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The Philadelphia Phillies have been pretty busy after their offseason got off to a slow start. Trades brought a centerfielder and a third baseman. Two weekend signings shored up the 8th inning in the bullpen with Mike Adams and added a veteran arm to the back end of the starting rotation with John Lannan. One hole remains unfilled.
The Phillies will probably sign a corner outfielder some time in the near future. The two most likely choices would be Nick Swisher and Cody Ross. Both would bring the team some power, and both would represent upgrades for the Phillies. How much of an upgrade remains to be seen. There is also the rumor that hit earlier this week that had the Phillies attempting to trade Domonic Brown for Alfonso Soriano, though the rumor has since cooled.
So that’s where we stand. The question is, as always, is this good enough?
There were various reasons for the Phillies to be wary of Josh Hamilton. In the end, the 5 year deal he signed with the Angels may have been too much of a commitment, and may come back to bite the Angels later. Time will tell. The only given with Hamilton is that he would have been a bona fide difference maker for the Phillies. No matter who they end up with now, they will not bring the kind of production that Hamilton could have.
Ben Revere and Michael Young are significant upgrades. Mike Adams has been one of the best relievers in baseball for the past 5 years. John Lannan can easily replicate the production of Vance Worley or Joe Blanton.
Still, the Phillies lack the additional power they were hoping to add. Darin Ruff may be able to add some, but how much production will be a big question.
Both Nick Swisher and Cody Ross are capable of 20+ home runs per season, but they will come at a premium price since outfielder values have been driven up by Shane Victorino, BJ Upton and Josh Hamilton’s deals. It also may limit their in-season flexibility at the trade deadline. The Phillies have about $8 million left to spend under the luxury tax threshold. That may be closer to Ross’s price range.
There’s no doubt the Phillies are better than how they entered the offseason. I’m not sure they’re enough to beat the Braves and Nationals for the NL East?
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The Phillies have signed reliever Mike Adams to a two-year, $12 million contract, with a third-year vesting option at preusmably the same annual rate.
Adams underwent surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in October — a literal rib-removal procedure — but expects to be ready for opening day. He has had his fair share of health issues over the years but is still very much worth...
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed left-handed starting
pitcher John Lannan to a one-year contract with a base salary of $2.5 million,
as reported by Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia.
Sources: Phillies have agreement with LHP John Lannan, pending a physical. Busy weekend for Phils, who also have agreement w RHP Mike Adams
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) December 15...
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The Phillies have added their fifth starter. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have agreed to terms with RHP John Lannan. Lannan spent most of the 2012 season in the minors. Lannan is best known by Phillies fans for throwing the pitch that knocked Chase Utley out...
The Philadelphia Phillies are intensifying their pursuit of
free agent outfielder Cody Ross, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Sources: #Phillies intensifying pursuit of Cody Ross. Other teams also being more aggressive. #Mariners among those that have shown interest
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 15, 2012
The Seattle Mariners are among the other...
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed reliever Mike Adams, according to multiple reports.
According to multiple reports the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms on a 3 year/$18 million deal with reliever Mike Adams.
Adams has served primarily as an 8th inning setup man during his career, something the Phillies did not have last year. Experiments with Chad Qualls, Antonio Bastardo...
The Philadelphia Phillies have reached a two-year, $12
million agreement with free agent right-handed reliever Mike Adams, as reported
by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Source: Adams in agreement with #Phillies on two-year, $12M deal with vesting option. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 15, 2012
Adams new contract with the Phillies includes...
The Philadelphia Phillies have found their setup guy as they have signed Mike Adams to a two-year, $12mm deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The deal also includes a vesting option for a third year at $6.5mm. The option will vest if Adams appears in 60 games in ‘13 and ‘14, or if he appears in 65 in ‘14 alone.
Adams underwent surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome...
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies have ramped up their attempts to sign free agent outfielder Cody Ross. This, after inking Mike Adams and John Lannan to free agent deals early on Saturday.
I’ve been a supporter of the Phillies signing Ross since at least June (on Phillies Nation TV) because he’s relatively cheap (we think) and it likely won’t take a contract...
John Lannan signs one-year deal with the Phillies.
Farewell, John Lannan. Thanks for the memories.
Hope the Phillies fans finally forgive you now for that time you broke Chase Utley's hand in your big league debut in '07. Nah, they'll probably still boo ya.
The reaction from Phillies fans commenting on the Philly.com Lannan signing story are worth your time...
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent left-handed pitcher John Lannan. Lannan is guaranteed $2.5 million and could earn up to another $2.5 million in incentives, according to CBSSports.com. Lannan, 28, became a free agent after the Washington Nationals decided not to tender him a contract offer. In six starts with the…
While the Mets try to upend their rotation and trade R.A. Dickey for prospects, the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a one-year deal with starting pitcher John Lannan and a two year deal with reliever Mike Adams.
Lannan’s deal is for a reported $2.5 million in guaranteed money with another $2.5 million in achievable bonuses according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The agreement...