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Archive: November, 2011

A closer look at the minor league signings

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 3:10 PM
1. Brian Sanches He spent the first two years of his career with the Phillies, leaving the organization after 2007 to sign with the Nationals, where he played in 2008 before spending the next three seasons with the Marlins. He should have a good opportunity to compete for a spot on the Opening Day... Read more

Phillies invite 8 to spring training

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 11:39 AM
The Phillies have signed eight players to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training as non-roster players, the team announced. Several of the signings have been previously reported, including lefthander Pat Misch, infielder Pete Orr and outfielder Scott Podsednik. The... Read more

Phillies release Mathieson

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 2:35 PM
The Phillies have released righthander Scott Mathieson to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Asia, the team announced in a news release. Mathieson, who has had two Tommy John surgeries, reportedly has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League, according to... Read more

Phillies reportedly trying to reacquire d'Arnaud

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 12:24 PM
The Phillies sent catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the package that netted Roy Halladay. Now, the Phillies reportedly have interest in getting him back. The Phillies have discussed "possible ways on how to re-acquire catcher Travis D’Araund from the Jays... Read more

In defense, or at least partial-defense, of Ed Wade

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 12:20 PM
My first experience with Fantasy Sports came in middle school, when some friends and I organized a Fantasy Basketball league. This was way back in the 1990's. My family did not have cable television. We did not get the Internet until I was a junior in high school. I grew up in the Poconos. We were... Read more

A slow December, for a change?

Monday, November 28, 2011, 1:08 PM
A week from today, baseball's annual winter meetings will kick off in Dallas. At the moment, it is hard to envision anything of consequence happening to the Phillies' roster between now and then. With the acquisition of Ty Wigginton last week, the team has the vast majority of its Opening Day roster... Read more

Billy Wagner says Phillies reached out to him

Monday, November 28, 2011, 12:10 PM
Well before the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to a $50 million deal, they reached out to former Phillies closer Billy Wagner, the retired reliever told the New York Post. “It was after the regular season ... just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything,”... Read more

The new playoff format from the Phillies' perspective

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 7:00 PM
It is Oct. 1, the final Saturday of Major League Baseball's regular season. The Phillies and Astros both clinched Wild Card spots earlier in the week and are now destined for a one-game playoff in four days. But with two games remaining, the site of that one-game playoff depends on what happens today... Read more

Offseason Notes: Shortstops in short supply, potential outfielders, etc.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 10:44 AM
At the general managers meetings last week, Ruben Amaro Jr. re-iterated the Phillies' desire to re-sign short stop Jimmy Rollins, but also mentioned "contingency plans" should the two sides fail to come together on a deal. Right now, it is difficult to envision what those contingency plans might be... Read more

Phillies announce changes in minor league staffs

Monday, November 21, 2011, 2:10 PM
Ryne Sandberg will remain the manager at Triple A Lehigh Valley, but the Phillies will be making managerial changes throughout the organization. Dusty Wathan has been promoted to manager for Double A Reading after spending the last 2 years as the manager for Single A Clearwater. At Clearwater, Chris... Read more
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