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February 20, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Monday was Day 6 of spring training when, for the first time, hitters faced pitchers in live batting practice sessions. The exercise sounds a lot cooler on paper than in practice. Many of the hitters did not swing the bat, instead using the session to stand in the box and get acclimated to recognizing and timing pitches. The younger guys tend to be less patient. Throughout the spring, we'll take a stab at projecting what the 25-man Opening Day roster will look like.
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February 8, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
This is the final part of a four-part series by David Murphy looking at the Phillies as they head into spring training. Today: The bench. FOR MOST of the last 5 years, the Phillies' bench has consisted of well-defined roles: The righthanded-hitting reserve outfielder (So Taguchi, Ben Francisco, John Mayberry Jr.). The lefthanded-hitting corner infielder/outfielder (Greg Dobbs, Ross Gload). The lefty slugger (Matt Stairs, Jim Thome). The utility man (Eric Bruntlett, Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez)
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January 25, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
In each of the last two springs, Domonic Brown had a chance to win a starting job. He batted 16 times in 2011 before a freak fracture of a bone in his wrist handed Ben Francisco right field. Last spring, Brown batted all of 20 times while hamstrung by thumb, neck, and knee ailments. John Mayberry Jr. started in left on opening day. This is not revisionist history. Was Brown guaranteed anything by the Phillies? Absolutely not. Did he do enough to secure anything? Definitely not. So, with a few weeks before camp opens, Brown stares down his third chance.
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January 25, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Phillies signed free-agent outfielder Delmon Young this week for a bargain-basement one-year guarantee of $750,000, it said a lot about the organization's willingness to take risk, about the sweet rewards of forgiveness, and it also spoke a volume about the team's real feeling concerning the future of Domonic Brown. Maybe Ruben Amaro Jr. had this move in his back pocket all along, and was just doing his homework to judge whether Young was still radioactive after a 2012 incident that included public drunkenness and an anti-Semitic rant directed toward a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David on the streets of New York.
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January 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The plan for Delmon Young, as Ruben Amaro Jr. described it Tuesday, is bold. Young made just 29 starts in the outfield for Detroit last season, but Amaro wants him to be the everyday guy in right. That is a position he has not played in six years. He is not healthy; doctors performed microfracture surgery on an ankle 10 weeks ago and his availability for opening day is in doubt. The former No. 1 overall pick is 27 years old, with a name forever stained by anger-management issues that prompted his throwing a bat at an umpire and a drunken anti-Semitic rant.
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January 10, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is no optimal scenario for building the Phillies outfield this late in winter. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. conceded as much Monday, when he suggested it is likely the team will use what it has. The risk is obvious. The Phillies could spend $1.5 million on their starting outfield while devoting $19 million to two relief pitchers. Of the current outfield quintuplet, only Ben Revere has ever logged more than 500 at-bats in a season. Amaro said the best-case scenario is pitting unproven players against one another with hopes that competition creates a viable outfield.
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January 9, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The likelihood of a hodgepodge Phillies outfield consisting of Ben Revere, Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Darin Ruf, and Laynce Nix increases daily. The man tasked with forming the 2013 roster was willing to admit as much Monday. "We're likely going with what we've got," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Spring training begins Feb. 12 in Clearwater, Fla., and the Phillies will arrive with hopes pinned to an aging, expensive core. Youth is the choice in the outfield, for better or worse.
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January 9, 2013
This is a post by Daily News staff writer David Murphy from the Phillies' blog, High Cheese: AS YOU MAY have read elsewhere, Ruben Amaro Jr. thinks that his offseason work is likely complete. Given the options remaining on the free-agent market, you can't blame him for feeling that way. I still would not be surprised if the Phillies landed a righthanded power bat like Scott Hairston, but any such player is likely to be a part-time player who struggled against righthanded pitching while mashing lefties.
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December 24, 2012 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
This is an excerpt from a post on the Daily News Phillies blog, High Cheese. ON SATURDAY, Cody Ross found a new home. The well-traveled, useful, righthanded-hitting outfielder signed a 3-year, $26 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Less than 24 hours later, fellow free agent Nick Swisher also came off the market. Cleveland signed Swisher, a switch-hitter with power and a strong plate discipline, to a 4-year, $56 million deal. The contract includes a vesting option that can push the contract to 5 years, $70 million.
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December 20, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
This apparently is introduction week at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies staged an offseason doubleheader Tuesday by first announcing the official signing of lefthander John Lannan, who was introduced during an early afternoon media session inside the team's Christmas-themed clubhouse. Late in the day, new third baseman Michael Young slipped on red pinstripes for the first time. He'll be wearing No. 10 in 2013. Later this week, we will likely meet Young's former Texas Rangers teammate Mike Adams, who has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal to be closer Jonathan Papelbon's setup man next season.
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