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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 13, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Since his debut back in 2003 Miguel Cabrera has been on of if not the best right handed hitter in baseball. Over his 16 seasons Cabrera has racked up 2676 hits, 465 home runs, 1635 RBI’s and is a career .316 hitter. Cabrera also won back to back MVP awards in 2012 and 2013; that 2012 season was the last time a player has won the Triple Crown.

Now in three of the last four seasons Cabrera has had to deal with a number of injuries. 2017 may have been the worst season of Cabrera’s career. He played in 130 games, but hit just .249 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI’s. His batting average and RBI’s where the worst of his career and the only other season he hit less than 16 home runs was when he hit 12 as a rookie.

Cabrera’s team the Detroit Tigers have played a little better than expected this season as they are trying to rebuild. Detroit is 31-37 and in 3rd place in the A.L. Central 5 1/2 gams out of 1st place.

While the Tigers have been a bit of a surprise you have to wonder if there record would be even better had Cabrera been able to play in more than just the 38 games he’s appeared in this season.

Cabrera was on the disabled list earlier this season as he dealt with some tricep and bicep issues. While it was hoped that Cabrera’s injuries where behind him for the season; it didn’t turn out that way.

Cabrera walked in his first at bat last night against the Minnesota Twins. During his second at bat in the Bottom of the 3rd inning Cabrera swung and missed at a pitch nd immediately dropped his bat. Cabrera had to be removed from the game and it’s being reported that he’s likely to miss the rest of the 2018 season because he ruptured the tendon in his left biceps.

Cabrera is signed through 2023 and has vesting options in his contract that could take him through the 2025 season. In 2019, 2020 and 2021 Cabrera is scheduled to make $30 million dollars. His salary jumps to $32 million dollars as season for the 2022 and 2023 season. Cabrera’s vesting options are both or $30 million dollars a season. For the 2024 option to kick in Cabrera has to finish in the Top 10 of MVP voting for the 2023 season. The 2025 option kicks in if again he is voted in the Top 10 of MVP voting for the 2024 season.

With Cabrera done for what looks like the season; what will the Tigers do at 1st base? When Cabrera was on the disabled list earlier this season John Hicks and Niko Goodrum handle the position. Since the Tigers are rebuilding you have to think that they’ll go that route again, but since Hicks is also the teams back up catcher maybe they’ll look to add a veteran. Is it possible that the Tigers bring in Hanley Ramirez or the recently released Adrian Gonzalez to hep out at 1st base? Either player could sign for the veteran minimum and their former team would foot the bill for the remainder of their salary.

The Tigers don’t really have a top prospect at 1st base, but they do have Edwin Espinal playing the position in Triple-A. Espinal is hitting .287 over 48 games for Toledo in the International League. Espinal isn’t the prototype power hitting 1st baseman as he has just 41 home runs over 8 minor league seasons.

Will have to wait and see what the Tigers decide to do to try and fill the while that Cabrera’s injury has left them with.

Zach Britton returned from injury last night to make his 2018 debut with the Baltimore Orioles. Britton pitched one inning and there was some rust. Britton faced five batters last night walking 3 and striking out 1 while throwing 26 pitches. Even though he had some issues; Britton didn’t give up any runs.

It’s being reported that the Orioles will ease Britton back into his closer role.

In the 2nd round of the 2016 draft the New York Jets selected Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenburg hoping he’d develop into a future starting quarterback for them.

As it turned out in two seasons with the Jets Hackenburg never saw an regular season action, but it looked as though there would e a chance for him to compete for the starting job this coming season. Last years starter Josh McCown was a free agent and it was just Hackenburg and Bryce Petty as the quarterbacks on the Jets roster. Well that changed quickly. Not only did the Jets re-sign McCown they also signed free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Then the Jets added another quarterback when they used their 1st round pick in this past draft to take Sam Darnold. New York traded up to #3 to take a quarterback which turned out to be Darnold.

You knew that the Jets wouldn’t be carrying five quarterbacks; so some of them had to go. Petty ended up being waived and was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and Hackenburg was traded to the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders sent a conditional 7th round draft pick to the Jets for Hackenburg, but the Jets will never see that draft pick as the Raiders cut Hackenburg after being with them just three weeks.

Now the question is; will Hackenburg catch on with another NFL team? With two new start up leagues the AAF and the XFL coming into play very soon there’s a chance that Hackenburg could go into one of those leagues and actually get a chance to play.

