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Brian Bogusevic can opt out of Phillies contract tonight

When the Phillies signed a few outfielders to minor league contracts prior to the 2015 season, they were mostly thought of as AAA inventory.   One name that impressed during Spring Training was Brian Bogusevic.  Since there was no room on the Phillies active roster, Bogusevic went to AAA Lehigh Valley, where he has performed well.  After tonight's game, Bogusevic can decide to opt out of his Phillies deal.

Bogusevic's numbers are good at Lehigh Valley:

  • .302 batting average
  • 10 doubles
  • Six home runs
  • 33 runs batted in

Will Bogusevic stay?   Phillies fans are surely reminded that in 2011 a player by the name of Brandon Moss was passed over for the likes of John Bowker.  Moss went on to become an All-Star and power hitter in the league.

Bogusevic spent the season blocked by plenty of other left-handed outfielders.  Grady Sizemore left the mix, while Cody Asche was added to it.   Bogusevic watched as Domonic Brown, performing much worse for the IronPigs than Bogusevic, got a call to the major leagues.  Brown has not particularly impressed since his recall, either.

The only way that Bogusevic would likely stay is if the Phillies offer him a spot on the big league roster.  And that would only happen should the team cut ties with Domonic Brown.  However, if that has not happened by now, who knows when it actually would.  Let's just hope that Bogusevic does not make the Phillies regret letting him go like they did Brandon Moss back in 2011.

Flyers re-sign Ryan White

The Flyers signed Ryan White for one more year. (Photo Courtesy of Kate Frese)

On the eve of the NHL's free agency period, the Flyers locked up another of their pending free agents by signing Ryan White to a one-year deal.

The move comes the same day as the team's decision to not buy out Sam Gagner and Vinny Lecavalier, and one day after re-signing another UFA in Chris VandeVelde.

In his first season with the Orange and Black, White solidified himself as a dependable bottom-six forward, scoring career highs in goals (six), assists (six) and points (12), and earning time on the first power play unit. He missed the first 48 games of the season after undergoing surgery on a torn pectoralis just prior to training camp.

White also endeared himself to Flyers fans in a Feb. 5 game against the N.Y. Islanders, as he broke Matt Martin's nose in a first-period fight.

White's contract is reportedly worth $800,000 -- an increase from his $575,000 salary last season.

Rob Riches is a contributor to Flyerdelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Riches61

Pete Mackanin to stay on as interim manager for the rest of the season

Todd Zolecki reports that Phillies interim manager, Pete Mackanin will remain at the position for the remainder of the season. It's a good opportunity for Mackanin who gets a shot at proving his worth as a big league manager, having interviewed for the position with other clubs over the years.  

Zolecki also reported that the Phillies announced announced is that former shortstop Jorge Velandia will be added to the coaching staff. Velandia played in the Phillies organization in 2009 and since his playing days, he has served as the Assistant Minor League Field Coordinator. 

With the trade deadline growing closer, Hamels faces the Brewers tonight

Cole Hamels and the Phillies look to even out the series tonight against Milwaukee.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Milwaukee Brewers (30-48)Philadelphia Phillies (27-51)
RHP Taylor Jungmann  LHP Cole Hamels
(2-1, 2.74 ERA) (5-6, 3.26 ERA)

Taylor Jungmann's stock has dropped some since being selected 12th overall in the 2011 draft. While not necessarily being bad, Jungmann hasn't been great and he failed to crack the top ten prospect list of what is considered to be not one of the stronger farm systems. Still Jungmann was called up earlier in the month and has pitched quite well since joining the big leagues.

With a month to go until the trade deadline, Cole Hamels could very well be pitching his last games in red pinstripes (though it seems like we've said that a few seasons in a row now). Hamels is looking to rebound from a tough outing against the Yankees last week where he surrendered five runs over five innings in a game that eventually put a period at the end of Ryne Sandberg's managerial career for the time being. 

 The Brewers are throwing the righties at Hamels today while the Phillies have the same line up as last night, save for Carlos Ruiz at catcher in place of Cameron Rupp. 

