Friday, August 1, 2014
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Here's why it might not hurt the Phillies to wait. And why they shouldn't keep their hopes up

Friday, August 1, 2014, 8:26 AM
I wanted to make something clear that you might not infer from today's column: The Phillies have very little to lose in hanging onto their assets with the hope of striking a better deal in August or, more likely, the offseason. The notion that they had to swing a deal yesterday is just silly, and it... Read more

Phillies stand pat at trade deadline

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:43 PM
There was less than a half hour remaining unit Thursday’s trade deadline and Ruben Amaro Jr. remained attached to his phone. He continued to talk through scenarios with teams. But 20 minutes later, he sat on the bench in the visiting dugout at Nationals Park and explained why, for the second... Read more

The unfixable mess: Phillies' front office failings on display at the trade deadline

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:16 PM
Marlon Byrd and John Lackey. Baseball players. Case studies. Over the next 24 hours, you will hear many comparisons between the Red Sox and the Phillies, the former of which spent the hours leading up to Major League Baseball's nonwaiver trade deadline adding to a base of young talent that will help... Read more

Separating fiction from reality: A Phillies Trade Deadline primer

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:39 AM
And here we are, on the day the Phillies can reshape the future of their franchise and the landscape of Major League Baseball as we know it. It’s July 31: Major League Baseball’s trade deadline will arrive this afternoon.. Re-read that last paragraph with the voice of that guy who reads... Read more

Phillies' trade deadline unfolding as expected. Why the surprise?

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:39 AM
With 16 hours left before the non waiver trade deadline, I’m not sure which is more interesting: the public perception that the Phillies are asking too much for their players, or the public perception that the Phillies actually have players that teams want. A couple of weeks ago, we explained... Read more

A Ryan Howard follow-up: What is it like to walk in your shoes?

Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:16 PM
If we are going to get #outraged about something a guy says, let’s at least make sure we are getting #outraged about the right thing. The exact exchange between Ryan Howard and a reporter after yesterday’s game: Q: What has this past week been like for you? A: Do you want to trade places?... Read more

Amaro 'fully expects' Howard to be Phils first baseman in '15

Friday, July 25, 2014, 5:38 PM
If you want to find a defender of Ryan Howard and the 5-year, $125 million contract awarded to the former MVP first baseman, Ruben Amaro Jr. is your guy. Amaro, of course, is the general manager who signed Howard to that contract (with ownership signing off on the deal). So on Day 3 of Howard's... Read more

The Cole Hamels decision, and how a modern baseball operation would help the Phillies make it

Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:08 PM
Let’s follow up on our column/manifesto that ran in yesterday’s Daily News, which suggests a remodeling of the baseball ops side of the Phillies organization, starting with a new president from outside the organization with the big picture analytical ability and expertise to build a modern... Read more

Struggling Howard sits, reflects on frustrating season

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:00 PM
On Tuesday night, Ryan Howard came to the plate twice with a chance to end the game. Instead, he struck out and grounded out in the 9th and 11th inning, respectively. He was booed. The Phillies lost in 14 innings. On Wednesday’s Howard’s name was not in the Phillies starting lineup against... Read more

Bastardo's trade value rising

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:28 PM
ON MAY 28 against the Colorado Rockies, Antonio Bastardo walked four of the five batters he faced. He was booed off the mound. (The Phillies still won the game.) Two years ago, on the day Ryan Howard returned from his Achilles' injury, Bastardo entered the eighth inning of a scoreless game against... Read more
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