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Archive: December, 2011

How should the Phillies fill fifth outfield spot?

Thursday, December 29, 2011, 3:10 PM
Examining the current configuration of the Phillies' 40-man roster and the list of non-roster invitees, the team's most glaring need with 53 days remaining before the start of spring training is another right-handed outfield bat off the bench. And even that need is not very glaring because, as my... Read more

Washington claims Rivero; Phillies sign two others

Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 2:04 PM
To make room on the 40-man roster for Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies waived infielder Carlos Rivero. He was claimed by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Rivero, 23, was acquired off waivers by the Phillies last winter. He hit .270 with 16 home runs mostly at double-A Reading with a brief stint at... Read more

Phillies hire Ed Wade (again)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 10:15 AM
Ed Wade is back. The Phillies have hired their former general manager as a special consultant, the team announced Tuesday. Wade will scout at the major- and minor-league levels and assist in salary arbitration. Wade, 55, was fired as Houston GM this winter. He still had two years remaining on his... Read more

Focus turns to Hamels

Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 9:56 AM
To no surprise, Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday during Jimmy Rollins' re-introduction that he is "comfortable" with his current 2012 roster. "We’re keeping our mind and eyes open," Amaro said. More importantly, with the heavy lifting out of the way, Amaro can turn his attention to re-signing Cole... Read more

So, what's left?

Monday, December 19, 2011, 11:19 AM
The baseball world waits for tonight, when the winning bidder on Japanese wunderkind Yu Darvish is announced. The Phillies? Well, their waiting is over now that Jimmy Rollins agreed to terms on a new contract. The first workout for pitchers and catchers in Clearwater, Fla., is still 62 days away... Read more

Video: Phillies re-sign Jimmy Rollins

Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 3:44 AM
Veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins will continue his career in Philadelphia after signing a new deal with the Phillies. Matt Gelb of the Inquirer and Zach Berman of the Daily News report from Citizens Bank Park. (Video by Samantha Corrado/Philly.com) Read more

A look at the current payroll

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 7:15 AM
With Jimmy Rollins finally under contract for 2012 and beyond, the Phillies have a better idea of their payroll for the upcoming season. As noted in Sunday's Inquirer, it's wholly possible the Phillies have a lower payroll in 2012 than 2011, but the numbers will be similar. The Phillies finished... Read more

Rollins re-signs for three years

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 1:49 PM
From the beginning, there was little doubt this winter the Phillies and Jimmy Rollins wanted to continue their 15-year marriage well into the future. In this city's transformation from National League also-ran to baseball power, there was one constant: Rollins. And he will continue to man shortstop... Read more

Willis expects reunion with Rollins

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 6:32 PM
Jimmy Rollins and Dontrelle Willis grew up in the same town, attended the same high school and both had mothers who played professional softball. They have long traded barbs about who is better — Rollins, for the record, is only a career .239 hitter in 63 at-bats against Willis — and fostered... Read more

Source: Willis agrees to one-year deal

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 10:25 AM
Dontrelle Willis once won Rookie of the Year and finished second in Cy Young voting. He's resurrected a career presumed done at age 26, and now he'll be asked to assume a role he's never filled before. A major-league source confirmed the Phillies agreed to a one-year deal with Willis, pending a physical... Read more
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