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J.P. Crawford No. 4 prospect in 2016

Crawford's incredibly mature approach at the plate and easy, slick defense gives him a high floor. Jake Thompson, Mark Appel, Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro fill out Nos. 51-100 for the Phillies. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)

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21hDavid Purdum

Sportsbook high on Giants, Cubs, Mets in '16

The San Francisco Giants are the only team to open with a win total of 90 at the sportsbook at the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada.

Phillies have No. 6 farm system in 2016

In trading Cole Hamels, Philadelphia swapped its best asset for a bundle of prospects who should boost the club for years to come. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)

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Where will Austin Jackson end up?

Jackson is a capable everyday CF who may have to accept a corner or backup OF spot at this point. He'd be an upgrade for non-contenders like the A's, Phillies and Reds or a useful piece for contenders like the Orioles, Indians, Angels and Cardinals. Unsigned free agents (Insider)

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Biddle says he pitched with elbow pain

A first-round pick in 2010, Jesse Biddle was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week. The 24-year-old struggled in 2015, which he attributes to his "bullheaded" decision to pitch through ligament damage in his elbow. Philly.com

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Is Pedro Alvarez headed to Phillies?

Buster Olney sees Philly as a likely destination for the veteran infielder. While Alvarez struggled in his maiden season at first base for the Pirates last year, he could be an alternative there as the Phillies phase out Ryan Howard. Olney's blog (Insider)

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MLB asks USADA to help investigate doping claims

MLB has asked the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to help investigate whether athletes named in an Al Jazeera documentary received banned drugs. Players mentioned in the film include the Phillies' Ryan Howard and the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, who have since taken legal action against Al Jazeera America. More on the investigation

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18dJerry Crasnick

Manfred hits brakes on potential NL DH talk

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN that he did not mean to give the impression during his comments at last week's owners meetings that NL clubs want to adopt the designated hitter.

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Command is key for Aaron Nola

Nola's curveball doesn't have much velocity to it, but its horizontal movement -- and the 22-year-old's excellent control of the pitch -- make it one of the best offerings among starters in the game. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)

Phillies manager: Howard must hit

Pete Mackanin knows it's going to be a "hairy situation" but plans to tell team legend Ryan Howard during spring training that if he wants to play, he'll have to hit better: "I'm going to tell him, 'If you want to face lefties, you have to hit them better. If you don't hit them better, I'm going to platoon.' That's basically what we're looking at. It's gotten to that point." Story

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Is Delvin Perez the No. 1 pick in 2016?

The Puerto Rican shortstop might be the best player in this year's draft class and "has the kind of explosive tools you want to see in a first overall pick," Keith Law writes. Puerto Rico showcase notes (Insider)

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Phillies, Hellickson avoid arbitration

Philadelphia signed RHP Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year deal worth a reported $7 million. Hellickson posted a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts with the Diamondbacks last season.

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Olney: MLB acting on PED accusations

Following the Al Jazeera report that implicated the Philles' Ryan Howard and Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, sources tell Buster Olney that MLB has moved aggressively to follow leads in the case, as it did in the Biogenesis case. Olney's notables (Insider)

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Phillies agree with Galvis ($2M), Gomez ($1.4M)

The Phillies have settled two of their three salary arbitration cases, agreeing with shortstop Freddy Galvis at $2 million and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez at $1.4 million.

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35 days to pitchers and catchers. Seeing this field, I think I'm ready!

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Are the Phillies tanking?

One AL exec doesn't think so, saying instead that Philadelphia is in "desperation recovery mode." Asked to state his case, Phillies GM Matt Klentak says the team is trying to "set the right course." Stark: The troubling state of the NL

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30dDavid Schoenfield

All-time great bullpens: 1970s

The Pirates, Phillies and Twins make our list of top bullpens from the 1970s.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs62627th
Batting Average.24924th
On Base Percentage.30329th
Slugging Percentage.38228th
Earned Run Average4.6929th
Quality Starts6628th
WHIP1.4529th
BAA.28029th

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