Philadelphia Eagles: Shawn’s Back

31 07 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Lineman Shawn Andrews: Shawn’s back, as in returning after missing the majority of the 08′ season.  Shawn’s back, as in the one that caused him to miss the 08′ season, is acting up again.

This year, the Eagles offensive line has been completely rebuilt. LT Tra Thomas has moved on to andrewsJacksonville and the Eagles acquired Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters to take his place. Shawn Andrews, has been shifted to right tackle, replacing veteran Jon Runyan, His brother, Stacy Andrews, was brought in from the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent and will play right guard.

The biggest question mark on the line heading into camp is undoubtedly Shawn Andrews. He spent all but the first two games of the 08′ season on his couch, rehabbing a back injury and dealing with clinical depression. Not only is he making his return to the team, but he’s doing it at a new position. And things have not started off well. On Thursday, his surgically repaired back “tightened up” after early morning conditioning and he was unable to take part in afternoon practices. Read the rest of this entry »


Warrick on 76ers Radar

31 07 2009

According to Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News, “The 76ers are among two or three teams negotiating with unrestricted free-agent forward Hakim Warrick, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Warrick, from Friends Central, has spent his 4-year NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Sixers, the source said, and the Milwaukee Bucks are involved with the 6-9 Warrick, although is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers are also in the picture. Read the rest of this entry »

Law on Lee…

29 07 2009

By Mike Gill

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

The Phillies have gotten themselves a second-fiddle.  By acquiring Cleveland left-hander Cliff Lee, the Phillies have bolstered their rotation by adding more depth behind Cole Hamels.

Today on the Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey, ESPN The Magazine’s Keith Law talks about the deal, how Lee will fit in with the Phils and about the deal for Halladay that wasn’t made.

He had some very interesting things to say about Kyle Drabek and much more…a must listen.

Click here to listen to Keith Law on the Sports Bas on 97.3 ESPN

Phils Acquire Reigning AL Cy Young Winner Cliff Lee

29 07 2009

According to Scott Miller of, “The Phillies have acquired Cliff Lee from the Indians instead (of Roy Hallady), multiple lee-782730sources involved in the talks told The teams were in heavy discussions this morning, and as of early afternoon, the deal had come together, pending physicals. The Phillies, who have been searching for a right-handed bat, will also get outfielder Ben Francisco from Cleveland. The Phillies will send pitchers Jason Knapp and Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson to the Indians, an AL executive told’s Scott Miller.”

Phils: Trade Winds Circling

29 07 2009

Carlos Carrasco was scratched from his Triple-A afternoon start today and many are speculating that he may be part of a package for a front-line starting pitcher. Both Lou Marson and Jason Donald are out of today’s lineup as well, though it may not be related to trade talks. Donald has just returned from injury and Marson (catcher) usually rests for day games. Michael Taylor is in the lineup and currently has a base on balls in his only plate appearance.

Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are the most recently discussed trade targets but sources claim the Jays have no interest in Carrasco. This leaves Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Winner. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, three Cleveland Indians scouts, including the club’s director of player personnel, Steve Lubratich, are in Lehigh Valley to watch the Iron Pigs game today. Seems somewhat odd, considering the only rumored trade chip that is now playing is Taylor.

The Phils have also discussed trading Carrasco to the Baltimore Orioles for O’s closer George Sherill but it is unlikely the team would make a trade for a closer prior to attaining the front line starting pitcher they have been seeking.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal and Paul Morosi of, “The Phillies are in discussions with the Indians to obtain left-hander Cliff Lee and possibly another player for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson, according to a major-league source.”

PCPTAKE: This is a very strong package from Philadelphia. With the inclusion of Knapp, the “possibly another player” would have to be a good one, possibly C Victor Martinez.

UPDATE: According to Gordon Edes and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, “The deal has not been completed, but the Philadelphia Phillies appear on the verge of acquiring left-hander Cliff Lee(notes) from the Cleveland Indians, according to multiple sources Wednesday morning. In return, the Indians would receive right-handed pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp and at least two players from a group that includes catcher Lou Marson, shortstop Jason Donald and outfielder Michael Taylor, according to sources.”

Latest Update On Cliff Lee/Roy Halladay

28 07 2009 is reporting that the Phillies and Jays continue to talk about a deal for Roy Halladay, even quoting J.P. Riccardi as saying (i’m paraphrasing here) that the Phils and Jays are still talking but that they (Phillies) still have not met their needs for Halladay. Meanwhile, Jayson Stark seems to think that both Riccardi and Ruben Amaro are under a tremendous amount of pressure to pull off a deal and he quoted multiple baseball men who believe it will eventually come to fruition. More updates to follow as they become available.

Phillies and Indians In Serious Talks for Cliff Lee

28 07 2009

In what suddenly seems trivial because of the passing of a beloved Philadelphia legend, the Phillies are now believed to Read the rest of this entry »