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Phillies fans had numerous reactions to Jonathan Papelbon's $50,000,058 contract, which he signed on Monday. One of the most relevant: How does this affect Cole Hamels?

Don't Worry, Be Hamels

One of the absolute worst things about the baseball off season, other than the part where there is no baseball to watch, is that the imagination of the fans can run get the better of them thanks to there not being anything of substance occurring. Sure, we have a free agent signing here and a trade there, and  other things of a tangible nature, but sometimes, the stuff that isn&...

Papelbon Speaks - Video

Jonathan Papelbon spoke with a Philadelphia news station after arriving in City of Brotherly Love yesterday.  Watch below: He didn't give much of a shout out to the Red Sox but did seem to be sporting the John Henry headphones for his trip to his new team.

Three Phils starters end up in the top five in the 2011 NL Cy Young Award Balloting.

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels ended up in 2nd, 3rd and 5th place, respectively, in the voting for the 2011 National League Cy Young Award, which was won by Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, as most people had expected. Roy Halladay, the ace of the Phils pitching staff, and the winner of the award the previous season (2010), who in 2011 had a record of 19-6 in 32 games...

Papelbon, Phillies complete deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jonathan Papelbon and the Philadelphia Phillies have completed a $50 million, four-year contract .

Truly Aces

Yesterday Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th respectively in the NL Cy Young Award voting. The trio had an amazing season and much the same can be expected heading into 2012.The Holy Trinity's Collective 2011 Stats:50-23, 95 GS, 17 CG, 7 SHO, 682.1 IP, 121:652 BB:K, 2.51 ERA, 1.02 WHIP.*Picture borrowed from The Zo Zone.

November 14, 2011: Well, THAT sure kicked things off…

So, Jonathan Papelbon got the big money deal he wanted: 4 Years, $50 million from the Phillies, who has previous agreed to 4 years, $44 million with their in house reliever Ryan Madson. Apparently the kibosh was put on THAT deal by Phillies President David Montgomery. And while I am not super heartbroken his leaving, I am a little miffed that, after 7 years with the only team he...

NL East Notes: Phillies, Hamels, Mets, Reyes, Capuano

The Phillies made waves with their four-year, $50MM signing of Jonathan Papelbon, but now they must look at how that deal and the rest of their hefty payroll will shape their contract talks with Cole Hamels.  Here's a look at the Phillies and more from the NL East.. There doesn't appear to be any conversations between the Phillies and left-hander Cole Hamels, who will...

Dominance of Phils trio reflected in Cy vote

Phillies starters Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels placed second, third and fifth, respectively, in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award, which was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Updated Phillies Payroll Analysis and Org. Depth Chart

With player movement in full swing, I’ll try to get this updated (it’s always available on the right side-bar) as often as I can. First, let’s take a look at our payroll situation post-Papelbon. The players are in order of team control (oh, hey Ryan Howard), and in secondary order by salary amount. And it goes out as far as we have salary obligations. Some comments: Hmm...

Closer tops shopping list as Mets ax payroll

Milwaukee — The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies already have addressed their closer need by going to the top of the market with Jonathan Papelbon. Atlanta, Florida and Washington all are set for bold moves and payroll increases. By comparison, the Mets appear to have all but gone out of...
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