Ruben Amaro Jr. has tried to stay patient during the MLB Winter meetings this week, hoping to not overpay and jump into a big contract just to make news. However, at this point the waiting game may start to hurt the team. Nearly all of the targets for the Phillies have signed elsewhere. Angel Pagan and B.J. Upton were the teams top targets at the beginning of the free agent period and they have signed with the Giants and Braves, respectively. There were a few plan B's for the Phillies including former Phillies Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn. Victorino has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox and Bourn remains a free agent.
It is no secret that Liverpool FC have struggled this season under new Manager Brendan Rodgers, there was even talk of relegation for the historic club. Liverpool currently sit 12th in the English Premier League table after a 1-0 victory over Reading over the weekend. However, after a Europa League victory Thursday over Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0, Liverpool have 3 straight clean sheets in Europa and EPL play. Now, with the Merseyside Derby scheduled for Sunday, it seems to be a perfect time for Liverpool's season to turn around.
Brendan Rodgers becoming the manager over the summer had mixed emotions, with some believing he was the man for the job, while others had their hesitations. Most fans were not expecting a Premier League title for Liverpool this season, but they were expecting the team to make a run at the top of the table. They have been disappointed so far.
For the Philadelphia Eagles, their bye week is surrounded by many questions surrounding the 3-3 team and coaching staff. At the beginning of this week, the Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. This was the first time in head coach Andy Reid's 14 year career with Philadelphia that coach was fired mid-season. This coming after owner Jeffrey Lurie announced another 8-8 season would not be acceptable. It has become clearer than ever that the team may be playing for Reid's job this season.
It is no secret that this year has been hard for Reid and his family. During training camp, Reid's son was found dead in his room at Leigh University, where the team holds training camp. Just this week it was determined that the cause of death was an accidental heroin overdose. While the beginning of the season for the Eagles looked fine in the record books, with a 3-1 record, the 3 close wins and 1 blow out left the city questioning Reid yet again. After blowing 4th quarter leads in back to back weeks to bring the record to .500, Reid's job is less secure than ever.