Found November 12, 2012 on
As with everything else in life, the only true constant in baseball is change. And this year especially, the Phillies are going to see their share of changes.
Infielder Pete Orr and catcher Steve Lerud have been outrighted from the 40-man roster. Placido Polanco and Ty Wigginton had their club options declines; the Phillies will instead pay them buy-outs and say bye-bye. Juan Pierre is a free agent and, despite being the most dependable guy on the 2012 team, the Phillies are probably not going to resign him. In my opinion, that is just sheer stupidity. But I have no say in the matter.
The coaching roster is also a revolving door. The Phillies decided their hitting was so bad, they needed to fire Greg Gross (again) and hire two hitting coaches to replace him. Bench coach Pete Mackanin and first-base coach Sam Perlozzo were canned as well. Here is the updated coaches list:
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The free-agent plans addressed by the Philadelphia Phillies may help Jonathan Papelbon first. That stated, some options have picked up by the involved organizations and others have been declined, including two from former Phils. Who has been become unavailable and who can now be had?
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It started with promise, with people pining to see Joe Savery in the bullpen. It ended with Savery wondering where he once against fits in the Phillies organization.
A former pitcher-turned-first-baseman-turned-pitcher, Savery found himself in Triple-A in 2011 as a budding star in the Iron Pigs bullpen. Also a former first round selection, Savery posted a 1.50 ERA between...
Kevin Frandsen did not get rich a few days ago when the Phillies signed him for $850,000 plus incentives. That is certainly not big money when it comes to baseball contracts. But when you think that it took eight years of minor league ball and several cups of coffee for him to stick at the major league level, that is a pretty big deal. But his signing doesn't mean that the Phillies...
Everybody Kratz your hands!
Erik Kratz was a more-than-pleasant surprise for the Phillies in 2012. He was a guy that started the year in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and was not expected to spend much time with the big league club with backup catcher Brian Schneider assuming the role as backup catcher.
But when Schneider wound up on the DL, Kratz got his opportunity–and he made the...
Through 10 outings with the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, righty reliever Tyler Knigge has posted a 1-1 record with a 7.50 ERA, while striking out 10 batters and walking five over 12 innings.
Knigge, a 12th round draft selection by the Phillies in 2010, took great strides during the regular season, as he tallied a 4-1 record, nine saves and a 0.60 ERA in 34 outings...
Rosenberg achieved his dream of reaching the Majors in 2012 and ended it with a very strong September. Photo: AP
With little fanfare, B.J. Rosenberg quietly became a Phillie on June 9, replacing Raul Valdes early on a Saturday morning. Charlie Manuel wasted no time using Rosenberg and put him in a tie game in the 11th. Rosenberg retired the first three Orioles he faced, earning...
The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with third baseman Kevin Frandsen.
The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday. Frandsen had been eligible for salary arbitration.
Frandsen hit .338 with 10 doubles, 14 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage in 55 games last season. He also hit .302 in 99 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Frandsen is a .267 career...
Check out this video from La Salle University's David Grzybowski, covering the Jimmy Rollins Foundation event "A Night in Paris". David does great work on La Salle television - Channel 56 on Comcast in Philadelphia - and for La Salle University's Collegian Newspaper. Here he gets to interview Jimmy and Johari Rollins, David Montgomery, and Ruben Amaro...
Opening Day is one of the best days of the year. Anticipation and excitement lead up to the first official game of the season. A new year means new hopes, dreams, and memories.
For the Phillies, their expectations were higher than ever. They were coming off a year in which they had the most wins in franchise history. Most of the team was returning, and they added a big-name...
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is
aggressively pursuing an answer to the team’s void in center field this
offseason, reports Buster Olney of ESPN, and the club has been tied to free
agents Michael Bourn and B.J. Upton.
The Phillies have been in the market for a center fielder
since they traded veteran outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles...
Once again it’s time for the 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 action. Statistics are current, through action played on Saturday.
Freddy Galvis (pictured, left) has a .315 average with four doubles, one triple and three homers while...
The Phillies are in an interesting spot heading into 2013, as there are legitimate holes to fill and a number of solid players they could pursue. The outfield has garnered plenty of attention, as the roster currently features five players either unproven, or who’ve proven that they are best utilized in a part-time role. Third base is a position of interest, with questionable internal...
Could Bourn be back? (Mlb.com)
Nestled away inconspicuously in an article about baseball’s general mangers thoughts on instant replay, ESPN’s Keith Law slipped in a hint as to where the Phillies stand in relationship to finding an everyday center fielder. Law notes that rival executives and agents believe the Phillies will move fast and aggressively target Michael Bourn. Bourn...
This image is burned in many Phils' fans heads. Will we see it in a Phils' uniform in 2013? Photo: AP
Buster Olney had some mid-day updates today regarding the Phillies and their pursuit of outfield help. Olney first Tweeted that the Phillies have joined the Orioles and Red Sox in teams seeking to sign Cody Ross. Ross, turning 32 in December, hit 22 HR and nearly matched...
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