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Phils Select J.P. Crawford With First Pick

6 Jun

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J.P. Crawford, an 18-year-old high school shortstop, was selected by the Phillies in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Crawford, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, played for Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Calif., where he batted .432 in 25 games with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. Crawford, a cousin of Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford, is the school’s all-time leader in hits (179), runs scored (162), stolen bases (73) and walks (72).

29 Sep

The Zo Zone

It is a fitting end to a forgettable season.

Ryan Howard, who missed much of 2012 following left Achilles surgery, broke his right big toe Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, where he dropped the lead pipe his swings in the on-deck circle squarely on his toe. Howard said an x-ray Thursday revealed a small fracture in the toe, which will require nothing more than rest to heal.

But his season is over.

So what’s next for the Phillies’ $125 million man? Only the most important offseason of his career.

Howard hit .219 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 56 RBIs in 71 games. His batting average, on-base percentage (.295), slugging percentage (.423) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.718) are career lows, but he projected to 127 RBIs over a full season because he hit .329 with runners in scoring position.

“I know I’m a better hitter than that,” Howard said…

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3 Aug

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Joe Blanton is gone.

Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere.

The Phillies placed Blanton on waivers this week, and the Dodgers promptly claimed him. The Phillies had the option of pulling him back from waivers, but instead they shipped him to Los Angeles for a player to be named or cash. The Dodgers will pay the remaining $2.9 million in Blanton’s salary, and the Phillies can get a player back if they want.

CBS’ Jon Heyman reported a team claimed Lee, but Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters today Lee isn’t going anywhere.

That’s not a surprise. Unless the Phillies got knocked out with an offer, the Phillies weren’t going to trade him.

Blanton’s departure leaves five players from the 2008 World Series roster: Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. While working on the The Rotation last year, I asked Blanton how often he…

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Phillies Preparing Offer for Cole Hamels

12 Jul

Jason Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies are preparing a “Substantial Offer” for left-hander Cole Hamels in an attempt to determine whether they can sign him to an extension in the next two weeks.

Stark’s source said “They’re trying to sign him, and they think it’s going to happen. At least that’s what I was told.”

If what Stark’s sources say is true, Baseball in Philadelphia will change forever.

Read the rest of Stark’s article here. 

From everything that I’m hearing, the major sticking point between the two sided is the number of guaranteed years the Phillies are willing to commit to.  Hamels agent John Boggs is pushing for 6-7 years for his client, but the Phillies are more comfortable in the 5 year range.

Weither the Phillies can afford Cole Hamels is a big deal as well.  A lucrative deal for Hamels is a risk that will cripple the Phillies for a number of years when it comes to the salary cap, and Ruben Amaro Jr. will need to be far more creative in future signings…

All he’s really done in the last few years is spend, spend, spend.

Cole Most definitely is worth it, but still it’s a huge move. He’s the best pitcher to come out of the Phillies system in the last 40 years.

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Halladay’s Rehab Start (Video)

12 Jul

 

 

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5 Jul

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The Zo Zone

There has been a lot of losing lately, and the Phillies are preparing themselves for trades in the event they keep losing.

The Phillies have not been sellers before the July 31 Trade Deadline since 2006, when they moved Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell, Rheal Cormier, Ryan Franklin and others to change the look on the field and the chemistry in the clubhouse. But no matter what happens in the next few weeks, even if the Philies become sellers, Ruben Amaro Jr. said today the Phillies plan on competing in the future.

“It’s more about retooling than it is redoing,” he said at Citi Field. “We’ve got a lot of players that are pretty damn good that I expect to be playing next year for us.”

The will have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy…

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30 Jun

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Phillies news release:

The Phillies have traded first baseman/designated hitter Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for catcher Gabriel Lino and right-hander Kyle Simon, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Here are Amaro’s words from a conference call with the five Phillies beat writers in Miami:

Q: How quick did this come together?
A; We talked to some clubs over the last couple of weeks about Jim. We were trying to do two things, really. We were trying to be attentive to Jim’s situation and at the same time, trying to take care of the Phillies. First and foremost, that’s my job, to put us in the position to do the right thing for the organization. At the same time, the player that we’re talking about and the great deal of respect we have for Jim, I wanted to try to put…

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