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What Jean Segura trade says about Phillies’ pursuit of Manny Machado

The Mariners-Phillies trade is finally official: The Mariners will send shortstop Jean Segura and relievers Juan Nicasio and James Pazos to the Phillies for first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

As with so many trades, the money and contracts must be considered. Segura is signed for four more seasons at $59.4 million (there is a $17 million team option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout). Santana has two years remaining at $41.1 million, plus a $500,000 buyout or $17.5 million team option for 2021. Nicasio will make $9.25 million in 2019 while Pazos and Crawford and not arbitration-eligible.12

While finding a taker for Santana’s contract was a nice bonus to this deal, the fact that the Phillies took on more overall money in the deal is an indication — at least to me — that they were hesitant to hand shortstop to Crawford in 2019.

A former first-round pick, Crawford’s minor league career had some ups and downs, but after a solid season at Triple-A in 2017 (he hit .243/.351/.405 with 79 walks and 15 home runs in 556 plate appearances) and a 23-game cameo with the Phillies, he entered 2018 as Keith Law’s No. 10 overall prospect.

Crawford began the season as the Phillies’ starting shortstop and was hitting .188 on April 28, when he landed on the DL with a forearm strain. He returned in June, started eight of 11 games at third base, and then suffered a broken hand when hit by a pitch. He returned in September and ended up hitting .214/.319/.393 in 138 PAs with the Phillies (and .208/.339/.317 in 29 games in the minors). It was mostly a lost season given the injuries, so it’s hard to evaluate his progress. It’s worth pointing out that the Phillies know him best of all and decided to trade him.

The basic scouting report: good glove, bats lefty, won’t hit for much for average or power, good plate discipline.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of upside on offense, although if he draws enough walks at least he won’t kill the offense with a poor OBP. If he’s a .350 OBP guy with 10 home runs and good defense, that’s a valuable player. If he’s a .300 OBP guy with limited power, there’s pressure on the defense to be elite, and that seems to be the overriding issue in evaluating him: Is he an elite defender?nike nfl jerseys cheap china

His defense has always been scouted as a strength, with range, good hands and a strong arm. The metrics, however, were not kind to him in 2018, with minus-6 DRS in just 229 innings. Some of that was courtesy of a high error rate — he made eight errors, all on throws, for a poor .931 fielding percentage. Two of those came trying to complete double plays, one trying to double a runner off first and the other five came on grounders. The curious thing is when Crawford returned in June, Scott Kingery — who had played two games at shortstop in his minor league career — continued to get the majority of the starts at shortstop while Crawford played third base. Seems like a strange decision to move the player who is supposed to be the potentially elite defender.

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Pirates avoid arbitration, reach deal with reliever Michael Feliz

The Pirates avoided arbitration with reliever Michael Feliz, reaching an agreement on Friday on an $850,000, one-year contract.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Feliz went 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA in 47 appearances for the Pirates in 2018 after being part of the trade that sent pitcher Gerrit Cole to Houston.

Pittsburgh offered contracts to left fielder Corey Dickerson and reliever Keone Kela.11

Dickerson is likely due a significant raise over the $5.95 million he made this year. Dickerson hit .300 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI and earned the first Gold Glove of his career after being obtained from Tampa Bay on the eve of the regular season.

Pittsburgh acquired Kela at the trade deadline in July. He went 3-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 54 appearances for Texas and Pittsburgh, earning $1.2 million. The Pirates ended his season early September as a precaution due to his workload. Kela’s 52 innings were his most since 60 1/3 as a rookie in 2015.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

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Injury-plagued Rockets’ lack of depth exposed in loss to Mavericks

For the Rockets, the best thing about their fourth consecutive loss was that it was lopsided enough for coach Mike D’Antoni to pull his overworked starters with more than seven minutes remaining.

