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Phillies sign RHP Qualls

The Phillies are continuing their minor tweaking of the bull pen, adding more depth to an already deep group of pitchers.

According to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies signed right-handed reliever Chad Qualls to $1.15 million deal.

Qualls, 33, will give the Phillies a top option in the late innings and could become Jonathan Papelbon’s set-up man. He pitched 66 of his 76 games last season in the last three innings.

Qualls was 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 76 games with the San Diego Padres. He struck out 43 batters in 74 1/3 innings.



Ex-Phillie Burrell Retires

Pat Burrell leads the parade after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

One of the most important cogs in the 2008 World Series team, Pat Burrell, has retired today.

Drafted with the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, Burrell played 1306 games with the Phillies in nine seasons. He finished with a .257 average and 251 home runs as a Phillie.

He hit 292 home runs and 976 RBIs in his career in 12 seasons with the Phillies, Rays and Giants.

Burrell won two World Series rings, 2008 with the Phillies and 2010 with the Giants. He went 1-for-27 in nine World Series games, striking out a remarkable 16 times.

Happy trails Burrell. We will have a story about Burrell later during the week.

Phillies Offseason Additions

An old friend, Jim Thome, returns to the Phillies.

With Spring Training around the corner, fans will get chance to see the new players the Phillies added to their very different roster. Changes needed to be made, in both the starting line up, the bench and bull pen.

The moves made this off season brought in some new names as well as some familiar faces and top of the market stars. 

Chris Bengel talks about these moves the Phillies made this off season and graded them based off the potential impact they will have this season.

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Phils, Pence avoid arbitration

The Phillies are going to head into the arbitration period without a thing on their mind.

Hunter Pence became the last Phillie to avoid arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $10.4 million deal, according to Jim Salisbury.

The Phillies avoided arbitration with Kyle Kendrick, Wilson Valdez (then traded him to Cincinnati) and Cole Hamels in the past two weeks.

Pence originally wanted $11.8 million and the Phillies offered $9 million. The two parties met in the middle.

In 54 games last season, Pence hit .324 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs after he was traded from Houston for a deal centered around a handful of top prospects.

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.

The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Brad Lidge, who like Tugger, will be remembered for his iconic celebration to close the final game of only the 2nd championship in 130 years of Phillies baseball. ( Schwalm)

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans.

And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes.

A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in the case of Brad Lidge, it doesn’t really matter.

What Lidge did during the 2008 season, especially in the closing month of October, will always define his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, regardless how the final three years here played out.

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Phils, Pence in a tug-of-war; Lidge close to signing with Nats

Arbitration is one of the most frustrating parts of the off season. And the Phillies and right fielder Hunter Pence are both finding this out the hard way.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, both parties are $2.8 million off their amounts for arbitration.

Pence filed for $11.8 million while the Phillies put in for $9 million. He made $6.6 million in 2011.

This isn’t something new for Pence’s agent, who took Pence and the Houston Astros to arbitration last off season.

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Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

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The Phillies made a trade today, sending utility infielder – and one time reliever – Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Jeremy Horst, according to Matt Gelb.

Horst, 26, had an ERA of 2.93 in 12 games of relief for the Reds last season. Those were the first 12 games of Horst’s career with the Reds.

Horst was drafted in the 21st round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Reds.

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Mayberry’s time has come

(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

2009 was just an introduction. 2010 was a step back.

But for John Mayberry Jr, 2011 was the year the 28-year old let the Phillies know that he is here to stay. Now all he has left to prove to the Phillies that he shouldn’t just be splitting time with newly signed Laynce Nix, and instead be the every day starter in left field.

Mayberry first put his foot in the door in 2009 when he debuted against the Yankees in New York. He doubled and homered in that game, showing off to the Phillies the raw power he has at the plate.

But Mayberry also showed the Phillies in his ensuing games that he lacked a lot of discipline at the plate and it continued into 2010. 2011 was a different story for Mayberry and it is the reason he will share a lot of time on the field with Nix.

Mayberry is tired of sharing though and the 2012 season will be Mayberry’s chance to show the Phillies that he deserves the lion’s share of playing time.

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Former Phillies announcer Musser dies

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Longtime Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser has died at the age of 74, reported Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Musser spent 26 years in the Phillies broadcast booth, sitting along side legendary deceased announcers Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn between 1976 and 2001.

Musser was believed to have missed only two games of announcing in that span, both due to laryngitis. Musser also announced Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers games in his career.

Musser retired from broadcasting in 2001.

According to Phillies Nation, they posted a video in 2009 with Musser, who had begun working for Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. It was well known by then that Musser had a love for beer.

Here is another nice article on Musser and his love for beer and working with Anchor Brewing.