What's on deck today at spring training (The Associated Press)

What to watch for today at spring training:

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Phillies post lineup for Sunday's exhibition game against University of Tampa – Allentown Morning Call (blog)


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Phillies post lineup for Sunday’s exhibition game against University of Tampa
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This is a 2015 photo of Aaron Altherr of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team who is on the roster for the first spring training game against the University of Tampa. This is a 2015 photo of Aaron Altherr of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team

Phillies post lineup for Sunday's exhibition game against University of Tampa – Allentown Morning Call (blog)
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Springtime sees the Phillies as longshots to do well in '15

The Phillies have been on the downward slide for a few years now. That isn’t news anymore, it’s just the truth. A combination of players that haven’t been able to produce when needed, injuries, and pitching problems have all added up to the place that the Phils find themselves in 2015.

Recently there was the release of the news with the PECOTA ratings for 2015 that the Phillies would be near the bottom of the league for wins in those predictions. Some fans have a hard time believing that kind of news.

Beyond that there are the Vegas odds which also list the Phillies as longshots to win much this year. Even the William Hill Betting site lists the Phils as 150/1 to win the 2015 World Series, they are tied with the Colorado Rockies for the longest odds in baseball to win it all.

2015 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Phillies, but very little rebuilding has begun. A couple of players have been moved in the off-season by the Phils, but not the wholesale sell-off that a lot of fans and press expected.

Just about everyone on this current roster was at some point offered up in trade negotiations including former World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. Now Cole Hamels let it be known that he wants out, and he might have to wait to a team in contention actually has a need for him due to another player having an injury or someone on their staff just not pitching all that well.

Beyond Cole, there is Jonathan Papelbon, who the Phillies would love to move and Ryan Howard still on the team, again who the Phils would love to move. So far though, it seems like a tough sell for a lot of these players. The Phils even had to pay the Reds $4M of the salary of Marlon Byrd just to take him. That’s just bad business, and it shows how poorly Ruben Amaro has been spending up the Phillies cash. No team wants these players at the prices that their contracts are with the Phillies, 

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Alex Rodriguez might play in Yankees' spring training opener (The Associated Press)

Alex Rodriguez might be in the New York Yankees’ lineup for Tuesday’s spring training opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a decision will come Monday. ”See where he’s at physically.” Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, was suspended for the entire 2014 season because for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. With the re-signing of Chase Headley to start at third base, Rodriguez is competing for at-bats as the designated hitter.

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Pettibone making progress in recovery

Phillies right-hander Jonathan Pettibone pitched pretty well in 18 starts in 2013. But a right shoulder injury popped up that July, which has limited him to just seven starts and 35 1/3 innings at the Major League and Minor League levels since. He ultimately required surgery to repair the shoulder in June 2014, which has him behind schedule this spring.

Pettibone making progress in recovery
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Phils think 'pen ranks among baseball's best

The Phillies are in the beginning stages of a substantial rebuilding process. But they believe they could be extremely competitive in at least one area in 2015. They believe they could have one of the better bullpens in baseball.

Phils think 'pen ranks among baseball's best
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Diekman battles batters and intestinal problems

Jake Diekman is one of my favorite Phillies players. He is a reliable pitcher on the mound, he is also battling a disease he has had since he was 10-years old.

Here’s a report that aired on the local Channel 6 Action News from Spring Training in Clearwater.

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Washington Township firefighters Mike Parker, right, and Skip Donnelly, left, complete a fitness drill during the Phillies Phitness program as Katie Bartosik, of NovaCare Rehabilitation, laughs, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (Lori M. Nichols | South Jersey Times)…

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Juan Pierre officially retires after 14 MLB seasons (Big League Stew)

Veteran outfielder Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, confirming a report from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Thanks for all the tweets keep them coming it’s true today I’m officially retiring today.Blessed and grateful to have played the game I love — Juan Pierre (@JPBeastMode) February 27, 2015 The announcement comes as a mere formality, rather than a major surprise. The writing was on the wall for Pierre following a difficult year in 2013, which saw him hit just .247/.284/.305 across the board in 330 plate appearances. In fact, he seemed to be resigned to his fate in baseball following that season, understanding there wasn’t much demand for aging outfielders with limited offensive upside. “They can come and take away my jersey right now, and I’ll be fine. I’ll be OK with it either way.” Without a major league offer in hand, Pierre ended up sitting out the entire 2014 season. He didn’t appear on anybody’s radar this past winter either, so at 37 he’s officially ending his journey after appearing in 1,994 MLB games and winning one World Series championship with the then Florida Marlins in 2003. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] Though Cooperstown won’t be calling in five years, there’s still a lot to appreciate about Pierre’s career. In addition to his longevity, Pierre was remarkably durable and productive during the prime years of his career, which mostly came during his first stint in Miami (2003-2005). During that time, Pierre never missed a game and established single-season franchise records for hits (221), singles (184), triples (13), and at-bats (678).

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Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins’ 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base stealers of his generation, has announce his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career
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