Monthly Archive: August 2017

Yankees acquire Sonny Gray for 3 top prospects

The Yankees got the stabilizing rotation presence they wanted, as Jack Curry broke the news that New York had reached agreement with the A’s on a deal for Sonny Gray. Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan quickly confirmed the three prospects going back to Oakland in the deal: Jorge Mateo, James Kaprielian, and Dustin Fowler.

Gray slots right into the Yankees rotation alongside fellow acquisition Jaime Garcia, giving the Yankees a new-look starting five that includes Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, and a seemingly rejuvenated Masahiro Tanaka, who has cut his ERA from 6.55 at the start of June down to 5.09 and dominated the Rays over eight innings with 14 strikeouts in his last start.

Who wouldn’t watch a two-man Home Run Derby in November for a charity of their choice? If Michael Phelps can fake-race a shark then we could put this together somehow.

Also, this is pretty convenient timing, Canseco. The kid is in the middle of a vicious slump, after all. This hit-off needs to happen once he’s back to full force to make everything fair.

Statistically though, this might be over before it gets started.

Canseco’s probably most notable home run, in the 1989 ALCS, is estimated to have traveled 443 feet, not 500 feet or more as some have alleged over time. Just this season, Judge hit a ball to the upper deck of Yankee Stadium that was estimated at a whopping 496 feet.

So do I think that Conseco would actually win this little exercise? Probably not. But in the midst of tweets about time travel and “Would You Rather?” games, this is grounded in a way that Cheap Youth MLB Jerseys his other extemporaneous thoughts aren’t.

It will probably never happen, but what I’m saying is give the man what he wants Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys and make this happen. Make Judge prove himself in the Canseco-Dome.

“They’ll break me. They’ll kill me,” he said, of returning home to Venezuela.

He was speaking to the volatile political climate in the country, where government corruption runs rampant and to vocally support protesters can put someone’s life in danger. Cabrera has spoken in the past about the situation in Venezuela, but on Monday he was the most candid he’d ever been.

In Spanish, he said, “I’m tired of paying protection money so they don’t kidnap my mother.”

In between these videos were clips of his family on vacation, juxtaposing the stark economic and political realities of Venezuela with the every day life of a megamillionaire baseball superstar. Money, however, does not make Cabrera immune to fear and frustration. He sees what is happening in his home nation, he still has family there. His money puts him in a position to protect those he loves, but it doesn’t mean he does not feel rage about the fear and danger his loved ones remain in day to day.

Then the Royals started winning and winning, and while they didn’t exactly go on Mitchell And Ness Cheap Jerseys the same streak as the Dodgers, they were 44-27 after a 10-20 start. They were in position for a wild card slot, and that’s if they weren’t pushing the Indians for the Central.

The Royals have been outscored on the season, and their expected record is more like 54-60. The players they traded for — Brandon Maurer, Trevor Cahill, and Ryan Buchter — have all been terrible. The most important part of this endeavor, though, is that the Royals are going to be decimated by free NBA Cheap Jerseys China agency. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Jason Vargas are either going to be so expensive that they’ll prevent the Royals from signing some of the other guys, or they’re going away.

White Sox trade Todd Frazier to Yankees for top prospects

Todd Frazier is heading to the Yankees for prospects, with pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle also part of the deal. CBS Chicago’s Bruce Levine was the first to report the trade.

The 2017 rotation is not getting much of anything from Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer, so even though Kluber, Carrasco, and Salazar are all contributing, and Mike Clevenger has done a great job of filling in the blanks, there is room for improvement. Kluber and Darvish together in a postseason rotation that also has Carrasco in it would be devastating to opposing teams, especially with Cleveland’s still-stupidly-jaw-dropping bullpen behind them.

Cleveland gaining Darvish would also help them secure an AL Central that has lost the competitiveness of the Twins and replaced it with the Royals, in what has basically been the equivalent of the real antagonist of a video game being revealed halfway through when it turns out you only defeated their underling.

This one is an A-, which might seem high, but again, we’re hours from the deadline. The only reason this isn’t an A+ believable rumor is because the Yankees and Dodgers are still involved in Darvish negotiations.

With that being said, though, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan says the Dodgers and Rangers “simply aren’t matching up” despite repeated attempts to do so, and the Yankees remain focused on Sonny Gray as their primary target. That might leave the Indians as the only team willing to give the Rangers anything for Wholesale MLB Jerseys Darvish, unless someone swoops in with a slightly better offer after realizing the Really Cheap Jerseys coastal bullies have left the room.

Should the Cardinals buy, sell, or stay at the MLB trade deadline?

It’s easy to dismiss the Cardinals since they’re under .500, but this is still a team that could surprise in the NL Central. They aren’t one of the NL’s premier teams like they’ve been in the recent past — the NL Central isn’t exactly setting the world on fire the way it was when the Cubs won 97 games and finished in third in the division — but they’re very much in that “anything can happen in the postseason” zone.

