Phils agree to Minors deals with Burnett, Nava

Phils agree to Minors deals with Burnett, Nava

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies this week agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with left-hander Sean Burnett and outfielder Daniel Nava.

A source said both will be invited to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.

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

Phillies stick to plan, stay quiet at Meetings

RHP Benoit remains only big signing as club avoids dealing prospects

Phillies stick to plan, stay quiet at Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Phillies could have been tempted this week to take a run at somebody such as Ian Desmond, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies.

They remained true to their plan instead.

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

Phils lose lefty Milner to Tribe in Rule 5 Draft

Shortstop Flores selected from Blue Jays in Minor League phase

Phils lose lefty Milner to Tribe in Rule 5 Draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Phillies thought they might lose a couple players in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

They lost only one, as the Indians selected left-handed sidearmer Hoby Milner with the 15th pick in the Draft. Milner, 25, posted a 2.49 ERA in 49 appearances with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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

Phillies building toward big splash in 2018

Club will see what young players can do in '17 before targeting star additions

Phillies building toward big splash in 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said on Wednesday that the teams with the most successful rebuilds have stuck to their plans.

It is why the Phillies plan to stick to theirs.

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

Phillies taking human approach to analytics

Club using new technology to help optimize player performance

Phillies taking human approach to analytics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Even before Matt Klentak became general manager a little more than a year ago, a Phillies organization that had been questioned for its seeming lack of interest in advanced analytics had started to rally in that area.

For example, the organization had begun to develop its own proprietary computer system, called PHIL. And the pace only quickened after Klentak was hired in October 2015.

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Gillick honored with Roland Hemond Award

Longtime executive recognized for scouting and player development

Gillick honored with Roland Hemond Award

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Pat Gillick is one of the most successful front-office executives in baseball history, which is why he earned a spot in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. Gillick received further recognition this week at the Winter Meetings.

Baseball America presented Gillick its Roland Hemond Award for long-term contributions to scouting and player development. Gillick is a part owner of the Phillies, also serving as a senior advisor to the president and general manager.

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

Mackanin pushing for Phils to add bat

Manager says Herrera is starting center fielder

Mackanin pushing for Phils to add bat

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin has been stumping for months for the Phillies to acquire a couple of productive everyday hitters before Spring Training.

They got one last month in Howie Kendrick, but while one hitter is nice …

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

Phillies' everyday 1B job belongs to Joseph

25-year-old shared role with Howard during 2016

Phillies' everyday 1B job belongs to Joseph

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Phillies are prepared to turn Tommy Joseph loose in 2017.

He hit .257 with 21 home runs, 47 RBIs and an .813 OPS in 347 plate appearances last season, sharing time at first base with Ryan Howard. But Howard will not be back, which had some folks wondering if the Phillies might find somebody to lighten Joseph's load again next year.

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

Benoit joins Phils, likely to pitch in eighth

Veteran reliever signs one-year, $7.5M contract

Benoit joins Phils, likely to pitch in eighth

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Joaquin Benoit became the newest member of the Phillies' bullpen Tuesday.

But where will he pitch in 2017?

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

Phils' Cozens collects for leading Minors in HRs

Phils' Cozens collects for leading Minors in HRs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens left the Winter Meetings with an $8,000 check in his pocket.

He got the cash because he won the Joe Bauman Award for leading Minor League Baseball with 40 home runs. That comes out to $200 per home run.

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

Phils bringing back Galvis, Gomez, Hernandez

Asche cut loose to make room for left-hander Rollins

Phils bringing back Galvis, Gomez, Hernandez

PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis, Jeanmar Gomez and Cesar Hernandez will be back with the Phillies in 2017.

Cody Asche is likely headed elsewhere.

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

Phils announce Minors coaching slate

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced their Minor League coaching staffs on Friday.

Here is a closer look:

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

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Kruk to join CSN broadcast booth

Three-time Phillies All-Star spent past 12 years as analyst for ESPN

Sources: Kruk to join CSN broadcast booth

PHILADELPHIA -- John Kruk will be in the Phillies' TV broadcast booth in 2017.

Multiple sources told MLB.com on Thursday that Kruk has agreed to a deal with Comcast SportsNet. Kruk has not signed his contract, so the deal is not official, but CSN is expected to make an official announcement within the next week.

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

Reading Fightins' holiday lights are stunning

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Reading Fightins' holiday lights are stunning

'Tis the season for holiday lights to brighten up winter nights. Yesterday, we were dazzled by the beautiful minimalist look unveiled by the Reno Aces, the D-backs' Triple-A affiliate.

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Phils add former GM Ryan to scouting staff

The Phillies have hired former Twins general manager Terry Ryan to serve as a special assignment scout, the club announced on Wednesday.

