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2012 was a disappointing year for an aging Phillies team. The house of cards collapsed as numerous lpayers suffered injuries, and the Phillies just couldn't get a streak going all season. Going into 2013, the team is in an extremely interesting position, with lots of money tied up in older players that are fading fast.
A third baseman is probably the prime target of Phillies GM Ruben Amaro after a year where minor league veteran Kevin Frandsen was the most productive player at the position. Placido Polanco is as good as gone, with hte $1 million buyout on his mutual option looking like a certainty to be exercised right now. The team also needs help in the outfield after trading both Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino in July, with one spot likely going to Domonic Brown, and the center field spot still up in the air. Left field is another struggle for the team after largely using impending free agent Juan Pierre last season.
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Phillies’ 2nd Baseman Chase Utley
2012 is a distant memory now for The Philadelphia Phillies. Thankfully. All attention can now be turned on 2013, and what the Phillies can do to bounce back and be competitive again. After all, 2013 may represent their last chance at winning with this core of players in tact.
Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon...
My love of the Phillies was passed down from both my grandfathers. My dad’s dad was an Italian immigrant who came to America in the early 20′s. He settled in Philly and told me in his broken English how he started to follow the Phillies and go to Connie Mack Stadium. He said he could see both the A’s and the Phillies there. He passed his passion for the Phils to my dad. I can...
Kyle Kendrick is perhaps the most underrated player on the Phillies roster. You’ve heard the narrative surrounding him: year in and year out, he fills multiple roles for the pitching staff, usually doing a satisfactory job, and some nights doing a fantastic job, yet he still is the target of fan vitriol.
This season was perhaps the biggest indication of that, as Kendrick...
Thome wasn't around much in 2012 but provided one of the most memorable moments of the season. Photo: AP
Throw WAR out the door for this one. There was no move that got me more excited for the 2012 season than the signing of the 41-year-old slugger Peoria, IL slugger. Thome’s return to Philadelphia was about a lot more than bench help to many fans: Big Jim wasn’t the man...
Former Phillies second baseman Wally Backman will return to the Mets’ Triple-A coaching staff as manager and follow the team from Buffalo to Las Vegas. Why is this newsworthy on a Phillies blog, you ask? In addition to being a former Phil, Backman was among the candidates to replace Ryne Sandberg at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with Sandberg’s promotion to the Big...
Polly is likely on his way out. Would Chavez be a better fit? (AP)
The Phillies will decline Placido Polanco‘s $5.5 million option for 2013, buying him out for $1 million. The formal decision hasn’t come down the pipeline, but it’s essentially a foregone conclusion. This opens up a spot at third base that the Phillies will need to fill internally, via trade or through the...
John Mayberry received more playing time this year, playing in 149 games with Domonic Brown in the minors, the mid-season trades of Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard‘s injury. His overall production was below average. He hit for power but didn’t reach base all that much and struck out 23% of the time.
His defense was solid at first base and in the corner outfield...