Thursday, January 25, 2007

In Case You Missed It...Phillies Edition

By Jared Trexler

Here is the latest news, video clips and opinions as the countdown continues to pitchers and catchers report:

The Phillies know this city is dying for a championship, and lefty phenom Cole Hamels' success will play a major part in that happening. Hamels stepped up his game under the watchful eye of veteran rotation mate Jamie Moyer.

Jimmy Rollins is already believing the Phillies are the team to beat in the National League East. After hearing it from Rollins' own mouth, read's take on the situation, and Associated Press writer Rod Maaddi's gage.

Want to know about the new contracts? If you slept through the last several days, Chase Utley will be a Phillie through his prime, signing a seven-year, $85 million extension. And as reported in several media outlets -- including this one -- two weeks ago, the Phillies finally officially signed right-handed relief pitcher Antonio Alfonseca to a one-year, performance-laced contract.

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