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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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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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October 23, 2007 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Columnist
BOSTON - All right, Philadelphia, what do you think of Terry Francona now? The man dismissed as a managerial lightweight when he was fired by the Phillies in 2000 has led the Boston Red Sox to the World Series for the second time in four years. By this time next week, he could find himself being measured for his second World Series ring. Sure, we're assuming a lot here, especially with the rugged Colorado Rockies standing in the way, but two World Series rings might just put Francona on course for election to the Hall of Fame someday, depending on how the rest of his career goes.
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August 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - It's been an unusual year for Reading centerfielder Aaron Altherr, one that began with a wrist injury, has included two brief stints with the Phillies, saw a recent power surge, and now finds the 2009 ninth-round draft choice looking to finish with some offensive momentum. Altherr had a late start after recovering from December surgery for a broken bone in his right wrist suffered in the Arizona Fall League. Altherr wasn't able to hit in the offseason and really didn't return to the batting cage until late in spring training.
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April 1, 2011
Inside Role players are crucial for the Phillies. D6.   The Phillies depth chart and roster. D6.   Opening Day Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Reds to a 7-6 win over the Brewers. D7.   The Yankees beat Detroit, 6-3, on Curtis Granderson's home run in the seventh. D8.
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July 16, 2011
For what it's worth, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock downplayed the possibility of the Phillies making a significant move before the July 31 trade deadline. "If our guys perform to the levels they have in the past, we'll be fine," Proefrock said, adding that any team moves might amount to "tinkering around the edges (of the roster), if anything. " - Phil Anastasia
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February 14, 2014
The Phillies' payroll will soar to approximately $189 million this season. Here are the payrolls for the last five seasons, as calculated for luxury-tax purposes (Major League Baseball ranking in parentheses): 2013   $168,569,538 (5) 2012   $174,523,432 (4) 2011   $165,313,989 (3) 2010   $145,539,931 (3) 2009   $138,286,499 (10)
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