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Archive: December, 2011

Francisco traded to Toronto

Monday, December 12, 2011, 1:02 PM
Instead of tendering Ben Francisco a contract, the Phillies have traded the outfielder to Toronto for minor-league lefthander Frank Gailey. Francisco, 30, made $1.18 million in 2011 and was due a raise through the arbitration process. He likely would have made less than $2 million in 2012. He began... Read more

Tender is the night

Monday, December 12, 2011, 10:49 AM
Midnight Monday marks another mile marker in baseball's offseason, one that is much too long. Teams must tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by the end of the day. The actual arbitration process, which rarely happens, comes in January. This is the first step. The Phillies have five... Read more

Pujols to Angels; Phils go home without signing Rollins

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 11:36 AM
DALLAS -- The Phillies left the Hilton Anatole Thursday without accomplishing their primary goal of signing shortstop Jimmy Rollins, but the pursuit will continue. "Nothing is scheduled (with Rollins' agent Dan Lozano), but I'm sure we'll be in touch with each other sometime soon," general manager... Read more

A quick look at the rest of the N.L. East

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 12:03 PM
DALLAS -- The Phillies are the team to beat in the National League East and the Miami Marlins appear to be the team most interested in beating them. But what about the rest of the division? With the Marlins' pursuit of every living, breathing free agent taking center stage at these winter meetings... Read more

Madson rejects arbitration

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 11:04 PM
DALLAS -- The dream of a bullpen with Jonathan Papelbon as the closer and Ryan Madson as his setup man with closer experience officially ended Wednesday night. Scott Boras, the agent for Madson, said his client declined the offer of salary arbitration that would have allowed the 31-year-old pitcher... Read more

All signs indicate a Rollins deal is close

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:06 PM
DALLAS — No, it's not done yet. But it's close. The signs at the Anatole Hilton were overwhelming Wednesday that the Phillies neared an accord with longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Their top competition for his services, the Milwaukee Brewers, were told not to bother continuing talks with... Read more

Gelb: Phillies' Plan A vs. Plan B

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 3:38 PM
The Inquirer's Matt Gelb gives his thoughts on the Phillies' offseason and the winter baseball meetings from Dallas. Read more

Bell: 'The Phillies, I think we can beat 'em'

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 11:23 AM
DALLAS — These are heady times for the Miami (née Florida) Marlins. They are the darlings of the winter meetings with expenditures totaling $133 million in two days. And now, reportedly, they have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract. They have Jose Reyes, the dynamic former Mets... Read more

Wondering about Madson

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 3:04 PM
DALLAS — It's still highly unlikely that any of the three Phillies free agents will accept arbitration by the 11:59 p.m. Wednesday deadline. Jimmy Rollins is looking for a five-year deal and should at least be able to secure a three-year contract. Ryan Madson wants a four-year deal and a chance... Read more

The lines harden in Rollins negotiations

Monday, December 5, 2011, 2:58 PM
DALLAS — The line was drawn more than a year ago when Ruben Amaro Jr. flatly said he was comfortable with Jimmy Rollins entering 2011 without a new contract. There has been posturing back and forth ever since and it will bubble over at these winter meetings, where the Phillies and Rollins may... Read more
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