Found January 16, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Photo: APFor several years in recent history, the Phillies were known for their offense rather than their pitching.  The Phillies were in the top ten in runs scored from 2004-2010.  For the first time since 2003, the Phillies did not end up as one of MLB’s top ten run-producing teams.For a change, the Phillies were known for their pitching rather than their offense.  So when the 2011 Phillies found themselves in a 5-0 deficit, they were less likely to comeback than they were in 2007, for example.  Just because they were less likely doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.August 10 was a rare bad outing for Vance Worely. He surrendered five runs in the first inning, and a total of six in the four innings he pitched.It turned out that Chad Billingsley didn’t bring his “A” game either. Hunter Pence put the Phillies back in the game with a two-run shot in the fourth. An inning later, the Phillies tied it.The Dodgers regained the lead, but the Phillies responded with a huge inning. Chase Utle...

Hamels Situation Gets Dicey with One-Year Commitment

Will Cole run in the same rotation as Roy past 2012? ( Hamels has signed for one more year at $15 million. That would seem like a good thing. That’s just the feeling on the surface. Look for things to take a turn south if something doesn’t get done before the season begins.Tom Verducci and Keith Law were both guests on “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on 97...

Phillies avoid arbitration, sign Cole Hamels to one year deal

The Phillies have avoided arbitration with Cole Hamels, signing him to a one year, 15 million dollar contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS.  This is a significant raise for Hamels, who made 9.5 million last season.The next step for the Phillies will be to wrap up Hamels long-term, something that may be tricky given all of the other big contract already on the books.  Avoiding...

Phillies, Cole Hamels Avoid Arbitration

According to CSN’s Jim Salisbury, left-hander Cole Hamels and the Phillies have avoided arbitration and have agreed on a one-year deal worth $15M. The deal will give the Phillies and Hamels some time to possibly work on a long-term deal before Hamels has the chance to hit the open market at the end of this season. According to CBS’ Jon Heyman, Hamels’ incentives are as followed...

Hamels & Valdez Avoid Arbitration

Nobody wants to go through an arbitration hearing. Not the player, not the club. Coming to an agreement prior to that is ideal and the Phillies did just that with Cole Hamels and Wilson Valdez today.Hamels, in his final season of arbitration before hitting free agency, gets $15M. That's one of the highest salaries for a player that is still arbitration eligible. Many fans were...

Hamels Looking For A Cliff Lee Type Of Contract

Cole Hamels wants to be paid. His agent, John Boggs, said that Jered Weaver and the paycut he took to stay with the Angels probably won't translate into this scenario. [Todd Zolecki's Zo Zone] “It would be natural to look at that as a comparison,” he said. “Jered signed for his own personal reasons – and I applaud him for that – but it doesn’t necessarily mean...

The Phils have come to an aggreement with both Cole Hamels and Wilson Valdez, avoiding arbitration with both.

Earlier today, the Phils have announced that Cole Hamels had earlier today signed a one-year contract worth $15 million dollars, thus avoiding arbitration. Hamels, who is the number three-man in the Phils’ starting rotation, in 2011 had a 14-9 record with a 2.79 ERA, as he pitched in 32 games, all but one of which was as a starter. He pitched in 216 innings, striking out 194 batters...

Ethier, Dodgers agree to 10.95 million deal

NEW YORK (AP) -- Andre Ethier has agreed to a 10.95 million, one-year contact with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal was announced Tuesday by his representatives at Creative Artists Agency. He avoided salary arbitration and is eligible for free agency after this season. In addition to his salary, he can earn 50,000 in performance bonuses: 25,000 each for 600 and 625 plate appearances...

Listen: Hunter Pence Called WIP, And He's The Man

Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence joined Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow of Sports Radio WIP and was a blast. He spoke about Chase Utley, the pitching staff, his socks, his "long limbs", odd throwing styles, and much more. Enjoy. Listen here.

Phillies sign Joel Pineiro

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Joel Pineiro to a minor-league deal, Jayson Stark of ESPN reports. The deal includes an invite to Spring Training. Pineiro spent the past two seasons with the Angels completing a two-year $16mm deal he signed prior to the 2010 season. He went 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA last season and spent time on the disabled list because of shoulder tightness. In...

Phillies Avoid Arbitration With Cole Hamels

The Phillies avoided arbitration with Cole Hamels, agreeing to a $15MM deal with award incentives, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.  MLBTR had projected $14MM for the John Boggs & Associates client, who received one of the largest arbitration salaries ever given to a pitcher.  Three years ago Hamels signed a multiyear deal while leaving his last arbitration year open, and...

Dodgers sign All-Star Ethier to one-year deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with Andre Ethier by agreeing to a one-year, $10.95 million contract with the All-Star outfielder, according to a report on the team's website Tuesday.

Will Dodgers Take Swing at Fielder?

Another week with Prince Fielder still on the free-agent market, and more billionaires lining up to potentially buy the Dodgers in an auction, led to another round of "will the Dodgers make a late run at Fielder?" questions. "We're not going to talk about that," owner Frank McCourt told the Los Angeles Times at the Major League Baseball owners' meetings...

Ethier, Dodgers agree to $10.95 million deal

Andre Ethier has agreed to a $10.95 million, one-year contact with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ask Alex: Can Matt Kemp really go 50/50?

We all have questions about the 2012 season and Alex Remington luckily has some answers. The Stew's resident stats guru will address some of the big ones as the year approaches. The Situation: Matt Kemp had an incredible year in 2011. He was probably the best player in the league — he led the league in Wins Above Replacement, for example — but lost out to Ryan Braun, whose...
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