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

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Danys Baez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 31 December 2009 at 2:20 pm

The Phillies have signed 32-year old righty reliever Danys Baez. Baez pitched in 59 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He only allowed 59 hits in 71 2/3 innings last season for the O’s as he has swing and miss stuff. He has now pitched in 453 games (26 starts) in his major league career and he is 35-49 with 114 saves, a 4.04 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. I like this signing for the Phillies as Baez should be able to help them from the 7th inning on in games.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Tagg Bozied

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 31 December 2009 at 1:29 pm

The Phillies have signed 30-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Tagg Bozied to a minor league deal. Bozied played in 56 games in AAA-ball last season for the Pirates and he was 62 for 215 (.288 avg, .806 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 18 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Bozied has been stuck in AAA-ball for the last 7 years. He has played in 559 games in AAA-ball and he is 556 for 1,968 (.283 avg, .858 OPS) with 311 runs scored, 95 homers, 330 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He has the look of a AAAA player…..too good for AAA but not good enough for the show.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Roy Halladay and others in a massive trade

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 December 2009 at 6:23 pm

The Phillies have acquired 32-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays and 20-year old righty reliever Phillippe Aumont, 21-year old righty starting pitcher Juan Ramirez and 21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyson Gillies from the Mariners. The Phillies sent 31-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee to the Mariners and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Drabek, 20-year old righty swinging catcher Travis D’Arnaud and 24-year old righty swinging outfielder Michael Taylor to the Blue Jays. Halladay also signed a 3-year extension with the Phillies valued at $60 million bucks with a option for a 4th year. Halladay pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Blue Jays last season and he was 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He won the Cy Young Award in the 2003 season with the Blue Jays. He has pitched in 313 games (287 starts) in his major league career and he is 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Halladay will replace Cliff Lee at the top of the Phillies’ rotation and that is a nice upgrade for the Phillies. Lee pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Lee was also awesome in the post season for the Phillies last season as he started 5 games in which he was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. The Phillies did get three solid prospects back from the Mariners for Lee who wasn’t likely to sign a long term deal with the team. Phillippe Aumont was the Mariners’ #3 rated prospect in the Mariners’ system coming into the 2009 season. He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in A+AA ball last season and he was 2-6 with 16 saves, a 3.88 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has now pitched two years in the minors working in 59 games (8 starts) in which he was 6-10 with 18 saves, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Aumont has whiffed 109 batters in 106 2/3 innings in the minors while allowing only 91 hits showing that he has pretty nasty stuff. He could develop into a closer down the road for the Phillies. Juan Ramirez was the Mariners’ #5 rated prospect heading into the 2009 season according to Baseball America. Ramirez pitched in 28 games (27 starts) in A-ball last season and he was 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He 82 games (77 starts) in his four years in the minors, Ramirez is 22-27 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has allowed only 369 hits in 406 2/3 innings in his career in the minors but he has problems throwing strikes with 169 walks. Tyson Gillies played in 124 games in A-ball last season and he was 170 for 498 (.341 avg, .916 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 9 homers, 42 RBIs and 44 stolen bases. Gilles has now played in 235 games in his three years in the minors and he is 261 for 814 (.321 avg, .866 OPS) with 167 runs scored, 11 homers, 73 RBIs and 80 stolen bases. The Phillies did trade good prospects to the Blue Jays but they also got a nice haul from the Mariners for Lee to make up for it. Kyle Drabek was the Phillies’ #5 prospect heading into 2009 according to Baseball America. He pitched in 25 games (23 starts) in A+AA last season and he was 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Michael Taylor played in 116 games in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 137 for 428 (.320 avg, .944 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 20 homers, 84 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Travis D’Arnaud was the Phillies #7 rated prospect heading into the 2009 season according to Baseball America. He played in 126 games in A-ball last season and he was 123 for 482 (.255 avg, .738 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 13 homers, 71 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. I like this trade for the Phillies as Halladay is a improvement over Lee and they recouped the prospects they traded to the Blue Jays with the ones they received from the Mariners.

The Philadelphia Phillies let Clay Condrey walk

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 14 December 2009 at 7:34 pm

The Phillies decided not to tender a contract for the 2010 season to 34-year old righty reliever Clay Condrey making him a free agent. Condrey pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 6-2 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He pitched four years with the Phillies working in 161 games (0 starts) in which he was 16-8 with 4 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. The Phillies won’t miss Condrey too much as they should be able to afford to bring in someone better to work out of the pen in 2010.

Chris Duffy signs with the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 12 December 2009 at 5:16 pm

The Phillies have signed 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Chris Duffy to a minor league deal. Duffy played in 19 games for the Brewers last season and he was 4 for 32 (.125 avg, .378 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs. He has now played in 212 games in his major league career and he is 187 for 713 (.262 avg, .675 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 6 homers, 52 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. This was a good signing for the Phillies who will give Duffy a chance to win a bench job in spring training.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Bill White

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 12 December 2009 at 5:13 pm

The Phillies have signed 31-year old lefty reliever Bill White to a minor league deal. White pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in A+AAA ball last season and he was 4-1 with 6 saves, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. White has also pitched in 17 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 2-0 with a 9.45 ERA and a 2.48 WHIP. White doesn’t have a large upside but you can never have too many lefty relievers around and for that reason I like this signing for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Cody Ransom

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 12 December 2009 at 5:10 pm

The Phillies have signed 33-year old righty swinging infielder Cody Ransom to a minor league deal. Ransom played in 31 games for the Yankees last season and he was 15 for 79 (.190 avg, .585 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 10 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 197 games in his major league career and he is 61 for 262 (.233 avg, .722 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 7 homers, 34 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. This was a good signing for the Phillies as Ransom can play a lot of positions but he will likely start the season in AAA.

The Philadelphia Phillies select David Herndon in the Rule 5 Draft

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 11 December 2009 at 2:02 pm

The Phillies have picked 24-year old righty reliever/starter David Herndon in the Rule 5 Draft off of the Angels’ roster. Herndon pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in AA-ball last year and he was 5-6 with 11 saves, a 3.03 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 132 games (50 starts) in his four year minor league career and he is 26-23 with 28 saves, a 3.78 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. The Phillies will get a good look at Herndon this spring with the idea of letting him compete for a job in the bullpen.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign 1B/OF Ross Gload

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 9 December 2009 at 8:32 am

The Phillies have signed 33-year old 1B/OF Ross Gload to a 2-year deal. Gload played in 125 games for the Marlins last season and he was 60 for 230 (.261 avg, .729 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 6 homers and 30 RBIs. He has now played in 608 games in his 8 years in the majors and he is 405 for 1,432 (.283 avg, .736 OPS) with 176 runs scored, 28 homers, 192 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. This was a good move for the Phillies who needed a dependable stick off the bench and Gload is more than capable of providing that to them.

The Philadelphia Phillies won’t likely be making any big splashes in free agency

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 7 December 2009 at 1:29 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have already added Placido Polanco and Brian Schneider in free agency and they don’t have a lot of serious issues heading into the Winter Meetings. There have been whispers that Joe Blanton is on the trading block but I wouldn’t trade him if I were running the Phillies as he is a solid and very dependable starting pitcher. But, if the Phillies do move Blanton I think it would be with the idea of making a strong push to add Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays in a big trade. The Phillies could also sign a free agent to work late in games as going with Brad Lidge at closer in 2010 is a scary proposition.

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