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  • Phillies Bring Back Mark Appel

    The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed right-hander Mark Appel to a minor-league deal on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. The 31-year-old made his MLB debut with the Phils in 2022 after being drafted first overall in 2013 by the Houston Astros out of Stanford. He didn't stick around long, though, and landed on the injured list due to an elbow injury. In six relief appearances, Appel allowed two earned runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out five. He will have to be healthy in spring training to have any shot of winning an Opening Day spot in Philly's revamped bullpen in 2023.

    Jan 24 · Source via Phillies Mark Appel
  • Phillies Sign Ben Bowden, Jeremy Walker, Mark Appel To Minor League Deals

    The Phillies announced a number of non-roster invitations to big league camp this morning. While most of that group was either already in the system or had previously been reported to have an agreement with Philadelphia, a trio of new names with MLB experience were among the batch: righties Jeremy Walker and Mark Appel, and left-hander Ben Bowden.…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Ben Bowden Jeremy Walker
  • Bryce Harper To Start Swinging Around End Of March

    Philadelphia Phillies general manager Dave Dombrowski said that outfielder Bryce Harper's (elbow) rehab has been going well and that Harper should start swinging a bat around the end of March. Dombrowski also said that Harper should be back in the lineup right around the All-Star game, which fits with the original timeline that the Phillies gave after he had Tommy John surgery in November. When the former MVP slugger does return to the lineup, it will be as the designated hitter. Harper still hit a strong .286 with an .877 OPS in 99 games for the Phillies in 2022, but his power was down with only 18 home runs as a result of his elbow injury that he played through. But when he's right, he's a game-changer on offense for the Phils and fantasy managers alike.

    Jan 19 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Andrew Painter Could Compete For Rotation Spot

    Matt Gelb of The Athletic has projected Philadelphia Phillies top pitching prospect Andrew Painter to make the Opening Day rotation. Painter, 20, had one of the most impressive seasons for any pitcher this past season with a 1.56 ERA, 155 strikeouts, 25 walks and a 6-2 record over 103 2/3 innings between Low-A and Double-A. Nothing seemed to intimidate the 6'7 right-hander and there seems to be a true chance that the big leagues could be his next stop. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has a history of promoting his young arms ahead of their projection dates and some believe that he is already sold on Painter with the team primed to compete for a World Series title. This could be a long shot with Painter still working to improve his secondary pitches and the possibility of an innings limit, but Painter is still a name that fantasy managers in all formats should be keeping a keen eye on this spring. If he does break camp, he should be an early Rookie of the Year candidate.

    Jan 18 · Source via Phillies Andrew Painter prospects
  • Phillies Sign Louis Head To Minor League Deal

    The Phillies have added right-hander Louis Head on a minor league deal, according to Baseball America’s transaction log. Head, 33 in April, worked in relief for the Marlins and Orioles in 2022. He pitched to a combined 6.28 ERA over 28 2/3 innings, most of which came with Miami. Head struck out batters at an…

    Jan 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Louis Head closers
  • Ranger Suarez Avoids Arbitration With Phillies

    The Philadelphia Phillies and left-handed starting pitcher Ranger Suarez avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.95 million deal. In a full-time starter role in the big leagues for the first time, Suarez handled himself rather well in 2022, going 10-7 with a 3.65 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.33 WHIP and 19.5 percent strikeout rate in 155 1/3 frames over 29 starts. Even more exciting was the fact that the 27-year-old southpaw was much better in the second half of the year and in the playoffs to help the Phillies to a World Series appearance. Suarez doesn't strike out a ton of batters (career 7.9 K/9) and isn't overpowering anyone, so he'll need to continue to induce weak contact in order to thrive for fantasy managers in mixed leagues in a hitter-friendly ballpark.

    Jan 13 · Source via Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Gregory Soto To Earn $3.925 Million In 2023

    The Philadelphia Phillies and left-handed reliever Gregory Soto avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.925 million on Friday. The Phillies just acquired Soto in a trade with the Detroit Tigers a week ago after finishing up back-to-back All-Star seasons in Detroit. Last year, he went 2-11 but had a career-low 3.28 ERA (3.59 FIP), 1.38 WHIP, career-high 30 saves and 22.8 percent strikeout rate in 60 1/3 innings over a career-high 64 relief appearances. The 27-year-old southpaw has never had a BB/9 under 5.00 in his four major-league seasons, so without nearly as many save opportunities in what is expected to be a closer-by-committee situation in Philly, Soto loses considerable fantasy appeal with his move to the Phillies. Along with Soto, the team will also have Seranthony Dominguez, Craig Kimbrel and Jose Alvarado as options to save games.

    Jan 13 · Source via Phillies Gregory Soto closers
  • Phillies Settle With Rhys Hoskins Friday

    The Philadelphia Phillies and first baseman Rhys Hoskins avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12 million deal on Friday, according to sources. In an even more formidable Phillies lineup heading into 2023 with the addition of superstar shortstop Trea Turner, Hoskins will be more attractive in fantasy in the heart of Philly's lineup. The 29-year-old finished up his sixth MLB season in 2022 by hitting .246/.332/.462 with a .794 OPS, 30 home runs, 79 RBI, 81 runs scored and two stolen bases in 672 plate appearances and 156 games. Hoskins has hit 27-plus home runs in four of his six seasons and should be money for fantasy managers again in 2023.

    Jan 13 · Source via Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • Phillies, Vimael Machin Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Phillies and infielder Vimael Machin have agreed to a minor league contract, reports Melissa Lockard of The Athletic (Twitter link). Machin himself all but confirmed as much, thanking the Phils for a new opportunity in a tweet of his own. Machin, 29, has spent the past three seasons with the A’s, who selected him…

    Jan 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Vimael Machin
  • Phillies Release Vinny Nittoli

    The Philadelphia Phillies have released right-handed pitcher Vinny Nittoli, per a tweet from the team's official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. The Phillies tweeted the following: "RHP Vinny Nittoli (DFA'd on 1/4) has been released." Nittoli made his Major League debut for the Seattle Mariners and appeared in a pair of games for the Phillies in 2022. He previously pitched to a 3.81 ERA in 52 innings at the Triple-A level last year while logging 64 strikeouts compared to 14 walks allowed in the process.

    Jan 11 · Source via Phillies Vinny Nittoli
  • Phillies Outright Francisco Morales

    The Phillies announced that right-hander Francisco Morales has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He had been designated for assignment last week when the club signed Craig Kimbrel. Morales, 23, was working in the lower levels of the Phillies’ system before the pandemic. His walks were on the high side but…

    Jan 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Francisco Morales
  • Phillies Release Vinny Nittoli

    The Phillies announced Tuesday afternoon that reliever Vinny Nittoli has been released. He’d lost his spot on the 40-man roster last week once the Phils acquired Erich Uelmen from the Cubs. Assuming he clears release waivers, Nittoli will head to the free agent market. He’s bounced around a bit on minor league contracts over the past year-plus.…

    Jan 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Vinny Nittoli
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