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Phillies 2012 Opening Day Payroll

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 10:28 AM
The Phillies will once again enter a season on the verge of the luxury tax threshold. In fact, they are so close that we probably will not know until the end of the year whether they have eclipsed it. Right now, the Phillies have a projected official payroll of around $170.63 million. But only $166... Read more

Savery gets final bullpen spot as Phillies finalize Opening Day roster

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 11:09 PM
The Phillies just announced their Opening Day roster. It was pretty much set, except for the final bullpen spot, which will go to lefty Joe Savery, capping an amazing comeback story for the starter-turned-first-baseman-turned-reliever. Here it is: STARTERS (5): Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels... Read more

Utley heads back to Arizona for rehab

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 4:33 PM
While the Phillies wrap up spring training in Philadelphia, Chase Utley is heading to Arizona taking the next step in his return from knee trouble. In consultation with the Phillies medical staff, Utley will work with his personal therapist in Phoenix beginning Wednesday. The hope, general manager... Read more

A clearer picture of Charlie Manuel's plan for Juan Pierre and John Mayberry

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 9:07 AM
Well, if you were wondering whether the Phillies' line-up has the stuff to scratch out a 4-3 victory against a corps of relievers from a bullpen that finished 2011 ranked 12th in the National League, then last night qualifies as a resounding statement. Otherwise, as the ballplayers say, it was what... Read more

Let the Cole Hamels bidding begin at 5 years, $112.5 million

Monday, April 2, 2012, 3:59 PM
While the substance of negotiations between Ruben Amaro Jr. and John Boggs are unknown, today's news that Matt Cain has agreed to a five-year, $112.5 million contract extension should only reinforce what we already know. If the Phillies want to retain Cole Hamels, they are going have to pay him some... Read more

Mark your calendars: Phillies pitching match-ups for first four series

Monday, April 2, 2012, 12:22 PM
Because we really don't have anything better to do, let's take a quick look at the likely pitching matchups for the Phillies' first four series of the season. 1. at Pirates (April 5-8) Thursday - RHP Roy Halladay at LHP Erik Bedard; Saturday - LHP Cliff Lee at RHP Jeff Karstens; Sunday - RHP Vance... Read more

Where does Charlie Manuel rank among managers?

Monday, April 2, 2012, 11:59 AM
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe ranks Charlie Manuel fourth in the majors. That and $0.99 will get you a cup of coffee at Wawa, but it gives us something to talk about. Manuel's .561 career winning percentage ranks 13th all-time among managers with at least 10 seasons in the majors. It ranks third... Read more

What we learned about the Phillies from the Grapefruit League

Monday, April 2, 2012, 10:52 AM
We'll start with the ice sculpture. This weekend was one of the more awesome weekends of my life, which, come to think of it, really isn't saying much, so you'll just have to trust my judgment. Not only did two of my closest friends get married, but they got married on the same day, one of them in... Read more
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