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Archive: January, 2012
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Phillies sign reliever Qualls for $1.15 million
Tue, Jan 31, 2012, 11:26 AM
The Phillies took a pass on re-signing Brad Lidge, but jumped at the opportunity Tuesday to add another veteran arm to their bullpen by signing...
The luxury tax and you: A primer
Fri, Jan 27, 2012, 12:23 PM
There is no edict that says the Phillies must remain under the mythical barrier of the Competitive Balance Tax, better known as the luxury...
Mailbag: Howard, Oswalt, Brown and numerology
Wed, Jan 25, 2012, 10:32 AM
We're dusting off some of the cobwebs in here and opening up the mailbag for your questions. If you want a question asked in a future mailbag...
With depth, Valdez becomes expendable
Wed, Jan 25, 2012, 4:35 PM
That Wilson Valdez started 162 games over the previous two seasons only demonstrated the Phillies' need for a durable backup to an aging infield...
A Prince in Detroit
Tue, Jan 24, 2012, 4:52 PM
Now let's be clear: Evaluating contracts that have yet to start is risky business. Every team in baseball is 0-0 and it's Jan. 24. No one "won"...
Learning a system
Mon, Jan 23, 2012, 11:51 AM
Joe Jordan has spent most of his winter reading. With every report ever written on every Phillies minor-league player at his disposal, the...
Harbaugh's lesson from Belichick
Sun, Jan 22, 2012, 12:21 PM
I know this is a baseball blog, but with the NFL's conference championships on Sunday, I've decided to relay a little story about the two head...
Thome's spring-training test will be first base
Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 2:11 PM
Jim Thome is so eager to get to spring training that he is heading to Clearwater Friday night. It will just be a three-day stay for the former...
Video: Thome prepares for return to Philly
Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 4:25 PM
Video: The Inquirer's Bob Brookover analyzes Jim Thome's return to Philadelphia as the 41-year-old first basemen prepares for spring training...
Phils and Hamels likely to talk long-term deal in spring training
Tue, Jan 17, 2012, 1:47 PM
The one-year deal is done for Cole Hamels. The $15 million he'll be paid in 2012 represents a $5.5 million raise over what he received last...