Morosi: Hamilton, Soriano Are Fits for Phillies

Morosi: Hamilton, Soriano Are Fits for Phillies

Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are getting underway in Nashville, Tennessee, and you know what that means:
business is about to pick up. The Phillies are buyers, and there are plenty of
big names available. In fact, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tied the club to a pair
of All Stars over the weekend.

In your requisite Josh Hamilton update, Morosi takes on
conventional wisdom and argues the aging, injury-prone slugger has a huge
payday coming
despite various flaws. Just look at some of the free-agent
contracts some supposedly damaged goods have signed already this year and last,
and it’s not hard to envision Hamilton landing somewhere in the neighborhood of
$120 million over five years. And, yes, Morosi believes the 2010 AL MVP could
get that here.

Morosi thinks Hamilton fits big-market clubs such as the
Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox, based on both need and budget. That’s not
exactly confirmation the 31-year-old lefthander could be one of Ruben Amaro Jr.’s
targets at the meetings, but it certainly limits Hamilton’s options if
accurate.

That’s not the only highly decorated outfielder Morosi
describes as a fit. Apparently the Chicago Cubs finally might be able to move
on from Alfonso Soriano,
their prized free-agent addition in 2007, according to
a blog entry. Now 36, Soriano last appeared in the mid-summer classic in ’08,
and at eight-years, $136 million, he has been a huge bust for the franchise.

Why would the Phillies have interest? Soriano only has two
years remaining on his contract, so while he’s getting up there in years, it’s
no long-term commitment. The right hander is still hitting for some power as
well with 32 bombs a season ago, and set a career high with 108 RBI. Take the
seven-time All Star away from the comical Cubs, drop him into a quality lineup,
and those numbers might be better still.

Soriano would have to waive a no-trade clause, but I’m sure
that won’t be a problem. No word on what it might cost to facilitate a swap, but it
sounds like the asking price could be high. While a compelling thought, with so
many options left on the market, it leads us to believe this avenue is
somewhat unlikely.

There are plenty of other moves out there to be made with a lot less less sizzle, but plenty of impact. That said, don't sleep on the blockbusters.

>> Don’t doubt. Hamilton to get huge deal [FOX]
>> Cubs will discuss Soriano; Phils a possible suitor
[FOX]

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Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.