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Even After a Shane Victorino Trade, the Phillies Could Still Trade Hunter Pence to the Giants

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Even though the Phillies appear to have sent Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hunter Pence could still be on the move.

According to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury, Hunter Pence could still go to the San Francisco Giants:

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The Dodgers and Giants are close in the standings and the flurry of moves by the Dodgers must be disconcerting for the Giants.  Further, outfielder Nate Schierholtz reportedly requested a trade from the Giants, saying later that he did not "formally" request a trade.  OK - so he tells someone "get me out of here" but does not put it in writing through his agent.

Now, ESPN's Jayson Stark seemed to think the Phillies would be out of the mode of trading Hunter Pence:

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By my count, the Phillies have plenty of people who can play the outfield:

  1. John Mayberry
  2. Laynce Nix
  3. Juan Pierre (who could go to the Reds)
  4. Domonic Brown
  5. Jason Pridie
  6. Michael Martinez

The Phillies aren't contending for anything this year, so it really does not matter who finishes out the year as long as Domonic Brown gets the opportunity to play each day without worrying that he is in the lineup.

Plus, a trade of Pence could get the Phillies Schierholtz back or prospect Gary Brown, both outfielders.   Hell, even Ty Wigginton played 27 games in the outfield last year alone.  They will be just fine.

So, Pence could go still.  "Penceifornia" doesn't have the same ring to it, though.


Looks Like Shane Victorino Will Be Traded To Dodgers For Relief

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Aloha, bruddah. 

According to numerous reports, it looks like Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, the Dodgers will send over RHP Josh Lindblom and another player. 

When it seemed that the Reds were highly likely for Victorino, the tables turned this morning. Reports came in that the Reds were out of contention to acquire Victorino. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Dodgers were in serious talks with the Phillies regarding Shane Victorino. It's reported that the Phillies were asking for relievers for Victorino.

Looks like they got their reliever(s). Lindblom, 25, is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 48 appearances with the Dodgers this season. Lindblom is also eligible for arbitration in 2015 and won't be a free agent until 2018.

Victorino was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1999, but failed to make it to the big club. Victorino was then selected as a Rule 5 draft pick in 2002 by the Padres, played 36 games, but was eventually returned to the Dodgers. Victorino was again selected in the 2005 Rule 5 Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He again failed to stay with the major league club, and was offered back to the Dodgers. The Dodgers declined, so the Phillies retained his contract and assigned him to their minor league club. 

In 2005, Victorino made his debut with the Phillies. Over the years, Victorino played a key role in the Phillies' repeated NL East division titles as well as their 2008 World Series run and return to the Fall Classic the following year.

It's going to be tough seeing a fan favorite leave this city, but it's the last year in his contract and it's almost certain the Phillies would not be able to re-sign him in the off season with the price he's looking for and honestly - he has not had a great contract year. Victorino is batting .261 with 9 home runs, 17 doubles, five triples and 40 RBI in 101 games with the Phillies this season.  

We leave you with this great memory.

 

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Report: Diamondbacks Want Lee For Upton; Dodgers In Serious Talks For Victorino

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In a report from
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for an ace to push for a Wild Card spot or even their NL West division title. 

According to Rosenthal, the D-backs are interested in two pitchers: Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and Cliff Lee of the Phillies.

Lee, meanwhile, is clearly available - and one rival executive said early Tuesday that he had received indications that the Phillies and Diamondbacks had discussed a deal involving Lee and Upton.

Those talks are uncomfirmed as of now. In Cliff Lee's contract, it says he can veto trades to 21 teams. It is unknown if the D-backs are one of those teams. According to sources, Justin Upton's contract has a no-trade clause to four teams - the Red Sox, Cubs, Indians and Yankees. Although it looks like it could be a possible fit trade, money would be the problem in that deal.

The Phillies would need to include a ton of cash to make a Lee trade work financially for the D-backs. Lee is owed at least $87.5 million from 2013 to ’15. Upton is owed $38.5 million over the same years

The Rangers were reportedly interested in Lee yesterday, but the chance of that deal  happening was "less than 1%".

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the D-backs may be on the veto list for Cliff Lee.

Shane Victorino Reports:

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This morning, reports came in that the Reds were out of contention to gain outfielders Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Dodgers are in serious talks with the Phillies regarding Shane Victorino. It's reported that the Phillies are asking for relievers for Victorino.

We've got you covered for the next seven hours.

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Report: Pence-To-Giants Deal "Could Happen"

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Things are heating up with just about 16 hours left until the trade deadline at 4 PM ET tomorrow afternoon.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, there is "definitely some juice" between the San Francisco Giants and the Phillies regarding outfielder Hunter Pence. 

theres definitely some juice to the pence-to-the-giants talks. SF determined to land a hitter. "could happen,'' says source

While the Giants are heavily interested in Pence, their division rival Dodgers have also chimed in on the Phillies' 29-year-old right fielder. Things are just getting juicy with rumors that the Reds are very interested in Shane Victorino while Joe Blanton's health records have been faxed to the Orioles' doctors.

