December 5th, 2013 at 4:18 PM
By Ryan Beagle
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired more bullpen help. Just a day after trading Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Brad Lincoln, the Phillies have signed right-handed reliever Jeff Manship to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training.
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Manship, who is 28 years old, made his Major League debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2009, and spent four seasons in the Twins' organization, bouncing between the minors and the big squad. In 2013, he was signed by the Colorado Rockies, and made four starts for the team, along with seven relief appearances. He did not put up good numbers, amassing an 0-5 record with a 7.01 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and 12 walks over 30 and 2/3 innings.
His contract will likely have him start the year at the Double-A or Triple-A level if the team doesn't decide to cut him after Spring Training. However, he does have more experience than some of the pitching prospects in the Phillies' organization, which may help his case after Spring Training ends. Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 4th, 2013 at 2:47 PM
By Ryan Beagle
Montgomery County native Erik Kratz is a Philadelphia Phillie no longer. Kratz has been traded away to the Toronto Blue Jays along with reliever Rob Rasmussen. In return, the Phillies receive pitcher Brad Lincoln, who is a former starting pitcher that recently converted to a reliever.
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Lincoln was the fourth overall pick of the 2006 draft, taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lincoln made his major league debut in the 2010 season, but never really lived up to the anticipation. After a number of minor league stints in the Pirates' organization, Lincoln was dealt at the trade deadline to the Blue Jays. He appeared in 24 games for the Blue Jays in 2012, and started 2013 at the Triple-A level. He did make 22 big-league appearances in 2013, compiling a 1-2 record, a 3.98 ERA, and 25 strikeouts over 31 and 2/3 innings.
Kratz, who was the starting catcher for part of the 2013 season while Carlos Ruiz was out, made 218 plate appearances in 68 games, posting a .213 average to go with 9 home runs and 26 RBI. Kratz was a streaky player, but turned into somewhat of a fan-favorite after picking up clutch hits at various points throughout the season. He was also injured for much of June and July. Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 3rd, 2013 at 2:45 PM
By Ryan Beagle
Kevin Frandsen will be a Phillie once again in 2014. Frandsen and the Philadelphia Phillies reached a one-year deal worth $900,000 to keep the veteran infielder in Philadelphia.
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Throughout the 2013 season, Frandsen often came off the bench or was a pinch-hitter, although he did see a few more starts in the second half of the season due to injuries in the infield. Frandsen had his share of clutch pinch-hits last year, but his numbers were not staggering. He appeared in 119 games in 2013 consisting of 278 plate appearances, batting .234 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI along with 12 walks.
In pinch-hit situations last season, Frandsen went 14 for 56 for a .250 average. He also had the third most pinch hit at-bats in the majors while leading the National League in total pinch hits. While Frandsen offered some pop off the bench, his defense was also very impressive at times. Most of his action in 2013 was at first or third base, although he filled in at second base in a few games.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 27th, 2013 at 12:10 PM
By Ryan Beagle
Former Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals pitching coach Bob McClure will join the Philadelphia Phillies' staff as pitching coach for 2014. McClure will replace Rich Dubee, who was relieved of his duties nearly two months ago.
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McClure last served as the Red Sox pitching coach in 2012, but was dismissed due to having issues with then-manager Bobby Valentine. Before that, he was the Royals' pitching coach for six seasons, between 2006 and 2011. McClure is credited with helping with the breakout of pitcher Zach Greinke, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2009 with McClure as his pitching coach.
Prior to his coaching career, McClure pitched 19 seasons in the big leagues with seven different teams. He brings years of experience in both pitching and coaching, which should give the arms in the starting rotation a new perspective.
It was reported the the Phillies interviewed at least 12 other candidates, and had two of those candidates deny the offer. Those who they interviewed include Randy St. Claire and former Cy Young winner Pete Vuckovich.
In related news, Rich Dubee was recently hired as the Atlanta Braves' Minor League pitching coordinator. Dubee was the Phillies' pitching coach for the past nine years. Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 18th, 2013 at 12:38 PM
By Ryan Beagle
Philadelphia Phillies' long-time catcher Carlos Ruiz has agreed to a three-year deal with the team. One of the biggest question marks heading into this offseason, Ruiz has now been locked up through the 2016 season, and will earn $8.5 million a season, according to the details of the deal. The contract also includes an option for 2017.
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The deal gives the Phillies a great deal of stability in what was a huge unknown heading into this offseason. While Ruiz is now 34 years old, his best offensive seasons have come in the past three to four years. And for the entirety of his time as a Phillie, Ruiz has offered stellar defensive awareness behind the plate. Carlos has shown the team his leadership skills more so in the past four seasons than ever before, and it has now paid off in the form of a new deal.Read more... Join the Conversation...