Found December 02, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
Predicted to be the best team in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies fulfilled much of that promise by being the only team to win 100+ games, but the dream ultimately ended with a NLDS loss to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. As you might expect with such a talented, experienced roster, there weren’t a lot of prospects introduced to majors, but Domonic Brown did make his debut with 210 plate appearances. Brown didn’t live up to his billing, but he was better than his .245 batting average (97 OPS+). The fact that he’ll be 24 all of next season should also keep everyone calm. Vance Worley, however, had quite the campaign, and while it was unexpected, it was also legit. There’s no reason not to feel pretty good about him in the back of the rotation next season. Everything wasn’t so wonderful in the minors, though. The most significant loss came at the cost of 4 solid prospects for Hunter Pence. Jarred Cosart would have been the top prospect in the system and b...

Sanches Back in the Hizzy

For those of you not "in the know" the title means- Brian Sanches is back with the Phillies organization. Word!Anyway, it was announced yesterday that Amaro has signed Brian Sanches, Scott Elarton, and Tuffy Gosewisch to minor league contracts. Of the 3, Sanches has the most upside. In fact, the 33 year old righty reliever owns a career 3.58 ERA/1.38 WHIP over 6 MLB seasons...

Will Jimmy Rollins Return to the Phillies?

The Philadelphia Phillies and Jimmy Rollins have been at a stand still in their contract negotiations leaving Phillies fans wondering if the former MVP will return to the city of brotherly love. But news on the Jimmy Rollins front has been quiet all around. So the question is, will Jimmy Rollins Return to the Phillies? The issue between Rollins and the Phillies has been primarily...

Former Phillies pitcher Mathieson headed to Japan

APNewsNow. Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson has signed with the Yomiuri Giants. The 27-year-old right-hander was 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in eight starts and seven relief appearances with the Phillies in 2006, 2010 and this year. He didn't allow a run in four relief outings this year. Mathieson, released by the Phillies on Tuesday, also has a 32-37 record with...

Phillies, Rollins Discussions Beginning To Pick Up

It has been nearly two months into the offseason for major league players, and so far it has been pretty quiet. Jimmy Rollins, whose indecisive future with the Phillies, will meet with Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. in Dallas, Texas during the winter meetings, which begin on Monday.  Rollins’ agent, Don Lozano, said that Rollins will in fact meet with Amaro beginning next week...

Phils Invite Scott Podsednik Among Others To Spring Training

The Phillies announced Wednesday that Scott Podsednik along with seven others will join Charlie Manuel’s club in Clearwater this May as non-roster invitees. Podsednik is the most notable name with a chance to prove his worth at Spring Training. The 35-year-old has manned centerfield for six different teams throughout his ten-year tenure in the league. After being [...]

The Benefits of Letting the Closer Market Settle

The Phillies made the first major splash of the offseason by signing Jonathan Papelbon to a borderline absurd four-year, $50 million contract. The market was clearly flush with closers, or relievers capable of closing, and the Phillies paid a max type of contract for a 65-inning pitcher. Financial wiggle room was a concern before the move and the opportunity costs both realized and...

The Papelbon tradeoff

Setting the stage Once upon a time, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to four-year, $50 million contract with a $13 million vesting option for 2016. Since Papelbon was a Type-A free agent, the Phillies also surrendered their first-round pick—31st overall—to the Boston Red Sox as part of the signing. A short while later, the owners and players agreed to a new...

Phillies' Howard gives $1.2M to local schools

Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard is helping local students dress for success - in athletics.

Howard donates $1.2M to Philly schools (AP)

Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard is helping local students dress for success -- in athletics. The first baseman announced Thursday that his Ryan Howard Family Foundation will donate Adidas sportswear valued at nearly $1.2 million to the cash-strapped Philadelphia school district. The gift will enable 57 city high schools to select athletic shoes and apparel to match the schools' colors.

Phlashback Phriday- Jack Taschner

This former lefty reliever began his career with the Giants and ended it with the Dodgers; in between he was a Phucco (Phillies- 2009, Buccos- 2010). In his career he compiled a 10-5 record in 222 games with a 5.14 ERA/1.65 WHIP. Amaro acquired him for catcher Ronny Paulino. His lone season in Philly was a bust, with an ERA near 5, a WHIP of almost 2, and more walks than strikeouts...
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