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Archive: January, 2013

Charlie Manuel loves idea of Jimmy Rollins in WBC

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:13 PM
There are decisions to be made in Florida, probably more than a typical Charlie Manuel spring training, but nothing is more paramount than ascertaining the Phillies' health. Keeping an aging core on the field is proving a tougher task each year. In recent springs, Manuel has lessened the Grapefruit... Read more

Phillies add Yuniesky Betancourt for depth

Monday, January 28, 2013, 1:50 PM
The Phillies signed Yuniesky Betancourt, a light-hitting veteran middle infielder, to a minor-league deal Monday. He is invited to big-league spring training, where a chance at a bench job could await. More than likely, Betancourt will simply provide depth if he agrees to a triple-A assignment. The... Read more

Manuel eager to watch Ruf this spring

Monday, January 28, 2013, 11:42 AM
It remains to be seen who will be most impacted by the late offseason addition of right fielder Delmon Young, because that's the sort of thing that gets sorted out in spring training. Do the Phillies carry 11 pitchers, opening the door for six infielders and six outfielders? Does it cost an outfielder... Read more

Phillies can still finish first during the season

Friday, January 25, 2013, 2:12 PM
The Phillies may have finished third in the National League East last season and again this offseason, but that doesn't mean they have to finish anywhere other than first once the season begins. At a dinner banquet in Allentown Thursday night, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explained why this offseason... Read more

Domonic Brown must win his job

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:27 AM
In each of the last two springs, Domonic Brown had a chance to win a starting job. He batted 16 times in 2011 before a freak fracture of a bone in his wrist handed Ben Francisco right field. Last spring, Brown batted all of 20 times while hamstrung by thumb, neck and knee ailments. John Mayberry Jr... Read more

Phillies outfielder Delmon Young has incentive to eat less

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4:23 PM
Ruben Amaro Jr. used the word "motivated" often Tuesday to describe Delmon Young, who settled for a $6 million paycut to join the Phillies. Young admitted he followed bad habits last season once he knew he was destined for designated hitter duty in Detroit. "When I knew I wasn't going to see the field... Read more

Video: Phillies pin right field hopes on Delmon Young

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 8:53 PM
Video: Phillies hope to have found an every day right fielder after signing Delmon Young to a one-year deal Tuesday. The Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports from Citizens Bank Park. Read more

Morgan rising rapidly through Phillies farm system

Monday, January 21, 2013, 2:32 PM
Adam Morgan provided another reason why Jesse Biddle’s expected climb through the minor leagues to an eventual spot in the Phillies’ starting rotation is so intriguing. The two men were teammates last season at single-A Clearwater and there is a panoramic photograph just outside the clubhouse... Read more

Bastardo agrees to $1.4 million deal

Friday, January 18, 2013, 12:27 PM
Before they exchanged salary arbitration numbers Friday, the Phillies and reliever Antonio Bastardo came to an agreement on a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. The deal includes award bonuses and represents an $895,000 raise for the 27-year-old lefthander who figures to play a major role in manager... Read more

Joseph, Martin and Simon improved Phillies farm system

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 11:11 AM
A couple hours after the Eagles introduce Chip Kelly as their 21st head coach Thursday, the Phillies will hold a media event of their own at Citizens Bank Park. As they do every year around this time, the Phillies brought in a pack of minor-league prospects for a four-day orientation program that... Read more
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