We are two weeks into 2012, to which I find the new year is already going by way too fast. However, the faster it goes the closer to Spring Training we get. So gotta take the good with the bad.
Which leads me to the bad. Ryan Madson signing with the Cincinnati Reds. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I hate that the Phillies didn’t re-sign him. And though we got Jonathan Papelbon, I still feel the Phillies dropped the ball on the Madson situation. Just yesterday I heard rumblings that Madson had no intention of leaving Philly but when negotiations soured and the Phillies went after Papelbon, that all changed…obviously.
Madson agreed to a one-year contract with the Reds. Multiple published reports said the contract was for $8.5 million, while a source told MLB.com he was guaranteed $10 million, which could include a buyout. – Phillies.com
The Phillies released John Bowker so he can pursue a baseball career in Japan. For his sake and Japan’s hope he actually hits.
Spring Training game tickets went on sale yesterday. Tickets can be purchased at either phillies.com/spring or by calling Phillies Ticket Services 215-463-1000. Their first exhibition game will be played February 29th at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Below is the Phillies’ Spring Training home game schedule:
And according to Philly.com, GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has little interest in acquiring Chicago Cub pitcher Kerry Wood. Which contradicts previous reports stating he was.
Before getting to the bullpen, Amaro envisions Vance Worley and Joe Blanton’s occupying the two starting spots behind the big three of Roy Halladay, Lee, and Cole Hamels. He said that Kyle Kendrick could be a swing-type pitcher who can start if someone is injured. (On that note, Amaro said he is pleased with Blanton’s progress from right-elbow problems last season.) – Philly.com
The current bullpen consists of Michael Stutes, David Herndon, Jose Contreras, Kendrick, and Papelbon. If Amaro adds to it, he will more than likely look into minor league guys and deals.
Amaro listed other candidates, including righthanders Brian Sanches, Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont, and Michael Schwimer; and lefties Jake Diekman and Joe Savery. In this group, all but Sanches have little to no major-league experience. The 33-year-old Sanches was 4-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 39 appearances for the Florida – now Miami – Marlins last season.
“We expect them all to be vying for spots,” Amaro said. “It’s all about competition.” – Philly.com
Have a great weekend everyone!
Heather Carnassale is the Senior Phillies Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on twitter @heatherc531 and @viewfromsec116.