Report: Phillies Interested in Giancarlo Stanton, Probably Kate Upton Too

Report: Phillies Interested in Giancarlo Stanton, Probably Kate Upton Too

Giancarlo Stanton is out of the lineup for the Marlins this weekend. That's nice for the Phillies. He's also not currently available on the trading market. But if he were, the Phillies are interested.'s Jim Salisbury
has it on good authority that if the Miami slugger should ever hit the block, the Phillies want a chance to wine and dine the Marlins.

According to a major-league executive with knowledge of the situation,
the Phillies over the last several months have made “multiple” inquiries
to the Marlins about Stanton’s availability in a trade. The Phils, like
every other team salivating over the 23-year-old slugger, have been
told he’s not available.

As many have pointed out, the Phillies aren't exactly in a position of strength when it comes to dealing for a stud such as Stanton. Despite Ruben Amaro's best efforts to restock the bare cupboard (see first Cliff Lee trade), their minor league system is not flush with highly-coveted prospects.

So, to recap: if Giancarlo Stanton becomes available, the Phillies want a shot. Their chances are probably not great.

Salisbury also takes a look at what pieces the Phillies have that might be worth unloading come this summer's trade deadline if Ruben decides the team will once again be in sell mode. There's the usual suspect of Cliff Lee, but also guys whose trade away from Philadelphia would be quite difficult to see: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, even Carlos Ruiz.

Worth a read today.

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Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."