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Michael Young Dealt To Los Angeles Dodgers

Well, the one trade that seemed all but certain at the non-waiver traded deadline has happened. The Phillies tonight traded the contract of Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named. The trade was the second veteran dealt today.

The Dodgers could likely use Young on the left side of the infield where they have dealt with frequent Hanley Ramirez injuries. Young most certainly is playoff bound. Young reportedly was willing to accept trades to just the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline but must have waived his no-trade protection for a playoff opportunity.

Chances are, the haul will not be as good as the Phillies got for Shane Victorino; ironically Young was acquired for bullpen piece Josh Lindblom. But most importantly, Young's departure will open up some opportunities for some young players. That is worth it.

Michael Young Dealt To Los Angeles Dodgers

Phillies Trade An Infielder To The Boston Red Sox

Well, it's not the infielder you expected. Today, on the waiver trade deadline, the Phillies traded infielder John McDonald and cash to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Nefi Ogando. The Red Sox are McDonald's fifth organization this season.

Ogando is 24 years old and has never played above class A. The Phillies are getting back an actual player in exchange for McDonald, an improvement over what they gave up.

Expect to see Freddy Galvis and/or Cesar Hernandez tomorrow. Rosters expand tomorrow and any Phillie on the 40 man roster can be called up.


Phillies Trade An Infielder To The Boston Red Sox


Cubs Tie Series with 4-3 Victory over Phillies

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Cliff Lee took the mound this afternoon against Chris Rusin and the Cubs at Wrigley, looking for his 12th win of the season, and the Phillies' 63rd win. 
In the top of the second inning, the Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Kevin Frandsen launched his fifth homer of the season into the seats in left field. However, the Cubs answered in the bottom of the inning after Welington Castillo scored on a single from Cole Gillespie. 
Chase Utley scored in the top of the third thanks to an RBI double from Carlos Ruiz. With a 2-1 lead, the Cubs tied it up again in the bottom of the third after Castillo singled to score Donnie Murphy.
With Cliff Lee on first in the fourth, Michael Young brought him around to score with an RBI triple, his fourth of the season. 3-2 Phils.
Murphy scored another run in the bottom of the fifth after Gillespie popped up a sacrifice fly to Roger Bernadina. After five innings, Cliff Lee was pulled for Zach Miner. Lee's line: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K.
In the bottom of the sixth, Starlin Castro gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead with a solo homer sent to the stands in center field. 
Zach Miner pitched just the sixth inning and allowed one earned run, the homer to Castro. 
Cesar Jimenez and B.J. Rosenberg combined for two scoreless innings before Kevin Gregg closed it out for the Cubs, sending them to a 4-3 win. 
Tomorrow, Kyle Kendrick and Jake Arrieta will square off at 2:20. 

Citizens Bank Park Exclusive: Autographed Phillies Wall of Fame Baseballs

 

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John Kruk - Signed Wall of Fame ball

 

The Phillies are always looking for new ways to expand the offerings at their Citizens Bank Park, Authentics stand.  Known for its racks of game-used jerseys, the tiny store which is located on the main concourse, behind Section 133, is stretching its wings this season - having added several unique, Phillies collectibles in 2013.

During a homestand last month I made a point to stop in at the stand.  One of the more interesting items were the the autographed commemorative Rawlings baseballs featuring a blue, Wall of Fame logo in the glass showcase.  Up until now, there has been little officially merchandised Wall of Fame memorabilia available for Phillies collectors, and the balls help fill the void.  

Overall, collectors should be pretty happy about the selection the team has made available.  Most living WOF members are represented.  Among the obvious omits are Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, Whiz Kid Curt Simmons and Darren Daulton.  Though they exist, for reasons unknown, the "Dutch" signed balls were pulled from circulation when his illness was revealed.  Also of note, according to Retail Merchandising Coordinator, John Hollinger, there are no current plans for unsigned logo balls to be sold - meaning we'll have to count on the Phillies to continue adding to their offering in the future.

Make sure to check them out next time you're at CBP!

