Hopeful Phillies have plenty of new faces

Hellickson, Hernandez among Philadelphia's notable offseason additions

Hopeful Phillies have plenty of new faces

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are in the early stages of a rebuilding effort, which means there will be plenty of new faces in camp. In the second part of a seven-part series previewing their Spring Training camp in Clearwater, Fla., MLB.com looks at a few of the most notable newcomers:

RHP Jeremy Hellickson: The Phillies acquired Hellickson from Arizona in a Nov. 14 trade for Minor League pitcher Sam McWilliams. Hellickson, 28, went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts last season with the D-backs.

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Phillies making final preparations for Truck Day

Annual 1,058-mile trek to Clearwater, Fla., begins Friday

Phillies making final preparations for Truck Day

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies could pack their Spring Training truck blindfolded at this point.

But they will make things easier on themselves Friday morning, when they load the truck for its annual 1,058-mile trek from Citizens Bank Park to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., where Phillies pitchers and catchers will have their first workout next Thursday. The truck will be loaded with everything from uniforms and baseballs to golf clubs and the Phanatic's infamous hot dog launcher.

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Phils acquire Featherston from Halos for infield depth

Phils acquire Featherston from Halos for infield depth

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies added some infield depth to their system on Wednesday by acquiring Taylor Featherston from the Angels for a player to be named or cash.

Featherston, 26, hit .162 with a .459 OPS in 169 plate appearances last season. The Angels selected him from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft in 2014, and Featherston remained on the 25-man roster the entire season, despite his lack of production at the plate.

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Asche among 4 Phillies looking to bounce back

Asche among 4 Phillies looking to bounce back

PHILADELPHIA -- Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla., will look a heck of a lot different than any camp in recent memory.

Jimmy Rollins is more than a season removed from Philly. Chase Utley and Cole Hamels will be in Arizona with the Dodgers and Rangers, respectively. Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are long gone, too. The only two holdovers from the 2008 World Series championship team are Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz, and it sounds like both of them will have reduced roles this season.

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Burris: Hard work should be 'honored and embraced'

Phillies' rehab pitching coach talks Black History Month, growing up in Oklahoma

Burris: Hard work should be 'honored and embraced'

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies rehab pitching coach Ray Burris appreciates hard work and those who came before him.

Burris, 65, grew up as a son of sharecroppers in rural Oklahoma. Before he spent 15 seasons (1973-87) in the big leagues, he worked in the fields with his family -- anywhere from nine to 15 hours a day.

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Schmidt, Kaat among Phils' guest instructors

Schmidt, Kaat among Phils' guest instructors

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will have a few familiar faces in Spring Training as guest instructors.

The team announced Thursday that Larry Andersen, Dave Hollins, Jim Kaat, Greg Luzinski, Charlie Manuel, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt will be in camp. The group has personnel from the 1980 and 2008 World Series championship teams, as well as the 1983, 1993 and 2009 National League pennant winners.

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Phils trade Biddle to Bucs for righty Medina

Phils trade Biddle to Bucs for righty Medina

PHILADELPHIA -- If Jesse Biddle achieves his big league dreams, it won't be with his hometown team.

The Phillies on Wednesday traded Biddle to the Pirates for right-hander Yoervis Medina. They designated Biddle for assignment Friday to make room for left-handed relief pitcher Bobby LaFromboise, whom they claimed off waivers from the Angels.

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Montgomery thinks Phillies have bright future

Chairman receives humanitarian award for work in community

Montgomery thinks Phillies have bright future

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Phillies chairman David Montgomery figures he has been to nearly every Philadelphia Sportswriters Association dinner since 1972.

On Monday night, the PSWA honored him. Montgomery received the Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian Award for his extensive work with the Philadelphia community for more than 40 years. Montgomery started with the Phillies in '71, becoming chief operating officer in '92, acquiring an ownership interest in the team in '94 and serving as president from 1997-2014. He moved into the chairman role following a battle with jawbone cancer in '14.

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Phils to rock all-red jerseys on select dates

Phils to rock all-red jerseys on select dates

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will have a new look for a few games this season at Citizens Bank Park.

