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  1. Angels sign Mike Trout for $1 million, keep working on long-term extension

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    While reports swirl about their long-term contract talks the Angels have given Mike Trout a $1 million salary for 2014, which is almost double what they were required to pay him based on his service time. That makes sense, from a performance standpoint and from a keeping Trout happy standpoint, and it also hints at…

  2. Meanwhile, at Phillies spring training . . .

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    phillies logo

    I saw a pic of a raccoon sitting in the bleachers at Steinbrenner Field the other day. The Phillies have one-upped the Yankees: There is a possum watching the Phillies play catch. He climbed to the top of the outdoors fence. Police fear he is rabid. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) February 19, 2014 ! RT…

  3. Ryan Howard isn’t fond of platoon talk

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    For several years, many have suggested that the Phillies ought to platoon first baseman Ryan Howard with a right-handed hitter who can handle lefties. In the past, John Mayberry, Jr. was one option and more recently, Darin Ruf seems tailor-made for the role. Per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard is keeping the mindset of an…

  4. Phillies could get creative to find room for Darin Ruf on the roster

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    By weighted on-base average (wOBA), Darin Ruf (.354) out-hit every Phillie except Chase Utley (.356). PECOTA, the projection system found at Baseball Prospectus, projects Ruf to be more valuable than All-Star Domonic Brown in 2014. And yet, most are expecting Ruf to start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It makes logical sense. The Phillies’…

  5. Marlon Byrd on the Phillies: “we’re not an old team”

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    marlon byrd getty

    With the signing of Marlon Byrd and Bobby Abreu — and because they’re counting on Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley to be the motors of the offense once again — the “Phillies are old” jokes have been all over the place this winter.  My favorite two so far are (1) the one about…

  6. Ruben Amaro thinks the Phillies will be contenders if they stay healthy

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

    Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Phillies GM Ruben Amaro as his team is about a month away from reporting to Clearwater, Florida for spring training. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prognosticator willing to bet on the Phillies winning the NL East or even competing for one of the two Wild Card slots,…

  7. What can the Dodgers expect from Clayton Kershaw over the next seven years?

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    Per MLB.com, the Dodgers locked up Clayton Kershaw for seven years at $215 million earlier today. Dodgers president Stan Kasten is hopeful that the club will make the deal official by Friday morning. The news caused our eyes to jump to the horizon, wondering how the lefty will fare between now and 2020. But first,…

  8. Jonathan Papelbon compared the cultures of the Red Sox and Phillies

    Jan 3, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Losing never feels good, even if you’re the most well-compensated player at your position. Following the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract ever for a closer — a four-year, $50 million deal with a fifth-year option that can vest at an additional $13 million. Papelbon has generally…

  9. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    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…

  10. This Phillie Phanatic parody video will haunt your nightmares

    Dec 20, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Phillie Phanatic gif

    The Phillie Phanatic is good for a laugh a majority of the time, whether he’s cavorting around Citizens Bank Park in his ATV, posing for pictures with fans in the stands, or rifling individually-wrapped hot dogs into the 400-level. The Phanatic, who hails from the Galapagos Islands (of Charles Darwinian fame), will be entering his…

  11. Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler wants collisions to remain part of the game

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    joe mauer getty

    [Edit: The title originally included the word &concussion& rather than &collision&, which made Kapler look bad for something he didn't say. It was an unfortunate malapropism on my part. I apologize for the mistake.] Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler penned a thoughtful piece about the home plate collision issue over at FOX Sports. It’s nice…

  12. Quote of the Day: Ruben Amaro claims Ryan Howard is still alive

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Citation Needed

    Either Ruben Amaro never spends any time on the internet or he just loves providing fuel for the trolls: Amaro somewhat cagey when repeatedly questioned about makeup of roster he expects to contend: “Ryan Howard does still live. He exists.” — Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) December 18, 2013   I guess we’ll see if that’s the…

  13. UPDATE: Mariners planning to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The Mariners may not have offered $200 million to Robinson Cano yet, but it sounds like it’s going to happen before long. David Waldstein of the New York Times and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Mariners plan to offer nine years and $225 million to Cano. This is a slightly…

  14. When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract?

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    ellsbury

    These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…

  15. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  16. One thing Miguel Cabrera won’t miss about Prince Fielder: protection

    Nov 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Upon hearing the news that the Tigers had traded Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera appeared to be mourning a bit on Twitter, posting a collection of pictures involving the two during their time in Detroit. It was a humanizing moment for a player who has given us no choice over…

  17. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  18. Wild rumor: Phillies, Jays discussing Jose Bautista-Domonic Brown swap

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    94WIP Radio’s Howard Eskin isn’t necessarily a baseball guy, but he is a big player in the Philadelphia sports radio scene, and he’s reporting tonight that the Phillies and Blue Jays are involved in “serious talks” about a deal involving Jose Bautista and Domonic Brown. It’d be a swap of 2013 All-Stars, one seven years…

  19. Carlos Beltran, from Royals project to Paul Newman

    Oct 15, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    carlos beltran royals

    We were in Florida in a place we still stubbornly called Baseball City. This was 1999 — it had been a long time since you could say the name without smirking. A decade earlier there had been an amusement park here called “Boardwalk and Baseball;” it was a strange blend of carnival, petting zoo, circus…

  20. Breaking Bad: Phillies edition

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    Beaking Bad

    The guy who wrote this tweet is after my own heart: Unused #BreakingBad scene where Walt became Phillies fan, but we realized that would make him too unlikable. pic.twitter.com/WBf7GS2Nj1 — Thomas Schnauz (@TomSchnauz) October 10, 2013 Some background here. Apparently Bryan Cranston is a big Phillies fan. Which makes Walter White both the one who…

  21. Does pride keep sluggers from bunting against the shift?

    Sep 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    david ortiz bunt

    So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…

  22. Ryne Sandberg wants Ryan Howard to get in better shape

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Howard enjoys a laugh during a workout before a MLB spring training exhibition game with the Dominican Republic national team in Clearwater, Florida.

    Now that the Phillies have officially named Ryne Sandberg their manager for next season and beyond he’s starting to talk about what he has planned and one of those things is getting first baseman Ryan Howard in better shape. Howard has always been huge and his conditioning has declined while struggling through injuries the past…

  23. Chris Davis joins the 50-homer club

    Sep 13, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became the first Major Leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a single season since Jose Bautista hit 54 in 2010. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Davis drove a Steve Delabar 2-2 change-up to left-center for his milestone home run, putting the Orioles ahead…

  24. Ryne Sandberg says Ryan Howard returning in September would be “counterproductive”

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard Getty

    It’s possible that Ryan Howard could return from July knee surgery to rejoin the Phillies lineup in September, but interim manager Ryne Sandberg told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that it would be “counterproductive” for the first baseman to do so. Here’s more: I don’t know what 10 or 15 games would do. He needs to…

  25. Phillies’ downward spiral highlights cracks of riding success

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…

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