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Phillies Sign Santana

The Philadelphia Phillies moved to strengthen their depleted bullpen by signing free agent reliever Julio Santana to a one-year contract Wednesday.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who got $800,000 in a deal that includes performance bonuses, was in 41 games last season for Milwaukee and went 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA. In 42 innings, Santana allowed 34 hits, walked 19, struck out 49. Opponents batted .221 against him.

"Santana did a solid job in Milwaukee's bullpen, and he gives us some more options there," Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said.

Via ESPN


Phillies Up Their Gordon Hunt

With Billy Wagner headed up the Turnpike, the Phillies are turning their attention to a reliever they've coveted for years -- Tom Gordon.

The Phillies have stepped up their efforts to sign Gordon in recent days, according to two sources who have spoken with them. What is still unclear is whether they are willing to give Gordon the three-year contract he is looking for at age 38.

It's believed the Phillies have an offer on the table for Gordon, but indications are that it's for less than three years. And GM Pat Gillick expressed reluctance Monday to give contracts that long to 38-year-old pitchers like Gordon and Trevor Hoffman, who have now moved to the top of the free-agent closer heap.

Via ESPN


One-Horse Race For Wagner

Billy Wagner criticized the Phillies' efforts to retain him, telling the Mets' Web site his current team is "taking one step back to take one step forward" and calling the Mets' pursuit a "one-horse race."

The Phillies were believed to have upped their offer yesterday, guaranteeing a third year at roughly $30 million, but seem reluctant to trump Mariano Rivera's $10.5 million salary. The Mets initially offered three years at more than $30 million with an '09 option.

Via NY Daily News


Thome Sent To The Champs

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade first baseman Jim Thome to the Chicago White Sox for center fielder Aaron Rowand.

The deal, confirmed by the Phillies, is expected to include major cash considerations due to the size of Thome's contract, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported. The deal is dependent on players passing physicals.

Thome, 35, is due about $12.5 million in 2006 and $14 million in each of the final two seasons of his six-year contract. The Phillies have a club option for 2009, and he has a no-trade clause.

The four-time All-Star hit .207 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 59 games this year before having season-ending surgery on his right elbow in August. Thome has 430 homers since making his major-league debut in 1991.

Rowand, 28, set career highs in 2004 by hitting .310 with 38 doubles, 24 homers and 69 RBI.

He became eligible for salary arbitration for the first time after making $340,000 in 2004, and signed a new contract with the White Sox in January.

He earned $2 million in 2005 and is expected to receive $3.25 million in 2006. Chicago has a club option for 2007 at $5 million and Rowand holds a player option for 2007 at $3.25 million.

Via ESPN


Wagner Offered $30 Million By Mets

Billy Wagner departed Shea Stadium at about 3:30 yesterday, and he did so with the Mets' first formal offer in hand.

According to an official from a National League club, the offer was a three-year, $30-million package. Given how badly the Philadelphia Phillies want to retain their lefthanded closer, the Mets could very well need to raise their bid in order to bring Wagner to New York.

The Mets didn't want to commit three years to Wagner, not when all the Phillies have floated is a two-year commitment with an option for a third. And the $10-million annual average value falls short of Mariano Rivera's industry-setting $10.5 million, as per the two-year, $21-million extension he has through 2006.

As even Wagner himself said yesterday at Shea, "Mariano's the best."

Via Newsday


Phillies Nov 2005 Archive

  • Mets Ready To Make Offer To Wagner

    The Mets want Billy Wagner to come to New York, and the bullpen ace sounds as if he likes their sales pitch.

  • Trade Talks Get Closer For Vazquez

    Trades talks involving pitcher Javier Vazquez have been heating up and the Diamondbacks are close to facilitating the right-hander's request to be dealt to a club closer to the East Coast.

  • Wagner To Tour New York Area

    Billy Wagner and Kenji Jojima will find out if they love New York during upcoming visits to the city.

  • White Sox And Phillies Not Interested In Manny

    The Chicago White Sox will not be in the hunt for Manny Ramirez.

  • Urbina Charged With Attempted Murder

    Phillies pitcher Ugueth Urbina was arrested on a charge of attempted murder after he and a group of men allegedly attacked several employees at his family home using machetes.

  • Oakland Rookie Wins Award Again, Howard In NL

    Huston Street became the second consecutive AL Rookie of the Year from the Oakland Athletics, and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard won the NL award Monday.

  • Phillies Could Deal Thome Or Abreu

    The Phillies want to unload Jim Thome and new GM Pat Gillick might just try to shake up the Philadelphia lethargy by dealing a core player such as Bobby Abreu.

  • Phillies To Name Gillick GM

    According to a report on the Philadelphia Inquirer's web site, the Phillies will name Pat Gillick as their next GM on Wednesday.