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Archive: July, 2009

Rotation decisons loom

Friday, July 31, 2009, 6:10 PM
It’s a good problem to have. That’s the baseball cliché about too much pitching depth, and it suddenly applies to the Phillies after they acquired Cliff Lee on Wednesday. But it is a problem nonetheless—what will the Phils do about their overcrowded rotation? Having improved... Read more

Shane's bruise, Chad's back and David's juice

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 12:25 PM
A few quick items to pass along as I wait to board a flight. Tweeted this stuff, but hopefully some of you out there still spend a few minutes at a time away from your screens and handhelds. --Shane Victorino was limping around the clubhouse after last night’s game. He bruised his knee making... Read more

Rotation decisions: Happ in, for now at least

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 8:45 PM
The addition of Cliff Lee and impending arrival of Pedro Martinez (he makes his second rehabilitation start tomorrow in Lehigh Valley, and may need one more minor league appearance after that) creates a logjam in the rotation, of course. For at least one more start, J.A. Happ will remain one of the... Read more

Sources: Phils agree to Lee trade

Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 10:52 AM
Two sources with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to the Inquirer that the Phillies have agreed to trade Lou Marson, Jason Donald, Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp to Cleveland for pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco. The deal is done pending a review of medical records, and could... Read more

Phils will scout Washburn, still talking to Jays

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 8:04 PM
Here's a dispatch from Jim Salibury, up in Seattle. The Inquirer has the Western time zone covered for you this week. Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi indicated that he's still in contact with the Phillies but they still haven't met his price for Halladay. ``We still need to be motivated and we haven't... Read more

Drabek or Buchholz: Who would the Jays rather have?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 5:51 PM
I called Ben Badler, an editor at Baseball America, asking for an independent take on some of the Phillies prospects who have been mentioned as pieces in the various deals. People associated with teams obviously have every incentive to talk up their own talent, so I thought you might find a reality... Read more

Moyer makes an adjustment, trade updates

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 1:33 AM
The final version of my game story, where Jamie Moyer talks about an adjustment that he made before the fourth inning that reversed his night, is below. The game ended too late to get his quotes in the paper. For the previous blog post on Cliff Lee and other plan B options, click here. We'll keep... Read more

Cleveland will scout at Reading, Lee deal remains a possibility

Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:33 PM
Amid reports that the Phils-Jays talks are not going well—but keep in mind that the teams are mid-negotiation and their dynamic could very easily change soon—I’m hearing more about Phils-Indians. Baseball sources say that Cleveland will send scouts to watch the Reading Phillies tonight... Read more

Halladay remains top choice, Lee Plan B

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 4:10 PM
There have been numerous reports on the back-and-forth between the Phils and Jays, enough to make your head spin. So here is what we know right now: --The Phillies’ strong preference is to acquire Halladay, but they were expected to send superscout Charley Kerfeld to watch 2008 American League... Read more

Pedro to make rehab start Sunday

Friday, July 24, 2009, 11:19 AM
The Phillies have just confirmed what was expected, that Pedro Martinez will make his first rehab start Sunday for Clearwater at Bright House Field. There was some question over whether that would be a simulated or actual game, and it will, in fact, be a real game. Also, as I reported in this morning’s... Read more
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