Sully Says: Phillies Have Likely at Least Inquired on Giancarlo Stanton

Sully Says: Phillies Have Likely at Least Inquired on Giancarlo Stanton

Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Philadelphia Phillies have been doing their due diligence all fall and have been getting their coal in a line ready to throw it on the oncoming free-agency fire. The hot stove is about to heat up.

In an article posted on Friday, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury spoke with the Phillies GM who believes things will start to really get going now that the last piece of Thanksgiving pie has been eaten.

The article nicely summarizes what we've learned of the Phillies plans thus far, needing to address center field as well as third base and maybe a potential eighth inning arm. But Sully also touches on the wet dream of many Phillies fans as well: the prospect of adding the likes of Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton after Miami's big fire sale earlier this month. Salisbury writes:

Amaro would be in violation of MLB tampering rules if he discussed any
pursuit of Stanton, but he was asked nonetheless if Miami’s fire sale
tempted him to pick up the phone and inquire about the type of
right-handed power bat that the Phillies have long craved. Amaro smiled
sheepishly at the question.

“We’ve made some inquiries about a
lot of players that went in that trade, both to Toronto and to Miami,”
he said. “But nothing imminent so far.”

Sheepish smiles are the best.

Anyway, it's one of those things that's fun to at least think about.

And you all know how Ruben Amaro Jr. likes to shock people...

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

BOX SCORE

CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

Big picture
Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

He’s on fire.

Ever wonder what it would be like to play NBA Jam with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? Well now you can.

Thanks to a roster update, spotted by Kotaku, you can now have the fun of matching up Embiid with Simmons, or Embiid with Nerlens Noel or even the more daring combination of Jahlil Okafor with Noel.

Here’s what the player ratings look like for all of the aforementioned players in this reboot of one of the more popular games in the early-90s.

In addition to current NBA rosters, the game also gives you the ability to play with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and yes, even Harambe.

So fire up your computer and match up your favorite two Sixers, or politicians.