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Week In Review – Truck Day, PN TV

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, February 12, 2012 05:02 PM Comments: 1

Getting packed up. (Photo: MLB.com)

With snow falling in some parts of the northeast and, yes, even Virginia Beach it seems like no better day for truck-filling day.  That’s right guys it’s time to fill the truck and get it on its way to Clearwater.  With only six days until pitchers and catchers report, the 2012 season is sneaking up fast.

Inside the truck there will be thousands of baseballs and hundreds of packs of sunflower seeds.  Along with the batting gloves, bubble gum and dixie cups will also be the dream of another World Championship.  And hats off to Ruben Amaro Jr. for doing his part in putting together team after team in order to contend with.

2008 was great, and Amaro and the rest of the front office have been continuously trying to find that same magic to raise another flag in Philadelphia.  This past week more names, some familiar and some not, have been mentioned with the Phillies.

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ESPN: Phillies Tried to Move Blanton to Keep Oswalt

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, February 08, 2012 05:41 PM Comments: 20

(PHOTO: AP)

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com said in a series of tweets that the Phillies were attempting to unload Joe Blanton in an attempt to clear salary space to keep Roy Oswalt.

Verrrry interesting, to say the least. Who would that taker be, if they were able to find one? Undoubtedly, the Phillies would have to eat some, if not ALL, the remaining money on Blanton’s contract. Right now there does not seem to be any sort of market for Blanton, which significantly hurts the Phillies chances of re-signing Little Roy.

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Mutual Interest in Oswalt Return to Philadelphia

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, February 04, 2012 06:22 PM Comments: 61

Could Oswalt return to the Phils?

According to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Roy Oswalt‘s price tag is falling yet his preferred suitors remain strapped for cash and may not be able to sign the righty. It is no secret the World Series-winning Cardinals and runner-up Rangers are Oswalt’s top choice due to their proximity to his Mississippi home, yet Morosi reports that the Red Sox, Reds, and, yes, the Phillies have remained in contact with Oswalt as contract demands decrease. Oswalt is the best free agent pitcher available, yet teams looking for cheaper options are exploring trades, with Morosi mentioning the Nationals’ John Lannan and the Rays’ Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis being available with affordable, team-friendly contracts.

Of Oswalt’s interest in returning, Morosi says:

Oswalt had a positive experience in Philadelphia, where he went 16-11 with a 2.96 ERA in 221 2/3 innings after arriving in a trade midway through the 2010 season. Oswalt remains interested in returning to the Phillies, sources say. But they haven’t been aggressive in looking for rotation help this off-season, given the formidable – and expensive – cast of starters they currently possess.

This off-season, the Phillies have picked up a few role players whose salaries total what Oswalt may be asking for ($8-$10 million, 1 year). Phillies fans: is Oswalt someone you would be willing to go over the Luxury Tax for, do you have confidence in our fifth starter (Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick, or other), and are you disappointed that the money given to players like Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix, Jim Thome, Chad Qualls, and others could have been used to re-sign Oswalt or does the strengthened bench outweigh fortifying what remains one of the most formidable rotations in baseball?

Click here for Phillies Nation’s Roy Oswalt 2011 Year In Review.

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Top Moment #8: Phillies Clinch NL East

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, January 20, 2012 08:15 AM Comments: 2

Celebration never gets old (Photo by M. Kennedy)

Continued Success! With a 9-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phillies clinched the National League East for the fifth year in a row.

Raul Ibanez smacked a grand slam and Roy Oswalt pitched a masterpiece to help the Phillies get to the champagne-popping moment.

Unlike recent years, the Phillies clinched the NL East early.  There was a different feeling than years prior: no ninth-inning jitters on the last day of the season, nor a fear of a collapse.  Every Phillies fan knew the Phillies were going to clinch; the only question was “when?”.

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Week In Review – Pineiro, Nats, Sixers

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, January 15, 2012 05:00 PM Comments: 19

UPDATE: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Phillies have signed former Mariner and Cardinal hurler Joel Pineiro to a minor-league deal that includes an invite to Spring Training.

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Will Prince Fielder sign in Washington?

When pennant flags are raised in 2015, many people will look back to this offseason as the one that shaped the National League East.  It’s the first one in awhile when such big names are moving simultaneously and at the same position.  Albert Pujols took care of his future already and now Prince Fielder still awaits his fate.

A dark horse in these negotiations could be the Nationals.  They have quietly acquired, ok maybe not so quietly, the top young talent in Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Bryce Harper and made a deal to bring in Jayson Werth for way too much money.  Recently they have been linked to Roy Oswalt, Gio Gonzalez (who they signed) and now apparently talks with Fielder’s agent have started back again.

