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Archive: July, 2013

Asche impresses in first big league start

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 10:57 PM
For fans with expectations that the front office would fix the team with an extreme makeover, trade deadline edition, Wednesday was a forgettable day. For Kyle Kendrick, who endured one of his roughest starts of the season, it was a forgettable night. But for Cody Asche, putting on the uniform, running... Read more

Phillies stand pat at the trade deadline

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 5:37 PM
Two years ago, former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Long before that, Gillick earned the nickname "Stand Pat" for being unwilling to make a major trade; he would lose that monicker before long. His successor in Philadelphia, Ruben Amaro Jr., never came close... Read more

Charlie Manuel has known for a long time that his roster isn't good enough

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 8:04 PM
The trepidation first crept into his voice in February of 2012. An amateur ear might have interpreted it as caution or temperance, the reflection of a psychology trained to keep the horse in front of the cart. But Charlie Manuel was concerned. For the fourth straight year, the Phillies had reported... Read more

Asche's arrival means Young departure? Not necessarily

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:02 PM
The Phils promoted red-hot third base prospect Cody Asche this afternoon amid reports that veteran third baseman Michael Young will be moved before Wednesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline. Some went as far as to report Young would be gone by game time to make room for Asche. Not so fast. Young is in the... Read more

Back to the Future: How can the Phillies help their cause on the free agent market?

Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:14 AM
Any honest conversation about the specific moves the Phillies should make between now and the start of next season has to include a look at the upcoming free agent market. It's easy to say that the team should trade Chase Utley, but the Phillies need somebody to play second base next season, and that... Read more

Rollins unlikely to waive no-trade clause

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 5:12 PM
The mood in the clubhouse was one of acceptance: the Phillies are not going to win a title this year, and a 12-4 stinker to the Tigers underscored just how far away they are from contending. Michael Young did not rule out the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause -- the veteran third baseman seems... Read more

Former long-time Daily News writer Paul Hagen honored in Cooperstown

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 5:50 PM
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – If there was a cornfield beyond the fence at Doubleday Field in downtown Cooperstown, you could have let your imagination run wild. Since the idyllic small town is home to the place where most baseball dreams begin and end, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, such daydreaming... Read more

Amaro again makes deadline deal

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 3:23 PM
Never quiet at trade deadline time under the regime of Ruben Amaro Jr., the slumbering Phillies awoke the baseball world late Friday night when they reportedly signed a Cuban pitcher – one that pretty much no one in Philadelphia had ever heard of – to a lucrative free agent contract. According... Read more

Here's a breakdown of what a Chase Utley contract extension would look like

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 9:31 AM
CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury has an interesting piece this morning that lays out a compelling case that the Phillies are preparing to give Chase Utley a contract extension. So what would an Utley extension look like? Let's talk our way through it. 1) Unless you think the Phillies can outbid the... Read more

And on the first day back, no roster moves for Phillies

Friday, July 19, 2013, 2:46 PM
A lot can happen for the Phillies in the next two weeks. They could continue a hot stretch they brought into the All-Star break, and continue a climb up the NL East standings and in pursuit of a wild card, too. They could also flat line with upcoming series against the tough St. Louis Cardinals and... Read more
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