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Archive: January, 2013

Measuring the cost of injuries over the last five seasons

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:55 AM
Hard to believe that I'll be flying down to Clearwater in a little over a week for this year's edition of spring training. I'm in the process of organizing my notes in an attempt to identify some of the plotlines that need to be explored early in camp. Here's one: Last year, nearly 1/5th of the money... Read more

Phillies receive poor grades from Sports Illustrated

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
Some people have convinced themselves that Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Roy Halladay will bounce back and have healthy, productive years; that Michael and Delmon Young will provide cheap, adequate power in the middle of the order; that somehow, through a combination of willful ignorance and changing... Read more

Charlie Manuel loves idea of Jimmy Rollins in WBC

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
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

Video: Phillies sign Young; Will Foles change?

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
Will Nick Foles be a different QB under new head coach Chip Kelly? Why did the Phillies sign Delmon Young? CineSport's Noah Coslov and the Daily News' Rich Hofmann discuss this & the Sixers. Read more

A-Rod and a bunch of other athletes turned up in alleged PED dealer's records

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
Hey, get ready for another A-Rod steroids story because, duh. The Yankees third baseman's name turned up—along with a slew of his constituents—in the records of a alleged Miami-based PED dealer. Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Wayne Odesnik (tennis, read a book), and others... Read more

A healthy Hamels ready to go

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
After knocking down a report from earlier this month that he had to be backed off his offseason throwing program because of shoulder soreness, Cole Hamels addressed the on-the-field hurdle he and the Phils will have to face in 2013. For the first time since he was a young, unproven major leaguer,... Read more

Phillies add Yuniesky Betancourt for depth

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
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

Ted Lerner likes the Nationals' chances

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:55 AM
Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner had some bold words for the crowd at NatsFest: "We're going to the World Series this year." Spoken like a man with the best team on paper. Look, we all know how easy it is to get to the World Series when you have the team with the best players. Just ask the... Read more

Manuel eager to watch Ruf this spring

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 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 sign veteran reliever Chad Durbin to one-year deal

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:55 AM
The Phillies lost 16 games last season that they had led in the 7th inning or later in 2012. Despite signing Jonthan Papelbon to the richest contract for a reliever in baseball history, the rest of the bullpen was a collection of not-ready-for-prime time pitchers. A combination of injuries and ineffectiveness... Read more
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