Phils Sign OF Jayson Werth

Phils Sign OF Jayson Werth

The Phillies reached a one year deal with Jayson Werth.

"Jayson  is  a young outfielder  with a combination  of power and speed," said
general  manager  Pat Gillick.  "He's had  some injuries  over the past couple
years, but we think he has tremendous athleticism and we're very happy to have
him in a Phillies uniform. He's a great addition to the club."

I can't say I know much about the guy.  Beerleaguer's take:

If it turns out to be a major league deal, with nothing else on the way
in terms of a LH outfielder, it's a little suspect. The Phillies are
probably trying to establish some young depth 1-through-5, and Werth
gives them a major-league ready option at a bargain price ... but only
if he's healthy. A wrist injury can be a bitch.

I'm always suspect of guys named Jayson who spell their name with a 'y', but I'm also a fan of cheap, low-risk moves that could payoff a whole lot more than they could hurt you.  Maybe this guy could turn into something nice.

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000


Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P