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April 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to add some pieces to a team that finished 33-31-18 and 14 points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot this season. "I'd like to find an upgrade on defense, whether it be a free agent or whatever," he said during a season-ending news conference Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I'd like to find a skilled forward. That's my wish list. Free agency, trade . . . we'll look at that. " The free-agent market is rather thin, and it includes wingers Matt Beleskey (Anaheim)
SPORTS
April 9, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
HOWEVER YOU feel about the front office's past missteps, Ruben Amaro Jr. and Pat Gillick have done a solid job rebuilding the organization's minor league depth over the past year. The system is still woefully thin on hitting prospects and, with the exception of top prospect J.P. Crawford, devoid of the kind of blue-chip talent that might fulfill the Phillies' stated desire to build "a new core. " But it is in much better shape than it was a year ago, when half of its top 10 prospects weren't even in the system.
SPORTS
April 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pat Gillick sat back in his chair and considered the hypothetical dilemma. You can have Cole Hamels on your team for as many as 5 more years, including this season. If you wanted to be able to compete as soon as, say, 2017, would you be in better shape with a 33-year-old Hamels on your roster, atop your rotation, or instead with the possible collection of prospects you might get back for him in a trade? "That's a hard question to answer - and I'm not trying to dodge it," Gillick said.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe now we know why, despite an offseason rife with speculation, the Phillies haven't yet traded Cole Hamels. After all, it took five Arizona State grad students using two computer models and countless statistical metrics more than 60 hours over five days to devise what a panel of baseball experts judged the best possible deal for the Phillies ace. Their winning proposal, selected from among all those formulated by 21 teams of collegians, had...
BUSINESS
April 3, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - A majority of Cuban Americans, whose opposition to the Communist regime in Cuba helped cement a 50-year U.S. trade embargo, now support normalizing trade relations between the two countries, according to a poll taken since President Obama's call for closer ties in December. The survey of 400 Cuban Americans by pollsters Bendixen & Amandi International, Miami, done in mid-March after the community had had three months to debate the new policy, showed 51 percent approved of Obama's call to end the embargo and improve trade relations, and 40 percent against.
NEWS
March 31, 2015
ISSUE | FREE TRADE With each new deal, more jobs leave What a disappointment it was to read former Gov. Ed Rendell's endorsement of yet another expansion of supposed free trade between the United States and Asia ("For the middle class, trade issues are crucial," March 20). Apparently, Rendell belongs to that group of politicians who actually believe the expansion of trade provides a net benefit to the American worker and the U.S. economy, rather than the sad truth that these moves often promote more imports than exports for our country.
SPORTS
March 26, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SACRAMENTO - As the Sixers gathered in the early-morning hours yesterday, getting ready to board a 9:30 bus that would take them to their morning shootaround to prepare for the night's game against the Kings, forward Henry Sims was well ahead of his teammates. He and assistant coach Billy Lange got their own ride to Sleep Train Arena and put in extra work before the rest of the team arrived. That a player would do that toward the end of a long and taxing season that has not produced many wins is more than honorable.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Evan Mathis remains on the trade market. Although teams may be reluctant to give up anything for a player the Eagles could eventually release, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Monday that he hoped to help facilitate a deal this week during the NFL meeting. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said two weeks ago that there wasn't a player on the roster he hadn't discussed trading this offseason. Running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Nick Foles have already been dealt. But this is the second straight offseason in which Mathis has been on the trading block.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man who once told FBI agents that he was "hyped up" on the "pimp game" and looked up to other pimps pleaded guilty to sex-trafficking charges Wednesday, hours before his trial was to begin. Jerel "Jinx" Jackson, 29, admitted forcing five females - including two minors - to work for him as prostitutes. He had dated many of them before turning them out, prosecutors said. Jackson was quoted in court filings as telling one victim after dating her for two weeks, "You gonna have to work for me. " Jackson told the court Wednesday he operated his prostitution business out of several Philadelphia hotels in 2012 and 2013 and posted photos of the women nude or scantily clad in ads on the website backpage.com.
SPORTS
March 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The toughest part, Roy Halladay said, was the questions he would face after each start. Do you really want to leave? Do you want to go somewhere else? What's it going to be like to leave? Trade rumors followed Halladay throughout his 2009 season with Toronto, just as they have lingered this spring over Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Halladay said then he wanted to play for a winner, which is what Hamels told USA Today before reporting to camp. There was a trade market then for Halladay, just as there is one now for Hamels.
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