The Phillies today offered salary arbitration to shortstop Jimmy Rollins and reliever Ryan Madson as was expected. What was a bit surprising was the decision to also offer salary arbitration to left fielder Raul Ibanez, although there had been some inklings recently that the Phillies had some interest in bringing him back for another season.
Ibanez has seen better days as an everyday player in the outfield, but if used probably as platoon-slash-bat-off-the-bench Rauuuuuul could hear those calls from the fans at Citizens Bank Park a few more times before his career is up. His situation and the Phillies remaining moves will certainly be interesting to watch. Although the Daily News' David Murphy guesses that it's a move done solely for the compensation, "Gotta think Ibanez has already told them he will decline. Makes no obvious sense otherwise."
LeBron James to the Sixers. It would take a miracle, right?
Sure, but one MVP is in on the push for the four-time MVP landing in Philly.
Enter Mike Trout.
The Angels' star outfielder, a two-time AL MVP and native of Millville, New Jersey, took to Twitter on Thursday to make a quick pitch for the King. Trout, a well-known fan of Philadelphia sports teams, responded to a 94WIP tweet about reporter Howard Eskin shooting down the LeBron James chatter.
First, it was Ben Simmons tweeting James. That's really how all the buzz started and now the idea is taking on a mind of its own. Clearly, it's being talked about. And what Sixers fan wouldn't want a player like James putting "The Process" into hyperdrive?
And hey, once James comes to Philly, he can then return the favor: bringing Trout to the Phillies.
We can dream, right?
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