The injury-riddled Rockets’ lack of depth was exposed in Wednesday’s 128-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, who had a 65-25 edge in bench scoring.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

“Obviously, it’s a problem,” D’Antoni said. “It’s something that I know that the front office tried to address. They’re going to do the best they can. No blame going around; it’s just the way it is.”12

The Rockets played without star guard Chris Paul (hamstring) and key reserve wing Gerald Green (ankle). D’Antoni indicated that he expects both players to return for Friday’s road game against the San Antonio Spurs (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) and that backup center Nene Hilario is close to being ready for his season debut after being sidelined by a calf strain.

“Then our depth is pretty good,” D’Antoni said. “We’ve got everybody a couple of rungs up. We’ve got rookies playing as the sixth or seventh man. They should be ninth, 10th men. They would be OK every once in a while, but when you rely on them, it’s tough. And it’s not their fault. They’re going to develop. Again, we’re just going to have to knock on wood and make sure they stay healthy.”

The only Rockets reserves to play non-garbage time minutes against the Mavs were recent G League call-up Danuel House Jr. and undrafted rookies Gary Clark and Isaiah Hartenstein. The Rockets entered the season counting on minimum-salary additions Carmelo Anthony and Michael Carter-Williams to play key reserve roles, but the team opted to part ways with Anthony after he struggled, and Carter-Williams has fallen out of the rotation.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

Four players on the Rockets, who are second to last in the Western Conference standings with a 9-11 record, have averaged more than 36 minutes during the losing streak, which has included two overtime games. D’Antoni believes that fatigue has played a significant role in the Rockets’ recent struggles and is concerned about the long-term effect if he can’t lighten the loads of James Harden, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon, in particular.

The Mavs’ bench significantly outplayed the Rockets’ starters early in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, killing any hopes of a Houston comeback after Harden (25 points, 11 rebounds, 17 assists and six steals) led a rally to cut the deficit to seven points at the end of the third. Mavs reserve guards J.J. Barea (13 points, 12 assists in 18 minutes) and Devin Harris (20 points, four assists in 15 minutes) dominated during a 20-6 run that led D’Antoni to pull his starters.

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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Doncic keeps dominating

Luka Doncic and James Harden put on a playmaking party last night in Houston. As far as the winner’s side, Doncic continued to impress with an efficient 20 points on 11 shot attempts.

Harden led both teams outright in points (25), rebounds (11), assists (17) and steals (6), but the Rockets fell 128-108 to the Mavericks, losing their fourth straight game. Remarkably, at 9-11, Houston is second to last in the Western Conference standings a season removed from finishing with the best record in the NBA. Houston is now 1-7 when either Chris Paul or Harden sits (0-5 without Paul) and 8-4 when both play this season.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Harden picked up his 36th career triple-double, seven back of Fat Lever for eighth all-time, but also added eight turnovers. Harden has 35 turnovers in his past four games, the most by any player in any four-game span on record (first tracked in 1977-78). Bob McAdoo held the previous distinction, with 34 turnovers in a four-game span back in January of 1978, per Elias.

Harden is averaging 38.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 12.8 APG in Houston’s past four games and they’ve lost them all. Harden’s fantasy managers, however, stay winning.11

The performance marked Doncic’s 10th 20-point performance in his 19th career game, becoming the fourth player with 10 20-point games within his first 20 career games during the past 10 seasons. The other three eventually won Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard.

With an impressive slash of 19.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 2.5 3PG and 1 SPG as a 19-year-old import to the league, we find only Paul George currently matching Doncic’s production in each of these categories this season. Meanwhile, Doncic is the lone rookie on record to produce that many points, assists, rebounds and 3-pointers.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

With Doncic universally rostered in ESPN leagues, it’s worth noting just how effective Dallas’ bench mob has proven this season. For instance, J.J. Barea is averaging 17 PPG, 9.0 APG, 1.3 3PG and 1.0 SPG during his past three outings, all wins for the Mavs. Barea is available in roughly 85 percent of ESPN leagues as of Thursday morning. Going a bit deeper into Dallas’ rotation, we find one Maximilian Kleber, who is one of just seven players averaging at least one made 3-pointer and 1.3 blocks per game this season. Wesley Matthews, for his part, is tied with Devin Booker and Danilo Gallinari with 2.5 made 3-pointers per game.

