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  1. Carlos Ruiz has an exemption to allow him to use Adderall in 2014

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:54 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Carlos Ruiz was suspended for 25 games for using a stimulant at the start of last season. They never said what the substance was he was using, but it’s reported today that he has received an exemption for Adderall — which would otherwise be banned — for the 2014 season. Makes one wonder why he…

  2. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  3. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  4. The Phillies have told teams they’d trade Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:21 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    If someone — anyone — has a clue what the Phillies’ grand plan is, I’d love to hear it. I’m sure anyone would: The Phillies have indicated to other teams they are ready and willing to talk about Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in trades. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2013 I suppose that…

  5. Phillies sign Wil Nieves

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

    Wil Nieves

    Philadelphia has a new backup catcher, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Phillies have signed 36-year-old Wil Nieves after trading Erik Kratz for Brad Lincoln yesterday. Nieves spent this year with the Diamondbacks, backing up Miguel Montero and hitting .297 with one homer and a .690 OPS in 71 games for the second-highest…

  6. Cole Hamels describes “bitterness, pointing fingers” in Phillies clubhouse

    Dec 3, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

    Cole Hamels AP

    Cole Hamels gave an interview to Philadelphia magazine back in September for a story about his wife and CSNPhilly.com put together some interesting tidbits, including this about the vibe in the Phillies’ clubhouse during their 89-loss season: The energy in the clubhouse changed. It used to be all high fives. This season, there weren’t as…

  7. Gammons: Dioner Navarro is close to signing somewhere

    Nov 25, 2013, 7:33 PM EST

    Dioner Navarro AP

    We have already seen Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz, Brayan Pena, and Geovany Soto sign free agent contracts, and now it appears that another catcher is about to go off the board. Told Dioner Navarro is moving to resolution, Boston not in pursuit — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 25, 2013 While Navarro isn’t a big name,…

  8. Let’s pump the brakes on the “PED use got Jhonny Peralta his big deal” talk

    Nov 25, 2013, 7:43 AM EST

    jhonny peralta getty

    With a respectful nod to Ken Rosenthal, our own Bill Baer and the players who have taken to Twitter in the past couple of days to talk about Jhonny Peralta, may I ask why everyone seems to think that Peralta’s new contract represents some sort of problem with the drug penalty system in baseball and…

  9. Carlos Ruiz surprises leukemia patient with a visit

    Nov 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Let’s break up the monotony of off-season transactions and rumors with a feel-good story. Catcher Carlos Ruiz, who recently re-upped with the Phillies, surprised six-year-old cancer patient Aiden Riebel with a visit. Via Paul Casella on MLB.com: With the Saint Florian medal dangling around his neck, Aiden and his 10-year-old brother, Max, were then each…

  10. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  11. Jhonny Peralta seeking a four or five-year deal in the $56-75 million range

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

    jhonny peralta getty

    Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is seeking $56-75 million on a four- or five-year deal, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The former Tiger has drawn interest from a handful of teams, including the Mets and Yankees, but he might have to settle for less to sign a deal. Earlier, Jon Morosi of…

  12. Phillies re-sign Carlos Ruiz to three-year contract

    Nov 18, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it clear that the Phillies were prepared to move on to other catching options if Carlos Ruiz wanted to take his time making a decision, but that won’t be necessary as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Ruiz is re-signing with Philadelphia. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports…

  13. The Orioles may make Matt Wieters available

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Matt Wieters

    Boston! Colorado! Philly! Anyone! Before you spend a lot of money on a stopgap like Carlos Ruiz, may I interest you in this shiny Matt Wieters? Sources: #Orioles willing to trade Wieters. Both Wieters and Chris Davis two years away from free agency and represented by Scott Boras. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2013…

  14. The Rockies have made an offer to Carlos Ruiz

    Nov 12, 2013, 3:07 PM EST

    carlos ruiz getty

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies made an offer to Carlos Ruiz some time in the past 48 hours. This was not unexpected given what Renck reported yesterday (and earlier) of the Rockies’ clear interest in Ruiz. There is a lot going on in the free agent catching market, what with…

  15. If they can’t keep Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies may go after A.J. Pierzynski

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    a.j. pierzynski getty

    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are making A.J. Pierzynski their top target if they can’t reach a deal with Carlos Ruiz. Which isn’t going to make a ton of Phillies fans happy given how popular Ruiz is and how polarizing a figure Pierzynski is. Still, he’s not horrible as fallback options go. Pierzynski…

  16. Rockies willing to offer Carlos Ruiz multiple years

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Colorado’s interest in free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz has been well-reported and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are expected to make him a multi-year contract offer. Renck writes that it’s unclear if the Rockies are willing to go beyond two years on a deal, but for a 35-year-old catcher…

  17. Red Sox considering free agent A.J. Pierzynski

    Nov 10, 2013, 10:13 AM EST

    a.j. pierzynski getty

    The Red Sox are known to have interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann, but they’ll be competing for his services against some of the richest teams in baseball so backup plans are being put in motion. Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that the Boston front office has reached out to free agent backstop A.J.…

  18. Phillies won’t wait around for Carlos Ruiz

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:50 AM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Ruben Amaro Jr. has made no secret about wanting to re-sign catcher Carlos Ruiz, but the GM also made it clear yesterday that the Phillies won’t wait around for him to make a decision. Amaro told Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News that if Ruiz takes a long time to decide “I can assure…

  19. The Rockies will go after Carlos Ruiz

    Nov 4, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will pursue free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz. My guess is that this begins the Wilin Rosario: first baseman experiment in earnest. For Mr. Rosario is a truly gifted hitter and a truly not-very-good defensive catcher. He’s a future Mike Napoli. Except Napoli used to catch…

  20. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  21. Shane Victorino ties post-season record with ninth HBP

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:37 PM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino moved into a tie with Alex Rodriguez for the most post-season HBP’s in the bottom of the first inning of NLCS Game 2. Tigers starter Max Scherzer drilled Victorino in the left shoulder with a 91 MPH fastball, his ninth career in the post-season. The errant pitch put a runner…

  22. Phillies want to re-sign free agent Carlos Ruiz

    Sep 25, 2013, 2:44 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    After eight seasons in Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz is on the verge of free agency and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it clear that the Phillies want to re-sign him, telling Todd Zolecki of MLB.com: We’d like to bring him back. He knows we’d like to bring him back. We’ll see what happens. I’d…

  23. This is one of the worst strike calls you will see this year

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The scene: Nationals trail the Phillies 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. They had just scored three to get back in the game. Bryce Harper represents the tying run on third base. Wilson Ramos steps to the plate against Phillies reliever B.J. Rosenberg. He trails 1-2 in the count but has fouled off four…

  24. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 13, 2013, 7:23 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Indians 14, White Sox 3: Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBI. The Tribe put up a seven spot in the fifth inning in which the first nine batters who came to the plate reached. They keep pace with the Rays, who also won, and remain one and a half games…

  25. Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was…

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