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December 9, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies are looking for a starting pitcher, among other things, and waiting for an answer from Michael Young. After he said Thursday that he might be willing to fill the rotation spot vacated by Vance Worley's trade to the Minnesota Twins from within the organization, Ruben Amaro Jr. conceded that he is more inclined to sign a free agent. "We're looking for a low-risk, high-reward type of guy," the general manager said Friday night. "We've been exploring the market, and there are a lot of pitchers still out there.
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December 7, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At various points during the 4-day free-for-all that is baseball's annual winter meetings, Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel talked about their disappointment with the way the Phillies played in 2012. They talked about the defensive lapses, the shoddy baserunning, the lack of fundamentals displayed during the course of an 81-81 season. So perhaps it should not have come as such a surprise that they decided to part with starter Vance Worley and well-regarded pitching prospect Trevor May in exchange for 24-year-old centerfielder Ben Revere.
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December 7, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NASHVILLE - The Phillies decided Thursday they'd rather pay a high price in terms of players than dollars for their new centerfielder. That's why righthander Vance Worley and prospect pitcher Trevor May now work for Minnesota and the left-handed hitting Ben Revere is coming to Philadelphia from the Twins to play center field. Instead of paying high-price free agents like Michael Bourn and B.J. Upton, the Phillies opted for the less accomplished and far less expensive Revere, who is not even eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2013 season.
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December 7, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At the conclusion of Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft, which might as well end with a school bell signifying it's OK for everyone to leave the building en masse, Phillies pro scouting director Mike Ondo was breaking down his team's pick. The Phils selected a 22-year-old centerfielder named Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Someone joked to Ondo that the Phillies' long, calculated pursuit for a centerfielder was finally over. Ondo politely laughed.
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December 7, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - The Phillies decided Thursday they would rather pay a high price in terms of players than dollars for their new centerfielder. That's why righthander Vance Worley and prospect pitcher Trevor May now work for Minnesota and the lefthanded-hitting Ben Revere is coming to Philadelphia from the Twins to play center field. Instead of paying high-price free agents such as Michael Bourn and B.J. Upton, the Phillies opted for the less accomplished and far less expensive Revere, who is not even eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2013 season.
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December 6, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The hypothetical was laid out to Ruben Amaro Jr. 1 month ago, when the free-agent signing period was just under way and the Phillies' general manager and his brethren across the league were in Palm Springs, Calif., for a conference that was a veritable retreat when compared to the zaniness that has unfolded at Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings at the Opryland Hotel. Say the free-agent market unfolds in a manner that hampers the Phillies' efforts to fill one of their positions of need, namely the outfield or third base.
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December 5, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - When the Boston Red Sox finalized a three-year deal on Tuesday with Shane Victorino, 32, and fresh off a career-worst season, their winter shopping-spree bill increased to $120.2 million. The Phillies, standing on the periphery of a crazed winter meetings, have spent a total of $850,000. It's not that sticker shock has overcome GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and his lieutenants. "But," Amaro said, "it seems like the price of doing business is getting higher and higher. " So the Phillies are content to watch - for now. Late in the afternoon, Amaro kicked off his shoes, tapped away at his iPhone, and lounged on a couch in the team's suite at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
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November 8, 2012 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - In his first four offseasons as a general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr. developed a reputation as one of the more aggressive executives in the game, wasting little time filling the needs that he and his staff had prioritized. First came Raul Ibanez, then Placido Polanco and Roy Halladay, then Cliff Lee, then Jonathan Papelbon. All five deals were consummated before the Christmas holiday. Last year, Papelbon signed before Thanksgiving. So if Amaro arrives at this year's general managers' meetings espousing patience as a virtue, your skepticism will be forgiven.
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November 5, 2012
        Like all of you I have a blueprint of what I think the Phillies should do in an effort to return to the top of their division and become a World Series contender again in 2013. The Phillies' greatest needs are known to all. As general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week, "I've been thinking about next season since September. " Let's start with some contract information. For luxury-tax purposes, the Phillies have a little more than $138 million tied to 10 players.
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October 23, 2012
WHEN I WAS hired at this place, way back in 1992, the sports editor painted me a rosy picture. I could write features for a while, cover baseball for a while, and when the columnist nearing retirement age got there, why I could slip right into that spot if I showed the right stuff. I wound up earning the position, which is the way you want get a job anyway. Last month, I got a call from the local sportstalk station, WIP, which said it had lost its pooh-bah, or at least it thought it had, and would I like to try the gig. I said sure, what the hey, but after a few weeks someone asked (begged?
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