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‘Tis the season to buy lots of crap! Black Friday, Cyber Monday….here we come! The Phillies began shopping early when they signed Kevin Frandsen earlier this month to a 1-year, $850,000 deal. If Frandsen plays the way he did last year, that small chunk of change could wind up being the bargain of the year.
But the Phillies have a much longer shopping list than that. Unfortunately, even on Black Friday, not everything is on sale. Even if Ruben Amaro Jr. camped out in front of All-Star Josh Hamilton’s house all night, I am pretty sure someone with more money would be camped out in front of him in line. Fold up the tent, Ruben, and let’s work on a more realistic shopping list.
- The first item on the list should be a centerfielder. I hear our old pal Shane Victorino may come at a descent discount. But the Phillies seem to be more focused on B.J. Upton, who could rival Ryan Howard for strikeouts. They both strike out around 30% of the time and neither hit for average. Regardless, this t...
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The pursuit of talent for the Philadelphia Phillies is a 8th-inning set-up man, and a center fielder in that exact order, while it simultaneously presents Darin Ruf with a leftfield shot. Why is the brain trust concentrating on the 2nd choice first?
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Nate Schierholtz was the one player the Phillies got in return for Hunter Pence who was not only big league-ready, but had already accrued a fair amount of major league service time. A kind of enigma in San Francisco, Schierholtz came to Philly with the promise of consistent playing time and an opportunity to prove himself to his new manager as an everyday player. It was a new start...
Darin Ruf could make the 25-man team of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies next April. However, it will be due only in part to his long-ball noise during October and November. But keep in mind, the warning-track patrol should become much clearer by mid-December.
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When the Philadelphia Phillies brought Roy Halladay on, they believed he was part of the solution and would help net the team a World Series title. They were right. In 2008, the Phillies won it all. However, they have struggled and feel short of expectations since. Halladay on the other hand, has been a portrait of consistency until this season when he hurt his shoulder...
Darin Ruf leads Winter League with 10 home runs
Winter ball for the Phillies Darin Ruf has been overall a success. Ruf who is playing in the Venezuelan Winter League is leading the league after 32 games with 10 home runs. Ruf is also tied for the lead in RBI with 27 and is among the league leaders in runs,slugging, doubles and slugging percentage. Reports coming from Venezuela...
This article was originally posted on Black Friday 2010.
Black Friday is a term that was coined here in Philadelphia during the winter of 1966. It described the congestion of vehicle and foot traffic caused by Christmas shoppers attempting to take advantage of early Christmas sales in the Center City shopping districts. For Philadelphia Phillies fans, it’s an ominous term that...
While the Philadelphia Phillies are focusing on adding a
center fielder and have been most heavily tied to free agents B.J. Upton and
Michael Bourn, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury of
CSNPhilly.com that the team is also considering Angel Pagan and former center
fielder Shane Victorino.
Amaro mentioned Upton, Angel Pagan,
Michael Bourn and Victorino...
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With No Door Busters to be had, the Phillies signed Josh Fields this Black Friday after the crowds had passed.
Latest buzz around the Phillies comes from Jim Salisbury of Comcast SportsNet who sat down with Ruben Amaro Jr. and discussed off-season plans. Notable from this are the following points from Amaro:
Amaro views John Mayberry Jr. as having a spot on the team, believes...
I grew up in New England, where I was exposed to the Red Sox growing up. Unfortunately, I could never get excited about the team.
One day, back around 2004 or so, I was watching the Phillies on television and instantly fell in love with the team. They showed a great deal of heart and struck me as a team full of true winners, regardless of their win-loss record at the end of the...
The Phillies have made a signing, and it's a third baseman. However, he is not likely the solution. Today the Phillies signed third baseman Josh Fields to a minor league contract. Once a top prospect, Fields will likely go into Spring Training along the lines of the many minor league infielders the Phillies have signed over the years. Hopefully they will get lucky...
Former 1st round pick and highly regarded prospect, Josh Fields, has signed a minor league contract with the Phillies. His last action in the Majors came back in 2010 with the Royals. In 4 seasons with the White Sox and KC he hit .234/.724 over 217 games. He's played primarily 3rd base, but has also seen time in LF and 1B. Fields turns 30 years old in December and has...
Earlier this week it was reported that the Philadelphia Phillies considered free agent slugger Josh Hamilton as a “backup option” in
their pursuit of outfielders. However, Hamilton is no longer on the team’s
list, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
Agents who have spoken with the Phillies say that despite
their pursuit of both a center fielder and right fielder...
Minor-league infielder/outfielder Josh Fields has signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Fields, a former first-round draft pick, spent last season with triple-A Las Vegas in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization. He hit .288 with 13 home runs. As a rookie with the Chicago White Sox in 2007, he had 23 homers and 67 RBI in 100 games, but his production...