Fans headed to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., for Spring Training might want to recheck the Phillies’ schedule. The team announced Friday it had revised its schedule because of potential international games and three Opening Day games on April 3.
The Phillies dealt hard-throwing closer Ken Giles and Minor League infielder Jonathan Arauz to the Astros for five pitchers: right-handers Mark Appel, Vincent Velasquez, Thomas Eshelman and Harold Arauz and left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.
The Phillies acquired right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pirates in exchange for Minor League right-hander David Whitehead, Vice President & General Manager Matt Klentak announced today. Morton’s current contract runs through the 2016 season.
With the Phillies in full-on rebuilding mode, it seemed just a matter of time until they found a buyer for closer Ken Giles. That time finally came on Saturday afternoon, when the group of young players changing hands were a bit different than the initially reported stable of prospects.
The Phillies are starting from the beginning. Since late July, they have traded three formidable late-inning relievers (Jonathan Papelbon, Ken Giles and Jake Diekman) for young starting pitching.
The Phillies signed five players to Minor League contracts on Monday, and one of them could pitch in the late innings next season.
The crowd cheered Friday afternoon when the Phanatic stormed into the Bethesda Project’s Our Brothers’ Place.
The Phillies could have one of the most intriguing Triple-A rotations in 2016.
Phillies general manager Matt Klentak never said he wanted to trade Ken Giles, but he always said he needed to be opportunistic.
The Phillies on Thursday announced they had signed right-handers Andrew Bailey and Edward Mujica to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training
Who is going to be the Phillies’ closer next season? Based on a highly unscientific Twitter poll Saturday, nearly 90 percent of the 2,557 people who voted were not particularly concerned about the answer.