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Archive: December, 2012

Don't be surprised if the Phillies end up signing Nick Swisher

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 11:22 AM
It has been an interesting couple of weeks for the Phillies, who at times have projected a quiet confidence in the way the offseason has progressed, and at others have seemed to be scrambling to adjust to a free agent market in which dollars flowed like chocolate water in Wonkaville. As I wrote yesterday... Read more

Why the Phillies probably won't sign Josh Hamilton, and why that probably is a good thing

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 11:42 AM
We'll start with the caveats. The Phillies could have far more cash at their disposal than they are letting on. They could have an ownership group that is willing to risk four or five years on Josh Hamilton. They could be trigger-happy. Or the Rangers could just be claiming interest in retaining Hamilton... Read more

Charlie and The Lineup Factory

Monday, December 10, 2012, 8:46 PM
The last time Charlie Manuel addressed the Phillies beat scribes, we were all in Nashville having lunch and the front office hadn't done a thing to improve the roster. But just before Manuel and Co. boarded a plane bound for Philly on Thursday, Manuel knew there was a very good chance he had two new... Read more

Phillies pay steep price for Revere

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 2:36 PM
The Phillies wrapped up the winter meetings by landing a center fielder who they hope will hold down the position for at least the next four years. There are plenty of indications that Ben Revere can be that man. But to acquire him, the Phillies made themselves weaker in the rotation, at least for... Read more

Phillies find their center fielder

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 12:25 PM
Ruben Amaro Jr. stood in a small circle of Phillies executies just in front of the front desk and next to the door out of the Opryland Hotel around 10 a.m. on Thursday. Minutes later, when approached by reporters if he had time to talk, Amaro replied, "No, I don't." Amaro has been awful busy in the... Read more

Phillies going Young. . .in name only?

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 10:34 AM
As always, the wisdom of any trade for Michael Young, which the Dallas Morning News reports is in advanced stages, will depend entirely on two key details: the salary the Phillies are taking on, and the talent with which they are parting. According to Rangers beat writer Evan Grant, the Rangers would... Read more

A Phillies trade market primer

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:41 PM
We've addressed the Phillies' options on the free agent market at length, but Ruben Amaro Jr. sounds like a man who knows he might have to swing a deal to accomplish all of his goals for this offseason. So let's take a look at the chips the Phillies have in their possession. First, let's identify... Read more

On Michael Bourn

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:10 PM
Charlie Manuel was asked about what he thought the No.1 priority was for the Phillies this winter, a winter in which management has stood on the sidelines so far rather than aggressively attack the free agent market. "The No. 1 priority is probably center field," Manuel said Wednesday at the Opryland... Read more

As Phils ponder market, another idea for Vance Worley

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 12:55 PM
From his first comments since the season ended to his evaluation of the free agent and trade markets on the second day of the Winter Meetings, Ruben Amaro Jr. has repeatedly used one word to describe how he would have to operate this offseason. Creative. So while the New York Mets held a press conference... Read more

Why Vance Worley for Justin Upton might make more sense

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 7:29 PM
I just filed a column on this topic. You will be able to read it in the Philadelphia Daily News and on Philly.com on Wednesday. Until then, meditate on this: Now might be the perfect time to trade Vance Worley. Over at CSNPhilly.com, Jim Salisbury is reporting that the Phillies are willing to trade... Read more
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