Jon Gruden the Raiders new head coach said that the team decided to cut Hackenburg because they needed the roster spots to sign defensive lineman Frostee Rucker and Ahtyba Rubin.

Hackenburg is the third quarterback who was drafted in the within the first two rounds of the NFL draft not to have played in a regular season game in his first two seasons. Interestingly the last quarterback to do that was Jim Kelly. Of course Kelly didn’t play in and NFL game because he was quarterbacking the Houston Gamblers in the USFL.

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How was your week

Posted: April 28, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We’re 3 rounds into the 2018 NFL draft. Do you like the moves your favorite team has made or the players they’ve picked? Let’s face it you can rank these guys in any order you want, but we actually won’t know if they can play until we see them on the field. It’s impossible to measure a players heart or his work ethic: so a lot of times a team doesn’t know what kind of player they have until they see him in a game type situation. For right now let’s just hope that your favorite team hit on all the picks they made.

I actually enjoy the draft, but with the way the television networks cover it I can’t watch it. Since the draft is now a made for TV event it’s stretched out way too long and it takes them to long to get from pick to pick. I understand that they want to give you inside analysis of the player your favorite team just picked, but they seem to go to far and take way, way too long. I think last night they told you everything about the player picked including what he had for lunch. The coverage has really turned me off and all I do now is turn the draft and catch up by reading the crawler. I am the only one who feels this way?

I have to tell you that I did enjoy the fact that every mock draft that was put out was so wrong I felt like I wasted my time looking at it. No one had Baker Mayfield going #1 and if they did that person went I and changed their mock draft right before the draft started. I read multiple mock drafts and didn’t see any of them with Mayfield being the 1st pick.

Not only was everyone wrong about the first pick, but a lot of people had the New York Giants taking a quarterback with the 2nd pick. Why did the Giants need a quarterback? They of course didn’t take one and went with running back Saquion Barkley who was rated the top player in this draft.

Now just about every mock draft had 5 quarterbacks going in the 1st round, but I don’t think they went in the order most mock drafts had them. Also most of the mock drafts had them going in the Top 5 and while four of them did go in the Top 10 they weren’t really close with where they had them being picked.

Don’t forget that just about ever mock draft had the Buffalo Bills giving away most if not all of their future to move up to get a quarterback. Luckily the Bills where smarter than the people doing the mock drafts, They waited out the draft and when the quarterbacks didn’t come flying off the board like predicted they gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two 2d round draft picks to move up to #7 and select Josh Allen. The Arizona Cardinals also decided to move up to get a quarterback as they traded with the Oakland Raiders  and selected Josh Rosen with the 10th pick. The 5th quarterback that everyone had coming off the board in the 1st round was Lamar Jackson. Now just about every mock draft had Jackson going in the middle of the 1st round. Now Jackson did end up being picked in the 1st round, but he was the final player selected in the 1st round #32. He also went to a team that no one had him going to as the Baltimore Ravens traded back into the bottom of the 1st round to grab Jackson. So more or less all they got right was that there would be 5 quarterbacks taken in the 1st round.

One question I did have coming out of the 1st round was; did the Cleveland Browns make a mistake?

Now I’ve only seen highlights of Baker Mayfield play; so I have no idea what kind of NFL quarterback he’ll end up being. What I am wondering is could the Browns have waited and taken Saquion Barkley at #1 and then grabbed Mayfield with the 4th pick. Now with the way the draft ended up going it appears as though Cleveland could’ve done that, but of course hindsight is 20/20.

With the 4th pick Cleveland went with the best cornerback in the draft Denzel Ward. Now the Browns did have two picks at the top of the 2nd round and they used to draft running back Nick Chubb. Again we won’t know how any of this actually works out until we see these guys play.

I’m not sure if this has happened in baseball before, but it’s an interested stat. Matt Davidson of the Chicago White Sox has 9 home runs this season. I’m sure you’re wondering what’s interesting about that. Well 7 of Davidson’s 9 home runs have came against the Kansas City Royals and they’ve all been hit in Kaufman Stadium.

Now Kaufman Stadium isn’t looked at as a home run hitters paradise like some ballparks are, but this is Davison’s 3rd multi-home run game of the season there. Davidson’s second home run last night was a three run shot in the Top of the 11th inning that helped the White Sox to an 7-4 victory.