The team announced it will wear red alternate jerseys during six midweek games: April 14, May 18, June 8, June 20, July 6 and Aug. 4. The Phillies tout the jerseys as being part of Majestic's new Flex Base uniform system, which features a lighter weight twill and mesh panels. It reduces the weight by 10-20 percent.

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Phillies post 7 prospects on '16 Top 100 list

Crawford (No. 5), Thompson (No. 55) help replenish system

Phillies post 7 prospects on '16 Top 100 list

PHILADELPHIA -- How times have changed for the Phillies' farm system.

MLBPipeline.com on Friday night announced its preseason 2016 Top 100 Prospects list, and the Phillies have seven players on it -- more than any other team in Major League Baseball. Four of those prospects joined the organization following trades within the past six months.

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Phils pluck LaFromboise off waivers, DFA Biddle

Phils pluck LaFromboise off waivers, DFA Biddle

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies claimed left-hander Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Angels on Friday.

They designated former first-round pick Jesse Biddle for assignment to make room for LaFromboise on the 40-man roster. That the Phils DFA'd their top pick in 2010 should not come as a complete surprise. Biddle, 24, is recovering from Tommy John surgery, so there seems to be little risk that he will be claimed.

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Google analyst Galdi joins Phillies' front office

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies limited partner John Middleton wanted a beefed-up analytics department and it appears he got one.

The Phillies announced Thursday they had hired Andy Galdi as director of baseball research and development. Galdi, 30, spent the past three years at Google in Mountain View, Calif., where he served as a quantitative analyst for YouTube. He will oversee baseball analytics, including data visualization and reporting, statistical research and data infrastructure.

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Crawford makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

Dodgers' Seager tops list, Philly's Crawford and Brewers' Arcia next up

Crawford makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Even with Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Addison Russell graduating to the big leagues, shortstop remains the glamour position for up-and-coming talent. Corey Seager, J.P. Crawford and Orlando Arcia rank among the elite prospects in the game, while Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman and Brendan Rodgers were the first three picks in the 2015 Draft. Interestingly, the top six shortstop prospects and eight of the 10 best belong to National League clubs.

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Phils GM Klentak likes roster, won't rule out moves

Phils GM Klentak likes roster, won't rule out moves

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Phillies open Spring Training in less than a month, and the roster they have today is expected to be the one they have at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

Of course, nothing is absolute.

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Jonathan Mayo

Kingery cracks MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Boston's Moncada leads list, followed by Reds' Peraza at No. 2

Kingery cracks MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There has been quite a bit of turnover from last year to the 2016 edition of the Top 10 second-base prospects, with six new names joining the list, thanks to two graduations and four who dropped off the list.

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

Phillies sign outfielder Lough to Minors deal

Phillies sign outfielder Lough to Minors deal

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies added another outfielder to the Spring Training mix.

The Phils announced Monday afternoon they had signed David Lough to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Lough, 30, made 144 plate appearances last season with the Orioles, hitting .201 with a .555 OPS.

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Alfaro makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 Catching Prospects list

Cubs' Contreras tops list, Yanks' Sanchez leaps to No. 2

Alfaro makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 Catching Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29, on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

MLBPipeline.com's list of the top 10 catching prospects last season featured six players who went on to reach the Major Leagues and become part of a legendary rookie class. Needless to say, the turnover at the position means this year's crop of top-ranked backstops has a much different look.

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

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Lindsay Berra

Billy Joel returning to Citizens Bank Park

Billy Joel returning to Citizens Bank Park

The Philadelphia Phillies and Live Nation announced Thursday that legendary recording artist Billy Joel will return to Citizens Bank Park this summer as part of his coast-to-coast ballpark tour. Joel, who performed to sell-out crowds at the Philadelphia ballpark in August 2014 and '15, is the first artist to perform three years in a row in the venue's history.

The July 9 show will be Joel's fifth at Citizens Bank Park, and it also sets the record for live performances by any artist at the ballpark.

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Who will claim the Phils' final rotation spot?

Hellickson, Morton, Nola and Eickhoff are favorites for other 4 starting jobs

Who will claim the Phils' final rotation spot?

PHILADELPHIA -- If the Phillies hope to take a step forward in 2016, even a small one, they know they will need to pitch much better.

