The Phillies begin the long process of the offseason as we take a quick look at what is on the horizon for the team, and what could come in the next couple of weeks.
Awards and Accolades
With Wednesday comes the announcement of the Gold Glove Awards with Jimmy Rollins having his sights set on a third win as a major front runner. Rollins won the past two years in a row and had his best fielding year yet.
Thursday marks the announcement of the Silver Slugger Awards with Chase Utley leading the way in hopes of winning his fourth straight. Utley hit .282 with 31 home runs and 93 RBI, making him a favorite.
J.A. Happ has a good chance of winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award on November 16th with his stellar performance in which he went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 23 starts.
Ryan Howard, who has already won the NL MVP Award, should receive plenty of votes for MVP, but is considered to be second to Albert Pujols when the award is announced on November 24th.
Bumps and Bruises
Raul Ibanez ’s sports hernia surgery went well on Monday as well as Scott Eyre ’s surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow and both are expected to be ready for spring training.
Brad Lidge will undergo “loose bodies" removal in his elbow, and he will have his flexor/pronator evaluated today to determine if surgery is necessary.
No other major extenuating medical issues surround the team at this point, which is excellent news.
The Rumor Mill
According to Phillies.com, the likelihood of bringing in Roy Halladay is more unlikely than originally thought. The Blue Jays are asking for a bit too much from the Phillies, just as they were the first time the Phils entertained the trade.
Despite a lackluster postseason performance by Cole Hamels , the Phillies are going to keep their original ace around and have also picked up the option on Cliff Lee , making a potent one-two punch for next season.
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