March 20, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This is the time of spring, general manager Matt Klentak said, when teams around baseball begin to communicate with one another about which players will be making their clubs and those who will be cut. The Phillies, who have a significant need in the outfield, will be listening closely. The Phillies hold the first priority in baseball's waiver order. They will have the first option to claim any player who is waived from a roster as teams begin to trim toward the 25-man limit.
February 10, 2016 |
Ahead of the winter storm expected here Monday nightand Tuesday, American Airlines announced it will waive ticket change fees and fare differences for customers who want to postpone travel. "We're planning normal operations, but we have a travel waiver in place," said American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica. American operates 76 percent of flights at Philadelphia International Airport. "If you have a flight booked Tuesday you can make changes. " "It could be 2 inches, it could be more, but everybody is fully prepared," Lupica said.
December 31, 2015 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a bit of a surprise, the Flyers put forward Sam Gagner on waivers Tuesday to make room for defenseman Mark Streit, who is expected to come off the long-term injured reserve list for the game Wednesday in San Jose. The Flyers need to clear less than $300,000 in order to have enough salary-cap space to add Streit and keep Shayne Gostisbehere on the roster, according to general manager Ron Hextall. "Any decision we made at this point wasn't going to be easy," Hextall said by telephone from Helsinki, where he was watching the World Junior Championships.
December 4, 2015 |
THE HOT STOVE does not stop burning for orientations, so the past month has been a rather eventful one for Matt Klentak. Since Andy MacPhail brought his new general manager aboard, the Phillies have worked baseball's back channels of talent as hard as any team, adding starter Jeremy Hellickson via trade, parting ways with Domonic Brown and Justin De Fratus, and claiming three relievers and an outfielder off waivers. To put that last bit into perspective, the Phillies made only six waiver claims between the start of the 2013 season and the end of the 2015 campaign.
December 2, 2015 |
THE INVENTORY of pitchers that will be participating for big-league jobs this spring grew by one on Monday, when Phillies general manager Matt Klentak claimed another off waivers. Righthander Michael Mariot was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, becoming the fifth pitcher Klentak has added since taking over as GM at the end of October. The 27-year-old Mariot, who went 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 42 relief appearances at Triple A Omaha, joins rotation-lock Jeremy Hellickson (trade)
October 3, 2015 |
Left winger Chris Porter, one of the top players at the Flyers' training camp, was plucked off waivers Thursday by the Minnesota Wild. Porter, 31, had two goals and an assist in four preseason games, and he lives in Minnesota and went to prep school there. He will be reunited with Wild star Zach Parise. The two have been in each other's weddings and they were teammates at the University of North Dakota, where new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol used to coach. The Flyers were hoping that the hard-nosed Porter would clear waivers so they could send him to the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
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.
October 2, 2015 |
NO MATTER how many positive statements are made about Scott Laughton's play this training camp - and there have been plenty from his coach and general manager - the reality is inescapable. The Flyers are one cut away from reaching the maximum, 23-man roster, and Laughton is the only player who can be sent back without the risk of being lost in the waiver process. And if GM Ron Hextall needed any more reason to be cautious in this process, losing Chris Porter to the Minnesota Wild on waivers yesterday lessened the organizational depth the Flyers have at the forward position.
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.