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Second, just in time for the holiday shopping season, we’ve added a new Phillies Nation store.  It’s chock full of Phillies goodies for you and yours – so get buying.

Finally, as it’s our duty to spread gossip as soon as it becomes available here are the rumors de jour:

Abreu for Manny Ramirez:  The NY Post has heard of some serious talks between Philly and Boston.  According to the toilet paper, the Phillies believe a Ramirez deal could get done if they want.  Apparently, the stumbling block is the disparity in salaries. Ramirez will earn $19 million next season and $57 million over the next three. Abreu will earn $13 million in 2006 and $15 million in 2007.  That’s a big freakin’ stumbling block I’d say.  Manny is definitely leaving Boston though; despite the recently launched, the slugger officially put his luxury Boston apartment up for sale.  Will it be for a deluxe apartment in Rittenhouse?  Unlikely I say, besides having to live near partying Pat Burrell, the Phils would rather spend the money saved on Wagner and Thome on pitching.

Speaking of which, the Bucks County Courier Times is reporting that the Phils are in trade talks with the Devil Rays for right-hander Danys Baez, possibly for Gavin Floyd.  This would still allow the Phils to sign Tom Gordon and he could be used in his recently familiar role as a setup man.  The article actually provides a really good synopsis of the entire Phillies closer rumor mill, though it does stop short of assigning any of the pitchers to one of its All-Golden Teams (an honor which both Jim and I hold).

Yes, I have heard the one about Abreu for Jason Schmidt, apparently started by Howard Eskin.  You can take that as you will, but might I suggest a heavy helping of salt on top.

Last but not least, it appears Kyle Farnsworth is going to the Yankees which means we will remove him from the poll and add Danys Bayez.  Sorry to all those who voted for Kyle – you lose.

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