Tag:Philadelphia Phillies
Posted on: December 12, 2008 7:27 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

Moving to fill big holes in the middle of their lineup and left field, the world champion Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement with free agent Raul Ibanez on a three-year, $31 million deal, according to sources.

The deal is pending a physical examination.

The Phillies had targeted the now former Seattle Mariner since parting ways with slugger Pat Burrell. Ibanez, whose long list of suitors included the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, among others, hit .293 in 2008 with a .358 on-base percentage, .472 slugging percentage, 23 homers and 110 RBI.

Though he's 36, he plays younger than his years.

"He's everything you want as far as professionalism, he hits 20 homers consistently, 80-to-100 RBIs," one major-league scout said. "Five years ago, people thought that maybe he should stop playing the outfield. But he's continued to work at it to where he makes most of the routine plays.

"Plus, he's a great guy. Just a super human being. He can hit anywhere in the lineup, three, four or five, and he's a tough out."

The Phillies are hoping that perhaps Ibanez brings another benefit, too. He's good friends with pitcher Jamie Moyer dating back to their days as teammates in Seattle. The Phillies still haven't signed Moyer because of a disagreement over salary. Now that they've got a left fielder and have a firm grasp of how much is left in their budget, and given the presence of Ibanez, they're hoping they can reach an agreement with the lefty.


Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:48 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2008 2:17 am

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

LAS VEGAS -- Jake Peavy may or may not have been singing Go Cubs Go in a bar here after attending the Brooks and Dunn concert with his buddy, Houston Astro Roy Oswalt, the other night.

But after more talks Tuesday between the Padres and Chicago Cubs, Peavy's long, strange trip out of San Diego appears to be moving along to a place where Peavy will be able to memorize those lyrics for good.

The Padres and Cubs were scheduled to hold another session of talks later Tuesday evening, according to San Diego general manager Kevin Towers, who said he "feels probably better today at this time than yesterday at this time" regarding the progress of the trade talks.

"We've made some progress," Towers said. "We're just not there yet."

He described the Cubs as having some work to do. Though he wasn't specific, sources with knowledge of the talks say the Cubs must move payroll to take on the $63 million Peavy is owed over the next four years.

Specifically, they're attempting to move pitcher Jason Marquis and his $9.875 million salary owed for 2009.

Though Towers said the Padres and Cubs haven't completely settled on the pieces Chicago would send to San Diego, there is general agreement. Third base prospect Josh Vitters certainly would be in the package, which also is expected to include right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart and possibly pitcher Angel Guzman. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is also a possibility.

A third team almost certainly would need to be involved, and possibly, according to Towers, a fourth club.

Philadelphia, which could end up acquiring infielder Mark DeRosa from the Cubs and sending pitcher J.A. Happ to the Padres, remains one possibility.

Baltimore, which would sent pitcher Garret Olson to the Cubs for outfielder Felix Pie -- and then the Cubs would pass Olson along to the Padres -- remains another possibility.

The Cubs were said to have been approached by another club -- or more -- Tuesday involving players that could be in the Peavy deal. That could mean either Marquis or DeRosa, or both.

Another twist, that likely will mean more delays if this deal is to be completed: The Padres are looking to pick one player -- and perhaps more -- in Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft and, as a result, they may need to clear some space on their 40-man roster to make room for some of the players in a potential Peavy trade.

That presents a scenario in which the Cubs and Padres could agree to a deal in a day or two but delay announcing it until Friday, Saturday or later.

Towers said he believes Hendry has the power to move now in personnel decisions despite the Cubs' impending sale.

"My impression is he has the ability to move if he is comfortable with what he's giving up," Towers said.

Hendry said on Monday that he is operating with no restrictions while the impending sale progresses.

Posted on: October 25, 2008 8:06 pm

Packed schedule in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- Big times this weekend at the Philadelphia Sports Complex -- that large area of real estate between downtown and the airport on which Citizens Bank Park (Phillies), Wachovia Center (NBA's 76ers and NHL's Flyers) and Lincoln Financial Field (NFL's Eagles) stand.

The Flyers played on Friday night, they played again on Saturday (in a game moved up to 4 p.m.) before Game 3 of the World Series and then, on Sunday ... well, let's just say they're issuing repeated traffic warnings in an effort to ease congestion.

The Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Phillies-Rays World Series Game 4 is scheduled for 8:29 p.m. and the rock group The Who is playing at 7:30.

Meanwhile, the 76ers announced that if the Phillies-Rays World Series extends to Game 6 on Wednesday in Tampa Bay, the NBA team will move its season opener against the Toronto Raptors up to 6 p.m. (from 7 p.m.).

The Sixers obviously are concerned their opener would get swallowed up by fans wanting to watch the Phillies on television. And to that end, the Sixers also said that if there is a World Series game that evening, they would keep a pavilion at the Wachovia Center open after the basketball game for fans to stay and watch baseball.

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