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The free-agent plans addressed by the Philadelphia Phillies may help Jonathan Papelbon first. That stated, some options have picked up by the involved organizations and others have been declined, including two from former Phils. Who has been become unavailable and who can now be had?
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My offseason plan looks different than Pat’s and Eric’s. They each outlined under-the-radar solutions to the Phillies’ problems, moves that could make the team younger and not put the Phils over the luxury tax.
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The trade of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers could mean some big things for the Dodgers going into the 2013 season. He is one of the best pitchers in the game behind the plate and can add some needed fire power to a team that is in dire need of some revamps. While Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr states he has no intention...
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Giancarlo Stanton is pissed off. And why wouldn't he? A rising star that was part of the new Miami Marlins, he finds himself surrounded by a bunch of rookies. This is a demoralizing blow to the budding superstar. But, by making the major league minimum on a frugal Marlins team, Stanton is not slated to go anywhere. But - maybe...
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This week, you have seen Eric, Pat, and Corey unveil their offseason plans for the Phillies, which have included Nick Swisher, Peter Bourjos, Denard Span, and others. I’m a little bit of a Wild Card compared to the rest of the gang – somewhere in between “Vice President Biden with a live microphone”...
Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph discusses the details of his experience at the Arizona Fall League.
Span would be a nice fit in Philly. (NBC Sports)
Yesterday, Eric Seidman unveiled his offseason plan for the Phillies, which included Nick Swisher, Peter Bourjos and others. Today, it’s my turn. Tomorrow, Corey will let us know what moves he wants the Phillies to make.
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Outfield: Trade for Denard Span
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Philly Baseball Beat 11.15.2012
Half of the NL is in pursuit of Upton. Photo: AP
Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, B.J. Upton reportedly met with the Phillies this week. Upton has been on a mini-tour of teams in the NL East this week, also reportedly meeting with the Braves earlier this week and the Nationals today. We reported on Monday that executives believed the Phillies would try to move quick to sign a center...