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Archive: January, 2009

Hamels Signed to Contract Extension

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 1:24 PM
Sources confirmed to The Inquirer's Jim Salisbury that the Phillies have signed Cole Hamels to a three-year, $20.5 million contract extension. This contract extension buys out Hamels' first three years of salary arbitration. It means he will have one year of salary arbitration remaining before he... Read more

Phils Looking at Nomar

Saturday, January 10, 2009, 2:47 PM
The Phillies are looking for a righthanded bat off their bench, and it could be Nomar Garciaparra. Jim Salisbury confirmed a report that the Phillies are interested in Garciaparra, if he decides to continue his baseball career. Garciaparra hit .264 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 55 games last season... Read more

MLB Didn't Want Romero in World Series

Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 9:51 AM
Major League Baseball didn't want J.C. Romero to pitch in the World Series. They wanted to suspend him. A first-time positive test for performance enhancing drugs carries a 50-game suspension, which may be appealed. Baseball knew the appeal process would run through the postseason, so they offered... Read more

The Phillies Speak About Romero

Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 11:51 AM
The Phillies just held a teleconference with reporters. Here is some of what GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and assistant GM Scott Proefrock had to say: On if J.C. Romero was given the OK to take the supplement from Phillies strength and conditioning coordinator Dong Lien: "I will just say this about Dong... Read more

Park, Giles to Phillies

Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 10:04 PM
Chan Ho Park officially joined the Phillies today. So did Marcus Giles. Looking for infield depth as Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz recover from offseason surgeries, the Phillies signed Giles to a $600,000 minor-league contract. Giles will get a look in spring training. The former Braves second baseman... Read more

Romero Suspended

Monday, January 5, 2009, 10:14 PM
Major League Baseball will announce tomorrow that it has suspended J.C. Romero for 50 games for violating its substance policy. Romero was not accused or found guilty of knowingly using a banned, performance-enhancing substance. Baseball and Romero agree that he used only an over-the-counter supplement... Read more

Burrell Close to Rays

Monday, January 5, 2009, 3:24 PM
Well, at least Pat Burrell already knows the Tampa/Clearwater area. Burrell is close to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. His career in Philadelphia ended when the Phillies signed Raul Ibanez last month. Burrell reportedly will be Tampa Bay's DH, which should be interesting because... Read more

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 2, 2009, 10:57 AM
I hope everybody had a Happy New Year. I've been taking some time off lately, which is why I haven't been posting on a daily basis. As much as I would love to continue posting daily during my vacation, not posting for a bit helps me keep my sanity for the season. Like Vince Vaughn said in Wedding... Read more
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