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February 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday in the home clubhouse at Bright House Field. Several players in the back end of the room were watching the Olympic ice hockey gold-medal game between Canada and Sweden. Another group was fixated on the highlights from the NFL's scouting combine on the other television screen. Freddy Galvis was huddled in front of his locker stall, glued to his phone. Two hours later, he was on the field, guzzling up ground balls with the precision of a high-end vacuum cleaner.
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February 20, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If familiarity is viewed as a strength for the players in Phillies camp competing for jobs, John Mayberry Jr., Kevin Frandsen and Darin Ruf should feel somewhat comfortable. Mayberry and Frandsen each played in at least 100 games last season. Ruf, meanwhile, started 62 of the 66 games the Phillies played after the All-Star break. But there seems to be a very good chance that one of those three players will not be on the Phillies' roster when the season begins.
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February 11, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It has long been the winter retreat for the Phillies and their faithful, a place to get warm and to dream with the sand, surf, and palm trees serving as the perfect picturesque backdrop. And so the Phillies will gather in Clearwater, Fla., again this week for the start of another spring training. Pitchers and catchers will work out for the first time Thursday, and there are sure to be plenty of early-arriving position players, too. Hope and faith probably will not be accompanying as many snowbirds as usual this February and March.
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January 23, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AFTER receiving little to no interest from any major league teams last winter, two former Phillies outfielders left the country to re-establish their playing careers. Marlon Byrd revived his bat in Mexico and received a contract with the New York Mets before spring training. After a bounce-back season between New York and Pittsburgh, Byrd signed a 2-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies 2 months ago. Bobby Abreu's journey was a bit longer, but he is also back in the major leagues - and back with the team where he will one day have a place on its Wall of Fame, too. The Phillies signed Abreu, who turns 40 in March, to a minor league contract yesterday afternoon with an invitation to big-league camp.
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December 9, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bold best describes what Ruben Amaro Jr. has done so far in putting together the 2014 Phillies and it sure is appropriate that the word ends with the letters O-L-D. The construction of this team essentially started in August, when the general manager decided the proper course of action was to extend the contract of second baseman Chase Utley, a man who turns 35 this month and missed huge chunks of time in 2011 and 2012 because of a chronic condition that has invaded both of his knees.
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December 4, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH LITTLE depth and numerous holes on their roster, the Phillies decided to tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players before last night's deadline. Pitchers Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo were tendered contracts, as were outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry Jr. Kevin Frandsen also was arbitration-eligible, but the Phillies and the veteran infielder agreed on a 1-year, $900,000 deal. All major league teams had until midnight to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
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December 3, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE JOHN MAYBERRY Jr. era could come to an end for Phillies fans today. Today marks the deadline for major league teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Teams must make their decisions prior to midnight. The Phillies have five such players: Mayberry, fellow outfielder Ben Revere, pitchers Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo and infielder Kevin Frandsen. Any player not tendered a contract automatically becomes a free agent. Last winter, the Phillies non-tendered outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who went on to have a career year with the Chicago Cubs.
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September 17, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Freddy Galvis inspected the bat rack Friday in the visitors' dugout at Nationals Park when Phillies hitting coach Steve Henderson greeted him. "You in left field again?" Henderson asked the shortstop. Galvis smiled. "That's because you keep hitting," Henderson said. "If you don't hit, you're stuck sitting with me. " The two laughed. These September games are for Galvis and countryman Cesar Hernandez, and an intriguing competition between the two friends could brew next spring.
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September 13, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ONLY ONE team in the National League has hit fewer home runs than the Phillies and San Diego Padres - the Miami Marlins - but last night in South Philly, the two light-hitting lineups took advantage of the balmy conditions at home run-friendly Citizens Bank Park and had an ol'-fashioned solo home run derby in South Philly. Tommy Medica broke a scoreless tie in the fifth by collecting his first major league hit by way of a home run off All-Star Cliff Lee. Saturday night home run hero Freddy Galvis tied it in the next half inning.
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September 13, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Phillies re-signed Chase Utley last month, Freddy Galvis questioned his standing in the organization. It was not an irrational thought - the current middle infield is secured through at least 2015. Interim manager Ryne Sandberg advised Galvis that he could control only his performance. Nights like a 4-2 Phillies victory over San Diego on Wednesday demonstrate Galvis' potential value as a utility man in 2014. He swatted a fifth-inning home run into the left-field corner. He slapped a double to begin the seventh and scored the eventual winning run with hustle on a Cesar Hernandez groundout.
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