Baseball Avoids Work Stoppage

Okay, I don’t know how close baseball really came to a lockout as reported and discussed over the past 10 days. But assuming there was at least a remote possibility of a lockout, baseball dodged that bullet when owners and players agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement Wednesday evening.

Ken Rosenthal was the first to break the news with the simple and succinct Twitter announcement, “Source: CBA is done”.  The new agreement will be in place for 5 years, and runs through the 2021 season.  While an official announcement was being prepared, the following details were reported (these came mostly from Twitter and the MLB Network, and may change when the official announcement is released): Continue reading Baseball Avoids Work Stoppage

Open Discussion: Week of November 28th

I hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving.  Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

Just before Thanksgiving, the Phillies released David Buchanan and traded Jimmy Cordero to the Nationals for cash considerations or a PTBNL.  They also signed a couple international free agents, RHP Victor Santos and OF Wilbert Garcia.  They assigned LHP Anton Mikhailovich Kuznetsov to the DSL Phillies.  Kuznetsov was signed back on September 8th and is from Moscow. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 28th

Open Discussion: Week of November 21st

Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The Phillies had a busy week culminating in the submission of their 40-man roster before this past Friday’s 8:00 PM deadline.  First, early in the week and to the surprise and possible annoyance of a lot of fans, Jeremy Hellickson accepted the Phillies’ qualifying offer. Then the Phillies outrighted Elvis Araujo, David Buchanan, and Jimmy Cordero. Only then did the Phillies add 11 prospects to the 40-man roster. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 21st

Hellickson Accepts Qualifying Offer

In what will come as a surprise for many Phillies’ fans, RHP Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the team’s $17.2M Qualifying Offer.

The biggest surprise is that a Scott Boras client would forgo the opportunity to test free agency in what is considered to be a lean market for starting pitchers. Continue reading Hellickson Accepts Qualifying Offer

Open Discussion: Week of November 14th

Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The 40-Man Roster stands at 33 players.  Andres Blanco, Peter Bourjos, A.J. Ellis, and David Hernandez elected free agency.  Jeremy Hellickson has neither accepted nor declined the Qualifying Offer.  His deadline is 5:00 PM Monday.  If he declines, he becomes a free agent.

Key dates during the off season are as follows: Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 14th