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Talks Between Phillies, Cole Hamels Intensifies

The Phillies want Cole Hamels.

They want to sign Hamels so bad that the Phillies, ”are really not even entertaining (trade) offers at this point,” according to a source of Jayson Stark’s. Their goal is to sign Hamels before the July 31 deadline.

More from Stark:

Another source said the Phillies are now willing to sign Hamels to a six-year contract, a first for any starting pitcher in club history. For months, length of contract has been the No. 1 sticking point in the negotiations. The Phillies initially offered Hamels a four-year extension last offseason, but they came to the conclusion they had no alternative but to soften that stance as Hamels draws closer to becoming a free agent this fall.

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Oswalt to remain FA until midseason

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Roy Oswalt will not be starting the season with a team, and this in turn may be a really good thing.

Just like Roger Clemens did in 2006 and 2007, Oswalt will start the season unsigned and offer up his services to a Major League club at the midseason point, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Oswalt is 159-93 with three All-Star appearances in 11 seasons with the Houston Astros and Phillies.

What does this mean for Oswalt? Is he a candidate to come back to the Phillies and boost their rotation in the second half of the season?

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Phils sign Pierre to minor league deal

The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Juan Pierre to a minor league deal, reported Jim Salisbury.

The one-year deal will give the Phillies an extra option for filling out their Opening Day roster. The move could also solidify Domonic Brown’s spot on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster to start the season, depending on his spring of course.

Last season, Pierre hit .279 with two homers and 50 RBIs with the Chicago White Sox. His 50 RBIs were the highest total he drove in since 2001.

In 2010, Pierre led all major leaguers with 68 stolen bases. But last season, he swiped only 27 bags.

Pierre, 34, has been a major leaguer since 2000 and has played for five previous teams: the Rockies, Marlins, Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox.

Rollins will continue to represent Philadelphia

That ring alone could have been a reason the Phillies short stop never wanted to leave.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a piece like this was going to be written judging by the name of this website and the logo that graces it ever so beautifully.

That silhouette represents the one person who has played short stop for the Phillies the past 11 seasons. And now, he will continue to man that position for the next three or four years.

Yesterday, the Phillies inked their longest tenured player – and the longest tenured athlete in Philadelphia – Jimmy Rollins to a three-year deal with a vesting option for a fourth year. The deal is worth around $33 million.

But the most interesting and rather important aspect of this signing is the fact Rollins apparently turned down more money and years from the Milwaukee Brewers because he had his sights set on staying in Philadelphia.

That sentiment speaks louder than a lot understand. Just over a year ago, Cliff Lee came to a similar fork in the road.

Should he take the big payday from the New York Yankees or follow his heart down the road towards Philly?

It’s pretty obvious which path Lee took and Rollins, who came to the same crossroads this past month, decided to stick in Philadelphia.

There are a number of factors that played into Rollins’ decision. This was the franchise that drafted him in 1996, gave him his first chance in 2000 and made him the starting short stop in 2001.

This was a city that Rollins called home for over a decade. It was a team Rollins became the unofficial leader of and a fanbase that has associated the demise of the New York Mets to Rollins.

There is also recently signed reliever Dontrelle Willis, who Rollins grew up with in Oakland and remained very close friends with during their time in the major leagues. It will be the first time in their careers they will share a clubhouse and it’s understood that Willis played a small part in talking one of his best friends into playing 162 games together.

And finally, there is the baseball aspect of the deal. The Phillies needed a short stop for next season. Their biggest concern wasn’t so much the bat, seeing as they have put up with Rollins’ inconsistency since 2007.

Instead, it was the defense and the leadership. Most importantly the defense.

Rollins is one of the best fielding short stops in all of baseball. His range and arm make him an incredible asset for the Phillies at short, who with two of the best ground ball pitchers in baseball, need those outs on balls put on the ground.

The baseball aspect of it aside, the marriage between Rollins and the fans, who he once called “frontrunners,” will continue.

The love/hate relationship had more love than history suggests. Yes, there were those who couldn’t stand to see Rollins lead off to only pop up the first pitch or were skeptical after his nagging calf injuries in 2010.

But the good will always out-weigh the bad, even in a city known to boo their star players as a sign of displeasure in their lack of success.

The middle of Rollins’ career was labeled the best decade of Phillies baseball. In 2005, the Phillies won 88 games, their highest total since 1993. Granted they didn’t make the playoffs until a couple of years later, that year marked the beginning.

Then 2007 became the turning point. Rollins not only coined the “We are the team to beat” phrase, he backed up his words with his MVP season.

Playing all 162 games, the only time in his career doing so, Rollins batted .296 and 30 homers while leading the league with 139 runs and 20 triples from the lead off spot.

Though numbers were never seen like that again from Rollins, he was still an integral part of their 2008 World Championship, 2009 pennant winning season and the team’s best franchise record in 2011.

Those are the reasons, along with Chase Utley, that Rollins is associated the most with the best era of Phillies baseball. He will have up to four more years to add to his legacy and maybe one day retire wearing red pinstripes.

But for now, Philadelphia will still be the team to beat, and of course, a part of that reason will be because they have Jimmy Rollins playing short stop.

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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Papelbon inks four-year deal with Phils

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It looked as though the Phillies were going to resign closer Ryan Madson but the deal seemed to fall apart.

Instead they plucked former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon off the free-agent market. The deal is believed to be worth $50 million over four years.

It also includes a vesting option for a fifth year. The contract could reach $60 million when it’s all said and done.

The deal is the richest in MLB history for a closer. It will surpass the five-year, $45 million pact that B.J. Ryan signed with the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2005.

Papelbon was 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA with 31 saves in 63 appearances this year. He has a career 2.33 ERA and 219 saves over his big-league career.

But did the Phillies sign the right closer?

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BREAKING: Phillies sign closer Papelbon

Big pat on the back to Jim Salisbury with this homer of a news break.

More details will follow from our own Chris Bengel shortly. Please stay tuned!

Cuddyer in town to meet with Phils

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According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, free agent Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today to meet with Phillies officials

Cuddyer has left town so no deal is imminent. As Zolecki says, it just means that the Phillies are interested.

Cuddyer would fill a wide range of needs. He plays both corner infield and outfield positions. He could potentially split time with Jim Thome and John Mayberry Jr. while Ryan Howard is out with a torn Achilles.

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

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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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Phils sign Cust to minor league deal

OF Jack Cust (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Phillies have signed outfielder Jack Cust to a minor league contract today, pending a physical.

It was a move to add depth if the Phils need a late-season call up and power bat off the bench. Cust, a left-handed bat, has struggled all season. In 67 games with the Seattle Mariners, the 32-year-old is batting .213 with 23 RBI and three home runs.

Will Cust see the big league roster? I’m sure he will in September. But as for the post season, who knows. It all depends on if Cust can revert back his previous four seasons in Oakland when he hit a combined 97 homers.

Cust is a strikeout machine though, striking out 87 times in his 270 plate appearances this season. He also led the league in whiffs in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Ladies and gentelmen, I give you Matt Stairs, 2.0!

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