Phils may pursue prospect Maitan

Phils may pursue prospect Maitan

PHILADELPHIA -- Remember those trades the Phillies made this summer that got them a whole lot of "international amateur signing bonus space?"

It sounded boring at the time, but the extra $1 million could turn into something exciting in the future. Major League Baseball announced Tuesday it had declared 13 Braves prospects free agents following an investigation that determined Atlanta circumvented international signing rules from 2015-17.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies add 4 prospects to 40-man roster

Former No. 1 pick Appel among players removed to clear space for pitchers

Phillies add 4 prospects to 40-man roster

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are loaded with pitching prospects in the Minor Leagues and Monday they protected four of their most valuable arms from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

They also cut loose a once highly touted pitching prospect.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies slugger Thome lands on HOF ballot

Power hitter smashed 612 career HRs, led Philadelphia's resurgence

Phillies slugger Thome lands on HOF ballot

PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Thome sparked a baseball renaissance in Philadelphia in 2003. He could be a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee 15 years later.

Thome is one of seven players with Phillies connections on the 2018 Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot, released Monday. He is considered a heavy favorite to receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown, N.Y. The election announcement will be on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eflin surprises kids at annual CBP sleepover

Eflin surprises kids at annual CBP sleepover

PHILADELPHIA -- Zach Eflin, Gabe Kapler and Matt Klentak surprised eight children taking a break from their cancer treatments and other illnesses with family and friends to attend the annual sleepover Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The children came from area hospitals, including Nemours, CHOP and St. Christopher's, or were part of the Kisses for Kyle organization. The event started in 2014 when a Phillies Charities auction winner donated a sleepover in the clubhouse to children in area hospitals.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies hire Gott as bullpen coach

Phillies hire Gott as bullpen coach

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Friday that Jim Gott will be their bullpen coach next season.

Gott, 58, spent the past five seasons as the Angels' Minor League pitching coordinator. He was the Angels' pitching coach from 2010-12. Gott pitched 14 seasons in the big leagues, posting a 3.87 ERA in 554 appearances with the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Could Hamels reunite with Phillies?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions

Inbox: Could Hamels reunite with Phillies?

The Phillies need starting pitching. Could Cole Hamels return at some point?
-- Jack C., Malvern, Pa.

Hamels could be a free agent following the 2018 season, unless the Rangers exercise a $20 million club option for 2019. Hamels, who will be 34 next season, has said he would never close the door on a reunion with the Phillies. Hamels loves the organization. He still lives in the area. Maybe the Phillies find themselves in need of a veteran starter in a year or two and sign him to a short-term deal. But so much can happen between now and the time Hamels ultimately becomes a free agent. He will need to stay healthy and productive, and the Phillies will need an opening in the rotation. Who knows how their rotation will look following next season?

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halladay's life, impact celebrated at memorial

Family, friends and former teammates gather for emotional ceremony

Halladay's life, impact celebrated at memorial

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Halladay's family, friends and teammates shared stories and memories for nearly an hour on Tuesday evening at Spectrum Field.

Then, Brandy Halladay stepped to the microphone.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teammates get emotional at Halladay memorial

Utley, Rollins among those in attendance for 'Celebration of Life' service

Teammates get emotional at Halladay memorial

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Carlos Ruiz woke up the morning of Nov. 7 to a dark sky in his native Panama.

"It's a sad day," he told his brother.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton might not be a fit for rebuilding Phils

Stanton might not be a fit for rebuilding Phils

The Phillies have been linked to Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton since the summer, which is not a surprise.

The Phillies are a large-market team with a relatively minuscule payroll. They are expected to be serious players in next year's free-agent class, which could include Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. If that is the case, then it stands to reason the Phillies could take a run at Stanton, whom the Marlins could trade because they want to shed salary. Except as soon as those rumors first popped up this summer, sources told MLB.com that there are a multitude of reasons why the Phillies are unlikely to pursue him.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospects Randolph, Green deliver in AFL

Prospects Randolph, Green deliver in AFL

MESA, Ariz. - A pair of Phillies prospects provided the offensive firepower as Glendale topped Mesa, 5-1, in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday afternoon at Sloan Park.

Cornelius Randolph and Zach Green combined to go 5-for-8 with four RBIs as the Desert Dogs came away with their fifth straight win.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halladay will have lasting impact on young Phils

Late pitcher was serving as a mental skills coach to Minor Leaguers at time of death

Halladay will have lasting impact on young Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Windle scrolled through his text messages the other day. He stopped on Roy Halladay's name.