Davidson now owns the record for home runs in a season by an opposing hitter and it’s only April 28th. Davidson started hit home run barrage in Kansas City on opening day when he went deep three time. The White Sox won that game 14-7. On Thursday night Davidson had his second multi-home run game in Kaufman Stadium hitting two bombs in a 6-3 White Sox win. Then last night Davidson added two more home runs to get his total to 7.

Davidson has three more chances to add to his home run total this weekend. The White Sox and the Royals play a split doubleheader today and then wrap up this 5-game series with a game on Sunday afternoon. After this series the White Sox don’t return to Kaufman Stadium until September 10th, 11th and 12th.

Do you think that Davidson will add to his  home run total over these next three games?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 28, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I always have to laugh when a team says that they’ll listen to offers on a player and then the media jumps all over it and they have that player out of town before the day is over. This is the case with the New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. Let’s see if we can review.

There was the video that came out of Beckham Jr. and a model that had some suspicious behavior in it. When Giants co-owner John Mara was asked about it he mentioned that the team was coming off a – season and that he didn’t believe any player was considered untouchable. Of course everyone in the media took that to mean that the Giants would be trading Beckham Jr. Mara has now said of Beckham Jr. that “he’s not on the (trading) block”. Mara also said “we’re not looking to get rid of him” and added “I’d like him to be a Giant”. Now obviously the Giants aren’t actively shopping Beckham Jr, but any team in their right mind is going to call and see if they can get a deal done.

Will the Giants trade Beckham Jr? They might if the offer is right. While Beckham Jr. is one of the best receiver in the NFL there’s a lot o baggage that comes with him. There’s the video I mentioned earlier that the NFL hasn’t commented on. Beckham Jr. has said that he won’t play this coming season unless he’s given a new contract. He is currently in the final year of his rookie deal, but he wants a new contract and to be the highest paid player in the NFL. So while you get a top player there are also some headaches in dealing with him and if a team came with an offer that just blew the Giants away shouldn’t they take it. Now there are very few teams that have the ammunition the Giants would be looking for in Return for Beckham Jr. You’d have to think that a deal would include multiple 1st round draft picks plus. Is there a team willing to give that up?

The Los Angeles Rams where the first team that appeared to reach out to the Giants about a trade for Beckham Jr. The Rams have the 23rd pick in this draft, but they don’t have a 2nd round pick. It doesn’t appear that the Rams don’t have what it takes to make this type of deal. You can’t blame the Rams for checking in on Beckham Jr. as he would be a huge addition to an off season that’s already been very good.

Where do you have Beckham Jr. playing next season? Will he still be with the Giants? or do you see him wearing another uniform?

We’re just a day away from the opening of the 2018 baseball season. I will be letting you know what are pre-season predictions are for this season on Saturday. All I’m waiting for is for Mr. Fantasy to send me his picks and then will be all set for 2018.

We had our fantasy drafts over the weekend for our auction league and our snake league style draft. Now our leagues are both 20 team leagues; so it’s very difficult not to mention time consuming.

When your leagues are as big as ours it’s very difficult to find anyone willing to go out on a limb and give you sleeper picks. Now you’ll see articles about “Deep Sleeper”, but in a 20 team league these guys aren’t sleepers at all let alone deep sleepers.

Now I can’t be the only guy out there looking for a little fantasy help in a big league. I found an article that tried to sell me on Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians being a sleeper. Now it appears as though Clevinger is going to get a shot at being a regular starter; so that improves his draft position. The fact that he’s on a team that should win 90 plus games is also a positive. Is he really a sleeper though? I’ve been hearing about the Indians giving him a chance to make the starting rotation since questions about Danny Salazar came up early in the off season. Anyone in a big league knew who Clevinger was and what was going on with him in Cleveland. This article was no help at all to anyone who is in a league bigger than say 14 teams. Now I don’t want anyone to think that I’m singling out Clevenger. He was just the top name in the article that I found when I was looking for some fantasy help.

Maybe once your league gets to a certain size the term sleeper should no longer exist. Late in a 20 team draft you’re really taking a chance in a guy. If he works out you look like the smartest guy in the room. If it doesn’t work out, oh well you weren’t really expecting much from that player. Feel free to help me out and find a name for players picked late in larger leagues. Put your ideas in the comments section and we’ll see what we can come up with.

