Phils look to rebuild for the long term this offseason

Phils look to rebuild for the long term this offseason

PHILADELPHIA -- Last offseason, the Phillies dismissed the folks who thought they could not compete in 2014.

They will not have the same attitude this offseason. Phillies interim president Pat Gillick said last week that the Phillies probably will not contend again until 2017 or '18. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the next day, "We've got some regrouping, rebuilding -- whatever you want to call it. There's things that we have to do that are different. ... We're probably looking more long term than short term in our improvements."

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Phillies have seven nominees for GIBBY Awards

Phillies have seven nominees for GIBBY Awards

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have seven nominees for MLB.com's 2014 Greatness In Baseball Yearly awards.

Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2014 GIBBY trophies, based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.

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Phillies decline option on reliever Adams

Phillies decline option on reliever Adams

PHILADELPHIA -- As expected on Thursday, the Phillies declined Mike Adams' $6 million club option for 2015.

Adams spent much of the previous two seasons on the disabled list with various injuries, making just 50 relief appearances over the life of his two-year, $12 million contract. His option would have vested automatically at $6 million with 60 innings pitched in 2014 or at $6.5 million with 120 innings pitched in 2013-14. But Adams pitched just 18 2/3 innings this past season, and 43 2/3 innings over the last two campaigns.

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Coaching staff remains intact for next season

PHILADELPHIA -- Every member of the Phillies coaching staff will return in 2015.

The team said Wednesday that each coach is signed through next season. The Phillies announced late last month that they had invited every coach to return following a 73-89 campaign in Ryne Sandberg's first full season as manager.

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Phils need increased production from every spot in '15

Utley, Howard disappointed at the plate this year; outfield also fell short

Phils need increased production from every spot in '15

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Gillick made a couple of interesting comments in early September, when he discussed the future of the Phillies.

First, he said because there are few dominant teams in the National League, a smart tweak or two could push the Phillies back into postseason contention. Second, he said, "I'm not saying we'll get better completely overnight. I think it's going to take a little while."

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Phils' Quinn displays developing power, bat control in AFL

Speedster leads Fall League in steals, goes yard for Scottsdale in win

Phils' Quinn displays developing power, bat control in AFL

Roman Quinn is known more for his blazing speed that grades out at the top of the scouting scale than his power. But he showed Monday in the Arizona Fall League that he has some pop too.

Quinn hit his first home run of the fall, easily clearing the right field wall, to help Scottsdale defeat Peoria, 6-2.

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Ogando, Quinn named to AFL Fall Stars roster

Rosters for annual AFL event include 14 prospects from Top 100 rankings

Ogando, Quinn named to AFL Fall Stars roster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Inbox: Will Phillies attempt to sign Tomas?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers Phils fans' questions

Inbox: Will Phillies attempt to sign Tomas?

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Will the Phillies make a serious run at Yasmany Tomas? And do they have the money to do it?
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Phillies righty Rosenberg clears waivers

Outfielder Quinn, right-hander Ogando selected for AFL Fall Stars Game

Phillies righty Rosenberg clears waivers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced on Monday afternoon that right-hander B.J. Rosenberg has cleared waivers.

Rosenberg has been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Rollins, Konerko named co-winners of Clemente Award

Rollins, Konerko named co-winners of Clemente Award

SAN FRANCISCO -- For the first time, there are two winners of the Roberto Clemente Award, sponsored by Chevrolet and presented annually to recognize a Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were presented with their awards on Friday before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park.

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With Maddon available, Amaro backs Sandberg

With Maddon available, Amaro backs Sandberg

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Maddon is regarded as one of the best managers in baseball, and he unexpectedly became a free agent Friday, when he opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Could the Phillies be interested in Maddon?

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Phils' philosophy beginning to evolve

Phils' philosophy beginning to evolve

PHILADELPHIA -- October is a quiet month for baseball teams not in the postseason, so the Phillies have barely registered a blip on the local radar screen -- even with the team signing Grady Sizemore and Jerome Williams this week.

That changed Thursday when Phillies interim president Pat Gillick told CSN Philly that the team probably would not contend again until 2017 or 2018.

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Phils re-sign Sizemore to boost outfield depth

Vet, expected to play all three positions, agrees to one-year deal

Phils re-sign Sizemore to boost outfield depth

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies need outfielders, and they believe Grady Sizemore can help in some fashion in 2015. They announced Thursday they have signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Sizemore hit .253 with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 12 RBIs and a .701 OPS in 176 plate appearances with the Phillies, who signed him to a Minor League contract in June. He was hitting .306 with an .817 OPS through his first 130 plate appearances with the Phillies, but cooled off considerably in the season's final month.

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Phillies Arizona Fall League overview

Phillies Arizona Fall League overview

For Phillies prospect Roman Quinn, playing the outfield is like riding a bike -- even if he's spent the bulk of his professional career in the middle infield.

"It's easy making the transition to the outfield from short, because I played the outfield most of my life," Quinn said. "I feel great out there. It took me a week to get used to it. As soon as I started taking balls off the bat in BP, it helped me a lot. That's exactly what it was like -- riding a bike."

