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Archive: January, 2009

Utley on hip: "There were some really bad days"

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 7:19 PM
As noted in an earlier post, Chase Utley appeared on the Hot Stove Report on the MLB Network tonight. The Philly area media had talked to him Saturday, so there was not much new there, but he again reiterated his intention of being ready for Opening Day following hip surgery. “I’ve been... Read more

Utley, Ruiz and Flash (and my Picture)

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 4:39 PM
Three quick things for you this afternoon: 1) Chase Utley will be on MLB Hot Stove tonight on the MLB Network from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Philly area media just talked to him on Saturday, so I don't expect much new news to come out of the appearance. Still, it is probably worth checking out, if only to... Read more

Howard hopeful of salary agreement

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 6:48 PM
Ryan Howard has been working out in Clearwater, Fla., since Jan. 5, he said tonight on Comcast SportsNet's "SportsNite" program. He also talked about his salary arbitration situation with the Phillies. Howard asked for $18 million while the Phillies offered $14 million. If the sides cannot... Read more

Amaro: Eaton not an option; Add Wigginton to your list of names

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 6:02 PM
Well, this should just about settle any talk about Adam Eaton's role, or lack thereof. Asked today whether Adam Eaton had any chance at establishing himself as the Phillies' No. 5 starter, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, well, no. "Based on what we've seen, it is a four man competition... Read more

Bullpen Options: Zagurski may not be one

Friday, January 23, 2009, 10:49 AM
A small bit of news yesterday as Phillies general manager said that lefthander Mike Zagurski is behind a bit in his rehab, and that his status for Opening Day is now questionable. Zagurski was expected to be one of a handful of candidates to replace J.C. Romero in the bullpen during his 50-game suspension... Read more

Werth, Durbin in fold; Howard remains

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12:26 PM
The Phillies have reached a multiyear deal with Jayson Werth, although exact terms of the deal are yet unknown. SI.com is reporting that it is a 2-year, $10 million deal, with $3 million this season and $7 million in 2010. Werth was eligible for free agency after this season. He had asked for a $4... Read more

A look at our projected Phillies pay-roll

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 10:49 AM
UPDATED: Jan. 23, 2009, 4:14 p.m. to include new deals for Jayson Werth and Chad Durbin. Doesn't it seem like just eight years ago that the Phillies had a $42 million payroll that ranked in the bottom 10 in the majors? Wait. . .it was eight years ago. But times have changed. Now, the Phillies could... Read more

Breaking down Howard's $18 million request

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 4:48 PM
The gap between the Phillies and slugger Ryan Howard is bigger this year than it was last year, when the two sides took their $3 million difference into the court room. There, Howard was awarded a record $10 million. This year, he is seeking $18 million, which would make him among the game's highest... Read more

Victorino, Phils agree to 1-year deal

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:05 PM
Phillies centerfielder Shane Vicotorino has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1-year, $3.125 million contract. Victorino is among the team's most popular players and emerged as a postseason hero with a grand slam off Milwaukee's CC Sabathia in the NL Division Series and being on the receiving end... Read more

Madson to take physical today or tomorrow; Romero eligible for World Baseball Classic

Monday, January 19, 2009, 2:00 PM
Ryan Madson will take a physical either tonight or tomorrow, according to one source, at which point the Phillies will announce the new three-year deal that they have reached with the right-handed reliever. The physical, a formality, should be scheduled soon with team doctor Michael Ciccotti. The... Read more
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