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Archive: November, 2011

Analyzing the non-roster invitees

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 1:56 PM
It’s always fun to peruse the Phillies’ list of spring-training non-roster invitees because you never know when you’ll find a gem among the castoffs. The best example on the current roster is Wilson Valdez, who was 31 years old and had 342 career at-bats in the big leagues when the... Read more

Valdez' value a small price to pay for Phillies

Monday, November 28, 2011, 2:50 PM
Wilson Valdez, at the age of 33, is going to be eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for the first time in his career. With the addition of Ty Wigginton, a right-handed power bat off the bench, the Phillies could probably save around $400,000 if they released Valdez and used Michael Martinez... Read more

Soler on the Phillies' radar

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 12:47 PM
Add Jorge Soler to the list of free-agent outfielders drawing the Phillies' interest. If you're not familiar with Soler, don't feel bad. There's no chance the Cuban-defector will be roaming the outfield in Citizens Bank Park next season. There is a chance, however, that he could end up being in a... Read more

Phils offer arbitration to Ibanez, Madson and Rollins

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 5:11 PM
The Phillies offered salary arbitration to three of their five free agents Wednesday with the biggest surprise being left fielder Raul Ibanez. As expected, the team offered arbitration to pitcher Ryan Madson and shortstop Jimmy Rollins and declined arbitration offers to reliever Brad Lidge and starter... Read more

Phils still likely to get first-round pick for Madson

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 3:27 PM
The deadline for the Phillies to offer salary arbitration to free agents is midnight Wednesday with the motivation being that a team is compensated with draft picks should their player sign elsewhere. This rule impacts Type A free agents Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins and Roy Oswalt. Thanks to the new... Read more

Sandberg back at Lehigh Valley; Morandini moving to Lakewood

Monday, November 21, 2011, 2:12 PM
The Phillies announced their minor-league managerial and coaching staffs Monday and, as expected, Ryne Sandberg will return as the manager at triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he led the IronPigs to their first-ever postseason berth last season. It became apparent last week that Sandberg would rejoin... Read more

How new CBA affects Phillies

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 9:59 AM
Details are slowly emerging about baseball's new collective bargaining agreement, which will be formally announced Tuesday according to various sources. The sport has already confirmed a major change with Houston moving to the American League West in 2013 to create two 15-team leagues. That means year-round... Read more

Phillies trade for Wigginton

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 7:50 PM
Questions about the durability of Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco will dominate much of this winter and spring training. Ruben Amaro Jr. has maintained his faith publicly in those two players staying healthy, but when a trade for Ty Wigginton presented itself, the Phillies general manager acquired... Read more

Phillies add 4 to 40-man roster

Friday, November 18, 2011, 12:04 PM
Friday is the day when all major-league teams must finalize their 40-man roster in anticipation of December's Rule 5 draft and the Phillies made some moves, as expected. Righthander Phillippe Aumont, catcher Sebastian Valle, lefthander Jake Diekman and outfielder Tyson Gillies were all added to... Read more

Phillies re-sign Schneider

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 3:30 PM
The Phillies re-signed catcher Brian Schneider to a one-year, $800,000 contract on Thursday. Schneider can earn as much as $1 million with an additional $200,000 in incentives tied to games played. It's a pay cut for Schneider, who earned $1.5 million in 2011. The Northampton native made 36 starts... Read more
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