Going For Two? Hamilton-Phillies Rumors Grow Legs While Soriano for Brown Being Discussed

Going For Two? Hamilton-Phillies Rumors Grow Legs While Soriano for Brown Being Discussed





Last week, Josh Hamilton and Alfonso Soriano were brought up
as potential fits for Philadelphia. On Tuesday evening, each was being linked
to the Phillies in potential deals.

First, 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano reported the club offered the
free-agent Hamilton a three-year contract worth an astounding $80 million. A
short time later, Jon Heyman for CBSSports.com filed a report that had Ruben
Amaro Jr. sending Domonic Brown to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Alfonso

Both of which are just wow. We’ve been talking about both
players for awhile now, but obviously there is a lot more substance here.

It’s hard not to like Hamilton – the 2010 AL MVP – at three
years, even if the $26 million-plus per is a tad outrageous. He is still producing
at a high level, so over a short-term deal it seems like a safe bet the Phils
would be getting what they were paying for. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock didn’t
do anything to put out the flames on the stove in a televised interview on CSN.

“We’ve been involved in talking to multiple players that
fill the need for that bat in our lineup," Proefrock said. "Josh is
certainly one of those guys that could fit that bill.”

"Any team would be better for having him on the
club," he continued. "Whether it’s a fit for us remains to be seen.”

Obviously the Phillies are going to do their due diligence on
a guy like Hamilton. The supposed offer for Soriano was far more surprising.
Heyman adds the Cubs would probably pay all but $10 of the $36 mil on the final
two years of his contract… not too shabby.

Soriano turns 37 in January, and is not the player he was in
his prime. That said, with 32 home runs (5th) and 108 RBI (3rd)
in 2012, he seems to fit the bill of a right-handed power bat who could hit
behind Ryan Howard.

Of course, that means the organization would be giving up on Dom Brown, once thought to be a prospect of the highest caliber. Then
again, I suppose even mention of either of these moves possibly becoming a reality doesn’t
say too much for his current standing anyway.

You know what? I say what the hell – why not get both? That’s
right: sign Hamilton, then trade for Soriano! What’s the problem, you don’t
think the Phillies could swing that?

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Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds