Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:39:31 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies have reached out to C Carlos Ruiz and indicated they want him back for the 2014 season. "He knows we'd like to bring him back. We'll see what happens. It wouldn't be the first free agent we've had.… I'd like to have as much balance [in the lineup] as we can, we haven't been very good against left-handers. It's well documented," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:16:27 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has indicated he will not be constrained by a $170 million payroll, which suggests his inclination is to fix the team's weaknesses immediately by going into the free agent market.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:24:49 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley and his representation could be approached by the team's front office about an extension, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., although it's not something the team is pushing for presently. "We may have some discussions with him, out of respect for him and what he meant to our organization," Amaro said. "We can always bring him back if we trade him. That's a possibility. But I don't really want him to leave."
Fantasy Tip: Amaro said he expects the Phils' decision to buy or sell to go down to the wire, barring a significant streak one way or another. It sounds like he's willing to part with Utley in the short term as long as he gets a shot to bring him back, on the club's terms. How likely that is, we'll see, but Utley and the club managed his health well this year, a building block for Utley's final seasons.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:16:26 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) underwent a successful debridement of the left medial meniscus on Wednesday, July 10. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that what the surgeon saw was better than expected. The GM suggested that the team is likelier to be a buyer as the trade deadline approaches because he's confident that they'll get Howard back in 2013.
Fantasy Tip: Howard may still be limited when he gets back into action, so fantasy owners may only be looking at a player who was performing at about the level he was before he landed on the DL. Amaro has yet to prove that he's a long-term thinker, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him remain on the offensive.
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:47:13 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is likely to stick with the relief pitchers it has in the bullpen already. He indicated that prices for relievers are high, and he said he wouldn't mortgage the future for a sixth- or seventh-inning reliever.
Fantasy Tip: This comes in the wake of the loss of Mike Adams for the rest of the season. Amaro hasn't exactly laid a blueprint for ways to build a cost-effective, quality bullpen.
Wed, 08 May 2013 01:05:20 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said SP Roy Halladay's (shoulder) replacement, in the short term, will come from within the Phillies organization. If Halladay's absence is long, Amaro said, he might explore an outside solution. "There's some players we'll keep an eye out on," Amaro said.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:00:06 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is still looking for catching and pitching help.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:18:03 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said OF Delmon Young was signed to a one-year contract to play regularly in right field, even though Young hasn't played in right in six seasons. Amaro did not say what Young's signing would do for the other outfielders on the roster.
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:16:21 -0800
The Philadelphia Phillies will likely enter spring training with an outfield consisting of Ben Revere, Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Darin Ruf, and Laynce Nix. "We're likely going with what we've got," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Amaro may change his mind for a low-risk veteran outfielder to join the system, as the club still has about $7 million of its projected $178 million payroll to spend.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:29:26 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee), who has had knee issues each of the past two offseasons, is cautiously optimistic he can return to full-time duty in 2013. "He's taking ground balls pretty much every other day," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He didn't take a whole lot of time off. One of the things I think we've all learned, including Chase, that it probably behooved him to continue to work and do things to be able to keep his joints going, keep his knees going. He's actually done very well."