Monthly Archives: July 2012

The ideal Phillies 2013 outfield

Regardless of what happens by today’s trade deadline, the Philadelphia’s outfield is going to look a heck of a lot different in 6 months.

The Phillies’ 5-year strangehold on the NL East has all but slipped away this season and GM Ruben Amaro finally looks primed to infuse new blood into the recently successful franchise. And with Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino‘s impending free agencies — and more likely trade deadline departures — looming, the changing of the guard will start in the outfield.

So, if you’re the Phillies, or a fan, what does your ideal 2013 outfield look like? Continue reading

Phillies, Hamels agree to contract extension

Ruben Amaro doesn’t have to worry about Cole Hamels hitting free agency anymore.

The Phillies and Hamels agreed — just 6 days before the trade deadline — to a 6-year, $144 million extension, the second-highest contract ever awarded to an MLB pitcher. The pact comes after weeks of rumors surrounding Hamels’ future in Philadelphia, whose disappointing season has Amaro on the verge of declaring his team a deadline seller. Possible destinations for the 28-year-old starter included Texas, Detroit, and Los Angeles, among a few others. Continue reading

Anthony Gose makes his MLB debut

After 3+ seasons in the minors, one of baseball’s more intriguing young names made his major league debut last night in New York. Continue reading

For 2012 Phillies, losing is now a good thing

The most intriguing trade deadline personality will be that of the Philadelphia Phillies, whose disappointing 37-51 record seems to have general manager Ruben Amaro on the verge of dealing away some of the team’s veteran impending free agents. Amaro has publicly stated that he has no intentions of blowing up the core of a team that won 102 games just one year ago; however, he has emphasized his desire to put the team in position to compete in 2013 and beyond. Continue reading

Should the Phillies trade Shane Victorino?

With yet another loss at the hands of the division rival Braves on Sunday, the Phillies record fell to an abysmal 37-50. GM Ruben Amaro hinted back in May that his team could be sellers at the trade deadline if they didn’t rattle off a sizable winning streak before the end of July. Now at the All-Star break, the Phillies sit a mountainous 14 games behind first-place Washington, and mathematically have less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs. Continue reading