Phils re-sign Sizemore to boost outfield depth

Vet, expected to play all three positions, agrees to one-year deal

Phils re-sign Sizemore to boost outfield depth

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies need outfielders, and they believe Grady Sizemore can help in some fashion in 2015. They announced Thursday they have signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Sizemore hit .253 with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 12 RBIs and a .701 OPS in 176 plate appearances with the Phillies, who signed him to a Minor League contract in June. He was hitting .306 with an .817 OPS through his first 130 plate appearances with the Phillies, but cooled off considerably in the season's final month.

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Phillies Arizona Fall League overview

Phillies Arizona Fall League overview

For Phillies prospect Roman Quinn, playing the outfield is like riding a bike -- even if he's spent the bulk of his professional career in the middle infield.

"It's easy making the transition to the outfield from short, because I played the outfield most of my life," Quinn said. "I feel great out there. It took me a week to get used to it. As soon as I started taking balls off the bat in BP, it helped me a lot. That's exactly what it was like -- riding a bike."

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Phillies sign right-hander Williams to one-year deal

Phillies sign right-hander Williams to one-year deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Jerome Williams made enough of a positive impression on the Phillies that they are bringing him back next season.

The team announced Tuesday evening that they signed Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, which includes performance bonuses. Williams, 32, went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts with Philadelphia this year.

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With team or not, Byrd a key to Phillies' future

Right fielder will either be in lineup or be dealt to build organizational depth

With team or not, Byrd a key to Phillies' future

PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg both believe a winning team begins with quality starting pitching and defense.

But they know the Phillies need much more than that. They ranked ninth in the National League in runs, 11th in on-base percentage and 13th in slugging percentage on their way to a 73-89 record and their first last-place finish in the NL East since 2000.

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Brown's future with Phillies uncertain after trying season

Brown's future with Phillies uncertain after trying season

PHILADELPHIA -- Domonic Brown entered this year confident and ready to build upon his 2013 breakout season.

But he left Citizens Bank Park late last month with only questions about his future in Philadelphia.

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Phils' prospect Quinn shows upside in AFL action

Team's No. 5 prospect gets two hits, RBIs while getting more experience in outfield

Phils' prospect Quinn shows upside in AFL action

After the first week of the Arizona Fall League season, Roman Quinn had more stolen bases (four) than hits (three).

That changed Tuesday, as Quinn collected two hits and drove in his first two runs of the fall to help visiting Scottsdale defeat Mesa, 10-7. The victory extended the Scorpions' winning streak to four games.

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Inbox: Do the Phillies need to deal Hamels in the offseason?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions

Inbox: Do the Phillies need to deal Hamels in the offseason?

Email your questions to Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki for future Inbox consideration.

Do you think the Phillies should trade Cole Hamels to get the quality players they need to improve?
-- Robert C., Reading, Pa.

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Former skipper Manuel to hold winter hitting camp

Former skipper Manuel to hold winter hitting camp

PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel has not changed a lick.

During his introduction as Phillies manager in November 2004, he called himself a 24-hours-a-day baseball guy. He said he eats, drinks, sleeps and breathes baseball. So it came as no surprise Wednesday when he said he had watched every postseason game this fall. Just like it came as no surprise when he said he watched or followed nearly every Phillies game this season, and often stayed up until 1 or 2 in the morning to watch West Coast games.

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Former Phillies broadcaster Campbell passes away

Basketball Hall of Fame inductee also called Eagles, Warriors and 76ers games

Former Phillies broadcaster Campbell passes away

PHILADELPHIA -- Bill Campbell broadcast some of the most memorable moments in Philadelphia sports history. His run included eight seasons as a Phillies broadcaster from 1963-70.

Campbell, who died Monday at 91, worked alongside By Saam and Richie Ashburn, and he became synonymous with his trademark "Oh, baby!" line.

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Phillies tab Almaraz to be amateur scouting director

Phillies tab Almaraz to be amateur scouting director

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have a replacement for former assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever, whom they dismissed late last month.

The team announced Wednesday that it has hired Johnny Almaraz, who was the Braves' international scouting director, to be amateur scouting director. He will run the Phillies' First-Year Player Drafts, which Wolever had done since 2002.

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Gwynn Jr. opts for free agency

Gwynn Jr. opts for free agency

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. refused his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has opted for free agency.

Gwynn hit .152 (16-for-105) with two doubles, one triple, three RBIs and a .455 OPS in 2014.

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Nothing off the table for Phillies this offseason

Amaro keeping open mind evaluating potential 2015 squad

Nothing off the table for Phillies this offseason

PHILADELPHIA -- It sounds like the Phillies are ready to deviate from their offseason norm.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke Monday afternoon about open-mindedness and making changes to an "aging" roster this offseason. The front office entered the past few offseasons believing it only needed to tweak its roster because as long as it had Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz it could win. But three consecutive seasons without a winning record and a last-place finish in the National League East this season have changed that.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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Ashburn among 10 finalists for '15 Frick Award

Ashburn among 10 finalists for '15 Frick Award

The list of 2015 Ford C. Frick Award finalists has been narrowed to 10, with the winner set to be announced on Dec. 10 at the Winter Meetings.

