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Offense is at a premium in baseball. That is why the Phillies could not acquire Joey Gallo or Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers in this week's Cole Hamels blockbuster, and why they were never going to get Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart from the Boston Red Sox, Corey Seager from the Los Angeles Dodgers, or Kyle Schwarber from the Chicago Cubs.
Ruben Amaro Jr. was supposed to be explaining why he and the Phillies had traded Cole Hamels and what they had received in return, but for a few seconds Friday afternoon, he did something rather remarkable, shrinking the Citizens Bank Park news conference room into a confessional.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cole Hamels' final magical moment in a Phillies uniform last week was closely watched more than 2,000 miles away in Anaheim, Calif. As the players, coaches and manager of the Texas Rangers awaited the start of their Saturday night game against the Los Angeles Angels, they got caught up in what was going down at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Former all-star Pierce diesBilly Pierce, a seven-time all-star pitcher who played in two World Series and spent most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday.
The Phillies, in a warped sort of way, just showed the world what a big-market team is capable of doing. The purse strings they pulled in order to get six players in return for staff ace Cole Hamels and wildly inconsistent reliever Jake Diekman showed that they are willing to spend in an attempt to get better.
There are three doors, and the Eagles will walk through one of them this season. You don't need Monty Hall to tell you that not all doors are created equal, but that is the nature of a boom-or-bust season so reliant on things that are still uncertain.
The Phillies minimized their risk by getting a diversified return for their ace lefthander.
Once they say they want to leave, it is time for them to go. That was true when Curt Schilling said he wanted out of Philadelphia in 1997, and then again every year until he finally was traded to Arizona on July 26, 2000.
Hamels had high expectations from Phillies fans as soon as he arrived. He met them, leaves with a strong career here.
A look at the key stories evolving for the upcoming season
After stepping in for the injured Nick Foles last season, Mark Sanchez could be in the mix to start again this season.
Eagles will try to integrate new players into their establishes system.
Chip Kelly's decision to trade Nick Foles for Sam Bradford shows how little confidence he had in his former QB.
In the locker to the right of where the new ace of the Phillies pitching staff was sitting, everything was still in its place: Cole Hamels' nameplate, Cole Hamels' clothes, Cole Hamels' shoes. The eight-player trade consummated late Wednesday night, sendi
Be careful what you ask for Pitcher Vance Worley was excited when he found out that former teammate Joe Blanton would be joining the Pittsburgh Pirates' bullpen. He was surprised at what came next.
It was inevitable that Phillies' ace lefthander would be dealt as they continue their rebuild.
Phillies did not need to rush Hamels out, but the 31-year-old lefthander will likely keep producing.
The jet took off from Ontario International Airport in Southern California on Wednesday at 5:02 a.m. Pacific time. It made a stop in Lexington, Ky., a natural horse hub, where it dropped off nine of its 12 equine passengers. The three remaining thoroughbreds continued on to Atlantic City International Airport, landing at 2:09 p.m.
Betts on DLRed Sox centerfielder Mookie Betts' running, twisting play on Jose Abreu's drive in Tuesday night's 9-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox landed him in Boston's bullpen - and now on the seven-day disabled list.
It is impossible for an objective observer to choose a side in this fight. Think about Roger Goodell's track record on player suspensions and the process the NFL commissioner took in upholding New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension Tuesday, and it makes your blood boil. Watch the insufferable Wednesday news con
On the list of offensive upheavals that coach Chip Kelly brought about during the offseason, the decision to let leading wide receiver Jeremy Maclin walk in free agency, a pretty big deal in some ways, has created the least attention and concern from the fans.
Kelly says the biggest difference between the Eagles and other teams isn't the fans, but the overabundance of media coverage.
Now, Brady must decide whether to shut up or to sue, binding him to an oath of truth in court.
Trout sits with injured wristLos Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was out of the lineup Tuesday against the Houston Astros because of an injured left wrist. Manager Mike Scioscia said he had not received the results of an MRI.