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 … Continue reading Rosenthal: Phillies, Giants Going After Pagan

Pig Report: Justin De Fratus

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 … Continue reading Pig Report: Justin De Fratus

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 … Continue reading Phillies Deal for Wilton Lopez Squashed

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 … Continue reading Zolecki: Reports Indicate Braves Sign B.J. 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 … Continue reading Phillies acquire reliever Wilton Lopez

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 … Continue reading Phillies Catcher Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamines