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December 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE FIRST instinct is to call it sad, but there is nothing sadder than what we would have witnessed next year if the players who ushered in the greatest era of Phillies baseball had been forced to endure its worst. Make no mistake, that's what these next 2 or 3 years will be, and if you wish to argue otherwise by pointing to the 10,000-plus losses that preceded them, well, you've never stepped from the warmth of a well-lit living room into a cold, moonless night. Yesterday, Jimmy Rollins did what the majority of us would do when he OK'd a trade that will send him back to his home state of California and the hallowed ground of Chavez Ravine (hallowed, that is, unless you happened to live there before Dodger Stadium was built)
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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 Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The implosion of arguably the greatest core in Phillies history is going to start in a fitting place. James Calvin Rollins, the homegrown triggerman for a franchise that won five straight division titles and the 2008 World Series, was the first of the talented ensemble to arrive in the big leagues at the turn of the century, and, according to multiple reports, he will become the first to go when he is traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal was not official Wednesday night, but nothing more than formalities was holding it up. Jimmy Rollins, 36, will not be the last fading star to be removed from the roster this offseason as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. attempts to inject a youth movement that he hopes represents the foundation for the next great era in Phillies history.
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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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December 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The Phillies do not plan on contending in the immediate future, a sobering admission that does not bother Chase Utley nor Jimmy Rollins. The two veteran infielders, both protected by full no-trade rights, plan to honor their contracts in Philadelphia, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. There is no shortage of teams that would target those players for middle-infield help. Does it surprise Amaro they wish to stay? "Nope," he said. "They are very loyal guys. They have comfort here in Philadelphia.
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December 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Yesterday, the first day of baseball's winter meetings at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the Phillies did not make a trade or free-agent transaction. More than 2 months in, the organization's rebuild has been a slow, deliberate one. And it's easy to list the reasons. Some players are very valuable, and it's right to wait for the best offer to come (Cole Hamels). Some will be easier to move when interest increases after other players are traded or free agents are signed (Marlon Byrd)
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November 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WILL HE stay or will he go? Ryan Howard celebrated a birthday yesterday, joining Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd as Phillies regulars who are 35 years old or older. But Howard, despite being the youngest of that group and due to his massive contract and declining health and production in the last 3 years, is the face of a Phillies franchise in decline. Howard was benched briefly in July, when reports surfaced that the front office was ready to move on from the 2006 National League MVP. While a front office that's finally embraced a rebuilding mode could move anyone on this roster, Howard remains the most likely to go among the Phillies' core of former All-Star players.
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November 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - A week ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. answered the phone inside his office at Citizens Bank Park and spoke candidly about his team's need to rebuild and the mindset a general manager has to have during that process. "We're keeping our thoughts and eyes open and not leaving anything off the table," Amaro said at the time. "We'll talk about any player. There are no untouchables. " So when a report surfaced yesterday, a week after Amaro's comments, that the New York Mets phoned their National League rivals and asked about trading for Jimmy Rollins, it wasn't too surprising.
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November 12, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
PHOENIX - The offseason is still in its infancy, but it's not too soon to draw one conclusion: Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has one of the most difficult jobs in baseball sitting in front of him. It might even be mission impossible. Start with the mess that is Ryan Howard. The Phillies owe their soon-to-be 35-year-old first baseman at least $60 million over the next two seasons and it's no secret they'd love to move him elsewhere to open up first base for one of their younger players.
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November 6, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A.J. BURNETT'S decision to turn down a guaranteed $12.75 million from the Phillies - and what could have been as much as $14.5 million if he had reached incentives - was apparently due to the pitcher's preference to play for a playoff-hopeful team in 2015. Through his agent, Burnett, who turns 38 in January, said he plans to pitch next season. Burnett flirted with retirement last winter; this offseason, he wants to land on a contending team. It's worth wondering, then, if other veterans on the current Phillies roster would also rather be elsewhere come Opening Day. On the first day of free agency, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was open to all possibilities as he begins the challenging process of remaking his roster.
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