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Dick Allen signed Wall of Fame ball


List of available baseballs (as of 8/30/13):

  • Mike Schmidt (1990)...$99.99
  • Jim Bunning (1984)...$74.99
  • Dick Allen (1994)...$74.99
  • Tony Taylor (2002)...$59.99
  • Bob Boone (2005)...$59.99
  • Larry Bowa (1991)...$49.99
  • Greg Luzinski (1998)...$49.99
  • Dallas Green (2006)...$49.99
  • Juan Samuel (2008)...$49.99
  • John Kruk (2011)...$49.99
  • Mike Lieberthal (2012)...$49.99

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Cubs Cover Up Some Ryne Sandberg Items For Phillies Series

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune posted this picture: evidence that the team was covering up some memories of former Cub and now-enemy Ryne Sandberg. This comes in the form of "Ryno's Bank" being covered up with blue tape.

Sandberg was a spokesperson for National City Bank in Chicago.

Sullivan's column:
http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77224380/

Sullivan's Instagram:
http://instagram.com/p/dpRFMKOqqs/


Cubs Cover Up Some Ryne Sandberg Items For Phillies Series


Cliff Lee Looks To Build Off Of Last Start As Phils Take On Cubs

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Roy Halladay wasn't brilliant yesterday afternoon, but his team still came through in the clutch to pull one out against the Cubbies. In Ryne Sanberg's return back to Wrigley Field, the place where he made himself a Hall of Famer over 15 years, the Phillies were able to come back from behind and take the game 6-5. Halladay allowed five earned runs over five innings in his second start back. Kevin Frandsen tied the game at five in the seventh and Michael Young gave the Phils the lead with an RBI single in the ninth. This afternoon, Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07 ERA) will take on Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64 ERA) in game two of this three-game series.

Cliff Lee, who turned 35 just yesterday, was masterful in his last start against the Mets. On Monday, Lee held the Mets to one run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over eight innings. Notching his 11th win of the year, Lee pitched his ninth game of the year in which he went at least eight innings. Over his last three starts, Lee is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA. In that 23-inning stretch, Lee has struck out 19 hitters and walked two. Lee has a dominant track record against the Cubbies, owning a 4-0 record and a 1.77 ERA in over 45 innings pitched against them. He will look to continue his dominance on the mound as the Phils seek their 63rd win of the year, which would bring them 10 games under the .500 mark.

Chris Rusin is coming off of a quality start against the Padres Sunday. Notching his fourth QS in his last seven starts, Rusin held the Padres to three hits over 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Although he walked four, the lefthander struck out three. Over his last three starts, Rusin is 0-2 with a 2.00 ERA and has struck out eight hitters along with walking seven. Over that 18 inning stretch, Rusin has allowed four earned runs on 16 hits. Despite the tough-luck losses recently, Rusin still ranks high among all rookie pitchers in ERA. This will be the rookie's first career start against Philadelphia.

Game Notes:

  • Cliff Lee turned 35 yesterday. We'll see if a number in age changes how well he's pitched this season.
  • The Phillies have won six of their last seven games against the Cubs, nine of the last 12, and 12 of the last 16. The Phillies lead the season series, 3-1.
  • Former Phil Nate Schierholtz, who was "not a right fit in the organization's plans", collected his career-high 20th home run Friday off Roy Halladay.

Phillies lineup:

  1. Young 3B
  2. Jimmy Rollins SS
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Carlos Ruiz C
  5. Darin Ruf LF
  6. John Mayberry RF
  7. Kevin Frandsen 1B
  8. Roger Bernadina CF
  9. Cliff Lee P

Cubs lineup:

  1. Starlin Castro SS
  2. Darwin Barney 2B
  3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
  4. Donnie Murphy 3B
  5. Junior Lake CF
  6. Welington Castillo C
  7. Darnell McDonald LF
  8. Cole Gillespie RF
  9. Chris Rusin P

First Pitch Forecast: Partly Cloudy - 79° - 30% PoP

TV: CSN, MLB Network
Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT.

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter. 


Phillies Sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

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The Phillies have officially come to terms with Cuban pitcher, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a month after the original principal agreement had been agreed upon.  After health concerns and reports on his elbow brought the original deal to a halt, the Phillies and Miguel have been able to come to a new consensus for substantially less than the original supposed deal.  The first contract was rumored to have been a six-year deal worth roughly $48M.  The new agreement is a much more club-friendly contract for only three-years and $12M with a fourth year vesting option.  The deal includes a signing bonus and additional incentives, but will be unlikely to reach the magnitude of the first contract.