They just have to get there first, and there is no guarantee they will. So the question before them is whether it’s worth buying to try to be the weakest division winner in the NL — one potentially worse than either of the wild card teams — or if it’s time to sell to prepare for 2018. They could also sit and do nothing and see if their course reverses itself enough to overcome their middling season so far. But where’s the fun in that?

The St. Louis Cardinals were supposed to come back strong this year with Dexter Fowler in tow, but instead they have bounced between disappointing and dominant to end up right around .500 on the season. Thanks to disappointment elsewhere in their division, however, that’s not as untenable a position as it would have been the last few seasons in the NL Central.

Despite being home-schooled for the entirety of high school, Bo shined for Lakewood Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys High School in St. Petersburg and was named Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Baseball his senior year.

The Cubs are the Ghost of Baseball Past, then, a formerly dominating Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply team with the same roster and young players, most of whom are young and were expected to improve. They can’t stop winning as many as they lose, though, and it’s made for a much more confusing season than anyone was expecting.

Headley’s resurgence has clearly been a big part of that.

Nope, if one asks Gardner about his newfound strength at the plate, he’ll just talk about setting up his teammates. He’s not trying to hit bombs.

“My job is to get on base hitting at the top of the lineup,” Gardner told Sporting News. “[I want to] bring energy to the lineup every day and do my best to get on base for those guys behind me. Sometimes when I get good pitches to hit, take a good swing, maybe it goes over the fence, maybe it goes into the gap for a double or a triple. That’s my goal — get on base for those guys and score runs.”

Be that as it may, Gardner is hitting the ball out of the park more than he ever has before. This is only the third time he’s hit double-digit longballs in his 10-year career, and, prior to 2017, his career-high was 17.

With two months left in the season, he’s got a solid chance of belting 25, if not more.

The platoon situation at first base seems to be sidelined, as the Yankees sent down Garrett Cooper to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Monday’s loss to Detroit. Cooper was getting fewer at-bats while Headley was thriving at the plate.

Headley, known as an above-average defender at third base, has actually done pretty well at the opposite corner. After making just a handful of appearances at the position during his Lakers Cheap Jerseys first 10 years in the majors, Headley has yet to make a single error this season at the position.

“I think he just found himself again,” Girardi added.

The Yankees are 16-9 since the All-Star break, including a 9-3 record in games Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys that Headley has played first in or pinch-hit in since the trade, and now have a half-game lead over the Red Sox at the top of the AL East.

Gio Gonzalez, Dee Gordon and ’16’ intersect on emotional night in Miami

A solid black circle with a white “16” in the middle of it sits on the left breast of every Marlins uniform. The circle has been there all season. It will be there another two months, a period that will include the one-year anniversary of the reason it’s there.

After that, the circle will go away. The sadness associated with it won’t, of course.

On Monday, on a night the Marlins were close to being no-hit at home by the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, “16” was very much on the minds of Gonzalez, the man who would end his bid, and nearly everyone else inside Marlins Park.

Hours earlier, Gonzalez, the pride of Hialeah, Fla., had met with the family of the late Jose Fernandez, a close friend and the last man to ever wear 16 for the Marlins. Monday would have been Fernandez’s 25th birthday. Gonzalez got to see Fernandez’s 5-month-old daughter.

With ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a back injury, Los Angeles has increased its likelihood of pulling off a trade before the July 31 trade deadline. In fact, according to MLB Network, the Dodgers are “increasingly confident” they will acquire either Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray NBA Cheap Jerseys or Yu Darvish.

Verlander made some headlines before the season when he and fiancee Kate Upton New York Jets Cheap Jerseys purchased a home in Beverly Hills. There was speculation even then that Verlander could be headed to the Dodgers.

While Verlander does have a no-trade clause, it appears he will waive it under certain circumstances. He certainly left the door open for a move after his last start on Monday.

Try to take advantage of some of the things MLB does well.

“So you’ll watch a highlight, and if you want to buy maybe part of a game that’s going on live, if you want to buy that game, you’ll be able to buy it directly through the app or subscribe to the service directly through the app,” Disney CEO Robert Iger told reporters Tuesday in announcing the agreement (per

Disney’s investment in BAM Media comes three months after ESPN and MLB’s cable arm, MLB Network, began collaborating on programming. One hour of MLBN’s weekday program “Intentional Talk” has been airing on ESPN2 since May. ESPN began airing the show as it simultaneously reduced airtime for its long-running “Baseball Tonight” program.

So, back to the initial question, presented differently: Will all this synergy — the streaming deal on top of the programming deal on top of the cable deal — give Disney/ESPN too much influence over MLB? Not on the field, it won’t. Do not expect the owners and players making radical changes to the rules or to scheduling.

With that being the case, knock yourself out, Disney. Try to take advantage of some of the things MLB does well.

Analysis: The Astros want to turn their dominance in the American League into playoff strength, and Liriano is part of that strategy. The 33-year-old left-hander was 6-5 with a 5.88 ERA in 18 starts for the Blue Jays this season, but he will work out of the bullpen with the Astros, who boast a strong Vip Cheap Jerseys rotation when everyone is healthy.

