Morosi: Hamilton, Soriano Are Fits for Phillies

Morosi: Hamilton, Soriano Are Fits for Phillies

Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are getting underway in Nashville, Tennessee, and you know what that means:
business is about to pick up. The Phillies are buyers, and there are plenty of
big names available. In fact, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tied the club to a pair
of All Stars over the weekend.

In your requisite Josh Hamilton update, Morosi takes on
conventional wisdom and argues the aging, injury-prone slugger has a huge
payday coming
despite various flaws. Just look at some of the free-agent
contracts some supposedly damaged goods have signed already this year and last,
and it’s not hard to envision Hamilton landing somewhere in the neighborhood of
$120 million over five years. And, yes, Morosi believes the 2010 AL MVP could
get that here.

Morosi thinks Hamilton fits big-market clubs such as the
Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox, based on both need and budget. That’s not
exactly confirmation the 31-year-old lefthander could be one of Ruben Amaro Jr.’s
targets at the meetings, but it certainly limits Hamilton’s options if
accurate.

That’s not the only highly decorated outfielder Morosi
describes as a fit. Apparently the Chicago Cubs finally might be able to move
on from Alfonso Soriano,
their prized free-agent addition in 2007, according to
a blog entry. Now 36, Soriano last appeared in the mid-summer classic in ’08,
and at eight-years, $136 million, he has been a huge bust for the franchise.

Why would the Phillies have interest? Soriano only has two
years remaining on his contract, so while he’s getting up there in years, it’s
no long-term commitment. The right hander is still hitting for some power as
well with 32 bombs a season ago, and set a career high with 108 RBI. Take the
seven-time All Star away from the comical Cubs, drop him into a quality lineup,
and those numbers might be better still.

Soriano would have to waive a no-trade clause, but I’m sure
that won’t be a problem. No word on what it might cost to facilitate a swap, but it
sounds like the asking price could be high. While a compelling thought, with so
many options left on the market, it leads us to believe this avenue is
somewhat unlikely.

There are plenty of other moves out there to be made with a lot less less sizzle, but plenty of impact. That said, don't sleep on the blockbusters.

>> Don’t doubt. Hamilton to get huge deal [FOX]
>> Cubs will discuss Soriano; Phils a possible suitor
[FOX]

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

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Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

Redskins running back Chris Thompson doesn't want to bring his family to the Linc Monday night because he's afraid of what Eagles fans will do.

Doug Pederson hopes Thompson changes his mind.

"Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I've ever experienced," Thompson told ESPN radio's Washington affiliate, ESPN 980, on Wednesday, according to a story in the Washington Post.

"I heard that's the one stadium you keep your family from going to. My family will be (up from Florida) this week, and they were like, 'I want to come to the Philly game.' I said, 'Absolutely not, you're going to have to wait until Dallas comes around. … I was told that right away my rookie year: Keep your family away."

Pederson said he loves Eagles fans and the energy and passion they bring but also said he hopes Thompson or any opposing player feels comfortable bringing his family to the Linc.  

"I just know that playing at home is a great advantage for us," Pederson said before practice Thursday. "Our fans are great, they're energetic, I love playing at the Linc. 

"You know, I hope every family can watch their sons play. I think it's important that they're there and have a chance to watch their siblings play, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents.

"Right now in the league, every stadium is great for the home team and ours is no different. We're just excited now to finally be getting a stretch of games where we can play for the home fans."

Thompson, a fifth-year running back out of Florida State, has played at the Linc twice, in 2015 and 2016, both Redskins wins.

The Eagles, 5-1, host the 3-2 Redskins in a national TV game Monday night at the Linc. The Eagles are 8-2 at home under Pederson, including a 2-0 mark this year, although they're only 4-6 at home against the Redskins over the last 10 years.