Found February 22, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Juan Pierre was voted the second-best minor-league signing of the off-season by MLB Trade Rumors.The Phillies enter Spring Training with arguably more depth, both positionally and in the starting rotation, than any team in baseball. It doesn’t mean Ruben Amaro assembled the most talented bunch, pound for pound, but the Phils have enough quality bodies (really, Corey?) to push each other in an attempt to make the 25-man roster.Two of Amaro’s better signings this Winter were Juan Pierre and Joel Pineiro to minor-league deals. MLBTradeRumors released its Top-10 Minor League Deals of the Off-season on Tuesday and Pierre and Pineiro checked in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Fronting the list is Reds left-hander Jeff Francis.As MLBTR founder Tim Dierkes notes, Pierre has declined but is still valuable, more so than Nate McLouth or Mark Kotsay, who were each given major league deals. And Pineiro, despite his ineffectiveness in Anaheim last season, is only a season removed from post...

Clearwater Notes: Halladay & Snakes, Qualls in Camp

DOC IN THE AMAZONThe tall tale was just that. While in the Amazon over the winter, Roy Halladay and friends (including Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan) came across a local man whose boat had been overturned by a large snake – the mighty anaconda, to be specific.But the legend of Halladay wrestling the snake in the muddy waters of the rainforest was false. In fact, Halladay said he...

Phillies 2B Utley hopes to stay healthy, rebound

Chase Utley's batting average and slugging percentage have dropped each season since 2007. He's played in fewer games the last two years and spent more time on the disabled list. Is the five-time All-Star on the decline? ''I'm always looking for ways to improve. I haven't come to the conclusion that I need to change things,'' Utley said after the...

Phillies P Halladay a hero even in the offseason

Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter, all in the same year. He also won a Cy Young Award in each league, has been to eight All-Star games, and is one of the best pitchers in baseball history. Yet for all his accomplishments on the mound, Halladay finds himself talking more about snakes these days. Who knew? Despite being outpitched by his good buddy, Chris...

Charlie Manuel Has Private Meeting With Jimmy Rollins

The Phils' skipper had a private meeting with J-Roll about what he expects from the shorstop. "He's got more in him," the manager said. "You hear talk about his hitting and stuff like that, the only thing he has to do is, I was telling you yesterday about being selective. If you notice, Jimmy can get in the count 2-1, 3-1 quite a bit. Then he'll chase...

Ryan Howard Injury Update: He Feels Good

Clearwater, Fla. — Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard spoke to the media for the first time this Spring earlier Wednesday, talking about his torn Achilles’ tendon. In a press conference at the Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla., Howard addressed a lot of questions, from his recovery to taking batting practice with teammates earlier in the day to the return...

Utley: Knee Feels Significantly Better

(PHOTO AP)Chase Utley began Spring Training in the same fashion as Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Ryan Howard; with a press conference set up to appease the media and shed some light on offseason questions. Utley, coy as ever, did his best to deflect attention and answer questions as straightforward as possible.In the few words he spoke, Utley gave reason for optimism. “It...

Phillies 1B Howard takes live batting practice

Ryan Howard took live batting practice for the first time since he tore his left Achilles tendon while making the final out of the Philadelphia Phillies' season-ending 1-0 loss to St. Louis last postseason. The big slugger says he's pleased with his recovery, but that he hasn't set a ''time limit'' on his return. Howard only started swinging a bat less...

Philadelphia Phillies 2011 Minor League Review

Philadelphia Phillies 2011 Minor League Review Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America: 2012 (27) | 2011 (11) | 2010 (18) | 2009 (12) | 2008 (22) | 2007 (21) | 2006 (22) 2011 Affiliate Records MLB: [102-60] NL East AAA: [80-64] International League – Lehigh Valley AA: [74-68] Eastern League – Reading A+: [75-63] Florida State League – Clearwater A: [68-69] South...

Contreras fine following bullpen session

Right-hander Jose Contreras had right elbow surgery late last season, and the Phillies are hopeful he can be ready by Opening Day. His bullpen on Tuesday went very well.

Phillies star pitcher Halladay is a hero even in the offseason

For all his accomplishments on the mound, Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay finds himself talking more about snakes these days.

Bradley: Yankees' Raul Ibanez signing could prove to be a good move

Whether he's the final piece to the Yankees' puzzle is yet to be seen

Ryan Howard swinging bat, but no 'time limit' on return

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ryan Howard took live batting practice for the first time since he tore his left Achilles tendon while making the final out of the Philadelphia Phillies' season-ending 1-0 loss to St. Louis last postseason. Howard crumpled to the ground and needed help getting up after he grounded out ...
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