The Phils have just announced that they have signed the last of their arbitration-eligible players, as Hunter Pence have agreed to a one-year deal worth $10.4 million dollars.
Pence, who have come to the Phils in a mid-season trade with the Astros, played in 54 games with the Phils, hitting .324 (67-207) with a .954 OPS, as he hit 12 doubles, 2 triples and 11 home runs, knocking in 35 RBIs, while scoring 35 times. During the 2011 season, he would play in 154 total games, hitting .314 (190-606) with an .871 OPS, as he hit 38 doubles, 5 triples and 22 home runs, scoring 84 runs, while he knocked in 97 RBIs. He would also walk 56 times.
With the Pence signing, the Phils have all of their players signed for the coming season, although they might still be looking for someone to replace Wilson Valdez as a multi-purpose infielder.
Let’s go, Phils!!!
The Phils have just announced that they have traded utility infielder Wilson Valdez to the Reds for left-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Horst.
Wilson Valdez, who had spent two seasons (2010-11) with the Phils, playing second base, shortstop and third base, as well as pitch a shutout inning in an extra-innings game (19), getting the win, played in 210 games for the Phils, batting .254 (154 for 606) with a .300 on-base percentage, as he hit 30 doubles, 7 triples and 5 HRs, while knocking in 65 RBIs. During last season, he batted .249 (68 for 273) as he appeared in 99 games, hitting 14 doubles, 4 triples and a home run, while knocking in 30 RBIs, while scoring 39 runs. Valdez, a career .243 hitter, has also played for the White Sox, the Mariners, the Padres, the Dodgers and the Mets from 2004-05, 2007-09, before joining the Phils.
Jeremy Horst, who the Phils are getting in return, is a 2007 Reds draft pitch, who made his major league debut last season. Coming out of the bullpen, he pitched in 12 games, compiling a record of 0-0 with a 2.93 ERA, as he pitched in 15.1 innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, as he gave up 18 hits. He also struck out nine players, while walking only six. He will come to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Horst, who is a left-hander, will likely be trying to become the late-innings left-handed specialist the Phils want to compliment Antonio Bastardo.
With the move, it is most likely that former Rule 5 pick, Michael Martinez, will be taking Valdez’s place as the Phils’ utility infielder. The less I’ll say about that, the better I’ll feel. Prove us all wrong, Mini-Mart!!!
Sorry to see you go, Wilson, and welcome to the club, Jeremy.
Earlier today, the Phils have announced that Cole Hamels had earlier today signed a one-year contract worth $15 million dollars, thus avoiding arbitration. Hamels, who is the number three-man in the Phils’ starting rotation, in 2011 had a 14-9 record with a 2.79 ERA, as he pitched in 32 games, all but one of which was as a starter. He pitched in 216 innings, striking out 194 batters, while walking only 44. Hamels threw 10 complete, while pitching four shut outs. Carrer-wise, his record is 74-54 with an ERA of 3.39. Although he would become eligible to enter the free agent market after this season, it is hoped that at some point during the season that the Phils will sign Hamels to a multi-year extension. Let keep our fingers crossed on that people.
The Phils have also avoided arbitration with Wilson Valdez, who had signed a new contract for one season, worth $930,000. Valdez, who had played second base, third base and shortstop, last year appeared in 99 games, batting .249 (68 for 273), with 14 doubles, 4 triples and 1 home runs, while knocking in 30 runs.
That leaves just Hunter Pence to sign to a contract before both sides would have to face an arbitrator. I think that it can be done.
The Phils have announced that they have avoided arbitration with Kyle Kendrick as they have reached a one-year contract with the starter-reliever worth $3.585 million dollars.
Kendrick, who had started the 2011 season in the bullpen, would rejoin the starting rotation because of injuries to both Joe Blanton and Roy Oswalt. During the season, he would appear in 34 games, 15 of them as a starter, ending the year with an 8-6 record, with an ERA of 3.22. In 114.2 innings pitched, he would strike out 59 batters, which walking only 30, receiving a WHIP of 1.22.
With Kendrick’s signing, that leaves only Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence and Wilson Valdez arbitration-eligible , with the fanbase hoping that Hamels will be nailed down to a multi-year contract.
