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Archive: January, 2013

Phils, Bastardo avoid arbitration

Friday, January 18, 2013, 12:35 PM
The Phillies won’t have to deal with any arbitration hearings when spring training gets underway next month. The team reached an agreement with its only arbitration-eligible player on Friday. Antonio Bastardo and the Phillies avoided arbitration by coming to an agreement on a one-year, $1.4... Read more

Jimmy Rollins selected to represent Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:44 AM
For the second time in four years, Jimmy Rollins will represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Rollins was the lone Phillies player listed when the WBC’s American roster was unveiled on Thursday morning. Rollins also played for Team USA in 2009, the second go-round of the Olympic-style... Read more

Phils add three veteran arms

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:12 AM
The Phillies may be a little slim on the corner outfield spots as spring training nears, but they should have plenty of pitching depth. The front office, which has been mostly quiet since the holidays, added to the pitching staff’s inventory in the last week by reining in three veterans. The... Read more

Phillies sign veteran starter Aaron Cook

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 10:05 AM
By DAVID MURPHY UPDATED: 10:14 a.m. Turns out, Aaron Cook made a bit of history last season, becoming the first pitcher in 37 years to post a K/9 and BB/9 rate of lower than 2.1. EARLIER: The Phillies will have some veterans in spring training to compete with Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan for a... Read more

What the Mariners' scuttled deal for Justin Upton says about the Phillies' position

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 9:54 AM
By DAVID MURPHY If you are curious why the Phillies have not been mentioned as a serious suitor for the Diamondbacks' Justin Upton, take a look at the package of players that the Mariners were reportedly ready to send to Arizona before Upton scuttled the deal by invoking his no-trade clause. Taijuan... Read more

How does this Phillies lineup stack up to the one the Nationals will field?

Monday, January 14, 2013, 7:01 AM
By DAVID MURPHY The Phillies say they are unlikely to make another significant move before spring training. That means the lineup will be something similar to what you see right now. How does that compare to other contenders in the National League? We'll take a look at that question in the coming... Read more

Biddle, Franco, Morgan top Baseball Prospectus' Phillies prospects list

Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:35 PM
By DAVID MURPHY Baseball Prospectus has released its overview of the Phillies farm system, and it should come as little surprise that lefty Jesse Biddle heads their ranking of the system's Top 10 prospects. Following Biddle, who is the one unanimous Top 100 prospect in the Phillies' system, are third... Read more

The problem with a platoon (times two)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 11:19 AM
By DAVID MURPHY The notion of a platoon sounds great on paper, which is why managers are so often confronted with questions about them. And there's a reason why the general reaction of said managers is to recoil in disgust, to deny the existence or contemplation of anything resembling the platoon... Read more

Is the Phillies offense good enough right now? A rough projection

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 9:14 AM
By DAVID MURPHY As you may have read elsewhere on Philly.com yesterday, Ruben Amaro Jr. thinks that his offseason work is likely complete. Given the options remaining on the free agent market, you can't blame him for feeling that way. I still would not be surprised if the Phillies landed a right-handed... Read more
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