As I have argued on Twitter (@kierancarobine) in the past weeks signing Fielder does not put the Nationals as favorites for the East.  I honestly think the Phillies still hold that spot but it would make the upcoming seasons that much more interesting.  Once their youthful movement is complete they will be the competing team on top.

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Top Moment #20: K-Rod Falters, Phillies Comeback

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, December 23, 2011 08:00 AM Comments: 0

It wasn’t too long ago when the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets had a very heated rivalry. Both teams were fighting for the National League East, but over the last couple of years the Phillies have separated themselves from the rest of the division while the Mets found themselves near the cellar. The Phillies/Mets rivalry wasn’t as intense in 2011, but any Phillies fan can agree that beating the Mets is always a good feeling, especially when it involves the faltering of a very disliked closer.

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Grading Ruben Amaro’s Moves; Part One

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, November 27, 2011 03:19 PM Comments: 47

What grade does Ruben get on the Oswalt trade? Check below. (PHOTO: AP)

After taking over for Pat Gillick following the 2008 World Championship season, Ruben Amaro Jr. hasn’t been lacking in the big-moves department. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Hunter Pence – all his doing. The Ryan Howard extension was his, as well. The Roy Oswalt trade had a big impact on the Phillies.

Overall, I think most believe Amaro has done a hell of a job bringing in top-notch talent and keeping the Phillies as a premier franchise.

Let’s take a look at how each move has turned out for the Phillies in this four-part series. We’ll begin with the starting pitchers.

Roy Halladay trade/extension/Cliff Lee trade:

-Phillies give up Michael Taylor, Travis D’Arnaud, Kyle Drabek to TOR
-Phillies trade Cliff Lee to Seattle for Tyson Gillies, Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez
-3 yr/$60 million contract with 4th year option at $20 million

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Phillies Offer Arbitration to Rollins, Madson, Ibanez

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, November 23, 2011 04:59 PM Comments: 78

Ibanez was offereed arb. But why?

In a bit of a head scratching move, the Phillies have offered salary arbitration to Raul Ibanez, meaning if he accepts, he could actually make more than the $12 million he made in 2011.

It was a foregone conclusion the Phillies would offer it to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson. With the Jonathan Papelbon signing, the Phillies lose a first-round draft pick, but when Madson signs elsewhere, they will recoup one. Same goes for Jimmy; if he moves on, the Phillies get a pick either in the first round, or a sandwich pick.

The Ibanez offering, however, comes out of left field. Perhaps they do look at him as a fallback option if they can’t come to terms with another outfielder they are squiring on the open market. And perhaps Ibanez has already told the Phillies he will decline the option anyway, even if they do offer it. In that case, he’s doing the Phils a solid, and they will receive a supplemental pick when he goes elsewhere.

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Oswalt’s Incomplete Year May End Tenure with Phillies

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, November 19, 2011 10:30 AM Comments: 20

(Photo: AP)

Roy Oswalt was one of the most under-appreciated pitchers on not only the Phillies, but in baseball in 2010. In 12 starts with the Phils, Oswalt posted a 1.74 ERA in 82.2 innings and struck-out 3.5 times the batters he walked. His 2011 season was a little different.

Little Roy left the team in April to tend to his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi and was put out of action for nearly two months with a debilitating back injury in June.  Oswalt would make 23 starts for the Phils, posting an ERA (3.69) almost a half of a run over his career average (3.21). Oswalt’s peripherals remained steady as his 2.14 BB/9 in 2011 was close to his career average of 2.09 and his BABIP of .316 against a career average of .296 indicates that he was about as “lucky” as he always was.

Throughout the season, however, Oswalt experienced a noticeable drop in velocity on his fastball and became more hittable. His K/9 was more than a full K less than his career average and he saw a nose dive in K%. Oswalt BAA (.275) and WHIP (1.34) were both noticeable increases against his career averages (.249 and 1.19) as well.

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Credit Where Credit’s Due: Kyle Kendrick’s 2011 Season

Posted by Michael Baumann, Thu, November 03, 2011 08:35 AM Comments: 27

No one gripes more about Kyle Kendrick than I do. No one. So when I say that the man who once started Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS had a decent season, that means something. Going into 2011, we thought Joe Blanton had been marginalized, but what about Kendrick? The man started 83 games from 2007 to 2010, ducking into and out of the starting rotation seemingly at random, but when Cliff Lee came back, Kendrick dropped all the way to seventh in the starting pitcher pecking order. Of course, because of injuries to Blanton and Roy Oswalt, Kendrick wound up making 15 starts in 2011 anyway, to go with 19 relief appearances. So how did it go?

Rather well, actually.

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