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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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November 15, 2011 | BY ZACH BERMAN, bermanz@phillynews.com
IT WAS JUST after 6 p.m. yesterday when Jonathan Papelbon, in the unlikely combination of a blue suit and red Phillies hat, walked off the Citizens Bank Park pitcher's mound. There were no fans in the stadium, no runs to protect on the scoreboard and not yet the burden that will come with finishing games for the most celebrated pitching staff in baseball. Just give him 5 months. All of those will arrive soon enough. Papelbon will have at least 4 years closing games for the Phillies, who formally introduced the righthanded pitcher yesterday after finalizing a 4-year, $50,000,058 contract with a vesting option for a fifth year.
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November 15, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jonathan Papelbon said there were other suitors for his services, but he wanted to make things happen in Philadelphia. Thus the former Boston Red Sox closer was introduced to the media after signing a four-year, $50,000,058 contract with the Phillies that includes a vested option for a fifth season. (The 58 dollars were added because Papelbon wears No. 58.) Papelbon, who turns 31 on Nov. 23, was 4-1 with 31 saves and 2.94 ERA in 63 appearances for the Boston Red Sox this past season.
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November 13, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruben Amaro Jr. believes in the formula that pitching trumps all, and he reinforces it every chance he gets. And, so, after acquiring the best available starting pitcher in his first two offseasons as the Phillies' general manager, Amaro pursued the premier closer on the 2011 free-agent market. Two baseball sources said Friday that Amaro got his man when righthander Jonathan Papelbon agreed to a four-year deal worth $50 million, pending a physical. The deal would make Papelbon the highest-paid reliever in baseball history in terms of total value, surpassing a five-year, $47 million deal signed by Toronto's B.J. Ryan in 2006.
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