Phils' logjam could leave starters in 'pen

Asher, Morgan among 12 candidates for MLB, Triple-A rotation spots

Phils' logjam could leave starters in 'pen

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Alec Asher can do the math. The Phillies have 12 starters that could open the season in the big leagues or Triple-A.

Twelve starters, 10 jobs.

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Coghlan anticipating 'new chapter' as Phillie

Following World Series win with Cubs, outfielder looking for more playing time

Coghlan anticipating 'new chapter' as Phillie

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- How does Chris Coghlan follow one of the greatest seasons in baseball history and possibly the greatest World Series ever? He starts from scratch, and he signs a Minor League contract with the Phillies.

"I want to be part of something bigger than me," Coghlan said Saturday morning in front of his locker at Spectrum Field.

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Knee swelling forces Eflin to rest Friday

Pitcher scheduled to throw bullpen session Monday

Knee swelling forces Eflin to rest Friday

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Zach Eflin could not throw Friday because of swelling in his right knee, but he said he is scheduled to have a bullpen session Monday.

Eflin, 22, had surgeries last year to repair the patellar tendons in his left and right knees following 10-12 years of chronic issues. He said earlier this week that his knees felt great. But then he tweaked his right knee running sprints on Thursday.

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Hernandez looks to build on second-half surge

Hernandez looks to build on second-half surge

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Larry Bowa noticed a change in Cesar Hernandez in the second half of last season, a change the Phillies' bench coach hopes he carries into 2017 and beyond to become one of the best second basemen in baseball: Hernandez began coming to Bowa before games to run through the lineup card with him.

"Slight pull, straightaway, pull," Hernandez said, running through the hitters' tendencies.

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Glove story: Phillies arrive to find mitts waiting

Glove story: Phillies arrive to find mitts waiting

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jerad Eickhoff arrived at Spectrum Field before Phillies pitchers and catchers held their first workout Tuesday to find a new black glove with red stitching sitting at his locker.

He had designed the custom mitt in the offseason after signing a new contract with Wilson. Eickhoff went online and entered his personal specifications and preferences. He selected the style of the glove, its length and width, and the colors of the leather, laces, stitching and logo.

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Mackanin: Phils' fire apparent on first day

Mackanin: Phils' fire apparent on first day

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies held their first full-squad workout Friday morning at Carpenter Complex, and if manager Pete Mackanin had a fiery speech for his players at Spectrum Field, he did not indicate it.

"The same old staples," Mackanin said, who enters his second full season as the Phillies' manager. "The same old, work hard, enjoy the fight to where you want to be. Don't be late. Do everything right. Follow the rules and compete. The basic stuff."

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Stairs' philosophy? 'Be a stubborn hitter'

Stairs' philosophy? 'Be a stubborn hitter'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Minutes after the Phillies made Matt Stairs their hitting coach in November, Stairs typed out the strengths and weaknesses of 14 Phillies batters that he had seen the previous three years as a broadcaster and guest instructor.

"I had video, but it was in my head," Stairs said on Thursday morning at Spectrum Field.

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Phillies respond to New Jersey governor

Social media account addresses Christie's comments

Phillies respond to New Jersey governor

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- This is out of control, isn't it?

MLB.com tweeted a few photos on Tuesday of the Phillies' upgraded décor at Spectrum Field, their Spring Training venue. In one image, on a wall leading into Philadelphia's clubhouse, are photos of Ryan Howard holding up the 2008 World Series championship trophy and Tug McGraw, who recorded the final out of the 1980 Fall Classic, raising his arms in the air.

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Galvis to focus on offensive production

27-year-old to remain in training camp, will sit out of Classic

Galvis to focus on offensive production

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis bristled at the question Wednesday morning at Spectrum Field.

He had his best season with the Phillies in 2016, posting a career-high 26 doubles, 20 home runs and 67 RBIs and finishing as a finalist for the National League Gold Glove Award at shortstop. He is the longest tenured Phillies player, making his debut in 2012, and he is slated to be the shortstop on Opening Day on April 3 in Cincinnati.

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Feeling great, Nola throws first bullpen session

Mackanin 'cautiously optimistic' after righty finished 2016 on disabled list

Feeling great, Nola throws first bullpen session

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It is just one bullpen session, but Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola threw his first one of the spring Wednesday at Carpenter Complex.

It seemed to go well.