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The hottest NFL coaching candidates: Don’t rule out Josh McDaniels

Five weeks from now, a half-dozen or so NFL teams are going to be looking for new head coaches, and most of them are going to want their candidates to be guys who know how to score points.

There’s a guy with the New England Patriots who knows how to do it. And before you laugh off the notion that any NFL team would trust Josh McDaniels enough to bring him in for an interview after what he did in Indianapolis 10 months ago, you need to understand the landscape.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

Baggage and all, McDaniels’ talents as a coach and playcaller make him a very interesting candidate for teams that will find themselves in the head-coaching market in January. It’s rough out there if you’re looking for the next offensive coaching wunderkind. The list of guys with McDaniels’ credentials is pretty short, and demand for those kinds of guys isn’t fading away.

All seven of the head-coaching hires in 2016 were from offensive backgrounds, as were four of the six in 2017. Out of those two groups, one (Doug Pederson) has won the Super Bowl, a few (Sean McVay, Anthony Lynn, Kyle Shanahan) are still trying, a couple (Dirk Koetter, Adam Gase) are barely hanging on, and a few more (Ben McAdoo, Hue Jackson, Chip Kelly) didn’t make it.12

But offense is still the name of the modern NFL game, and teams are looking for the guys who are the best at coaching it. Problem is, after a couple of years of accelerating smart, young, relatively inexperienced offensive coordinators into head-coaching positions, the pipeline starts to look a little bit dry. The sense around the league right now is that, while you can expect the usual six or eight head-coaching openings the NFL creates every year, the list of candidates to fill those openings is a little lighter than it has been in recent years.

Which is why it’s not at all crazy to think that some coach-needy team, or teams, will turn their lonely eyes once again to Bill Belichick’s brilliant but mercurial offensive coordinator. McDaniels was the hottest name on the circuit last year, and assuming he wants another shot at those interviews, there’s a good chance he will be again. Multiple sources close to the situation say McDaniels would be interested in a head-coaching opportunity if it were the right one, which is something we’ve heard of McDaniels before. If you want to roll your eyes, it’s hard to blame you.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Any team interested in bringing in McDaniels for an interview is going to want to put him through a series of pointed questions specific to his situation and his history. Whereas he spent the past couple of interview cycles answering questions about what went wrong during his first head-coaching stint with the Denver Broncos — he went 11-17 and was fired during his second season — McDaniels now will face those again as well as fresh questions about what in the absolute heck happened with the Indianapolis Colts.

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How fast is Lamar Jackson? It’s like trying to catch ‘roadrunner’

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr had watched how fast Lamar Jackson was on film and wanted to see if he could get a hand on the rookie quarterback during training camp.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Jackson broke through the middle of the line, and Carr darted toward him. Did he come close to Jackson? Carr shook his head.

“He’s like a roadrunner. His feet go so fast,” Carr said. “His vision and his feet are always on the same page. He’s out there just gliding. Some people are built like that. He has some different hamstrings or tendons down there.”

Jackson has shown a burst that’s at a different level than other NFL players. There’s fast and there’s Lamar-fast.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Jackson has 19 rushes over the past two weeks in which he has reached speeds of at least 15 miles per hour. That’s nine more than the next closest players, Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara.11

“We all are sports fans, and ‘speed kills’ is what they say, in any sport, really, so it’s fun to watch,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I always just go by, for any kind of ball carrier, by how many people they make miss, or changing the angles. To me, that always is the comparison when you watch them in terms of how they affect the game. I think that’s how you can judge the speed, more than how they look running.”

