The Phillies have signed veteran right handed reliever Chad Gaudin and former Phillie outfielder Bobby Abreu to minor league deals with invites to spring training. The Phillies have come to final terms with left handed reliever Antonio Bastardo as Bastardo signed a 1 year. $2 million deal with performance bonuses avoiding arbitration.
Now retired Phillie pitchers Brad Lidge and Roy Halladay are two of the five guest instructors on Ryne Sandberg’s 26 man spring training coaching staff. Other Alumni instructors set to join the spring training include, Larry Andersen, Dave Hollins and Gary Matthews.
Set up man Mike Adams, who was sidelined last year with a shoulder injury, said this about coming back, “My goal is to make sure I can finish the season and pitch in the postseason. If for some reason I’m not ready by April 1 –if it’s April 15 or May 1, so be it. I just want to make sure that once I do get on the mound I don’t have to get off.” The Phillies also finalized the terms on Ben Revere’s deal as he avoided arbitration with a 1 year deal worth $1.95 million.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has lost the second member of his coaching staff from this past season as defensive line coach Erik Chinander will return to the University of Oregon.
Offensive lineman Jason Kelce was not named to the Pro Bowl but Kelce will be competing in famous Philadelphia tradition that is the Wing Bowl. After losing the quarterback coach Bill Lazor, the Eagles have found his replacement hiring Bill Musgrave former Vikings offensive coordinator.
In the Pro Bowl’s new team drafting format, LeSean McCoy and Evan Mathis were picked to play on Jerry Rice’s team and DeSean Jackson were picked to play on Deion Sander’s team. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders were assigned as team captains for the Pro Bowl’s teams.
On Sunday, goaltender Steve Mason signed a three year, $12.3 million extension awarding him for this year’s stellar play so far. The Flyers fell 4-3 in a shootout to the New York Islanders on Monday. Ray Emery’s 40 saves weren’t enough as the Flyers took two penalties to help the Islanders tie the game. The Flyers had a total of nine penalties the whole game.
Forward Jake Voracek also suffered a hand injury in the loss. The Flyers game on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes was postponed due to the snow and the game was rescheduled to 6 pm on Wednesday, giving Voracek just enough time for his hand to heal and join the lineup against Carolina. The Flyers lost 3-2 at home against the Hurricanes. Claude Giroux said this on the loss, “There was no energy the whole game. We couldn’t get a forecheck. We didn’t make plays, we didn’t have any confidence.” Jake Voracek played in the game after getting an extra day off to rest his hand injury.
The Flyers fell yet again in a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Former Flyer and now Blue Jacket goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky shut the Flyers down and the Blue Jackets jumped over the Flyers to third place in the Metropolitan Division. Saturday’s 6-1 home loss to the Boston Bruins added to the embarrassment of the week. Goaltender Steve Mason let up 4 goals on 18 shots before being yanked for Ray Emery.
The Sixers fell 107-99 to the Washington Wizards. MCW put up an all around effort in the loss as he scored 31 points, dished 5 assists, and pulled down 6 rebounds. Spencer Hawes had yet another double double with 11 points and 16 rebounds and Thaddeus Young had 18 points.
Forward Brandon Davies had successful surgery on his broken finger and will be out 4-6 weeks.
The Sixers picked up a 110-106 win in MSG over the New York Knicks. Four players were in double figures for the Sixers with Evan Turner and Michael Carter Williams. Turner had a career high 34 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and MCW scored 19 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and dished 7 assists. The Sixers signed big man Dewayne Dedmon to a second 10 day contract.
The Sixers fell 104-95 to the Toronto Raptors. MCW had 20 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds and Spencer Hawes had a double double with him putting up 14 points and 112 rebounds. The Sixers fell to the far superior Oklahoma City Thunder at home with the score of 103-91. Thunder forward scored 30 for the tenth straight game in this game while putting up a triple double of 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Thaddeus Young had the best game on the Sixers as he put up a double double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.