Found July 24, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
As I wrote over the weekend, third base is an exceptionally thin position. The Phillies are finding that out, again, as Placido Polanco deals with a balky back that has him in the MRI tube. It’s becoming abundantly clear that they’ll have to go in a new, and hopefully younger, direction next season. Ryan Roberts could be the move. Roberts, 31, won’t be mistaken for Mike Schmidt at the hot corner, and he’s not all that young. However, at five years younger than Polanco, and with a little pop in his bat, it would represent an upgrade. The Diamondbacks designated Roberts for assignment on Tuesday and will now look to trade him. Early reports have the Rays making a play for his services; but the Phillies should be next in line. Defensively, he’s roughly league average. Roberts’ UZR at third base since the beginning of 2011 is 2.3, which is hardly elite, but will hardly cost you. At the plate. Roberts is not a contact hitter like Polanco. In roughly four seasons in the majors, he’s ...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Sign An Ace, Deal An Ace

Though the Phillies have shown signs of improvement recently — especially in terms of coming back from deficits — they are still very unlikely to make the playoffs this season. While I’m not trying to Debbie Downer the situation after the last couple of wins, that type of sobering outlook is merited when the trade deadline is merely a week away. Ruben Amaro and company are...

Happy 8th Birthday Phillies Nation!

On this day eight years ago, Phillies Nation was born. I was jealous of my roommate’s obsession with Sons of Sam Horn and wanted a similar home for Phillies fans. Mostly I wanted one place where I could find all my Phillies information. But at least part of me was inspired by Eric Milton’s excellence.  Here is Phillies Nation’s first post: Milton Perfect though 8 1/3 What...

Sources: Hamels, Phillies close to six-year extension

Cole Hamels will remain with the Philadelphia Phillies. The left-hander is close to completing a six-year contract extension for more than $137.5 million, according to major-league sources. The deal will be the second largest ever awarded to a starting pitcher, trailing only the seven-year, $161 free-agent contract that left-hander CC Sabathia signed with the New York Yankees on...

OF Prospect James is Humble & Focused

In the Reading Phillies’ home game against Bowie (Baltimore affiliate) on Saturday, June 14th, outfielder Jiwan James put forth an effort that resulted in one of the plays of the year. In the 3rd inning, James approached the outfield wall and leaped to rob the Baysox’ Jonathan Schoop of a home run. In the process, James’ mitt landed behind the wall, while the ball was...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Mojo rising

Cole Hamels toes the rubber tomorrow night for the Philadelphia Phillies, which will be the first of many memories.  Does Atlanta have pitching problems and a streaky offense? TAL’S HANDY CAPS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats...

Phillies Ballgirl Genevieve Haney Got Glove

Genevieve Haney, Philadelphia Phillies ball girl for the past few years, made a heckuva grab last night. Your browser does not support iframes. Why not click the Google +1 & the retweet buttons? ... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com

Phillies could trade Cole Hamels after all

Earlier this week, we learned that the Philadelphia Phillies and left hander Cole Hamels were working towards a long-term deal. And today, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said that Hamels hasn't accepted their offer yet increasing the likelihood of him being traded. An executive outside the Phillies organization told Sherman that the Phillies' offer to Hamels could be at...

Streaking & Signing: Things Are Looking Up for the Phillies

It is officially a streak – the Phillies have won 4 games in a row and all 4 came during their final at-bat. In the 3-game sweep of the Brewers, every game also ended in the exact same score, 7-6. Tuesday’s improbable win included a 6-run rally in the 8th inning which was started by a 2-run homer from 2nd back-up catcher, Erik Kratz. To that point, Kratz had exactly 3 major league...

For Second Straight Night, Phils Stun Brewers With Comeback

The bad Cliff Lee showed up tonight for the Phils, but it wouldn't matter. (AP) For the second straight night, the Phillies managed to pull off a remarkable, come-from-behind victory over the Brewers, once again defeating them 7-6 after taking the lead late. Erik Kratz and Carlos Ruiz fueled an exciting four-run eighth inning to put the Phillies in front. It looked bleak for...

Hunter Pence: "I Hope a Trade Doesn’t Come Through"

Photo: Philliedelphia/Lindsey Crew In the midst of trade rumors about himself, Hunter Pence still has the heart for the Philly fans.  In an interview with 94 WIP's Michael Barkann and Ike Reese, Pence expressed his feelings about Philadelphia and its fans as well as making his preferance clear that he'd rather lose here than be traded. “I just heard [the report...

Kennedy coming around at right time

PHOENIX -- The highlight of pitcher Ian Kennedy's performance Monday night had to be his base-loaded, three-run triple with two outs in the fourth inning. It was the first triple of his career and put the Diamondbacks ahead of the Rockies. The clutch hit stole the show in the D-backs 6-3 win, their fourth straight, but Kennedy's second straight dominant outing was perhaps...

Kennedy has big hit, pitches D-backs to win

PHOENIX (AP) -- Ian Kennedy had a bases-clearing triple and scattered five hits over eight strong innings Monday night, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3. Paul Goldschmidt homered and Willie Bloomquist added an RBI double for the Diamondbacks, who have won a season-high seven straight home games and five of six overall. Josh Rutledge hit his first career...

Saunders, Young lead D-backs to win

PHOENIX (AP) -- Joe Saunders scattered three hits over seven strong innings and Chris Young homered to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Stephen Drew and Willie Bloomquist added RBI doubles and Miguel Montero had a two-run single for the Diamondbacks, winners of eight in a row at home. Young also singled, walked...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.