How was your week

Posted: January 21, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in sports
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The New York Knicks are 19-25 heading into tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns. The Knicks are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, but they’re just two games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the conference. Now even if the Knicks did manage to get into that last Eastern Conference playoff spot I’m not sure they’d have much of a chance in a first round match up against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The last few weeks there’s been quite a bit of drama with the Knicks on what Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team should be. There was talk of trying to trade Anthony, but he has a no trade clause in his contract and would have to waive that before any move could be made. Yesterday Anthony said he would consider allowing the Knicks to trade him if that’s what management wanted to do. Any team acquiring Anthony in a deal would be adding quite a bit of money to there salary cap. Anthony is due $24,559,380 this season. In 2017-18 Anthony’s salary is $26,243,760.In the 2018-19 season Anthony has a salary of $27,298,140. While Anthony is still a solid scorer averaging 22.3 points per game. Is he worth the kind of money his contract calls for?

No surprise there are some teams names that continue to come up as trading partners for the Knicks if they decide to deal Anthony. The Los Angeles Clippers name has come up, but it seems as though any time a big name player is talked about in a deal the Clippers name comes up, but no deal ever happens. I can see why the Clippers are always brought up. They’re a bit of a stagnant team in a difficult conference and they don’t appear to be able to get past the Golden State Warriors with the way the team is composed. Of course to get a player the caliber of Anthony the Clippers would have to give up someone like Blake Griffin. Now Griffin has had some injury issues and some off the court problems; so a change of scenery might be a good thing for him. It would be interesting to see how Anthony would do in the higher scoring more uptempo Western Conference. Anthony has been seen as a guy who “pounds ” the ball while waiting to get his shot. Anthony is shooting 36% from behind the 3-point line this season and for his career shoots 34.5% from behind the 3-point line. While this is Anthony’s 14th season I the NBA he’s just 32 years old; so physically he should be in good shape for the Western Conference style. Would you like to see Anthony with the Clippers?

The other team that has been mentioned as of late in the Anthony trade talks are the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are being looked at as the up and coming team in the Eastern Conference and they don’t have a player over 30 years old. Could Anthony be the veteran player a team like the Celtics need to turn them into a title contender? Point guard Isaiah Thomas has broken out this season averaging 28.7 points per game, but is still averaging 6 assists per game; so sharing the basketball shouldn’t be an issue. Now Celtics starting shooting guard Avery Bradley has missed some games as of late with a Achilles issue. Anthony could plug in nicely as a fill in for Bradley as well as picking up minutes at small forward. The trade here could be interesting for the Knicks here. The Celtics own the rights to the Brooklyn Nets 1st round draft pick in the next draft. Brooklyn currently has the worst record in the NBA at 9-33; so not only is that pick going to be a lottery pick it should be in the Top 3 pick and has to be the #1 overall pick in the draft. That draft pick could help the Knicks get back on track, but then who are the players that would come over in an Anthony trade? What do you think about Boston as a landing spot for Anthony?

The Baltimore Orioles brought back baseball home run leader from last season Mark Trumbo on a 3 year deal worth $37.5 million dollars. The deal pays Trumbo $11 million dollars a season. Trumbo will also receive deferred money in the deal. He’ll be paid $1.5 million dollars in 2020,2021 and 2022. Trumbo also get s partial no trade clause. He’ll be able to block deals to seven teams.

While it’s not a huge surprise to see the Orioles bring Trumbo back the money came down from where contract talks started out. The original contract talks started at $50 million dollars in a total deal. By bringing Trumbo back the O’s will lose a chance to recoup a draft pick, as he had declined a qualifying offer from the team at the start of the offseason.

The Orioles acquired Trumbo along with left handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser from the Seattle Mariners for catcher Steve Clevenger in December of 2015. Trumbo went on to hit .256 with 47 home runs and 108 RBI’s in 159 games last season. Trumbo just turned 31 years old and if he can get close to the numbers he out up last season you have to think the Orioles will be happy with that.

We also had a couple of other pitchers sign this week. Neftali Feliz signed a one year $5.35 million dollar deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. With incentives Feliz’s deal could reach $6.85 million. Feliz pitched in 62 games last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 4-2 with a 3.52 E.R.A. and had 29 holds and 2 saves last season.

The other pitcher to sign was Tyson Ross. Ross got a one year deal from the Texas Rangers for $6 million dollars. The deal also contains $3 million dollars in incentive clauses. Ross made just one start for the San Diego Padres last season and it just so happened to be Opening Day. Ross attempted to rehab his shoulder injury all season without success and  ultimately ended up undergoing surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome. After the Padres non-tendered Ross last month nearly two-third of the league showed some level of interest in him as a free agent, but in recent weeks it’s been reported that the Rangers and Chicago Cubs were his two likeliest landing spots, with the Washington Nationals also floating on the periphery of his market. If Ross is healthy for the start of the 2017 season he should be a good addition to the Rangers rotation.

There was another starting pitcher on the move this week as the Cincinnati Reds traded Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins for three minor leaguers. The Reds acquired two right handed pitcher Luis Castillo and Austin Brice as well as outfielder Isaiah White. Straily pitched in 34 games making 31 starts last season. He was 14-8 with a 3.76 E.R.A. in 191 1/3rd innings. Straily will be put into the mix for a spot in the Marlins starting rotation. Miami has also added Edison Volquez and Jeff Locke to try and strengthen there starting rotation.

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