Aoki, 35, and Hernandez, 24, give Toronto outfield depth. Hernandez Trade Cheap Jerseys could become a long-term contributor.

They don’t want to deal with him.

Murray isn’t the greatest receiver out of the backfield, but he was targeted a combined 96 times in his final two Raiders seasons. Lynch doesn’t offer much in the passing game, either, but during his final two full seasons with the Seahawks, he got 92 targets. Lynch was more efficient there in that sample size, with 73 receptions vs. Murray’s 74.

Other than Lynch in and Murray out, another key change in camp is having a second capable power back, seventh-rounder Elijah Hood. The rookie (5-11, 230 pounds) is built like Lynch (5-11, 215 pounds) and carries the same weight as Murray. He can be more than an early-down pounder, but with his inexperience, that’s Hood’s initial, natural reserve role.

With Taiwan Jones being released and Jamize Olawale left as the lone fullback, the Raiders seem set on their four running backs, with Lynch and Hood as the primary ball-carriers and Richard and Washington toggling as third-down pass catchers.

“All of those people that were, ‘Go ahead Colin Kaepernick, we’re proud of you,’ Smith said, “Where are you now? Do you pay his bills? Do you employ him? Are you going to make up for the $12 million he missed out on?

“So when you sit up, and you’re going, ‘Bravo, Bravo, Colin Kaepernick,’ where is it going to get you?”

Yes, many in sports media (including myself) admire Kaepernick for putting his career on the line for his personal beliefs. But did ESPN, Time and other media boosters underestimate the anger and resentment of #BoycottNFL fans who saw Kaepernick’s protest as un-American and insulting to Lebron James Cheap Jerseys police and the military?

Will Smith’s own cost-cutting ESPN hire Kaepernick if his NFL career is over? The Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys network can’t get get enough of the Kaepernick story — it led Monday’s noon “SportsCenter with his job prospects.

“They don’t know how to deal with him.”

Roethlisberger has contemplated the retirement

Freeman is a pending free agent in 2018. He has risen well above his fourth-round status with his consistent excellence as a rusher and receiver the past two seasons. Atlanta seems to know his new high value, too, and it’s likely that even with Tevin Coleman, it locks up its more indispensable back.

Butler was a top-five cover corner in the league last season, unlike new teammate Stephon Gilmore, who got signed away from the rival Bills for $31 million guaranteed as part of a five-year, $65 million deal. There was no reason for New England, with tons of cap room, to move Butler, but rather take advantage of one more cheap year from the Super Bowl hero before he likely walks for megabucks elsewhere.

Credentials: It’s early, but Wilson has led the Seahawks to two Super Bowls, winning one, and they easily could have won the other. He owns a 99.6 passer rating over those five seasons. He’s certainly on the right trajectory.

Credentials: Roethlisberger has contemplated the retirement, but he’s still a quarterback capable of adding to a distinguished career with the Steelers that includes two Super Bowl victories and three appearances. He’s one of the toughest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Credentials: Brees also could work into that conversation. He has 465 career TD passes and with 66,111 yards should join Manning and Brett Favre in the 70,000-yard club next. Brees has five Great Cheap Jerseys seasons with 5,000 passing yards or more, but the Super Bowl XLIV championship remains Jerseys Wholesale the most impressive accomplishment with New Orleans.

Those athletes put years of training in before making their debuts in the big leagues, but their gridiron backgrounds prepared them for the physical toll of stepping in the ring.

There are no simple solutions for the defending champions.

However, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets that night with Marc-Andre Fleury subbing for Murray in goal. They reeled off 14 more victories since — Fleury backstopping nine of those before Murray returned to the starter’s role during the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators.

Others have stepped in and out of the lineup, too, because of injuries along the way suffered by key contributors like Hornqvist, Hagelin, Chris Kunitz, Nick Bonino, Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley and Tom Kuhnackl. Even Crosby, who leads all players with 19 postseason assists this spring, missed a game due to a concussion.

“With all the adversity this team has faced over the course of this season, what jumps out to me is just the character of the people that we have in our dressing room,” stated Sullivan.

A pair of Game 7 wins highlighted this run. The first came in the second round and on the road against the President’s Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, the next a double-overtime epic in the conference final against the Senators.

There are no simple solutions for the defending champions.

“I think it will be the hardest challenge in my life,” said Evgeni Malkin, who’s had his way with opposing defenses to the tune of a playoff-leading 24 points in 19 games. “I’ve never played a team who have six good defensemen. Usually, (a team has) like one Karlsson. Here, (they have) like four Karlssons. It’s a good challenge for me, for Sid (Crosby), for Phil (Kessel). We’ll see who’s better. I’m Cheap Baseball Jerseys China ready to play. I’m excited. I know it’s not easy. I know it’ll be hard.”

No, the Predators haven’t managed to clone the NHL’s best Cheap China NFL Jerseys defenseman four times over.

Nashville’s top pairings of P.K. Subban with Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi with Ryan Ellis would rival the No. 1 unit on any other team.