If you’ve been following Shohei Ohtani through spring training and where wondering when you’d get to see him pitch in a regular season game; the Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim answered that for you yesterday. Ohtani will make his first career start on Sunday against the Oakland A’s.

Ohtani threw just 2 2/3rd innings in spring training and he had some issues. Ohtani gave up 9 runs, 8 of which where earned on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. Ohtani’s spring training ERA was 27.00. With throwing such a small number of innings I spring training you have to wonder if Ohtani will go more than 5 innings on Sunday.

Now the Angels haven’t made it clear when will see Ohtani as a DH in their line up. Ohtani had his struggles at the plate in the spring as well. Ohtani  hit .107 going 3 for 28 with 1 RBI while walking 3 times and striking out 9 times.

Do you have Ohtani being a better pitcher or a better hitter this season?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 14, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Is anyone else confused with the way the NFL handles free agency? Or is it just me. There where reports of this player going here and that player going there and while all of this is going on none of these moves can be official until free agency starts this afternoon. Why doesn’t the NFL either start free agency earlier or just not allow teams to have contact with free agents until the actual date they can sign them. By the time free agency starts this afternoon there won’t be any actual free agents left to sign. Well let’s take a look at who’s going where.

As expected the hot position was quarterback with all three Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks from last season finding new teams. Case Keenum will be joining the Denver Broncos while Sam Bradford is headed to the Arizona Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater is going to be with the New York Jets. The Jets also decided to bring back last years starter Josh McCown; so you have to figure him and Bridgewater will compete to be the starter. It was announced yesterday that McCown is the starting quarterback right now. I don’t know why they need to announce a starting quarterback in March, but the Jets did. Even though it was reported that Drew Brees was offered $60 million dollars in guaranteed money from a “mystery” team he choose to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints. Now the big quarterback on the free agent market was going to be Kirk Cousins. After being hit with the franchise tag two seasons in a row by the Washington Redskins Cousins was allowed to go out on the free agent market and every team that will sign a quarterback today was in on Cousins. So where did Cousins end up you ask, he will sign a three year deal with the Vikings for a guaranteed $84 million dollars. It’s the third highest amount of guaranteed money in a contract in NFL history. So that’s who’s going where today as far as the quarterbacks are concerned.

Interestingly I expect almost all of these teams to take a quarterback in the upcoming draft to develop as their future starter. Even though the Jets have five quarterbacks on their roster adding McCown and Bridgewater to Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and Joel Stave I fully expect them to select a quarterback with their 1st round pick. The Cardinals not only added Bradford, but brought in Mike Glennon to back him up since Bradford hasn’t played a full 16 games since 2012. Arizona is currently sitting with the 15th pick in the 1st round of the upcoming draft. It wouldn’t be a shock at all if they moved up or took their future quarterback with that pick. The Broncos have the 5th pick in the 1st round and there are reports that General Manager John Elway is attending Baker Mayfield’s pro day at Oklahoma. If the Broncos decide that Paxton Lynch isn’t their future guy at quarterback they could take that guy at #5. I wouldn’t expect the Saints or the Vikings to spent their 1st round pick on a quarterback unless they see him as the best player on the board, but I wouldn’t be to surprised if they added a young quarterback with one of their draft picks.

Who do you think got the best end of the quarterback signings?

Now of course there will be many other moves made today, but the quarterbacks have been the big focus of the off season; so I wanted to stay with that position.

I’m sure there are some people out there rejoicing that when the New York Mets reassigned some players to minor league camp that Tim Tebow was one of them. I’m not sure why, but there are a lot of people who are very excited to see Tebow fail.

It wasn’t any real surprise when the Mets reassigned Tebow to minor league camp since he went 1 for 18 in spring training. Tebow also struck out 11 times in those 18 at bats.

Tebow was hampered a little bit this spring with a sprained left ankle. It was a very strange injury as Tebow hit a sprinkler head and turned the ankle, but he didn’t use that as an excuse.

Tebow isn’t on the Mets 40-man roster, but can still appear in games for New York he’d just have to be brought over from the minor league side.

Now on the Sports Time Radio podcast I like to tease Dan the Man and Schaumburg Stu as Cubs fans about the first big free agent signing Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made for the Cubs. That of course was right handed pitcher Edwin Jackson who got a 4 year $44 million dollar deal from the Cubs in January of 2013. Jackson never played out of full contract with the Cubs as he was released by the team in July of 2015, but believe it or not he’s still in baseball.

