It looks as though the Cleveland Indians gave their fans something they wanted this Christmas season. As it’s being reported that Edwin Encarnacion has agreed to a 3 year $60 million dollar deal with Cleveland. The deal also includes a 4th option year at $25 million dollars or the Indians have a buyout option for $5 million dollars. Encarnacion hit 42 home runs and led the American League in RBI’s with 127. Encarnacion is a career .266 hitting and has 310 career home runs. With the Toronto Blue Jays last season Encarnacion played 75 games at 1st base and was the DH 86 times. Encarnacion games played should look very similar with the Indians as he’ll share time with Carlos Santana at 1st base and as the teams DH. Encarnacion will fil the spot of Mike Napoli who is still on the free agent market, but there have been reports the Texas Rangers are interested in his services.
It looks as though the Atlanta Braves have decided that outfielder Ender Inciate will be part of there rebuilding plan. The Braves sign Inciate to a 5 year extension worth $30.525 million dollars. There is also an option for a 6th year which the Braves can choose to buy out for $1.025 million dollars. Inciate is 26 years old and 2016 was his first season with the Braves after playing two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Inciate hit .291 with 24 doubles, 7 triples and 3 home runs. Inciate stole 16 bases while being caught 7 times. Inciate played 120 games in centerfield last season while also playing 10 games in leftfield. Inciate has played all three outfield positions in his career and had a .991 fielding percentage in centerfield last season. Inciate names came up quite a bit at the trade deadline last season and now that he’s signed to a very team friendly deal the question becomes. Will he be with the Braves long term? Or will other teams be even more interested in him now that he comes with some control?
Remember the beginning of the 2016 season when Jose Bautista said he wouldn’t give the Blue Jays a hometown discount and he would be looking for $25 to $30 million dollars a season in his new contract. Well after making those demands Bautista pretty much went out and stunk it up. Bautista played in 116 games due to injuries and hit just .234. His power numbers where also down as he managed just 22 home runs after hitting 40 and 35 the two seasons before. Bautista is 36 years old and you have to wonder if it was the injuries that caused the down season or are his skills in decline. The Blue Jays did offer Bautista the qualifying offer of $17.2 million dollars after last season, but he didn’t sign it. There are reports out now that Bautista may take a 1 year deal, but would like to get more than the $17.2 million dollars that the qualifying offer would’ve given him. Bautista isn’t a great defender; he has a career fielding percentage of .982 as an outfielder. You have to wonder how he might hold up with a National League team where he wouldn’t have the benefit of getting that break from fielding as a DH. Bautista is one of the bigger names left out on the free agent market; so it will be interesting to see where he signs and how much he signs for.
Are you ready for the National Football League to take over your Saturday? There are 12 games on the schedule for Saturday. There are also two games on Sunday and then the Monday night game. Of course there was the Thursday night game where the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 24-19.
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has rejoined the team in New England for today’s game. Bowles was admitted to the hospital on Friday with an undisclosed illness and it was unknown if he would even make it to today’s game. Bowles didn’t travel with the team Friday after being hospitalized and it was being reported the team initially feared Bowles suffered a heart attack. Doctors have determined that was not the case. Bowles arrived at the team hotel Saturday morning and will travel with the team to Gillette Stadium for today’s game against the Patriots. The Jets said it was still unclear whether Bowles would coach the team from the sideline or the coaches booth. Assistant head coach Mike Caldwell ran the walk through practice Friday at the team facility and is on standby to handle head coaching duties if Bowles hadn’t been able to make it to the game.Bowles is the third NFL head coach to suffer an in-season medical emergency. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak experienced a complex migraine condition that forced him to miss one game, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer missed one game to undergo emergency eye surgeries.
In that Jets/Patriots game today it looks as though wide receiver Michael Floyd will be active for the Patriots. Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals on December 14th; two days after he received a DUI. Floyd is facing six charges: obstructing a roadway; DUI impaired to the slightest degree; DUI blood alcohol content above 0.08, 0.15 and 0.20; and failure to obey a police officer. All charges are Class 1 misdemeanors. If convicted Floyd could face jail time. There was some controversy to the Patriots signing Floyd after the video of his DUI came out. Floyd was asleep at the wheel of his vehicle while it was still in gear and was very unresponsive to the police officers instructions in the video. This will be Floyd’s first game action with the Patriots. Floyd is a free agent after this season; so he has a couple of games to prove to teams that he can still produce on the field. He’ll also have to convince teams that his off the field troubles are behind him.
On Thursday night the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 on the ice. Now it seems like this is just a normal Thursday night NHL game with Boston getting a win, but when you look into the scoring it’s not. On the Panthers only goal of the night the assist went to Jaromir Jagr. That assist broke a tie Jagr was in for 2nd place on the NHL’s all time leading scores list. Jagr now has 1888 career points in his NHL career. Jagr trails just Wayne Gretzky on the list, but he trails by quite a bit. “The Great One” has 2857 career points and at 44 years of age I don’t think Jagr will be around long enough to catch Gretzky.
Jagr started his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penquins where he played from 1990 to 2001. Then Jagr was with the Washington Capitals from 2001 to 2004. Jagr then went to the New York Rangers from 2004 to 2008. Jagr who was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia decided after the 2008 season that he wanted to return home to play. Jagr signed with the Avangard Omsk of the KHL and played there from 2008 to 2011. Jagr returned to the NHL in 2011 signing a one year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. In 2012 Jagr signed with the Dallas Stars. Jágr was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for two prospects and a draft pick. In 2013 Jagr signed with the New Jersey Devils. Jagr was with the Devils until February of 2015 when he was traded to the Florida Panthers for a 2nd and a 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft. Jagr is still with the Panthers.
Who knows how many more seasons Jagr will play in the NHL, but he’s a had long well traveled Hall of Fame career.
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