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Jonathan Papelbon remains a candidate to be dealt. (Getty images)
Jonathan Papelbon remains a candidate to be dealt. (Getty images)
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Jonathan Papelbon Will Go Anywhere he is Wanted

On a cold day in Clearwater, Phillies fans were looking to closer Jonathan Papelbon to heat things up.  The usually controversial closer kept his thoughts in check however when he met with the media on Friday.

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Cliff Lee could become a trade candidate if he proves his health and effectiveness in the first half.  (Photo by: Getty Images)
Cliff Lee could become a trade candidate if he proves his health and effectiveness in the first half. (Photo by: Getty Images)
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Cliff Lee on Cole Hamels: “I Definitely Don’t Want Cole to Get Traded”

While much of the offseason discussion has surrounded whether or not Cole Hamels would be here this season.  The guy who's name is typically reserved for those type of trade talks is Cliff Lee.

However, after being limited to just 13 starts last season

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Cole Hamels acknowledged to USA Today's Bob Nightengale that he wants the Phillies to trade him. (Getty Images)
Cole Hamels acknowledged to USA Today's Bob Nightengale that he wants the Phillies to trade him. (Getty Images)
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Multiple Teams Still Calling on Cole Hamels

Will he stay or will he go now?

That seems to be the question for many Phillies fans as we are just 16 days before pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater.

While Ruben Amaro Jr. has indicated that he th

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Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be shipped to Milwaukee, but Jayson Stark says that won't be an issue.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be shipped to Milwaukee, but Jayson Stark says that won't be an issue. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Report: Brewers Close to Deal for Jonathan Papelbon

Could the Phillies finally have a taker for Jonathan Papelbon?

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Three of the PHillies "aces" from the 2011 season - Cole Hamels #35, Roy Halladay #34, Roy Oswalt #44 (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Three of the PHillies "aces" from the 2011 season - Cole Hamels #35, Roy Halladay #34, Roy Oswalt #44 (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Which Staff is Better? 2011 Phillies or 2015 Nationals

In 2011 the Phillies had their four aces.

In 2015 the Washington Nations may have just one-upped them.

The Phillies rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and rookie Vance Worley, who replaced an injured Joe Blanton, could be one of the best of all-time but when the Nationals signed former Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal worth more than $180 million, the Nats just might have an argument that their rotation is better.

With Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister

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(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
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Phillies Continue to Bolster Their Farm System

 

Ruben Amaro Jr, and the Phillies continue to add some bodies to their farm system, by signing three players to minor league contracts earlier this week.

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Charlie Manuel
Charlie Manuel will return to the Phillies as a senior advisor to the general manager. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Orioles Still Interested in Manuel

The Orioles and the Phillies have been linked a few times this offseason, with reports that Baltimore was interested in outfielder Marlon Byrd, and the Phillies were trying to pawn off Ryan Howard in the process. Now it appears that the Orioles have another Phillie on their radar, Charlie Manuel.

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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies hits during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies hits during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Could The Rays Be Interested in Howard?

The trading of Jimmy Rollins last week to the Dodgers was the first step, for the Phillies in trying to rebuild their roster. It also signified the changing of the guard, the first indication that this franchise is truly prepared to move forward from their 2008 World Series championship team. Now as we look at this roster, its hard not to wonder "Who could be next?", and could that player be Ryan Howard?

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The Return for Rollins

Since the news surfaced last night that the Phillies were trading Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, it was still unknown as to what the Phillies were getting back in return. Now that the dust has a settled, and all the moving parts seem to be in place, we finally have an idea as to who the Phillies acquired, in trading one of their more iconic players.

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Antonio Bastardo #59 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum on September 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Antonio Bastardo #59 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum on September 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Phillies Trade Bastardo to Pirates

The Phillies continue the rebuilding process at this years winter meetings in San Diego by trading left-handed reliver Antonio Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joely Rodriguez.

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