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Rosenthal: Phillies, Giants Going After Pagan

The Phillies pursuit of B.J. Upton failed when he signed a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

But the Phillies pursuit of a starting centerfielder is far from over. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Phillies are interested in free agent Angle Pagan, having offered him a four-year deal.

The Phillies aren’t alone. Pagan’s former club, World Champion San Francisco, has also offered Pagan a four-year deal.

Rosenthal writes:

Pagan’s injury history concerns Phillies officials, sources say — he has played in more than 123 games only twice in his career, including last season when he appeared in a career-high 154.

His speed, athleticism and offensive ability, however, are all enticing.

Pagan last season batted .288 with a .778 OPS and stole 29 bases in 36 attempts. His numbers out of the leadoff spot — a .290 batting average and .829 OPS in 338 at-bats — were even better.

Phillies Non-Tender Nate Schierholtz

The Phillies have decided to non-tender free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz.

The Phillies could still look at Schierholtz as a backup option in the outfield. But first they need to find a starting center fielder.

Shierholtz was acquired in the Hunter Pence trade.

Pig Report: Justin De Fratus

RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

Position: Relief pitcher
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Major league pitcher.
2012 Major League Stats: 13 games , 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 10.2 IP, 8 K.
2012 Minor League Stats: 17 games, 0-1, 2.49 ERA, 21,2 IP, 22 K.

Season in Review: Right-hander Justin De Fratus was supposed to be an important piece in the 2012 Phillies bullpen but a thumb injury sidelined him for much of the season.

DeFratus spent the month of August playing with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 17 games, the California native went 0-1 with a 2.49 ERA.

The right-hander only gave up six earned runs in his 21.2 innings in Lehigh Valley. He also converted three save attempts.

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Phillies Deal for Wilton Lopez Squashed

A deal for Astros reliever Wilton Lopez fell through, possibly due to a failed physical.

The Phillies agreed to acquire Lopez, who had elbow problems last season, for a handful of near-Major League-ready prospects.

Jim Salisbury writes:

While it’s unclear if the Phils backed away from the Lopez deal because of health concerns, it is clear that the team is still looking for a reliever who can help in the eighth inning. Finding one will be one of GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s missions at the winter meetings, which begin Monday in Nashville.

Before Lopez, the Phillies expressed interest in free agent Ryan Madson, who signed with the Angels. Mike Adams is still on the free-agent market. The Phils were interested in trading for him two seasons ago when he was in San Diego.

Brandon Lyon was also mentioned as being on the Phillies radar.

Zolecki: Reports Indicate Braves Sign B.J. Upton

In a tweet by Todd Zolecki, “Numerous reports B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year deal with Braves.”

The Braves were said to be in the running for Upton, who the Phillies and a mystery team were interested in as well. Reports say that Upton will receive between $14-15 million per year.

For those hoping to land Upton, the Phillies will have to look elsewhere for their centerfielder. Michael Bourn and Josh Hamilton are still on the board, but both will ask for more money than Upton.

Phillies acquire reliever Wilton Lopez

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Phillies have acquired reliever Wilton Lopez from the Houston Astros for three unnamed prospects.

Details are still being finalized so it is unclear which prospects will be headed to Houston in the deal. Heyman did report that they’re expected to be near-MLB ready.

Lopez is coming off a good season in which he went 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA. The 29-year old right-hander converted 10 saves and had 54 strikeouts and only 8 walks in 64 games for the Astros.

More details to come.

Phillies Catcher Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamines

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, coming off of a career season, was suspended 25 games today.

The All-Star catcher was said to have been using and amphetamine called Aderall, which is an energy booster, an agent used to mask steroid use. He will miss the first 25 games of the 2013 season.

Ruiz released a statement after the announcement:

“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement. “I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization, and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.”

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Prospect Report: Tyson Gillies

OF Tyson Gillies (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer)

Position: Outfield
Age: 24
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect
Team:
Lakewood/Clearwater (Single-A)/Reading (Double-A)
2012 Minor League Stats: 75 G, .299 AVG, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 24 RBI, .809 OPS

Season in Review: Numbers wise, Tyson Gillies put up a pretty solid season in the minors.

But all of that was wiped out when the troubled outfield prospect again found himself in trouble, this time with the team. While with Reading, Gillies was suspended for shouting at a bus driver.

But despite that, Gillies hit .306 in 68 games with the R-Phils, hitting 13 doubles, eight triples and four homers. Those were his best numbers since being acquired from Seattle in the Cliff Lee trade at the end of 2009.

Next year, Gillies will most like continue with Reading where his strong fielding and solid bat will improve. But it’s Gillies’ maturity that needs to improve if he wants to continue to ascend the farm system and one day play in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park.

Grade: B-

Phillies In the Running for B.J. Upton

The Phillies are one of three teams that will most likely land free agent outfielder B.J. Upton.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Phillies and Atlanta Braves are the top two candidates to land Upton, with a mystery team also involved. The mystery team could be either Cincinnati or Washington.

The Braves are said to have a slight edge on the Phillies, with the final offers being issued this week. Where Upton will land could be determined in that time.

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Prospect Report: Maikel Franco

Lakewood 3B Maikel Franco. (Photo by Dave Schofield, Lakewood BlueClaws)

Position: Third base
Age: 20
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect (10th according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: 
Lakewood (Single-A).
2012 Minor League Stats

Season in Review: Maikel Franco wasn’t on a lot of people’s radars this year despite being ranked in the Phillies top 10 prospects list. But the Dominican Republican native made a name for himself in Lakewood and could find himself headed to Clearwater and soon Reading in 2013.

The 20-year-old undrafted free agent of 2010 was twice featured in TTB’s own Chris Bengel’s “Down on the Farm” segment this season, once in April and again in July, for good play. The interesting thing about both those posts was that Franco was batting in the low .200’s.

By July 9, Franco was at a .237, but began a hot tear that continued for the rest of the season. His average shot all the way up to .280 at season’s end, hitting a team-hight 14 home runs and driving in a team high 84 runs through 132 games.\

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