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Archive: January, 2011

Please allow me to re-introduce myself

Monday, January 31, 2011, 11:08 AM
Few things can make a man long for spring training like attempting to parallel park on a snow-packed Philadelphia street that looks as if it has been plowed with a dessert spoon. I'm not saying Roxborough residents are militant about guarding the spaces in front of their row houses, but if the Berlin... Read more

Phillies reportedly sign relief pitcher Jason Grilli

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 6:55 PM
The Phillies apparently will have two of the first five picks from the 1997 baseball draft in minor league camp at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater this spring. Righthanded reliever Jason Grilli, chosen fourth overall by the Giants, wrote on Twitter yesterday that he has agreed to terms with the... Read more

Phillies minor leaguer suspended

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:15 PM
Phillies minor league pitcher San Lazaro Solano has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Solano, 20, a member of the Phillies’ Dominican Summer League team, tested positive for Boldenone. His suspension will begin at... Read more

Ransom lands with Diamondbacks

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 11:37 AM
A minor Phillies-related transaction just crossed the wire on Major League Baseball's web site. Cody Ransom, who helped fill the void when Placido Polanco and Chase Utley were sidelined with injuries in 2010, has signed a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is presumably a minor league deal. Ransom... Read more

Phillies getting massive new video board

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12:57 PM
The scoreboard at Citizens Bank Park is getting a $10 million upgrade, the Phillies announced. When completed, the new Phillies HD display will be the largest in the National League and among the largest in the world – measuring 76 feet high and 97 feet wide, and totaling 7,372 square feet of... Read more

Kendrick signs for $2.45 million

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 10:09 AM
Update - 2:58 p.m. With Ben Francisco's $1.175 million deal and Kendrick's $2.45 million deal, the Phillies now have $164.825 million guaranteed to 21 players next season. At this point, righthander Joe Blanton seems sure to be dealt, since the Phillies do not want to have $11 million locked up in... Read more

Details on Ben Francisco's contract

Sunday, January 16, 2011, 9:28 AM
Here are details of the contract Phillies rightfielder Ben Francisco agreed to Saturday to avoid arbitration: Base salary: $1,175,000 Performance incentives: $25,000 each for 400, 450 and 500 plate appearances. Award bonuses: $25,000 for All-Star election or selection, $50,000 for Most Valuable... Read more

Phillies sign former No. 1 overall pick

Friday, January 14, 2011, 2:28 PM
The Phillies have signed righthander Matt Anderson to a minor league contract. Anderson was the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 1997 draft. He spent parts of seven years in the big league with the Tigers and Colorado Rockies. Anderson, 34, has not pitched in the major leagues since... Read more

The 2011 Payroll, along with some thoughts on the roster

Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:29 AM
Happy Friday. Thought I'd drop in for a quick update on the Phillies payroll as February appears on the horizon. Currently, the Phillies have $161.2 million guaranteed to 19 players. This does not include the salaries for arbitration-eligible players Kyle Kendrick or Ben Francisco, or a salary for... Read more

Pagan says Mets can give Phillies a fight

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 1:49 PM
Spring training is getting closer, and hope springs eternal as the days get closer. What would this time of year be without some comments from a Phillies or Mets player to stoke the fire? While this is tepid by comparison to Jimmy Rollins' "Team to Beat" assertions of the past, Mets outfielder Angel... Read more
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