing, in my opinion: 1. Will Jonathan Papelbon be here? 2. Will Cliff Lee be healthy? 3. Will Cole Hamels be traded before Opening Day? The quick answers: 1 PROBABLY. Papelbon is the one player who can have a measurable impact on the Phillies' stated goal of competing in 2016 or 2017 (adjusted into real terms, that's 2018)
January 5, 2015 |
The easiest items to remove in the Phillies' offseason garage sale are gone. Jimmy Rollins' wheels may be old, but the engine still runs pretty well, and there was lots of value in the glove department. The $11 million price tag was minuscule for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the highest payroll in baseball. Marlon Byrd, meanwhile, has gotten better with age, and once the Phillies decided to eat $4 million, the Cincinnati Reds were willing to give up an upper-level prospect (pitcher Ben Lively)
January 2, 2015 |
The latest move in the Phillies' rebuilding effort came Wednesday, injecting another young arm into the minor-league system and ensuring that a younger outfield takes the field this spring. Twelve days after acquiring a pair of young arms for Jimmy Rollins, the franchise's all-time hits leader, the Phillies shipped veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Cincinnati Reds for righthanded pitching prospect Ben Lively. Lively, 22, projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
January 2, 2015 |
WITHIN a 2-week span before the end of 2014, Ruben Amaro Jr. has jettisoned two everyday players from the Phillies' lineup. A dozen days after Jimmy Rollins officially was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the general manager sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitching prospect Ben Lively on Wednesday. The Phillies also sent cash to Cincinnati to complete the deal. Byrd, who turns 38 in August, hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2014. He also struck out a career-high 185 times; only Ryan Howard struck out more among major league hitters.
December 22, 2014 |
JIMMY ROLLINS is trying to find a home in Los Angeles and a place to stay in suburban Phoenix, too. He's now a Dodger, so his family home in New Jersey and winter home in Tampa, near the Phillies' spring training facilities, aren't going to do him a whole lot of good. The Phillies' rebuild has begun with the exit of the longest-tenured player in the organization. Could Chase Utley be next? General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is ready and willing to trade anyone on his current roster in an effort to get "younger" and "more athletic," words he has repeated often since committing to an overhaul.
December 21, 2014 |
JIMMY ROLLINS already played through one Phillies rebuild. He came along shortly after Curt Schilling was traded away and a couple of years before Scott Rolen's ugly Philadelphia divorce was finalized. Rollins made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 2000, at Veterans Stadium, during a season that ended with the Phillies losing 97 games. During the franchise's 132 years of existence, only 15 Phillies teams have finished with more defeats. Rollins jokingly tried to separate himself from that Terry Francona-led team yesterday.