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Hot Stove: Hamilton, Pair of ‘Pigs

Thompson has re-signed with Tampa Bay. (Morning Call)

ESPN’s Crasnick Says “Watch Out

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick Tweeted last night: “”Watch out for #phillies to surprise everyone and sign (Josh) Hamilton,” said one prominent agent. A scout told me the same thing.” This Tweet was seemingly based off of Amaro’s penchant for the big splash and nothing more.

Pair of  Former ‘Pigs Ink with Rays

Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports that former IronPig fan favorite Rich Thompson has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on a Minor League deal. Thompson, 33, a Reading native, reached the Majors in 2012 after being traded for Kyle Hudson. Thompson was 2-22 with six steals in eight attempts for the Rays. Eddy is also reporting that the Rays have signed infielder, and former IronPig, Mike Fontenot to a Minor League deal as well. Fontenot hit .289/.343/.340 with the Phillies in 105 2012 PA.

Interest in Uehara Building

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles are interested in bringing back Phillies’ relief target Koji Uehara for 2013. Uehara had a 1.75 ERA and 10.8 K/9 IP in 36 IP for the Texas Rangers in 2012.

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  1. Ken Bland

    November 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Josh wouldn’t be shocking. Pity the poor soul who took the last week thing about the Phils not being interested in him any longer. You just don’t say something like that, or take itseriouslyy.
    Anyone is a candidate for sometimes even positions not of need that may offer flexibility elsewhere until said candidate has signed elsewhere.

    Only thing I read about Josh I take to have credible validity (s opposed to non credible validity, I guess) is that he will talk to the Rangers before he actually signs elsewhere. Could be wrong, but I don’t believe the bridge is so burned that the conversation will be an exit interview.

    Might be productve to get Cliff involved if a recruuting mission develops. I think that would be well received. People with hesitations about Josh offer credible reasons for the wariness. But they oughta calculate the chip on the shoulder factor. Josh will take one no matter where else he might go. And in his case, having the contract behind him, and hopefully satisfactory parlays the chip with piece of mind.

  2. Don M

    November 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    • Double Trouble Del

      November 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      With that .121 average he could be the second coming of Michael Jack. Remember 1973?

  3. Double Trouble Del

    November 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    When a team is saddled with questionable contracts like the Phils, it might be time to play it conservatively and avoid the big splash signing. See what Ruf and a healthy Howard and Utley can give you and make a move at the deadline if necessary.

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