*Chase Utley wants to play in the first game of the 2009 season, and dammit he's doing everything he possibly can to reach that goal. When news of his hip injury/surgery first came out, many of us nearly puked from the nausea it caused at the thought of Eric Bruntlett or some other lesser being manning 2nd base in Utley's absence until June. However, as days go by, it appears Chase will be popping out of that dugout to take his position on the field Opening Night April 5th against the Atlanta Braves. I'm not afraid to admit this- I love him!
*Yesterday Bobby Abreu was a free agent, today he's an Angel. No, not in heaven, in Los Angeles (although some rival gangs would argue that's the closest to the Pearly Gates they'll ever get). Reports have the contract being a 1 year pact for roughly $5M with incentives. Not to clobber a deceased horse, but this really makes the Ibanez signing look even more ridiculous. Abreu is a bit younger, a better all-around hitter, can still steal bases, and is actually a slightly better fielder, yet he got 2 years and $25M less than Raul.
*The more I read in the Philly newspapers and blogs, it is becoming evident that JA Happ is the frontrunner for the 5th spot in the rotation. I'd have to agree, and I also have to admit that's who I believe to be the best fit. Happ has the ability to miss bats with his pitching repertoire and showed poise in September's playoff drive, Carrasco is probably not ready, Kendrick is still gun-shy, and Park is best suited for the bullpen.
*There's much debate about whether the other 103 names on that survey in which Alex Rodriguez was pinpointed for using steroids should be released or not. I want to see the names, and many others do too, but are we ready to see some Phillies on that list?