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  1. Phillies sign pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT


    The Phillies finally made some waves at the Winter Meetings on Thursday as sources tell’s Jim Salisbury that the team has signed free agent pitcher Roberto Hernandez who was formerly known as Fausto Carmona. He pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and finished the year with a 6-13 record and a 4.89…

  2. The current Papelbon header on

    Dec 11, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT


    … currently reads “Please Take Papelbon” and includes this nugget from Jim Salisbury who is down working the Winter Meetings in Florida: The club also continues to look to move closer Jonathan Papelbon. “They’re selling the [crap] out of him,” a representative from one club said. You may have heard rumblings that there are people…

  3. Quotable: Ruben Amaro Jr. says Phillies are ‘built to win’

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apparently laughed off reports that the club was listening to offers for Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Inquirer beat writer Matt Gelb went so far as to say Amaro and assistant GM Scott Proefrock put on a “skit” about the rumors. This is baseball’s silly season, when a…

  4. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Dom Brown all available for trade apparently

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT


    Word out of Major League Baseball’s winter meetings is no piece is untouchable for the Philadelphia Phillies right now, including the aces up general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.’s sleeve. Buster Olney for ESPN reports the Phillies would be open to trading either Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee, two of the three highest-paid players on the…

  5. Jonathan Papelbon’s ugly Christmas sweater photo is phenomenal

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT


    Ugly Christmas Sweater parties have been going on ever since the Cosby Show first aired in 1984, so it’s safe to say we all have our own awkward photos wearing some horrid red and green sweater with snowflakes knitted into it — maybe a reindeer if you’re real dedicated. But I also think it’s safe…

  6. A few more fond remembrances of Roy Halladay

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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    A number of former and current Philadelphia Phillies players shared their thoughts on the great Roy Halladay yesterday. We’ll share some of those below, but first a few links from around the web today. I also wanted to share my most memorable post on Halladay. It was a simple post about how he talks to…

  7. Roy Halladay places ad in Daily News thanking Philadelphia fans

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT


    Roy Halladay retired from the game of baseball this afternoon in an emotional press conference after signing a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. But Halladay wanted to make it very clear that he was extremely thankful for his time in Philadelphia and that he will always fondly remember the playoff runs he and…

  8. Watch Roy Halladay’s retirement press conference live

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT


    In a sense, it’s nice to see Roy Halladay know that his body has nothing left to give the game of baseball. But damn it if it’s not sad to see one of the most likable Phillies hang it up having never achieved his dream of hoisting the World Series Trophy. The chances of that…

  9. Roy Halladay is retiring from baseball

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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    A dreary Monday morning just got a bit tougher. Roy Halladay is set to retire from the game of baseball. He’ll sign a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and make the announcement later this afternoon, according to multiple reports. The decline of Halladay was one of the tougher things to watch on a…

  10. Erik Kratz traded for Brad Lincoln: Let’s all watch the turkey bacon commercial one last time

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT


    “Hey, you’re Erik Kratz, the catcher for Philadelphia, right?” the cartoon turkey wearing a pig’s costume innocently asks. In the fun and exciting world of television commercials, Erik Kratz still answers that question affirmatively. But we’re not W.B. Mason and we don’t live in jingles. After Tuesday’s wild day in Major League Baseball, the spokesman…

  11. Quotable: Ruben Amaro on John Mayberry Jr.

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT


    “Didn’t think about it all,” the Phillies’ GM said when asked if he considered non-tendering Mayberry. “He was not a non-tender candidate for us. Any player who can hit 14 home runs in this day and age off the bench in limited at-bats and have the versatility he does … there was no thought to…

  12. Curt Schilling and Howard Eskin take to Twitter to rip each other over Hall of Fame

    Nov 27, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Baseball Hall of Fame will go through their voting process in the coming weeks to induct the next class of ball players to get their mug on a plaque in Cooperstown. You may have been reminded of this when the folks over at Deadspin made a mockery of the process by purchasing one baseball…

  13. Video: Carlos Ruiz surprises local 6-year-old boy battling leukemia

    Nov 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies made the re-signing of catcher Carlos Ruiz official last week. And while the specifics of his 3-year contract are up for debate among the baseball savvy, the awesomeness of Chooch off the field is most certainly not. He added to his awesomeness in a special way last week. Chooch showed up to…

