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Phillies Probably Done Making Moves

The Phillies are still without their power-hitting corner outfielder and they are most likely going to leave it that way.

General manager Ruben Amaro said today that the Phillies are likely done making moves, especially in their search to add a corner outfielder. They will rely on Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry and Laynce Nix to handle the outfield duties barring any changes.

“There’s some risk in going with a possible double platoon or letting the guys we have battle it out for playing time,” Amaro said. “There are some advantages to that, as well. The best-man-wins type of scenario can be created and likely will be created in spring training. At the same time, a lot of these guys are not proven everyday major-league players. But that doesn’t mean they cannot become them.”

The Phillies failed to acquire B.J. Upton, Cody Ross, Nick Swisher and even Josh Hamilton this off season in their hunt for a power bat. They did acquire Revere from Minnesota in a move to give them youth as well as third baseman Michael Young from Texas.

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Phillies GM Amaro Discusses Ideal Center Fielder

The Phillies are in need of a new center fielder, and general manager Ruben Amaro is going to target the free agent market for one.

Shane Victorino was traded to the Dodgers at the deadline and John Mayberry Jr isn’t viewed as an everyday center fielder. That leaves Amaro looking for a fresh face, and preferably a right-handed hitting one at that.

“If we can get someone who would give us more balance from the right side, that would be great,” Amaro said. “That’s not necessary, but it would be helpful. We need somebody who can be a plus defender. Defense and pitching is going to win. As always, we saw it again in these playoffs, San Francisco were champions because they caught it and pitched it. Yes, I’d like to add to our offense. But we absolutely have to catch it and pitch it. We can’t lose sight of that as the basis of how we’ll be successful.”

That spells out free agent center fielder B.J. Upton. Upton is an ideal fit, mainly because Upton does a lot offensively and could provide the Phillies with some pop from the right side of the plate.

Either way, the Phillies need to improve in that department big time, and a lot of pressure is on Amaro to do just that.

Corey Seidman has more on CSN Philly.

Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton (Astros AA) is tagged out at second by Jean Segura (Angels AA) during the Futures Game on July 8. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 for the viewer.

A look back at four of the biggest trades Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has made will raise two opinions: 1) Amaro pulled some seriously big names from Cleveland, Toronto and Houston; 2) Amaro also depleted the Phillies farm system so much that it ranks near the bottom of baseball currently.

Let’s cut to the point: Jonathan Singleton (23), Travis d’Arnaud (19) and Anthony Gose (38) rank in the top 50 in Baseball America’s prospect list. The Phillies have none on that list.

For a while it’s bothered me that those three names are very close to being every day Major Leaguers with the potential to be very good mainstays in the bigs. It wasn’t until Matt Gelb went to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to watch the Phillies past and future prospects play and wrote a fantastic piece this morning that I had to at least say something about it beyond an occasional tweet.

Let’s break down Gelb’s report.

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Amaro: Ryan Howard Could Return to Phils By Weekend

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro was on Daily News Live earlier today and he talked about a few things.

The one thing that stood out the most was the status of Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. Howard, who is with AAA Lehigh and starting at first base tonight, could return to the Phillies by the weekend.

Manager Charlie Manuel commented that after tonight’s game, Howard’s healing Achilles will be re-evaluated and he could potential rejoin the Phillies.

Amaro didn’t rule out the possibility of it either.

“I guess it’s possible,” Amaro said. “But we’ll see how he feels the next day or so.”

Howard has hit .471 (8-for-17) with a home run, two doubles with nine RBIs while walking three times and striking out three times in six rehab games with Low A Lakewood and Lehigh.

Amaro also commented that Howard has been moving well on his feet and that the left-handed slugger feels that he is ready to return to the Phillies.

Amaro Squashes Hamels Trade Rumors; Wants to Sign Hamels

Hamels (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — In the midst of the worst Phillies season in the past decade, the future of Cole Hamels staying in Philadelphia has cast a dark shadow.

Will the Phillies extend the left-hander before the season ends, ship him off to a contender for top prospects or let him walk outright? Fans are hoping for the former, and it’s driving a lot of people crazy right now.

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Phillies Could Possibly Worry About Worley

Phillies SP Vance Worley (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

There is one name in all of baseball that is feared when it’s uttered: Dr. James Andrews.

Phillies injured starting pitcher Vance Worley visited Dr. Andrews Monday afternoon, seeking a second opinion on his elbow. UPDATE (via Todd Zolecki): Worley back from 2nd opinion. Said same diagnosis as Phillies doctors. No Tommy John. Will have to pitch rest of year with bone chip.

 Usually when Andrews is involved, it’s because he’s the best doctor in sports, specializing in the Tommy John surgery.

It was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Worley has a small bone chip in his right elbow.

“He has a small body embedded in the lining of his joint,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We don’t think it’s the reason why he had inflammation, but it’s possible. This is something that’s not very uncommon. But it could be the cause of some of the inflammation. We haven’t heard from Andrews.”

Worley originally went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Before the injury, Worley was 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts.

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An Angry Amaro Defends Utley, Himself

Angry may not be the best word. More like “annoyed.”

Whichever word you want to use, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro is not in the cheeriest of moods lately. The injuries to his star players have led to speculation on how much truth has been divulged to the media and fan base this spring and Amaro fired back today.

Amaro truly believed that Chase Utley would be ready for Opening Day, that is until Utley left on March 18 to see a specialist for his knee and Amaro said that Freddy Galvis would be the starter on April 5.

At least that’s what Amaro said.

“I honestly believed we still had Chase Utley playing for us opening day up until he said, ‘I’ve got to go see another specialist because I’m not feeling well enough,'” said Amaro earlier today to reporters.

Even more, Amaro is not pleased that people think he would lie to the public.

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Official Phillies v Rollins Post

This will be a running thread to update on the Jimmy Rollins situation.

Dec. 15

6:30 PM — Newly signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis believes his good friend Jimmy Rollins will re-sign with the Phillies.

“He was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis said of Rollins.

Willis and Rollins grew up together in Oakland.

Dec. 14

4:22 PM — Contrary to reports yesterday, the rumor that the Tigers were having negotiations with Jimmy Rollins’ agent were false and that the Tigers don’t have the money to sign Rollins.

Dec. 13

5:09 — Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano told the Phillies there is a second team interested in Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Stark said that the Tigers are believed to be that second team.

Dece. 10

2:30 — St. Louis’ deal with Furcal could reach $14 million over two years.

Phillies are the last logical team in on Rollins.

12:26 — Ken Rosenthal reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with short stop Rafael Furcal. If he signs there, it’s another suitor out of the race for Jimmy Rollins.

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Phils decline options for Lidge, Oswalt

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“(The) Phillies, as expected, decline options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge,” according to Matt Gelb on Twitter.

Oswalt was expected to make $16 million in 2012 if the Phils took up his option. They had a $2 million buyout on his contract. Lidge’s option was worth $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout.

Both players will likely not be back with the Phillies if Oswalt decides to not retire or take less money or if Lidge decides to take less money.

GM Ruben Amaro did say in a statement that he would negotiate with both pitchers.

This could have very well been Oswalt’s last chance at a World Series ring, a complete shame indeed.

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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