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Yasmany Tomas Has Reportedly Signed with the Diamondbacks

Here’s one more thing you, as a Phillies fan, don’t have to be thankful for.

Yosmany Tomas has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Jesse Sanchez of

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.

The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

Lovely. The Phillies had apparently cooled on Tomas (because of his defense) in recent weeks, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. But it’s yet another minor disappointment as Tomas would’ve been a nice building block for the Phils in the second half of the decade that will be their half-assed rebuilding project.

And here’s another disconnected media type to tell you why you shouldn’t be bummed out:

Happy Thanksgiving.

My thoughts: This sucks. Six years and $68 million, while it may tell you something about the holes in Tomas’ game, is not a lot for a player who could turn into a star. Add in the reported opt-out clause after four years – allowing Tomas to leave if his team is floundering, or for any other reason – and the contract, by itself, is well worth the risk. One refrain, cited by who else but WB Murphy and Gelb, is that you can’t call for the Phillies to rebuild or trade Cole Hamels while at the same time complaining that they didn’t sign Tomas. Huge flaw in that thinking, though: Hamels is 30 and costs twice as much. Tomas, at 24, could be a legitimate star in two or three years when the Phillies could, in theory, contend again (not likely). He’d be entering his prime at a cheap price. Hamels will likely be an overpaid veteran by then. You can’t even compare the two players. Wanting the Phils to trade Hamels for some top prospects (I’m not even saying I want them to), or just rebuild in general, is a lot different than wanting them to sign an affordable 24-year-old with huge upside. And Ruben Amaro’s an idiot.


ABC’s “The Goldbergs” Will Visit Veterans Stadium

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Last week, Adam Goldberg (creator of ABC’s “The Goldbergs”) took to Twitter to vent his frustrations that the Phillies and Major League Baseball wouldn’t approve his usage of the Phillies and Veterans Stadium in the show. At the time, Goldberg said the script would be Ferris Bueller-esque, and he would re-create signs and everything to make The Vet on TV look and feel like The Vet in real-life. However, he was told by a Phillies rep that they spoke to the MLB and “didn’t like the content of the scene.” Never mind that the Flyers have been all over that show.

But Twitter is a magical place. It’s where Goldberg voiced his frustrations about his problem and also where he solved it. According to Molly Eichel, The Phillies’ director of marketing and special projects, Michael Harris, reached out to Goldberg after seeing his Tweets, and they were able to hammer things out.

“Like with many things, a good old-fashioned conversation can solve a lot,” Harris told Eichel. “I give a lot of credit to Adam because he understood and appreciated our concerns. He was able to tweak the script rather easily without changing the original premise of the scene.”

And just like that, the titular family will (at least in part) be visiting The Vet. Depending on where their seats are, I’m sure we’ll be able to figure out what the Phillies wanted changed.


Report: Cole Hamels Would Waive No-trade to Boston If They Pick up His Option

As the Phillies reportedly back away from Yasmany Tomas ever-so slowly, other teams are beginning to move towards some current Phillies. According to the Boston Globe, Cole Hamels would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to the Red Sox if they agreed to pick up his option. Picking up the option that Ruben Amaro built-in there would make Hamels’ contract with the Sox worth $110 million over five years. The Globe continues:

The Phillies could go two routes in a trade with the Red Sox. They could go the Cespedes route or continue to pursue Bogaerts, infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts, catcher Blake Swihart, and some of Boston’s young pitching.

The Sox are in full steam ahead turnover mode, reportedly signing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval today, and it’s unlikely those will be the last of their big moves.


The Phillies are Reportedly Cooling on Yasmany Tomas because of his Defense

We thought the Yasmani(y) Tomas deal would be done last weekend, but the Cuban defector still sits unsigned, and it may be because of his fielding. According to Paul Hagen, the Phillies — who employ terrible fielder Dom Brown — “have cooled on the idea” of signing Tomas because of concerns about his defense. Hagen says the Phillies “still like his bat” and if his price tag drops (presumably it’s dropping little by a little every day he isn’t signed), he could still be a target. But they want to trade Marlon Byrd and move Dom Brown to right field. If that’s the case, your everyday left fielder may end up being Darin Ruf (until he’s sent back down to the minors or kept out of the lineup for long stretches just because).

In an offseason where many fans are clamoring for a selloff and (at least attempted) turnaround, what’s the over/under on how many members of the 40-man roster are different from last year? Four?


Ryan Howard’s Family Is the Worst

Ryan and Corey, via The Fightins

Ryan and Corey, via The Fightins

This portion of Ryan Howard’s counter claim to the lawsuit brought by his twin brother, Corey, describes just about everything that can go wrong when an otherwise well-meaning family comes into some money: Continue reading


Ryan Howard Was Sued by His Scumbag, Freeloading Brother

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This season, during a particularly bad stretch for the Phillies and Ryan Howard, a frustrated Howard asked reporters, “Would you like to switch places? You want to see what it’s like?” Howard got completely skewered for these comments, with the response basically being “yes, I would like to trade places so I can make $25 million to play baseball.” But during all of Howard’s frustration, there was something else going on: he was being sued by his brother.

