When the 2013 Phillies’ 73-89 season concluded, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. made the organization’s view of Darin Ruf crystal clear.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tuesday morning’s juicy rumor at the winter meetings, compliments of ESPN, has the Phillies listening to offers for ace left-handers Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said there was never a doubt about it: John Mayberry Jr. was getting tendered a contract for 2014.
There was an eye-opening fact exposed the other day by Jayson Stark: Since 1900, only four teams have gotten 120-plus games out of five players age 34 or older.
At the start of spring training last season, Chase Utley said: "Age is a number -- it depends on how you treat your body and how you take care of it."