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Gomez fine with any role Phils give him

Righty reliever will compete for closer's job; Saunders out of WBC 2017

Gomez fine with any role Phils give him

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez said Wednesday afternoon that he will know Thursday if he will play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, although folks with the Phillies think it is highly unlikely he plays in the tournament.

"I'm on the roster right now," Gomez said. "I'm going to speak with my agent. I just want to be ready for Opening Day."

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Energized by trade, Buchholz aims to 'perform'

Energized by trade, Buchholz aims to 'perform'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz got the call that he had been traded in December -- mere moments before he and his wife boarded a flight to take a vacation. He said the news didn't ruin his trip.

"I think it energizes anybody," Buchholz said of the trade that sent him from the Red Sox to the Phillies. "There are expectations that are brought back to you. That sense of complacency, being in one spot for an extended period of time, that's gone. And yeah, you want to perform for the new faces and show that you're still good at your craft and good at what you do."

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Mackanin: 'Right now, Jeanmar's the closer'

Mackanin: 'Right now, Jeanmar's the closer'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pete Mackanin will save his best speech for Friday, when the Phillies have their first full-squad workout at Carpenter Complex.

"I'm going to be to the point, basically, that there's going to be some jobs available, and this game is all about competition and 'What have you done for me lately?'" Mackanin said following Tuesday's pitchers and catchers workout. "You have to earn your right to stay at the big league level. It's easier to get the big leagues than it is to stay in the big leagues, and I just want them to play with energy, play hard, compete on a pitch-by-pitch basis and play a full nine innings."

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MacPhail seeks improvement across the board

Phillies president pleased with GM Klentak's free-agent signings

MacPhail seeks improvement across the board

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Everybody still wants to know the timeline.

When will the Phillies contend again? 2018? 2019? Beyond?

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Phils look to progress with Spring Training here

Camp to open Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla.

Phils look to progress with Spring Training here

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Phillies squad each day this week. The final topic: Spring Training is here.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin opens his second Spring Training as Phillies manager this week at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

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Phillies' roster dominated by youngsters

Joseph, Franco, Galvis among sure bets for the 25-man

Phillies' roster dominated by youngsters

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Phillies squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

PHILADELPHIA -- So many things can and will happen from when Phillies pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla., to Opening Day on April 3 in Cincinnati.

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Phils hoping to accelerate rebuild

Improvements in scoring, starting rotation keys for 2017 season

Phils hoping to accelerate rebuild

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Phillies squad each day this week. Today's topic -- How would the perfect season unfold?

PHILADELPHIA -- It would be a heck of an accomplishment for the Phillies to finish .500 in 2017.

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Philly sticking to plan of patience in '17

Club has high expectations for young stars as new season approaches

Philly sticking to plan of patience in '17

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Phillies squad each day this week. Today's topic -- What's the vision?

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies could have gone bananas and spent truckloads of cash this winter, but they remained true to their plan.

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Ten Phillies rep 7 countries in 2017 Classic

Ten Phillies rep 7 countries in 2017 Classic

PHILADELPHIA -- Ten Phillies will represent seven countries at the World Baseball Classic.

Six of those players are expected to make the Opening Day roster.

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Expectations high for Phillies' Franco in 2017

Expectations high for Phillies' Franco in 2017

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Phillies squad each day this week. Today's topic: How's your Star?

PHILADELPHIA -- Who is the Phillies' star player? Most teams have at least one. The Nationals have Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer. The Braves have Freddie Freeman. The Marlins have Giancarlo Stanton. The Mets have Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard. But the Phillies? Is Odubel Herrera it? He was the Phillies' lone representative on the National League All-Star team last season.

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Phillies load up, set out for Spring Training

PHILADELPHIA -- No matter what, always get the bigger truck.

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Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin.

To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each of the 30 teams this week. Tuesday's installment brings a simple question: Who might surprise for each club in 2017?

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Relaxed Kruk introduced as CSN broadcaster

Relaxed Kruk introduced as CSN broadcaster

PHILADELPHIA -- John Kruk isn't going to hold back on Comcast SportsNet.

The Phillies and CSN introduced Kruk as the newest member of their broadcast team Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, and Kruk entertained during the nearly 15-minute news conference. Kruk, who sources said signed a 5-year contract, will work between 80-90 games as an analyst this season. Ben Davis will work the remaining 70-80, and Mike Schmidt will work with Kruk or Davis during weekend games in Philadelphia.

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Phils enter camp with .500 as realistic goal

Phils enter camp with .500 as realistic goal

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Phillies squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the difference?

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies took a step forward last season, winning eight more games than they won in 2015.

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