Found December 15, 2011 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
What's the point of writing an opinion piece if you don't take an optimistic guess once in awhile? Where's the fun in sticking to the obvious? Surely you want to pass along an occasional rumor that will make your buddies stop and stare, as though perhaps you've been smoking branches off the Christmas tree. Fair enough, then. Here's our "Whoa!" suggestion for the week: I think it's actually possible that the Royals could sign free-agent headliner Roy Oswalt. OK, so now you're scratching your head and recalling that Oswalt, who will turn 35 in August, reportedly wants a three-year deal in the 20 million range. The Royals would never go for something like that, you say. Amen. GM Dayton Moore fully intends to build a championship team through the farm system, and that's where he's looking for the Royals' long-term pitching. There will never be a repeat of the Gil Meche fiasco under the current regime at Kauffman Stadium. But we...

Rollins’ 2011 Leaves Us with Differing Emotions

We near the end of our 2011 Phillies player review series. Today is Jimmy Rollins. Ryan Howard will be last. Mystery team involved or not, the Phillies without Jimmy Rollins just wouldn’t seem right. Rollins’ decade as leader of the team has been one of the most interesting, exciting, frustrating, and fun tenures of any sports star in Philadelphia…maybe ever. In the same game...

Willis > Bastardo, Venters Against Lefties

Dontrelle Willis's numbers against lefties last season were better than either of these men's.What triggered when you heard the Phillies signed (lefty starter reliever) Dontrelle Willis? Did you start visualizing the herky-jerky, moving parts windup – a trademark that has changed out of necessity over the years – and seeing exactly how it could be so deceptive to a lefthanded...

Here’s Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel Dining With Iron Chef Morimoto (Photo)

Awesome. One question: where’s the esteemed Chairman? I’m sure he is just off camera and is in the process of doing back flips before landing in his seat and proceeds to say, “So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say unto you in the words of my uncle: ‘Allez cuisine!’” [...]

BA ranked Roman Quinn 11th in the Phillies system

BA has a new article up today (subscription content) listing the #11 prospect for every NL team. They list Roman Quinn as #11 and point to the things we’ve already heard before: he has blazing speed (comparing him to Michael Bourn) and note his surprising power for someone his size. That’s about it. Nothing new, but I thought him being ranked #11 was notable. Feel free to discuss.

Phils’ Acquire Dontrelle Willis, Fill “Bat Boy” Role

The Phillies signed Dontrelle Willis to a 1 year, $1 million contract.  Yes, he’s still playing.  You may or may not remember him, but if so, you probably remember Willis for his accomplishments:NL Rookie of the Year: 20032x All Star: 2003 & 2005NL leader in Wins in 20052005 Stats: 22-10 with a 2.65 ERA including 5 shutouts.  Number 2 in voting for the Cy Young Award.Five...

Dontrelle Willis Wasted No Time Getting Into Phillies Gear, Also Weighs In On David Stern

Dontrelle Willis is not wasting any time. He has already changed his Twitter picture and is now sporting Phillies gear. We all know the lefty already loves Philly. The D-Train also weighed in on David Stern doing whatever he wants these days. David stern cold as ice lol basically saying" I'm do what I now what " #nba — Dontrelle Willis (@D_Train35) December 17, 2011

Left-hander Willis signs with Phillies for one year

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed lefty Dontrelle Willis to a one-year contract, worth $850,000.
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