Breaking News: Ben Revere Traded to Toronto

August 1st, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in General

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The 2015 Trade Deadline has come and gone! Many believed that the Phillies would remain quiet on Deadline Day following the early week trades of Jonathan Papelbon, but they did just the opposite. It was announced on Friday afternoon, that the team has moved their last “tradeable” asset, in outfielder Ben Revere. In return, the Phillies will receive minor-league pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

Revere, 27, was acquired by the Phillies during the 2012 offseason. The team sent young hurlers Trevor May and Vance Worley to the Minnesota Twins, as part of the trade. In his three campaigns in Philadelphia, Revere has hit .303 with 3 HRs, 71 RBIs, and 95 SBs. Ben garnered a lot of criticism in his time with the Phillies, for “lacking the proper defense” that is usually associated with a center fielder. He does lack the typical “cannon arm”, but makes up for it in spades with his speed. He will likely serve as Toronto’s primary left fielder, and “second leadoff hitter”, which usually indicates a player batting ninth in the lineup.

In return, the Phillies will receive two minor-league arms. Jimmy Cordero, 22, has the potential to become a major league starter, but currently lacks the consistency to do so. In four minor league seasons, Cordero’s consistency and command issues have kept him from getting past the AA level. Scouts believe that if he can nail down those issues, as well as work on his slider, he’s got a good chance to make a major league rotation.

Alberto Tirado, is much like Cordero. Command and Consistency issues have plagued Tirado’s progress, and leave scouts wondering if he’d be anything more than a major league reliever. Tirado possesses a rare quality, however. He’s a 100+ MPH flamethrower, that has drawn light comparisons to Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds. At 19 years of age, Tirado had trouble working on his command in Single-A last season, tallying 39 walks in 40 innings pitched. Scouts strongly believe that he will work out his mechanical issues, and become a piece of a major league rotation in time. Even if he doesn’t crack a rotation, he’s got the stuff to be an elite bullpen option.

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Sean Couturier Signs Six Year Extension

July 30th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | No Comments | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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The Flyers signed center Sean Couturier to a 6 year contract extension worth $25 million on Tuesday July 28th. He is in the final year of his current 2 year $3.5 million contract, in which he will be earning a cap hit of $1.75 million.

Most fans have mixed feelings about “Coots” due to his moderate offensive numbers, however many forget that he is only 22,  has played under two different coaches at a very young age, and despite being a center he has been heavily utilized as a defensive specialist during many penalty killing opportunities. He has done an excellent job shutting down opponent’s star players including Evgeni Malkin, especially during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Couturier has generated 45 goals and 73 assists in regular season contests and 3 goals and an assist in 18 playoff games as a Flyer. He also assisted in Team Canada’s 2015 World Championships Gold Medal run, where he recorded 3 goals and 4 assists in 10 games.

During an interview with CSN Philly, Couturier mentioned that he is extremely excited to continue his career with the Flyers but most importantly he understands that it is time for him to step-up his game on offense and feels as though he can really improve under new head coach Dave Hackstol.

It would be nice to see if Hackstol could help revamp Couturier’s offensive skills as he continues to develop. It would turn him into quite a highly skilled two-way forward that would strengthen the team’s offense as he could be utilized on both the 2nd and 3rd lines.coots 2

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Breaking: Cole Hamels traded to Texas Rangers

July 30th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in General, MLB, Phillies

Cole Hamels has been traded to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports. This day has been talked about for close to a year now, and the rumors have finally become reality. The Rangers were believed to be the favorites for Hamels all week long, and it seems that they never really were going to lose out on Hamels after all.

According to unofficial reports, the Phillies will be getting back catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, who is highly regarded as one of, if not the top catching prospects in baseball. Along with Alfaro, it is being reported that the Phillies will be receiving outfielder Nick Williams, and RHPs, Jake Thompson, Jack Eickhoff and Alec Asher. The Phillies will also acquire pitcher Matt Harrison from Texas.

Williams is the Rangers 5th ranked prospect according to MLB.com, and is ranked 64th in MLB.com’s top 100 prospect rankings. Jake Thompson is listed as the 4th ranked prospect on the Rangers and is ranked 60th overall on MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list. Eickhoff is the Rangers 17th ranked prospect, and Asher is the Rangers 29th ranked prospect according to MLB.com.

Headed back to the Rangers along with Hamels, will be reliever Jake Diekman and cash.

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Good Riddance

July 30th, 2015 by AmyMac | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

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We all know by now that Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been traded to the Nationals for AA pitcher Nick Pivetta. I would have written this more than 24 hours ago, but I’ve been busy celebrating.

Quantitatively speaking, Papelbon has been the best closer in Philadelphia’s history.  His ERA while here was 2.31, and he boasted an impressive 9.5 K/9. Pap also recorded 123 saves in 138 opportunities, and even I can’t dispute that kind of success.

My issue with Papelbon has always been the same, and it’s the reason I’m ecstatic to see him leave so he can help Werth and Harper form the Triple Crown of Hillbilly Trash in DC. Jonathan Papelbon’s attitude has always been, and will likely continue to be, pure garbage. He’s the first to place blame on teammates, blatantly disrespect anyone in his path, and run his mouth to the media. I’m pretty sure we all remember his “I didn’t come here for this” rant when Papelbon began making his desire to leave Philadelphia very public.

I’d rather have a closer who couldn’t save a game if his life depended on it, but at least pretends to be a team player. Impressive statistics or not, Papelbon was grossly overpaid for his one job – securing three outs – and I won’t miss him.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Pap … or, y’know, let it. I don’t mind. Either way, just get out of my city and go practice your Natitude.

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Breaking: Jonathan Papelbon traded to Nationals

July 29th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

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According to multiple reports, Jonathan Papelbon has been traded to the Washington Nationals. The news was first reported by Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Papelbon’s option for 2016 has been picked up by the Nationals, however, the deal has been restructured according to Ken Rosenthal of MLB.com.

There is no denying that Papelbon was arguably the best Phillies closer in history, and his numbers back that up. Papelbon converted 123 out of 138 save chances with the Phillies and leaves the team with a 2.31 ERA, 1.022 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9 IP as a Phillie. With Papelbon gone, it is expected that Ken Giles will take over the role as closer.

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Jonathan Papelbon Trade News

July 28th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

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7/28/15 (11:31 AM):

According to Jim Salisbury, there is a growing confidence that Jonathan Papelbon will be traded.

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Cole Hamels Trade News

July 28th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in General, MLB, Phillies

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7/28/15 (9:22 AM): The San Francisco Giants have made a big push for Cole Hamels, according to Ken Rosenthal.

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