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Archive: December, 2009

Winter meetings, day 2

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 4:09 PM
UPDATE, 5:41pm ESPN reported yesterday that the Phillies were among the teams interested in Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, but Ruben Amaro denies this. "We're familiar with the player," Amaro said. "At this point, we are not interested." The GM added that if Chapman's agents... Read more

Winter meetings begin (WITH UPDATES)

Monday, December 7, 2009, 10:15 AM
UPDATED, 7:50pm The Phils have finished meeting with agents from the Beverly Hills Sports Council, who represent Chan Ho Park and Chad Durbin. A person with direct knowledge of the discussions characterized talks with Park as "ongoing." We wrote below that the Phils appear likely to tender... Read more

What's next? Phils interested in Putz, many other pitchers

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 2:05 PM
Now that the Phillies have moved swiftly to fill spots at third base and on the bench, their focus for the rest of the offseason is clear: Improvements to the pitching staff, particularly the bullpen. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently that he was intrigued by low-risk/high reward types, meaning he... Read more

Phils, Polanco finalize deal

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 12:42 PM
UPDATE: Polanco has passed the physical, and the Phillies have officially announced the signing. The dollar figures below are accurate. A baseball source confirmed to the Inquirer this afternoon that Placido Polanco will probably finalize his contract with the Phillies later today. Polanco has... Read more

Castro passes physical, finalizes deal

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 12:03 PM
Veteran utilityman Juan Castro has passed his physical and finalized a one-year contract with the Phillies. The contract includes a club option for 2011. We reported last week that the parties had agreed to terms, but Castro was out of the country and could not immediately take the physical. Castro... Read more

Stairs wants to play somewhere next year

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:47 PM
Here's an item for the He Won't Be a Phillie Anymore But I Thought You Might Be Interested file. Matt Stairs told the Bangor Daily News (he lives in Bangor, Maine) that he is not ready to retire, but hasn't had any offers yet. Phils GM Ruben Amaro has said that Stairs is welcome to showcase himself... Read more

Phillies appear to target Polanco

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 10:19 PM
The Phillies appear to have targeted Placido Polanco as their top choice to replace Pedro Feliz at third base. The team’s official website had the first of multiple reports tonight that the Phils had been aggressive in pursuing the Detroit second baseman and former Phillie to play third. General... Read more

Source: Schneider deal worth just under $3 million

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 12:15 PM
The Phillies have signed catcher Brian Schneider to a two-year contract to back up Carlos Ruiz, the team announced today. The contract is worth just under $3 million, with no option for a third year, a source told the Inquirer. Schneider, 33, has, is a 10-year MLB veteran with the Montreal Expos/Washington... Read more

Final step for Castro: Physical on Thursday

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 11:13 AM
Veteran utilityman Juan Castro will take his physical—the last remaining barrier to finalizing a one-year-contract with the Phillies—on Thursday, his agent Oscar Suarez said this morning. The Phils and Castro agreed in principle last week on a deal, but Castro was out of the country... Read more

Budget conscious Phils are bargain-hunting

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 5:50 PM
In addressing the media today at Citizens Bank Park following the Brian Schneider signing, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. made clear that he is rummaging through the bargain bin to upgrade his team. The Phils are actively looking for inexpensive additions to the pitching staff, both for the bullpen and back... Read more
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