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Montgomery returning as Phillies chairman; Gillick still president
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

David Montgomery will return to the Phillies as team chairman, the team announced Wednesday.

Current club president Pat Gillick will remain in his role and oversee baseball operations. Montgomery had to leave the team last August to have cancer surgery, but he has recovered.

"I am fortunate to be healthy enough now to resume some of my previous responsibilities," Montgomery said. "I am very appreciative that Pat Gillick is willing and available to remain as the club's president. Pat and I have become very close since he joined us in the fall of 2005. I look forward to returning to work as Phillies chairman."

As a result of the Montgomery's return, chairman Bill Giles has been named chairman emeritus.

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Hector Neris considered a 'sleeper' to make Phils' bullpen
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Coming off an outstanding performance in the Dominican Winter League, reliever Hector Neris is a "sleeper candidate" to earn a spot in the Phillies' bullpen, reports Philly.com. Neris, 25, did not give up a run in 18 innings during the league's regular season, then allowed two runs in 8 1/3 postseason innings.

“It will be interesting to see who kind of takes the bull by the horns,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the website. “We’re going to give some people opportunities to pitch, and typically what happens is the guy that’s performing the best and the guy that’s throwing the most consistently toward the end of spring, those are the guys that will make the club.”

Neris made his major-league debut last August, earning a win with one scoreless inning. That was his only appearance with the Phils.

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Report: Blue Jays also interested in Jonathan Papelbon trade
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Along with the Brewers, the Phillies have also discussed trading closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Blue Jays, soruces told MLB.com.

Papelbon is due $13 million next season, which is believed to be one of the sticking points in negotiations. In 2014, Papelbon had 39 saves with a 2.04 ERA.

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David Buchanan will compete for one of two spots in Phillies' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan said refininig his curveball has been a point of emphasis this offseason, as he prepares to compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I had success with (my curveball) in certain games,” he said. “It started coming along there toward the end. But it’s definitely something that has a lot of work still to go. It’s definitely something I’m working on. It’s getting better, which is all I can ask for.”

There is two spots currently open in the rotation behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Aaron Harang. Buchanan, Jerome Williams and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez are considered the leading candidates for the openings in the rotation. 

“There’s going to be some competition,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. “I think that’s the only way that you can get better is by creating competition. I can’t sit here and tell you today that David Buchanan’s going to be one of our guys in the rotation, but he absolutely is going to get an opportunity to pitch in spring training and be ready and compete for one of those spots.”

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Report: Brewers in serious discussions for Phillies' Papelbon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Brewers are engaged in serious discussions for Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 34-year-old Papelbon is owed $13 million next season, and has a vesting option for 2016 if he finishes 48 games in 2015. If that option vests, Papelbon would earn $13 million in 2016. Papelbon also has 17 teams on his no-trade list, and it's unclear whether the Brewers are one of those teams. Papelbon posted a 2.04 ERA over 66 1/3 innings last year.

The Brewers recently freed up cash by dealing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, causing some to believe another move was coming. The club did lose Francisco Rodriguez following a resurgent season, and hasn't done much to replace him this offseason. Jonathan Broxton was expected to step in as the team's closer, but he's missed significant time in two of the past four seasons. 

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGBen Revere , CF.306
HRMarlon Byrd , RF25
RBIRyan Howard , 1B95
OBPChase Utley , 2B.339
SLGMarlon Byrd , RF.445
RJimmy Rollins , SS78
SBBen Revere , CF49
WKyle Kendrick , SP10
ERACole Hamels , SP2.46
WHIPCole Hamels , SP1.15
KCole Hamels , SP198
SVJonathan Papelbon , RP39
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