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There was a lot of Phils’ news and rumors this week: the Phils were in on Josh Hamilton before they were out on Hamilton, they were finally linked to a bullpen arm, protected some Minor Leaguers while exposing others, and just as Ryan Dinger and I offered our opinions if the Phillies should make a play for the recently designated Chone Figgins, the Phillies signed a third baseman while Charlie showed confidence in Darin Ruf.
Today, a lot of the questions ended up focusing on filling third base.
Cole O. asks on our Facebook Page: What is the plan for (Josh) Fields?
Josh Fields was the Phils’ Black Friday bargain big pick-up this November. To me the best Black Friday purchase analogy for the Fields signing is buying a movie Iron Man on DVD for $1.96: yeah, you’ve already moved on to Blu-Ray and all your friends said Iron Man 2 was better, but for $1.96, if you don’t watch it, you likely won’t regret the $1.96 purchase price and if you do, it’s decent entertainment for the price.
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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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We all thought this was the last start at CBP for Cole Hamels.
Cole Hamels came into 2012 in a contract year, and many, many people expected this to be his last year in Philadelphia. To start the season, Charlie Manuel even elected to skip a day for Hamels so that he could pitch in the home opener.
With the contract undoubtedly on his mind, Hamels still started the year great...
Join us at The Grey Lodge in NE Philly (map) next Wednesday, December 5th at 8pm for an evening of Phillies Quizzo to raise money for Philabundance. Show off your Phillies knowledge with a team of 4 (or fewer) and you can win prizes like t-shirts, posters, DVDs, bar tabs and more!
We’ll also have raffles featuring a Roy Halladay autograph and cash prizes.
The event is sponsored...
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...
It’s another edition of our weekly off-season league updates. Check it out, as we take a tour around the globe for a look at Phillies talents participating in various autumn and winter league action. Stats are current through games on Saturday.
Catcher Sebastian Valle (pictured, left) is batting .214 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 17 games...
B.J. Upton is close to making a decision on where he will call home for the upcoming years, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Topkin adds that a decision could come as soon as this week.
Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and XM Radio adds that the Upton race appears to be down to the Braves, Phillies and of course a mystery team. Bowden adds that the Braves do have a slight lead in...
We learned yesterday that free agent center fielder B.J.
Upton is expected to make a decision on where he’ll be playing next season in
the near future. While the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are viewed
as the frontrunners to sign Upton, the Cincinnati Reds and maybe even the
Washington Nationals also have interest in the free agent, reports David O’Brien
It would take an unprecedented haul to acquire Stanton. The Phillies are asking but are not likely to be a good match.
In on Stanton? Probably just “tire kicking”
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote today that the Phillies are among a pool of teams, including the Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, and Orioles, who have called the Marlins about Giancarlo Stanton. I’m not sure there...
A bidding war is brewing in the NL East for a speedy center fielder.
The Braves and Phillies are the finalists for B.J. Upton, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, though there may be a mystery team involved as well. The Reds or Nationals could be that mystery team. Both of those teams are also interested in the former Rays outfielder, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal...
Most highly-coveted free agents will wait until the Winter Meetings (held in early December) to begin seriously considering their options. But a few pieces of the off-season puzzle typically fall into place a little early. And this year will apparently be no different. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes in his Sunday column…
This year on Black Friday, we didn't see any GMs make any big moves for great, low prices, though the Red Sox did overpay for Jonny Gomes on Wednesday. Will we see anything today, on Cyber Monday, or throughout the rest of the week? Perhaps. BJ Upton will reportedly be making a decision on where he'll play in 2013 and beyond this week, and the finalists are reportedly the...
In this morning’s Notes column, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo suggests that the Red Sox need to ‘make a splash’ to improve but the on-field team and the organisation’s PR record after the disappointment of 2012. Cafardo suggests targeting Josh Hamilton as a free agent or trading for Joe Mauer to address the team’s lack of star power in the every day lineup.