The Philadelphia Phillies sign Wilson Valdez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 November 2009 at 11:04 pm

The Phillies have signed 31-year old righty swinging 2B/SS Wilson Valdez to a minor league deal. He played in 41 games for the Mets last season and he was 22 for 86 (.256 avg, .663 OPS) with 11 runs scored and 7 RBIs. He has now played in 152 games in his 4-year major league career and he is 76 for 342 (.222 avg, .565 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 1 homer, 27 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. This was a good depth signing for the Phillies as Valdez will likely start the season in AAA.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign DeWayne Wise

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 November 2009 at 11:02 pm

The Phillies have signed 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder DeWayne Wise to a minor league deal. Wise played in 84 games for the White Sox last season and he was 32 for 142 (.225 avg, .628 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 324 games in his 7-year major league career and he is 132 for 610 (.216 avg, .636 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Wise is best remembered for making a perfect game saving catch for Mark Buehrle of the Pale Hose last season. Defense and speed are the skills Wise will bring to the Phillies if he makes the team out of spring training.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Juan Castro

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 November 2009 at 6:20 pm

The Phillies have signed 37-year old righty swinging infielder Juan Castro to a 1-year deal. Castro played in 57 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 31 for 112 (.277 avg, .650 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. He has now played in 1,041 games in his major league career and he is 572 for 2,484 (.230 avg, .602 OPS) with 244 runs scored, 36 homers and 220 RBIs. This was a nice little signing for the Phillies as Castro is a lot better player than Eric Bruntlett who he will be replacing.

Charlie Manuel finishes sixth in the voting for the Manager of the Year Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 21 November 2009 at 10:30 am

Charlie Manuel of the Phillies just never seems to get much respect as a manager despite his success. Manuel led the Phillies to a 93-69 (57.4%) record during the regular season in 2009. Then he led them to their second consecutive National League Pennant before falling to the Yankees in the World Series. Manuel has now compiled a 447-363 (55.2%) record in his five years with the Phillies and there is no reason to think he won’t improve that W-L% next year.

J.A. Happ finishes 2nd for the Rookie of the Year Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 November 2009 at 11:56 pm

27-year old lefty starting pitcher J.A. Happ finished 2nd in the voting for the Rookie of the Year Award in the National League. He pitched in 35 games (23 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Happ will definately be in the starting rotation for the Phillies from Day #1 next year so look for him to put up huge numbers.

The Philadelphia Phillies jettison two players from the roster

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 November 2009 at 11:53 pm

The Phillies removed 35-year old lefty swinging 1B Andy Tracy and 33-year old righty swinging catcher Paul Hoover from the 40-man roster making both of them free agents. Tracy played in 9 games for the Phillies last year and he was 5 for 12 (.417 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He also played in 129 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 115 for 453 (.254 avg, .842 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 26 homers, 96 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Tracy shouldn’t have much of a problem finding a new job based on his solid year in the minors. Hoover played in 3 games for the Phillies last year and he was 3 for 4 (.750 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 1 RBI. He also played in 73 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 62 for 245 (.253 avg, .668 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 1 homer and 28 RBIs. Veteran catchers are always in demand so Hoover should be able to find a gig for 2010. The Phillies won’t miss either of these guys.

UPDATE: The Phillies have re-signed Andy Tracy and Paul Hoover to minor league deals.

The Philadelphia Phillies let Eric Bruntlett and Tyler Walker leave

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 November 2009 at 11:49 pm

31-year old righty swinging infielder Eric Bruntlett and 33-year old righty reliever Tyler Walker have refused minor league assignments by the Phillies thus becoming free agents. Bruntlett played in 72 games for the Phillies last season and he was 18 for 105 (.171 avg, .462 OPS) with 15 runs scored and 7 RBIs. In two years with the Phillies, Bruntlett played in 192 games in which he was 64 for 317 (.202 avg, .550 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 2 homers, 22 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. The Phillies will have little problem bringing in a utility infielder who is better than Bruntlett for the 2010 season. Tyler Walker pitched pretty well for the Phillies last season working in 32 games (0 starts) in which he was 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The Phillies didn’t use Walker in too many high stress situations showing that they didn’t exactly trust him.

