DeSean Jackson agrees to deal with Washington

DeSean Jackson agrees to deal with Washington

Well, this was just about the worst possible turn of events, now wasn’t it? Four days after the Philadelphia Eagles released DeSean Jackson, he winds up back in the NFC East, agreeing to terms with divisional rival Washington.

That means we’ll be seeing plenty of Jackson for the foreseeable future—at least two times in 2014, perhaps beyond—only while wearing the opposing team’s colors.

Contract details were not immediately known, although it's said to be a "whopper" of a three-year deal.

Hey, we all know what DeSean is capable of, and I can’t say Birds fans should be looking forward to encounters with No. 10 this season. With a potential superstar quarterback in Robert Griffin III throwing him the football, and surrounded by quality weapons in wide receiver Pierre Garcon, tight end Jordan Reed and running back Alfred Morris, suddenly Washington’s offense could be scary good.

But then, it is still Washington, a franchise that finished 3-13 last season with a patchwork offensive line and crummy defense. Does the addition of Jackson equal seven more wins?

Before you answer that question, keep in mind Washington doesn’t even own its first-round this year.

This is an organization that makes these types of big splashes in free agency practically every year, and 90 percent of the time they seem to backfire. I’m not necessarily predicting that will be the case here, but considering the Eagles were willing to cut Jackson outright, one does have to wonder about his shelf life at his next stop… or future stops.

And remember that time everybody was worried when the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to Washington. Yes, Jackson is very much in the midst of his prime while Donovan was in the twilight of his career. Just saying, let's not jump off any bridges quite yet.

That being said, there is no denying a division rival got better on the field, and at Philadelphia’s expense no less. We’ll see how it works out in the long run. I personally am not gravely concerned, but suspect many fans will feel very strongly about allowing Jackson to run off to Washington for nothing and with little explanation.

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P