Day: February 28, 2019

  • IT HAPPENED, it actually happened I can’t believe it! I actually can’t believe it, it happened! Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies! For some quick housekeeping, the contract details are 13 years and $330M with no opt-outs. Bryce Harper’s deal with the Phillies will be for 13 years and $330M, league sources tell ESPN. It will not include any opt-outs. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2019 To me, this isn’t too bad. I’ve been saying for most of this season that if I were Matt Klentak, I would offer him 10 years-$400 Million and pay him $40 million each year.  It may take some time for all of the contract details to come out, but here is what we know. 13 years and $330M  It turns out Vegas was right again. Updated odds for what team Bryce Harper will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (@BovadaOfficial): Phillies EVENCubs +300Nationals +400Giants +750Yankees +800Dodgers +850Red Sox +1500Angels +1500 — OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 29, 2018 What does this mean for the 2019 Phillies? Obviously, this signing pushes the Phillies to the top of the NL East and potentially an immediate contender. When you pair this with the additions of Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, and Jean Segura it makes the 2019 Phillies World Series contenders. The one-two punch for the Phillies will be deadly. Rhys Hoskins and Harper hitting next to each other in the same lineup have to make Phillies fans excited. When you pair these two up with a Maikel Franco from the second half of last season, and an Odebul Herrera from the first half of last season, there are a lot of weapons for this offense. Before you say anything, yes I know that it is a big if, for both Franco and Herrera. I expect the...
  • Versatile defensive end Jalen Jelks The Oregon Ducks and the Philadelphia Eagles have some history. Mainly everyone’s former favorite head coach who coached the Eagles for three seasons. However, this Oregon Duck is someone who has a chance to make a positive long-lasting effect for the Birds. That person is the versatile defensive end, Jalen Jelks. Strong career for the fighting ducks The 6’6 versatile defensive end spent four years in Oregon and as a result, turned in a pretty impressive career. Jelks would finish with 15 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss and 156 tackles. At 6’6 245 the Arizona native has excellent size and length that NFL teams love in pass rushers. In addition, to the numbers, he would finish his senior season on the coaches PAC-12 All-Conference first-team and Phil Steele Pac-12 All-Conference first-team lists. Furthermore Jelks started all 12 games. The Ducks utilized Jelks at both defensive end and at defensive tackle. With that ability, the Eagles could certainly find a way to utilize his ability. You can never have enough pass rushers This draft is loaded with talent all along the defensive line. In previous years Oregon has produced talents such as Dion Jordan, Arik Armstead, and DeForest Buckner. Guys that have that long twitch and flexibility like Jelks usually don’t last long. The 6’6 Duck could easily be a late round gem for a lucky team. If the Eagles are to land Jelks he as a result, could spend more time at his natural defensive end position getting after the quarterback. Underrated late round gem Jelks was invited to the senior bowl and he certainly took advantage. Keep your eyes on the Ducks defensive end at the NFL combine. A guy like Jelks can turn out to be an underrated gem for the Birds. With...