Here is your weekly general discussion for all those things not covered by other content here. With the World Series nearing an end the Hot Stove is starting to heat up, so let the rumors fly. Plenty of Phillies are in Winter League (I believe the Darin Ruf 2012 HR count is at 48 as of Sunday night); in the Arizona Fall League, Tommy Joseph and Cody Asche were named to the Rising Stars Game which is a cross between the Futures Game and a minor league All-Star game.
For those in the Northeast stay safe from the storm and post away while the lights stay on.
Exercised 2013 Option on Carlos Ruiz ($5 million)
Declined 2013 Option on Ty Wigginton ($500k buyout)
Declined 2013 Option on Jose Contreras ($500k buyout)
Declined 2013 Option on Placido Polanco ($1mil buyout)