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...
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ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.