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Archive: November, 2011

Health updates on Polanco, Blanton and Contreras

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12:17 PM
MILWAUKEE — Placido Polanco has begun running after his double hernia surgery in October and Ruben Amaro Jr. said there is no upgrade necessary at third base. "Polly is our third baseman," Amaro said. "I'm looking forward to him being healthy. If he's healthy, he's exactly what we're trying... Read more

Phillies will wait to talk to Hamels. Does that mean they want to trade him? No.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:20 AM
MILWAUKEE — The Phillies have not yet engaged in formal negotiations with Cole Hamels and his agent John Boggs. Hamels is under control for 2012 and the Phillies have other holes for 2012 that Ruben Amaro Jr. says he will address first. "We have some other fish to fry right now," Amaro said... Read more

Source: Schneider deal is close

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 5:07 PM
MILWAUKEE — The Phillies will choose familiarity for their backup catcher. The team is finalizing a one-year agreement with Brian Schneider, the Northampton native who has spent the previous two seasons behind Carlos Ruiz. One baseball source said the deal was close, but probably would not be... Read more

It's looking like Sandberg will be back

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 11:35 AM
MILWAUKEE — There are two managerial openings still unfilled in baseball and Ryne Sandberg is a finalist for neither. The Cubs do not want to hire their Hall of Fame second baseman only to have to fire him one day. The Red Sox never interviewed Sandberg. The only position for which Sandberg... Read more

Backup catcher is immediate priority

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 8:32 PM
MILWAUKEE — Ruben Amaro Jr. said he targeted closer as his first major position this winter because he expects shortstop to take quite some time to fill. Jimmy Rollins is expected to wait out the market for his desired five-year deal. Depending on how long Jose Reyes, the top shortstop on the... Read more

Phillies watch Cespedes in private workout

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 6:45 PM
MILWAUKEE — The priority, Ruben Amaro Jr. said, was simply due diligence. But the Phillies had heard and seen enough of Yoenis Cespedes to warrant a private workout at the team's Dominican Republic complex Tuesday. And there was enough curiosity to send former GM and current advisor Pat Gillick... Read more

Papelbon's price: $50,000,058

Monday, November 14, 2011, 2:09 PM
MILWAUKEE — Turns out Jonathan Papelbon's deal was not for $50 million. The Phillies have officially signed their new closer for four years and $50,000,058. There is a vesting option for a fifth year, and Papelbon will be introduced to reporters in Philadelphia later this afternoon alongside... Read more

Draft pick maneuvering

Monday, November 14, 2011, 1:02 PM
MILWAUKEE — One of the perceived advantages of choosing Ryan Madson over Jonathan Papelbon for Phillies closer was the ability to retain the team's top draft pick. Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Phillies must forfeit their first pick (31st overall in 2012) to Boston because... Read more

Red Sox Collapse Still Painful To Papelbon

Monday, November 14, 2011, 10:30 PM
New Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon talked about how excited he was to be on the five-time defending N.L East champions and it had more to do with it than the four-year, $50 million contract he signed with a vesting option for 2016. With the Phillies, Papelbon won’t have to face daily questions... Read more

Phillies announce Papelbon signing

Monday, November 14, 2011, 8:54 PM
Video: With a four-year, $50 million contract, the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to be their closer. The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports from Citizens Bank Park. Read more
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