He tapped into the conversation and reminisced.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wathan, Kranitz, Mallee join Phillies' staff

Kapler fills several of Philadelphia's coaching vacancies

Wathan, Kranitz, Mallee join Phillies' staff

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have found Matt Stairs' replacement in the batting cage.

The club announced Friday afternoon that three coaches have joined manager Gabe Kapler's staff: Dusty Wathan, Rick Kranitz and John Mallee, who spent the past three seasons as the Cubs' hitting coach. Mallee replaces Stairs, who enjoyed success as the Phillies' hitting coach in 2017. But after the team announced that Pete Mackanin would not return, it informed his staff that they should explore other employment opportunities. Stairs took a job with the Padres.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Humble Halladay never lost track of his roots

Humble Halladay never lost track of his roots

The eighth-grade English assignment seemed relatively simple. The teacher instructed the students to write an essay on what they wanted to be when they grow up with the warning, "Don't be submitting any silly goals like President or professional athlete."

Harry LeRoy Halladay III was in a quandary. All he had ever wanted to be was a baseball player. Halladay, better known as Roy, had been playing catch with his father since he was 3. He was the youngest on his T-ball team at the age of 5. And in the basement of the family home was a batting cage his father built.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, < b> Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statement from the Halladay Family

Our family is heartbroken in confirming that Roy passed away in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon. While many will remember him for his success as a major league pitcher, we remember him as an amazing father, loving husband and loyal friend.

Roy had many accomplishments in his professional career, the memories of which we will cherish forever. He described each achievement as a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment, a true testament to his character and love for his teammates.

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Mark Feinsand

Burnett praises Halladay's influence on career

Right-hander remembers two-time Cy Young Award winner as 'best pitcher I ever played with'

Burnett praises Halladay's influence on career

When A.J. Burnett signed with the Blue Jays in late 2005, he was already an accomplished Major League starter with more than 130 starts, 49 wins and a no-hitter under his belt.

But when the hard-throwing right-hander reported for his first Spring Training with Toronto, he quickly realized he had a long way to go if he wanted to be the pitcher he hoped to be.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Doc recalled at Torre's Safe at Home event

Doc recalled at Torre's Safe at Home event

NEW YORK -- The loss of former All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay on Tuesday of course was still on the minds of those around Major League Baseball on Wednesday, including dignitaries interviewed on the red carpet of Joe Torre's annual Safe at Home Foundation fundraiser dinner at Cipriani in Manhattan.

Halladay died on Tuesday afternoon when the ICON A5 he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Paul Hagen

RIP, Doc: 'Your favorite player's favorite player'

Halladay's legacy extends far beyond game

RIP, Doc: 'Your favorite player's favorite player'

Roy Halladay won his second Cy Young Award in 2010, and that created a little bit of a problem. He wanted to find a way to acknowledge the role his Phillies catcher, Carlos Ruiz, played in his success. And Halladay wanted to do it as quietly as possible.

So Halladay surreptitiously ordered a replica of the award, wrapped it in a plain brown box and left it at Ruiz's locker after a Grapefruit League game. The message he scrawled on top was typically understated. "To: Chooch. From: Roy."

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Paul Hagen is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halladay dies in plane crash off Florida coast

Former Blue Jays, Phillies hurler won 2 Cy Young Awards, threw no-hitter in postseason

Halladay dies in plane crash off Florida coast

The baseball community has lost one of its all-time greats far too soon. Longtime Blue Jays and Phillies star Roy Halladay passed away at the age of 40 following a tragic plane crash in Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Halladay's ICON A5 light sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately noon ET. Halladay was an avid pilot who frequently talked about his love of flying and recently posted images and video of his aircraft to social media.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Family man Doc had more to offer Phils, MLB

Former pitcher loved game, was dedicated to his wife and sons

Family man Doc had more to offer Phils, MLB

PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Halladay planned to accomplish so much more in baseball.

