February 26, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - The 76ers nabbed Thomas Robinson, the player the Brooklyn Nets coveted. The Sixers claimed the power forward off waivers Tuesday. To make room, they released Tim Frazier from his second 10-day contract. By acquiring Robinson, they blocked the Nets' bid to sign him to a 10-day deal. Robinson had been placed on waivers Sunday by the Denver Nuggets. He agreed to play with Brooklyn on Monday, but had to clear waivers Tuesday evening before signing a contract. The Nets are upset over the Sixers' actions, according to multiple league sources.
January 28, 2015 |
THE STATISTICS and analytics matched what Dean Lombardi's eyes were witnessing. He could see the drop-off in Mike Richards like everyone else, but didn't want to believe it. Managing a dynastic Stanley Cup enterprise isn't always black and white, after all. Not when people are involved. Lombardi had one final opportunity last June to buy out Richards' contract, but was swayed by the conversation he had with the player who made the Los Angeles Kings' 2012 Cup possible. He decided against it. It was a decision the general manager clearly regrets now, after placing the former Flyers captain on waivers yesterday.
October 5, 2014 |
The Flyers, once known as the Broad Street Bullies, put winger Jay Rosehill on waivers Thursday and will start the season without a heavyweight enforcer for the first time since the early 1970s. What in the name of Dave Schultz is going on here? Enforcers, Flyers coach Craig Berube said after Friday's practice in Voorhees, are needed less today than in the past. "I think everybody knows that," he said. "You look at the rules, look at the game, look at everything. " Over the years, the Flyers have had more than 30 enforcers, including Dave Schultz, Paul Holmgren, Ed Hospodar, Glen Cochrane, Dave Brown, Donald Brashear, Berube, Riley Cote, and Jody Shelley.
July 21, 2014 |
ATLANTA - Cliff Lee shrugged. It's the best way to handle these kinds of questions. Plus, it is Lee's natural state. "Whatever," Lee said when asked whether he was ready for a return to the mound that some are billing as an audition for teams looking to trade for a top-of-the-rotation starter. "I'm just ready to try to help the team win. That's what I want to do. " The reality of the situation is different from the hype. While Lee has spent the last 6 years as one of the top starters in the game, his start against the Giants on Monday will be his first big-league action in 2 months.
October 5, 2013 |
The Phillies' October roster cleaning continued Thursday when four more players - Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Zach Miner, and Mauricio Robles - were outrighted off the 40-man roster. It could signal the end for Martinez, one of the worst Phillies hitters in the modern era. Martinez hit .175 with a .175 on-base percentage and .175 slugging percentage in 40 plate appearances this past season. His .495 OPS in 396 career plate appearances is the lowest for any Phillies position player with as much experience since 1919.
October 4, 2013
The Phillies began the process of cleansing their 40-man roster Wednesday when pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Raul Valdes were claimed on waivers by other teams. Cleveland acquired Cloyd, while Houston claimed Valdes. Cloyd, who was named by the Phillies as their top minor-league pitcher in 2012, posted a 6.36 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) this season. He is 26. Valdes, 35, was not recalled in September, which sealed his fate. This season, he had a 7.46 ERA in 35 innings. "We have to clean up our roster," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week.
July 5, 2013
In a scramble by NHL teams to free space under the salary cap before the start of free agency, five veteran players were placed on unconditional waivers on Wednesday. The Minnesota Wild confirmed they waived defenseman Tom Gilbert for the purpose of buying out the remaining year of his contract. The Nashville Predators said they placed forward Sergei Kostitsyn on waivers. Also waived, according to a person familiar with the moves, were Detroit defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo , Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard , and Buffalo forward Nathan Gerbe . Former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro cleared waivers and had his contract bought out by the team.
April 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In the grand scheme of things, a backup catcher is not crucial to a team's success. The Phillies possessed two backup catchers during the season's first month, and one had to go Sunday when Carlos Ruiz returned from his suspension. Humberto Quintero's locker was cleared early in the morning. The Phillies chose Erik Kratz as their backup and designated Quintero for assignment. They hope to retain Quintero in the organization, but that requires his passing through waivers unclaimed.
March 23, 2013 |
A New Jersey appellate court upheld a rule Thursday that environmental groups have criticized as the worst to come out of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The rule, passed a year ago, allows the department to waive environmental regulations in cases where they are conflicting or unduly burdensome, if there is a public emergency, or if not complying would achieve a net environmental benefit. Critics said the rule would open the door for abuse and favoritism. The 28 groups that appealed it have vowed to continue their opposition.
October 24, 2012 |
Scratch David Herndon from the list of relievers who will be competing for a job in the Phillies' bullpen next season in spring training. Herndon was removed from that competition after being claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. The 27-year-old righthander pitched in only five games in 2012 before being shut down at the end of April because of an elbow injury. His season was officially ended by ligament transplant surgery on his elbow in June. He probably will not be able to pitch until at the least the middle of next season.