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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 15, 2014, 6:34 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    The Braves-Phillies game was GONZO with a capital X. In no small part because Dan Uggla was the hero.

  2. Freddy Galvis and Mike Adams close to joining Phillies

    Apr 10, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

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    The Phillies should welcome utility infielder Freddy Galvis and reliever Mike Adams back from the disabled list in the next few days.

  3. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon expounds on the highs and lows of closing

    Apr 5, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonathan Papelbon was asked to talk about closing and he didn’t disappoint, as usual.

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Blue Jays 2013 plan worked out pretty well for their second game in 2014. And Jonathan Papelbon shows us the meaning of accountability. In his own special way.

  5. Jonathan Papelbon walks in winning run, chalks it all up to bad luck

    Apr 3, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Phillies might not have a top-five bullpen after all.

  6. Jonathan Papelbon thinks the Phillies will have a top-five bullpen

    Mar 8, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    The Phillies had the fourth-highest bullpen ERA in baseball last season at 4.19, according to FanGraphs. Don’t tell that to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who thinks the Phillies will have a top-five bullpen in 2014. Via CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury: “I will be very, very surprised if this is not a much better bullpen this year,”…

  7. 2014 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Can the Phillies have all of their key players stay healthy for an entire…

  8. Jonathan Papelbon is more optimistic than Ruben Amaro

    Feb 17, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Ruben Amaro likes the Phillies’ chances. Jonathan Papelbon would, theoretically anyway, put his money where his mouth is: Jonathan Papelbon: “if I was a gambling man I would take us to go all the way” pic.twitter.com/Y1zd6il5wD — Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) February 17, 2014   It’s the picture that makes it. That’s a man who’s sure…

  9. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  10. The Braves interested in extensions for Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran

    Feb 6, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    They locked up Freddie Freeman for eight years and Jason Heyward for two. Now the Braves are looking at some of their other young guys: Also on Hot Stove with Freeman signed long term, heard #Braves want to try to do pre-arb extended deals with Simmons/Teheran — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 6, 2014   Seems…

  11. Jonathan Papelbon compared the cultures of the Red Sox and Phillies

    Jan 3, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Losing never feels good, even if you’re the most well-compensated player at your position. Following the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract ever for a closer — a four-year, $50 million deal with a fifth-year option that can vest at an additional $13 million. Papelbon has generally…

  12. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  13. If Orioles don’t bring in new closer, Tommy Hunter the “clear favorite” to take over for Jim Johnson

    Dec 21, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    The Orioles’ closer situation is well-publicized at this point, considering their signing-then-unsigning of Grant Balfour was in the headlines for a while, and we also learned they have talked with the Phillies about Jonathan Papelbon and have shifted their focus to free agent Fernando Rodney as well. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that, if the Orioles…

  14. Report: The Orioles are “being aggressive” in pursuit of Fernando Rodney

    Dec 21, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    After nixing a reported two-year, $15 million deal with Grant Balfour due to concerns raised in a physical exam, the Orioles are moving quickly to secure an alternative for the closer role. Confirming reports from yesterday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the Orioles are “being aggressive” in their pursuit to land free…

  15. Report: Phillies and Orioles have discussed Jonathan Papelbon

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    The quickly souring four-year $50 million deal the Phillies gave Jonathan Papelbon two years ago, and the Orioles’ recent fiasco with Grant Balfour  may make the two teams unexpected trade partners. MASN’s Roch Kubatko is reporting that the Phillies and Orioles have discussed a trade involving closer Jonathan Papelbon. Kubatko adds that the Phillies would have…

  16. Recapping the Winter Meetings and looking ahead to the rest of the offseason

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings pic

    A week in the sun and warmth is over. A week of the hottest hot stove action in recent memory preceded it. It’s pretty easy to say that a great bulk of the work teams needed to do before Opening Day 2014 has been accomplished since we tossed the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers. But…

  17. Joaquin Benoit is seeking between $7 million and $10 million per year

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    Why would anyone want to shop for Jonathan Papelbon when bargains like this exist around every corner? Joaquin Benoit‘s rep said to be looking for a deal in the range of $7 million-$10 million annually. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2013   Or Fernando Rodney for that matter, who is supposed to be seeking…

  18. The Phillies are “selling the [crap] out of Jonathan Papelbon”

    Dec 11, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports on a big, big sales job: The club also continues to look to move closer Jonathan Papelbon. “They’re selling the [crap] out of him,” a representative from one club said. He’s owed $26 million over the next two seasons and, though the Phillies are reportedly willing to eat salary, no one…

  19. Phillies trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon

    Dec 6, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Two seasons into a four-year, $46 million contract the Phillies are trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Papelbon has been very good for the Phillies with a 2.67 ERA that’s not far off from his 2.33 ERA for the Red Sox, but his strikeout rate and average fastball velocity both…

  20. Report: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro willing to give three years for a new set-up man

    Nov 15, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted last night that the Phillies are “strongly pursuing” set-up men to pitch the eighth inning behind closer Jonathan Papelbon, namely Edward Mujica. Passan says the Phillies are believed to be willing to go up to three years for such a bullpen piece. Though it doesn’t make sense from a…

  21. Red Sox redefine what it means to be dynasty

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…

  22. Terry Pendleton got angry and grabbed Chris Johnson for some reason

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    chris johnson getty

    The scene: The Braves were down 5-1 in the ninth inning, but were staging a rally against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Justin Upton hit a three-run home run to bring the score to 5-4, and the Braves kept fighting. Freddie Freeman singled and Evan Gattis walked to put the winning run in scoring position for…

  23. This is one of the worst strike calls you will see this year

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The scene: Nationals trail the Phillies 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. They had just scored three to get back in the game. Bryce Harper represents the tying run on third base. Wilson Ramos steps to the plate against Phillies reliever B.J. Rosenberg. He trails 1-2 in the count but has fouled off four…

  24. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  25. Phillies’ downward spiral highlights cracks of riding success

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…

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