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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Best of NHL: Ryan White scores in winning debut with Wild

Best of NHL: Ryan White scores in winning debut with Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund beat two defenders to find open ice and wrap the winning shot around goalie Jonathan Quick just 12 seconds into overtime, giving the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Granlund's 20th goal of the season gave goalie Devan Dubnyk his NHL-leading 33rd win and the Wild their 15th comeback victory. They answered all four goals in regulation by the Kings, from Nick Shore, Tanner Pearson, Jake Muzzin and Marian Gaborik.

Jason Zucker's spinning wrist shot midway through the third period tied the game for the Wild, who also had goals from Nino Niederreiter, Jordan Schroeder and Ryan White in his debut. White and Martin Hanzal were acquired in a trade with Arizona the night before.

Kucherov's hat trick carries Lightning past Sens
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov scored three power-play goals in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Kucherov had the second hat trick of his career and added an assist in the third period. Jonathan Drouin assisted all three of his goals and Victor Hedman assisted on two.

A day after trading goaltender Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and just hours after trading forward Brian Boyle to Toronto, the Lightning improved to 6-1-2 over their past nine games.

The Senators, who won at Florida on Sunday night, are 6-6 over their past 12 games (see full recap).

Galchenyuk lifts Canadiens over Devils in OT
NEWARK, N.J. -- Alex Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:54 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Monday night.

Max Pacioretty scored twice in the final 11:23 of regulation to tie the game and Alexander Radulov added a goal for the Canadiens, who won consecutive games for the first time since early January. Al Montoya had 34 saves for Montreal.

Kyle Palmieri, John Moore and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who have lost four straight games (0-2-2), the past two in overtime. Cory Schneider made 29 saves (see full recap).

Galchenyuk beat Schneider with a shot from between the circles less than a minute after Damon Severson was penalized for hooking.

NHL Notes: Capitals acquire Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

NHL Notes: Capitals acquire Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games (see full story).

Senators: Alex Burrows acquired from Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Ottawa Senators are gearing up for a push to the postseason, acquiring forward Alex Burrows from Vancouver for prospect Jonathan Dahlen.

The trade gives the Senators a skilled pest with plenty of playoff experience at forward.

Burrows, 35, has played 822 regular-season games with the Canucks, with 193 goals, 191 assists and 1,066 penalty minutes. He has added 19 goals and 15 assists in 70 playoff games.

He had four straight seasons of at least 25 goals from 2008-09 to 2011-12 playing largely with the Sedin twins. His best offensive days are behind him -- he has nine goals in 55 games this season -- but he will still bring an edge to a Senators team that is pressuring Montreal for the top spot in the Atlantic Division (see full story).

Wild: Parise, Pominville out with mumps
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with mumps and must miss at least three games.

The Wild announced Monday, shortly before faceoff against Los Angeles, that Parise and Pominville have the highly contagious virus along with other members of the organization. The veteran wings have been placed in isolation for a five-day period, meaning they'll at least miss games Tuesday at Winnipeg and Thursday at Columbus.

The Wild said players and staff were recently provided with a measles-mumps-rubella vaccination.

Vancouver played Saturday night without five players because of the mumps or symptoms associated with the virus.

With Parise and Pominville out, forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White made their well-timed debuts Monday after being acquired Sunday in a trade with Arizona.