Michael Young says Rangers were “flat out” better team in 2011 World Series (Big League Stew)

Michael Young joined Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels on Friday to officially announce his retirement following a 14-year career. Young, who spent the 2013 season divided between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers, elected to return to Arlington to make the announcement after spending the first 13 years of his career in a Rangers uniform. It’s his baseball home, after all, and it just…

January 31, 2014
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Phillies avoid arbitration with pitcher Kyle Kendrick (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

The Phillies came to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, it was announced on Thursday evening. The deal is worth a reported $7.675 million, a big raise from the $4.5 million Kendrick earned in 2013. By signing Kendrick, the Phillies avoided arbitration with the seven-year veteran. Ben Revere, John Mayberry Jr. and Antonio Bastardo are the remaining players on the roster eligible for arbitration. Phillies avoid…

January 16, 2014
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MLB Notes: A-Rod says ban could be a 'big help' (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

MEXICO CITY — Alex Rodriguez says his season-long suspension could be a benefit, allowing him to rest and return to the Yankees for the final three years of his contract. Speaking late Wednesday in Mexico’s capital during a promotional appearance, Rodriguez declined to talk specifically about his suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. Rodriguez, in his first public comments since arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s decision Saturday, said he…

January 16, 2014
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Phillies Will Have Maikel Franco Split Time Between Third and First Base

Per CSN Philly’s Corey Seidman, the Phillies plan to have top prospect Maikel Franco split time between third and first base in 2014 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Initial reports indicated that Franco would primarily play first base, but GM Ruben Amaro clarified: “Its not the case, he’s not gonna be primarily first base,” Amaro said. “He’s a third baseman, he may get some work at first base, but he’s primarily…

January 16, 2014
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Biddle bringing new maturity, mind-set into 2014

What the future holds for Jesse Biddle — including even where he will start the upcoming season after beginning spring camp with the Phils — remains unknown. Showcasing his new mind-set, Biddle isn’t letting himself worry about where he’ll begin the season, since the decision is entirely out of his control. Instead he simply has his sights set on making the most of his time in Clearwater. Biddle bringing new…

January 16, 2014
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Maikel Franco will see time at first base in 2014 (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco — who broke out in 2013 by hitting .320 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading — will see time at first base in addition to third base in 2014. Maikel Franco will see time at first base in 2014 (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) Author: From Feed: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/rss.xml Powered by WPeMatico

January 16, 2014
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Maikel Franco will split time at 1B, 3B in 2014 (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco — who broke out in 2013 by hitting .320 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading — will split time between third base and first base in 2014. A third baseman for 346 of his 358 minor-league games, Franco says he has been told by the Phillies that he’ll play primarily first base this season, though he’ll still see…

January 16, 2014
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Maikel Franco will play 'more 1B than 3B' in 2014 (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco — who broke out in 2013 by hitting .320 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading — will play a new position in 2014. A third baseman for 346 of his 358 minor-league games, Franco says he has been told by the Phillies that he’ll play primarily first base this season, though he’ll still see time at third. They…

January 16, 2014
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Maikel Franco will play 'more 1B than 3B' in 2014 (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco — who broke out in 2013 by hitting .320 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading — will play a new position in 2014. A third baseman for 346 of his 358 minor-league games, Franco says he has been told by the Phillies that he’ll play primarily first base this season, though he’ll still see time at third. They…

January 16, 2014
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