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NEWS
January 3, 2012
The thought of Ryan Madson ever accepting arbitration and returning to Philadelphia on a one-year contract was enough to elicit a hearty scoff from Scott Boras. "Ryan was always going to remain a free agent," Boras said last month at the winter meetings in Dallas. It's just that Madson probably never envisioned remaining a free agent this long. Once the closers carousel spun with the Phillies' signing of Jonathan Papelbon in November and (mostly) stopped with Boston's acquisition of Andrew Bailey in a trade last week, Madson was still without a spot.
SPORTS
December 12, 2011 | BY JEFF JANICZEK, janiczj@phillynews.com
WITH A LITTLE help from the fire department, Phillies righthander Vance Worley arrived to give back to the community Saturday night. Worley and manager Charlie Manuel came to Citizens Bank Park on the back of a fire truck to participate in the Phillies' annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Food Drive. Worley was welcomed by hundreds of excited fans who braved the frigid weather to catch a glimpse of the rising star. "Obviously, the fans here are great," said Worley, still sporting his signature mohawk.
SPORTS
December 8, 2011 | By Matt Gelb and Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writers
DALLAS - The dream of a bullpen with Jonathan Papelbon as the closer and Ryan Madson as his setup man with closer experience officially ended Wednesday night. Scott Boras, the agent for Madson, said his client declined the offer of salary arbitration that would have allowed the 31-year-old pitcher to remain with the Phillies on a one-year contract. "Ryan was always going to remain a free agent," Boras said. Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez also declined arbitration by the midnight deadline.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Matt Gelb and Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
DALLAS - The dream of a bullpen with Jonathan Papelbon as the closer and Ryan Madson as his setup man with closer experience officially ended Wednesday night. Scott Boras, the agent for Madson, said his client declined the offer of salary arbitration that would have allowed the 31-year-old pitcher to remain with the Phillies on a one-year contract. "Ryan was always going to remain a free agent," Boras said. Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez also declined arbitration by the midnight deadline.
SPORTS
December 7, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
DALLAS - If Charlie Manuel is worried about heading into a season without Jimmy Rollins at shortstop, he did a good job of hiding it yesterday. "I think there is a big chance Jimmy is going to be back with us," the Phillies manager said. "I think it's going to get done . . . Right now, that's our A-plan. " His optimism is not unfounded. While the Phillies were reported to be considering alternate plans on Monday, the vibe in the front office's suite here at the Hilton Anatole was noticeably different yesterday evening.
SPORTS
December 7, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - It's still highly unlikely that any of the three Phillies free agents offered arbitration will accept by the 11:59 p.m. Wednesday deadline. Jimmy Rollins is looking for a five-year deal and should at least be able to secure a three-year contract. Ryan Madson wants four years and a chance to close. Raul Ibanez will not accept, thanks to a handshake agreement. But there was at least some reason Tuesday to wonder whether Madson could accept, because his market continues to shrink.
SPORTS
December 5, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
DALLAS - Although we know better than to expect Ruben Amaro Jr. to sit on his hands, it really does look like the Phillies will enter baseball's annual winter meetings as one of the few teams that has already executed the majority of its offseason agenda. But things could get interesting for a soon-to-be ex-Phillie. When the Phillies chose to sign closer Jonathan Papelbon instead of retaining homegrown star Ryan Madson, they effectively sentenced their former closer to a state of extended limbo.
SPORTS
November 30, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
AFTER A litany of elbow injuries that included two serious surgeries, the mere fact that righthander Scott Mathieson was in a position to sign with a team in Japan counts as an accomplishment in itself. Yesterday, the Phillies granted his release so he can sign with the Yomiuri Giants. Mathieson, 27, had been with the organization since 2002, when it selected him in the 17th round of the amateur draft. He started eight games for the Phillies in 2006 before embarking on a frustrating series of surgeries that left his career in jeopardy.
SPORTS
November 23, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball announced its new five-year collective bargaining agreement Tuesday, and the ramifications for the Phillies were mostly positive. The new deal includes blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH) that is scheduled to begin in spring training next year. Major League Baseball will become the first North American professional league to test for HGH. Baseball already had testing in place for other performance-enhancing drugs. Testing positive a first time would result in a 50-game suspension, which is the same first-time penalty for other performance-enhancing substances.
NEWS
November 22, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Baseball announced its new five-year collective bargaining agreement Tuesday, and the ramifications for the Phillies were mostly positive. The new deal includes blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH) that is scheduled to begin in spring training next year. Major League Baseball will become the first North American professional league to test for HGH. Baseball already had testing in place for other performance-enhancing drugs. Testing positive a first time would result in a 50-game suspension, which is the same first-time penalty for other performance-enhancing substances.
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