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  1. Phillies may wait to trade Joe Blanton until Carl Pavano signs

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Blanton being on the trade block following Philadelphia’s signing of Cliff Lee is no surprise, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculates that the Phillies may wait to trade Blanton until after free agent Carl Pavano signs. Rosenthal notes that Blanton and Pavano have had similar results and reports that the Nationals are among at…

  2. Owner says Rangers turned down Cliff Lee’s offer to re-sign for seven guaranteed years

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Initially last night the Cliff Lee storyline was that he left as much as $50 million on the table because he loved Philadelphia and simply wanted to pitch for the Phillies instead of the Yankees or Rangers. However, now that the various contract details are trickling in it turns out he probably left at most…

  3. Going back to Philly: Cliff Lee chooses Phillies over Yankees and Rangers

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Wow. In one of the most surprising free agent signings in a long time, Cliff Lee has turned down longer, more lucrative offers from both the Yankees and Rangers to return to the Phillies. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Lee’s deal is worth approximately $100 million for five seasons. Obviously that’s…

  4. Dennys Reyes drawing interest from Phillies, Marlins, A’s, and Mariners

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that left-handed specialist Dennys Reyes will likely decide on his new team within the next 48 hours and will probably be choosing either the Phillies or Marlins “unless a new suitor emerges.” On the other hand, John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse writes that the A’s and Mariners “seem to…

  5. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley guest starring on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” tonight

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley make cameo appearances in tonight’s episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on FX. As an NBC/GE/Comcast employee my advice is to DVR the show on FX for later viewing and watch whatever is on NBC in real time. It’s the sensible thing to do, obviously. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com…

  6. Not done yet: Jamie Moyer to undergo elbow surgery at age 48

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer missed the final two months of the season with an elbow injury that he aggravated while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, which combined with his status as a free agent led many to assume that he’d be calling it a career at age 48. However, yesterday Moyer announced…

  7. Phillies “have done extensive groundwork on a potential deal” for Carlos Quentin

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    At this point no one seems to believe Philadelphia has any chance of re-signing Jayson Werth and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies “have done what one source described as ‘extensive’ groundwork on a potential deal for” White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin. As a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder Quentin makes sense as a…

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

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Hisanori Takahashi drawing some interest from Phillies after leaving Mets

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Because of a unique clause in his contract Hisanori Takahashi became a free agent when the Mets failed to sign him to a new contract by November 5 and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are interested in signing him. Philadelphia is already said to be close to a two-year deal to…

  10. Kyle Kendrick marries three-time “Survivor” contestant

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Over the weekend Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick married former three-time “Survivor” contestant Stephenie LaGrossa. People magazine has all the sappy details, such as the couples’ two dogs acting as flower girls and what dress LaGrossa wore, but I’m more interested in the fact that two-fifths of the Phillies’ rotation is now married to “Survivor” contestants.…

  11. Phillies hire Ryne Sandberg to manage at Triple-A

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    Three decades after regrettably trading a 21-year-old Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs the Phillies have hired the Hall of Famer to manage their Triple-A team. Sandberg managed at Triple-A for the Cubs this season, but left the organization after finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the team’s manager search and talked about wanting to land…

  12. John Mayberry leaves Arizona Fall League with leg injury

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

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    John Mayberry no doubt had hopes of following up a poor season at Triple-A with a great showing in the Arizona Fall League, but instead the Phillies prospect has been sent home with a leg injury after appearing in just one game. Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mayberry was examined by doctors…

  13. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage at Triple-A … for the Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ manager search Ryne Sandberg reportedly turned down Chicago’s offer to remain the manager at Triple-A and talked about wanting to find a big-league job instead. All of which is why it’s surprising to see Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Sandberg “is among the…

  14. Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason. That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular…

  15. Are coaches underpaid? (And how much was Davey Lopes worth to the Phillies?)

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    I’ve been thinking about the value of coaches lately, in part because the Cardinals only had to shell out $750,000 per season to make Dave Duncan the highest-paid pitching coach in baseball and in part because the Phillies let first base coach Davey Lopes go over failed contract talks that probably involved a difference of…

  16. Davey Lopes leaves Phillies after failed contract negotiations

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    First base coach Davey Lopes has been widely credited with much of the Phillies’ exceptional success stealing bases in recent years, but the 65-year-old told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he will not be back with the team next season after the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract: We just had a difference…

  17. Phillies “highly unlikely” to re-sign free agent Jamie Moyer

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer officially became a free agent yesterday and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies are “highly unlikely” to re-sign the 48-year-old left-hander. Philadelphia hastened Moyer’s arrival on the open market by placing him on waivers in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster immediately and the 267-game winner is expected…

  18. Phillies decline $4.5 million option on J.C. Romero for 2011

    Oct 26, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Romero

    In a no-brainer move, the Phillies have declined their $4.5 million option on reliever J.C. Romero for 2011. He’ll get a $250,000 buyout instead. Philadelphia signed Romero to a three-year, $12 million deal after he posted a 1.24 ERA in 36 innings down the stretch in 2006. He was reasonably solid in Year 1 of…

  19. Phillies have no plans for Jimmy Rollins contract extension

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Philadelphia has already exercised next season’s $8.5 million option on Jimmy Rollins, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that the Phillies have no plans to negotiate a long-term extension right now: I think we’ll probably let things, at this time, play out. There’s some concern about his production the last couple of years.…

  20. Ryan Howard was hardly the Phillies’ biggest problem

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard struck out a ton in the playoffs, including watching a called third strike to end Philadelphia’s season in a spot where just about everyone can agree that he should have swung, but the increasingly repeated notion that he’s primarily to blame for the NLCS loss to the Giants seems to be ignoring one…

  21. Underrated reliever Ryan Madson comes up big for Phillies

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    It’s probably time that Ryan Madson got some attention for being one of the best relievers in baseball. He’s appeared in four of five NLCS games, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings, and went 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and 64/13 K/BB ratio in 55 innings during the regular season. Since moving to…

  22. NLCS Game 5: Phillies lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Here’s the Phillies’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth, RF 6. Jimmy Rollins, SS 7. Raul Ibanez, LF 8. Carlos Ruiz, C 9. Roy Halladay, P Ibanez was benched in favor…

  23. And a rookie shall lead them: Buster Posey carries Giants to brink of World Series

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe surprisingly didn’t put up much of a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning when home plate umpire Wally Bell ruled that the 1-1 pitch from Roy Oswalt hit his bat handle and not his hand. Instead of taking his base Uribe just waited a couple pitches and hit the game-winning sacrifice…

  24. Matt Cain shuts down Phillies as Giants take 2-1 lead in NLCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    NLCS Phillies Giants Baseball

    Philadelphia scored the second-most runs in the NL during the regular season, averaged 4.4 runs through five playoffs games, and hadn’t been shut out since August, but the Phillies’ lineup managed just three singles and three walks while being blanked by Matt Cain, Javier Lopez, and Brian Wilson in Game 3 of the NLCS. Cain…

  25. Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 “no matter what”

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy ended any speculation about the Giants making rotation changes by saying yesterday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 of the NLCS “no matter what.” Bochy has always been pretty clear about Bumgarner getting the Game 4 nod, but that didn’t stop some people from predicting that he’d use Tim Lincecum on short…

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