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Archive: July, 2012

An updated look at the Phillies' 2013 payroll

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 7:30 PM
One of the important revelations today: the Phillies should finish the season under the $178 million luxury tax threshold, meaning they won't incur a 30 percent penalty if they exceed it next year. Instead, that figure will be 17.5 percent. That's important, because the Phillies could very well go... Read more

Trade of Hunter Pence raises questions about 2013

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 3:11 PM
By all accounts, Tommy Joseph is a solid major league prospect. Whether he was solid enough to warrant the trade of Hunter Pence is debatable. What isn't debatable is that the Phillies are not better off for the 2013 season, at least not in terms of talent in right field. Joseph, the centerpiece of... Read more

A quick look at new Phillies reliever Josh Lindblom

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 12:11 PM
The Phillies have traded long-time centerfielder Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for 25-year-old reliever Josh Lindblom, Double-A starter Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash, the team announced. First impression is that Ruben Amaro Jr. got about as much as could be expected in return... Read more

Report: D-backs targeting Lee

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 7:58 AM
Phillies trade rumors continued overnight. In the latest, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be targeting the Phillies' Cliff Lee in their quest to acquire a top-flight starting pitcher. Rosenthal notes that the Diamondbacks have the assets, most notably star rightfielder... Read more

Report: Pence deal to Giants 'in place'

Monday, July 30, 2012, 7:54 AM
KPIX, a television station in San Francisco, is reporting that the Giants "have a deal in place" for Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence. Giants vice president Bobby Evans reportedly denied the report in a text message, saying that there's "no truth to the rumor." But sources tell Jon Heyman of CBSSports... Read more

Huston Street's new contract, Jonathan Papelbon's current one

Sunday, July 29, 2012, 12:06 PM
Huston Street signed a two-year, $14 million contract extension today, the latest closer deal that will be dwarfed by the four-year, $50 million contract that the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to this season. We'll never know how the market would have ended up valuing Papelbon had the Phillies... Read more

Did the Reds really turn down Shane Victorino because of Logan Ondrusek?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 4:49 PM
If the Cincinnati Enquirer is to be believed, the Phillies could struggle to gain anything of value in exchange for center fielder Shane Victorino. Paul Daugherty, a columnist at the paper, included a tidbit on his blog that said the Reds nixed a deal that would have seen Victorino head to the Reds... Read more

How Cole Hamels' new contract fits into the payroll moving forward

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 1:19 PM
Lots of talk about how much money the Phillies have tied up in X amount of players now that Cole Hamels has signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension. Here is how the roster sets up for next year: *projected Lineup Jimmy Rollins SS - $9.5 million Chase Utley 2B - $12.125 million EMPTY... Read more

Hamels negotiations still very much alive

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:22 PM
Don't read too much into reports that Cole Hamels has not accepted the Phillies' latest contract offer. The two sides are actively involved in negotiations on a six-year contract that could trump the $137.5 million that Johan Santana landed from the Mets prior to the 2008 season. It is too early to... Read more

Polanco out of lineup, Victorino in

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 3:02 PM
Shane Victorino's absence from last night's win over the Brewers apparently was not serious. The center fielder is back in the lineup today, batting second behind Jimmy Rollins. Victorino was hit on the elbow with a pitch in the first inning, apparently on the funny bone. That forced him from the game... Read more
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