Today, we put the finishing touches on the Phillies winter tour series with some company line scraps gathered off the cutting room floor.
The Phillies are "still kicking the tires on a few guys," said assistant GM Mike Arbuckle. On the remaining budget, the Phillies have "a little wiggle room left, but we are getting very near the point where they want to be," he added. "I don’t think you’ll see any real significant moves unless the demands of the remaining free agents go down."
I get the feeling the tires they're kicking look a lot like the one pictured above.
Turning our attention to the manager, Philadelphia has not been the toughest leg of Charlie Manuel’s career, the skipper said. Japan was worse.
Extremely minor notes: The Phillies have signed Columbian left-hander Fabian Jimenez Angulo to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America (BA lists him as Angulo Jimenez, but I'm sure this is the guy). Baseball Cube’s last record of the 21-year-old, 6-2 southpaw was 2006 in the Cubs’ system after he came over in the ’06 Scott Williamson trade with San Diego. Based on the information I’ve gathered, it sounds like he was once highly regarded, but a project nonetheless. He's never pitched above Class-A. [Link 1] [Link 2]