Thursday, March 31, 2011

MLBTradeRumors: Phillies Sign Ronnie Belliard

Phillies Sign Ronnie Belliard: "

The Phillies have signed infielder Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract, tweets Todd Zolecki of

Belliard, released by the Yankees on Monday, will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to Zolecki. Presumably, the move was made for injury insurance at the infield positions, where the Phils are thin between second baseman Chase Utley being shelved and third baseman Placido Polanco coming off offseason elbow surgery.

Yesterday, the Phillies released Luis Castillo, eliminating him from contention for the second-base gig. So, it looks like the Phils will go with Wilson Valdez as the starter there for now.

Belliard, 35, hit .216/.295/.327 in 185 plate appearances for the Dodgers last year, playing first, second and third.

Brett Myers wants to stick it to Phillies

Myers plans for statement vs. Phillies ace: "Astros Opening Day starter Brett Myers loves to pitch against his old team, even if it means going up against Phillies ace Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET."

Phillies accept Harry Kalas statue

Phillies accept statue of Harry: "The Phillies have accepted a 7 1/2 foot statue of legendary announcer Harry Kalas to be displayed at Citizens Bank Park."

Phillies Notebook: Manuel on base with Rollins batting third for Phillies

Phillies Notebook: Manuel on base with Rollins batting third for Phillies: "JIMMY ROLLINS hits third. Shane Victorino leads off. Raul Ibanez hits fifth to protect cleanup hitter Ryan Howard.

When Jayson Werth accepted riches in Washington, D.C., this winter, and when Chase Utley's right knee finally gave out this spring, questions abounded about who would replace Utley in the third slot and Werth in the five hole."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Phillies release 2B Castillo (PA SportsTicker)

Phillies release 2B Castillo (PA SportsTicker): "The Philadelphia Phillies have released second baseman Luis Castillo two days before their opener."

Jamie Moyer to work as ESPN analyst during rehab

Moyer to work as ESPN analyst during rehab: "Jamie Moyer will work as an ESPN analyst during his rehab from Tommy John surgery."

Phillies' Lidge out till June? (Yahoo! Sports)

Phillies' Lidge out till June? (Yahoo! Sports): "Great teams find ways to win, and the four-time National League East champ Philadelphia Phillies will get test..."

Phillies' batting order: TBA, Howard, TBA

Phillies' batting order: TBA, Howard, TBA: "THE THIRD HITTER, Chase Utley, took ground balls yesterday without the benefit of a lawn chair, but he and his bum knee are still on the disabled list to start the season.

The fifth hitter, Jayson Werth, went 0-for-2 with a walk yesterday in his final exhibition appearance, but he is still playing for the Washington Nationals."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Utley aims to return ... before all-star break?

Phillies' Utley aiming to return before all-star break: "CLEARWATER, Fla. - The updates, for now, will remain nebulous. Chase Utley's right knee has progressed, albeit slowly, the Phillies say. He is able to take "light ground balls," but there is no running."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Phillies To Sign Kevin Frandsen: MLB Rumors -
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NYT: Favored Phillies Know Expectations Are High

Favored Phillies Know Expectations Are High: "How's this for pressure? Anything less than a World Series title will be considered a failure for the Philadelphia Phillies this season.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ryan Madson: 'Im going to do it right this time'

CSNPhilly: Phils' Madson: 'Im going to do it right this time': "While he has struggled in the past as a closer, Ryan Madson -- after finding out that Brad Lidge will start the season on the DL -- said he's ready to give it another go. By Jim Salisbury"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Forbes: Phillies' value jumps to $609 million

Forbes: Phillies' value jumps to $609 million: "The Phillies are valued at $609 million, the sixth-highest total in baseball, according to Forbes magazine.
The figure represents an increase of 13 percent over last year when the Phillies were valued at $496 million and ranked seventh."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Halladay, Utley, Lee jerseys among top sellers

Halladay, Utley, Lee jerseys among top sellers

Luis Castillo Shows Up Late

This just in: Luis Castillo: "CLEARWATER, Fla. - By the end of the drip, drip day, it was hard to figure who seemed more badgered. The just-released second baseman whose already-damaged reputation took another hit with his late arrival yesterday. Or the manager who seemed to view his arrival as a cruel joke to his open prayer for help in the three and five holes."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Phillies fans are No. 1

Phillies fans are No. 1: "PHILLY HAS THE WORST fans. Philly has the best fans. Will somebody make up their damn mind?

Last week, GQ magazine wrote that Phillies and Eagles fans were the worst in sports.

Yesterday, another survey listed Phillies fans as the best in baseball. Go figure."

Monday, March 21, 2011

MLBTradeRumors: Jimmy Rollins Talks Free Agency

Jimmy Rollins Talks Free Agency: "

Jimmy Rollins chatted recently with Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports about his impending free agency.  The 32-year-old shortstop seems at ease entering the first contract year of his career:

'If I do what I’m supposed to do and I’m healthy, I’ll get signed somewhere, if not here. I’m not worried about that part. Just having a healthy season and feeling good, that’s the only thing I’m concerned with.'

The Phillies are the only team Rollins has ever known, but it's too early to determine the extent of the gap between his asking price and the commitment the Phillies are willing and able to make.  As Rosenthal points out, the Phillies don't have a replacement ready at the top levels of the minors.

