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February 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Less than a month ago, Ryne Sandberg stood in the middle of a banquet room at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, N.J., and said he wasn't happy with the Phillies' clubhouse dynamic during the 2014 season. It wasn't a good clubhouse, he said. It wasn't conducive to winning, he continued. Sandberg never pinpointed exactly what it was he didn't like, but said the atmosphere wasn't one in which younger players could thrive and be themselves. The 2015 Phillies clubhouse officially opened up for business yesterday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, when pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report.
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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 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Give Cliff Lee credit for being savvy enough to bring a prop to his postworkout press conference yesterday afternoon. Less than 24 hours after Cole Hamels' words to USA Today went viral, implying that he wanted to be traded since his No.1 priority is winning and that's "not going to happen here" with the Phillies, Lee knew he'd have to answer similar queries. And so when one of those questions came his way - would you also welcome the opportunity to play somewhere else via trade?
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February 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels, the longest-tenured Phillies starting pitcher since Steve Carlton, told USA Today on Wednesday that he hopes to be traded. "I just want to win. That's all. That's all any competitor wants," Hamels told the newspaper a day before the team's first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. "And I know it's not going to happen here. " Hamels, who debuted with the Phillies in 2006 and guided them to their first World Series triumph in 28 years in 2008, said he wants "to be in the playoffs every year.
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February 20, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Inside Bright House Field Wednesday morning, Ryne Sandberg was trying to put a happy face on a grim situation. On the eve of his second spring training as Phillies manager, he talked about how eager he was to get a longer look at some of his younger players. He called this a "transition" period rather than a rebuilding one. "You never know in baseball," he said. "You get the right guys together on the same page, you just never know. " Meanwhile, in Tampa, the staff ace the Phillies tried to trade this offseason was telling a reporter from USA Today how badly he wanted to turn the page.
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February 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels didn't come out and demand a trade - it's pretty difficult for him to do so only 2 1/2 years since signing a 6-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies. But in his first comments of the spring, in an interview with USA Today published Wednesday , Hamels made it clear he'd rather he pitching for a team other than the Phillies in 2015. "I just want to win," Hamels told USA Today . "That's all. That's all any competitor wants.
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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 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 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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