Pence to Giants Trade Talks Are 'Pretty Hot' Update: Maybe Done

Pence to Giants Trade Talks Are 'Pretty Hot' Update: Maybe Done

Philadelphia's bizarre on-again-off-again love affair with Hunter Pence may soon be coming to an end.

After Shane Victorino was the first Phillies player to be sent packing to the west coast on Tuesday afternoon, CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury is reporting that Hunter Pence could be next, with talks between the Phillies and Giants being described as "pretty hot."

UPDATE, 12:28 PM: Salisbury says, "Phils and Giants working on final details of Pence deal."

UPDATE 2, 12:31 PM: CBS Sports Jon Heyman says the deal is done. Will update with players.

[more updated below]

UPDATE 3, 12:35: Maybe not done, per CSNBaggs:

UPDATE 4, 12:44 PM: CBS Sports' Danny Knobler says the Phillies will get a 21-year-old catcher. Curious:

UPDATE 5, 12:50 PM:

Philadelphia fell in love with Pence in the run to the postseason in 2011, but his shaky outfield play an inability to fully become "The Man" with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley in the outfield has caused some fans to go sour on him. He's been arguably the team's best producer this season, right up there with Carlos Ruiz. Pence leads the team with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Pence is still under team control in 2013, with his arbitration number believed to be in the $14 million range.

As Sully also pointed out on Twitter, in trading Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, Ruben Amaro Jr. is pitting L.A. and San Fran against each other, perhaps motivating the Giants to get a little more aggressive for Pence. Only time will tell. Salisbury used the word "smartypants" to describe RAJ's tactics there.

If the Phillies do end up pulling the trigger, your 2013 outfield is going to have a whole lot of questions marks.

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.