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Archive: January, 2013

Measuring the cost of injuries over the last five seasons

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 8:23 AM
Hard to believe that I'll be flying down to Clearwater in a little over a week for this year's edition of spring training. I'm in the process of organizing my notes in an attempt to identify some of the plotlines that need to be explored early in camp. Here's one: Last year, nearly 1/5th of the money... Read more

A healthy Hamels ready to go

Monday, January 28, 2013, 6:58 PM
After knocking down a report from earlier this month that he had to be backed off his offseason throwing program because of shoulder soreness, Cole Hamels addressed the on-the-field hurdle he and the Phils will have to face in 2013. For the first time since he was a young, unproven major leaguer,... Read more

Phillies sign veteran reliever Chad Durbin to one-year deal

Monday, January 28, 2013, 11:10 AM
The Phillies lost 16 games last season that they had led in the 7th inning or later in 2012. Despite signing Jonthan Papelbon to the richest contract for a reliever in baseball history, the rest of the bullpen was a collection of not-ready-for-prime time pitchers. A combination of injuries and ineffectiveness... Read more

Amaro: Phillies explored trade for Justin Upton

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 8:22 PM
The Phillies were in need of a right-handed power bat for the corner outfield, and early in the offseason they made an offer to free agent center fielder B.J. Upton, so it wasn't too much of a leap to think that Ruben Amaro Jr. at some point kicked around the idea of trading for Diamondbacks star Justin... Read more

Phillies to open with lowest Opening Day payroll since 2010?

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 4:38 PM
With the Delmon Young signing, the Phillies appear to have completed their work on what is likely to be their Opening Day roster. Barring a late trade or free agent signing, both of which appear to be highly unlikely, the club should open the season with a payroll under $160 million for the first time... Read more

Over the last two years, Domonic Brown has been better at baseball than Delmon Young

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:31 PM
I'm already on record as saying that the Delmon Young signing makes some sense for the Phillies. At $750,000, there is not a lot of downside. That being said, there is some downside, and that downside is the potential that the signing of Young precludes Domonic Brown from entering a season with the... Read more

Worth the weight: Phillies outfielder Delmon Young's contract

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 5:10 PM
Delmon Young signed a contract for a guaranteed $750,000 on Tuesday. It was a $6 million paycut from the $6.75 million he earned last season with Detroit. But Young can earn as much as $2.75 million in incentives. One pertains to his weight. The 27-year-old Young, who has had conditioning issues... Read more

Delmon Young, and the potential tragicomedy called the 2013 Phillies

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:10 AM
A baseball player, a lawyer and a rabbi walked into Ruben Amaro Jr.'s explanation for signing Delmon Young yesterday, and now a once-proud baseball team enters 2013 as a potential off-Broadway farce. In contemplating the general manager's justification for acquiring the 27-year-old outfielder, who... Read more

Breaking down the Phillies' signing of Delmon Young

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 3:22 PM
The Phillies announced that they have signed Delmon Young to a one-year, $750,000 contract. Here's why the move makes some sense for the Phillies. 1) He is a career .307/.341/.483 hitter against left-handed pitching, including .308/.333/.500 last year. 2) He is better against righties than John... Read more

Charlie Manuel visits Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard and scouts Chase Utley, too

Monday, January 21, 2013, 7:26 PM
In three weeks and two days, Charlie Manuel will stroll along the diamonds at the Carpenter Complex as pitchers and catchers take part in their first workouts of the spring. But Manuel has already made a trip to Clearwater to get first-hand progress reports on a few of the Phillies most important... Read more
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