Ryan, 63, helped build a Minnesota club that captured four American League Central titles during two stints as GM, from 1994-2007 and 2012-16. He was also twice named Sporting News Executive of the Year. The Twins dismissed Ryan in July amid a last-place season.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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The Next Big Leaguers: Phillies' Kingery

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Phillies' Kingery

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils extend radio play-by-play man Franzke

Kruk in talks to join club's TV broadcast booth

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies put the finishing touches on their radio broadcast team Monday.

The TV broadcast team, which could include John Kruk, figures to be next.

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

Phils honored before charitable holiday events begin

Phils honored before charitable holiday events begin

PHILADELPHIA -- Before the Phillies started the first of their holiday events on Monday, handing out 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner baskets to community groups to benefit families in need, Major League Baseball presented them last week with the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

It recognized the Phillies' fight against ALS, raising more than $17 million since 1984 for patient care and services.

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

Phillies trade Minors reliever Cordero to Nats

Phillies trade Minors reliever Cordero to Nats

The Phillies traded right-hander Jimmy Cordero to the Nationals on Wednesday for a player to be named.

Cordero, 25, was designated for assignment on Friday. He was ranked as the Phillies' 25th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Could the Phils land the game's best player?

Could the Phils land the game's best player?

Do you think the Phillies might explore talks with the Angels for Mike Trout? They could put together a very nice package of pitchers, a catcher and some position prospects, something the Angels desperately need.
-- Bud H., Montgomery, Ala.

I get more questions about Trout than any player outside the Phillies' organization, which is understandable. Trout is the best player in baseball, he is from South Jersey and there seems to be constant speculation that the Angels might trade him to replenish their barren farm system.

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

Phillies release righty Buchanan

Phillies release righty Buchanan

Following a string of inconsistent performances, the Phillies on Wednesday released right-handed pitcher David Buchanan. The club had designated Buchanan for assignment last week, freeing roster space to protect prospects in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.

The organization's seventh-round Draft pick in 2010, Buchanan made his big league debut four years later, posting a 3.75 ERA in 20 starts. But he regressed the following season, going 2-9 with a 6.99 ERA in 15 starts. Buchanan did not crack the big league roster this summer, finishing 10-9 with a 3.98 ERA in 26 starts and one relief appearance at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with just 95 strikeouts over 167 1/3 innings.

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Anthony DiComo has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Burrell, Stairs get first shot at HOF ballot

Burrell, Stairs get first shot at HOF ballot

PHILADELPHIA -- Has it been that long?

The National Baseball Hall of Fame released its 2017 ballot on Monday, and two former Phillies are on it for the first time: outfielders Pat Burrell and Matt Stairs. Neither is likely to receive the 75 percent of total votes necessary for induction, but the pair's appearance on the ballot brings to mind arguably the greatest era in Phillies history.

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

Sleepover at The Bank a dream come true

Patients from local children's hospitals have the run of clubhouse on special night

Sleepover at The Bank a dream come true

The Phillies hosted a clubhouse sleepover Friday at Citizens Bank Park for children receiving treatment at local children's hospitals.

The kids were signed to one-day contracts by general manager Matt Klentak before they were treated to individual lockers, an indoor batting-cage session, a team meal in the clubhouse, movies on a large projection screen and a late-night behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

IronPigs unveil the first-ever reflective jersey

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IronPigs unveil the first-ever reflective jersey

While some teams are content to simply wear clothes, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs choose to push forward the realm of uniform science. The Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies has already pitted cheesesteak lovers against each other (were you team "wit" or "witout"?), somehow turned bacon into a logo and are now the first team to use reflective technology in their jerseys.

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Philly couple thrilled to win Best Fan Catch

Philly couple thrilled to win Best Fan Catch

PHILADELPHIA -- Dennis and Louise Pollock of Philadelphia had no idea they had been nominated for the Esurance Best Fan Catch in Major League Baseball in 2016.

But they were and they won, and they could not be happier about it.

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

Phillies receive top honor for philanthropic efforts

Club recognized with Selig Award for commitment in fight against ALS

Phillies receive top honor for philanthropic efforts

Philanthropy starts with a Phil. Major League Baseball and Commissioner Rob Manfred have named the Phillies as the 2016 recipient of the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, which was announced on Thursday at the MLB Owners Meetings in Chicago.

The Phillies are being recognized for their organization-wide commitment to supporting the fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) through the Phillies Phestival, an annual autograph and auction party which this year raised more than $700,000 to provide much-needed patient care and services for ALS patients in the Philadelphia area. Since 1984, when the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter became the team's primary charity, the Phils have raised more than $17 million in the fight against ALS, the devastating progressive neuromuscular disorder.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.