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March 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
No current general manager in baseball played the game at its highest level more than Ruben Amaro Jr., and it molded how he evaluates talent. For eight seasons, he was a bench player. He earned $1.25 million in salary. Before that, he was a 23-year-old prospect at single-A Palm Springs. Amaro walked 105 times in 115 games during the 1988 season. He led the California League in walk percentage. "I don't care about walks," Amaro said in January. "I care about production. To be frank with you, I've said this all along.
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July 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - There was thought, Ryne Sandberg said, to granting Roberto Hernandez a shot at his first complete game in almost a year. The sinkerballer limited Milwaukee to one run in eight innings Wednesday on 84 pitches. He attacked an aggressive lineup that has occupied first place for 92 straight days only to stumble this week. But the Phillies manager wanted his $50 million closer, Jonathan Papelbon, to record his 22d save. Papelbon sealed a 4-1 win over the Brewers with nine pitches for his third save in three nights.
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July 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MINNEAPOLIS - During the 3 days of All-Star festivities at Target Field, the Phillies will have twice as many players participate in the first event than they will in the main event. Perhaps that's not a terrible development for depressed Phillies fans. Infield prospects Maikel Franco and J.P. Crawford played in yesterday's All-Star Futures Game, an event held each year displaying the top prospects in the game. Chase Utley will make the sixth All-Star appearance of his career tomorrow; the 35-year-old Utley will be the third-oldest player in either starting lineup.
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July 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has a roster full of complicated decisions staring him in the face as the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches and one of them reappeared on the mound Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. It's obvious at this point that the Phillies need to be sellers in the next 10 days. The part that isn't as clear is who they should sell and what they should expect in return. Cliff Lee, the guy who reappeared after a two-month stay on the disabled list with an elbow injury, provides the classic dilemma for Amaro and the Phillies' potential trading partners.
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July 10, 2011
We have reached the all-star break and the Phillies are on pace to win more than 100 games for only the third time in franchise history. The starting rotation, even with one of its four aces (Roy Oswalt) and the expected fifth wheel (Joe Blanton) on the disabled list, has more than lived up to expectations. The bullpen, despite being on its fourth closer (Antonio Bastardo), has far exceeded expectations. The lineup, rarely intact for the second straight season because of an assortment of injuries, continues its downward spiral from the height of its success, when the team won the World Series in 2008.
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April 7, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Matt Gelb, and Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writers
Third baseman Maikel Franco, who hit for both power and average during an impressive season split between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading, tops the list of The Inquirer's Top 25 Phillies prospects. Ten of the 25 are pitchers, including eight right-handers. There are six outfielders, four catchers, three third basemen, and two shortstops. Here is the Top 10: 1. Maikel Franco 3B, Lehigh Valley, 6-1, 180, age 21 Franco won't turn 22 until August and combined to hit .320 with 31 home runs, 103 RBIs, and a .926 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage)
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June 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than two weeks after surgery to remove cancer from his right jawbone, David Montgomery attended the Phillies' predraft planning meeting in late May. The team's president has missed few days of work since then and polls his baseball people on a regular basis, even as he recovers from the significant procedure. The next month could hold big changes for the team with a payroll of more than $180 million that is on pace to win just 73 games. Montgomery believes the current executives in place, including general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., are capable of overseeing those decisions.
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March 21, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For $414,000, the Phillies apparently are willing to see what's left in Luis Castillo's 35-year-old body. The Phillies agreed to a minor-league deal with Castillo, the former all-star and Gold Glove second baseman who was unceremoniously cut by the Mets on Friday, according to a report by CSNPhilly.com, citing anonymous sources late Sunday night. Castillo is due $6 million in the final year of a four-year, $25 million deal, but the Mets will be on the hook for everything but the major-league minimum.
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January 12, 2012
Here is Rich Hofmann's view on the Ryan Madson signing, posted yesterday on his blog, The Idle Rich, at www.philly.com/theidlerich .   NOBODY WILL need to hold a benefit for Ryan Madson. If reports are accurate, he is in the process of doing a 1-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He is safely in the 1 percent. Again, no tears. But how did this happen? How did he and agent Scott Boras miscalculate the market so badly? I still would love to know how the whole Phillies thing went down.
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May 9, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
This was simply a night of missed opportunities for the Phillies. In a game when Atlanta's pitching appeared vulnerable, the Phillies couldn't take advantage of 12 hits in a 5-2 loss to the Braves Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Braves righthander Jair Jurrjens pitched 61/3 innings and allowed one earned run on eight hits while striking out two. In other words, he wasn't his sharpest, but he kept getting out of jams. Jurrjens threw 91 pitches, just 54 for strikes, but he kept his team in the game.
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