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Phillies Sign Frandsen to One-Year Deal

In a move to avoid arbitration, the Phillies have signed third baseman Kevin Frandsen to a one-year deal, according to CBS’ Jon Heyman. (UPDATE: Deal is worth $850,000, according to Todd Zolecki.)

Frandsen was a late season call up, and surprised the Phillies with his offensive production and steady glove at third. He hit .338 with a .383 OBP and 14 RBIs, but only 12 of his 66 hits were for extra bases.

Frandsen’s signing means the Phillies would be interested in having him as either a back up to another free agent third baseman like Kevin Youkilis or to platoon with someone like Eric Chavez, both one-year stop-gap options at the hot corner.

Game 95: Phillies Cole Hamels vs Giants Matt Cain the Only Story

Phillies SP Cole Hamels. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

PHILADELPHIA — Centered around the Phillies season is Cole Hamels.

With the team in the middle of its worst season in over a decade, retaining Hamels is their focus. With the Giants in town today, another player being the indirect focus during these contract negotiations will pitch against Hamels today.

Matt Cain, whose contract is what the Phillies will base their contract off of, will face Hamels today on National TV, a 4:05 game on FOX.

Let’s look at what these two pitchers have done this season:

  • Hamels: 18 starts, 11-4 record, 3.07 ERA, 125 strikeouts, 1.087 WHIP.
  • Cain: 18 starts, 10-3 record, 2.56 ERA, 124 strikeouts, 0.955 WHIP.

Cain, 27, also has a perfect game and two shutouts under his belt this season while Hamels, 28, has none. Cain’s 0.955 WHIP is also the lowest in the Majors.

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Stark: Phillies To Make Substantial Offer to Cole Hamels

Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitches in the All-Star Game this past Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

According to a report by ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies are readying a nice offer to soon-to-be free agent starter Cole Hamels.

Hamels is expecting to make some big money this offseason and the Phillies do not want to see the future of their rotation pitch for another team. In order to prevent that, they are preparing themselves to give Hamels a contract that will be one of the richest in team history.

Though the report via Stark says the Phils are working on something, both general manager Ruben Amaro and Hamels’ agent John Boggs declined to comment on any contract negotiations with Stark.

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Victorino talks upcoming free agency

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Shane Victorino talked to reporters today, clarifying his desires this upcoming off season where the 31-year-old centerfielder will be a free agent.

Victorino stressed that he doesn’t really want to play the free agent market, instead focusing on remaining a Phillie.

Yesterday, Victorino told reporters that he is looking for a five-year deal. Today, he seemed to back off on that sentiment just a little bit, showing that he’s open to flexibility on his end of the negotiations.

“I’d like to (sign a five-year deal),” Victorino said this morning. “I’m not saying this will be my last one. It might be. Who knows? What I’m saying is, why not finish it here? I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.”

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Sources tell TPP that contracts have been offered to Phils free agents

Kevin Kee of “The Philly Phans” has a source within the organization that the Phillies have offered contracts to both Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels.

Kee confirmed his source with TTB directly. All information below is from Kee and his source. More is known, but won’t be released until they are backed up or confirmed.

The Phillies offered Rollins a five-year contract, a deal that he wants, and it looks like he could be back in Philadelphia. It is also believed that Rollins will accept a small hometown discount. (Kee corrected our post: No team will offer Rollins a five-year deal and it’s expected the Phils will be able to get him at a discount and for less years.)

The Phillies also offered an extension to Hamels for a long term contract. A deal should be done before the season starts. Numbers for the deal will be withheld for now but the length should suffice for both sides of the deal.

In regards to back-up catcher Brian Schneider, Cliff Lee special requested the Phillies re-sign the 34-year old.

The Phillies are also still interested in free agent corner infielder/outfielder Michael Cuddyer. They have not offered him a contract yet.

Albert Pujols Wants All Your Money

Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols watches a solo homer in the 9th, his 3rd of the game, leave the park in Game 3 of the World Series on October 22, 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bring it by the truck loads.

Whatever team wins the Albert Pujols sweepstakes this offseason, they are going to need a lot of cash to do it.

Pujols is looking at potentially his last big paycheck, one that will not only be the largest of his life but quite possibly the biggest in the history of baseball.

It has become almost a signature to see Pujols standing in the batter’s box, holding his bat in his left hand like a small twig; his hulking glare watching another baseball travel to an undiscovered solar system. And from Brad Lidge in 2005 all the way to last night’s mash-fest, Pujols has continued to do it in the most fitting of times.

Pujols made history. He did something that only Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson have done in baseball: hit three home runs in a World Series game. But that historical feat was only a microcosm of Pujols ridiculous career.

For the past decade, Pujols has been the most dominant player in baseball. And his name is so synonymous with baseball that when you type in the name “Albert” in Google, only Einstein’s name stands higher in the auto-fill.

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The aftermath: Phils news Oct. 11, 2011

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Earlier today, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Ruben Amaro Jr. all held press conferences starting at 11:30.

Tomorrow, Charlie Manuel will address the media to answer more questions on a struggling offense among other things that went wrong last week in the Phils NLDS exit to the Cardinals in five games.

Along with the press conferences, a series of other small updates occurred today.

-You can read about Rollins’ presser and some Amaro comments here.

-Victorino discussed disappointment in his press conference. He also talked about the Phils offense and how he knows that Manuel won’t want to change anything about their approach to hitting.

-Amaro’s comments can be read on CSN Philly. To summarize, he challenged Manuel and hitting coach Greg Gross to do a better job with the offense. He also didn’t go into any detail on negotiations – nothing unusual – with Rollins, starting pitcher Cole Hamles and closer Ryan Madson. He did express that he would like to have all three back.

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Rollins: “Good chance” he’s back with Phils

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It certainly wasn’t the same atmosphere as this press conference a year ago was last year with Jayson Werth.

And to the Phils, that is an incredible good thing for them and their chances of keeping their 12-year short stop Jimmy Rollins.

At noon, the Phils held a press conference with Rollins, who was immediately greeted with the big question.: How do you value your situation with the Phillies and what’s important to you?

“Well obviously winning is always number one,” Rollins said to the media. “We’ve only won one championship so far. Maybe two less than I would have liked… What’s important: being the leader – always inspiring my teammates, finding a way to win and obviously my performance.”

But after that, Rollins was straight forward about where we wants to play next year and said he felt there was “a good chance” that a deal with the Phillies could be reached.

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