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Archive: January, 2012

Phillies sign reliever Qualls for $1.15 million

Tuesday, January 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 righthander Chad Qualls to a one-year deal worth $1.15 million. The team announced the deal this morning and said it also includes performance and award bonuses... Read more

The luxury tax and you: A primer

Friday, January 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 tax. The team is not required to open its books to anyone, so we cannot be sure what sort of profit margins exist at 1 Citizens Bank Park Way. Needless to say,... Read more

Mailbag: Howard, Oswalt, Brown and numerology

Wednesday, January 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 (and I promise to make this a semi-regular event in the future), fill out this entry form. Or you can ask me a question on Twitter (@magelb) and I will use it... Read more

With depth, Valdez becomes expendable

Wednesday, January 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. But the Phillies dealt Valdez to Cincinnati for lefthander Jeremy Horst on Wednesday because they believe they have enough cheaper options to fill that... Read more

A Prince in Detroit

Tuesday, January 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" the offseason. And no one knows how Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder will perform over the next decade or so. Track records say that, yes, Pujols... Read more

Learning a system

Monday, January 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 team's new farm director started there. Then, Jordan picked the brains of his assistants and traveled to Arizona, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela to see some... Read more

Harbaugh's lesson from Belichick

Sunday, January 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 coaches in the AFC championship game. Three weeks after the Eagles lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots in early 2005, I ran into John Harbaugh... Read more

Thome's spring-training test will be first base

Friday, January 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 All-Star first baseman who is trying to complete his sparkling baseball resume by winning a World Series in his second tour of duty with the Phillies. Thome... Read more

Video: Thome prepares for return to Philly

Friday, January 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 with a new regimen. For more from Brookover on Thome's return, click here. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Phils and Hamels likely to talk long-term deal in spring training

Tuesday, January 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 season and is the same exact amount the Phillies will pay second baseman Chase Utley for the third straight season. In other words, the 28-year-old lefty is being... Read more
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