The Philadelphia Phillies decline Pedro Feliz’ option for the 2010 season

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Sunday 8 November 2009 at 8:57 pm

The Phillies have declined 34-year old righty swinging 3B Pedro Feliz’ option for the 2010 season valued at $5 million bucks instead buying him out for $500,000 bucks. Feliz played in 158 games for the Phillies last season and he was 154 for 580 (.266 avg, .694 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 12 homers and 82 RBIs. He played in 291 games in his two seasons in Philadelphia and he was 260 for 1,005 (.259 avg, .699 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 26 homers and 140 RBIs. The Phillies are going to be on the hunt to improve the 3B position offensively with likely targets in free agency being guys like Mark DeRosa and Adrian Beltre. Feliz will be a fall back option for the Phillies as they are not closing the door on him completely quite yet. Feliz has not really produced in the post season while in Philly and that could also be a factor in this decision. In 29 games for the Phillies in the post season the last two years, Feliz is 20 for 98 (.204 avg) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.

The Philadelphia Phillies pick up Cliff Lee’s option for 2010

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 6 November 2009 at 3:52 pm

The Phillies have picked up 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee’s option for the 2010 season. That wasn’t too hard of a decision after watching him dominate in the post season. Lee started 5 games in the post season for the Phillies and he was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. He started 12 games for the Phillies during the regular season after coming over from the Indians at the trade deadline and he was 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Overall, with the Indians & Phillies last season Lee started 34 games in which he was 14-13 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Lee seems to keep getting better in his career and the Phillies are going to definately cash in on him.

The Philadelphia Phillies will be a interesting team to watch in free agency

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 5 November 2009 at 1:57 pm

The Phillies have 10 prospective free agents on the roster going into the winter. Cliff Lee has a $8 million dollar option for next season and the Phillies will certainly pick that up. The Phillies have a $5 million dollar option on starting 3B Pedro Feliz or they can buy him out for $500,000 bucks. It will be interesting to see if they pick up his option or look for a cheaper alternative. Paul Bako, Miguel Cairo, Matt Stairs, Rodrigo Lopez, Brett Myers, Scott Eyre, Pedro Martinez and Chan Ho Park are the other players elgible for free agency. The Phillies don’t have a burning need to bring any of those guys back but I would think that Scott Eyre or Pedro Martinez make the most sense on maybe a 1-year deal. If the Phillies let Feliz go they will likely be in the market for a new starting 3B. Chone Figgins, Adrian Beltre, Joe Crede, Troy Glaus and Mark DeRosa all make sense there. The Phillies also might be in the market for one more starting pitcher to fill out the rotation. Look for middle tier guys like Brad Penny, Carl Pavano, Justin Duchscherer, Jarrod Washburn and Doug Davis to interest the Phillies. The Phillies could use reinforcements from both the right and left side out of the bullpen. Mike Gonzalez, Joe Beimel, John Grabow, Ron Mahay, Darren Oliver, Will Ohman, Brian Shouse and Jamie Walker could interest the Phillies from the left side. From the right side guys like David Weathers, Danys Baez, Brendan Donnelly, Kiko Calero, Octavio Dotel, LaTroy Hawkins, Bobby Howry, Brandon Lyon or Russ Springer all makes sense for the Phillies from the right side. With Paul Bako almost certain to retire the Phillies will need a backup catcher for next season. Brad Ausmus, Josh Bard, Henry Blanco, Ramon Castro, Jason LaRue, Jose Molina, Mike Redmond, Brian Schneider and Gregg Zaun could all be considered for the job. The Phillies could also be in the market for a backup outfielder with Reed Johnson, Randy Winn, Fernando Tatis, Rocco Baldelli, Austin Kearns, Rick Ankiel, Andruw Jones and Brian Giles all on the short list. The Phillies fell short of their goal which was to win back to back World Series Championships so look for them to be aggessive over the winter in a attempt to improve the roster for the 2010 season.

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