Philadelphia Phillies Reportedly Targeted A.J. Burnett In Trade

The Phillies reportedly looked into adding Burnett to a rotation that already includes Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels.

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Jimmy Rollins Says He Turned Down A Better Offer From Brewers To Sign With Phillies

Jimmy Rollins said prior to the free agency period that he didn’t plan on giving the Phillies a hometown discount. As it turned it out, that wasn’t the case. Jimmy says that the better offer came from the Brewers, but in the end he preferred to stay in the place he’s called home for the past decade.

"If it was purely about guaranteed money and guaranteed years, I’d be wearing blue and gold in Milwaukee," Rollins said. "There is a lure about Philly. I’ve been part of the foundation here. The fans have seen me grow up since I was 21. Do you leave that for money or do you stay home? This is where I want to be."

Rollins is currently the longest tenured athlete in the city of Philadelphia and is very much the “face” of the Phillies organization. So there was certainly an argument to be made that the Phillies should have overpaid to keep him if they had to, but the general reaction is that it’s a fair deal for both sides.

Rollins was originally looking for five years, but the Phillies got him for 3 plus what he calls an “easily attainable” vesting option for a fourth year.

“Would I have loved to have gotten five years? No doubt,” said Rollins. "But from the beginning, I felt if I could get a four-year deal it would be great. This isn’t a four-year deal, but it’s damn near in my eyes. The vesting option is very attainable. In my eyes, this is a four-year deal which is a great number."

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MLB Free Agency: Philadelphia Phillies Sign Pitcher Dontrelle Willis For Relief Help

The Philadelphia Phillies made a surprising signing Tuesday, as former Rookie Of The Year, pitcher Dontrelle Willis, was inked to a one-year deal to not start, but help bolster the bullpen. Willis has struggled to get batters out in recent years and has seen just three relief appearance in his career, however, the Phillies think that they can use him as a lefty specialist.

"His career numbers against lefties are outstanding, holding them to a .200/.274/.288 slash line," wrote Philly.com's Matt Gelb Tuesday. "In 2011, those numbers were even better, as lefties hit .127 with a .369 OPS against."

"Ruben Amaro Jr. said he wanted to add a lefthanded reliever at the winter meetings and Willis simply adds depth. Theoretically, if the Phillies needed a starter to slide into the rotation because of injury, Willis presents that backup plan."

Last season as a starter, Willis compiled a 5.05 ERA with the Cincinnati Reds. In 205 career appearances, Willis has started in 202 of them.

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MLB Free Agency: Scott Boras Responds To Report That Phillies Are 'Working Hard' To Re-Sign Ryan Madson

Relief pitcher Ryan Madson has been coming in late in the game all year long, but now it’s Philadelphia’s turn to try and close this one out.

Reports surfaced earlier today indicating that the Phillies were "working hard" and making a "strong push" towards re-signing the 31-year-old Long Beach native.

This comes on the heels of comments by general manager Ruben Amaro, who "would not characterize his negotiations" while also talking to Boston ace Jonathan Papelbon and San Diego righty Heath Bell.

On Monday night, Madson’s agent, Scott Boras, told ESPN.com that both sides were still "exchanging proposals," suggesting that a deal was far from imminent.

Madson finished the 2011 season at 4-2, holding a 2.37 ERA with 32 saves and 62 strikeouts. In 4.1 innings of postseason play, "Mad Dog" gave up one earned run and struck out six.

His 2011 salary was $4,833,333.

For more MLB free agency rumors and Phillies updates, visit our team page, or our blog The Good Phight.

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