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On David Buchanan's strikeout rate, and the Phillies' draft order, and waiver priority

Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:28 AM
David Buchanan's performance has been better than most that the Phillies have gotten out of the No. 5 spot in the rotation in recent years. Yes, Buchanan has a 4.25 ERA in 13 starts, and he is averaging six innings per outing. Most encouraging, though, are the 53 strikeouts and 19 walks he’s... Read more

Amaro expresses significant doubts about Phillies chances of making playoffs this year

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:56 AM
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. believes the Phillies are a longshot to make the playoffs this season, telling MLB.com yesterday that such an occurence looks improbable at this point of the season. "Right now, we're trying to win as many games as possible," Amaro told the website. "At the... Read more

Darin Ruf, and why the Phillies are still adrift in an ocean of illogic

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:35 AM
Let's say you are the owner of a baseball team, and you are looking to hire a person who will be in charge of putting a quality product on the field. Call the position a general manager, call it a president of baseball ops, it doesn't really mattter. The baseball buck stops with this person. If each... Read more

Roy Halladay, athlete whisperer?

Friday, August 8, 2014, 6:46 PM
Roy Halladay said he had butterflies about taking the field at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. He was there to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to get Alumni Weekend started in South Philly. His former manager, Charlie Manuel, will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame on Saturday night. But... Read more

Hernandez traded to Dodgers

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 3:22 PM
Four hours before first pitch, the Phillies do not have a starting pitcher for Thursday night's game against the Houston Astros. He's been traded. The Phillies sent righthander Roberto Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later. The 33-year-old Hernandez, who signed a one-year... Read more

No surgery for Cliff Lee

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11:30 AM
The MRI results are in: Cliff Lee's 2014 season is over, as expected. But he won't undergo surgery either, meaning his 2015 season is still in play. Lee had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on Wednesday and will once again combat the injury with rest; general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed... Read more

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
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