Jackson was an All-Star in 2009 when he was with the Detroit Tigers. He was also a member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals that won a World Series. Don’t forget that as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks Jackson threw a 149 pitch no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jackson made his major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 9th of 2003. While Jackson never pitched in more than 8 games in a season for the Dodgers it was the start of a career that now sees Jackson with the Washington Nationals for a second tier of duty. In between Jackson has appeared in the major leagues for 12 different teams.

Jackson is just one team away from tying for the major league record of most teams played for. Jackson is currently tied with Mike Morgan, Ron Villone and Matt Stairs for 2nd place behind only Octavio Dotel who pitched for 13 major league teams.

Jackson has had a solid spring for the Nationals and has a chance to end up in their bullpen. Jackson has appeared in 4 games covering 9 innings. He’s given up 3 runs while walking 3 and striking out 8, his ERA this spring is 3.00. Do you think Jackson finds a spot in the Nationals bullpen? and if not could he be on to his 13th team to tie that record?

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How was your week

Posted: March 10, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the trades that they made yesterday and the fact that they own the 1st and 4th pick in the upcoming draft did the Cleveland Browns just make themselves a playoff contender?

Cleveland’s day started with the announcement that they’d be acquiring wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins. Landry was officially given the franchise tag by the Dolphins on Tuesday. Now the Browns have the most salary cap room in the NFL; so they have a good shot at signing Landry long term. Cleveland sent a 2018 4th round pick (#123) and a 2019 7th round pick to the Dolphins for Landry.

While Landry is coming off a 100 plus catch season a lot of experts don’t see him as a true #1 receiver, but in Cleveland if Josh Gordon is anywhere close to the play he use to be and he can stay out of trouble Landry cam freely operate as a top tier #2 receiver.

After building what looks like a solid wide receiver unit the Browns decided that they needed a different quarterback to run their offense. Cleveland sent a 2018 3rd round pick (#65) to the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor is in the final year of his contract and he is schedule to make $16 million dollars next season. Essentially this is a prove it season for Taylor as he looks for a new contract. What the Browns decide to do with their 1st round draft picks will also give a hint to Taylor’s future.

With Taylor appearing to be an upgrade at quarterback from last season the question then is what do the Browns do with last years starting quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Shortly after acquiring Taylor the Browns answered that question as Kizer was dealt to the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall. The teams also agreed to flip 4th and 5th round picks in the upcoming draft.

Randall was the Packers 1st round pick, #30 overall in the 2015 draft. In three seasons Randall played in 39 games making 30 starts. He has 10 career interceptions posting a career high 4 picks this past season. Randall has returned 2 of his 10 interceptions for touchdowns.

The Browns had 8 interceptions as a team last season; so it looks as though Randall will move right into a starting role in Cleveland’s secondary.

Cleveland made these deals in about two hours. Are the Browns done dealing? Or is there a chance will see them make some more moves.

If Cleveland doesn’t have anymore trades on the table they’ll be able to turn their attention to the April 26th draft. The Browns have the 1st and the 4th picks in the 1st round of that draft and that gives them an opportunity to add two more players who can contribute right away if they decide to go that route.

With the acquisition of Taylor it gives the Browns the chance to take the guy who could have the biggest impact as a rookie next season, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. There will still be a lot of experts saying that the Browns should select a quarterback with that top pick, but if they’re interested in adding a quarterback they can take one three picks after they add Barkley. While there are as many as five quarterbacks taken in the 1st round; so there will be another quarterback out there for the Browns to try and develop if that’s the route they want to go. Barkley is clearly the top running back in the draft and he may be the only one taken in the 1st round. He’s the best choice for Cleveland at the top of the draft and if there are any questions ask the Jacksonville Jaquars what a difference having Leonard Fournette in their backfield made for them last season.

How do you feel about the Browns moves they’ve made? Did they do enough to make themselves a playoff contender? Or do they need to do more?

In a few other NFL moves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Mike Evans to a 5 year $82.5 million dollar deal. Evans deal includes $55 million dollars of guaranteed money with an average salary of $16.5 million dollars in 2018. Evans base salary is $13.258 million dollars while his salary cap hit will be the same.

