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February 20, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - I don't have a lot of words to say about any one thing, so I'm going to say a few words about a lot of things. 1.  We didn't learn anything new about Cole Hamels yesterday that we didn't already know. Throughout last season, you got a real sense that he, Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon would jump at the chance to pitch for a contender. It's why I've never bought the notion that a team will have to guarantee his fifth-year vesting option to get him to OK a trade.
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February 18, 2015 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Columnist
FOUR YEARS AGO, Chase Utley was the only player on the short field that sits on the left side of the front entrance to Bright House Field. He was fielding ground balls. It doesn't sound like anything unordinary until you add in the fact that Utley was going through the routine while seated on a bucket due to a chronic knee ailment. A year later, Utley would be joined by Ryan Howard on the spring sideline following Achillies' surgery. The two biggest pieces in the Phillies' lineup were dealing with career-altering injuries and their readiness for the 2012 season was in question throughout the team's stay in Clearwater, Fla. The summer that followed turned into the beginning of the end of the greatest era in Phillies history.
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February 18, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Coming off arguably the greatest 9-9 season in the history of major-league pitching, Cole Hamels edges toward the late prime of his career still anchored to a team that seems intent on repeating its mistakes. Can the Phillies ever get their timing right on when to hold on to a player and when to make the best deal possible and move on? The last several years should have served as proof that the team isn't very good at those decisions, and if Hamels isn't traded before the start of the regular season, the Phils will put themselves in danger of making their biggest mistake.
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February 17, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
PITCHERS AND catchers hold their first official workout in Clearwater on Thursday. Among the story lines will be the following: 1) How healthy is Cliff Lee? It's the million dollar question. Actually, several million. 37.5 of them, to be exact. Lee's contract guarantees him a $25 million salary this season and a $12.5 million buyout of a club option for 2016. And if he pitches 200 innings this season and is not on the disabled list at the end of the year, that option becomes guaranteed at $27.5 million.
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February 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
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February 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TODAY AT Citizens Bank Park, 7 weeks and 3 days before the Phillies' season begins at the 12-year-old ballpark, an equipment truck filled with everything from baseballs and batting helmets to bubblegum and sunflower seeds will begin its annual trek south. It will arrive at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., at some point this weekend. The truck will empty and all of the pieces will be properly put into place before pitchers and catchers take part in their first official workout on Thursday.
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February 13, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com (Final in a series of NL East previews.)
  TAKING A LOOK at the Phillies: Manager: Ryne Sandberg Last 5 years: 2014: 73-89, fifth place; 2013: 73-89, fourth place; 2012: 81-81, third place; 2011: 102-60, first place; 2010: 97-65, first place Additions: RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Chad Billingsley Subtractions: SS Jimmy Rollins, RHP A.J. Burnett, LHP Antonio Bastardo, RF Marlon Byrd What to expect: The Phillies' playoff drought sits at three seasons and...
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February 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said three weeks ago that if he were to handicap it, he envisioned Cole Hamels starting for the Phillies on opening day. The chances of that materializing increased Monday, when the Phillies lost one possible trade partner for their prized lefthander. Before they began the final week without baseball until November by agreeing to a deal with righthander James Shields, the San Diego Padres were one of the most speculated potential suitors for Hamels.
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February 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST WEEK, the good folks at Baseball Prospectus shared their preliminary preseason calculations with the rest of the world, forecasting the final standings for the 2015 regular season. The Phillies, not surprisingly, will finish in last place in the National League East, according to the website. It has Ryne Sandberg's rebuilding Phils in line for a 70-92 season, bad enough for the worst record in all of baseball. So please temper your excitement that Phillies pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout in Clearwater, Fla., 2 weeks from today.
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February 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ALTHOUGH THE TALKS concerning Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels and first baseman Ryan Howard have quieted as the hot-stove league winds down, Jonathan Papelbon's name continues to populate the trade-rumor mill. Are trade talks dead or alive? Will he stay or will he go? Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said throughout the last month that he expects both Hamels and Howard to be with the team when the season opens at Citizens Bank Park on April 6. But does he expect Papelbon to be in Clearwater, Fla., when pitchers and catchers hold their first workout of the spring on Feb. 19?
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