Philadelphia Phillies Recall Bailey Falter, Designate Oscar Mercado for Assignment

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia Phillies made a pair of roster moves on Friday afternoon, recalling pitcher Bailey Falter and designating Oscar Mercado for assignment.

As was reported earlier in the week, Falter will start tonight's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in place of the injured Zach Eflin.  Falter has appeared in seven games for the Phillies this season including three starts.  The 25-year old is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA, 13 Ks, 6 BBs, 5 HRs, and a 1.400 WHIP in 20-innings.  He made a spot start for the Phillies on June 16 against the Nationals where he allowed three runs/earned runs over five innings. 

His Triple-A numbers are much more palatable.  Falter is 4-0 with a 1.53 ERA, 33 Ks, 3 BBs, 2 HRs, a .580 WHIP in 29.1 innings for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. 

There was a question as to whom the organization would designate for assignment and it was Mercado that drew the short straw.

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Sixers Release 2022 Summer League Roster Headlined By Some Familiar Names

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

Amidst all of the free agency buzz, the Philadelphia 76ers released the roster they will be using for both the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas summer leagues. The Salt Lake City Summer League begins in just four days and lasts through July 7 while the Las Vegas Summer League runs from July 7-17. The roster, on paper, looks stacked:

According to Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Sixers skill development coach Tyler Lashbrook will lead the Salt Lake City team and Dwayne Jones will lead the Las Vegas team.

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Sixers Sign G League MVP Trevelin Queen to Non-Guaranteed, Two-Year Contract

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

While a lot of the attention in the Delaware Valley was paid to the Philadelphia 76ers' signings of P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr., the team was not done making moves on the opening night of free agency. The Sixers came to an agreement on a non-guaranteed, two-year contract with Trevelin Queen.

Derek Bodner of The Daily Six newsletter was first to report the partial guarantee of $300k for the 2022-23 season.

Queen spent the last two years playing in the G League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. After a quiet first season, he exploded to win the G League MVP this past season. In 19 games for the Vipers, he averaged 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.2 steals and 1 block per game. He has a quick trigger from beyond the arc, launching 9.9 attempts per game last season and hitting them at a 33.5% clip.

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Sixers Agree to Two-Year Contract With Danuel House Jr.

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with Danuel House Jr.

Similarly to the P.J. Tucker signing the team also made once free agency began Thursday night, House was a member of the Houston Rockets earlier in his career. Tucker, House, James Harden and president of basketball operations Daryl Morey were all a part of the Rockets organization in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Sixers Expected to Finalize Three-Year Contract With Veteran P.J. Tucker

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

President of basketball operations Daryl Morey's desire for a reunion with P.J. Tucker, which was much discussed in the weeks leading up to free agency, has reportedly come to fruition. The Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a three-year, $33.2 million contract with the veteran forward, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The Sixers will be using the full non-taxpayer's mid-level exception, afforded to them by James Harden electing to opt out of his $47.4 million player option to take less money on a potential contract extension. This will result in the tax apron threshold, estimated at roughly $157 million, acting as a hard cap for the Sixers moving forward for the 2022-23 season.

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