Tomas' asking price may dampen Phillies' interest

Cuban slugger, 24, reportedly seeking $100M deal

Tomas' asking price may dampen Phillies' interest

PHILADELPHIA -- Some folks in baseball still consider the Phillies to be the favorites to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. But are they?

The Phillies have seen Tomas multiple times over the past several weeks, and sources believe he could be a productive power hitter in the big leagues, which is something the Phillies desperately need. But sources also said some in the organization have continued concerns about Tomas' conditioning and defense.

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Trio of young arms added to Phillies' 40-man roster

Biddle, Morgan and Ogando protected from Rule 5 Draft

Trio of young arms added to Phillies' 40-man roster

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies placed three young pitchers on the 40-man roster Thursday.

The first is left-hander Jesse Biddle, who has battled issues on both the physical and mental sides of the game. The second is left-hander Adam Morgan, who is recovering from left shoulder surgery. The third is hard-throwing right-hander Nefi Ogando, whom the Phillies acquired from the Red Sox in a trade for infielder John McDonald in 2013.

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Jim Callis

Quinn ranks among top prospects from AFL

Quinn ranks among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Harmon becomes part of Hall of Fame after visit

Former Phillies infielder donates glove used during record-setting game in 1971

Harmon becomes part of Hall of Fame after visit

One thing leads to another, just like a grounder to the shortstop is followed by a flip to the second baseman and a relay to first to complete the double play.

Terry Harmon played 10 seasons in the big leagues as a utility infielder for the Phillies, retiring after the 1977 season. Last year, he and his wife, Kay, decided to do something they'd never done before: visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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

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Phanatic earns indie cred while jamming with Dr. Dog

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Phanatic earns indie cred while jamming with Dr. Dog

Having spent the Phillies' regular season dominating the world of dance, the Phanatic is now moving on to conquer other pursuits. First up: indie rock.

And what better way to cement his indie cred than to hang in the studio with homegrown rock band Dr. Dog?

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Moves by other clubs could impact Phillies

Cards traded Miller, Jenkins for Heyward, Walden; Jays signed catcher Martin

Moves by other clubs could impact Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Two things happened Monday that could affect the Phillies indirectly this offseason.

First, the Cardinals traded pitcher Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves for outfielder Jason Heyward and setup man Jordan Walden. Second, the Blue Jays signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phillies announce 2015 player development staff

Phillies announce 2015 player development staff

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Tuesday announced that they have finalized their player development staff for next season.

Noteworthy newcomers include former catcher Pat Borders and pitcher Brian Sweeney.

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Konstanty was Phillies' rock in bullpen in '50

Konstanty was Phillies' rock in bullpen in '50

Pennant winners traditionally have a closer who dominates. The Phillies are no exception: 1950 (Jim Konstanty), '80 (Tug McGraw), '83 (Al Holland), '93 (Mitch Williams) and 2008-09 (Brad Lidge). What about the 1915 pennant-winning Phillies? Different era then, as teams didn't have closers.

Konstanty's season was more historic than any of the above mentioned closers. He relieved 74 times, then a Major League mark, but it's a record that has been toppled multiple times. Konstanty was 16-7, setting a Phils record for most wins by a reliever that still stands.

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Larry Shenk is the vice president of Alumni Relations for the Phillies. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phillies, ALS Association celebrate 30-year relationship

Partnership has raised more than $15.2 million

Phillies, ALS Association celebrate 30-year relationship

PHILADELPHIA -- David Montgomery got a little emotional Friday afternoon as he discussed the Phillies' 30-year relationship with the Philadelphia chapter of The ALS Association.

He said countless memories, faces and relationships came back to him as he spoke on stage.

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Montgomery much improved from cancer battle

Phillies president ready for 45th season; declares prognosis 'excellent'

Montgomery much improved from cancer battle

PHILADELPHIA -- Everybody wants to know how David Montgomery is feeling these days. He said Friday he is doing much better.

Montgomery took a medical leave of absence as Phillies president in August, following jawbone cancer surgery in May. The news hit the organization hard as Montgomery is beloved by employees.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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

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Phillies sign lefty reliever Araujo to contract

Phillies sign lefty reliever Araujo to contract

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are looking for as many young players and pitchers as possible this offseason.

They signed a young reliever to a Major League contract on Thursday.

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Blanco among Phillies' Spring Training invitees

Blanco among Phillies' Spring Training invitees

The Phillies have signed eight players to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Those players include: infielder Andres Blanco, outfielder Brian Bogusevic, utility player Russ Canzler, utility player Chase d'Arnaud, outfielder Jeff Francoeur, catcher John Hester, outfielder Darin Mastroianni and outfielder Xavier Paul.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Rebuilding Phillies willing to trade Hamels, others

Rebuilding Phillies willing to trade Hamels, others

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have been hitting the campaign trail hard in recent weeks.

They are letting everybody know they hope to trade their veterans for young talent and plan to take a step back before they contend again, which might not happen until 2017 at the earliest.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Staff writer Paul Hagen contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hal Bodley

Dick Allen deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame

Controversial star won Rookie of the Year Award with Phillies, MVP with White Sox

Dick Allen deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame

For openers, I've never seen a player hit a baseball consistently as far or as hard as Dick Allen did with his beautiful, menacing swing. And I've never seen a rookie season comparable to the one Allen put in the record books in 1964.

