March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies were up by one run. There were two runners on and five outs separating them from a win over the Atlanta Braves. Antonio Bastardo already had been in and out of the game and Mike Adams was unavailable, still working his way back from July shoulder surgery. Jake Diekman, possibly the most lethal arm in the 'pen, was being taken out after allowing two of the three batters he faced to reach base. Ryne Sandberg called on righthander Brad Lincoln in the eighth inning of yesterday afternoon's game at Bright House Field.
February 15, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Antonio Bastardo's standing in the Phillies organization was never endangered. The lefthander knew as much the day he called Ruben Amaro Jr. last August to tell the general manager he was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. "Take the suspension," Bastardo remembered Amaro saying. "We're not going to make it this year. I need you for next year. " Bastardo forfeited about $460,000, but the stain will linger. He admitted Thursday to violating Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement.
February 14, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The questions might be warranted, but the Antonio Bastardo who pitched in the Dominican Republic this winter looked a lot like the one who dominated the National League in 2013 before a 50-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug ended his season. In 14 innings for Los Gigantes, Bastardo struck out 24, walked six, and allowed only three earned runs while holding opposing batters to a .160 average. "I feel great," the 28-year-old lefty said. "I'm ready to go. " Last year, Bastardo pitched great, logging an average of 9.9 strikeouts, 4.4 walks and 0.4 home runs per nine innings along with a 2.32 ERA. Then came the suspension for his connection to the Biogensis Clinic in Miami whose alleged PED operation resulted in the discipline of 13 players.
January 26, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES came to an agreement on a 1-year contract yesterday with outfielder Ben Revere, their last arbitration-eligible player, and are getting close to finalizing their roster, with spring training around the corner. Revere and the Phillies avoided arbitration with a 1-year, $1.95 million contract for the 2014 season. Only a week earlier, the parties exchanged numbers as part of the arbitration process. The Phillies proposed a $1.4 million salary for Revere; the centerfielder requested $2.425 million for the upcoming season.
January 25, 2014 |
Mike Adams doubted everything in the first months after the ninth surgery performed on his body. He still had persistent pain in his right shoulder, which was torn in three spots and repaired in late July. His strenuous workouts led to surgery No. 10 in October for a sports hernia. "There were questions," Adams said. "Like, 'Was my career over?' " He stood at his locker Thursday in the Phillies clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and oozed optimism. These last two months were beyond encouraging, he said.
January 20, 2014 |
WITH THE CLOCK ticking down on the unofficial beginning of the arbitration process yesterday morning, the Phillies came to an agreement on a deal with a player for the second time in the last 24 hours. The Phillies and reserve outfielder John Mayberry Jr. agreed to a 1-year, $1.587 million deal yesterday morning to avoid arbitration. The contract includes award bonuses. On Thursday night, the team and righthander Kyle Kendrick also avoided arbitration by coming to terms on a 1-year, $7.675 million deal.
January 19, 2014 |
The Phillies avoided arbitration with John Mayberry Jr. by signing the outfielder-first baseman to a one-year, $1.587 million contract plus award bonuses. Major League Baseball teams had until 1 p.m. Friday to agree to terms on a deal before exchanging arbitration figures. Arbitration hearings will be next month. An arbitration-eligible player can sign at any point before those hearings. Mayberry, who earned $517,000 last year, hit .227 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 353 at-bats.
January 18, 2014 |
It remains to be seen exactly where Kyle Kendrick slots in the Phillies' rotation this season, but the team now knows what his work will cost. The two sides avoided salary arbitration Thursday when the veteran righthander agreed to a one-year deal worth $7.675 million plus award bonuses. The deal represents a $3.175 million raise for the 29-year-old righthander with a career 64-55 record and a 4.38 ERA. For the first time since 2010, Kendrick opened last season as part of the starting rotation and got off to a terrific start, posting a 7-4 record and a 3.46 ERA through his first 16 starts.
January 15, 2014 |
WHILE THE Phillies are likely finished adding major league talent from the free-agent market this winter, they still have to settle business with their arbitration-eligible players in the next month. The arbitration process moves into high gear this week, first with players filing today and then on Friday, when players and teams exchange salary figures. Both parties can come to terms on new contracts prior to Friday, though, and also before a possible arbitration hearing next month.
January 10, 2014 |
IT WORKS as a cute joke, but it is also true that the only thing harder than being let go by the Phillies is getting Ed Snider to retire. Which makes yesterday's announcement that the Phillies were "reassigning" broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews to other roles rather peculiar, especially on the heels of last month's sudden and stunning resignation by Snider's righthand man, Peter Luukko, to pursue other, unspecified interests. Loyal to Snider and in charge of overseeing interests that included the Flyers, Luukko left smack in the middle of a hockey season and with the NCAA Frozen Four hockey championships he worked so hard to obtain on the immediate horizon.