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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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