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Archive: November, 2012

If you go to WAR, Bourn is the best available CF

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 10:41 AM
If you believe in WAR -- the baseball acronym for wins above replacement -- then the best center fielder on the free-agent market is still available even after the Atlanta Braves signed B.J. Upton Wednesday. Regardless of what source you use for WAR, Michael Bourn, the former Phillies fourth-round... Read more

Pursuit of Lopez appears to be over

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 3:25 PM
The Phillies' pursuit of Houston reliever Wilton Lopez is over, multiple sources said Thursday. A trade for the Houston reliever appeared to be gathering steam Wednesday when the Phillies brought the 29-year-old reliever into Philadelphia for a physical, but for some reason the talks stalled and then... Read more

The competitive advantage of Adderall

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 1:19 PM
If you're wondering what performance-enhancing advantage suspended Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz might have received from taking the amphetamine Adderall, there is a terrific story by Larry Stone in Wednesday's edition of the Seattle Times. In the story, Dr. Gary Wadler, a past chairman of the World... Read more

Source confirms Phillies' pursuit of Houston Astros relief pitcher Wilton Lopez

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 12:03 PM
A league source has confirmed multiple reports that the Phillies are near completing a trade that will bring righthanded reliever Wilton Lopez to the team from the Houston Astros. Lopez was in Philadelphia Wednesday for a physical. Lopez, 29, has spent the last four seasons with the Houston Astros... Read more

Video: How will Carlos Ruiz's suspension affect the Phillies?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 10:48 PM
How will Carlos Ruiz's 25-game suspension for a banned substance affect the Phillies at the start of the 2013 season? The Inquirer’s Bob Brookover chats with CineSport’s Justin Shackil. Read more

Josh Fields is first minor-league signing

Friday, November 23, 2012, 9:10 AM
Six seasons ago, Josh Fields was a 24-year-old rookie third baseman who mashed 23 home runs in 100 games and a future cornerstone of the Chicago White Sox. You know, the kind of guy the Phillies currently dream of to fill a gaping hole. He has played in 103 major-league games since 2007, been labeled... Read more

Four prospects added to 40-man roster

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 4:34 PM
The Phillies added four prospects -- three of them pitchers -- to the 40-man roster Tuesday before the deadline to protect them from selection in the Rule 5 draft. Righthanders Trevor May, Jonathan Pettibone, Ethan Martin and outfielder Zach Collier are the additions. They push the Phillies' 40-man... Read more

Minor-league staff missing one manager

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 3:21 PM
Even with Ryne Sandberg's former job filled from the outside, the Phillies were able to retain every minor-league manager from 2012. That means Dusty Wathan (double-A Reading), Chris Truby (single-A Clearwater) and Mickey Morandini (single-A Lakewood) will man their same posts from a season ago. Andy... Read more

To protect or not to protect

Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:29 AM
Another milepost of baseball's winter hits at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the moment when 40-man rosters must be set in advance of the ever-thrilling Rule 5 draft. There will be a flurry of roster moves in the next two days as teams decide which players are worth protecting. Not everyone is eligible for selection... Read more

The Marlins have made the Phillies better

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 2:24 PM
As the Miami Marlins unveiled their gauche new ballpark last winter, proud team president David Samson oddly pointed out that the outside portion of the place did not have any right angles. "That's the way (owner) Jeffrey Loria wanted it," Samson said. A short time later the Marlins learned that... Read more
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