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Flyers fall in overtime to Avalanche

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Stock Photo courtesy of Kate Frese.

The Philadelphia Flyers came back from a 2-1 defecit after two periods. They led 3-2 halfway through the third. Jarome Iginla scored to tie the game, and Ryan O'Reilly netted the game winner with 20 seconds left in overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia in Denver on Wednesday night.

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Unless the Phillies Acquire Someone, Domonic Brown Should Play

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After trading away incumbent right fielder Marlon Byrd, Phillies GM said that Domonic Brown will likely get a shot in right field in 2015.   This was not welcome news for some Phillies fans, who tired of the Domonic Brown that they watched play the latter part of 2013 and all of 2014.  But, for a team that is rebuilding like the Phillies, the best thing that they can do provided the roster stays the same is give Brown playing time in right field.

The Phillies current outfield mix is Grady Sizemore, Ben Revere, Brown, Darin Ruf, and those with an outside shot such as Rule 5 pick from the Texas Rangers Odubel Herrera and Jeff Francoeur, in camp on a minor-league contract.   The likely starters in that situation would be Revere, Brown, and probably Sizemore platooning with Ruf or Francoeur.   Francouer will have to prove he deserves a shot, and Herrera could stick around as a bench player who does not play much while the Phillies build assets for later.   Building for later is why Brown should play.

The Phillies have some assets to trade, including starting pitcher Cole Hamels, and hopefully Cliff Lee should he rebound appropriately from injury.  For the Phillies to cut Brown now, they get nothing out of the deal.  If Brown rebounds with a strong season, they could stand to get some value in the deal.  

One way to show Brown's value is to let him use his best defensive asset in right field: his arm.  Right fielders tend to be those who have the best arm in a team's outfield, and Brown certainly has the best of the Phillies mix.  While his routes to fly balls may not be the best, the Phillies could benefit from that arm throwing out potential scoring runners.

There would be teams willing to take a shot at Brown in 2015, should he be outright cut, hoping that Brown rebounds into something closer to the early 2013 form he showed than the 2014 form.  The team that does that might as well be the Phillies.   As long as he is not blocking someone else from getting playing time (something that could happen with a Cole Hamels trade) then Brown should play.


Dom Brown back to RF? 'Certainly a possibility' - Amaro

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The Phillies have now gotten this rebuilding process underway, dealing Rollins and Byrd for three young pitchers. Replenishing the weak farm system with young pitching with upside was Amaro's goal from the start and it seems like he is getting his way thus far.

With the loss of Marlon Byrd in right field, it leaves a void in the outfield in both corner positions. Revere seems to be solidified in center for now, while Dom Brown could be headed back to his natural spot. 

Obviously, the Phillies without Marlon will leave a huge absence of run production in the lineup, despite the number of strikeouts he had. The Phils have only aquired pitching in their deals and will have to find other ways to score runs this upcoming season, but it is the pitching depth that Amaro continues to preach.

The Phillies did pick up a power bat in Odubel Herrera in the Rule 5 draft and the Byrd departure could certainly open up some time for him to get some big league experience.  That is really it in terms of offensive help from the offseason.

Right now it seems like a platoon of Sizemore and Franceour in left is likely while Brown could shift back to right field. Of course, that could all complicate if the Phillies don't part ways with Ryan Howard, who would open a spot for Darin Ruf at first. If Howard remains, Ruf could easily be added to the outfield mix. 


Eagles Fire VP of Player Personnel, Tom Gamble

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According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Philadephia Eagles have fired Tom Gamble, VP of Player Personnel.

Just last winter, Gamble re-joined the Eagles after spending eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers prior. He entered the NFL in 1988 as a player personnel assistant with the Eagles, and eventually transitioned into roles of college scouting administrator, area scout, contract negotiator and the team director of pro scouting before leaving in 1994.

Gamble’s extensive NFL resume includes work in both college and pro scouting, contract negotiations and a stint in the coaching ranks. During his time in the league, Gamble has helped produce 11 playoff teams, including five with Indianapolis, four with Philadelphia and two with San Francisco. - PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, who Gamble reported to in his new role with the team, commented the following:

"We thank Tom for his service over the past two seasons and wish him and his family the best as they move forward. I appreciate all Tom has done for our scouting department and our team.”

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports of a new shift in power within the organization due to Gamble's departure: 

Matt Rappa (@mattrappa) is a contributor to Eagledelphia.com.


Phillies 'poking around' on Veteran Pitcher, Aaron Harang

With the Phillies in rebuild mode, the team is looking for some short term, low-risk solutions to help them get through this process. They have already agreed to terms with Jerome Williams and Wandy Rodriguez and according to CSNPhilly, the Phils may have another veteran arm on their minds.

Harang went 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in a nice bounce back year with the Braves. He gave up two runs or less in eight of his first ten starts last season and could be a smart move for the Phillies as they continue to work their way through this phase.


Phillies Reportedly Complete Trade Of Marlon Byrd To Cincinnati Reds

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We heard the other day that a Marlon Byrd trade to the Cincinnati Reds fell through.  However, we also learned was a chance that it would still get done.  Today, the Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds agreed on a deal that sent Byrd to the Reds, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports:

The Reds had to slash payroll this season, so perhaps money was the holdup.  

The Phillies are receiving a pitcher that is ranked the Reds' number eight prospect on MLB.com's prospect ranking.   The scouting report on MLB.com states:

Lively's average stuff combined with plus deception have some thinking of him as the right-handed version of Tony Cingrani. The Reds can only hope this Central Florida product can follow the same quick path to Cincinnati.

None of Lively's pitches jump off the page, but he does have four of them that he can throw for strikes. His fastball can touch 93-94 mph, and his slider shows signs of being a potential above-average pitch, as well. Lively mixes in his curve and changeup well to keep hitters guessing. All of his stuff plays up because of his unusual delivery in which his arm stays hidden, making it tough for hitters to pick up the ball.

It only took Cingrani a year to make an impact in Cincy. Lively could be on a similar fast track.

Lively was a fourth round draft pick in 2013 for the Reds.

Lively split 2014 between Class A and Class AA, making 13 starts for each.  Lively could begin in either AA Reading or AAA Lehigh Valley, depending on what the Phillies see in Spring Training, if the team also sees Lively on the fast track.  AA is probably the better bet, but he may not spend all of 2015 in AAA.

Yesterday Byrd said on Twitter to user @TheBigBurrini that he hoped to be back with the Phillies in 2015:

Byrd had a productive year for the Phillies in 2014,  batting .264 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI.

With a deal involving exchange of money, the commissioner's office must approve.  Being that this a holiday, who knows will this deal would get completed.

Phillies fans can follow Lively on twitter at @BenLively19.


Gone but never forgotten,one last look at the family we lost in 2014

 

As 2014 draws to a close, it is time to take one last look at the Philadelphia Flyers family members we lost this year. This year saw the passing of Keith Allen, Ross Lonsberry and Pat Quinn. In this segment we will take that last look at the fallen men who were apart of our history.

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Durso: Berube's 'attack mentality' getting tiring

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Getting rid of a coach often times is a scapegoat move. Ask the coach who faced the Flyers on Saturday.

It was the reason I was so against the Flyers making a coaching change as things got bad during late November. That was on the players, not the coach.

But Monday's loss was the final straw for me with Craig Berube and his "attack mentality."

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