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November 7, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Righthander Jake Peavy probably will be traded by the San Diego Padres before the winter meetings next month. After spending 4 days at the annual general managers' meetings in Dana Point, Calif., Padres general manager Kevin Towers said it is unlikely the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will remain with San Diego, which signed him out of high school in 1999. "The train's kind of left the station," Towers said yesterday. Guaranteed $63 million under a contract that runs through 2012, Peavy is relatively inexpensive when compared with what CC Sabathia is likely to get on the free-agent market.
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December 4, 2006 | Inquirer wire services
Barry Bonds and Barry Zito are among the most notable of the unsigned free agents heading into baseball's winter meetings, which begin today in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Already, this off-season has been a spending spree for some teams. In the last two weeks, Alfonso Soriano got a $136 million agreement from the Chicago Cubs and Carlos Lee was guaranteed $100 million by the Houston Astros. Bonds' agent, Jeff Borris, was angry that the Giants did not offer salary arbitration to the 42-year-old leftfielder, coming off a $90 million, five-year contract with San Francisco, and he might step up his efforts with other teams.
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December 15, 1994 | by Ted Taylor, Special to the Daily News
One of the best things about my job is that I get to travel to some of the sports gatherings that I once just read about in the newspaper. The one that I looked forward to the most was baseball's winter meetings, held each year in early December. The "winter meetings" meant that baseball fans were in for some red-hot news about their favorite sport. Trades happened. The Rule 5 draft happened. Free agents signed. General managers gathered in the hotel lobby to wheel and deal. It was Disneyland and Christmas wrapped up in one nifty package.
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November 30, 1990 | By Michael Bamberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the old days, Phillies president Bill Giles used to love the winter baseball meetings. He'd roll up his sleeves, surround himself with cronies, cigarettes, refreshments (of a kind), and talk deals until the sun came up. "We were always fighting a deadline," Giles said the other day. "You had to get things done at the winter meetings; it was your last best chance. " This year's winter meetings begin tomorrow in Chicago, and the Phillies want badly to get stuff done: They want an ace pitcher; they want a southpaw reliever; they'd love to strengthen their bench.
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December 2, 1990 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe those baseball winter meetings will be nothing more than a big free- agent signing festival. Maybe there won't be five big deals all week. Maybe everyone will come jetting home Thursday, grumbling about what a waste of time the whole thing has become. But then again . . . You never know. So Lee Thomas and 25 other general managers will start roaming the lobby of the O'Hare Hyatt in Chicago when those meetings begin this morning, hoping to start that one conversation that will change the face of their franchise.
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December 7, 2010 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Phillies baseball people were gathered their third-floor suite yesterday morning when senior advisor Pat Gillick's cell phone buzzed. It might be . . . It could be . . . It was. The call was to inform Gillick that he had been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Committee. An impromptu party broke out. A bottle of champagne with Gillick's face superimposed on the label suddenly appeared, courtesy of team travel director Frank Coppenbarger.
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December 4, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Barry and Manny figure to be mentioned prominently alongside Grumpy and Goofy when baseball's winter meetings open today near Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Barry Bonds and Barry Zito are among the most notable of the unsigned free agents heading into the 4-day session of signings and swaps, and Manny Ramirez once again is being dangled in trade discussions by the Boston Red Sox. Thus far, some general managers have spent nearly as wildly as...
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December 9, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - They shot for the moon, Ruben Amaro Jr. said, but in four days at the winter meetings, the Phillies will likely come away with just a lefthanded reliever. Late Wednesday night, the Phillies and Dennys Reyes finalized a one-year deal, pending a physical, with an option for 2012. Reyes, who turns 34 in April, will become the primary lefty in the Phillies' bullpen in the wake of J.C. Romero's departure. According to a baseball source, Reyes agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.1 million with a mutual option for $1.35 million in 2012.
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December 3, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The winter meetings begin Monday in Nashville - they unofficially began Sunday night - and end with the Rule 5 draft early Thursday morning. That's a four-day period in an offseason process that can last almost as long as the season itself. The point is that regardless of what Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. accomplishes during his stay at the Opryland Hotel, there will be plenty of time to do lots of things afterward. Amaro, in fact, has typically made his major moves after the meetings, including the acquisition of Roy Halladay from Toronto in 2009, the signing of Cliff Lee in 2010, and the re-signing of shortstop Jimmy Rollins last December.
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December 7, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Baseball's winter meetings, which begin tomorrow in Las Vegas, will be like a trip to Alice's Restaurant. You can get anything you want. Big bats? Manny Ramirez and Mark Teixeira lead a free-agent class that also includes Raul Ibanez, Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi and Adam Dunn. Big arms? They don't get much bigger than CC Sabathia. A.J. Burnett, Derek Lowe, Ben Sheets and Randy Johnson are also free agents, and Jake Peavy is available in a trade.
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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 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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December 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Two more starting pitchers found new homes during the day Tuesday, but Jon Lester's indecision until signing a late-night agreement with the Chicago Cubs stalled much of the action at baseball's winter meetings. The Phillies, of course, have a vested interest in where the lefthander signs; a possible consolation prize for a jilted team is Cole Hamels. So Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. continued conversations on other manners. He met with Baltimore officials to discuss a potential Marlon Byrd trade, according to a Foxsports.com report.
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December 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball's winter meetings start Monday at a San Diego waterfront hotel, and no man has a more unenviable position than Ruben Amaro Jr. His 29 counterparts know the Phillies general manager is desperate to make a trade, to change his zombified roster. Teams looking for upgrades have prioritized non-Phillies players with better contract terms, more talent, or both. Their sound strategy is to lowball the Phillies. And Amaro, who is under pressure to execute a transaction that jump-starts an arduous rebuilding process, has zero leverage.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
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December 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The reporters will gravitate toward Jonathan Papelbon's locker when pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, Fla., in less than two months for the start of spring training. He is the surly elephant in the room, the highest-paid closer on a team that cannot afford such a luxury. He is the player the Phillies have attempted to trade for months. He is the one who, last July, called for sweeping organizational changes. Papelbon may say he did not pay attention to the winter talk. He could point to the team's health because spring breeds optimism.
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December 13, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Believe me, Ruben Amaro Jr. was saying, I like hitting home runs. He was sitting in the hotel suite that the Phillies front office is using as its headquarters here at baseball's winter meetings. He was speaking figuratively, and he was not lying. Since inheriting the reins of the organization 5 years ago, Amaro has swung for plenty of home runs in the month of December. Raul Ibanez, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee. In some respects, each was a luxury, a gratuitous addition to a roster that was already teeming with talent at the position in question.
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December 6, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., like most of his counterparts, is in search of pitching, and he's intrigued by his most recent acquisition, Brad Lincoln. The 28-year-old righthander was acquired by the Phillies on Tuesday from the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher Erik Kratz and minor-league lefthander Rob Rasmussen. (Rasmussen was acquired by the Phillies from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Michael Young trade in August.) Lincoln was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and began his career as a starter, but he pitched entirely in relief during parts of two seasons with the Blue Jays.
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November 12, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The posturing and rumormongering of baseball's long winter will not peak until the winter meetings next month in this city, but chatter will heighten this week when the game's general managers meet here. Rarely are any deals struck this early in the marathon - the Phillies were an exception when they signed Jonathan Papelbon two Novembers ago - but Ruben Amaro Jr. faces urgency in one area. The Phillies are without a starting catcher, and the market is flush with demand and little supply.
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