Found February 03, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
The signing of Chad Qualls means the Phillies are staring down the barrell of a loaded Luxury Tax gun. Photo: APThe signing of Chad Qualls wasn’t one of the bargain basement signings like Juan Pierre or Joel Pineiro where a Phillies fan can argue if it doesn’t work out, we can stash the journeyman 33 year-old reliever in Triple-A. Instead, the signing of Qualls for $1.15 million was a little puzzling, perplexing, and pushed them right to the threshold of the dreaded luxury tax. And while my colleague Corey Seidman did a fantastic job illustrating why it wasn’t the best signing, I’d like to argue it was a good signing for reasons you may have and may not have anticipated.In Jonah Keri’s piece on Albert Pujols’s contract, Keri says the going rate for 1 win is about $5 million. Corey praised Qualls for a nasty sinker-slider combo that induces groundballs and projected him as a .3 to .7 win reliever for 2012, which would be a bargain. Bill James has predicted Qualls somewhere betwe...

Mutual Interest in Oswalt Return to Philadelphia

Could Oswalt return to the Phils?According to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Roy Oswalt‘s price tag is falling yet his preferred suitors remain strapped for cash and may not be able to sign the righty. It is no secret the World Series-winning Cardinals and runner-up Rangers are Oswalt’s top choice due to their proximity to his Mississippi home, yet Morosi reports that the Red...

Prospect Nation 2012: #17 2B Harold Garcia

Harold Garcia was signed as a free agent at the age of 17 back in 2004. The 5-foot-11-inch, 190-pounder got his professional career started with three seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League before heading to the United States to continue his ascent up the developmental ranks.In three seasons playing in the VSL, Garcia’s offensive progression was evident, as he posted batting...

Jimmy Rollins' Contract Details Emerge

Jimmy Rollins signed a 3-year deal with the Phillies with an option for a fourth year. The fourth year option is health-related. Here are the details, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly. The Phillies hold a club option for 2015 at $8 million. If the club does not exercise its option, it becomes a $5 million player option.The option year becomes guaranteed at $11 million if...

Phillies Nation Interview with Mickey Morandini

At last week’s Phillies winter banquet stop in Lakewood, NJ, I had the opportunity to talk with former Phils player and new manager of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, Mickey Morandini. The 1995 All-Star second baseman answered questions about his transition into managing at the pro level, returning to the Phillies in a full-time capacity and plenty more.Check out the media player...

Top Moment #2: Mayberry Opens Season with Walk-off Single

Source: REUTERS / Tim ShafferAs the snow melts, the waiting is almost over. When pitchers and catchers report, there’s a little relief as baseball withdrawal is put on hold, but nothing is like the return of meaningful games. Anticipation and excitement build up as Opening Day approaches. A new year means new hopes, dreams, and memories. For a baseball fan, Opening Day is more...

Philadelphia Phillies out to prove that 2011 was no fluke

The Philadelphia Phillies set a club record with 102 wins against 60 losses. Going into September they were at 86 wins and 105 wins seemed realistic. On September 14, the Phillies were the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 win over Houston. After clinching their fifth straight National League East crown, beating St. Louis 9-2, the team slumped, losing eight straight...

NL East Notes: Phillies Sign Chad Qualls, Johnson Wants Bryce Harper In RF Opening Day

Here’s a couple of interesting notes from our NL East foes… Right-handed reliever Chad Qualls has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Qualls, 33, has made 512 appearances over the last seven years – the most in the majors. He gets a one-year deal worth $1.15 million and is expected to go at the head of the line to become the Phillies setup man for newly...

Amaro Discusses The Team's Number One Priority

Amaro spoke to CSN Philly yesterday regarding the Phillies' number one priority - Shane Victorino or Cole Hamels. Video is after the jump.  

Name That Phillie: Smoking Edition

Puff, puff, give. Who is this former Phillie smoking on a cancer stick?

MTR Baseball Beat 2-3-2012

MTR Baseball Beat is hosted by Bill Zeltman and a variety of journalists. The show covers MLB with an emphasis on the Philadelphia Phillies. MTR Baseball Beat’s latest podcast is now available. You can listen on’s new 24/7 online radio station by clicking here, by subscribing to our Podcast in iTunes, (Search for or by clicking on...
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