Briere = Cadaver?

21 01 2009

By Mike Gill

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that center Danny Briere will undergo an exploratory surgical procedure on Thursday, January 22, according club General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“Due to lingering discomfort in his groin/stomach areas, Danny (Briere) will have an exploratory surgical procedure done tomorrow (Thursday, January 22) by Dr. William Meyers (at Hahnemann University Hospital). Recovery time will be a minimum of two weeks,” said Holmgren in making the announcement.
“I am very disappointed,” said Briere. “It’s been frustrating not knowing what is going on, so we have decided to go in and check things out.”
Briere, 31, recorded a goal and four assists for five points and two penalty minutes in three games for the Phantoms after being assigned to the Phantoms for conditioning purposes on January 14. He has registered five goals and four assists for nine points in nine games with the Flyers this season.

He has missed the last 21 Flyers games with a groin strain, and 30 of the last 31 overall due to injury.

PCPTake:It looks like this story is getting a little fishy.  Do they want Briere back or not?  It seems anytime he gets a chance to talk he takes a step back.  On the other side, its not really fair for Luca Sbisa to get sent back to juniors, that’s kind of a major slap in the face and a waste of every ones time.  The problem is of course money.  Briere makes it and Sbisa doesn’t, so they need to figure out a way to make this all work.  The only other way is to trade a guy like Scottie Upshall or Mike Knuble, but if that doesn’t happen its Sbisa to juniors or Briere under the knife.


Durbin Signs a 1-year deal

21 01 2009
Durbin was a key in the pen in 2008.

Durbin was a key in the pen in 2008.

By Mike Gill
(From Phillies Press Release)

Right-hander Chad Durbin agreed to a one-year, $1.635 million contract, avoiding salary arbitration, Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock
announced today.

“Chad came to Philadelphia and in his first season of being a full-time reliever helped solidify what we believe to be one of the best bullpens in baseball,” said

Durbin went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in a career-high 71 appearances last season, his first as a Phillie. He led all National League relievers in
innings pitched (87.2) and appeared in six playoff games for the Phillies.

“We’re very pleased with how it all played out and definitely didn’t want to go to arbitration,” said Durbin. “Both sides are happy to be
where we ended up.”

Originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the June 1996 draft, Durbin is 30-41 with two saves and a 5.29 ERA in 185
games (75 starts) for the Royals (1999-2002), Cleveland Indians (2003-04), Arizona Diamondbacks (2004), Detroit Tigers (2006-07) and
Phillies (2008). In 110 career relief appearances, Durbin is 11-8 with a 3.88 ERA.

Durbin’s signing leaves two remaining arbitration-eligible players: first baseman Ryan Howard and outfielder Jayson Werth.

He’s Werth It, Phils ink Werth to multi-year deal

21 01 2009
Werth signs a two-year deal.

Werth signs a two-year deal.

By Mike Gill

Another Phillie avoided the. arbitration process today.

The Phillies signed outfielder Jason Werth to a multi-year deal according to  The outfielder was an integral part of the Phillies playoff run, starting 103 games, hitting .272, 24 home runs and 67 RBI.  It is believed to be a two-year, $8-million deal that buys up one of his free-agent years and keeps him in Philadelphia without having to go through the arbitration process. 

Give Ruben Amaro Jr. credit, he is avoiding a lot of exchanges at the arbitration table and seems to be making good deals in the process.  Werth had asked for $4-million per season, the Phillies offered $3-million. so both sides came to a compromise, with Werth getting what he wanted and the Phillies getting to buy one of his free agent years.

Update  : The Deal is 2-years, $10 million.

Phils Sign Blanton to 1-year, $5.475 Million deal

20 01 2009

By Mike Gill

The Phillies have added another piece to their World Series puzzle and avoided arbitration by giving pitcher Joe Blanton a 1-year, $5.475 million deal.  Blanton was 4-0 after being brought over from the Oakland A’s and gave the Phillies a quality innings eater at the back-end of their rotation. 

