October 2, 2015 |
CHRIS PORTER walked down the tunnel and stepped on the Wells Fargo Center ice at 6:28 p.m. with the rest of the Flyers for pregame warmups last night. At 7:09, he climbed over the boards with linemates Wayne Simmonds and Sam Gagner for his first shift. At 7:23, he tied the Flyers' preseason game against the Devils at one apiece midway through the first period. But about seven hours before the game - which the Devils won, 4-2 - and shortly after morning skate ended, Porter and Colin McDonald were placed on waivers as the Flyers get closer to finalizing their regular-season, opening-night roster.
August 13, 2015 |
PHOENIX - The only thing that can block the Phillies from trading Chase Utley now is if the veteran second baseman invokes his no-trade rights. Utley reportedly cleared revocable waivers Tuesday, meaning the Phillies, if given the player's permission, could trade him to any team this month. The six-time all-star has the ability to veto any trade because he has spent 10 years in the major leagues and at least five with the same team. Utley has long maintained his desire to play for the Phillies as long as possible, but since spring training he has said he would listen to trade proposals from the front office out of respect for his longtime club.
August 12, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Major League Baseball's trade deadline arrived more than 10 days ago, but it doesn't mean major league teams are finished shopping for roster upgrades. The Phillies traded for a vital piece of their 2008 championship run in August: home-run hero Matt Stairs. Teams can still trade for players this month - and have them eligible for postseason play - if they consummate a deal before Sept. 1. The catch is those players must be moved through waivers - either in getting claimed off waivers, claimed and traded for, or passing through waivers and then traded.
August 10, 2015 |
Teams around the league place most of their players on revocable waivers in August, if for no other reason than to gauge the player's value around baseball. If one of its players is claimed, a team can either pull him back without repercussion, negotiate a trade with the team that claimed him, or, if hoping to get rid of salary, allow the other team to assume the player's contract. If a player passes through waivers unclaimed, his team is free to trade him to any team until Aug. 31, as it could before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
August 5, 2015 |
THE FIRST significant step of the Phillies' rebuilding project that underwent a major facelift in the last week began seven months ago, when franchise icon Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers a week before Christmas. Rollins arrives back at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since the deal tonight. The former MVP, franchise hit king, and longtime ignitor atop the Phillies' lineup is likely in line for a roaring, standing ovation at the 12-year-old ballpark. Despite a rough first season in LA - his .216 batting average is tied for the worst in baseball among 111 qualifying hitters - Rollins has maintained his starting job at shortstop, apparently because the Dodgers value his defense, veteran leadership and experience in a pennant race.
May 31, 2015 |
Manager Ryne Sandberg said it would be great if Grady Sizemore elected to stay with the organization if the outfielder clears waivers after being designated for assignment on Friday morning, making room for Cody Asche. "He's a great guy, a baseball player. Good to have around," Sandberg said. "That'd be nice. It'd be a luxury to have him stay with the organization. " Sizemore batted .245 in 98 at-bats. He spent a stretch of five games earlier this month as the team's No. 3 hitter.
April 3, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - At this point, after another spring in which he failed to stick with the major-league club, Phillippe Aumont probably would benefit from a change of scenery. "Obviously, I think anybody would think that," he said. "But the bottom line is I'm still here, and I'm still getting an opportunity somewhere. That's all that really matters. " None of baseball's other 29 teams deemed Aumont worthy of a waiver claim, so the hard-throwing but erratic 6-foot-7 reliever was outrighted Wednesday off the Phillies' 40-man roster.
February 27, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - Thomas Robinson went from shocked to happy Tuesday upon hearing the 76ers had claimed him off waivers. "I was happy because the Sixers made it clear that they wanted me here," Robinson said before Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. "At the end of the day, I'm happy. " Robinson had been placed on waivers Sunday by the Denver Nuggets. The 23-year-old was initially shocked because he agreed to play with Brooklyn on Monday. He had to clear waivers Tuesday evening before signing a contract.
February 26, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - The 76ers nabbed Thomas Robinson, the player the Brooklyn Nets coveted. The Sixers claimed the power forward off waivers Tuesday. To make room, they released Tim Frazier from his second 10-day contract. By acquiring Robinson, they blocked the Nets' bid to sign him to a 10-day deal. Robinson had been placed on waivers Sunday by the Denver Nuggets. He agreed to play with Brooklyn on Monday, but had to clear waivers Tuesday evening before signing a contract. The Nets are upset over the Sixers' actions, according to multiple league sources.
January 28, 2015 |
THE STATISTICS and analytics matched what Dean Lombardi's eyes were witnessing. He could see the drop-off in Mike Richards like everyone else, but didn't want to believe it. Managing a dynastic Stanley Cup enterprise isn't always black and white, after all. Not when people are involved. Lombardi had one final opportunity last June to buy out Richards' contract, but was swayed by the conversation he had with the player who made the Los Angeles Kings' 2012 Cup possible. He decided against it. It was a decision the general manager clearly regrets now, after placing the former Flyers captain on waivers yesterday.