Phillies Sign Fabio

Phillies Sign Fabio

Slow news day, but the Phillies did sign a guy named Fabio and some teenagers:

The Phillies continued to stretch their international wings on
Wednesday, signing four players from Brazil and one pitcher from Taiwan.

From Brazil, the Phillies signed two pitchers and two outfielders:
right-handed pitchers Heitor Correa, 16, and Gilmar Pereira, 17; and
outfielders Fabio Murakami, 17, and Bruno Doi, 17. The pitchers
represented their country in international competition.

Random Inklings from Bill Conlin's article today:

Hard to believe the Phillies didn't follow
Tuesday's Ed Wade announcement that manager Charlie Manuel and his
coaching staff will all be back next season
with a ticket-price
increase. Don't worry - all things in due time. To those of you who
responded favorably to my two-headed GM scenario in which Wade returns
to handle the off-field details and managing general partner Dave
Montgomery hires a real baseball man to run field operations:
Fuhgeddaboudit! What you just saw is what you're gonna get more of next
season. I swear that driving past the Money Pit the other afternoon,
the flagpole in center had been transformed into a giant, extended
middle finger.

......

Baseball America's must-have,
best-prospects edition is out and is not particularly kind to the
Phillies. In fact, it has the Phils tied for last among 30
organizations in the number of Top 20 prospects in each league where
they have an affiliate. The Angels rank first, with 20 players
selected. The Braves are second with 19. The Phillies are tied for last
with the Blue Jays at five apiece.

The highest-rated Phils prospect is Ryan Howard, rated No. 4 in the
International League, despite his Rookie of the Year performance with
the varsity. Highest Reading player was No. 18, outfielder Michael
Bourn. Eastern League Rookie of the Year Chris Roberson failed to crack
the Top 20, which is strange. Lakewood's Greg Golson, the 2004 No. 1
draft pick, was No. 14 in the Sally League. Clearwater infielder Tim
Moss was No. 19 in the Florida State League. Batavia infielder Welinson
Baez was No. 15 in the short-season New York-Penn League. "Untouchable"
pitchers Gavin Floyd and Cole Hamels didn't get a mention.

I don't think many Average Joe Phillies fans picked up on the fact that the entire Phillies coaching staff was rehired including everyone's favorite third base coach Bill Dancy.  What does this mean other than the fact that Mets fans will enjoy watching David Bell being waved around to third and being thrown out by 28 feet?  Charlie and Big Ed are assured to be back as well.

I'm thinking of a four letter word.

 

Sixers-Wizards 5 things: Refresh and reset after trade deadline

Sixers-Wizards 5 things: Refresh and reset after trade deadline

The Sixers (21-35) return from the All-Star break against the Washington Wizards (34-21) at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday (7 p.m./CSN, CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports app).

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Refresh and reset
The dust from the NBA trade deadline has settled and, as expected, the Sixers look a bit different. Perhaps what wasn’t expected: the pieces of the Sixers that changed.

Out are Ersan Ilyasova and Nerlens Noel. In are Justin Anderson, Tiago Splitter (injured all season, so not really), Andrew Bogut (buyout coming in …) and an array of draft picks.

You can argue for days about the long-term implications of the Sixers’ trades, but let’s focus on the here and now. The team lost a scoring punch in Ilyasova (14.8 points per game). However, Ilyasova’s offense has dipped drastically in recent games, which coincided with a strong push on that end by rookie Dario Saric (see story).

In Noel, the Sixers parted with a defensive presence and finisher at the rim. They’ll regain the defense in a different form with Anderson’s ability to lock down on swingmen (see story).

We’ve got 26 games to see how it plays out, starting with tonight against the Wizards.

2. Just kidding, Jah
It’s been an eventful few weeks for Jahlil Okafor to say the least.

The big man went from multiple DNP-CDs to back in the starting lineup to a reserve role and even sent home amid trade rumors. Okafor eventually rejoined the team as potential deals fizzled, but was still expected to be shipped at the deadline.

Then the deadline came and went with Okafor still on the roster.

With Noel traded and Joel Embiid still sidelined because of an injured knee (see story), Okafor should be in the starting lineup. That will give the second-year center the opportunity to improve on his 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds averages and perhaps improve on that once-high trade stock.

3. Can you Beal it?
John Wall gets the attention when it comes to the Wizards and rightfully so. The guard is a four-time All-Star and one of the best floor generals in the entire league.

However, the reason the Wiz have been able to rise to No. 3 in the Eastern Conference at this point is the play of Bradley Beal.

Beal has been on an absolute tear this season. The two-guard is averaging a career-high 22.2 points per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field and 40.2 percent from three-point range. He’s also putting up 3.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.

Any hope the Sixers have of knocking off the Wizards will have to start with an attempt to at least slow down Beal and Wall.

4. Injuries
Embiid (knee), Splitter (calf), Ben Simmons (foot) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist) are out for the Sixers.

The Wizards have no players listed on the injury report.

5. This and that
• The Sixers have lost seven of the their last eight games against the Wizards.

• The Sixers weren’t the only team to pull off a deadline trade. The Wizards acquired Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough from the Brooklyn Nets.

• Okafor scored a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds in the Sixers’ last meeting with the Wizards, a 109-93 loss on Jan. 14.

• Wall has averaged 19.3 points, 9.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds agains the Sixers during his career.

Mike Budenholzer: Hawks 'feel really good' about addition of Ersan Ilyasova

Mike Budenholzer: Hawks 'feel really good' about addition of Ersan Ilyasova

ATLANTA -- Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says newly acquired power forward Ersan Ilyasova was targeted as a player he saw as a good fit on Atlanta's front line.

The 6-foot-10 Ilyasova gives Atlanta a "stretch forward" who can make 3-pointers while playing behind All-Star Paul Millsap.

"To get somebody that we really targeted and wanted, we feel really good about that," Budenholzer said Thursday.

Budenholzer said matching center Dwight Howard's inside game with Ilyasova "who can stretch and hit the 3s, that is a good pairing."

Ilyasova is expected to join the team before the team plays Miami on Friday night.

Ilyasova was acquired from the Sixers on Wednesday night. The Sixers obtained injured center Tiago Splitter and a protected second-round draft pick from Atlanta, and have the right to swap another 2017 second-round pick with the Hawks.

Ilyasova, from Eskisehir, Turkey, has averaged 14.8 points while starting in 40 of 53 games this season.

"He's somebody that for some time all of us in the front office ... we all kind of watched and wanted him to be a part of the team," Budenholzer said. "I think he's a smart player, a competitive guy. He does a lot of little things. He has an edge to him. Obviously he can shoot."

The Hawks hope Ilyasova, 29, adds scoring punch as they attempt to improve their playoff position. They are fifth in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Toronto.

"He can help our team a lot," Millsap said. "We can help ourselves a lot too. With both of those, I think we can move up to 2. I think we've got a chance. We've got enough games to do it."

Hawks guard Kent Bazemore said Ilyasova is "one of the best shooters in the game, I think, as far as playing the stretch 4 position."

"If there's one thing this team needs, I think, is a little more shooting and he can bring just that," Bazemore said.

The Hawks cleared a roster spot before Thursday's trade deadline by sending forward Mike Scott, the rights to Turkish guard Cenk Akyol and cash considerations to the Phoenix Suns for a top-55 protected 2017 second-round pick.

Scott averaged 7.1 points over five seasons with Atlanta but had seen a diminished role this season. He was averaging a career-low 2.5 points in only 18 games this season and was sent to the NBA Development League on three assignments.