Report: Phils Strong Player for Aramis Ramirez (UPDATED)

Report: Phils Strong Player for Aramis Ramirez (UPDATED)

The Phillies made a big splash in free agency by signing the No. 1 closer on the market a few weeks back, but not many fans in Philadelphia thought that would be Ruben Amaro Jr.'s only eye-popping move of the offseason.

The most interesting rumbling to come out of the meetings in Dallas this morning involves third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who Joe Capozzi of the Marlins beat says the Phillies are a "strong players for."

Obviously the Phils still have Placido Polanco under contract next season but he was banged up for much of 2011. Is it possible the Phillies would use Polly as a super utility man of sorts. Giving guys spot rests throughout the entire infield? Not sure if a guy of Polanco's pedigree and salary level has ever been used in such a situation. And Todd Zolecki guesses Ramirez could be "a backup plan if the Phillies can’t reach an agreement with Jimmy Rollins."

Ramirez started his career with the Pirates before turning into a star with the Cubs. He hit an impressive .306 last season with 93 RBIs and a .361 OBP good for a .871 OPS. MLB Trade Rumors believes the 33-year-old is looking for either a four-year deal or a three-year deal with an option.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Phils could be shopping Polly:

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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