Nov 152010
Phillies reliever Jose "Big Truck" Contreras

Phillies reliever Jose "Big Truck" Contreras

November 15:

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Phillies reach two-year deal with Contreras

November 15

PHILADELPHIA — The Big Truck will be back in 2011.

The Phillies and Jose Contreras agreed on Monday to a two-year, $5.5 million contract. The contract also includes a club option for 2013.

Contreras, who will turn 39 next month, went 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 67 appearances in 2010 — his first full season as a relief pitcher. He quickly became a favorite of manager Charlie Manuel, picking up three of his four saves in May, when Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson were on the disabled list. Manuel affectionately nicknamed Contreras “Big Truck,” for no other reason than the fact that Contreras drove a big truck during Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla.

The Phillies now have six free agents. The club is interested in bringing back outfielder Jayson Werth and right-hander Chad Durbin. The team has had discussions about Werth, although it is believed he will sign elsewhere. Durbin could be back, depending on what kind of offers he finds elsewhere. The other free agents — J.C. Romero, Jamie Moyer, Mike Sweeney and Greg Dobbs — are not expected back.

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Phillies hire Sandberg to manage triple A

November 15 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The Phillies have hired Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg to be their manager at triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011.

Sandberg, originally drafted by the Phillies in 1978 and then infamously traded to Chicago with Larry Bowa for Ivan DeJesus, will finally make his return to the organization.

The 51-year-old former second baseman replaces Dave Huppert, who managed the Phillies’ triple-A affilliate for the past three seasons.

Sandberg, who was first reported as a candidate by The Inquirer, spent the last four seasons as a manager in the Chicago Cubs farm system.

He had hoped to take over the Cubs managerial job but Chicago stuck with interim manager Mike Quade. Sandberg was looking for a major-league opening but instead chose the Phillies’ minor-league vacancy.”

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