So what did the Phillies accomplish and not accomplish this past week?
The Winter Meetings were pretty much uneventful, for the Phillies that is. Which means, they didn’t pull any blockbuster moves or weren’t the coveted ‘mystery’ team this year.
Newly acquired outfielder Laynce Nix passed his physical and was officially signed to a 2-year deal.
Ryan Madson declined arbitration and will test the open market.
The Phillies passed on making any Rule 5 Draft Picks.
“We take a lot of pride that we have a few players in our organization that have had a positive impact — with David Herndon and Michael Martinez and obviously Shane a couple of years back — but it just didn’t feel like it was a fit this year,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. – Phillies.com
Jimmy Rollins and his agent Dan Lozano STILL haven’t agreed to the Phillies offer and the Albert Pujols-LESS St. Louis Cardinals could be contenders. What a mess that is!!!!
And everyone who is a Phillies fan and I mean EVERYONE wants Ruben and the Phillies to lock up Cole Hamels PRONTO! 2012 is Hamels’ last year of his contract meaning at the end he would become a free agent. Hamels is the quintessential home grown boy and no one wants to see him walk.
Amaro said he has not talked with Hamels’ agent, John Boggs, at the Winter Meetings. Talks could pick up after the New Year, a timeframe during which the Phillies have be known to sign players to contract extensions. – Phillies.com
And another quick blurb on the winter meetings, there was chatter about Dominic Brown being traded to the Oakland A’s for southpaw Gio Gonzalez. The irony, the Phillies acquired Gonzalez in 2005 but through various deals and trades, didn’t keep him. And as far as Brown goes, at one point he was determined untouchable, but with Brown not producing the way the Phillies had hoped, not sure he’s worth keeping around. Plus the Phillies have John Mayberry, Jr. who shined bright last year and with the addition of Nix, Brown’s days as a Phillie may be numbered. But as of right now, nothing has been done.
Yesterday was my mother-in-law’s birthday and she’s bar none the best mother-in-law a girl could hope for, so my apologies for not giving her a proper Happy Birthday. She not only supports me in everything that I do, she’s one of the sweetest people ever so HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, Linda/Mom! Love ya!
Have a great Saturday everyone!