Don't be surprised if you wake up to news of either of these three players being traded tomorrow morning.

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Pettibone Makes Triple-A Debut

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Phillies number 4 prospect (per Baseball America) Jonathan Pettibone made his Triple-A debut for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this evening against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington's Triple-A team). After a shaky first inning which found him allowing a run off the rehabbing Jayson Werth's RBI double, Pettibone settled down for the most part. He left the game when Michael Spidale replaced him to pinch hit in the bottom of the 5th, with two runners in scoring position leaving him with a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.  Pettibone exited the game with a no decision.

The outing was pretty mediocre but the story here has to be that Pettibone is one step closer joining Tyler Cloyd among the pitchers who are closest to the big leagues. Number 1 prospect Trevor May is having a rough season in Double-A Reading. Brody Colvin has just been promoted to Baseballtown, set to make his debut tomorrow. A rough July finds Julio Rodriguez's numbers falling to Earth after getting shelled in this year's Futures Game.


Phillies Talked About Jimmy Rollins With the Oakland Athletics Today

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Buried in this piece by CBS Sports' Scott Miller is a note that the Phillies talked about trading Jimmy Rollins with the Oakland Athletics today:

...they talked with the Athletics on Monday about shortstop Jimmy Rollins, an Oakland native who, at 33, signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Phillies last winter.

Oakland was not expected to contend, but find themselves right in the thick of a playoff hunt.  They desire a shortstop and likely know that Rollins would enjoy playing at home.

What this says to me is that the Phillies are willing to do everything they can to retool the Phillies back into a contending roster, even if the move might appear on the surface to be unlikely or unpopular.


Report: Reds Prefer Phillies Shane Victorino

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According to CBS sports' Danny Knobler, the Cincinnati Reds are still interested in Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino.

The Reds continue to search for a leadoff hitter as the hours tick down to Tuesday's 4 p.m. (ET) non-waiver trade deadline, sources say. Shane Victorino of the Phillies has been their top target, but the price has thus far been out of the range that the Reds are willing to pay.


Apparently the Phillies have put a "high price" on Victorino. The 31 year-old is batting .261 with 9 home runs, 17 triples and 40 RBI in 101 games with the Phillies this season. 

It seems that the Reds are looking to enhance their offense and had been rumored to be looking at Juan Pierre, although those rumors seem to have been exaggerated. 

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Source: Phillies Send Blanton's Health Records To Baltimore

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It seems like Joe Blanton will be moving back to the American League according to numerous reports.

According to a source coming from MASN's Roch Kubatko says that the Phillies have faxed righthander Joe Blanton's health records to the Baltimore Orioles' orthopedist. 

Blanton has been the talk of the town today, as have many of his teammates. It looks inevitable that Blanton will be headed to Baltimore before tomorrow's 4 o'clock deadline. 

Blanton is 8-9, 4.59 ERA in 20 starts for the Phillies this season and has pitched at least seven innings in his last three starts. Over that span, Blanton has a 1-1 record and a 2.73 ERA.

Expect a deal to be announced soon or later tonight.

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Down in Baltimore, Orioles' Jim Thome is Injured Again

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The Phillies and Jim Thome figured that getting to be exclusively a designated hitter in the American League would help keep slugger Jim Thome healthy.  Unfortunately, it appears that this plan was unable to keep him healthy.

CSN Baltimore reports that Jim Thome is headed for an MRI on his neck.  Thome explains his injury in the piece:

“I went home and woke up the next day and did not feel very good at all. To say it could have happened in the game, I don’t know. The next morning, I woke up extremely more sore than I had normally been, and that’s when I told them about it.”

Since the July 1 trade to the Orioles, Thome is hitting .261 with two home rights and eight RBI.


Odds the Phillies Trade Cliff Lee to the Rangers? "Less than One Percent"; "Not Going to Happen"

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T.R. Sullivan, who broke the story when the Phillies signed Cliff Lee prior to last season, believes there is a "less than one percent chance" that the Rangers and Phillies make a deal, though they have talked:

The latest word on Cliff Lee is that the Phillies are willing to talk about him. Don’t look for him to be traded to Texas.

An industry source said the chances of Lee returning to the Rangers are “less than one percent.”

Jayson Stark was just on Mike Missanelli show on 97.5 the Fanatic, where he said that it was 25% to 75% possible.

Less than 20 minutes after his appearance, Stark said that the deal is "not going to happen". Things change very quickly at the trade deadline.

Sullivan suggests that the Rangers instead will go after a reliever such as Jonathan Broxton.  Same thing, right?