Phillies Avoid Arbitration; Sign Bastardo

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.

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Rosenthal: Phillies Intensify Pursuit of OF Cody Ross

The Phillies are still in need of a corner outfielder, and they are targeting Cody Ross the most to fill that spot. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies are “intensifying pursuit of Cody Ross. Other teams also being more aggressive. Mariners among those that have shown interest.” Ross is seeking a three-year deal.

Phillies Sign Ex-Nat John Lannan

  The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with left-handed starter John Lannan. Lannan is a “low-risk, high-reward” move for Ruben Amaro, who said that was the type of player he was pursuing for his fifth starter. Kyle Kendrick will most likely be the fourth starter in the rotation now. Lannan, 28, … Continue reading Phillies Sign Ex-Nat John Lannan

Phillies Sign RHP Mike Adams

According to KRIS-TV of Corpus Christi, TX, a family source confirms that the Phillies have signed right-handed reliever Mike Adams, pending a physical. The deal is said to be worth $18 million, and is a three-year deal. The third year is a vesting option if Adams pitches 120 innings in 2013 and 2014, with at … Continue reading Phillies Sign RHP Mike Adams

Quintero Heads List of Nine Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees for Phillies

The Phillies invited nine non-40-man roster players to Spring Training this season. The list is headed by free agent catcher Humberto Quintero, who is the top candidate to back-up Erik Kratz while Carlos Ruiz serves his 25-game suspension. Quintero will compete with prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle for that spot. Quintero, 33, hit .232 … Continue reading Quintero Heads List of Nine Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees for Phillies

Olney: Ichiro Rejects Phillies Offer; Signs With Yankees

In an interesting report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, the New York Yankees will bring back Ichiro Suzuki for another season. But what’s interesting about that is that Suzuki reportedly declined a two-year, $14 million offer from the Phillies to sign the one-year deal with New York. The Phillies are in need of another corner outfielder … Continue reading Olney: Ichiro Rejects Phillies Offer; Signs With Yankees

Phillies In Talks With Cubs; Interested in a Brown-for-Soriano Swap

CBS’ Jon Heyman reported that the Phillies are in talks with the Chicago Cubs about 36-year-old outfielder Alfonso Soriano. The Phillies would send Domonic Brown to Chicago for Soriano, and the Cubs would have to pay a significant amount of Soriano’s salary. The Cubs are willing to pay up to $26 million of the $36 … Continue reading Phillies In Talks With Cubs; Interested in a Brown-for-Soriano Swap

Evaluating the Michael Young Trade

It was made official Sunday morning that the Phillies acquired 3B Michael Young and cash from the Texas Rangers for reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. It was a good fit for both teams, with the Phillies needing a third baseman and Young wanting to continue to compete as he waived his no trade … Continue reading Evaluating the Michael Young Trade

Phillies Sign RHP Zach Miner

According to Fox’s Jon Morosi, the Phillies have signed right-hander Zach Miner to a Minor League contract, including an invitation to Spring Training. Miner, 30, hasn’t played in the Majors since the 2009 season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and has pitched in the Tigers farm system ever since. In 157 Major League … Continue reading Phillies Sign RHP Zach Miner

Phillies Trade Lindblom, Bonilla for Michael Young

UPDATE — The Phillies have acquired 3B Michael Young from the Texas Rangers. The Phillies sent RHP Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla to Texas for Young. Texas is expected to pay a sizable chunk of the $16 million owed to Young, who is 36. In 74 games with the Dodgers and Phillies, Lindblom posted … Continue reading Phillies Trade Lindblom, Bonilla for Michael Young