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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 RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - While a franchise-altering trade hung in the balance, the Phillies completed one deal yesterday afternoon, their first major transaction of the winter. Veteran reliever Antonio Bastardo was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for lefthanded pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo, 29, was a pivotal member of the Phillies' bullpen for the last five seasons. He went 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA in 275 games (five starts), striking out 324 batters, while walking 125, in 259 innings.
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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 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Six months ago, one Phillies icon took the hand of another and raised it in the air in celebration on a sunny, summer afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, the best player in team history, walked onto the field and congratulated Jimmy Rollins after the shortstop laced a single to rightfield off Edwin Jackson for the 2,235th hit of his career. Rollins passed Schmidt that day, becoming the hit king for a franchise that's been doing business for 132 years.
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December 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - For the first time in a few years, the Phillies departed the winter meetings looking as if they had a reasonable plan and the ability to execute it. Trading a player with a no-trade clause isn't easy, but Ruben Amaro Jr. accomplished it, and the early reports are that he netted a couple of plausible big-league pitchers in return for shortstop Jimmy Rollins. If the reports from scouts are to be believed, neither Tom Windle nor Zach Eflin possesses top-of-the-rotation upside.
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December 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Six days ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. answered his cellphone a few hours before boarding a flight bound for baseball's winter meetings and sounded as confident as ever. More than 2 months into the offseason, the embattled general manager had not made a significant move to begin the rebuilding process. But he was surely more hopeful than the fans who have been calling for his job with each passing day. "A lot of our players out there are being depicted as not as able commodities, but we've got some guys that still are," Amaro said Saturday.
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December 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - With little outfield depth in the major leagues and upper levels of the minor leagues, the Phillies added a utility player with plus-offensive skills with their first of two selections in yesterday's Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies selected Odubel Herrera with the ninth pick in the draft, the annual event that wraps up baseball's winter meetings. Later in the draft, they took 27-year-old lefthanded reliever Andrew Oliver. "They were the two guys we wanted to get," said Mike Ondo, the Phillies' director of pro scouting.
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December 11, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - A hint of nervousness creeps into Ryne Sandberg's voice whenever he talks about his team's starting pitching. That's because, at the moment, the Phillies do not have much in the way of it. As good as Cole Hamels has been over the last 5 years, 80 percent of the team's starts will need to be made by someone other than him. And that's assuming he isn't traded. The reports on Cliff Lee's balky left elbow have been optimistic, but reports are always optimistic this time of year.
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December 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - A year ago, the Phillies arrived at the winter meetings with the news that Roy Halladay was retiring. Before leaving town, they signed Roberto Hernandez to replace him in the starting rotation. Other than the Rule 5 draft, it was the only roster activity during their 4-day stay in Orlando, Fla. Ruben Amaro Jr. arrived at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego this week ready to have a more active stay at the meetings, on the condition he could find another general manager ready to do business.
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