Report: Phils Offered Lowell 4 years, 50m

Report: Phils Offered Lowell 4 years, 50m

Inqy:

Lowell reportedly has agreed to a three-year, $38 million contract to
remain with the Boston Red Sox, for whom he won World Series MVP honors
last month.

ESPN.com reported that the Phillies' offer was for four years and $50
million, and that for a brief moment, the Phils thought they had Lowell.

I don't know if I believe these types of articles.  Do you really think a player would take $12 million less to go play in Boston as opposed to Philadelphia?  It really says something positive about the club up in New England and it certainly says something else about the way players view Philadelphia.  Not good.

As Curt Schilling says,
  "How cool is that? Leaving years and dollars on the table to come back
here for three more years, good stuff. Pretty nice to think you are
fans in a town that is now a desired destination for athletes
across the major sports. Come a long way for sure."

Cool for Boston.  Not cool for us.

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Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
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. Jerad Eickhoff, P