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phillies sign right-hander Williams to one-year deal

Phillies sign right-hander Williams to one-year deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Jerome Williams made enough of a positive impression on the Phillies that they are bringing him back next season.

The team announced Tuesday evening that they signed Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, which includes performance bonuses. Williams, 32, went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts with Philadelphia this year.

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With team or not, Byrd a key to Phillies' future

Right fielder will either be in lineup or be dealt to build organizational depth

With team or not, Byrd a key to Phillies' future

PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg both believe a winning team begins with quality starting pitching and defense.

But they know the Phillies need much more than that. They ranked ninth in the National League in runs, 11th in on-base percentage and 13th in slugging percentage on their way to a 73-89 record and their first last-place finish in the NL East since 2000.

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Brown's future with Phillies uncertain after trying season

Brown's future with Phillies uncertain after trying season

PHILADELPHIA -- Domonic Brown entered this year confident and ready to build upon his 2013 breakout season.

But he left Citizens Bank Park late last month with only questions about his future in Philadelphia.

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Phils' prospect Quinn shows upside in AFL action

Team's No. 5 prospect gets two hits, RBIs while getting more experience in outfield

Phils' prospect Quinn shows upside in AFL action

After the first week of the Arizona Fall League season, Roman Quinn had more stolen bases (four) than hits (three).

That changed Tuesday, as Quinn collected two hits and drove in his first two runs of the fall to help visiting Scottsdale defeat Mesa, 10-7. The victory extended the Scorpions' winning streak to four games.

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Inbox: Do the Phillies need to deal Hamels in the offseason?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions

Inbox: Do the Phillies need to deal Hamels in the offseason?

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Do you think the Phillies should trade Cole Hamels to get the quality players they need to improve?
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Former skipper Manuel to hold winter hitting camp

Former skipper Manuel to hold winter hitting camp

PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel has not changed a lick.

During his introduction as Phillies manager in November 2004, he called himself a 24-hours-a-day baseball guy. He said he eats, drinks, sleeps and breathes baseball. So it came as no surprise Wednesday when he said he had watched every postseason game this fall. Just like it came as no surprise when he said he watched or followed nearly every Phillies game this season, and often stayed up until 1 or 2 in the morning to watch West Coast games.

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Former Phillies broadcaster Campbell passes away

Basketball Hall of Fame inductee also called Eagles, Warriors and 76ers games

Former Phillies broadcaster Campbell passes away

PHILADELPHIA -- Bill Campbell broadcast some of the most memorable moments in Philadelphia sports history. His run included eight seasons as a Phillies broadcaster from 1963-70.

Campbell, who died Monday at 91, worked alongside By Saam and Richie Ashburn, and he became synonymous with his trademark "Oh, baby!" line.

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Phillies tab Almaraz to be amateur scouting director

Phillies tab Almaraz to be amateur scouting director

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have a replacement for former assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever, whom they dismissed late last month.

The team announced Wednesday that it has hired Johnny Almaraz, who was the Braves' international scouting director, to be amateur scouting director. He will run the Phillies' First-Year Player Drafts, which Wolever had done since 2002.

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Gwynn Jr. opts for free agency

Gwynn Jr. opts for free agency

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. refused his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has opted for free agency.

Gwynn hit .152 (16-for-105) with two doubles, one triple, three RBIs and a .455 OPS in 2014.

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Nothing off the table for Phillies this offseason

Amaro keeping open mind evaluating potential 2015 squad

Nothing off the table for Phillies this offseason

PHILADELPHIA -- It sounds like the Phillies are ready to deviate from their offseason norm.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke Monday afternoon about open-mindedness and making changes to an "aging" roster this offseason. The front office entered the past few offseasons believing it only needed to tweak its roster because as long as it had Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz it could win. But three consecutive seasons without a winning record and a last-place finish in the National League East this season have changed that.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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Ashburn among 10 finalists for '15 Frick Award

Ashburn among 10 finalists for '15 Frick Award

The list of 2015 Ford C. Frick Award finalists has been narrowed to 10, with the winner set to be announced on Dec. 10 at the Winter Meetings.

The finalists are Richie Ashburn, Billy Berroa, Rene Cardenas, Dizzy Dean, Dick Enberg, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ralph Kiner, Ned Martin, Joe Nuxhall and Jack Quinlan. The award is presented annually "for excellence in baseball broadcasting" by the Hall of Fame.

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Phils hire Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

Phils hire Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Monday afternoon announced a tweak to their Minor League player development staff, as they hired Rafael Chaves to be their Minor League pitching coordinator. Philadelphia interviewed Chaves to be the big league pitching coach last offseason before hiring Bob McClure.

Chaves, 46, spent this season as the Dodgers' special assistant of player personnel after spending five seasons as their Minor League pitching coordinator. He served as Seattle's pitching coach from 2006-07, so his relationship with Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper, who worked in the Mariners' front office from 1987-2008, likely played a role in his hire.

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