The signings leave three players eligible for arbitration: Ryan Howard, Jason Werth and Chad Durbin.

PCPTake:  This is anothe rsolid move, just to make sure there is peace and harmony in the club house.  Not only did he go 4-0 during the regular season, but he also went 3-0 during the playoffs and became a fan favorite by hitting a post season home run.  Overall, he is a solid back-end guy and should gives the Phillies a durable arm that can log innings.  Its also not a bad deal for the Phillies, who now only need to lock Durbin up to complete there staff.

Another Phillies Player Avoids Arbitration

20 01 2009
Victorino gets a 1-year deal

Victorino gets a 1-year deal

By Mike Gill

According to, the Phillies have avoided arbirtation with outfielder Shane Victorino. 

The two-sides agreed on a one-year deal, the terms of the deal were not announced.  This is another good move by the Phils, first locking up Greg Dobbs, then Cole Hamels, then Ryan Madson and now Vicotrinio. 

The only think one has to wonder is, what is Ryan Howard thinking?  We all know the Phillies arent prepared to throw that long term deal at Howard, but I wonder if they Phillies have even thought about giving him a 3-year deal at this point.  Either way, I doubt Howard would take the home-town discount that Utley, Rollins and Hamels have all taken to stay in Philly.

Victorinio is a key to the Phils though, he plays with heart and emotion and is a catalyst for this team.  Even though I would like to have seen him sign a long-term deal, just knowhing he is back and has a chance to again prove he is an everyday player doesnt hurt.  I can see an scenario where Victorinio is signed long-term at the mid-season if he gets off to a good start. 

Either way, I think all parties are happy and one-by-one the Phillies are chopping down that arbitration list.

UPDATE : The deal is a 1-year, $3.125 million deal. Victorino has avoided arbitration and made $350,000 last season.


20 01 2009

By Mike Gill
(From Phillies Press Release)

Right-hander Ryan Madson agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract, avoiding arbitration, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Madson, 28, went 4-2 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 76 appearances for the Phillies last season. He finished fifth among National League relievers in innings pitched (82.2) and tied for ninth in games. Madson pitched at least 2.0 innings in 15 of his 76 appearances. In 11 playoff games, he was 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA, including five scoreless innings in the National League Championship Series.

“Ryan has emerged as a quality setup reliever and big game pitcher,” said Amaro. “We’re very happy that he will be part of our bullpen for at least another three years.”

Originally selected by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 1998 draft, Madson has a career record of 32-21 with five saves and a 3.94 ERA in 295 games. In 277 career relief appearances, he has a 3.18 ERA.

PCPTake: The Phillies lock-up one of the stars of this post season by inking Madson to this 3-year deal.  Lets hope his post season wasnt a tease and he can pitch like that for a full season.  He might be called on more this season early with the loss of JC Romero for 50 games.  I think Madson can certinly regain that form, the hope here is that he doesnt run out of gas if they make the post season.

The Duke’s Picks – Conference Championships

18 01 2009

mcnabb-709810by Michael DeLuca

Teams in bold are predictions with the spread, teams in CAPS are home teams.

Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 ARIZONA CARDINALS – I went through a large part of the year touting the Arizona Cardinals defense, claiming them to be the most underrated unit in the league.  It’s a very difficult point to argue, since their high octane pass offense, ranked #2 in the league in pass attempts, takes little time off the clock and leaves them on the field for such a large portion of the game.  In such a scenario, one must look beyond the yards against totals, where Arizona ranked 22nd against the pass and 16th against the rush during the 08′ regular season.  When you take a look at the team on a per play basis, you’ll notice that only 10 team’s had a better defense against the run when it comes to yards per carry, where opponents averaged 4.0.  Led by Karlos Dansby and his 119 tackles (95 solo), this unit can defend the run with the best of them.  Their pass defense, on the other hand Read the rest of this entry »