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Ruben Amaro Jr.
Toronto Blue Jays
What grade does Ruben get on the Oswalt trade? Check below. (PHOTO: AP)After taking over for Pat Gillick following the 2008 World Championship season, Ruben Amaro Jr. hasn’t been lacking in the big-moves department. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Hunter Pence – all his doing. The Ryan Howard extension was his, as well. The Roy Oswalt trade had a big impact on the Phillies.Overall, I think most believe Amaro has done a hell of a job bringing in top-notch talent and keeping the Phillies as a premier franchise.Let’s take a look at how each move has turned out for the Phillies in this four-part series. We’ll begin with the starting pitchers.Roy Halladay trade/extension/Cliff Lee trade: -Phillies give up Michael Taylor, Travis D’Arnaud, Kyle Drabek to TOR -Phillies trade Cliff Lee to Seattle for Tyson Gillies, Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez -3 yr/$60 million contract with 4th year option at $20 millionIf the Phillies had not traded Cliff Lee while obtaining Halladay, this would be an A+ move f...
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The 2012 Phillies roster has begun to take shape. At this point it is mostly by addition with a few expected subtractions but look for a lot more changes by end of the calendar year. As of Thanksgiving, it remains to be seen whether Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson and Raul Ibanez will return to play for the Phillies next year. Should any of them choose to exit as free agents this winter...
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The Phillies announced Monday that manager Ryne Sandberg and his entire coaching staff will return to guide the Triple-A Lehigh Valley club again next year. There had been speculation that Sandberg was being considered for the major league managing vacancies in Boston, St. Louis and Chicago but none of those jobs would pan out for the Hall of Famer.
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This 80's superstar dud had a .303 batting average in 3 seasons with the Phillies Triple-A affiliate in Portland, Oregon. Having near ready minor league talent the entire way across the country doesn't make sense, so it remains a head-scratcher as to why the Phils ever did it. Of course much of the 80's and 90's were one big fubar in Phillies history. Anyway, see...
I’ve had some time to think about this mind-blowing, record-setting closer deal that the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to. Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why they bailed on Madson’s alleged 4-yr, $44 million deal in favor of this 4-yr, $50 million with a vesting 5th year option for Papelbon. Just look at the track records. Papelbon has been closing...
The Phillies had an outside-the-box idea before signing Jonathan Papelbon this winter. The team called closer Billy Wagner after the season in hopes of coaxing him out of retirement, writes Mark Hale of the New York Post. Wagner told Hale, "It was after the regular season...just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything. I just told them...
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It would be interesting to see if Bobby Valentine's style would be any different after not managing in the Major Leagues since 2002, writes Ian Browne of MLB.com. The 61-year-old Valentine is a finalist for the Red Sox's managerial opening along with Gene Lamont.
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At season's end, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was talking big changes on offense. That's not the case any longer, and Amaro said he is now focused on shortstop and shortstop only.