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January 15, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
YOU CAN cross one reclamation project off the list of potential Phillies starters this season. According to multiple reports, veteran lefthander Wandy Rodriguez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves after a similar one with the Phillies was scuttled due to a failed physical. Rodriguez, once one of the most consistent starters in the National League, has battled injuries in recent years, including a forearm strain that limited him to 12 starts in 2013 and a knee injury that preceded his being designated for assignment 2 months into last season.
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January 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BARRING a blockbuster Cole Hamels trade - which could still happen between now and next month - the 2015 Phillies starting rotation is beginning to crystallize. The Phillies signed veteran righthander Aaron Harang to a 1-year, $5 million deal yesterday. The deal includes performance and award bonuses. Harang, 36, went 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts with the Atlanta Braves last season. "Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a press release.
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December 21, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It was around late June or early July, Ruben Amaro Jr. was saying Friday, that he knew the Phillies were going nowhere. The recognition was a long time coming. They hadn't been as high as third place in the National League East standings since April 22, and Cliff Lee was hurt and A.J. Burnett was pitching through a hernia and Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hadn't hit at all and Chase Utley was fading after a fast start. Only then, Amaro said, did he and the franchise's decision-makers understand that it was time to stop kidding themselves about the sustainability of the Utley-Howard-Jimmy Rollins core, and it was that understanding that led the Phillies to trade Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor-league pitching prospects.
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December 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The final 24 hours of these winter meetings, once they were unclogged by Jon Lester's decision to sign with the Cubs, assumed a frenzied pace. By the time Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff departed California on Thursday afternoon, they could say the Phillies' demolition had begun. Teams were more willing to do business and now will explore their backup plans involving other Phillies assets. But, after seven starting pitchers changed hands from Wednesday night into Thursday, there was less clarity about where the biggest fish, Cole Hamels, could land.
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December 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Six days ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. answered his cellphone a few hours before boarding a flight bound for baseball's winter meetings and sounded as confident as ever. More than 2 months into the offseason, the embattled general manager had not made a significant move to begin the rebuilding process. But he was surely more hopeful than the fans who have been calling for his job with each passing day. "A lot of our players out there are being depicted as not as able commodities, but we've got some guys that still are," Amaro said Saturday.
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December 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - For the first time in a few years, the Phillies departed the winter meetings looking as if they had a reasonable plan and the ability to execute it. Trading a player with a no-trade clause isn't easy, but Ruben Amaro Jr. accomplished it, and the early reports are that he netted a couple of plausible big-league pitchers in return for shortstop Jimmy Rollins. If the reports from scouts are to be believed, neither Tom Windle nor Zach Eflin possesses top-of-the-rotation upside.
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December 12, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
WITH THE imminent departure of Jimmy Rollins, the reconstruction begins. Rollins is set to take his Hollywood act to La-La Land, where, presumably, he will contend for a World Series title one last time. No one who observes baseball can be surprised by this move, or others likely to come: perhaps, Cole Hamels; maybe, Chase Utley; certainly, Ryan Howard; hopefully, Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies are staler than Christmas cookies in February, desperate for a makeover most extreme.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, flew last week to Atlanta for a second meeting with Jon Lester. The pitcher helped Boston win a World Series. He beat cancer and threw a no-hitter two years later. He grew up in the Red Sox organization. Now, Henry needed to sway a beloved figure. Boston's final offer, according to Yahoo Sports, was six years and $135 million. Lester signed with the Cubs for $155 million. He rejected those emotional ties for a better deal.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The next era of Phillies baseball commenced Wednesday from a sixth-floor suite at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where a dozen team officials assembled the trade of their iconic shortstop. The dismantling of a once-great roster started with the franchise's all-time hits leader, the man who coronated a spectacular five-year run with three words: "Team to beat. " Jimmy Rollins, the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia, will be a Los Angeles Dodger. Details of the trade - which could involve a player from a separate deal between Los Angeles and Miami - were being finalized Wednesday night, said a source familiar with the talks.
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