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November 4 2006

Anybody miss Scott Rolen?

The Gold Glove winners in the National League have been announced.  They are Phillie-free but include former Phil Scott Rolen, likely NL-MVP Albert Pujols and NL-Easters Carlos Beltran and Andruw Jones.  Orlando Hudson won another Gold Glove at second base, his second.  Hudson hit 287/354/454 with 15 home runs for the Snakes this season but did so quietly so as not to disturb others.

In Japan, the MLB players beat the NPB All-Stars 8-6 in the second game of the five-game set.  The MLB players have now won the first two games.  Ryan Howard was the star of the show, he went 2-for-3 with a walk and two home runs, driving in three.  Tad Iguchi, not Chase Utley, played second base for the MLB team.  Bronson Arroyo started and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over four innings, including a two-run home run to NPB catcher Tomoya Satozaki. 

Javelinas 9, Saguaros 4, in the Arizona Fall League.  Saguaros drop to 9-12.  JA Happ allowed two runs over four innings on five hits and no walks.  Happ has thrown to a 4.35 ERA over 10 1/3 innings in four games.  29-year-old lefty Chris Key, who took Zack Segovia's roster spot when Segovia left the team to get married, allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning.  Key has now thrown to a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 innings over three games.

The Phillies web site has a wrap-up of the Phils in action in the various Fall and Winter Leagues. 

An article here says Mike Mussina might have interest in the Phillies.  The article that says the Phillies might have interest in Mike Mussina is harder to find.  Many expect Mussina will return to the Yankees.

Yesterday's big news included that Burrell may be willing to accept a trade to San Francisco.  The popular guess is that there are three teams now, New York, Boston and San Francisco that appeal to the slugger enough to waive his no-trade clause.  If the Phillies got Benitez to setup Gordon their setup man would be making more than their closer.

An article here indicates that the Phillies are shopping Jon Lieber.  Trading either Lieber or Burrell would create big holes for the Phillies and the team is already thin at starting pitcher.  The same article quotes Gillick as saying, "He's going to be here" about Aaron Rowand.

Benjie Molina is a free agent.  With openings at third, right and possibly catcher the Phillies have a lot of flexibility in terms of where they get offense.  Catcher probably isn't a priority with Ruiz and Coste options for '07.  In right and at third the reasonable options are much more limited.  Molina hit 284/319/467 in 433 at-bats last season.  He hit 19 home runs and drew 19 walks.

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