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Archive: July, 2009

Pedro Martinez has arrived

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 7:10 AM
Pedro Martinez arrived at Philadelphia International airport late last night in advance of a physical that team sources suggest is scheduled for today. Upon his arrival, Martinez told two television stations that health problems as well as the recent death of his father helped contribute to his 5... Read more

Martinez and Phillies close to contract

Monday, July 13, 2009, 12:06 PM
Pedro Martinez is flying to Philadelphia today, where he will take a physical. Provided he passes, which the Phillies expect he will, the future Hall of Famer's signing is expected to be announced by Wednesday. The Phillies watched Martinez throw simulated games in the Dominican Republic on two occasions... Read more

Victorino starting in CF; Your All-Star line-ups

Monday, July 13, 2009, 11:26 AM
This just in from St. Louis. . . Shane Victorino will get the start in center field, as manager Charlie Manuel unveiled his line-up for Tuesday's All-Star game today. - Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, SS - Chase Utley, Phillies, 2B - Albert Pujols, Cardinals, 1B - Ryan Braun, Brewers... Read more

Werth to All-Star game

Friday, July 10, 2009, 2:13 PM
Just got a Twitter update from the Phillies saying that Jayson Werth has been named to the National League All-Star team. I haven't received anything official yet from the team in the form of a press release, but I'm sure that will be on its way shortly. Anyway, nobody will ever accuse Charlie Manuel... Read more

Martinez's agent denies report, but says interest is there

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 6:06 PM
Both the Phillies and the agent for future Hall of Fame righthander Pedro Martinez shot down reports that the two sides have reached an agreement. But talks between the two sides are very much alive, and a decision could come at some point in the near future. "There is interest on both sides... Read more

Martinez and Phils close? Plus Ibanez could be back tomorrow night

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 5:13 PM
There is an outside shot that Raul Ibanez returns to the Phillies line-up tomorrow night, when the Pirates arrive at Citizens Bank Park for the last series before the All-Star Break. Ibanez is scheduled to play extensively tonight at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies are hopeful that he'll play... Read more

Halladay: What we know, what we can discern, and why 2011 might be The Year

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 12:31 PM
You have read the quotes, heard the facts, seen everything concrete the Phillies are willing to divulge about their strategy for fortifying their roster in the weeks to come. But rare is the occasion when it behooves an organization to open itself like a book to the general public. So now let's attempt... Read more

The Untouchables: Start with Drabek

Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 4:58 PM
Just got back upstairs to the press box from an interesting hour, during which general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel both addressed the media. The dominant topic, of course, was the trade market, specifically Roy Halladay. Amaro does not address specific trade possibilities, so... Read more

Will lack of major-league-ready talent hurt Phillies?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 9:09 AM
It is fun to dream, assuming you haven't ingested a substantial quantity of B vitamins before doing so. And right now, REM for Phillies fans brings images of Megan Fox and Roy Halladay. Unfortunately, at this point in time, both of them are still fantasies. Yesterday, we broke down what it might take... Read more

How much is too much for Halladay?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 1:18 PM
Just when you thought the trade market was going to flat-line, word comes from Toronto that the Blue Jays will listen to offers for ace righthander Roy Halladay. "We have to see what's out there," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi told Ken Rosenthal of "I'm not... Read more
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