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August 7, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - The moment was just as Jake Thompson had envisioned it, even though he first imagined his major-league debut would come with the Detroit Tigers, then the Texas Rangers, and finally, the Phillies. The 22-year-old righthander was traded two times before he reached the majors, where he will debut Saturday as one of the Phillies' top pitching prospects. He considers it good preparation. "I've had a lot of different opinions," said Thompson, who stood in front of a No. 44 Phillies jersey that hung from his locker at Petco Park.
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August 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Union continued the reshaping of their team right up to the deadline of the Major League Soccer transfer window. In a deal that was completed around midnight Wednesday, the Union acquired veteran forward Charlie Davies and a natural third-round selection in the 2018 MLS draft from the New England Revolution for general and targeted allocation money and the Union's first-round pick in the 2018 draft. Coupled with the addition earlier Wednesday of U.S. national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, the Union have fortified their team for the MLS stretch run. With 12 games remaining, the Union (8-8-6)
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August 3, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Approaching baseball's non-waiver trade deadline from the high road occupied by contenders is a lot different than climbing up to it from below. The better teams have good seasons in the balance, seasons that could be improved with the right additions, but those organizations are already winners and their general managers are comfortable in their office chairs. That isn't the case for the teams that hold up the few attractive pieces of their rosters like rare produce from an otherwise fallow field, hoping desperately to get the seeds for a better harvest in return.
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August 3, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
After weeks of talks with interested teams desperate for pitching in a barren market, the Phillies reached Monday's trade deadline with the realization that they valued Jeremy Hellickson more than anyone else. By not trading the veteran pitcher, they are willing to take a $17 million risk on him. Either Hellickson nets them a high draft pick or becomes one of the highest-paid pitchers in franchise history next season. "We have some younger pitchers that are going to be approaching innings totals for the season that they have never approached before," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said.
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August 1, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - The last pitch Jeremy Hellickson threw - perhaps of his Phillies career - was a 90-mph fastball that Braves catcher Anthony Recker lashed to left field for a run-scoring single. As Pete Mackanin arrived to snag the ball from Hellickson in the sixth inning of a 9-5 Phillies win, there was a sense that Hellickson had done his job - on many levels. Now, the Phillies wait. Hellickson did not pitch his best game Saturday night against the worst team in baseball. His nine-start streak of pitching at least six innings ended.
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July 31, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - There was no need in Pete Mackanin's mind to consider a contingency plan for Saturday, just in case his scheduled starter was no longer his scheduled starter. The trade market gained momentum on Friday with a deal between the Marlins and Padres that sent two starting pitchers to Miami, which eliminated a possible suitor for Jeremy Hellickson. It could hasten a trade involving Hellickson as other teams pursue backup options. For now, he is still slated to pitch at Turner Field against the Braves.
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July 31, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - This is the time of year on the baseball calendar that generates ambition. Teams in contention covet the better players on lesser teams. Executives swap banter. Scouts whisper to other scouts. So, when Vince Velasquez pitched Friday night in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta with three Texas Rangers officials in the stands and rumors abound, there was intrigue three days before the trade deadline. If the Phillies are to deal Velasquez, they must be overwhelmed by another team's offer, enough to eschew a new regime's public philosophy and sacrifice one of the few true power arms in the organization.
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July 23, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
This is the time of year for ambitious phone calls, missed connections, and irrational fantasies. The trade deadline is in 11 days. Other teams have called Matt Klentak, and the Phillies general manager said trade dialogue has intensified in recent days. "Truth be told, a lot of those conversations go nowhere," Klentak said. "None of them have led to anything. Some are fairly superficial. Some are fairly detailed. We'll just continue to take the calls and see what may happen. " The targets are familiar: Jeremy Hellickson, Jeanmar Gomez and Peter Bourjos.
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July 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies played Wednesday for the 96th time this season, and there was greater importance in the pitch-by-pitch results, despite the patience dictated by this whole process. Jeremy Hellickson pitched for something bigger on an otherwise typical summer evening: a chance at the postseason, a more visible stage for the next two months while he vies for precious free-agent money this winter. For eight innings in a 4-1 win over Miami at Citizens Bank Park, Hellickson advanced his future and that of his employer's.
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July 8, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Jeremy Hellickson had to work through his 18th start with the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, pitching into trouble, pitching out, fighting with his location, always trying to make a great delivery from the stretch. It isn't an easy way to pitch, but being a starter for the Phils can be trying in many ways. Hellickson needed 92 pitches to scuffle through six innings. He gave the team a chance to win, however, which is just about all manager Pete Mackanin can ask of his staff. Hellickson left trailing by a run, but the Phillies tied the game, and then later won it with a pair of home runs to beat the Braves, 4-3, and win their third straight series.
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