Those plans struck Phillies chairman David Montgomery on Tuesday, following the tragic news that Halladay, 40, died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Florida. Halladay pitched for the Phillies from 2010-13, throwing a perfect game in May 2010 and a no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series as part of a tremendous big league career. He rejoined the Phillies in Spring Training as a guest instructor before moving into his own office this summer at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball world mourns Halladay's passing

Commissioner Manfred, former teammates, current players remember two-time Cy Young Award winner

Baseball world mourns Halladay's passing

When news broke that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay had passed away in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the baseball world was grief-stricken, with reactions pouring in on social media. Halladay is survived by his wife Brandy and their two sons.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the franchises Halladay pitched for, former managers and teammates of the two-time Cy Young Award winner, as well as other former and current MLB players, plus those outside the game, have shared their thoughts:

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Players react to death of Halladay

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Players react to death of Halladay

The baseball world lost one of its best at far too young an age on Tuesday. The Pasco County Sheriff's Department confirmed that Roy Halladay, 40, has passed away after his single-engine airplane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves behind his wife, Brandy, and two children, Braden and Ryan. 

The eight-time All-Star, known as one of the toughest competitors with one of the kindest hearts, was remembered by friends and admirers in the Majors who are feeling his absence deeply. Here are some of those reactions: 

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Ruiz 'devastated' by death of Halladay

Former Phillies batterymate caught Doc's no-hitter, perfect game

Ruiz 'devastated' by death of Halladay

SEATTLE -- Carlos Ruiz, the catcher behind the plate for Roy Halladay's perfect game in 2010 with the Phillies and his no-hitter in that year's postseason, was caught off-guard like the rest of the baseball world on Tuesday by word of his former teammate Halladay's death in a plane crash off the coast of Florida.

"Chooch" Ruiz, who just became a free agent after spending last season with the Mariners, was a big part of the success Halladay had during the final four years of his career in Philadelphia.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Halladay was everybody's hero

Halladay was everybody's hero

"Life is frittered away by detail. … Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity." -- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

Roy Halladay simplified pitching. This was at the heart of his baseball greatness. He took this big, sprawling, complicated thing, this intricate art form weighed down by so many details -- by pitches, counts, batting styles, scouting reports and arm slots and fluctuating strike zones and high-leverage situations and low-leverage situations -- and he boiled it down to its essence.

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Joe Posnanski is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halladay's 10 greatest moments on the hill

Halladay's 10 greatest moments on the hill

Roy Halladay was one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, and one of the greatest pitchers in the histories of the Blue Jays and Phillies. He died Tuesday after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Holiday, Fla. Halladay was 40.

Here is a look at arguably his 10 greatest moments on the mound:

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will a lefty join the Phillies' rotation?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers questions from Philadelphia fans

Inbox: Will a lefty join the Phillies' rotation?

Do you think a free-agent pitcher like Jason Vargas should be high on the Phillies' list? We need lefty starters.
-- Sean F., St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Phillies have not had a left-handed pitcher start a game since Adam Morgan on Sept. 28, 2016, beginning a streak of 166 games of right-handed starters. Vargas, who turns 35 in February, is intriguing. He went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA in 32 starts with the Royals this past season, although he carried a 6.59 ERA in his final 11 starts. Vargas is unlikely to command a massive multiyear contract, so in that sense, he seems to fit the Phils' plans.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mid-level starters on Phils' FA shopping list

Mid-level starters on Phils' FA shopping list

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies owner John Middleton said at times it is difficult to be patient with the organization's rebuild.

He is like anybody else. If the team is winning, he's a little more patient. If the team is losing, he isn't.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils opt not to extend any qualifying offers

Phils opt not to extend any qualifying offers

PHILADELPHIA -- It should surprise nobody that the Phillies made no qualifying offers Monday to their free agents.

Clay Buchholz, Andres Blanco and Daniel Nava certainly would have accepted the one-year, $17.4 million offer. They stand no chance of getting that kind of paycheck on the open market this winter. Hyun Soo Kim is also a free agent, but he was ineligible to receive a qualifying offer because he switched teams midseason.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kapler confident his style will work with Phillies

New manager focused on 'creating great environments' for players to develop

Kapler confident his style will work with Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Did anybody else get the feeling Thursday that Gabe Kapler has no problems mingling and conversing with strangers at a party?

Kapler has a big, outgoing personality. He is no introvert, but the Phillies like that about him. Kapler's desire to connect with people is one reason they hired him as manager.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fuld, Werthan join Phils' baseball operations

Fuld, Werthan join Phils' baseball operations

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies continue to expand their front office and analytics staff.

The Phils announced Friday they have added two positions, hiring former outfielder Sam Fuld as their Major League player information coordinator and Ben Werthan as their Minor League player information coordinator.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.