Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/8/14
Another member of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies departed the team, not unexpectedly, when Ryan Madson signed a one-year $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. The MVP of the 2008 Phillies World Series champions? The latest word on Cole Hamels in the media is that the Phillies are seeking a one-year deal. Not good for the long term. Cole Hamels is rumored to gain a one-year deal with the Phillies, meaning he could walk in 2013. Given that Chase Utley is not the same player he was in 2006-2009. Or that Placido Polanco can play the whole year at third base. Ryan Howard may come back as soon as Opening Day, but my money would get him back on the field late April or early May, at the earliest. It is not all bad news. The Phillies signed closer Jonathan Papelbon, the obvious replacement for Madson, with a longer track record of closing. Papelbon holds the distinction of having the fewest appearances to reach 200 saves. Folk hero Jim Thome is back, yet may play more of...
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