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Archive: November, 2011

Phillies acquire Wigginton

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 7:49 PM
The Phillies have acquired utility man Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash. The acquisition also seemingly means the Phillies have opted not to further pursue free agent Michael Cuddyer. Wigginton, 34, hit .242 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI last season. His... Read more

New draft pick compensation rules affect Phillies

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 4:14 PM
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal just reported an interesting wrinkle in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that is expected to be announced early next week. According to his source, teams who sign Type A free agent relievers will not be forced to give up a first round draft pick. Unfortunately for the... Read more

Schneider deal complete

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 3:33 PM
As expected, catcher Brian Schneider has signed a one-year contract with the Phillies. Schenider will make $800,000 with the possibility of another $200,000 in incentives for games played. That is a paycut from last season when he made $1.5 million. Schneider, 34, made 36 starts for the Phillies... Read more

Amaro's thoughts on Cespedes, arb-eligibles, bench, more

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 6:49 PM
The general managers just wrapped up their media availability, and while Ruben Amaro Jr. did not break any news, he did provide some insight on how he expects the rest of the offseason to unfold. The key points, which will be detailed tomorrow in the Daily News: 1) The Phillies are actively scouting... Read more

Updated Projected Salary Chart

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 2:14 PM
UPDATED, 3:10 p.m. -- Just to clear up some confusion, the qualifications for inclusion in this chart is somewhat subjective. In addition to the players who are guaranteed money for 2012, I included those who I think are locks to make the Opening Day roster. The two notable absences, as noted in the... Read more

Amaro: Phillies still have flexibility for Rollins, others

Monday, November 14, 2011, 5:31 PM
UPDATED, 5:58 p.m -- The Phillies currently have $120.95 million guaranteed to 11 players for 2012. If they fill four of their remaining bullpen openings with young players making $450,000 or under (Bastardo, Stutes, Herndon, Savery, for example), that will leave them with right around $123 million... Read more

Building another bench might be offseason's biggest challenge

Monday, November 14, 2011, 2:38 PM
Quick, name the last four Phillies to record pinch-hit extra base hits in the postseason. The first one is easy: Ben Francisco, whose home run off of Jaime Garcia in Game 3 of the NLDS provided one of the more dramatic moments of this postseason. But what about the next three? Here's a hint: None... Read more

Phillies take risk with Papelbon

Friday, November 11, 2011, 4:24 PM
Any contract is a risk, particularly one for a player who pitches in the bullpen, where the workload is unpredictable and the decline phase tends to happen fast. It appears as if the Phillies have chosen Jonathan Papelbon as the safer play than Ryan Madson, at least according to a source who said... Read more

Not a lot of Plan Bs behind Madson

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 1:55 PM
In hindsight, last offseason might have been the time to sign a reliever or two with the hope of avoiding the current do-or-die scenario that might face the Phillies. For the annual salary that the Phillies are reportedly thinking about bestowing upon Ryan Madson, they could have signed J.J. Putz... Read more

Reports: Phillies, Madson closing in on four-year, $44 million deal

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 6:56 PM
The scene is one of those random outtakes of life that sticks in your mind like an old postcard. Interior: the marbeled interior of the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif. Behind me, a lobby opens out onto a patio that opens out onto the wide blue blanket of the Pacific, it's breeze wafting over... Read more
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