November 30, 2015 |
ALL AROUND the Eagles' locker room Thursday evening at Ford Field, players were saying they hadn't quit on their coaches. I'm willing to take them at their word. Maybe a few have quit, or at least have gotten very discouraged, but I think there is a better overall explanation for a 4-7 team that never came together the way it was envisioned, and now seems completely hapless. They aren't very good, overall, and once they realized that, they plummeted, like Wile E. Coyote running on air. I'll put it another way: If Chip Kelly is indeed replaced, I'll be amazed if the next coach can come in and transform this team into a 10-6 division champ in one season, the way Kelly did in 2013.
November 23, 2015 |
MATT KLENTAK added yet another pitcher and also moved three minor league prospects onto the 40-man roster Friday in anticipation for next month's Rule 5 draft. The Phillies claimed righthander A.J. Achter off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and added righthanders Jimmy Cordero, Edubray Ramos and outfielder Roman Quinn to the 40-man roster. Achter is the fourth pitcher Klentak has added to the Phillies' inventory since he became the team's general manager last month. Achter joins veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson (trade)
November 13, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - If he had to ask manager Pete Mackanin to put together a starting lineup for a random, unscheduled, pre-Thanksgiving exhibition game in the coming weeks, new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak thinks he has enough capable players on the roster to make it happen. Nearly every position player who finished the 2015 season on the roster remains under contract for 2016. The Phillies are focusing more on adding pitching than position players through free agency and trades this offseason.
November 6, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - Brett Brown said Wednesday morning at shootaround that if the 76ers get their league-granted roster hardship exemption, he would prefer they use it to acquire a point guard. A few hours later, his wish was granted, as the team added Phil Pressey to the mix. Because the Sixers have four players with long-term injuries (Joel Embiid, Tony Wroten, Kendall Marshall and Carl Landry), they were given the extra spot. When someone returns from injury, someone will have to be released.
October 28, 2015 |
IT IS ALMOST unfair to the 76ers that the NBA demanded teams to cut down to the 15-player roster on Monday. When you've won 37 games combined the previous two seasons, perhaps having an unlimited roster should be considered. But rules are rules, and the Sixers abided by them, releasing guards Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, swingmen Jordan McRae and J.P. Tokoto, and center Furkan Aldemir. Joel Embiid, who will miss this season after the second surgery to repair the navicular bone in his foot, is among the 15. After three games, the team will likely get a hardship exemption from the NBA and be allowed to bring in another player.
October 25, 2015 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - The 76ers now have tough decisions to make. Do they keep T.J. McConnell as a reserve point guard? Have Scottie Wilbekin and Jordan McRae shown enough to make the roster? And will Carl Landry's leadership qualities outweigh the fact he's going to be sidelined until January? The deadline to trim NBA rosters from 20 players to 15 is Monday at 5 p.m. Coach Brett Brown and the team will mostly wait until the last few hours to release players. But for most, the final dress rehearsal came Friday night in an 81-65 setback to the Boston Celtics at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
October 21, 2015 |
DOMONIC BROWN entered this offseason eligible for arbitration for the second straight winter. The likelihood that he was going to be tendered a contract wasn't strong: Brown made $2.6 million last year, the second consecutive season when he failed to regain his status as an important young cog in the middle of the Phillies' lineup. The Phillies got ahead of the process a couple of months early. Brown, 28, an All-Star in 2013, was among four players outrighted off the 40-man roster on Monday.
October 9, 2015 |
The Dave Hakstol era of Flyers hockey begins Thursday. Here is the 23-man roster general manager Ron Hextall has given his rookie head coach. Forwards 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare A good penalty killer, last year he became the ninth France-born player to reach the NHL. 14 Sean Couturier He is a shutdown defender. The Flyers think it's time for his offensive game to grow. 89 Sam Gagner Gagner is one of the team's few newcomers.
October 5, 2015 |
Starting pitchers Alec Asher RHP Asher, 23, struggled in all but one of his first seven major-league starts, and it would take a big spring for him to make next year's starting rotation. It is likely he will begin 2016 as sorely needed depth atop the triple-A rotation. Jesse Biddle LHP The former first-round pick from Germantown Friends finished his sixth minor-league season on the triple-A disabled list and is seeking a second opinion on his elbow. Next season could be make or break for the soon-to-be 24-year-old, who has yet to consistently harness his above-average pitch repertoire.
October 2, 2015 |
NO MATTER how many positive statements are made about Scott Laughton's play this training camp - and there have been plenty from his coach and general manager - the reality is inescapable. The Flyers are one cut away from reaching the maximum, 23-man roster, and Laughton is the only player who can be sent back without the risk of being lost in the waiver process. And if GM Ron Hextall needed any more reason to be cautious in this process, losing Chris Porter to the Minnesota Wild on waivers yesterday lessened the organizational depth the Flyers have at the forward position.