Day: January 30, 2019

  • Trade news: Is Anthony Davis the best move for Philly right now? The NBA has been in absolute chaos since the beginning of the week. Major trade news surfaced about Anthony Davis and fans have been raving ever since. Not only did Davis turn down any possible extension with New Orleans, his agent Rich Paul issued a statement about the trade. According to his agent, he’s only interested in joining a champion contender. Major extensions are turned down all the time. Although it is definitely the biggest star in the past decade to turn down such an offer. What makes this situation so interesting is the potential outcome. If Davis signs with any contender, the landscape of the league will be changed for next decade. Philly meets the criteria to trade for Davis, but is it the right move? Big man Joel Embiid is having the best season of his career and there is no way he could play alongside another scoring big. If Philly is serious about making a move for AD, they will have to move on from some of their cornerstone pieces. Losing a player like Simmons or Embiid would be such a major loss. However, the upside of adding Davis could change the fortunes of the team forever. fivethirtyeight reported on several attractive offers for New Orleans: What would a trade for Davis look like? With all the trade news and rumors this season, it might be difficult for the Sixers to make a move for AD. Many sources around the league think the Lakers will make the biggest push for him. Philly just made a major trade involving Jimmy Butler, which sent shock waves around the league. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to part with any more assets while the current roster is...
  • Looking back on the bye week for the Flyers, there’s been quite a bit to talk about in those eight days. The most notable thing that happened was the All-Star Game. However, there was also a lot of trade talk and a mascot that knew how to steal the spotlight. So let’s unpack all that happened. Prior to the ASG At the start of the bye week, it was pretty uneventful. Everyone was just enjoying their time off and Giroux and Gritty were preparing for their Skills Competitions. Anthony Stolarz celebrated his 25th birthday and was called up to the Flyers once again. Carter Hart was sent back down to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for what we could assume was to keep him fresh throughout the bye week. With the Flyers were on a three-game winning streak, it seemed that everyone was just taking those days off to relax and prepare for the second half of the season. The skills competition The only thing I can say is Gritty is a Public Relations genius. In his first season here, he has stolen the spotlight everywhere he goes several times over. Furthermore, he was able to outskate the San Jose Sharks mascot to win the Mascot Fastest Skating Competition. Not only is he a lovable Scottish Fozzie Bear looking…thing, he also knows how to beat the competition. Giroux was involved in the puck control competition, and let me just say he was very impressive in this competition. Finishing in 30 seconds to take third place, this is where he shines. If he takes what he learned from here and applies it to his control in-game, he could help bring the flyers up in contention again. The All-Star Game A final score of 7-4, Giroux helped lead the team with an assist...
  • There is no doubt about it, Craig Kimbrel is a top-five closer in baseball, and he has been since he entered the league. The question becomes, why is he still a free agent? I can understand why some position players like Mike Moustakas are not signed yet. Position players are not signed because they are waiting for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign. However, there is no explanation for Kimbrel to still be unsigned. With a closer of Kimbrel’s caliber, shouldn’t the Phillies go after him? Kimbrel’s career Since coming into the league in 2010, Kimbrel has amassed 333 career saves. This is in addition to his career 20.2 WAR and 1.91 ERA. He has also struck out 868 batters in just 532.2 innings. As you can see from the graphic, he ranks up with the best of them. In his nine-year career, Kimbrel has been the full-time closer for eight of those seasons. In each of those eight seasons, he has never saved less than 31 games. He also has four seasons over 40 saves, and one season with 50. The seven-time all-star is one of the best closers in the last two decades, but he still remains unsigned. Is the price too high for Kimbrel? Jayson Stark reported in December that Kimbrel was looking for a six-year deal worth $100M. Although he is just 30 years old, a six-year deal for Kimbrel is not something I would like to see. I don’t think a contract like that would benefit the Phillies. With that being said, if the Phillies can get him for a cheaper price, it seems like a no brainer. Adding him to a bullpen with Seranthony Dom√≠nguez and David Robertson would most certainly give the Phillies the best bullpen in the NL East. This brings...