January 22, 2013
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UPDATE: Delmon Young has agreed to sign with the Phillies for one year, $750,000.
ORIGINAL: Sources told CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury that the Phillies are seriously considering signing free agent outfielder Delmon Young.
“I think we can [get a corner outfielder before spring training],” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “We hope to do it… We’ve kicked around a lot of stuff. [Young’s] among them.”
A paragraph written by Salisbury sums up the good and bad in signing Young, who is a great right-handed hitter but is inconsistent on the field and has a past of being a problem off it:
In April 2012, an intoxicated Young was arrested after shouting anti-Semitic slurs outside of a New York hotel. Major League Baseball suspended Young, then with the Detroit Tigers, for seven days. The player apologized for the incident and completed a counseling and community service program. He returned to the Tigers and hit .267 with 18 homers and 74 RBIs in 151 games. He was a postseason standout, hitting .359 (11 for 31) with three homers and seven RBIs in the ALCS and World Series.
January 18, 2013
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The Phillies have avoided arbitration with left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo.
The Phillies signed the 27-year-old reliever to a one-year, $1.4 million contract. The deal includes bonus incentives.
Last year, Bastardo went 2-5 with a 4.33 ERA, striking out 81 batters in only 52 innings.
January 7, 2013
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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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