Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies claim Bourjos off waivers from Cards
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The Phillies have always liked Peter Bourjos. They finally acquired him Wednesday, when they claimed the outfielder off waivers from the Cardinals. Bourjos’ arrival puts free-agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur’s potential return into doubt.

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Bourjos acquisition a boost to pitching staff
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General manager Matt Klentak’s top priority this season has been to improve the Phillies’ pitching. Klentak believes he helped those efforts Wednesday when he claimed outfielder Peter Bourjos off waivers from the Cardinals.

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Phils avoid arbitration with Bourjos, Blanco
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The Phillies avoided salary arbitration with two of their players on Wednesday by agreeing to contracts with outfielder Peter Bourjos and infielder Andres Blanco.

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Bryant, Franco file grievances over service time
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Two top rookie third basemen, Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Maikel Franco of the Phillies, have filed grievances claiming their teams manipulated their service time to delay their eligibility for free agency. In at least Bryant’s case, the grievance was filed early this past season. The story was first reported by Yahoo on Monday.

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Howard, Phillies lay their cards on the table
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It might be beneficial for Ryan Howard and the Phillies to part ways, but the Phillies have had no success moving Howard because of his contract. GM Matt Klentak knows that if Howard remains with the organization, they need to make it work. That’s why he, Howard and Howard’s agent had a meeting just before […]

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Phillies' Mackanin, Klentak on the same page
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Matt Klentak and Pete Mackanin seem to be getting along just fine since they first met in October. The Phillies named Mackanin their manager in 2016 before they hired Klentak as general manager in October.

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Phils take Goeddel with 1st pick of Rule 5 Draft
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The Phillies hope Tyler Goeddel is the next Shane Victorino, Odubel Herrera or Ender Inciarte.

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Phillies sign right-handed reliever Hernandez
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The Phillies signed right-handed reliever David Hernandez to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed, but the acquisition gives the Phils more depth in the bullpen as general manager Matt Klentak tries to stockpile as much pitching as possible.

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To aid fan safety, Phillies extending netting
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The Phillies announced Wednesday they plan to extend the netting at Citizens Bank Park to conform to Major League Baseball’s new recommendations regarding fan safety.

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Phils don't expect any issues with Franco
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Maikel Franco filed a grievance against the Phillies, claiming they manipulated his service time to delay his eligibility for free agency. Franco opened the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before being recalled May 15. Franco accrued 170 days of Major League service time, which is two days short of a full season.

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Forward-thinking Phils make noise at Meetings
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Nobody expected the Phillies to make much noise at this week’s Winter Meetings, but they shook things up in a major way.

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Changes made to Phils' Spring Training schedule
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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.

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