Despite Rollins' slipping on-base percentage, his 10.2% walk rate last year was a career-best.  He still has good pop for a shortstop, and his defense remains well-regarded.  If Rollins stays healthy and his batting average bounces back, he could be in line for a four or five-year deal worth upwards of $15MM a year.  The 2012 free agent market potentially features at least four other starting shortstops: Jose Reyes, Rafael Furcal, Alex Gonzalez, and J.J. Hardy.  That crop is better than usual, but it's still very difficult to find a quality shortstop. 

Phillies sign 2nd baseman Luis Castillo (AP)

Phillies sign 2nd baseman Luis Castillo (AP): "The Philadelphia Phillies signed three-time All-Star second baseman Luis Castillo to a minor league contract on Monday. Castillo will report to camp as a non-roster player and compete for playing time while five-time All-Star Chase Utley recovers from a right knee injury. Castillo is a career .290 hitter in 15 seasons with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Florida Marlins."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CSN: Polanco hurts elbow as Phillies' injuries mount

Polanco hurts elbow as Phillies' injuries mount: "Placido Polanco is the latest Phillie to be shut down because of injury. The Phils' third baseman suffered a hyperextended elbow Tuesday. By Jim Salisbury"

Hamels makes an enemy. GASP!

Phillies' Hamels makes an enemy: Astros' Hall 'disrespected': "KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chances are, the confrontation between Cole Hamels and Bill Hall that occurred yesterday will be forgotten by the time the Astros and Phillies meet in their season-opening series at Citizens Bank Park. Even if it isn't, it probably won't matter, since Hamels isn't scheduled to pitch during the three-game set."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Moyer eyes 2012 comeback?

Phil Sheridan: Moyer eyes 2012 comeback: "CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jamie Moyer enjoys retirement living - attending his kids' baseball and basketball and soccer games, caddying for his 7-year-old son, cooking on the grill under glorious Florida skies. It's just that he's not ready for it. Not yet, not while there's any chance he still has some baseball left in his 48-year-old body."

Saturday, March 12, 2011

MLBTradeRumors: Lee, Young, Utley

Phillies Notes: Lee, Young, Utley:

Here's the latest from the four-time defending National League East champs...

  • In an interview today on Philadelphia's WIP Radio, Cliff Lee said that his top priority as a free agent was to join the team with the best chance of winning.  After the Phillies, his next choices were the Rangers and the Yankees, in that order.  New York was the third choice since, Lee says, 'I felt like with what the Red Sox had done and it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older, but I liked the Rangers.”
  • It seems unlikely that the Phillies could manage to take on Michael Young's salary, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News outlines how the Phils could conceivably acquire the Rangers' infielder.  Hagen surmises the club can partially pay for Young if they receive some insurance money back from a lengthy Chase Utley injury, and if the Phillies can move Joe Blanton (owed $17MM over the next two seasons) to the Rangers in the trade.
  • Both Hagen and's Todd Zolecki point out that the Phillies want to avoid having their payroll reach the $178MM threshold that would cost them a luxury tax payment.  The Philadelphia payroll currently projects to be in the $165MM-$168MM range.  GM Ruben Amaro tells Zolecki that the team believes Utley 'will be healthy enough sooner rather than later,' but if the team does look outside the organization for help, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes recently looked at some potential second base candidates.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Phillies react to being without Utley

Phillies react to being without Utley: "Shane Victorino slowly exhaled when he heard Chase Utley is sidelined indefinitely with chronic knee pain."

Utley out indefinitely as Phillies seek opinions

Utley out indefinitely as Phillies seek opinions: "The Phillies will seek additional medical opinions on Chase Utley's right knee, which is showing the same symptoms related to the issues he experienced last season despite a cortisone shot and receiving the same treatment that had initially alleviated the problem."

Phil Sheridan: The two sides of Utley's injury

Phil Sheridan: The two sides of Utley's injury: "CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Chase Utley Watch goes on. For another day, it was conducted in silence. All we know about his status is quo."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Phillies keeping quiet on Utley's health

Phillies keeping quiet on Utley's health: "Phillies second baseman Chase Utley received a cortisone injection in his right knee Friday for his patellar tendinitis. So far, the Phillies and Utley have said nothing about its effectiveness."

Successful surgery for Domonic Brown, no update on Utley

Successful surgery for Domonic Brown, no update on Utley: "Domonic Brown had successful surgery this morning on the broken
hamate bone in his right hand. Brown had the hamate bone removed by
hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp in Philadelphia."

Jason Werth knows all.

READ: Werth says Phillies could have had him and Lee

"I think if they would have played it right they would have had us both. I mean, they traded Cliff away for prospects and then realized that was probably not what they should have done. They ended up paying him a lot more than they would have if they’d signed him the year before. Then we would have had him. Chances are if they had signed him before they traded him, it probably would have made it a little easier to sign me ..."

On Cliff Lee coming back to Philly:

"I had an inside edge. I kind of knew it was always a possibility and I kind of felt it was going to be one or the other. At that point. When it wasn't me, and what they were talking to me about in terms of years, it kind of made it seem like they were playing us off against each other a little bit."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Roy Halladay MLB 2K11 Commercial

In case you haven't see it yet ... this is worth 65 seconds of your time.