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Archive: December, 2009

If the season started today. . .

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 4:57 PM
It is the last week of the year, which is generally a time to look back and reminisce. But I'm a forward thinking kind of guy, so I'll leave the "Best of 2009" post to others. Instead, let's look ahead to the regular season, and how the Phillies' roster would look if 2010 started today: I... Read more

Phillies exercise Rollins' option

Friday, December 18, 2009, 1:21 PM
The Phillies made official what was pretty evident all along, exercising Jimmy Rollins' $8.5 million option for the 2011 season. This ensures that seven of the team's eight projected regulars will be under club control for the next two seasons, the lone exception being right fielder Jayson Werth, who... Read more

Lee on trade: 'At first, I didn't believe it'

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 7:37 PM
Cliff Lee was introduced to the Seattle media in a conference call tonight, but many of the questions were about his departure from the Phillies. Lee was traded yesterday for three prospects as a precursor to the deal that brought Roy Halladay to the Phillies. “At first I didn’t believe... Read more

Halladay: 'This is where I wanted to be'

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 5:25 PM
Here are comments from new Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. during a press conference, announcing Halladay's arrival. Roy Halladay "I'd like to start by thanking everybody in Toronto, the fans, the organization, the people. It's been a big part of my life and... Read more

Phils land Halladay; Lee to Mariners

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 3:01 PM
The Phillies announced today that they have acquired righthander Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays, and in a separate trade sent lefthander Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league outfielder Tyson Gillies and right-handers Phillipe Aumont and Juan Ramirez, according to general... Read more

Money, Cash, Pros: A look at the Phillies' finances

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 12:34 PM
There is no other pro sport in America in which money and performance are so inextricably linked. So it makes sense that over the last week, we have heard a lot about the Phillies payroll, and how it likely played a role in Cliff Lee heading to Seattle and Roy Halladay arriving in Philly. So as we... Read more

Clearing up mis-conceptions, Part I

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 6:00 PM
My original plan was to file another detailed blog post later tonight after I'd had a day to mull over the Halladay and Cliff Lee deals. But I ended up listening to a healthy dose of sports talk radio while running errands today - side note, they really should put cupholders on shopping carts - and... Read more

Arm-a-gettin' or Armageddon?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 10:31 AM
Hey, um, not sure how many of you out there are aware, but the Phillies are on the verge of acquiring Roy Halladay (SI.com is reporting that Halladay has agreed to a three-year, $60 million extension with two vesting options that could keep him in Philadelphia through 2015). OK, OK - I admit. We're... Read more

Catching up to Speed: Tenders, Non-tenders, running the football and more

Monday, December 14, 2009, 1:35 PM
I'm technically off the clock this week, but before I disappear, I wanted to run some things down, mostly as a way of clearing my head of all the baseball-related nonsense that is blocking my path to inner peace, but also hopefully for your information and entertainment. Before we get into baseball... Read more

Lyon off the board; Halladay rumors persist; What's next?

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 11:19 AM
Remember that scene in Star Wars where Yoda and Young Skywalker engaged in a light saber duel as part of Skywalker's training? I think it was in Dagobah, but I'm not sure. I'd like to think I'm not that big of a geek. But I'm probably wrong, because I'm about to compare Ruben Amaro Jr. to Skywalker... Read more
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