According to court documents obtained by David Murphy, Ryan’s twin brother, Corey, sued Ryan for over $2 million for breach of contract. It all stemmed from Corey’s role with Ryan’s RJH Enterprises LLC, the company Howard and his family created to market Ryan and further his earning potential*, but one that was merely a means for Howard’s family members to make a lot of money for doing a whole lot of nothing.

*Should’ve been called Ruben Amaro Co.

Corey described his role as “providing services to enhance Ryan’s life, leaving his field of work to assist Ryan with personal and business needs.” But he did none of that. In a counter claim, here’s how Ryan (and his excellent, superior lawyer) described Corey’s contributions:

Despite his title as “Co-Manager Director of RJH Enterprises, Marketing and Personal Support Services,” Corey procured no marketing agreements or other commercial deals for Ryan or RJH after his execution of the “Consulting Agreement” and made no serious efforts to do so.

At least $275,561.48 in RJH funds were disbursed to Corey in 2012 and 2013 alone. Corey kept no time records and provided no corroboration that he worked any number of hours. In fact, he performed no significant services.

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But was he good at dealing with people? No, he was not:

Corey and the other family members provided little to this (marketing) process, other than to conceal matters from Ryan. In fact, some potential sponsors chose not to do business with Ryan and RJH because they found the family members difficult to deal with.

Corey, who was being paid roughly $16k per month at a rate of $92 per hour, was terminated from that role in 2013. He sought $2.7 million in damages, claiming that his Consulting Agreement basically guaranteed that he would be paid until 2026. But in his counter claim, Ryan says that the so-called agreement was signed with just the worst of intents: Continue reading


Philadelphia’s Second Casino will be Built at the Sports Complex


After years of considering multiple proposals and presentations, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has finally awarded Philadelphia’s second casino license, and it’s going to replace the Holiday Inn.

As reported by The Inquirer, the board voted unanimously to award the license to Live! Hotel and Casino, at the proposed site of 900 Packer Ave. The Live! proposal calls for 2,000 slot machines, 125 table games, and a 220-room hotel (renovated from the existing Holiday Inn). Additionally, the venue proposal included six restaurants and a music venue.

And maybe once (if) they legalize sports gambling, you can place your margin of defeat bet before heading to the Sixers game.

[Editor’s note: I’m sure this place will be totally great and not at all trashy or a disappointment like Xinfity Live!:

But for real– sports gambling cometh.]


The Creator of ABC’s “The Goldbergs” Is Pissed That the Phillies and MLB Won’t Let Him Recreate Veterans Stadium for an Episode

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Remember a couple of months ago when an episode ABC’s The Goldbergs took place at “the Spectrum” and revolved around one of Ron Hextall’s goal? It wasn’t the first time the set-in-Philly show featured the Flyers. In fact, back in January, Front Row Analytics estimated that the Flyers logo in the show, which is set in the 1980s, had provided the team with more than $1 million in brand exposure. Brand exposure is sort of a fuzzy concept, but the point is that the Flyers were getting plenty of free pub on a network TV show. So you’d think the Phillies and Major League Baseball would want the same, right? Wrong.

Adam Goldberg, the show’s creator, tweeted his displeasure with the Phils and MLB last night:

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That link is to Nick Piccone’s Bleed Philly, which chronicled the Flyers’ free brand exposure. Goldberg went on to explain that this episode was supposed to be the show’s “biggest of the year” – a Ferris Bueller homage – and that he wanted to shoot “at Vet Stadium” by “re-creat[ing] signs and everything.” He said that the Phillies rep he spoke with talked to MLB and they “didn’t like the content of the scene.” Now, I don’t watch The Goldbergs, but I have a hard time imagining an ABC sitcom could do anything remotely offensive enough to not be worth the pub, even if the plot was about rowdy Philly fans.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Goldberg was steered toward John POWERS Middleton, the son of Phillies billionaire owner John Middleton. Powers, a Hollywood producer and CB fan, noted that Goldberg wasn’t alone and that It’s Always Sunny had the same issue:

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Phillies marketing rep Michael Harris spotted the exchange and then reached out to Goldberg. The two are apparently now in a DM conversation about working things out.

As we’ve talked about here before, the Phillies and Major League Baseball are in dead last place when it comes to getting it in the modern media climate, from their overzealous YouTube policy to their stubbornness to change and so on. But this is just a weird thing to get wrong, especially when you consider that The Goldbergs airs on ESPN-partner ABC. What’s more is that the show’s recreation of the Spectrum was pretty damn impressive. Unless this episode features baby-kicking, I can’t imagine a scenario in which a professional sports team wouldn’t want to be a part of it.

H/T to Hall of Fame CB reader (@PhillyPartTwo)

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