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Tyson Gillies has agreed to a minor league deal with the the Padres.
Tyson Gillies was a center piece in the Phillies/Mariners Cliff Lee trade, but Gillies has done just about nothing for the Phillies, and was finally released by the frustrated Phillies team after being a massive disappointment. He still had a lot of natural ability, and if the Padres can harness that he can eventually be a fourth outfielder type for the team. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro says Ryan Howard is "in the best shape since I've known him."
Ryan Howard has been a shell of his former-self over the last three seasons, going from averaging 32 HRs, 112 RBIs, 84 Runs and a .264 AVG in 2010-2011 to averaging 16 HRs, 64 RBIs, 42 Runs, and a .244 AVG in 2012-2014. There's no denying that injuries have played a large role in the decreased production, but in 2014 Howard played in 153 games and only put up a .223 AVG along with 23 HRs, 95 RBIs, and 65 Runs. At this point, there's too much risk involved with drafting Ryan Howard as anything other than a bench/utility player with 20+ HR potential. Analysis: Brad Costilo