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July 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The first domino in this month's trade market fell Thursday when the Houston Astros acquired starting pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics for pitching prospect Daniel Mengden and catching prospect Jacob Nottingham. The deal was the much-awaited first in what should be a flurry of moves before 4 p.m. next Friday. How many of the Phillies' tradable pieces will be moved - and for what return? - is the burning question among the Philadelphia region's baseball fans with one week to go until the deadline.
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July 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defender Sheanon Williams, a fan favorite who joined the Union late in their inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2010, was emotional Thursday after learning he was traded along with an international spot to the Houston Dynamo for general allocation money and future considerations. "It is definitely sad," Williams said. "I love this club and would have liked nothing more than to spend a long time here, and it didn't work out that way. " This is obviously the forerunner to another move.
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July 24, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer
SECONDS AFTER Odubel Herrera sent a walkoff base hit into centerfield, Jonathan Papelbon was the first Phillie to embrace the 23-year-old outfielder in between first and second base, tackling him to the ground with a WWE-style maneuver and playfully punching him in the back. The outspoken reliever took home the win yesterday in the Phillies' 5-4 series finale victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, tossing two shutout innings after replacing Ken Giles in the top of the ninth. Papelbon allowed just one hit, walking one and striking out one. Over the past few weeks, the 34-year-old righty has made it abundantly clear that he would like to be moved to a contender before the July 31 trade deadline.
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July 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Revere isn't like his teammate Jonathan Papelbon, who is openly trying to get out of town, but the Phillies outfielder understands that his address could be changing by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The 27-year-old Revere is hitting a team-leading .299 after going 2 for 4 Sunday in an 8-7 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Since June 3, he leads the majors with a .367 average. Revere is one Phillies trade commodity who has drawn interest. As the deadline moved closer, he was candid when asked before the game if he thinks about the possibility of being traded.
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July 21, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
FOR HIS PART, Cole Hamels has not demanded to be traded out of Philadelphia. If it is Hamels' unstated desire, however, he has not done anything in his last two starts to make things easier for the Phillies to make a deal happen. In the last week there was a report that the Phillies were re-evaluating their trade demands for Hamels, indicating they may be willing to settle for a lesser package. Still, a lesser deal does not mean a bad deal. The Phillies are not going to make Hamels into a blue-light special.
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July 18, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Doylestown lawyer was indicted Thursday for allegedly using advance knowledge about his clients' activities to make illegal stock purchases in 2011, netting him about $75,000 in profit, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Herbert Sudfeld, 64, listed as a partner at the Bucks County law firm Curtin & Heefner, was charged with one count of insider trading for allegedly buying stock in a company he represented the day before a merger, then selling those shares for an 85 percent return a day later, once the deal was announced, according to the indictment.
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July 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For being baseball's worst team, the Phillies did not lack for story lines in the season's first half. Between manager Ryne Sandberg's abrupt resignation, incoming president Andy MacPhail's hiring, co-owner John Middleton's coming-out party, Chase Utley's continued decline and Maikel Franco's impressive start, there was plenty to wrap your head around over the season's first three-plus months. Worst of the worst Most losses at the all-star break in Phillies history: Year   Won   Lost   Pct.    2015   29   62   .319    1997   24   61   .282    1945   21   59   .263    1972   31   57   .352    1961   23   55   .295    1969   39   55   .415    1941   20   54   .270    1942   21   54   .280    2014   42   53   .442    1992   36   52   .409    July 31 looms Two weeks from Friday at 4 p.m. remains a benchmark time for a Phillies franchise in transition.
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July 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Jonathan Papelbon has long voiced his desire to pitch for a contender. That's why, he repeated on Monday, he signed the richest-ever contract for a relief pitcher in November 2011 to join the Phillies, then coming off a 102-win season and boasting a rotation headlined by Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. On Monday afternoon he found himself in a room with 33 other National League all-stars, every one of them in a better team situation than the outspoken all-star closer for baseball's worst club.
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July 15, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
CINCINNATI - From his perspective, Jonathan Papelbon cannot understand why any Phillies fan would not want him to do whatever it takes to get out of Philadelphia. Never mind the $13 million he's being paid. The Phillies have not lived up to the deal he bargained for - to be on a World Series-caliber team. Sure, he signed a 4-year deal worth $52 million in 2011 but Papelbon said he did not come to the Phillies to pitch for a team that has decayed into the worst in baseball.
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July 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - As the final days before the crucial July 31 trade deadline wear on, the Phillies' front office will continue to discuss, internally, the times at which their tradable assets would garner the most value. For instance, it's conceivable Jonathan Papelbon could prove easier to trade in the winter, when the then-35-year-old closer is likely to be pitching on a one year, $13 million deal. The less salary remaining on Ryan Howard's albatross of a contract, the better chance the Phillies could find a taker for the first baseman, who turns 36 in November.
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