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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-01-27


Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-01-27
Now that they finally have won their first World Series championship since 1980, the Phillies are getting greedy. They want to repeat. But, in trying to position the Phillies for another title, new GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will face several critical offseason decisions. His first key pickup was LF Raul Ibanez, who signed a three-year, $31.5 million deal.

ARRIVALS: RHP Gary Majewski (minor league free agent from Reds), C Ronny Paulino (trade with Pirates), RHP Robert Mosebach (Rule 5 selection from Angels), LF Raul Ibanez (free agent from Mariners), RHP Chan Ho Park (free agent from Dodgers), INF Pablo Ozuna (minor league free agent from Dodgers).

DEPARTURES: LF Pat Burrell (free agent, signed with Rays), OF So Taguchi (free agent, signed minor league deal with Cubs).

FREE AGENTS: RHP Rudy Seanez, RHP Tom Gordon.

Gordon missed much of last season with an elbow injury, so the Phillies had already replaced him.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: 1B Ryan Howard.

Howard is seeking an $18 million salary, while the Phillies are offering $14 million.

MEDICAL WATCH:

2B Chase Utley (right hip surgery in November 2008) faces a recovery time of four to six months but says he'll be ready for Opening Day.

3B Pedro Feliz (lower back surgery in November 2008) is expected to be ready for spring training.

LHP Mike Zagurski (elbow ligament reconstruction in April 2008) is expected to be ready to pitch by the end of spring training.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 27, 2009

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