It starts with the rotation, which last year ranked 29th with a 5.23 ERA and 28th with 892 2/3 innings pitched.

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Jobs to be up for grabs at Phillies' camp

Manager Mackanin looks forward to some spring competition

Jobs to be up for grabs at Phillies' camp

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are not expected to be postseason contenders in 2016, but there is a level of excitement in the clubhouse.

There is the belief that something positive is happening.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

Adjustment made because July 31 falls on a Sunday

For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

This is a leap year, and for Major League Baseball, it will mean a one-day leap in the annual non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline this season will be moved to Aug. 1 from the traditional July 31 -- which in 2016 falls on a Sunday. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET, and on July 31, there are seven games scheduled to begin between 1-1:30, five between 2-3:30 and three at 4. There are only eight games on Aug. 1, all of which are night games.

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

30 days 'till ST: Can Crawford fill J-Roll's shoes?

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30 days 'till ST: Can Crawford fill J-Roll's shoes?

Right off the bat, you might not think that Jimmy Rollins and J.P. Crawford have much in common. The former is a 5-foot-7, 37-year-old veteran with 16 years of MLB experience, a World Series title, an NL MVP Award, four Gold Glove Award, three All-Star appearances and a cameo in an MC Hammer video under his belt. The latter is a 6-foot-2 prospect with MLB dreams who was born four years after that MC Hammer video debuted.

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Williams hopes for fast track to Philly

Outfield prospect acquired in July looks to make strong spring impression

Williams hopes for fast track to Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- It should take less than an hour and a half to drive from Reading, Pa., to Trenton, N.J. On Aug. 4, however, it took the team bus of the Double-A Fightin Phils five hours to get to their game against the Trenton Thunder.

Outfielder Nick Williams could have passed the time by sleeping. After all, following the trade that sent him and four other prospects plus veteran pitcher Matt Harrison from the Rangers to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels deal, he had driven 22 hours straight to join his new club, arriving just in time to hop on the bus.

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Altherr hosts free clinic as part of Phils' outreach

Altherr hosts free clinic as part of Phils' outreach

HADDON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Outside, the wind chill was in the single digits. Inside Sports 4 All, though, the batting cages hummed with activity, a reminder that Spring Training is a month away.

This was more than just another day, though. The Phillies are holding a series of promotional caravans this week, and kicked it off Monday with outfielder Aaron Altherr hosting a free clinic for their North Camden RBI and Junior RBI teams. It was part of the organization's observation of Martin Luther King and the corresponding Day of Service, but Altherr said he's always happy to give back.

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Phils avoid arbitration with Hellickson

Phils avoid arbitration with Hellickson

PHILADELPHIA -- An arbitration hearing will not be among the many events Matt Klentak experiences during his first season as the Phillies' general manager.

This possibility was averted on Friday morning, when the Phillies reached a one-year agreement with right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, the club's only remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible player. CSN Philadelphia reported Hellickson will receive $7 million during the upcoming season. The club has not confirmed the deal.

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Paul Hagen

Appel ready to put it all together

Appel ready to put it all together

PHILADELPHIA -- Being drafted first overall, as right-hander Mark Appel was by the Astros out of Stanford in 2013, is pretty cool. It also brings with it enormous expectations and a certain amount of impatience, which sometimes aren't cool.

Appel learned that lesson firsthand when he was part of a five-player package sent to the Phillies on Dec. 12 in the deal that gave the Astros closer Ken Giles.

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Phillies, Gomez reportedly make 1-year deal

Phillies, Gomez reportedly make 1-year deal

The Phillies and Jeanmar Gomez avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal, according to a report from FOXSports.com.

The contract for the 27-year-old right-hander is reported to be worth $1.4 million.

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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.

Source: Phillies, Galvis avoid arbitration

Source: Phillies, Galvis avoid arbitration

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies avoided salary arbitration with Freddy Galvis, signing the shortstop to a one-year, $2 million contract, according to a source. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Galvis was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason after making $513,500 in 2015. The 26-year-old switch-hitter, who had averaged 57 games over his first three years in the Majors, played in a career-high 151 for Philadelphia this past season, making 144 starts at shortstop. He batted .263/.302/.343 and set personal bests with seven home runs, 50 RBIs and 10 steals.

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