Ruben Amaro Jr. has never been afraid to make a bold move, but spending money "intelligently" was a priority in this thin free-agent market.
The Phillies could still use bullpen help, but they watched on Thursday as elite lefty Scott Downs came off the board on a one-year deal.
1wThe Rangers on Thursday selected ... Russell Wilson in baseball's Rule 5 draft. What? Here's more.
1wThe Phillies on Thursday agreed to a deal with starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, according to a source.
1wThe Phillies added pitcher Kevin Munson from the D-backs in the Rule 5 draft, but lost pitcher Seth Rosin, a part of the Hunter Pence trade.
1wMany think Jonathan Papelbon should be traded, but what's the point if the Phillies will have to pay part of his salary and then sign a free-agent closer?
1wBartolo Colon and the New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract, a source tells the Associated Press.
1wAre the Phils dangling Dom Brown? Brown's agent Scott Boras understands the rumors and the Phils' difficult predicament.
1wThe Phillies are "selling the [crap] out of" Jonathan Papelbon and would pay part of his salary to move him, according to sources.
THE GOOD PHIGHT
For the first time since 1995, no Phillie had 60 or more walks.