Monthly Archives: November 2010

Minor League manager’s offices all filled

The Phillies rounded out the main pieces in their player development system with the announcement of minor league managers. Last week, Ryne Sandberg joined the fold to take over for Dave Huppert at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Another former Phillie, Mickey Morandini – can’t type that name without hearing Harry The K say it – will take over at Williamsport in the short-season New York-Penn League this season.
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Roster moves protect five young players

The annual rite of deciding who is protected from the 40-man roster and who is not protected came to a head with five recent roster additions. The Phillies deemed Justin DeFratus, Freddy Galvis, Harold Garcia, Cesar Hernandez and Matt Rizzotti worthy of needing protection and added the five to the roster.

As usual, there were also some notable players who weren’t protected and can now be taken by another team in the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held December 9.
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Minor League free agent update

The Phillies haven’t made a big free agent move – yet – but they have been busy getting minor league free agents signed and in some cases, re-signed to deals for 2011. They’ve also kept themselves pretty busy filling out the coaching staffs for their minor league clubs, but there is still a lot to decide.
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Halladay unanimous choice for Cy Young

Phillies fans believed he was the best in baseball and now, the voters have crowned Roy Halladay the best, at least in the National League. The vote was unanimous and gives Halladay a Cy Young from both leagues after he was voted the best in the American League in 2003. He is just the fifth pitcher in major league history to accomplish that feat.
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Bullpen, RF highlight GM Meetings agenda for Phils

Ruben Amaro Jr. has taken care of a few loose ends here and there before jetting off to Orlando for a couple days to take part in the annual GM Meetings. With a couple of spare parts signed – Pete Orr, Erik Kratz, Eddie Bonine – and the reliable Jose Contreras locked up for two more seasons, Amaro can start tackling tougher tasks on his agenda.
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Phillies add Contreras for two more years

The Phillies bullpen is looking pretty empty these days, but one big step was taken to keep one of the more effective arms in Philadelphia. Jose Contreras and the Phillies agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal that will keep Contreras in Philly through the 2012 season. Contreras was a very pleasant surprise out of the pen in 2010, posting a 3.34 ERA in 67 appearances and averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings.
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Sandberg takes the helm at Lehigh Valley

In a move that had been rumored for some time, the Phillies have hired Ryne Sandberg to replace Dave Huppert as manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Sandberg managed at Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization last season, leading them to an 82-62 record and picking up the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year honor. After being passed over for the Cubs managerial job, Sandberg decided to leave the organization and look elsewhere for new opportunities. His search led him to the Phillies, the organization that he initially reached the majors with before being added as a throw-in to acquire Ivan DeJesus from the Cubs.

The Phillies will name the rest of Sandberg’s staff and a new manager and staff for Double-A Reading in the near future.