Phillies have deal with international star Ortiz

Sources say outfielder has agreed to estimated $4.2 million signing bonus

Phillies have deal with international star Ortiz

The Phillies are finalizing a signing bonus with teenage outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz of the Dominican Republic for an estimated $4.2 million, according to industry sources.

The belief among scouts is that the raw power that Ortiz -- ranked No. 6 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list -- shows as a 16-year-old is rarely seen on the international market, and the rest of his game is not far behind. The Phillies are also coming to terms with teenage catcher Rafael Marchan of Venezuela for a sum near $200,000, according to industry sources. The club did not confirm the agreements.

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Franco named NL Rookie of the Month

Third baseman puts up impressive numbers throughout June

Franco named NL Rookie of the Month

Maikel Franco's stellar numbers in the month of June earned the Phillies' third baseman National League Rookie of the Month honors.

During the month, Franco hit .352 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs. He also had an 11-game hit streak and two five-RBI games in back-to-back contests against the Yankees on June 22 and 23.

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Harang looks for answers as skid continues

Phillies starter allows 8 runs on 14 hits, takes 8th straight loss

Harang looks for answers as skid continues

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

It stands to reason that Kyle Lohse, a pitcher, might not be used to reaching first base three times in one game. In fact, before Wednesday's start against the Phillies, he'd only recorded three hits once before in his career. Which might explain why Lohse's third hit of the night ended with a combination hug/tackle of Ryan Howard.

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Harang hit hard; Phillies lose third straight

Harang hit hard; Phillies lose third straight

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies and Brewers entered this week's four-game series at Citizens Bank Park with the two worst records in baseball.

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MacPhail: Phillies victim of own success

Incoming president says low Draft picks, high salaries have taken toll

MacPhail: Phillies victim of own success

PHILADELPHIA -- The Robin Hood-esque nature of Major League Baseball has victimized the Philadelphia Phillies.

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July could bring big changes to Phillies' roster

'We're not sure about anything,' interim manager Mackanin says

July could bring big changes to Phillies' roster

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin knows his roster is subject to change.

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Win escapes Hamels despite impressive start

Veteran leaves with lead, but Phils falter late

Win escapes Hamels despite impressive start

PHILADELPHIA -- As the frustration mounts, Cole Hamels knows the only way to stay sane is to stay optimistic.

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Crew takes advantage of Phils' meltdown in 8th

Ill-timed timeout keeps Brewers alive

Crew takes advantage of Phils' meltdown in 8th

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies found a unique way to lose, 4-3, Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and the Brewers could not have been happier about it.

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Will Cesar stick at 2B when Utley returns?

Hernandez has played well in veteran's absence

Will Cesar stick at 2B when Utley returns?

PHILADELPHIA -- Now that Pete Mackanin is the Phillies' interim manager the remainder of the season, he will be making some important decisions the rest of the way.

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Mackanin will manage Phils for rest of season

Interim skipper's priority in line with Amaro's to develop young players

Mackanin will manage Phils for rest of season

PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Tuesday that the Phillies will retain Pete Mackanin as interim manager through the rest of the season.

Mackanin took over as interim manager Friday after former manager Ryne Sandberg resigned from his post. At the time, Amaro and team president Pat Gillick said that Mackanin would hold the post at least through the homestand before a decision on the rest of the season was made. Now, with the security of 83 more games to manage, Mackanin said he will be able to do what he and Amaro feel is best for the organization.

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Hamels strong, but Giles, Phils lose it in 8th

Hamels strong, but Giles, Phils lose it in 8th

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers found an interesting way to win, 4-3, Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

Veteran executive will first be special assistant to Gillick

MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies launched a new era Monday afternoon when ownership partner John Middleton introduced Andy MacPhail as the team's next president.

MacPhail's arrival is a significant change for the organization. Middleton's involvement with the announcement is, too.

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Phillies signaling change in business model

In naming MacPhail club president, part owner Middleton reveals own role going forward

Phillies signaling change in business model

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies formally introduced Andy MacPhail, who has had success as an executive with three franchises, as their next club president Monday. At first glance, it looked like a safe, conservative decision. A tee shot down the middle rather than trying for the green with a more risky drive over a water hazard.

