The Phillies Zone Archive: January, 2012

Phillies sign reliever Qualls for $1.15 million

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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... Read more

The luxury tax and you: A primer

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There is no edict that says the Phillies must remain under the mythical barrier of the Competitive Balance Tax, better known as the luxury... Read more

Mailbag: Howard, Oswalt, Brown and numerology

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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... Read more

With depth, Valdez becomes expendable

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That Wilson Valdez started 162 games over the previous two seasons only demonstrated the Phillies' need for a durable backup to an aging infield... Read more

A Prince in Detroit

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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"... Read more

Learning a system

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Joe Jordan has spent most of his winter reading. With every report ever written on every Phillies minor-league player at his disposal, the... Read more

Harbaugh's lesson from Belichick

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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... Read more

Thome's spring-training test will be first base

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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... Read more

Video: Thome prepares for return to Philly

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Video: The Inquirer's Bob Brookover analyzes Jim Thome's return to Philadelphia as the 41-year-old first basemen prepares for spring training... Read more

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

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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... Read more