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Romero to DL, Zagurski Recalled

The Phillies placed left-hander J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf. They recalled left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place.

Zagurski is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one save in three appearances this season. He has allowed two hits and struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings. He went 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and three saves in 52 appearances last season in Lehigh Valley. He had 71 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.


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Romero Could Be Headed to DL

J.C. Romero sounds like he is headed to the 15-day DL.

He will know more tomorrow. He strained his right calf in the ninth inning tonight in a 6-3 loss to the Brewers in 12 innings at Citizens Bank Park. Romero limped through the Phillies clubhouse afterward.

“Probably, probably some time,” said Romero, asked if he expected to be placed on the DL. “I don’t know how long, but hopefully 15 days or so.”

Romero recorded the first two outs of the ninth when Carlos Gomez reached on an infield single. Romero hopped off the mound after throwing the pitch before dropping to the turf in pain.

“I was trying to push off the leg and it kind of gave out on me,” Romero said. “I knew something was wrong.”

Romero, who will have a MRI on Tuesday, is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances this season.

“I don’t know what else could happen,” Romero said. “This is just ridiculous. At least my arm is good.”

Possible replacements for Romero, if the Phillies place him on the DL, include right-hander Michael Stutes and left-hander Mike Zagurski.


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Kendrick Agrees to $2.45 Million Deal

Kyle Kendrick avoided aribtration today when he agreed to a one-year, $2.45 million deal with the Phillies.

The contract includes award bonuses.

Kendrick, who was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time, went 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 33 appearances (31 starts) last season. He is 35-24 with a 4.69 ERA in 93 appearances (83 starts) in his career.

Gotten a few questions about how the Phillies and Kendrick’s agent came up with that number. Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Look at some of the other first-year eligible pitchers out there and what they got from their teams: Detroit’s Armando Galarraga ($2.3 million) and Toronto’s Brandon Morrow ($2.3 million) are two examples. Arbitration numbers typically are about service time. A notable exception was Ryan Howard a few years ago.

Kendrick, 26, could end up in the bullpen if the Phillies do not trade Joe Blanton before the season starts. He could take Chad Durbin‘s role as the team’s multiple-inning middle reliever. But if the Phillies trade Blanton, Kendrick would be the favorite to be the fifth starter, although he would get some competition from Vance Worley.

The Phillies have no more players eligible for salary arbitration. They agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million deal Saturday with Ben Francisco.


Here are the contract details for J.C. Romero and Delwyn Young:


Romero Signs A $1.35 Million Contract

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J.C. Romero officially is back in the Phillies’ bullpen.

The Phillies just announced they have signed him to a one-year, $1.35 million contract. The contract includes performance bonuses.

Romero, 34, went 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA and three saves in 60 appearances last season. Left-handers hit just .217 against him, although he walked more batters (29) than he struck out (28). Romero’s inconsistencies are one reason why the Phillies pursued other left-handers before returning to him. They had agreed to a one-year contract with Dennys Reyes, but the deal fell apart. And with pitchers like Hisanori Takahashi, Arthur Rhodes, Pedro Feliciano and Brian Fuentes looking for more money than the Phillies were willing to spend, they brought back a familiar face.

Romero has a 2.60 ERA in 213 appearances since joining the Phillies in 2007. Left-handed hitters have hit just .166 against him in that time.

The Phillies will make a roster move at a later date to make room for Romero on the 40-man roster.


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Romero Agrees to Terms

The new left-hander in the Phillies bullpen is the same as the old left-hander in the Phillies bullpen.

A source confirmed a report that J.C. Romero has agreed to terms on a contract with the Phillies. The deal is pending a physical.

Terms were unknown, but it seems safe to say it falls somewhere in the $1 to $2 million range. The Phillies had agreed earlier this month to a $1.1 million deal with Dennys Reyes before the deal fell through.

I’m not sure how this impacts Chad Durbin‘s chances of rejoining the team, although I’ve got to think it makes things more difficult. But if the Phillies trade Joe Blanton to free up salary, the Phillies could have some wiggle room to bring him back, if the Phillies feel they still need another veteran in the pen.


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Reyes Deal Falls Through

Dennys Reyes agreed Dec. 8 to a $1.1 million contract with the Phillies.

Strangely, the Phillies never announced the deal. It is not unusual for a few days to pass between an agreement and an official announcement because players typically have to fly to Philadelphia for a physical. That is why the Phillies waited until Wednesday to announce they had signed Cliff Lee, who had agreed to terms Monday.

But there will be no Reyes announcement.

“We hit a snag,” said Oscar Suarez, who is Reyes’ agent. “So we just decided to push back.”

Asked if it was health related, Suarez said, “It just didn’t work out. We’re back on the market. I don’t want to get into details why.”

So with Reyes out of the picture, that might open the door for Chad Durbin to return. The Phillies still would like a left-hander, but there aren’t many available. J.C. Romero maybe?


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Looking for Starting Pitching Depth

Rumors are flying at the Winter Meetings. I’ve had several people ask me in the past 24 hours if the Phillies are the mystery team in pursuit of Cliff Lee.

No, they are not.

Asked yesterday if the Phillies could get creative and add a frontline starting pitcher, like he had suggested in his postseason news conference at Citizens Bank Park, Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “We haven’t closed any doors. If I were a betting man, I would say it’s probably not going to happen because that’s not necessarily our priority. But we can’t close any doors.”

