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Cardinals Promote No. 4 Prospect, Really Jacked Tyler O’Neill



After a scorching hot start this season in the minors, the St. Louis Cardinals have promoted three-way outfielder and number 4 prospect Tyler O’Neill to the big-league club.

In a corresponding move, St. Louis optioned right-hander John Brebbia to the triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

O’Neill, 22, was hitting .388/.385/.837 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 49 at-bats for Memphis prior to his promotion.

O’Neill is in fact REALLY jacked. So jacked that he can squat 585 (!!!) pounds (this was when he was 19!):


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Just look at his biceps and shoulders. It’s like he’s straight out of a Marvel film.

O’Neill’s father Terry was named Mr. Canada in 1975, an honor given to the nation’s top bodybuilder. So it’s no surprise that ridiculous physiques run in the O’Neill family.

Needless to say, O’Neill is huge. And he’s going to be huge. Since the start of 2015, the 5’11” physical specimen has hit 93 homers in the minors.

O’Neill was a third-round draft pick in 2013 by the Seattle Mariners prior to being dealt to St. Louis in July of last season for left-hander Marco Gonzalez.

The newest Cardinal was activated for St. Louis’ Thursday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and made his way into the game as he struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter for starter Luke Weaver to end the top of the fifth inning.

“Everything I worked for my whole life came down to that one moment,” said O’Neill about his call-up to the majors. “I’m going to try to make the most of every chance I get and leave nothing out on the field.”

Like I said, O’Neill is going to be a star. Keep an eye on this kid, folks.

Miami Marlins

Marlins Release Dan Straily



The Miami Marlins have released right-hander Dan Straily, according to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill (h/t’s Joe Frisaro).

Straily will be going on release waivers and is he clears, he will his free agency Wednesday afternoon.

Straily, 30, pitched the tune of a 4.20 ERA last season for the Marlins.

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Harper Jumps Ship To NL East Rival Phillies



OF Bryce Harper now owns the biggest free agent deal in North American pro sports (Yahoo!)

A representative of the Guinness Book of Records had better be present on April 2 when the Philadelphia Phillies come to Washington DC for their first meeting with the Nationals in 2019. Because, when a certain player that will be donning a Phillies jersey that wore a Nationals jersey last season steps to the plate for the first time, the subsequent boo might break the sound barrier.

Bryce Harper was the face of the Washington Nationals from April 28, 2012 until September 30, 2018, his last game with the team. Seeking pastures greener, Harper tested the free agent market all winter long to see whom would shovel out the most. Washington attempted to resign its franchise cornerstone, but a deal could not be reached and Nationals’ owner Mark Lerner announced on February 22 that his team was walking away.

That opened the door for a team the Nationals are very familiar with to officially capitalize. It was reported earlier today that Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies had come to terms on the biggest free agent contract in the history of North American professional sports. The club has not confirmed yet, but the deal is reportedly a 13-year, $330 million blockbuster that includes a no-trade clause and no opt-outs (the latter of which is an extreme rarity in today’s MLB). If true, the 26-year-old Harper will be in a Philadelphia uniform until he’s 40.

Fellow marquee free agent Manny Machado inked a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on February 19 that was the biggest free agent deal in North American professional sports for all of nine days. Everyone knew that Harper’s deal would exceed it in terms of pay, but not a lot saw it being more in terms of years. Unless he agrees to waive his no-trade agreement, Harper could be a Phillie until he retires. The amount of the deal is interesting seeing as Harper is coming off a year that saw him bat just .249, though he did hit 34 home runs and broke the century mark in RBI for the first time in his career.

Whether intentional or Harper’s part or not, the signing is a pretty big slap in the face to his former club. Philly and Washington have been rivals since the days of the Montreal Expos. And though it may not be tantamount to Babe Ruth going from Boston to New York, it’s one of the biggest examples of stars joining rival teams in sports history. The Nationals won’t be the same team without Harper, who was the centerpiece of what was once a potent offense. The team is trending downward however and the absence of its biggest bat may have the basement calling.

The Phillies, on the other hand, may have become contenders as a result of gaining such a big star. Gabe Kapler’s team turned many heads in 2018 and wound up missing the playoffs by a far slimmer margin than was ever expected. Giving a young team on the rise a jolt in the form of one of the game’s biggest names could pay handsomely in a hurry. Harper has been on-and-off in his career and has struggled a lot with injuries, but the Phillies are obviously confident that a change of scenery will do the outfielder good.

Is the signing wise? Did Philadelphia overpay for a star who has struggled with consistency? Find me on Twitter at @Flat_Manigen74 and let me know.

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Phillies, Bryce Harper Agree to 13-Year, $330 Million Deal



The Philadelphia Phillies seem to have finally gotten their big superstar this offseason, and at a historically hefty price to boot.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Harper will sign a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies after a months-long courtship this offseason.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Harper’s deal with the Phillies will not include any opt outs, adding that Harper “didn’t want one.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Harper’s deal will include $20 million as a signing bonus with no deferred money.

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