Saturday, February 13, 2016

Archive: November, 2011

Question the length, not the money

Monday, November 14, 2011, 7:30 AM
MILWAUKEE — Baseball's general managers convene in this charming Midwest city beginning Monday and Ruben Amaro Jr. will walk into the Pfister Hotel as the only one in the room boasting a substantial prize early in this winter's free agency period. The Phillies struck early, setting the market... Read more

Amaro confident Phils will have a quality closer

Friday, November 11, 2011, 2:04 PM
One day after describing reports of a contract agreement between the Phillies and closer Ryan Madson as "unequivocally false," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said it still remains possible that Madson ends up being the team's closer next season. "He is," in the mix of pitchers the Phillies are considering... Read more

Papelbon coming to Phillies

Friday, November 11, 2011, 3:18 PM
Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a four-year deal with the Phillies, according to two baseball sources. The source said the deal was worth four years and $50 million. It was first reported by General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would not confirm the deal, but earlier in the day he talked... Read more

Madson deal on ice for now

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 3:14 PM
There are two sides to every story and some stories are even more geometrically confusing than that. The curious case of Ryan Madson is one of those stories with more than two sides. It appeared on Tuesday as if the Phillies and their free-agent closer were nearing a deal that would keep Madson in... Read more

Madson made millions by waiting for free agency

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 1:28 PM
The Phillies tried to sign Ryan Madson to a contract extension last year in spring training and if they had done so, it would have been at the discounted rate of a setup man. Instead, he decided to take a chance on himself and it's a decision that will be worth millions of extra dollars to the 31-year-old... Read more

Cuban free agent would be fascinating Philadelphia story

Monday, November 7, 2011, 2:07 PM
It's possible the most intriguing free agent to hit the open market this offseason is going to be a player who the casual baseball fan has never heard of. Remember the name Yoenis Cespedes. He's 26, he owns a home run record and the team that signs him will not lose any draft picks. Cespedes is... Read more

Thome could help court Cuddyer

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 6:15 AM
One of the instant benefits to signing Jim Thome could be his recruiting ability. Thome played coy Saturday when asked, but it was clear he had already begun selling the idea of joining the Phillies to former Minnesota teammate Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer is a free agent who can mash lefties and play... Read more

Thome: 'It's kind of surreal'

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 5:23 PM
Jim Thome and his wife Andrea drove to Philadelphia late Friday night and the feelings of déjà vu overwhelmed them. Eight years and 11 months ago, Thome arrived as the highest-paid player in Phillies history. Now, he was here because the Phillies were the first team to call him. And... Read more

Orr re-signs with Phillies; BA's and BB's top 10 comparison

Friday, November 4, 2011, 1:04 PM
The Phillies have signed one of their own free-agent infielders, but the move is not going to send the excite-o-meter tilting to the right. Matt Provence, director of media relations for the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, tweeted that infielder Pete Orr has signed a minor-league contract with the... Read more

Thome returning to Phillies

Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:56 PM
It was no secret that Jim Thome wanted to return to Philadelphia last year at the trade deadline in an effort to win a World Series title because it is the one thing he has not been able to do during his illustrious career. Instead, he ended up going from the Minnesota Twins to the Cleveland Indians... Read more
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter