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Archive: December, 2008

DeRosa traded

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 2:11 PM
Well, Penn product Mark DeRosa was traded by the Chicago Cubs. But not to the Phillies and not as part of a multi-team arrangement involving San Diego ace Jake Peavy, as had been rumored during the winter meetings. Instead, DeRosa is heading to Cleveland. He was traded for minor league pitchers Jeff... Read more

Lidge vs. Manuel

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 11:27 AM
We unveiled a new little feature today that I kinda like. It's our Sportsperson of the Year, which this year obviously was very Phillies-centric. Brad Lidge ended up taking home the honor, although I voted him second behind manager Charlie Manuel. I think you can make good cases for both. Here was... Read more

Stairs home run lifts Phillies over Dodgers

Thursday, December 25, 2008, 1:42 PM
OK, so you already knew that. But it was still fascinating last night to watch the complete replay of Game 4 at Dodger Stadium, which aired on Comcast Sports Net. I'm sure most of you watched it on TV, but it was my first time doing so, which gave me an entirely new perspective on the game. Keep... Read more

Does baseball need a salary cap?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 12:08 PM
First and foremost, Merry Christmas to everyone out there. Thought I'd throw one more thought out there for those of you still slaving away on this Christmas Eve. Does baseball need a salary cap? I ask this because Brewers owner Mark Attanasio pondered the idea in an interview with the Bloomberg... Read more

Checking out the payrolls

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 7:08 PM
On the day the Yankees reportedly spent $180 million to bring Mark Teixeria, the Associated Press released information on team payrolls for the 2008 season, citing figures sent to clubs in recent days by the commissioner’s office. Of note is the list has the Phillies with the 10th highest payroll... Read more

Ryan Howard's pick for the Super Bowl (and some other stuff)

Friday, December 19, 2008, 1:53 PM
First off, Ryan Howard indicated a couple of days ago that there hasn't been much movement on a potential multi-year contract extension. Big deal? Not really. He's under club control through 2011, so there really is no rush. But he'll likely receive another healthy raise this season (he made $10 million)... Read more

Fear and Loathing at Costas Now

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 2:02 PM
Mike Schmidt is walking through a set of double doors, wearing a sports coat and slacks and an assistant of some sort, and all around him are milling short little 20-something-people wearing solid black and headsets and looks that say "I am important; do not get in my way." It is somewhere... Read more

Phillies fill out spring roster

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 4:11 PM
The Phillies added 10 players to their spring training roster as non-roster invitees. Among them are several familiar names, including pitcher Mike Koplove, a South Philly native who signed a minor league deal over Thanksgiving; pitcher Blaine Neal, a Bishop Eustace grad from South Jersey who was... Read more

Ibanez deal official

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 11:53 AM
Leftfielder Raul Ibanez passed his physical this morning and has officially joined the Phillies. Ibanez, a free agent from the Seattle Mariners, signed a 3-year, $31.5 million contract. The Phillies have scheduled a 4:30 p.m. news conference. Here is the release from the Phillies: Outfielder Raul... Read more

Moyer signs; Park could start; Optimistic Utley tells kids: Don't curse

Monday, December 15, 2008, 2:25 PM
Tonight, it is Eagles vs. Browns. Tomorrow, it is Phillies vs. Eagles. It will be a good old-fashioned war for the sports pages (and internet hit counters) tomorrow as the Phillies unleashed a barage of news today in advance of the Eagles' Monday night showdown with the Browns. Make sure to monitor... Read more
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