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August 8, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
READING - One start at Double A is all it takes to understand why the Phillies were thrilled to make Aaron Nola the No. 7 pick in the June draft. What he lacks in upside, he makes up for in certainty. And for an organization in desperate need of resupply, the 21-year-old righthander is a pitcher they can pencil into the No. 3 or No. 4 spot for 2016 without the projection required with many top prospects. As long as he stays healthy, Nola will have a home in a big-league rotation because he throws strikes, and he does it down in the zone.
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August 7, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
LET'S TAKE a break from the doom and gloom and try to figure out what this roster could conceivably look like next year. The Phillies currently have $131.7 million committed to nine players: Ryan Howard ($25M), Chase Utley ($15M), Jimmy Rollins ($11M), Carlos Ruiz ($8.5M), Marlon Byrd ($8M), Cole Hamels ($22.5M), Cliff Lee ($25M), Jonathan Papelbon ($13M), and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez ($3.7M). Factor in $3 million for Antonio Bastardo via arbitration and $500,000 salaries for Cody Asche, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands and the payroll is up to $137.2 million.
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August 6, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE MOST OMINOUS aspect of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s inaction at the trade deadline wasn't his failure to add young talent capable of helping the Phillies compete within the next couple of years. Rather, it was his apparent belief that he had a legitimate chance of doing so, which suggests the sixth-year general manager still does not fully grasp the amount of reconstruction that will be required to turn the Phillies roster into something that doesn't make fans want to spew the folks in front of them with partially digested Schmitter.
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August 5, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - San Diego natives, aces of their respective teams, division rivals. Right now, the relationship between Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg is mostly a professional one. When their playing days are through, Hamels said, "Maybe we'll mix in some golf. " For now, baseball is treating both just fine. Yesterday, in the Nationals' 4-0 win over the Phillies, the two pitchers combined to dominate each others' lineups for 14 innings. The only run scored against either of them was of the unearned variety, with a fielding error by Phillies third baseman Cody Asche setting up a two-out RBI single by Denard Span in the third inning.
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August 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - For the better part of three months, Cole Hamels has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. If the Phillies lefthander had more offensive support, he would have a record to match his mound excellence. Hamels allowed just one unearned run in seven innings Sunday at Nationals Park, but it was enough to make him a .500 pitcher, a true injustice. For the second straight game, the Phillies were held scoreless in a 4-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. They have gone 21 straight innings without a run. "He just attacks the hitters," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Hamels.
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August 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Ruben Amaro Jr. has never been afraid to spend and even after not making a deal by the non-waiver trade deadline for the second consecutive year, the Phillies general manager talked about getting this train wreck of a Phillies team back on track. Amaro wisely wouldn't say he felt the Phillies will definitely be contenders next season, but that obviously is the goal. The embattled general manager is encouraged by the deep pockets that president David Montgomery and the ownership group have and he feels it is one way to get a team that will almost assuredly miss the postseason for the third straight year, back to being competitive.
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August 2, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The fact that the Phillies didn't make a trade by the non-waiver trade deadline wasn't the worst news Thursday. Lefthander Cliff Lee, making his third start after being sidelined more than two months with a strained left elbow, was forced to leave the game after throwing an 85-m.p.h. cutter to Denard Span with two outs in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. According to the Phillies, Lee reinjured his elbow. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and lefthander Cesar Jimenez was promoted from Lehigh Valley.
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August 1, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
SO THIS IS how it ends. With a whimper, not a bang. All summer long, and really, late in the spring, today was the day that it all could restart for the Phillies. They would trade that core they held onto for too long, pay off chunks of those big salaries Ruben Amaro Jr. awarded to the aging, homegrown guys and the long-in-tooth veterans he collected and valued like an antiques collector collects and values old lamps. And the refurbishing project long anticipated and long delayed would begin in earnest.
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July 31, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Well, if that was the last time we will see Cole Hamels in a Phillies uniform, at least we saw him at his best. The feeling here is that it won't be, for a variety of reasons, most of all the price it would take to persuade Ruben Amaro Jr. and David Montgomery to part with a pitcher like the one who dominated the Mets for eight scoreless innings last night. It would take the perfect deal, and perfect deals do not often materialize in the hectic hours leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
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