In Miguel, the Phillies have a high-upside arm that could provide immediate impact on the starting rotation, or even strengthen a decrepit bullpen.  The scouting reports on Miguel range rather drastically, with many scouts seeing him as a back of the rotation starter, but more likely a late-inning reliever.  Ben Badler, the lead International reporter for Baseball America, provides optimism for the young righty.  Gonzalez has decent size at 6-2, 185 pounds, but inconsistent velocity, as reports vary dramatically on his fastball.  His velocity saw a spike this year, prior to arm troubles, but he typically works in the low-90s when pitching as a starter, but saw increases to 92-96 MPH when he pitched in shorter relief stints.  He complements his fastball with above-average Splitter and a Changeup, but neither is a significant put-away pitch.  He also has a Slurvy Curveball that sits in the high-70s that is about average or slightly below-average.  He recently added a cutter that works in the high-80s that has improved his repertoire.

The reports on Gonzalez show that he has solid control, but inconsistent command of his pitches.  He has a 5-pitch repertoire, that helps him keep hitters off balance, but will need to be able to command the pitches better to be an effective major league starter.  Many scouts have concerns on his ability to remain in a rotation long-term as hitters become more knowledgeable and aware of his pitching ability and approach.  His upside is that of a #3 starter with the floor of a solid relief option.

The Phillies will likely give Gonzalez a chance to stick in the rotation, being a solid compliment to Hamels and Lee at the front of the rotation.  His success there will determine his long-term role with the organization.  In the short-term, this could allow them to move Ethan Martin to the back-end of the bullpen, where his elite stuff should play up and allow him to get comfortable in the majors.  The move gives the Phillies more options at a very cheap cost and shows a new approach to improving the club, as the International Market is one that has long been ignored by the Phillies.  I commend them on this signing and for sticking through the health issues to make the signing even more to their advantage.


Phillies, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Complete Deal

First we thought the Phillies had him. Then the deal "hit a snag". Now today the Phillies announced that they have signed Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract.

The deal was to be much longer and for much more money. The originally reported agreement was six years and $50 million. The difference suggests that Gonzalez's physical revealed something that made the team reconsider. But this deal is pretty minor comparatively and the Phillies still got their guy.

The reason that reports use Gonzalez's middle name Alfredo is that the Baltimore Orioles have a starting pitcher named Miguel Gonzalez. Why not use the middle initial? The Baltimore pitcher is Miguel Angel Gonzalez, so that won't work. No matter what, the Phillies can call their Gonzalez signed, and that's good news.


Phillies, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Complete Deal


Frandsen, Young Launch Great Comeback Win

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The struggling Kevin Frandsen entered the game early due to a struggling Roy Halladay and an injured Domonic Brown. A triple later, he would be driven in by Michael Young and they would begin to erase a 5-0 deficit. Before the inning was over they would score three more and Frandsen would tie it up with a home run in the next inning. Michael Young had a four hit afternoon and drove in the winning run to give Ryne Sandberg a victory in his return home to Wrigley Field.

Halladay had a rough afternoon. Wrigley wasn't exactly a kind ballpark to him in his prime but his command was way off in this game. He hit two batters, walked two batters, allowed seven hits, and five earned runs. He's a work in progress right now as he works to come back.

All in all though, a very nice comeback win against a team that appeared to knock them out early. B.J. Rosenberg deserves a ton of credit as does the rest of the bullpen. Rosenberg, who induced many groans when called back up, including from yours truly has really done well in the 8th lately.

In other news, the Phillies have finally announced that they signed Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. They have him on a three year deal for 12 million which is quite the discount from what was originally reported. He's projected to join the rotation next season.

The Phillies are back at it tomorrow at 4:05. It's Cliff Lee vs. Chris Rusin who has been quite good since joining the rotation earlier this season.


In Progress: Halladay Opens up Series at Wrigley

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Ryne Sandberg returns to the ballpark that made him a Hall of Famer. Roy Halladay is making his second start since returning from the DL. Facing him is Chicago workhorse, Jeff Samardzija who is 8-11 with a 4.05 ERA. Cody Asche is still sitting out with Michael Young at third and Darin Ruf at first. Michael Young singled to lead off in the first but was left there as Rollins, Utley, and Brown went down in order.

LINE UPS

PHILLIES

Young 5

Rollins 6

Utley 4

Brown 7

Ruiz 2

Mayberry 9

Bernadina 8

Halladay 1

 

CUBS

Castro 6

Lake 8

Rizzo 3

Navarro 2

Schierholtz 9

Murphy 5

Bogusevic 7

Barney 4

Samardzija 1