The Phils have tendered contracts to the four players on the team who are still arbitration eligible after they had traded Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays: Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Kyle Kendrick and Wilson Vladez. Although it is expected that all four will receive an increase in salary whether they accept the proffered contracts, or go through arbitration, most of the fanbase would prefer that the Phils give multi-year contracts to both Hamels and Pence, especially Hamels, to keep them with the team for a while. As for Kendrick and Valdez, the two have shown their worth as insurance policies in case somebody gets hurt (although Kendrick had also shown that he can be a very good asset in the bullpen).
While this is going on, there has been reports that the Phils have signed to a one-year contract, pending him passing a physical, left-hander Dontrelle Willis. Willis, a former Rookie of the Year (2003 with the Marlins), pitched for the Reds last season, going 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts. Being mostly a starter during his nine-years career with the Marlins, the Tigers, the D-backs and the Reds, Willis had complied a record of 72-69 with an ERA of 4.17, as he had appeared in 205 games, all but three as a starter. The Phils, if he passes the physical, will more than likely be using him out of the bullpen as a left-handed specialist, and a spot-starter, as a kind of compliment to Kendrick, since there is really no way that he will be able to make the rotation, especially with his issues with his control.
Hopefully, the signing of Willis will end up being a good move for the Phils for next season.
The Phils have finally announced their roster for the 2011 NL Divisional Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Carlos Ruiz – C
Ryan Howard – 1B
Chase Utley – 2B
Jimmy Rollins – SS
Placido Polanco – 3B
Raul Ibanez – LF
Shane Victorino – CF
Hunter Pence – RF
Brian Schneider – C
Wilson Valdez – INF
Michael Martinez – INF
Ben Francisco – OF
Ross Gload – OF/INF
Johm Mayberry, Jr. – OF
Kyle Kendrick (long man)
Antonio Bastardo (set-up man?) and
Ryan Madson (closer)
In reserve, in case any of them get hurt, will be: Dom Brown (OF), Joe Savery (P) and Justin De Fratus (P).
The Phils set a pair of new franchise records in wins as they end the Braves chances of getting into the post-season, as they win in thirteen innings, 4-3.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chipper Jones hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Michael Bourn, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3. The Braves took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a two-run home run, his thirty-sixth home run of the season, knocking in Prado, who had earlier reached base on an infield single to third baseman Placido Polanco, then moved up to second base as Bourn, who had earlier singled, then stole second, was thrown out trying to steal third, 2-6, for the inning’s first out, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead to 3-2 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Raul Ibanez and an infield single to second baseman Uggla by Polanco, sending Ibanez to third, and with one man out, Ibanez scores on a force attempt fielding error committed by shortstop Jack Wilson on a grounder hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Polanco to be safe at second base, while Ruiz would reach first, making it a 3-2 Braves’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Polanco, who was then pinch run for by Pete Orr, and walks to pinch hitter Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Orr. The Phils then took the lead in the thirteenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Brian Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, on to third base. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon would record his first career save as he got Freddie Freeman to hit into a 3-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Uggla, who had earlier walked, ending the Phils’ regular season with a franchise best 102nd win, while giving Charlie Manuel his 646th win as their manager, putting him ahead of Gene Mauch for the most wins as a Phil manager.
Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four. Cole Hamels pitched three innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Vance Worley, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Michael Stutes and Michael Schwimer combined for six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Worley (1), Schwimer (1)) and two walks (Worley), while striking out eight (Worley, Madson, Stutes, Schwimer two each) batters between them. Justin De Fratus (1-0, 2.25) received his first major league win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon received his first career save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Tim Hudson also received a no-decision as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Eric O’Flaherty collected his thirty-second hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two batters that he would face. Jonny Venters received his thirty-fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel blew his eighth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, while striking out one. Kris Medlen pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro and Cristhian Martinez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Martinez), while striking out two (Varvaro) batters between them. Scott Linebrink (4-4, 3.64) took the lost as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) and Placido Polanco (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil’s RBI on a Braves’ fielding error.
The Phils will have the next two off, before they start their divisional series with the Cardinals.