It may be the offseason for the Phillies and MLB, but we have a lot to get into this week as the winter meetings have wrapped. The Phillies winter meetings didn’t bring too much excitement, but with a couple new relief pitching signings, rampant trade rumors and the possibilities of what 2018 and 2019 may bring, we got into this Phillies team with Justin Klugh, Deputy Editor at TheGoodPhight.com, contributor at The Athletic Philadelphia and co-host of The Dirty Inning podcast. It’s a great interview and discussion!
But first, on the Brief News & Views segment:
1. Eagles talk: Braman signed, life after Carson Wentz, Foles, and our predictions for this week’s game vs. the Giants. (5:45)
2. A look at the Philly college basketball scene: Temple, St. Joe’s, La Salle, and Villanova. (19:10)
3. The Sixers trade Okafor, and how Brett Brown is getting to know his talent. (32:50)
4. The Flyers are now on a four-game winning streak. (38:30)
Then we get into our Up or Down segment where we briefly analyze Philly sports figures to determine if their needle is moving up or down. (42:20)
What we’re throwing down on the Table this week is an in-depth and detailed interview with Justin Klugh from The Good Phight, The Atlantic and The Dirty Inning podcast. Manny Machado has been the big story during the course of the past week, and the Phillies have been named as a team in the mix to potentially acquire him. Justin gives us his thoughts on the possibilities of this coming to fruition. Also, we look at the Phillies bullpen as they acquired new arms during the winter meetings. Sticking with the pitching staff, we dove into potential trade possibilities and the direction the Phillies pitching staff may be taking in the future. What kind of bargaining chip has Maikel Franco become from a trade value perspective, and what should the Phillies expect in return for a possible Cesar Hernandez trade? All of this an much more this week on the Table. (48:40)