Philly Baseball Insider announces that we have made a trade. We have traded our old format for a new, more exciting layout and a different approach. There is one player to be named later, which we'll announce on Friday August 1st.
The new layout is obvious. You're looking at it right now. The different approach is that a big chunk of what we do will focus on serving as something of a reference section for our users. You can already see some of the new features, listing lists of Phillies free agents, arbitration eligibles, a transaction dictionary and other pertinent information in the text boxes down the right side of our contracts and transactions pages. There will be more of that type of information coming to the site soon.
We'll also bring you the same daily coverage of the Phillies organization - from the majors to the minors - that we've always brought, but it will be in a different format. We'll be unveiling that information on Friday. We think there's some good stuff coming and some good stuff that's already here. Hey, if nothing else, we've been more active than Ruben Amaro Jr.
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The former Minnesota Twins infielder made the most of his talents, but his time on the field is now going to be as a coach instead of as a player.
The trigger hasn't been pulled on any Phillies trades yet, but there are three deals that could likely be done and should be done before the deadline passes.
The Phillies have put lefty Cole Hamels on the market, but the price - in terms of money and prospects - may be too high for even the wealthiest of clubs.
If Ryan Howard continues to hit in just occasional spurts, the decision on what to do with him gets even tougher.
He's the last man standing from the ill-fated Cliff Lee to Seattle trade. The big right-hander may have run out of rope with his latest recall to the majors.
Jo-Jo Reyes was once a pretty promising pitcher, but that was long ago. After an unsuccessful stint in Korea, is Reyes going to be able to help Lehigh Valley, or possibly even the Phillies?
An injury to John Mayberry Jr. gives the young outfielder/first baseman another shot in the majors.
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Chuck Hixson grew up a baseball fan and that passion for the game has never left. Unfortunately, what Chuck had in passion, he lacked in talent, so he became a student of the game and has made a career writing about the game for entities such as Pinstripes Magazine, FOX Sports and USA Today. He has also talked about the game as the host of the morning show on WTKZ in Allentown, Pa in the late '90s.
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