Veteran reliever Pat Neshek has agreed to a two-year contract with the Phillies worth between $16 million and $17 million, according to multiple reports.
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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
The Phillies are working toward a deal with reliever Pat Neshek, according to a source. Neshek made the All-Star team in Philly this season before general manager Matt Klentak flipped him to Colorado at the trade deadline. The Phillies like him as a reliable, veteran stabilizing influence for their young bullpen. And he gives teams a different look than Philadelphia's righty power relievers with his unorthodox sidearm motion.
The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Rob Thomson as bench coach.
The big righty might have struggled in the World Series, but he's still going to get paid this offseason as one of baseball's top free-agent pitchers.
The Phillies have added Pedro Guerrero as assistant hitting coach.
The Phils could wait and make a play for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado or Gerrit Cole next offseason. Or they could start by making a splash this winter and adding one of the top free agents.
The Phillies made a series of moves Monday, including designating former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel for assignment, as they set their 40-man roster ahead of next month's Rule 5 draft.
Roy Halladay, in the final seconds before plummeting into the Gulf of Mexico in his new sport plane two weeks ago, was climbing sharply, a federal report says, citing the plane's data.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
As teams maneuver today to add players to their 40-man rosters, one name jumps out: the Phillies designated Mark Appel for assignment. The Astros famously selected Appel first overall in 2013, one spot ahead of Kris Bryant. Traded to the Phillies in the Ken Giles deal, he had a 5.60 ERA at Triple-A and spent time on the DL with a shoulder issue. His minor league track record has been abysmal and he looks like he'll be one of those great "What went wrong?" players of history. Let's hope the right organization can find a way to fix him.
Jim Thome is among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 24.
When the Phillies are ready to compete, they'll be willing to spend big for the players they want. But it would be a major disaster for the organization to acquire Stanton just for him to opt out after 2020.
The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly one of the teams showing interest in free-agent lefty reliever Jake McGee.
Phillies duo sparks win in AFL
Third baseman Zach Green hit a solo home run as part of a 3-for-4, two-RBI game and Cornelius Randolph added two hits and two RBIs of his own to lead the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League to a 5-1 win Tuesday.
A 91-minute "Celebration of Life for Roy Halladay" attracted more than 1,000 people to Spectrum Field in Florida. "The man made the ballplayer," Phillies owner John Middleton, one of nine speakers, said, "not the other way around."
The Phillies and Marlins reportedly have not had substantive talks regarding outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
The Los Angeles Angels have "extensively examined" the second baseman, as they look to upgrade their league-worst production at the position.
Hoskins looks good across the board, and you have to be impressed by a rookie with just nine more strikeouts than walks. Yet at the same time, only 14 of his 50 starts came against teams that were .500 or better.
Free-agent options like Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn would appear to be within Philadelphia's budget.
Miami has opened the Stanton trade talks with Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco and Philadelphia, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Phillies add Mallee, Wathan to coaching staff
The Philadelphia Phillies announced John Mallee as hitting coach and Dusty Wathan as third-base coach on Friday. Mallee had been the Cubs' hitting coach since 2014 and was let go at the end of this season. Wathan managed in the Phillies' system since 2008, most recently at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In addition, Philadelphia retained Rick Kranitz as assistant pitching coach under new manager Gabe Kapler.
The life of Roy Halladay will be celebrated on Tuesday at Spectrum Field, in Clearwater, Florida. Halladay was killed Tuesday when the plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Florida coast.
Has there ever been a bigger week for Jewish baseball players? Not according to the editor of The Jewish Baseball News, who cites Alex Bregman's World Series win, Joc Pederson's home runs, Gabe Kapler's hiring and Sandy Koufax's Game 7 first pitch.
Halladay memorialized in Philly
The Phillies and their fans remembered the life of Roy Halladay on Wednesday with a tribute of hats, flowers, banners and signs outside of Citizens Bank Park. "Thank you for joining us today in sharing memories and honoring the life of Roy Halladay," the team tweeted. "We will miss you, Doc." (@Phillies/Twitter)
Roy Halladay was flying his sport plane low over the Gulf of Mexico before it crashed into the water, killing the former pitcher, according to witnesses. Investigator Noreen Price said a full investigation could take up to two years.
Both Phillies middle infielders are about to be pushed out by prospects. Several contenders could use Hernandez's services at second base, and a few could try Galvis as a utility infielder.