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  1. Jose Contreras is not retiring

    Apr 6, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Royals Rangers Spring Baseball

    Despite his age and a lengthy injury history, Jose Contreras refuses to hang up the spikes.

  2. Rangers sign 42-year-old Jose Contreras

    Dec 5, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras

    Texas announced some non-roster spring training invitations and there’s a familiar name on the list: Jose Contreras. Contreras is 42 years old and pitched just five innings for the Pirates this year after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. He hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2010, but on a minor-league deal … why…

  3. Pirates release veteran right-hander Jose Contreras

    Jun 13, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras

    This could be the end of the road for Jose Contreras. The 41-year-old right-hander was released by the Pirates this afternoon in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Charlie Morton, who is making his return from Tommy John surgery today against the Giants. Contreras underwent Tommy John surgery last year…

  4. Baseball’s discrimination against old players has to stop

    May 21, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    miguel batista getty

    Sorry. That headline may have been a bit dramatic. But see, I turn 40 in July. And while I’m generally cool with that — and while I am, in all honestly, in The Best Shape of My Life — it has dawned on me pretty clearly that we are almost to the point where there…

  5. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000’s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  6. Pirates sign Jose Contreras to minor league contract

    Feb 23, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    contreras getty

    From the organization’s official Twitter feed comes word that the Pirates have reached agreement on a minor league contract with righty Jose Contreras. The deal carries an invitation to spring training, but Contreras is still rehabbing from a torn UCL in his right elbow and a flexor pronator tear, and might not be ready for the start…

  7. Judges agree that, yes, the Yankees are the “Evil Empire”

    Feb 23, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Star Wars AP

    Here’s the weirdest story you’ll read today. And I promise you it’s not from the Onion. According to Ashby Jones and Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, a panel of trademark judges denied a request for a private entrepreneur, Evil Enterprises, Inc., to register the phrase “Baseballs Evil Empire” after the Yankees objected. The…

  8. Jose Contreras goes home

    Jan 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    contreras throws getty wide

    Jose Contreras defected from Cuba in 2002 while playing a game in Mexico. When he did that, and especially after signing a $32 million contract with the New York Yankees, he became persona non grata in Cuba.  He, like all other defectors, were barred from returning home and labeled traitors. But a change in Cuban law that…

  9. Phillies decline options on Ty Wigginton, Jose Contreras

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras Getty

    Philadelphia has declined 2013 team options on bench bat Ty Wigginton and reliever Jose Contreras, buying out each player for $500,000 instead. Wigginton’s option was for $4 million, but he hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2008 and at age 35 can no longer really even fake it defensively at third base or second base.…

  10. Jose Contreras diagnosed with UCL and flexor tendon tears

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras Getty

    UPDATE: The diagnosis is in on Jose Contreras and it’s not good. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Contreras was diagnosed with tears in his ulnar collateral ligament and his flexor pronator tendon. His season is obviously over and given Contreras’ advanced age, there’s a chance this could be a career-ender. 11:15 AM: Scary moment…

  11. Jose Contreras rejoins Phillies eight months after surgery

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras is back in the Phillies’ bullpen eight months after undergoing elbow surgery that potentially could have ended the 40-year-old’s career last September. It looked like Contreras’ return might be delayed when his first rehab appearance was an ugly one, but he quickly got on track in the minors and also proved that he…

  12. Phillies close to getting Jose Contreras back from surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras‘ minor-league rehab assignment got off to a rough start last week, but since then he’s made a pair of good appearances and could be on the verge of returning from elbow surgery. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras is scheduled to pitch today and tomorrow, testing his arm with back-to-back…

  13. Chad Qualls’ foot injury feels like a “knife was going at the back of my heel”

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chad Qualls, Chris Garner

    Chad Qualls was unavailable to pitch yesterday because of a foot injury, which the Phillies reliever described as like a “knife was going at the back of my heel.” Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Qualls actually pitched through that pain Saturday, throwing a scoreless inning against the Pirates, but sat out yesterday’s…

  14. Jose Contreras’ rehab assignment is off to a rough start

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras took a big step in his recovery from elbow surgery yesterday when he appeared in a minor-league game, but his Single-A outing lasted only 11 pitches and was full of control problems. Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras threw four strikes and seven balls, including two wild pitches, and allowed…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut? The short answer? No, I don’t see how…

  16. Running down the rosters: Philadelphia Phillies

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies still look like the class of the NL, but while their win totals have increased five years running, it hasn’t resulted in playoff success the last couple of years. Rotation Roy Halladay – R Cliff Lee – L Cole Hamels – L Vance Worley – R Joe Blanton – R Bullpen Jonathan Papelbon…

  17. Jose Contreras “threw very, very well” in first bullpen session since surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in September and Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said afterward that the veteran right-hander “did fine” and “threw very, very well.” Contreras was initially given a 4-6 month recovery timetable that made him unlikely to be healthy for the beginning of…

  18. Phillies sign Chad Qualls to one-year, $1.15 million deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chad Qualls Getty

    Philadelphia spending $50 million on Jonathan Papelbon stands out in what has otherwise been a buyer’s market for relief pitching, but the Phillies got into the bargain-hunting action by signing Chad Qualls to a one-year, $1.15 million deal. Jose Contreras‘ health status is uncertain coming off elbow surgery, so Qualls can slide into his right-handed…

  19. Phillies among teams with interest in Kerry Wood

    Jan 8, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    kerry wood getty

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday that free agent right-hander Kerry Wood is no longer a lock to re-sign with the Cubs and has begun speaking to other teams. Now we have even more details. Crasnick reported moments ago that the Phillies are among the clubs with interest in Wood, and may get aggressive if veteran setup…

  20. Phillies sign Jose Contreras to two-year, $5.5 million extension

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    contreras throwing

    Jose Contreras and the Phillies have finalized the two-year contract extension that was reported over the weekend. He’ll get $5.5 million for two seasons and according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com the Phillies also have a team option for 2013. Based on his 2010 performance alone Contreras is certainly worth the investment, as he thrived…

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