Found November 18, 2011 on Phuture Phillies:
Today is the last day for teams to add minor leaguers to the 40 man roster and protect them from the Rule 5 draft held at next month’s winter meetings. The Phillies will have a few interesting decisions of course, and I’ll update this space when everything is decided. As of right now, the 40 man roster looks like this: Catchers (3): Ruiz, Kratz, Schneider Infielders (10): Thome, Howard, Utley, H Garcia, C Hernandez, Polanco, Valdez, Galvis, Rivero, M Martinez Outfielders (6): Bowker, Brown, Francisco, Mayberry, Victorino, Pence Pitchers (16): Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Worley, Blanton, Kendrick, Papelbon, Bastardo, Stutes, Schwimer, Herndon, Contreras, De Fratus, Savery, JC Ramirez, Mathieson That means they are at 35. Obviously a few more MLB players will be added (OF, 3B possibly, SS for sure) but they still have plenty of room, and if need be, they can remove someone else from the roster. I’m looking at you, John Bowker. So, the update will go here after its all settled. You can ref...

Papelbon/Lidge: Spending $12M in 2009 v. 2012

In the middle of his magical 2008 season, Brad Lidge inked a three year extension instead of becoming a free agent at the end of the year from then GM Pat Gillick. While Gillick made several shrewd moves to pick up the likes of JC Romero, Matt Stairs, Chad Durbin, and Jayson Werth, Lidge’s contract is a gaffe in Gillick’s tenure only comparable to the minuscule return the...

Phillies Add 4 to 40-Man Roster

From the Phillies:PHOTO: Delcotimes.comRight-hander Phillippe Aumont, left-hander Jacob Diekman, catcher Sebastian Valle and outfielder Tyson Gillies had their contracts selected to the Phillies’ 40-man roster, the club announced today.Aumont (right), 22, posted a 2-5 record with seven saves in nine opportunities and a 2.68 ERA in 43 combined games for double-A Reading and...

Phillies P Contreras to resume throwing in January

Philadelphia Phillies veteran reliever Jose Contreras is expected to resume throwing in January. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expected Contreras to be ready for the start of spring training. Contreras underwent elbow surgery in early September after missing more than two months with a right forearm strain. The 39-year-old Cuban righthander had five saves and...

Phillies Add to 40-Man Roster

According's Todd Zolecki, the Philadelphia Phillies have added RHP Phillippe Aumont, LHP Jacob Diekman, C Sebastian Valle and OF Tyson Gillies to their 40-man roster. The 40-man roster is currently at 39, having one spot left to be filled.'s Matt Gelb writes: With only one free spot on the 40-man roster, some players will have to be removed later in...

Updated Phillies Payroll Analysis and Org. Depth Chart

With player movement in full swing, I’ll try to get this updated (it’s always available on the right side-bar) as often as I can. First, let’s take a look at our payroll situation post-Papelbon. The players are in order of team control (oh, hey Ryan Howard), and in secondary order by salary amount. And it goes out as far as we have salary obligations. Some comments: Hmm...

Phillies ink C Schneider to one-year contract

The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed veteran backup catcher Brian Schneider to a one-year deal on Thursday. The contract is worth $800,000 - with a possibility of an additional $200,000 in incentives. Schneider, who turns 35 next week, batted just .176 with two homers and nine RBIs in 125 plate appearances while serving as Carlos Ruiz's backup.

Tip: Boras May Have Fabricated Madson Contract

Last week, we got a tip that Rosenhaus may have been pitting (to no ones surprise) two teammates on the Eagles against each other in order to sign one of them. Now we learned he may not be the only agent in the city up to no good. Buzz on Broad has learned that baseball super agent Scott Boras may have fabricated the reported 4-year, $44 million dollar deal that was reportedly on...

Was Kershaw Really Better Than Halladay?

Clayton Kershaw received 27 of the 32 first place votes in the 2011 NL Cy Young Award balloting en route to his first major league award. He beat out all three of the Phillies horses — Roy Halladay finished second, with Cliff Lee third and Cole Hamels fifth — and Ian Kennedy to officially go down in the book as the best the National League had to offer this past season. But that...

Three Phils starters end up in the top five in the 2011 NL Cy Young Award Balloting.

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels ended up in 2nd, 3rd and 5th place, respectively, in the voting for the 2011 National League Cy Young Award, which was won by Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, as most people had expected. Roy Halladay, the ace of the Phils pitching staff, and the winner of the award the previous season (2010), who in 2011 had a record of 19-6 in 32 games...

Schneider Robs Phils & Minor League Grab Bag

*Why couldn't have Schneider disappeared like the man he's pictured with above?Brian Schneider will "earn" a guaranteed 1 year $800K contract in 2012 with the Philadelphia Phillies with another $200K in incentives dangling like a carrot before the horse. All that for a .502 OPS and 13% CS. Essentially he'll will be robbing the Phils next season. Blame Amaro...

Truly Aces

Yesterday Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th respectively in the NL Cy Young Award voting. The trio had an amazing season and much the same can be expected heading into 2012.The Holy Trinity's Collective 2011 Stats:50-23, 95 GS, 17 CG, 7 SHO, 682.1 IP, 121:652 BB:K, 2.51 ERA, 1.02 WHIP.*Picture borrowed from The Zo Zone.

Phillies Re-Sign Brian Schneider

According to's Jon Heyman, the Philadelphia Phillies have officially re-signed catcher Brian Schneider to a one-year deal of $800,000.  The new contract can max-out at $1M. Schneider played in 41 games for the Phillies in 2011, batting .176 (125 AB) with 2 HR and 9 RBI.

HBT: Kershaw dominates NL Cy Young voting

Dodgers' southpaw outpolls Philadelphia's Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee to win award.

Phillies Have Spent Their Way Into Payroll Problem

Ken Rosenthal had an article up on FOX Sports regarding how the Phillies will have a tough time re-signing Cole Hamels due to how the Phillies have managed their payroll structure. So let's shine some light on it.Let's take a look at how the Phillies payroll has grown over the last five seasons:2007: $89,428,2132008: $98,269,8802009: $113,004,0462010: $138,178,3792011: $165...

Fired Up: Kemp Extended and Papelbon Jumps Ship

This week, Fired Up examines Matt Kemp's extension with the Dodgers and Jonathan Papelbon's record contract with the Phillies.
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