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Ruben Amaro answers questions during Hot Stove Dinner

January 23, 2012 - Mitch Rupert
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. answered questions during the sixth annual Williamsport Crosscutters Hot Stove Dinner on Monday night at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport. Here's some of his answers from the Q&A session with Crosscutters Vice President of Marketing, Gabe Sinicropi. Questions were submitted to Sinicropi by fans in attendance.

Gabe Sinicropi: Did the Phillies consider trying to sign Albert Pujols?

Ruben Amaro Jr: If Albert could play in left field, we may have considered him.

GS: Do you think Cole Hamels will be signed to a long-term deal?

RAJ: I stay optimistic, we think we can. Cole is important in what we're trying to do. We're going to try and keep him in a Phillies uniform as long as we can.

GS: What happened in the Ryan Madson negotiations, and did it have anything to do with someone named Boras?

RAJ: We told Ryan we want to bring him back as our closer. We started negotiations and it was fairly clear the length of the contract would be a sticking point. We didn't feel as comfortable with the length of the contract it would take to get Ryan as opposed to what we needed to get what was out there. We felt more comfortable going with the guy who has the track record that Papelbon has. We felt like we got the better pitcher.

GS: What's the status of Brad Lidge?

RAJ: We have had several discussions with him. Brad has had issues with his health and one of the strengths we have is young relief pitching. We haven't closed the door, but we have guys in (Justin) DeFratus and (Phillipe) Aumont and Mike Stutes that if we go younger, we can give them a chance.

GS: Are there any other plans of moves to make before spring training?

RAJ: Maybe try to add speed off the bench. We don't have a lot of speed on the bench. Our Achilles heel is team speed. We may be looking to add that off the bench.

GS: Is there any truth to the David Wright rumors?

RAJ: Are there a rumors? ... David Wright is a very, very good third baseman. David Wright is a nice man.

GS: (From a 9-year old fan in the audience) I want to grow up and be a general manager, how do I go about doing that?

RAJ: You have to befriend Ed Wade, it helps a lot.


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Mitch Rupert/Sun-Gazette Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., right, answers questions from WNEP sports reporter Steve Lloyd during Monday's Crosscutters Hot Stove Dinner at the Genetti Hotel.