A more likely scenario is the Phillies signing a player to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Bartolo Colon is an interesting name. He is 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA in five starts with Aguilas Cibaenas in Dominican Winter Ball. In 29 2/3 innings he has allowed, 23 hits, four runs (three earned runs), one home run and two walks. He has struck out 26.

Phillies scout Charley Kerfeld has seen Colon pitch for Aguilas, and he gave the Phillies a positive report. But there are a couple big reasons not to sign Colon, too. Remember how Pat Gillick said last week that a player’s makeup is 65 percent of player evaluation? Well, Colon quit on the Red Sox in 2008 and White Sox in 2009. (That’s a pattern.) I’ve got to think that’d be two big strikes against him. But the Phillies also take low-risk, high-reward opportunities, too.

“He would be considered that type of guy,” Amaro said. “But we’re not really on him.”

So don’t go spreading word the Phillies are going to sign Colon. (This isn’t one of those stirring-the-pot-at-the-Winter-Meetings stories.) But the Phillies like to take chances and be creative, so I don’t think I’m too crazy (right? right?! right?!?!?!) for at least asking Amaro about it.


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Winter Meetings: Day 1 (So Far)

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A few things from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.:

  • Ruben Amaro Jr. said he does not believe the Phillies must find a right-handed-hitting outfielder to replace Jayson Werth. But outfielders to watch include free agents Scott Hairston and Matt Diaz. Diaz’s agent Larry Reynolds said he is receiving plenty of interest on Diaz, who could sign with a team before the conclusion of the meetings. He declined to say how interested the Phillies might be.
  • There has been a buzz at the Winter Meetings the Phillies had focused on free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur, but sources said the Phillies are not seriously pursuing him.
  • Aaron Rowand is available in a trade, but the San Francisco Giants probably would need to pay a substantial portion of his salary to make it happen.
  • Interestingly, Amaro spoke of a potential platoon in right field involving Ben Francisco and Ross Gload – not mentioning Domonic Brown, who hit just .069 in nine Dominican Winter Ball games before returning home last week. Asked if he would prefer Brown to play every day than split time in the big leagues, Amaro said, “If we had our druthers we’d rather put Domonic in a position to get the at-bats that he kind of lost last year and prepare himself to improve his outfield play, base running, etc. In a perfect world, we don’t need Domonic to make our club, unless he really pushes us, unless he shows us in Spring Training that he’s ready to take that next step.”
  • The Los Angeles Times reported the Phillies could be interested in Angels outfielder Juan Rivera, which would make sense. The Phillies have liked him in the past, although Rivera struggled last season with just a .746 OPS against left-handed pitchers.


Looking Ahead: Six Free Agents, Three Arbitration Eligible Players

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You probably still have your NLCS hangover, but I thought I’d give everybody a quick look at the Phillies’ offseason. They have six potential free agents and three players eligible for salary arbitration.

Here is a look:


– Jayson Werth. The Phillies and Werth are going to say the right things in the coming weeks. The Phillies are going to say they would love to bring back Werth, which is true. And Werth is going to say he wants to come back, which also is true. But the reality is different. The Phillies already have more than $145 million committed to 16 players in 2011, and Werth is going to be one of the top free agents on the market. Ruben Amaro Jr. has said several times the Phillies can’t have a roster full of $15 million-a-year players, which is what Werth could be making soon. Outfielder Jason Bay received a four-year, $66 million contract from the New York Mets last winter. Werth should command more. Bay hit .267 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage in the three seasons leading to free agency. Werth hit .279 with a .376 on-base percentage and a .513 slugging percentage the past three seasons. The numbers show Werth is a better hitter than Bay. He also is a better fielder and base runner. And there seems to be little doubt Scott Boras, who is Werth’s agent, will be seeking the big-time deal Werth has waited his entire career for.

– J.C. Romero. The Phillies have a $4.5 million club option on Romero, but it is unlikely to be exercised. The Phillies are expected to rely next season on Antonio Bastardo instead. And while Romero went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA the last two seasons, he also missed time with injuries and has walked (42) more hitters than he has struck out (42).


Bastardo to Help vs. Dodgers

The Phillies will recall left-hander Antonio Bastardo before tonight’s game against the Dodgers, a source said.

Not a surprise.

The Phillies optioned John Mayberry Jr. to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Sunday’s game. He was optioned for a pitcher, and that really only left one choice. The Dodgers have left-handed hitting Andre Ethier and James Loney in the starting lineup, and there is a good chance the Phillies will need a lefty to face them at some point in the later innings. Right now their only option is J.C. Romero, and he has been struggling with his command. He has 22 walks in 24 1/3 innings this season, including six walks in his last 2 2/3 innings. His 8.1 walks per nine innings is the highest average of his career.


Roy Oswalt gives us a peek inside his world, and talks about possibly leaving baseball following 2011.

Before the Astros traded Oswalt to the Phillies, there were numerous reports Oswalt absolutely would not waive his no-trade clause unless the Phillies picked up his 2012 option. It turned out to be incorrect. In fact, the Phillies only added $1 million to Oswalt’s side of the buyout of the mutual option. Maybe that is because Oswalt truly believes he might not play after 2011, and he did not want to commit to 2012. Or maybe the Phillies said, either come to Philly without the 2012 option being picked up or remain in Houston. Either way, I think it’s interesting.


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