Phils DFA Mark Appel as they set 40-man roster for Rule 5 draft

Mark Appel, a former No. 1 overall pick, was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

In addition to Appel, right-hander Alberto Tirado also was designated for assignment. Left-hander Elniery Garcia was outrighted by the team.

“Kam is the leader not just of the defense, but of the team,” McCloughan said. “That is what is going to hurt the most if he cannot play, is just that leadership on Sundays — before the game, on the field, in the fourth quarter. If you pay attention to it, Earl is really hyper and flying around, and Kam is the one who settles him down and gets him lined up. They all listen to him. There is a story after I left there about how they were playing music in the locker room before a game and when Kam stepped up to say something, they turned the music off for him.”

Both McCloughan and the coach quoted above used the word “unique” in describing what went into the combined and individual makeup of the LOB. A second coach reached Sunday used the same word when asked about how Sherman, Thomas and Chancellor have helped Seattle execute coach Pete Carroll’s defense.

Despite the fact that big winter moves are no guarantee of postseason success, there are a few general managers and presidents of baseball operations (for those organization who have engaged in title inflation) who should be preparing to be as aggressive as possible this winter, because 2018 might be their best chance to win for a while. Let’s take a look at a few of the teams that have rational incentives to push as many chips in on this coming year as they can.

The top-scoring fantasy tight end in Week 11? You guessed it: Ricky Seals-Jones. OK, maybe you didn’t guess it. But considering Seals-Jones entered Sunday with one career snap to his name, it’s an excusable miss. Seals-Jones caught 3 of 5 targets for 54 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Houston.broncos_062

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