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Ruben Amaro, Jr. has always had a knack for making a splash during the baseball offseason, as well as before the trade deadline. Why should this offseason be any different?
Anthony Gargano of 94.1 WIP in Philadelphia says that he has information from a good source that the Philadelphia Phillies have offered Hamilton a three-year deal. The reported deal was worth about $80 million. Rumors across Twitter have been swirling for the past couple of weeks that Hamilton would be a great fit in Philadelphia.
If the Phillies were to sign Hamilton, then they would be paying him a salary of about $25 million per year with incentives. Hamilton, who turns 32 this season, is coming off a tremendous year offensively where he hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs. Despite the great numbers, Hamilton saw his strikeout rate increase to 162 times in 562 at bats.
Hamilton would be a great offensive addition to a Phillies lineup that is in desperate need of some pop. The only problem that the Phillies would have is that Hamilton, along with current Phillies stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, bats left-handed. The problem with the Phillies over the past couple of seasons is that their lineup has been too left-handed, which is why Howard and Utley has struggled late in games. Lefty-specialist relievers have been able to control the heart of the Phillies lineup by pitching around the right-handers to get to them.
If the rumors are in fact true, the Phillies will be giving Hamilton one of the biggest contracts per year in major league history. Hamilton would be a great fit wherever he indeed signs, but Philadelphia may not be the best spot at the moment.
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Rangers fans are left this week pondering the mixed legacy of their now departed Michael Young. As a legacy member of that team, Young had produced far more positive moments for the Rangers than the other way around. But his contract--which is not his fault--combined with two episodes of whining at position changes despite that contract--which is his fault--led to a falloff of some...
Michael Young was the 2nd domino to fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. How will the remaining dollars be spent by Rube Amaro?
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My articles are designed to represent a baseball-man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the stick-glove-or-power requirements, the...
The Phillies added a couple of nice pieces in two separate trades this past week, but questions still remain and there is still work left to do.
In shoring up their need for a centerfielder with former Minnesota Twin Ben Revere, the Phillies effectively dealt with one of the most glaring holes on the team. They also added former All Star Michael Young to the mix to play third base...
Michael Young hit .277/.312/.370 last season for the Rangers.
Michael Young spoke to reporters today about his trade to the Phillies over the weekend. He says he’s ready to take on third base.
There is no press conference scheduled for Young in Philadelphia as of yet.
Check out this video, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.
The Philadelphia Phillies are seeking a low-risk,
high-reward pitcher to fill out the back-end of their starting rotation,
reports Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"We'll probably look to add a low-risk, high-reward
type of guy, or somebody's who's come back from an injury, or someone like that
who can battle for that fifth spot," general...
A couple videos today via MLB.com of Michael Young reflecting on his trade to the Phillies. He thanked the Rangers fans and looked forward to the Phillies: The first is from Emily Jones of MLB.com: Your browser does not support iframes. The second comes courtesy of MLB.com and the Texas...
A lot of Phillies fans are unimpressed with the Phillies two latest additions – CF Ben Revere and 3B Michael Young. While both players fill huge holes for the Phillies, many don’t think they are the type of impact players that can help the Phillies climb back into the NL East race that they coughed up last year.
Ben Revere, whom the Phillies acquired in a trade that sent Vance...
Soriano to Philly? Forget it. (MLB)
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Phillies have discussed trading Domonic Brown to the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano. Jayson Stark of ESPN chimed in on twitter and said it’s a long shot to happen.
Thank the Lord.
Soriano is owed $36 million over the next two seasons and is 36-years-old (37 in January). He still has a little bit of power...
DALLAS (AP) -- Michael Young says he's ready for a different challenge in Philadelphia after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Texas Rangers.
Young says it was an easy decision from a baseball perspective. He wanted to go to the Phillies to be their everyday third baseman.
Speaking publicly for the first time since waiving his no-trade clause and the deal...
The Phillies pulled off a solid yet risky deal last week to solve their centerfield dilemma but simultaneously created another area of need. By including Vance Worley in the Ben Revere trade the Phillies current rotation would feature Kyle Kendrick and likely one of Tyler Cloyd or Jonathan Pettibone behind The Big Three. That isn’t the most appetizing back-end of a rotation...
Could there finally be some smoke to indicate a fire burning with the Phillies and free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton? Glen Macnow of 94 WIP FM tweeted that his broadcast partner Anthony Gargano (who does not have twitter) says that an offer has been made: My radio partner, Anthony Gargano,...
Throughout the off-season, we’ll be checking in with various players from around the Phillies organization to see how they’re staying in shape and how they’re keeping busy during the colder months. To kick things off, righty pitching prospect David Buchanan, the Phils’ 7th round draft selection in 2010, took some time to answer questions for the PhilliesNation.
Scott Elarton has signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. While Elarton is a veteran and the Twins have rotation spots to fill, Elarton, 36, will serve primarily as organizational depth.
Last season Elarton pitched at the Triple-A level for the Phillies where he posted a 5.26 ERA.
The last time Elarton pitched in the majors was 2008 when he pitched eight games in relief...
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Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Phillies and Chicago Cubs had at least discussed a possible trade that included sending outfielder Domonic Brown to the Windy City for 37-year-old Alfonso Soriano.
You heard me.
The Phillies, who are searching the market for a power-hitting outfielder, are rumored to have discussed a trade that would have immediately caused...
The Phillies could add a bat soon, the Dodgers probably aren`t done spending, and information about the lead-up to the Royals-Rays blockbuster is coming to light.