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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » 2009 » February

The Philadelphia Phillies release Adam Eaton

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 28 February 2009 at 12:20 am

The Phillies thought they were getting a solid starting pitcher when they signed him two seasons ago as a free agent. But, earlier today they decided to cut their losses and let him walk away. The 31-year old righty pitched in 21 games (19 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He pitched in 51 games (49 starts) in his two seasons with the Phillies and he was 14-18 with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. The Phillies won’t miss Eaton even if he pitches well for someone else in 2009.

The Philadelphia Phillies expect more great things out of Ryan Howard in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 19 February 2009 at 9:53 pm

29-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is looking to better his 2008 season in 2009. He played in 162 games for the Phillies last season and he was 153 for 610 (.251 avg, .882 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 48 homers and 146 RBIs. But, Howard still does have some weaknesses as he whiffed 199 times last season and he made 19 errors in 159 games at first base. Still, the Phillies are more than willing to suffer with Howard’s warts as long as he continues to supply amazing power. In the last three seasons, Howard has averaged a staggering 101 runs scored, 51 homers and 143.7 RBIs! It will be interesting to see if Howard can keep up this stunning production and I’m betting that he will.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Miguel Cairo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 15 February 2009 at 10:28 pm

The Phillies have signed 34-year old righty swinging infielder Miguel Cairo to a minor league deal. Cairo played in 108 games for the Mariners last season and he was 55 for 221 (.249 avg, .646 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 23 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,200 games in his major league career in which he is 881 for 3,316 (.266 avg, .672 OPS) with 426 runs scored, 27 homers, 318 RBIs and 128 stolen bases. Cairo will have a hard time making the opening day roster for the Phillies but he is a quality bench player.

The catcher position is wide open in spring training for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 13 February 2009 at 11:53 pm

The Phillies have four candidates for the starting catcher job in 2009. 30-year old righty swinging Carlos Ruiz is the incumbent but he will have a hard time holding onto the job if he plays like he did last season. Ruiz played in 117 games for the Phillies last year and he was 70 for 320 (.219 avg, .620 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 4 homers and 31 RBIs. Pitchers liked to throw to him last season as they had a 3.85 ERA, but, he was only 14 of 79 (18%) throwing out potential basestealers.

27-year old Ronny Paulino was brought over in a trade with the Pirates over the winter. The righty swinger played in 40 games for the Pirates last season and he was 25 for 118 (.212 avg, .582 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 18 RBIs. Paulino could rebound in Philly as he has a career batting average of .278 with a .713 OPS in 304 games in the majors. Paulino has a decent arm as he nailed 8 of 31 (26%) basestealers, but, Pirates’ pitchers had a 5.43 ERA with him behind the plate. Paulino has potential to be a above average starting catcher for the Phillies but he needs to improve his work ethic to get there.

36-year old Chris Coste was the backup catcher last season but he’s been mentioned in some trade rumors over the winter. Coste played in 98 games for the Phillies last season and he was 72 for 274 (.263 avg, .748 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 9 homers and 36 RBIs. Coste only threw out 8 of 52 (15%) basestealers last season, but, Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.97 ERA with him behind the plate.

22-year old righty swinging Lou Marson is likely the catcher of the future for the Phillies. He played in 1 game for the Phillies last season and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.750 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Marson also threw out the first and only major leaguer that tried to steal against him. Marson also played in 94 AA-games last season in which he was 101 for 322 (.314 avg, .849 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers and 46 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C

The Philadelphia Phillies tweak the roster for 2009

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 8 February 2009 at 9:19 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies figured that if it isn’t broke you don’t fix it. But, the Phillies acted quickly in signing lefty swinging Raul Ibanez to replace Pat Burrell in LF. The Phillies also acquired Ronny Paulino from the Pirates to push Carlos Ruiz for the starting job this spring. The Phillies also will give Marcus Giles the chance to rebuild his career this spring. Pablo Ozuna is also very versatile in the field so he could win a spot on the Phillies’ bench. The Phillies added Chan Ho Park and Gary Majewski to help out on the right side of the bullpen. Jake Woods will likely get a chance to replace J.C. Romero while he’s out due to a performance enhancing suspension.

OFF SEASON GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES: C

Jake Woods signs on with the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 February 2009 at 9:53 pm

The Phillies have inked 27-year old lefty Jake Woods to a minor league contract. Woods pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last season and he was 0-0 with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He has now pitched in 84 games (8 starts) in his major league career and he is 8-5 with 1 save, a 4.60 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Woods could help the Phillies out if he makes the team until J.C. Romero is ready to return from his suspension.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign a couple of players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 5 February 2009 at 11:02 pm

The Phillies have signed 34-year old righty swinging infielder Jorge Velandia and 34-year old righty swinging outfielder Damon Hollins to minor league deals. Velandia played in 10 games for the Indians and Blue Jays last season and he was 3 for 15 (.200 avg) with 1 run scored. He has now played in 174 games in his major league career in which he is 46 for 244 (.189 avg, 544 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 2 homers, 23 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He is known for his defense. Hollins played in 105 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 80 for 363 (.220 avg, .726 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 16 homers and 55 RBIs. He has played in 256 games in his major league career and he is 172 for 712 (.242 avg, .675 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 28 homers, 86 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. These signings were just for organizational depth so don’t expect too much out of either of these guys in 2009.

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