  14. You can purchase Shane Victorino’s scraggily beard hair on eBay

    Nov 21, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT


    Just felt the need to point that out to you. It’s true. You can, in fact, purchase the beard hair of Red Sox players Shane Victorino and David Ortiz on eBay. Mike Oz of Yahoo!’s Big League Stew explains, “The items come with autographed razors used at the post-World Series ceremonial shaving that both Ortiz and Victorino…

  15. Joe Biden is a crazy person, also a Phillies fan

    Nov 21, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT


    Joe Biden was talking some smack on your favorite sandwich today down in Washington, DC. Some Delaware sandwich shop opened up a DC location and the Veep was there to talk some smack on Philly’s finest. That’s crazy talk. But then he also kinda stood up for Phillies fans, I think. So we’ll give him…

  16. Multiple reports say Chooch is re-signing with the Phillies

    Nov 18, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT


    Sources: Free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz re-signing with #Phillies. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 18, 2013 No word yet on specifics but a legit report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rostenthal that catcher Carlos Ruiz will return to Philadelphia to play for the Phillies will almost assuredly make fans in this town happy. More on the details…

  17. The Phillies add a Clete

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies announced a number of minor league contracts with big league invites this morning. A couple of the names will look familiar to you and then there’s also a Clete. More on veteran reliever Shawn Camp over at the mothership. Phillies announce minor-league contracts w big league camp invites for RHP Shawn Camp,…

  18. Recommended reading: David Murphy on scouting organizations vs. decision-making organizations

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT


    The Marlon Byrd signing did not sit well with many Phillies fans in the Philadelphia area over the past few days. It’s not so much that people think Marlon Byrd can’t be a good player for the Phillies in 2013, it’s more the fact that the Phillies gave a guy getting up their in age…

  19. Comment of the week sponsored by Smith’s Restaurant and Bar: The one person who loves Marlon Byrd

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t easy but we scoured the comments and found the one person totally stoked on the Phillies bringing back Marlon Byrd to man right field at Citizens Bank Park. So what if they probably overpaid by, like, twice as much! Byrd calls in the outfield are back baby! From BrandonPhilly: I love Byrd. That’s…

  20. Cold water on the Jose Bautista and Dom Brown trade rumors

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT


    It’s safe to take all Phillies rumors started by Howard Eskin with a bucket of salt, so it’s not surprising today to see a number of people who cover baseball nationally for a living shoot down the report last night that the Toronto Blue Jays were in talks with Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Philadelphia…

  21. Report: Phils talking to Toronto about Dom Brown for Jose Bautista swap

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT


    While the Phillies appear to be targeting midlevel free agents this offseason by most accounts, Ruben Amaro Jr. always has an ace up his sleeve. Or it might be the two of spades. There is most definitely a something up there though. Hopefully it’s a face card at least? Turns out it might be one…

  22. Report: A.J. Pierzynski is Ruben’s backup plan if Chooch falls through

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT


    ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted on Tuesday that if the Phillies fail to come to terms with Carlos Ruiz, their next option could be longtime White Sox and most recently Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski. His age of 36 would help him fit in with the current Phillies roster. He’ll be 37 when next season starts.…

  23. Report: OF Marlon Byrd returning to Phillies

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT


    Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies are set to reunite with outfielder Marlon Byrd, according to multiple reports including Michael Barkann on 94 WIP who broke the news. When first hearing about the signing, there are two facts that stick out in Byrd’s bio. The right-handed bat is now 36 years old and was almost…

  24. Phillies moderately warm stove rumblings: Chooch, Trumbo… oh and Stanton again

    Nov 8, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT


    Things have been lukewarm on the stove to start the free agency period in Philadelphia. A couple of links of interest: Chooch is a free agent and the Phillies will attempt to bring him back as their catcher for 2014 but they’re not gonna just sit around and wait forever. Ruben did some posturing in…

  25. Phillies hire analytics guru, Amaro unsure it changes anything

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT


    Upon finishing out 2013 with a 73-89 record, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally conceded the front office needed to begin incorporating analytics into personnel evaluations. Ladies and gentlemen, the future has arrived—better late than never.’s Todd Zolecki revealed the organization has tabbed Scott Freedman from Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department for…