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Phillies | Cliff Lee faces hitters

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:32:24 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) threw eight minutes of living batting practice Wednesday, Feb. 25, and did not have any problems. Lee threw mostly fastballs during the session. He has been throwing every third day and could face some batters this weekend. He is not expected to pitch in a spring training game until the second week of camp.

Fantasy Tip: The Phillies are taking things easy with Lee so he will be ready for the start of the season. Lee probably will be used in the middle of the rotation if he is not traded during spring training. He should be considered as a low-end No. 2 starting pitcher in fantasy drafts this season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jim Salisbury

Phillies | Ryan Howard in good shape

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:35:50 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is in the best shape manager Ryne Sandberg has seen him in the last three years after Howard spent the winter in a conditioning program.

Fantasy Tip: Howard indeed looks trim, but if that translates into on-field performance is another question. He had a rather productive season for someone that hit .223 with 190 strikeouts in 2014. He hit 23 home runs and drove in 95. After a season of turmoil, on and off the field for Howard, he could be a nice flyer for a corner infielder spot late in drafts.

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Phillies | Chase Utley behind schedule

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:12:47 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (ankle) sprained his ankle in January and is behind schedule, but it's unknown how far behind he is.

Fantasy Tip: Utley will be a mid-tier second baseman in traditional formats when healthy.

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Phillies | Cliff Lee on different schedule

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:28:50 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) is throwing bullpen sessions every third day of spring training camp, instead of every other day like the other pitchers. "We're just being safe, easing into it," he said. "I'm fine."

Fantasy Tip: The Phillies want to err on the side of caution with Lee. He could prove to be a valuable trading chip if he can demonstrate that he is both healthy and effective this season, after he only appeared in 13 games last year. He projects to be a low-end No. 2 starter in fantasy leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jim Salisbury

Phillies | Chad Billingsley eyeing late April

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:40:37 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Chad Billingsley looked "very good" throwing this week and can provide a "big boost" to the starting rotation, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Billingsley has missed the majority of the past two seasons because of injuries, and Philadelphia is hopeful he can join the rotation by late April.

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Phillies | Maikel Franco likely headed to Class AAA

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:35:02 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he will receive repetitions at both third base and first base during spring training, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. "He had an outstanding winter ball, so I'm anxious to see him," Sandberg said.

Fantasy Tip: Expect Franco to make his debut with the Phillies at some point this season, and potentially sooner than later. He is likely undraftable in the majority of seasonal leagues, unless he catches serious traction during spring training. Still, he is a player to keep tabs on and is worth a speculative add when he appears close to being recalled to the majors.

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Phillies | More rest for Chase Utley in 2015?

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:28:10 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is likely to receive more days off this season, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. "It's important to have bench players that'll be able to step in and give those guys possibly more of a rest than normal," Sandberg said. "But that's really up to the player and how he's going. He had an All-Star first half of the season. Still a quality at-bat even if he made outs. But yeah, I see Chase getting some more days off this year."

Fantasy Tip: Utley's 589 at-bats last season were the most he has had since the 2009 season, and at 36, there is little upside. Still, he is a reliable source of batting average, runs and RBIs, and he he has the potential to flirt with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases. It isn't flashy, but respectable five-category production is difficult to find at the keystone, especially where Utley can be drafted.

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Phillies | Cliff Lee on schedule

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:21:37 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) is where he usually is entering the season, according to manager Ryane Sandberg. Sandberg noted the team will be keeping an eye on his side sessions and outings, though.

Fantasy Tip: Lee, like most veterans in Philadelphia, is on the trade block, and he would benefit from a move to a contending team. There may be a discount to be had with Lee on draft day, as he only started 13 games last season. Injury concerns should be minimal, though, as he averaged 222 innings per year over the six previous seasons. Consider Lee a low-end No. 2 starter on draft day.

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Phillies | Cole Hamels wants to be dealt

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:29:40 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels said he just wants to win Wednesday, Feb. 18, and he knows that is not going to happen with the Phillies. "I want to be in the playoffs every year. That's where you make a name for yourself. It's not about the Cy Young awards and MVP awards. It's about winning championships. You want to be in a place where you have a chance to win."

Fantasy Tip: Hamels has been involved in a number of trade rumors, and landing on a winning team would skyrocket his fantasy stock. Currently, Hamels is a reliable No. 2 arm for your fake team because of his solid ratios and strikeout potential.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale

Phillies | Ryan Howard will start at first

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:08:14 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard will be the starting first baseman this season, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Howard played in 153 games in 2014 after missing half of each of the previous two seasons. He hit .223 with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs, led the majors with 190 strikeouts and had a career-low .380 slugging percentage.

Fantasy Tip: At 35, Howard has little upside at this point of his career. However, he is still a capable power hitter and a viable option in the late rounds of drafts, if your team needs a power spike.

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Phillies | Cliff Lee had bronchitis

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:41:22 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (illness) recently dealt with bronchitis, which made him briefly put his winter throwing program on hold.

Fantasy Tip: Lee should be fine for the start of spring training and the regular season. He's been the subject of trade talk in the offseason. However, it doesn't appear as if a move is imminent. His injury last year is concerning, especially given his age, but when healthy he's been as consistent as they come. Consider him a suitable No. 2 fantasy pitcher that could gain value midway through the season if he's traded to a contending team.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Ryan Lawrence

Phillies | Cole Hamels' value at its peak

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:25:32 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels should be dealt prior to the season, in the opinion of Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford. The Phillies have reportedly turned down offers from four teams, but Ford argues Hamels' value will never be higher. Hamels is coming off of a season in which he won only nine games, but his 2.46 ERA indicates he pitched well.

Fantasy Tip: Hamels is a low-end SP1 in deep leagues or high-end SP2, and it's hard to imagine a trade hurting his value. There are very few ballparks that are less favorable for keeping flyballs in than Citizens Bank Park, and a deal to a team that can provide him more run support would help him in the wins category. The rest of the veteran southpaw's sterling numbers should remain strong regardless of what club he pitches for this season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Bob Ford

Phillies | Mystery team interested in Jonathan Papelbon?

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:30:09 -0800

A mystery team may be expressing interest in trading for Philadelphia Phillies CL Jonathan Papelbon. The Milwaukee Brewers had expressed recent interest in him but are unwilling to pay for his option year and send the Phillies a top prospect in return.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo

Phillies | Chad Billingsley could be trade bait

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:23:23 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Chad Billingsley could be used as trade bait if he gets off to a strong start this season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo

Phillies | Four teams interested in Cole Hamels

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:08:29 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that four teams have made offers for SP Cole Hamels.

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