Jackson’s 190 yards rushing are the most through a quarterback’s first two starts in the Super Bowl era. For the two most prolific running quarterbacks in NFL history, Michael Vick had 51 yards in his first two starts and Randall Cunningham ran for 150 yards.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who faces Jackson on Sunday, believes the hardest part to prepare for is Jackson’s speed. On the Ravens’ run-option plays, Jackson has the zip to get to the edge if the defender setting the edge bites inside. On passing plays, Jackson has the explosiveness to pull down the ball and race 10 to 15 yards if defenses play man-to-man and turn their back on him.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

“It’s difficult to simulate, because he has such quickness and speed, like a wide receiver or a corner has, but he’s behind center,” Quinn said. “Simulating that speed at practice, that’s the most difficult part, because you could do it with a receiver for the run plays, but it’s not as authentic, because you can’t step back and rip the passes like normal.”

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri won’t change N’Golo Kante position after Tottenham shocker

Kante’s rate of tackles and interceptions have plummeted this season as he operates higher up the pitch in Sarri’s 4-3-3 system, but Sarri said that Chelsea’s midfield problems against Tottenham were not rooted in tactics.

“I think, as you know, I want to play a central midfielder as a very technical player — Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas,” the ex-Napoli boss said. “I don’t want Kante in this position.

“And I think this is not one of the best characteristics of Kante, but it was only a reaction to the difficulties [of the team].”

Sarri also hinted it may be possible that Kante — who last week signed a new five-year contract making him Chelsea’s highest-paid player on around £290,000-a-week — does not yet understand what his manager is asking him to do.

“Maybe. Maybe it’s only a question of time,” Sarri replied when asked if that was the case. “But Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side.

“When the ball is on the left, he has to stay very close to Jorginho.”

Olivier Giroud, Kante’s teammate for club and country, has no doubt that his fellow World Cup winner will get on Sarri’s wavelength sooner rather than later.

“I think N’Golo can play every single position in midfield,” he said. “In the manager’s philosophy, how he wants us to play, Jorginho is the holding midfielder or Cesc — that’s a very important part of our game.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“Maybe in the manager’s mind, N’Golo is more efficient playing that position box to box. He can be more efficient carrying the ball, finding passes between the lines.12

“Obviously we know how fast he is. When he recovers the ball, he can penetrate the lines. That’s one of his main strengths as well. It’s a good position for him.

“He maybe needs to be more selfish around the box when he has the opportunity to shoot. I’m pretty sure he will score more goals. We know it’s not his main strength, but he’s very important for us in recovering the ball. He’s everywhere.

“We don’t need to question his position. He just needs to adapt to what the manager wants.”

Sarri did not hold back in his criticism of Chelsea’s performance immediately after the Spurs loss, and he held individual meetings with his players on their return to training on Monday.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“It’s very difficult for them, I think, to tell me why [it happened],” Sarri said. “Very difficult.

“Somebody told me that, maybe, the international break was a problem. A problem to be immediately ready at 100 percent. But I don’t know.

“Maybe for Tottenham it was easier because the players of Tottenham played here in London, played on Sunday [for England]. On Monday they were all together, but the situation was similar. So, maybe, it can be true. But only for a small percentage, I think.”

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Unai Emery has work to do as Arsenal show grit and flaws in Bournemouth win

After three draws in a row, Arsenal are back to winning ways in the Premier League and on balance, Sunday’s 2-1 victory against a lively Bournemouth side was deserved. They took the lead through a bizarre Jefferson Lerma own goal but were pegged back on the stroke of half-time by Josh King. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner brought them back to within a point of the top four and extended their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

An open start brought close shaves and some controversy, too. In the eighth minute, David Brooks tucked the ball past Bernd Leno after a scramble inside the Arsenal box, only to be swiftly flagged offside. The decision looked questionable: one of Brooks’ legs seemed level with Shkodran Mustafi, while there was a suggestion he had found possession via another Arsenal defender. Bournemouth’s frustration was almost compounded when Lucas Torreira thudded the left upright with a 20-yard drive and watched Alex Iwobi lash the rebound over.11

Arsenal began to assume control and took the lead in bizarre fashion on the half-hour. Lerma’s finish would have been applauded at the other end; in this case, though, he stretched to intercept a Sead Kolasinac cross and only succeeded in lacing a firm volley into his own net from 14 yards. Kolasinac might have found it harder to deliver the cross if Brooks, who might have provided some cover on Bournemouth’s right, had not been running back on to the pitch after receiving some treatment.

