March 25, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, opening another spot on the 40-man roster. Frandsen cleared waivers and now has 72 hours to accept his assignment. If he opts to become a free agent, he will forfeit this year's salary, a guaranteed $900,000. He is likely to accept the assignment. The Phillies signed Frandsen to that contract in the offseason, avoiding arbitration. He led the majors with 14 pinch-hits last season.
March 11, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If things had worked according to plan, Tommy Joseph probably would be the Phillies' starting catcher, or fighting hard for the job, in this spring training. That was how the organization envisioned his progression when Joseph was acquired as the centerpiece of the 2012 trade for Hunter Pence. It's easy to see why. Joseph, a second-round draft pick of the Giants in 2009, looks like the prototype of a big-league catcher: sturdy and strong with a good arm and plate presence, and enough offense to keep him in the lineup.
March 7, 2014 |
"I can teach all of freshman chemistry in 45 minutes without leaving anything out - it's one of my great achievements," says Clark Smith. Anyone who knows Smith knows he isn't bragging - not exactly. A noted winemaker, scientist, inventor, consultant, college professor, and author of the recent book Postmodern Winemaking (University of California Press), Smith, 62, is one of the most dynamic, erudite, and outspoken people I've ever met in the wine industry, not to mention a know-it-all.
January 10, 2014 |
The Phillies' top position player and pitching prospects, Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle, were invited to big-league spring training Wednesday, although neither may have a chance at winning a job. Franco will compete with Cody Asche at third base. Asche is the favorite in that competition given his decent production as a rookie in the final months of 2013. Franco is viewed as the future at the position; the 21-year-old Dominican solidified his top-prospect status with 31 homers last season.
December 22, 2013 |
CLOSER TO the end of his long career than the start, Carlos Beltran finally got to put on the uniform of his favorite childhood team. The eight-time All-Star was introduced at a Yankee Stadium news conference yesterday after signing a 3-year deal worth $45 million that was agreed to 2 weeks ago but made official on Thursday. Sporting his No. 36 jersey and joined by his two daughters and his wife, Beltran talked about how much he admired the Yankees while growing up in Puerto Rico, and how close he came to joining them in 2005.
December 20, 2013 |
THE PHILLIES made the 1-year, $4.5 million contract with righthander Roberto Hernandez official yesterday. Hernandez will join a starting rotation with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick. In adding Hernandez to the 40-man roster, the Phillies had to subtract a player tabbed as the organization's top hitting prospect only 2 years ago. Catcher Sebastian Valle was designated for assignment to make room for Hernandez. Valle was rated the third-best prospect in the Phillies system by Baseball America in November 2011.
December 16, 2013 |
It wasn't weather you wanted to be out in, but the Philadelphia area was spared the worst of the third snowstorm in a week. During the evening, sleet and freezing rain made for slick roads and dodgy driving conditions, particularly in the Pennsylvania suburbs. Earlier in the day, fast-falling flakes swirled around the crowd at the Army-Navy Game, which kicked off at 3 p.m. Saturday, and one to three inches of snow was predicted for Philadelphia and southeast of the city, according to the National Weather Service.
September 6, 2013 |
WHEN MIKE Adams' season was declared over and Antonio Bastardo was served a 50-game suspension, the Phillies' bullpen basically turned into Jonathan Papelbon and a herd of pitchers moving in and out of a revolving door to and from Triple A Lehigh Valley. The relief corps has been made up of former IronPigs trying to stay former IronPigs by succeeding in the big leagues. It's really been one, big, open tryout for the 2014 bullpen. While many have struggled to take advantage of the opportunity, at least one reliever has blossomed as a big-leaguer.
September 5, 2013 |
When the Phillies included Phillippe Aumont on their opening-day roster, they envisioned a pitcher who would ultimately harness his powerful pitches for a crucial relief role. Instead, the 24-year-old righthander's season ended Monday when he packed his locker at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Aumont categorized his season as "completely garbage" in comments to the Allentown Morning Call. The Phillies did not disagree. "I'm sure he was disappointed not to be recalled," Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper said.