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Archive: January, 2009

Feliz, Madson, Ruiz ... Outta Here

Friday, January 30, 2009, 4:16 PM
Pedro Feliz was in town yesterday to have Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti examine his lower back. Feliz had surgery on the back after last season. Everything looks good so far. "We're pleased with his progress," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He has made good progress... Read more

Who Is Tal Smith?

Monday, January 26, 2009, 12:05 PM
There remains a chance the Phillies and Ryan Howard agree on a new contract before they hit the salary arbitration table next month. But it seems more likely the Phillies will be arguing why Howard deserves only $14 million, while Howard will be arguing why he's worth $18 million. Why do I think they'll... Read more

Eaton Alive?

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 7:56 PM
Adam Eaton's chances to make the team out of spring training? Slim to none. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke candidly today at Citizens Bank Park about the competition for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. "It's a four-man competition," Amaro said. "[Eaton] isn't... Read more

Phils Interested in Alou

Friday, January 23, 2009, 8:24 AM
Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have some interest in Moises Alou, but a deal doesn't sound imminent. The Phillies continue to look for a righthanded bat off their bench. They are interested in Nomar Garciaparra, but he's not sure if he wants to continue his baseball career. Alou would make... Read more

Money, Money, Money

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 11:17 AM
The Phillies are headed toward a franchise record opening day payroll, which could be more than $132 million if Ryan Howard wins his case in salary arbitration. That's following word yesterday that Jayson Werth and Chad Durbin agreed to new contracts. Phil Sheridan asks why we should care how much... Read more

Durbin Agrees to One-Year Deal

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 2:46 PM
And then there was one. The Inquirer has learned that the Phillies have reached an agreement with righthander Chad Durbin on a one-year, $1.635 million contract. This follows the news that rightfielder Jayson Werth has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Phillies. That leaves Ryan... Read more

Werth Agrees to Two-Year Deal

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12:34 PM
The Phillies have reached a two-year contract extension with rightfielder Jayson Werth, a source told The Inquirer. A second source confirmed the deal is for $10 million. Werth will receive $2 million in 2009, plus a $1 million signing bonus, and $7 million in 2010. The Phillies aren't expected to... Read more

Howard Wants $18 Million; Blanton, Victorino Avoid Arbitration

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 4:45 PM
Busy day for the Phillies. First, they exchanged salary arbitration numbers with players still eligible for arbitration. Ryan Howard has asked for $18 million, while the Phillies have offered $14 million. The Associated Press also reports that it is the third-highest figure submitted since the process... Read more

Phillies, Madson reach 3-year extension deal

Monday, January 19, 2009, 11:56 AM
Inquirer staff writer Jim Salisbury reports: The Phillies and righthanded reliever Ryan Madson have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension, The Inquirer learned today. The deal, which is pending a physical exam, is believed to be for $12 million, with incentives. Madson, 28, was 4-2... Read more

Back to Baseball

Monday, January 19, 2009, 10:15 AM
It's difficult to think about baseball today after a tough Eagles loss, but we move on ... ... Cole Hamels met with reporters before kickoff yesterday to discuss his three-year, $20.5 million contract extension. Good deal for both sides. Hamels gets financial security. He also keeps his final year... Read more
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