As half-time neared the visitors looked comfortable but, from nowhere, they were picked apart. It was a flowing move from Bournemouth, Callum Wilson and Brooks combining to tee up an emphatic left-footed finish from King — which was immediately followed by the whistle.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Aubameyang, fed by Mkhitaryan, shot over just after the hour as Arsenal began the second half brightly. It was not long before he went one better. Again the provider was Kolasinac, running behind a dozing Ryan Fraser as Bournemouth stood off, and the Gabonese striker slid in to convert his 10th goal of the season in all competitions, and his 18th in 26 Premier League matches since joining in January.

Bournemouth huffed and puffed in response. Substitute Junior Stanislas could not quite sort his feet out 11 minutes from time and jabbed softly at Leno. Then, six minutes from time, Lerma took aim from range but struck the same upright Torreira had hit earlier. There was to be no further shot at redemption.

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Mariners discussed Robinson Cano trade with Yankees, Mets

The Seattle Mariners are actively trying to trade Robinson Cano and reached out to the Yankees and Mets about possible blockbusters that would have sent the star second baseman back to New York, according to a recent report by The Athletic.

Citing multiple sources, The Athletic reported that the Mariners and Yankees briefly talked about a potential trade involving Cano and veteran outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury in a swap of lucrative contracts.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

But those talks fizzled, in part, according to the report, because the Yankees wanted the Mariners to include cash that would offset some of the $120 million that Cano will make over the final five years of his contract.i

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The Mariners have already completed one trade with the Yankees this offseason, sending ace left-hander James Paxton to New York earlier this month for a trio of minor leaguers, including top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.

Cano, 36, batted .303 with 10 home runs last season but was suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug policy.

The eight-time All-Star spent his first nine years with the Yankees before signing a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners before the 2014 season.

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Mets coach Jim Riggleman downplays idea he’s manager in waiting

New York started 11-1 last season in Callaway’s first season as a manager, then struggled with injuries and faded to 44-63 by early August before finishing fourth in the NL East at 77-85.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any issue with any perception because I think we’re going to get that out of the way real quick by the way we work in spring training and the way we get out of the blocks in April as to what our ballclub is going to be able to do,” Riggleman said.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Riggleman’s agent, Burton Rocks, was contacted about the job by Mets senior adviser Omar Minaya even before new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was hired last month. The 66-year-old Riggleman interviewed about two weeks ago with Van Wagenen, Callaway, assistant general manager John Ricco and Minaya.11

Riggleman was Cincinnati’s bench coach and became interim manager for the final five-plus months last season. He led the Reds to a 64-80 record after the team’s 3-15 start under Bryan Price. David Bell was hired by the Reds on Oct. 21.

In a 2-1, 10-inning loss at Riggleman’s Reds on May 9, New York’s Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores batted out of order because the handwritten lineup card given to umpires was different from a computer-printed version posted in the Mets’ dugout.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“It’s one that got by, but, believe me, it’s gotten by everybody who’s ever done this job,” Riggleman said. “Now, sometimes it happened in the minor leagues and it’s such an eye-opening experience for you that you just say, wow, as many times as we looked at that lineup, that one got by us.”

Riggleman also managed the Chicago Cubs (1995-99), Seattle (2008) and Washington (2009-11). He has a 726-904 (.445) record as a big league manager. He compared his new job under Callaway to his work with Jim Tracy with the Los Angeles Dodgers and with Price.