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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » 2010 » December

The Philadelphia Phillies re-sign J.C. Romero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 27 December 2010 at 3:35 pm

The Phillies have re-signed 34-year old lefty reliever J.C. Romero. Romero pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 1-0 with 3 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He has now pitched in 213 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 6-6 with 4 saves, a 2.60 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Romero has only given up 99 hits in 148 2/3 innings with the Phillies as he misses a lot of bats but he has also walked 105 batters and that is way too many. It was smart of the Phillies to bring back Romero for another year.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Cliff Lee

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 14 December 2010 at 11:48 am

The Phillies have swooped in and signed 32-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee to a 5-year, $107.5 million dollar deal with a very reachable vesting option for a 6th season valued at $27.5 million bucks with a $12.5 million dollar buyout. His option vests if he pitches either 200 innings in 2014 or at least 400 innings in 2014+2015 combined. Last season, Lee pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Mariners & Rangers and he was 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He only walked 18 batters in 212 1/3 innings last season which is mind blowing. Lee has now pitched in 222 games (218 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 102-61 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.26 ERA during the regular season. He has also pitched in 10 games (all starts) in the post season in his career and he is 7-2 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.

Lee said that he and his wife loved their time in Philly in 2009 and that played a big reason why they chose to return. Lee pitched in 12 games (all starts) during the regular season for the Phillies in 2009 and he was 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Lee also pitched in 5 games (all starts) in the post season for the Phillies in 2009 and he was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.

The Phillies now have the best rotation in major league baseball without a doubt. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels will be the top four going into the 2011 season. The Phillies are trying to trade Joe Blanton to free up some money, but he would be a great #5 starter if they can find a way to keep him.

The Philadelphia Phillies select Michael Martinez in the Rule 5 Draft

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 9 December 2010 at 9:21 pm

The Phillies have selected 28-year old switch hitting 2B/SS/OF Michael Martinez away from the Washington Nationals in the Rule 5 Draft. Martinez played in 133 games in AA+AAA-ball last season and he was 132 of 485 (.272 avg, .720 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 11 homers, 56 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. Martinez has now played in 548 games in his five years in the minors and he is 515 of 1,961 (.263 avg, .683 OPS)with 272 runs scored, 20 homers, 208 RBIs and 82 stolen bases. Martinez will get a shot to win a bench job with the Phillies next spring.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Robb Quinlan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 8 December 2010 at 2:09 pm

The Phillies have signed 33-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Robb Quinlan to a minor league deal. Quinlan played in 23 games for the Angels last season and he was 4 of 33 (.121 avg, .353 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 458 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 307 of 1,112 (.276 avg, .723 OPS) with 134 runs scored, 25 homers, 121 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Quinlan will get a shot to win a job on the Phillies’ bench next spring.

UPDATE: (3/11/2011) - The Phillies have released Robb Quinlan.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Brian Bass

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 7 December 2010 at 9:50 am

The Phillies have signed 28-year old righty reliever Brian Bass to a minor league contract. Bass pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last season and he was 0-0 with a 12.27 ERA and a 2.59 WHIP. He has now pitched in 101 games (4 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 9-7 with 1 save, a 5.16 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Bass will likely be stashed in AAA but he will get a shot to win a job in the Phillies’ bullpen next spring.

Carlos Ruiz finishes in 17th place in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 3 December 2010 at 12:46 am

31-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz finished in a tie for 17th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award with 2B Dan Uggla of the Marlins and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals. Ruiz played in 121 games for the Phillies last season and he was 112 of 371 (.302 avg, .847 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 8 homers and 53 RBIs. He has now played in 487 games in his first five years with the Phillies and he is 379 of 1,456 (.260 avg, .749 OPS) with 169 runs scored, 30 homers, 191 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Ruiz’ hitting is starting to catch up with his defense which should be scary for the rest of the N.L.

Ryan Howard finishes in 10th place in the N.L. MVP Award voting

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 3 December 2010 at 12:43 am

31-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard finished in 10th place in the MVP voting in the N.L. Howard played in 143 games for the Phillies last season and he was 152 of 550 (.276 avg, .859 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 31 homers and 108 RBIs. He has now played in 875 games in his first 7 years with the Phillies and he is 902 of 3,237 (.279 avg, .944 OPS) with 552 runs scored, 253 homers, 748 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Howard has the potential to win this award again in the future.

Jayson Werth finished 8th in the N.L. MVP Award voting

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 3 December 2010 at 12:40 am

31-year old righty swinging RF Jayson Werth finished in 8th place in the voting for the N.L, MVP Award. Werth played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 164 of 554 (.296 avg, .921 OPS) with 106 runs scored, 27 homers, 85 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He has now played in 775 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 684 of 2,519 (.272 avg, .848 OPS) with 433 runs scored, 120 homers, 406 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. While the Phillies would like to bring back Jayson Werth it doesn’t appear like they are going to break the bank for him.

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