The rumor mill continues to swirl, but mostly fans are just screaming their opinions to anyone that is willing to listen (or follow them on Twitter).
Real substantive information in the past 24-hours has been pretty thin. The Phillies still appear very much in on guys like Hunter Pence. Late last night Ken Rosenthal said the Astros may put a time window on a deal to the Phillies.
The teams will need to reach agreement by Friday, or the Astros will
move on to other suitors — including the Phillies’ NL East rival, the
So, something *could* happen in the next few hours. Or it might not. Nobody knows.
Jim Salisbury certainly looks at July 29th as the day Ruben Amaro Jr. typically works his magic, adding "Will Amaro follow suit and come through again on July 29? Signs are certainly pointing that way."
Ruben certainly seems poised to make something happen.
But one of my favorite bits of analysis over the past couple of days was when Hall of Famer Pat Gillick was a guest on last night's DNL with Michael Barkann and went into GM styles.
Barkann asked the former Phillies GM how his approach differed from current GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Gillick equated himself to more of a window shopper at the King of Prussia Mall, always looking for a bargain. He then said Ruben sees something he wants, and goes right into Nordstrom and buys it regardless of price. Amaro is much more aggressive.
Is the attitude of getting the piece you want regardless of cost a good strategy? It's worked for him in the past.
Amaro's aggressiveness may be tested over the next day or two, because the Astros appear to want a whole lot in return for Hunter Pence.
Also, you have to wonder how Gillick made it into the Hall of Fame when he thinks he's going to find a bargain at the King of Prussia Mall.
Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?
Well take a look at this.
How about now?
Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.
Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.
"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."
Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley.
Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.
"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy.
"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.
To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.
The Eagles have a serious depth problem at linebacker, and they're looking at a local prospect to try to fix it.
The team will sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry on Sunday, pending a physical, a league source told CSNPhilly.com. ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the deal.
Cherry, 21, first signed with the Bears after going undrafted in the spring, but was cut by Chicago in June.
The 6-1, 240-pound Cherry was an All-CAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his time on the Main Line, he was credited with 331 tackles, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Even with Cherry, the Eagles are still light in the depth department at linebacker. After starters Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, the team has Najee Goode, Deontae Skinner, seventh-rounder Joe Walker and a couple of other undrafted free agents.
After cutting wideout Jonathan Krause on Friday, the Eagles had three vacancies on their 90-man roster. They're filling another of those openings with former Alabama safety Nick Perry, according to a league source. The perry deal was first reported by Al.com's Matt Zenitz. The 6-1, 211-pound Perry spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted in 2015.
Eagles training camp kicks off Monday, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.