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 look to complement young stars at Meetings

High-upside youngsters will get opportunity to sink or swim in 2017

Phils look to complement young stars at Meetings

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies could certainly use a few things before Spring Training begins in February. But they still want to see how many of their young players rise to the occasion in 2017, and the only way they can see that is if they play them.

So expect few surprises, if any, next week at the Winter Meetings. But Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said recently the front office remains committed to exploring options for improving the 2017 team.

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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.

Busy Phillies looking to improve at Meetings

Philadelphia will continue to address holes after early offseason additions

Busy Phillies looking to improve at Meetings

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have been relatively busy in the early weeks of the 2016-17 offseason. So much so that they could be quiet at next week's Winter Meetings in Washington.

They already acquired left fielder Howie Kendrick and relief pitcher Pat Neshek in trades with the Dodgers and Astros, respectively. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson accepted a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer, meaning the Phillies have all the personnel they can accommodate for the rotation. The team pushed the 40-man roster to capacity by adding 11 prospects to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.

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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 Holiday Sale & Tree Lighting set for Saturday

Phillies Holiday Sale & Tree Lighting set for Saturday

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are kicking off the holidays this Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, when they will have their annual Holiday Sale & Tree Lighting, featuring Charlie Manuel and the Phillie Phanatic.

"We want to help fans find the perfect holiday gifts while also having plenty of free holiday fun with reindeer, Phanta Claus and Charlie Manuel," Phillies director of merchandising Scott Brandreth said in a statement.

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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 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.

Williams among 11 Phils protected from Rule 5

GM Klentak says several young players will see action in Majors in '17

Williams among 11 Phils protected from Rule 5

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies needed to protect as many prospects as possible from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8, and on Friday afternoon, they announced they added 11 of them to the 40-man roster.

The group includes right-handers Drew Anderson, Mark Appel, Ben Lively, Ricardo Pinto, Nick Pivetta and Alberto Tirado; left-hander Elniery Garcia; catcher Andrew Knapp; infielder Jesmuel Valentin; and outfielders Dylan Cozens and Nick Williams. Nine of those players rank among the organization's top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.com: Williams (No. 3), Cozens (No. 6), Appel (No. 10), Knapp (No. 11), Pinto (No. 15), Pivetta (No. 17), Garcia (No. 19), Lively (No. 23) and Tirado (No. 28).

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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.

Middleton named Phillies' control person

Middleton named Phillies' control person

PHILADELPHIA -- John Middleton's current and future role with the Phillies has been crystallized.

Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Middleton has been formally approved by team owners as the Phillies' "control person," who is accountable to MLB for the operation of the team and for its compliance with the rules of baseball.

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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.

Inbox: Will Phillies reunite with Blanton?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Phillies reunite with Blanton?

The Phillies have said improving their bullpen is a top priority. Joe Blanton has reinvented himself as a top-flight reliever. Any chance for a reunion?
-- Shaunta N., New Hope, Pa.

I have mentioned Blanton as a possibility. I think he makes a lot of sense. First, the Phillies need somebody reliable to pitch 70-80 innings in the back of the bullpen. Blanton would give them security, particularly knowing they will have less flexibility with the 40-man roster because of the number of prospects they need to protect. Second, he might be willing to sign a short-term contract, which is what the Phils want.

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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.

Acquired in Hamels deal, Harrison cut by Phils

Due to chronic back injury, veteran lefty never pitched for Philadelphia

Acquired in Hamels deal, Harrison cut by Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Harrison joined the Phillies in one of the biggest trades in franchise history.

But he never threw a single pitch because of a chronic back injury, and Tuesday the team announced it had released him. Harrison will make $15 million next year, which includes a $13 million salary and a $2 million buyout on a 2018 club option. The Phillies will not be responsible for the entirety of it. There are rumblings they had reached an undisclosed settlement with the insurance company that held the policy on Harrison's contract, which means the Phillies will have some salary relief.

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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' Kingery dazzles with glove, bat in Fall League victory

Phils' Kingery dazzles with glove, bat in Fall League victory

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scott Kingery collected a pair of hits and drove in two runs, but it was a question about his defense that elicited a smile from the second baseman.

"I like defense a lot, I love to lay out," the Phillies' No. 13 prospect said. "For me making a diving play and making a play that nobody thought you could make, that's one of the best feelings. I take a lot of pride in my defense."

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

Hellickson accepts Phils' qualifying offer

Veteran right-hander: 'I'm going back to a team I love playing for'

Hellickson accepts Phils' qualifying offer

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson will need to prove himself over one more season before he lands the lucrative, multiyear contract he desires.

The right-hander accepted the Phillies' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer on Monday, taking him off the free-agent market. The decision came as a bit of a surprise, as Hellickson was seeking a long-term contract amid a thin market for starting pitching. But if Hellickson had rejected the Phillies' qualifying offer, any team that signed him would be required to forfeit their top unprotected pick in the 2017 Draft, affecting his value in the market. That fact helped Hellickson decide to accept the offer.

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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.

Halladay inducted into Florida State League HOF

Halladay inducted into Florida State League HOF

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer and former two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay were among nine inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame Class of 2016 during a ceremony on Tuesday night.

Mauer, the '09 American League MVP and a six-time All-Star, played for the Class A Fort Myers Miracle in '03 and '04. The No. 1 pick in the '01 Draft, Mauer said that the FSL was his first real introduction to what life would be like in the Major Leagues.

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Corey Long is contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.