Sully Says: Phillies Have Likely at Least Inquired on Giancarlo Stanton

Sully Says: Phillies Have Likely at Least Inquired on Giancarlo Stanton

Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Philadelphia Phillies have been doing their due diligence all fall and have been getting their coal in a line ready to throw it on the oncoming free-agency fire. The hot stove is about to heat up.

In an article posted on Friday, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury spoke with the Phillies GM who believes things will start to really get going now that the last piece of Thanksgiving pie has been eaten.

The article nicely summarizes what we've learned of the Phillies plans thus far, needing to address center field as well as third base and maybe a potential eighth inning arm. But Sully also touches on the wet dream of many Phillies fans as well: the prospect of adding the likes of Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton after Miami's big fire sale earlier this month. Salisbury writes:

Amaro would be in violation of MLB tampering rules if he discussed any
pursuit of Stanton, but he was asked nonetheless if Miami’s fire sale
tempted him to pick up the phone and inquire about the type of
right-handed power bat that the Phillies have long craved. Amaro smiled
sheepishly at the question.

“We’ve made some inquiries about a
lot of players that went in that trade, both to Toronto and to Miami,”
he said. “But nothing imminent so far.”

Sheepish smiles are the best.

Anyway, it's one of those things that's fun to at least think about.

And you all know how Ruben Amaro Jr. likes to shock people...

>>Phillies hot stove ready to boil? [CSN]

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.

"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."

This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.

Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.

"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.

"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."

As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).

Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.

"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."

Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.

And second-year player Jalen Mills and free agent pickup Patrick Robinson will start the camp running with the ones at corner (see players to watch at OTAs).

This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter: