Phillies 2008 World Series Hero Brad Lidge Plans to Retire

Free-agent reliever and former Phillies Brad Lidge has informed his agents, Rex Gary & Jim Turner, that he plans to retire. Lidge, who was a perfect 41-for-41 in the regular season and another 7-for-7 in save opportunities during the Phillies 2008 World Series championship season, will hang the cleats up after 11 seasons in the … Continue reading Phillies 2008 World Series Hero Brad Lidge Plans to Retire

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

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 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

Prospect Report: Tyson Gillies

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 … Continue reading Prospect Report: Tyson Gillies

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 … Continue reading Phillies In the Running for B.J. Upton

Prospect Report: Maikel Franco

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 … Continue reading Prospect Report: Maikel Franco