A second glance, to MacPhail's immediate right on the dais at Citizens Bank Park, disproved that assumption. There sat John Middleton, a member of the ownership group. That's a big deal. It was the first outward and visible sign that the way the Phillies now conduct their business has changed significantly.

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Phillies start fast, but falter vs. Brewers

Phillies start fast, but falter vs. Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- For the Brewers Monday, the sixth inning was just a better version of the first five. After recording at least one hit in each of the first five innings, the Brewers kept swinging in the sixth, starting off the inning with six straight hits, scoring three runs and seizing the lead. Milwaukee never looked back from that point, defeating the Phillies, 7-4.

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MacPhail evaluating GM, manager positions

New club president looking to learn about system, decide how to move forward

MacPhail evaluating GM, manager positions

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies ownership partner John Middleton said Monday that Andy MacPhail will have every resource at his disposal to rebuild the Phils.

That includes money.

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Sabermetrics to be a part of MacPhail's Phils

Sabermetrics to be a part of MacPhail's Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Like an eager high school student, Andy MacPhail, hired Monday to become the new Phillies president at the end of the season, was prepared for the pop math quiz his new bosses surprised him with.

Unlike a high school math quiz though, the questions Phillies owners Jim Buck, Pete Buck and John Middleton asked MacPhail weren't about algebra or trigonometry. They were about new-age baseball thinking and the emphasis MacPhail would put on sabermetrics upon becoming president.

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O'Sullivan struggles as rotation decisions loom

With Billingsley set to return, Phils could opt to stick with younger arms

O'Sullivan struggles as rotation decisions loom

PHILADELPHIA -- On a day the Phillies hired Andy MacPhail as the next team president, signifying the beginning of a new era, it was somewhat easy to forget about the team of the present.

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Franco, Phillies need final All-Star ballot push

Franco, Phillies need final All-Star ballot push

With his stellar June, Maikel Franco is making a legitimate case to be the Phillies' representative at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. But he'll need some help from the fans by using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Entering Monday's series opener with the Phillies, Franco was batting .374 in June with an OPS of 1.112 in 99 at-bats. Those marks have improved his batting average on the season to .304 and his eight June home runs pushed his total into double digits with 10, second on the team to Ryan Howard despite almost 100 fewer at-bats. Franco is also second on the team in RBIs and tied for third in runs scored.

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Hernandez's 4-hit game ignites thriving Phils

Phillies dealt with many issues over past week, but tallied 16 hits in Game 2 Sunday

Hernandez's 4-hit game ignites thriving Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- In the past week, the Phillies have juggled with the delicate balance between surviving and thriving.

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Single-heavy offense comes to life in nightcap

Single-heavy offense comes to life in nightcap

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies used Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals to salvage a long day and a long weekend.

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Gonzalez shows flashes in deepest outing

Phillies No. 14 prospect tosses 5 1/3 frames, picks up win in Game 2 of twin bill

Gonzalez shows flashes in deepest outing

PHILADELPHIA -- The 2015 season is nearly halfway complete, which means the Phillies should be getting good reads on the players they have in their system.

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Correia hurt by unearned runs in Game 1 loss

Correia hurt by unearned runs in Game 1 loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg looked like his old self on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

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Francoeur sparks offense, lapses on defense

Phillies outfielder homers and drives in two, but makes critical error

Francoeur sparks offense, lapses on defense

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeff Francoeur provided most of the Phillies' entertainment in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

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Sixth-inning issues costly for Correia, Phillies

Sixth-inning issues costly for Correia, Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Managing two games at once isn't easy for anyone, especially not someone who's only been managing his team for three days.

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Prospect Joseph switching to first base

Prospect Joseph switching to first base

PHILADELPHIA -- It seemed inevitable that Tommy Joseph would need to change positions to continue his baseball career.

The change became official this week.

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Revere leaps to make outstanding grab

Phillies center fielder covers nearly 90 feet, robs Moore of extra bases

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Ben Revere got a hit, stole a base and made one heck of a catch in the first two innings of Saturday afternoon's game against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

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