Evans has been a 1000 yard receiver in all four of his season with Tampa Bay, but his production was down a little last season. Evans caught 71 passes for 1001 yards and 5 touchdowns over 15 games last season.

Evans is a true #1 wide receiver and his signing gives quarterback Jameis Winston to top target to throw to.

In a move that’s been rumored all week long the Seattle Seahawks officially released cornerback Richard Sherman. The move will save the Seahawks $11 million dollars against the salary cap. Seattle also added a failed physical designation upon his release, allowing the cornerback to be eligible for a $1.15 MM injury guarantee if he never plays again.

Sherman has every intention of playing next season as he recovers from surgery on his Achilles. Sherman suffered the injury in the Seahawks November 9th 2017 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Sherman has said that he is months away from being fully healthy.

Sherman was the Seahawks 5th round draft pick (#154) of the 2011 draft. He’s played in 105 career games and made 99 starts. He has 32 career interceptions and has returned 2 of those for touchdowns. Sherman posted a NFL high 8 interceptions in 2013 and those 32 interceptions are the most by any player since 2011.

There are a lot of teams that could use a healthy Richard Sherman and there have already been a few teams linked to the new free agent. The New England Patriots name came up right away as did the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks themselves didn’t rule out attempting to try and bring Sherman back. Sherman himself has said that he’d like to play for a contending team. If Sherman can pass a physical and prove to teams he’s healthy he won’t be a free agent for long.

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles made a deal yesterday along with all the other action. Philadelphia sent wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for cornerback Daryl Worley.

Smith caught 36 passes for 430 yards and 2 touchdowns last season for the Eagles. Worley started 14 games for the Panthers last season, playing in 15 games total and had 2 interceptions.

It appeared as though the Eagles where going to declined the option on Smith’s contract for the 2018 season; so they where able to get something in return for him.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 7, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Yesterday NFL teams had to decide if they where going to give any of their players the franchise or transition tag and some choose to. There where five players given the franchise tag and one given the transition tag. Here’s who they are.

It comes as no surprise that the Pittsburgh Steelers gave the franchise tag to Le’Veon Bell. This is the second year in a row that Bell has been franchised tag and he has shown his displeasure and has threatened to hold out or retire. This is really the only move the Steelers had to make since they have been unable to agree on a new contract with Bell. It’s not like they where going to let Bell go out onto the free agent market and get nothing in return for him. Since this is the second tag in a row for Bell if he decides to play under the franchise tag he’d be guaranteed $14.54 million dollars for next season.

The Detroit Lions used their franchise tag on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah has been the Lions best pass rusher for the last five seasons racking up 44 sacks over that time. After an injury plagued 2016 season Ansah bounced back and recorded a team high 12 sacks. Under the franchise tag Ansah will make $17.143 million dollars next season.

The Dallas Cowboys also used their franchise tag on a defensive end. The Cowboys decided to out the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence, but they’re hoping to work out a long term deal with him. The Cowboys have been looking for a top notch pass rusher for a long time and Lawrence seems to fit that bill. Lawrence had a team leading 14 1/2 sacks last season. If a long term deal can’t be worked out Lawrence would also play for the same salary as Ansah next season $17.143 million dollars.

The Los Angeles Rams have made quite a few moves this off season and yesterday they used their franchise tag on linebacker LaMarcus Joyner. The Rams waited longer than any team yesterday to announce who they where using there franchise tag on. The y had to decided between Joyner and Sammy Watkins and since the Rams went with Joyner Watkins will become a free agent. Joyner made 39 tackles last season while assisting on 10 other. He also defended 9 passes, intercepting 3 and returning one for a touchdown. Under the franchise tag Joyner would make $14.961 million dollars.

We’ve known for a while now, but the Miami Dolphins made it official yesterday as they applied their franchise tag to wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry has told the Dolphins that he will sign the tender. The Dolphins have allowed Landry to talk to other teams and see if there’s a possibility of a trade happening. Landry is coming off of a 112 catch 9 touchdown season. Under the franchise tag Landry would make $15.982 million dollars.

The Chicago Bears where the team that used the one transition tag yesterday. Chicago applied the transition tag to cornerback Kyle Fuller. Fuller was the Bears 1st round draft pick in 2014 and Chicago declined the 5th year option on Fuller’s contract before last season. Fuller went out and had the best year of his career causing the Bears to tag him. Under the transition tag Fuller will make $12.97 million dollars, but he is allowed to negotiate with other teams. Chicago can match any other teams offer sheets, but it will receive no compensation if it declines to match.

