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Phillies Are Interested In Conine

 

By Jorge Arangure Jr.

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, August 25, 2006; Page E08

 

BALTIMORE, Aug. 24 -- The Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies have had several conversations this week about a possible swap for first baseman-outfielder Jeff Conine, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

 

The teams have spoken at least twice, the source said. The only obstacle to a deal is Conine's vesting option for next season, which will kick in when he reaches 450 plate appearances. The Phillies are wary of taking on Conine's contract next season, worth $2 million. Conine has 420 plate appearances.

 

The Phillies, once thought to be in a rebuilding mode after trading outfielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle, are 2 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card race. Conine likely would become an outfielder with the Phillies, who have all-star Ryan Howard at first base. Conine, 40, is hitting .265 with eight home runs.

 

Source -- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...6082401933.html

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In terms of baseball, no huge gain by Phils. In terms of this site, it would suck to see Conine in Philly

 

 

In terms of baseball, I think it would help the Phils. Conine could be a great PHer and veteran in the clubhouse....getting Moyer and Conine if nothing else, helps team morale.

 

Phils are a scary team right now and I think they are a better team than the Reds.

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If Conine goes to Philly how many games are left between them and the Fish? I'd hate to see Conine kill the Marlins in ironic fashion

 

 

I agree with you. If this trade happens we will be seeing Conine many times before the season is through. We play them more than any other team for the rest of the year. We will see them at home 7 times (9/7-9/10 & 9/29-10/1) and 3 times in Philly (9/22-9/24).

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Wow, the universe might collapse on itself if this happened. The man who ALONE defeated the Phillies in 2003 playing for them?

 

Maybe, just maybe, for the briefest of moments a Philadelphia team won't choke when it counts. :plain

 

 

He would definitely have a chance at playing spolier to the Marlins season considering we play the Phillies 10 more times before all is said and done this season.

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If Conine goes to Philly how many games are left between them and the Fish? I'd hate to see Conine kill the Marlins in ironic fashion

 

 

I agree with you. If this trade happens we will be seeing Conine many times before the season is through. We play them more than any other team for the rest of the year. We will see them at home 7 times (9/7-9/10 & 9/29-10/1) and 3 times in Philly (9/22-9/24).

thank god only 3 games in that miserable tin canned sized ballpark...

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NEW YORK - It was cloudy and a little damp at Shea Stadium today, so the Mets felt the need to cancel a baseball game. For Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, however, the conditions were ripe to talk about his team's surprisingly bright playoff prospects.

 

Gillick huddled with assistant GM Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel in a closed-door meeting that essentially began before the rain, and afterward admitted they were discussing the possibility of making at least one more trade.

 

"There's a good possibility," Gillick said when asked if he was trying to add another player to the Phillies' mix.

 

Seemingly fitting the bill is Jeff Conine, an old nemesis from the not-so-long-ago days when the Florida Marlins confounded the Phillies almost every time they met.

 

During his 16-year career, Conine has hit 20 or more homers in a season three times and .300 or better four times, including in 2005, his last season with the Marlins.

 

Now 40 and in his second career stint with the Baltimore Orioles, Conine's hacks lack some of their old zip. In 113 games splitting duty at first base and in left field, Conine is hitting .264 with nine home runs. But he still could bring what the Phillies rather desperately need - another outfielder to add some righthanded offensive pop in the middle of the lineup.

 

Whoever the object of the Phillies' search is, such a deal would have to go through by Friday, the deadline for teams to submit postseason rosters.

 

The caveat with Conine is his contract. He has a $2 million option for 2007 that vests if he reaches 450 plate appearances. Conine was at 428 appearances through Saturday.

 

 

from philly.com

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Jeff Conine helped the Marlins win two World Series championships. The Phillies are hoping the veteran can help them do the same.

 

Conine is headed back to the NL East after the Phillies acquired him and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named.

 

Conine, who had two RBI in his last game with the Orioles on Sunday, is batting .265 this season with nine home runs and 49 RBI.

 

The Phillies (65-64), although a distant 14? games back of the New York Mets in the NL East race, trail the NL wild card-leading Reds by just 1? games.

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2563231

 

 

BOOO!

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