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December 13, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have officially cut ties with goalkeeper Zach MacMath, trading him to the Colorado Rapids for a natural second-round selection in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. (A natural pick is the highest selection in that round if the team has multiple draft choices). MacMath, 24, was the Union's first-round draft choice, selected fifth overall, in 2011. In four seasons with the Union, he started 102 games and had a record of 34-39-29. Before last season he was loaned to Colorado, where he played in just three MLS games and two U.S. Open Cup matches.
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December 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly defended the offseason trade of LeSean McCoy, but he regrets the way the trade was handled. Kelly did not get the chance to speak with McCoy before news leaked of the deal. That caused bitterness from McCoy, who has not taken Kelly's calls and says he will not shake Kelly's hand when the Buffalo Bills visit the Eagles this weekend. "How he was traded wasn't handled right," Kelly said. "I felt bad that I didn't get a chance to talk to him. . . . I called him. He didn't answer my phone call.
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December 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - The Phillies' rebuilding project, which began in earnest almost a year ago, continued to roll on this week at the winter meetings, most notably with Wednesday night's trade of closer Ken Giles. The deal added three more young pitchers and another intriguing outfielder to the franchise's arsenal of prospects. In 12 months, the Phillies traded seven players in exchange for 16 prospects as they drastically reshaped a downtrodden farm system. MLB.com ranks 10 of those prospects among the Phillies' top 16. All but one of those players, catcher Jorge Alfaro, is either an outfielder or a pitcher.
NEWS
December 12, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's no getting around this: The Phillies should be ashamed of themselves. They just traded their most effective, most exciting, most promising player, closer Ken Giles, to the Houston Astros. Ken Giles. Who had 15 saves in 17 chances last season. Who struck out 87 hitters in 70 innings. Who once threw a pitch that reached 103 m.p.h. Who is just 25 years old. Isn't Giles exactly the kind of player the Phillies are supposed to keep? How can you win games if you don't have a closer?
SPORTS
December 11, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IT'S A FALLACY that Chip Kelly has never apologized for anything. Still, he's rarely been as upfront and definitive about handling something wrong as he was Thursday in discussing the messy way running back LeSean McCoy was banished from Philadelphia. With the Buffalo Bills coming to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, McCoy again let it be known that he has no particular fondness for Kelly - the man who shipped him to the NFL's version of Siberia. Kelly said he did not blame McCoy for being upset and conceded that the way he handled notifying his former diva-back that he had been swapped for linebacker Kiko Alonso likely played a big role in making a bad situation worse.
SPORTS
December 11, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IT MIGHT feel strange to feel OK about saying goodbye to a guy like Ken Giles, but the Phillies' apparent decision to trade away their fireballing closer is a promising sign that Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail are setting a solid course for the franchise. Counterintuitive? Sure. Giles is everything the Phillies weren't when their fall from grace began: young, cheap and talented. But he is also a relief pitcher, and, besides the health risks commonly associated with the position, the role itself is drastically less important and easier to fill (or at least fake)
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December 10, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
J.A. HAPP probably isn't the first person you think of when you watch Ken Giles hit 100 miles per hour on the radar gun. But the image is a good place to start if you really want to grasp the airtight logic that is motivating the Phillies' decision to dangle their young fire-balling closer on the trade market. For all the dominance that Giles has displayed over the last two seasons, he is not as valuable as a career back-of-the-rotation starter who has never eclipsed 200 innings in a season.
SPORTS
December 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NASHVILLE - Pete Mackanin laughed on Tuesday afternoon when a reporter asked if Ken Giles had a firm grasp on the team's closing duties or if the Phillies would enter spring training with an open competition. Giles, the manager said, is certainly still the team's closer. Mackanin liked what Giles had done last season. The fiery righthander excelled in the second half when the ninth-inning responsibilities were assigned to him. But, there's still a chance that the Phillies could enter spring training without Giles as their closer.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2015
On a visit earlier this year to Rwanda in central Africa, I gained a profound appreciation for the fair-trade effort. Donatha Uwajeneza, several months pregnant and lugging a huge sack loaded with her handwoven grass and agave baskets, had traveled three hours by bus from her village, Muramba, to Kigali, the capital, hoping to sell her work to the vendors whose stalls cram the Kimironko market. Uwajeneza is a mother of eight in a land teeming with need. Her grateful hug and proud smile when I bought a set of trivets, accented with strands dyed turquoise and sienna, brought me to tears.
SPORTS
November 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Closers like Ken Giles don't come along all that often. The Phillies flamethrower has been one of the most effective relief pitchers in the majors since his debut in June 2014. He is also still the youngest closer in the National League, the second-youngest in either league, and has accrued only one full year of major-league service time, meaning he is under team control for the next five seasons. But the reasons for excitement among Phillies fans regarding Giles, 25, are the same reasons the team should seriously consider trading their presumed closer of the future.
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