Starting Lineups:

Milwaukee Brewers (30-48)Philadelphia Phillies (27-51)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 SS   Jean Segura R 1  CF  Ben Revere L
2 C        Jonathan Lucroy 2  2B  Cesar Hernandez S
3 RF  Ryan Braun 3  3B  Maikel Franco
4 CF      Carlos Gomez 4  1B  Ryan Howard L
5 3B  Aramis Ramirez R 5  RF  Domonic Brown
6 LF  Gerrardo Parra 6  LF  Cody Asche
7 1B   Jason Rogers 7  C  Carlos Ruiz 
8 2B   Hernan Perez 8  SS     Freddy Galvis S
9  Taylor Jungmann 9  Cole Hamels L

Broadcast Information:

  • First-pitch: 7:05 pm EST
  • TV: CSN
  • Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, 1680 WTTM

What's Next:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 pm

  • RHP Kyle Lohse (4-9, 6.28 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (3.56 ERA)
  • TV: CSN; Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, 1680 WTTM

Greg Vince (@GregVince) of

Between the Pipes-06/30/15: Gagner not bought out, Rinaldo traded and more

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Welcome to Between the Pipes, a look at the Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL through linkage.

Flyers keep Gagner


The noon deadline to waive Sam Gagner has come and gone and he is still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He wanted to stay here: [ Carchidi] [Courier Post Online- Dave Isaac]

Flyers trade Rinaldo

High energy penalty machine Zac Rinaldo was traded to Boston for a 2017 3rd round pick. That is simply amazing: [Courier Post Online- Dave Isaac] [ Daniel Spevak] [The Hockey News- Ryan Kennedy]

VandeVelde re-signs for 2 years; Del Zotto tendered

Chris VandeVelde signed a two year deal worth $1.425 million and tendered Michael Del Zotto: [ Tim Panaccio] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer]

Pronger gets the Hall call

Former Flyers captain Chris Pronger has been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame: [Kukla's Korner- Paul] [ Neiburg] [Puck Daddy- Greg Wyshynski]

Mike Richards dropped by Kings

Another former Flyers captain had a slightly worse day as the LA Kings voided out the rest of Mike Richards' contract. An investigation is "ongoing": [ESPN-Katie Strang] [Puck Daddy- Josh Cooper]


That's all for today, join us tomorrow at Flyerdelphia as we track signingsand player movement when free agent frenzy starts.

Flyers to not exercise buyout on Sam Gagner

The Philadelphia Flyers have opted to retain Sam Gagner for the time being, as he was not placed on buyout waivers prior to today's 12 p.m. deadline.

Gagner, who will turn 26 later this offseason, was acquired from Arizona on Saturday for Nick Grossmann and Chris Pronger's contract. In 81 games with the Coyotes last season -- his only season with the 'Yotes -- Gagner scored 15 goals and 41 points, leading all forwards in scoring.

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Andy MacPhail: 'I've never been reluctant to share my opinion when asked'

Andy MacPhail, the eventual successor to Pat Gillick as President of the Philadelphia Phillies' organization, spoke with SportsRadio 94WIP's Angelo Cataldi & The Morning Team Tuesday morning. [Download Podcast]

Cataldi: What made you want to get back [into baseball]?


I think that when my contract expired in Baltimore, I was starting to get resentful with the amount of time I was spending at the park. Never allowed the things I wanted to do in life. My father [Lee MacPhail] had just literally months left to live, and I wanted to spend some time with him as well. If my heart's not in it, then I shouldn't go back [to Baltimore] for their sake, so I would not go back when they asked.

I've had three and a half years now where I've had the opportunity to do a lot of those things that I wanted to do three years ago. So, I've got that out of the system and the opportunity came along [here in Philadelphia] that was too good to pass up.


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Potential Phillies manager? Upper Darby native Mike Scioscia can opt out of contract at season's end

Things are not going to great in Anaheim, home to the Los Angeles Angels.  The players, coaching staff, and front office are in the midst of a battle over communicating scouting reports.  The end result could mean that highly-respected manager Mike Scioscia could end up looking for a new team at season's end, the same season in which the Phillies will be looking.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that something is amiss:

Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said.

The intervention of Dipoto in such a forceful manner is uncommon even in an era when GMs are exerting more authority over in-game strategy. It also comes at a time when Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in baseball, could choose to make the current season his final one with the Angels.

So the logical conclusion, then, is that Scioscia could take advantage of a clause in his contract that would enable him to opt out of the remaining three years after the 2015 season.

Rosenthal points out that Scioscia is a Philadelphia-area native, and the Phillies could be interested in Scioscia.  But would Scioscia want to come to a team who is undergoing a rebuild?  Scioscia attended Springfield High School in Delaware County and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 1976 draft.  Would coming home be enough to convince Scioscia to return to the area?

Realistically, Scioscia is probably a little bit too advanced for what the Phillies need right now.  The next Phillies manager probably needs to be young and patient.  Think Terry Francona joining the Phillies in 1997; the new manager likely will in turn get to learn the game.  After leaving Philadelphia with a less-than-stellar start, Francona developed into one of the most-respected managers in the game.

Scioscia is on that level right now and may not want to join a rebuilding team.