The finalists are Richie Ashburn, Billy Berroa, Rene Cardenas, Dizzy Dean, Dick Enberg, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ralph Kiner, Ned Martin, Joe Nuxhall and Jack Quinlan. The award is presented annually "for excellence in baseball broadcasting" by the Hall of Fame.

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Phils hire Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

Phils hire Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Monday afternoon announced a tweak to their Minor League player development staff, as they hired Rafael Chaves to be their Minor League pitching coordinator. Philadelphia interviewed Chaves to be the big league pitching coach last offseason before hiring Bob McClure.

Chaves, 46, spent this season as the Dodgers' special assistant of player personnel after spending five seasons as their Minor League pitching coordinator. He served as Seattle's pitching coach from 2006-07, so his relationship with Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper, who worked in the Mariners' front office from 1987-2008, likely played a role in his hire.

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Surgery for Ruiz, Revere among Phils' injury updates

Surgery for Ruiz, Revere among Phils' injury updates

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced four injury updates Wednesday:

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz on Monday had minor arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. Team physician Michael Ciccotti performed the surgery. Ruiz will begin his rehab immediately and will return to Philadelphia in one month for a follow-up exam. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

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Phillies seeking to retain coaching staff

Phillies seeking to retain coaching staff

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are making no changes to their coaching staff.

The club announced Tuesday afternoon that every big league coach has been asked to return for the 2015 season. It remains to be seen if everyone accepts.

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Rotation, offense dashed Phils' hopes in '14

Hamels, bullpen were bright spots for team that had high internal expectations

Rotation, offense dashed Phils' hopes in '14

PHILADELPHIA -- Only the Phillies seemed to believe they had a chance in 2014.

They acknowledged as much in Spring Training when they signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year, $16 million contract, which included a 2015 player option worth as much as $12.75 million. They spent that money partially because they already had spent more than $160 million on players like Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Jonathan Papelbon, Carlos Ruiz, Marlon Byrd and Mike Adams.

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Phillies refute report of ownership shakeup

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies refuted a TV report Thursday night that limited partner John Middleton is making a push to own the majority of the franchise and that club president David Montgomery was pressured out of his role in August.

"Contrary to the Fox 29 report last night, David Montgomery's leave of absence from the Phillies is entirely due to his medical condition, as previously announced," the Phillies said in a statement.

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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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Phillies know changes coming after last-place finish

Hamels allows two runs, fans seven in eight innings in season finale

Phillies know changes coming after last-place finish

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies had cleaned out their lockers and packed their things into boxes long before they played Sunday's season finale at Citizens Bank Park.

They had known for a long time they would not play past Sunday. They could afford the head start.

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Diekman closes out season with 100th strikeout

First Phillies reliever to hit century mark in season in 31 years

Diekman closes out season with 100th strikeout

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman planned a long drive back to his native Nebraska on Sunday.

But he hit the century mark in strikeouts before he left town. He struck out the 100th batter of his season in the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. He became the first Phillies relief pitcher to strike out 100 batters in a season since Al Holland in 1983.

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Howard hasn't considered future outside of Philly

Howard hasn't considered future outside of Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard said Sunday morning he has not considered his future in Philadelphia, which means he had not given much thought to the possibility Sunday could be his final game with the Phillies.

It could be.

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Utley reflects on season's downturn, discusses future

Star 'not really satisfied' with year, but happy he stayed with Phillies

Utley reflects on season's downturn, discusses future

PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley finds sanctuary in the batting cages at Citizens Bank Park, and he used that spot Saturday afternoon to reflect upon a 2014 season that left him frustrated on many fronts.

The Phillies on Sunday will finish their third consecutive season without a winning record, and they will finish in last place in the National League East for the first time since 2000. A once-promising season for Utley turned south, too.

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Phillies come up short in Burnett's final outing

Howard homers, drives in two; struggling starter strikes out seven

Phillies come up short in Burnett's final outing

PHILADELPHIA -- A.J. Burnett said in San Diego last week that he expected a lot of things to be different with the Phillies in 2014.

"A lot," Burnett repeated.

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Phillie fans impersonate Craig Kimbrel

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Phillie fans impersonate Craig Kimbrel

Ever been torn with the desire to watch a ballgame and the need to get buff? Now you can finally combine the two. And it's all thanks to a new workout craze coming out of Philadelphia called The Kimbrel. It's great for strengthening those shoulders and delts. 

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After Phils erase four-run deficit, Pap notches save

Closer receives mixed reaction in first appearance since suspension

After Phils erase four-run deficit, Pap notches save

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies fans loudly booed Jonathan Papelbon the last time he pitched at Citizens Bank Park.

Papelbon responded by grabbing his crotch as he left the field following a blown save on Sept. 24 against the Marlins. The gesture resulted in a seven-game suspension and fueled questions if he should pitch at home again this season. But Papelbon pitched the ninth inning in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Braves, picking up his 39th save of the season.

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Phils hold workout with Cuban outfielder Tomas

Phils hold workout with Cuban outfielder Tomas

PHILADELPHIA -- Get used to hearing in the offseason how the Phillies need a big bat or two.

The Phillies held a private workout Monday with Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who could be a fit. He is projected as a power bat, which the Phillies sorely need. They entered Friday's game against the Braves just 12th in the National League with a .666 OPS and 12th with a .364 slugging percentage.

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