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Archive: January, 2012

Qualls gives Phillies a low-risk righty-on-righty option

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 11:36 AM
Chad Qualls is no longer the pitcher who teamed with Brad Lidge in Houston from 2004 through 2007, posting a 3.39 ERA with 6.9 strikeouts and 2.7 walks over four seasons, nor is he the pitcher who saved 24 games in 2009. But his price tag -- $1.15 million on a one-year contract the Phillies announced... Read more

Phils sign righthander Qualls

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 11:19 AM
The Phillies have signed righthander Chad Qualls to a 1-year, $1.15 million contract, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. The contract includes performance and awards bonuses. Qualls, 33, was 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA in a team-high 77 games for the San Diego Padres last season. In his final... Read more

Status updates: Contreras, Utley, Howard, and more

Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:30 PM
Just arrived home from the Philadelphia Sports Writer's Association's annual banquet, where the Phillies always send a large contingent. I have to write a story for the newspaper, so I will be light on details and quotes. But here are some of the key things that jumped out at me in conversations with... Read more

Manuel on Marlins: 'They've got to be a contender'

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 7:34 PM
The Daily News begins our National League East spring training preview series in tomorrow's editions with a look at the newly named Miami Marlins. Here is a sneak peek at what Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had to say: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel loves hitting, and when he looks to Miami, he... Read more

Oswalt expected to sign with Cards

Saturday, January 28, 2012, 11:53 AM
Former Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt is expected to sign a one-year deal with St. Louis, according to espnboston.com. A source said the deal will be completed "soon" and is pending a physical. Oswalt, 34, was being feverishly pursued by Boston. Texas also was reportedly interested, and Oswalt is said... Read more

Phillies, Pence agree on deal

Friday, January 27, 2012, 3:41 PM
The Phillies don't like going to arbitration hearings, and they won't be going to one this year after finalizing at deal with Hunter Pence. Pence, the Phillies' remaining arbitration-eligible player, agreed to a 1-year, $10.4 million contract that includes performance bonuses, the team announced. The... Read more

Phillies add Juan Pierre

Friday, January 27, 2012, 11:51 AM
The Phillies have added another interesting name to the veterans free agents signed to minor league deals with an invitation to spring training -- outfielder Juan Pierre. Pierre, 34, batted .279 with two home runs, 50 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 158 games for the Chicago White Sox last season. A lefthanded... Read more

Juan Pierre makes sense for Phillies

Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:52 AM
UPDATED (11:55 a.m.): The Phillies have agreed to a minor league deal with Juan Pierre with an invitation to spring training. EARLIER: According to Comcast Sports Net, the Phillies have had "serious" discussions with Juan Pierre about bringing the speedy 34-year-old left fielder to Philadelphia. The... Read more

'Disappointed' Lidge says goodbye to Philly

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3:13 PM
The lasting image will always be of a man on his knees, reaching up toward the glowing sky, teammates swarming and fans cheering as entire city spun on his axis. Brad Lidge says he will always have that moment: will always remember the sound of the crowd, the feel of the grass bleeding through his... Read more

Lidge signs with Nationals

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:20 PM
Brad Lidge is officially gone, but he won’t be forgotten. Lidge signed a one-year deal with division rival Washington for a reported $1 million. Though the latter stages of his four-year tenure with the Phillies was packed with injuries and inconsistency, Lidge’s effectiveness during... Read more
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