That said, few players have been so vulnerable, or so adept, at creating controversy.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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'Nothing imminent,' but Amaro talking trades

With Phils hoping to develop young players in '15, GM hearing from several teams on veterans

'Nothing imminent,' but Amaro talking trades

PHILADELPHIA -- Get ready to hear multiple teams connected to Phillies players in the coming weeks.

For the Phillies fan unplugged from the Internet, Twitter, television and radio, the club is shopping everybody on the roster in its offseason of rebuilding. Everybody. The list includes Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jonathan Papelbon, Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are on the list, although there is no indication they are willing to waive their complete no-trade clauses. The Phillies are willing to trade their young players for the right price, too.

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Amaro: Phillies' focus is rebuilding roster

Amaro: Phillies' focus is rebuilding roster

PHILADELPHIA -- Everybody seemed to be getting their message out Monday at the General Managers Meetings.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke to reporters in Phoenix about the future of the organization, which plans to take a step back for at least next season to rebuild a roster that finished 2014 last in the National League East for the first time since 2000.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Paul Hagen contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Giles finishes fourth in NL ROY Award balloting

Giles finishes fourth in NL ROY Award balloting

PHILADELPHIA -- At least a few people recognized Ken Giles' stellar rookie season.

Giles finished fourth Monday in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He received two second-place votes and two third-place votes to finish with eight points, which put him well behind Mets pitcher and winner Jacob deGrom (142 points), also trailing Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (92) and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (14 points).

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Inbox: Should Phils deal Howard, Hamels?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers Phillies fans' questions

Inbox: Should Phils deal Howard, Hamels?

Is there really value in selling Ryan Howard's contract when the Phillies will likely have to swallow most of it? I want a winner, but a healthy Howard is still worth 100 RBIs.
-- Eugene C., Richmond, Va.

The Phillies are trying to get younger and more athletic, and they believe moving Howard is one way to make that happen. The Phils also see Howard's power and production on the decline, which is another reason why they are willing to eat a significant portion of his contract. Of course, the trouble is other teams see the declining production, too.

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Phillies keeping Asche at third base for now

Phillies keeping Asche at third base for now

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' front office is planning and hoping for significant changes to its roster, but until those changes happen, other players must remain in place.

That includes third basemen Cody Asche and Maikel Franco. The Phillies have discussed trying Asche in the outfield, possibly giving him a look there in Spring Training. But following last week's organizational meetings, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that is not in the current plans.

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Burnett's option decision gives Phillies flexibility

Team could use savings on starting pitchers, make run at Tomas

Burnett's option decision gives Phillies flexibility

PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody knows exactly how the Phillies front office reacted when it learned A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75 million player option, making him a free agent, but it is safe to say it was pleased.

The organization and player are moving in different directions.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline Perspectives: Speedy Quinn on fast track to success

Phils prospect impresses on basepaths in Arizona Fall League

Pipeline Perspectives: Speedy Quinn on fast track to success

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

This week's Pipeline Perspectives promises to be a speed-reading course.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phillies' autism program partner honored as hero

Efforts to help families attend games earn Ross acclaim from CNN

Phillies' autism program partner honored as hero

Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd ...

Dr. Wendy Ross, who founded the non-profit Autism Inclusion Resources in 2007, quickly realized that children with autism are as much baseball fans as any other kids. But the part about being in crowds made attending games a daunting task for their parents.

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

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Phils look to rebuild for the long term this offseason

Phils look to rebuild for the long term this offseason

Hot Stove Tracker

PHILADELPHIA -- Last offseason, the Phillies dismissed the folks who thought they could not compete in 2014.

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Phillies have several nominees for GIBBY Awards

Phillies have several nominees for GIBBY Awards

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have several nominees for MLB.com's 2014 Greatness In Baseball Yearly awards.

Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2014 GIBBY trophies, based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.

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Allen among 10 on Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot

K. Boyer, Hodges, Howsam, Kaat, Minoso, Oliva, Pierce, Tiant also to be considered for election

Allen among 10 on Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot

Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

The ballot's 10 candidates are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills. Howsam is being considered for Hall of Fame induction for his contributions as an executive, while the other nine are being considered for their on-field contributions as players.

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

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Phillies decline option on reliever Adams

Phillies decline option on reliever Adams

PHILADELPHIA -- As expected on Thursday, the Phillies declined Mike Adams' $6 million club option for 2015.

Adams spent much of the previous two seasons on the disabled list with various injuries, making just 50 relief appearances over the life of his two-year, $12 million contract. His option would have vested automatically at $6 million with 60 innings pitched in 2014 or at $6.5 million with 120 innings pitched in 2013-14. But Adams pitched just 18 2/3 innings this past season, and 43 2/3 innings over the last two campaigns.

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Coaching staff remains intact for next season

PHILADELPHIA -- Every member of the Phillies coaching staff will return in 2015.

The team said Wednesday that each coach is signed through next season. The Phillies announced late last month that they had invited every coach to return following a 73-89 campaign in Ryne Sandberg's first full season as manager.

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Phils need increased production from every spot in '15

Utley, Howard disappointed at the plate this year; outfield also fell short

Phils need increased production from every spot in '15

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Gillick made a couple of interesting comments in early September, when he discussed the future of the Phillies.

First, he said because there are few dominant teams in the National League, a smart tweak or two could push the Phillies back into postseason contention. Second, he said, "I'm not saying we'll get better completely overnight. I think it's going to take a little while."

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