Ryan Howard's loving family was a factor behind his rise to prominence. Now, the loss of that support system is at least partially behind his decline.
Though he's being wooed by a handful of teams, Yasmani Tomas is expected to be at the baseball winter meetings to seek out a job. According to one report, "bet the mortgage" on the Phillies.
The Phillies on Tuesday announced changes to their development staff, adding former major-leaguers Brian Sweeney and Pat Borders.

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Their win over the Mariners on Aug. 20 improved the Phils to 6-11 this season in interleague play.