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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles, Falcons and Saints are "all in play" to hire former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator. Ex-Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo will reportedly meet with the Saints on Wednesday. Spagnuolo has been most connected to his former home of Philadelphia, but the Eagles have yet to even fire or demote current Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo, and won't be a shoo-in for Spags' services if a bidding war erupts.
Hunter Pence requested $11.8 million and was offered $9 million from the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged Tuesday. Pence earned $6.9 million last season while batting .314/.370/.502 with 22 homers, 97 RBI, eight stolen bases and an .871 OPS over 154 games between Houston and Philadelphia.
The Phillies and INF Wilson Valdez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, contract. The deal carries a $930,000 base salary. Valdez posted a weak .249/.294/.341 batting line with one home run and 30 RBI in 99 games last season for the Phillies, but he's a versatile and capable defensive infielder.
Evan Turner (quad) is listed as a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Nuggets. Turner was a late scratch on Monday and wass still hurting on yesterday. Coach Doug Collins said if the game was last night, Turner probably wouldn't be able to go.
Spencer Hawes has a strain of his left Achilles tendon and Coach Doug Collins said that if there was a game on yesterday, Hawes probably wouldn't be able to play. He's officially a game-time call for tonight's matchup against the Nuggets
The Flyers will play eight of their next 11 games on home ice after having played 20 of 29 contests on the road since Nov. 9 and they posted an impressive 12-6-2 record away from Wells Fargo Center during that span.