Will have to see which if any of these players can workout long term deals with their teams or if they play under the franchise or transition tag.

There’s been a lot of talk about “tanking” in sports, but the term really got it’s start in the NBA and it seems as though the league is going to try and crack down on these teams.

The league actually sent a warning to the Chicago Bulls and their head coach Fred Hoiberg about resting healthy players. Hoiberg has sat center Robin Lopez for the past six games as a healthy scratch. Swingman Justin Holiday has also been a healthy scratch in five of the last six games.

It is being reported that the Bulls are planning to play Lopez and Holiday “more extensively to close out the season” is how the team put it.

The Bulls of course wouldn’t admit to tanking, but come now what team ever has. The way the Bulls have gone about it is that after the All-Star break coach Hoiberg would be prioritizing minutes for the younger players over the veterans. It’s basically the nice way to say that you want your team to lose games or “tank”.

The Bulls are 1-5 since the All-Star break and have lost seven of their last ten games. For the season the Bulls are 21-42 which is the 8th worst record in the NBA. If the Bulls where to stay in that spot in the standings they’d have a 9.9% chance to move up into the Top 3 in June’s draft.

It would be interesting to know if the teams with the seven worst records than the Bulls where contacted about possibly tanking.

We do know after the Bulls where warned Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to all 30 NBA teams which made it clear that the league would not stand for teams blatantly tanking. This also comes after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 after saying that it would be better for his team to lose games late in the season.

From losing to winning in the NBA as the Houston Rockets picked up their 16th straight win with a 122-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the win the Rockets improved to 50-13 and are currently the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

The Rockets had seven players score in double figures led by Chris Paul with 25 points. James Harden had 23 points and a team high 11 assists, but also committed 10 turnovers in the game. P.J. Tucker led the Rockets on rebounds with 6.

Russell Westbrook was the games high scorer with 32 points and he also handed out a team high 7 assists while Steven Adams grabbed a team high 8 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Houston has to turn right around and put their winning streak back on the line tonight as they travel to Milwaukee to face the 34-30 Bucks.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 28, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The new NFL season doesn’t start until March 14th and right out of the gate the big free agent will be Kirk Cousins. There should be quite a few teams interested in Cousins, but what will they be willing to pay him?

The New York Jets have made it clear that they will be strong players for Cousins. Josh McCown made 13 starts for the Jets last season and played well, but they view McCown as their back up plan if they can’t sign Cousins. Bryce Petty did make 3 starts for the Jets last season, but Christian Hackenberg who was a 2nd round pick in the 2016 draft has yet to see the field. Does an add like Cousins make the Jets a playoff contender? Cousins could have some weapons to throw to as Robbie Anderson looked like he was developing into a big play threat towards the end of the season. Jermaine Kearse is a solid #2 type of receiver and if Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a good tight end as long as he can keep himself on the field. The thing that might keep Cousins away from the Jets is the fact that he’ll probably be looking for a team that can get into the playoffs and even with him at quarterback it’s unclear if the Jets could make that leap.

The Denver Broncos used three different starting quarterbacks last season and while the reports are they’re interested in Sam Bradford you have to think they’ll take a look at Cousins. While Bradford and Cousins may be similar Bradford has a history of injuries that Cousins doesn’t have; so that may put him at the top of the Broncos quarterback choices. While the Broncos don’t have a strong receiving tight end they do have two very good wide receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to. The Broncos also still have a top defense that could help them get right back in the thick of the playoffs. Also remember the Broncos had a 1000 rusher in C.J. Anderson; so there’s a running game to help Cousins out. Will see if the Broncos are set on Bradford or if they’ll take a look at Cousins.

The newest team to seem to be interested in Cousins are the Minnesota Vikings. All three of the Vikings quarterbacks from last season are free agents; so they’re going to have to find someone. Case Keenum played very well for Minnesota last season going 11-3 in 14 starts, but the Vikings have announced that they won’t use the franchise tag on Keenum and he’ll be allowed to become a free agent. Minnesota has on one of the better defenses in the NFL and if it’s weapons Cousins is looking for the Vikings have them as well. Adam Thielen had a breakout season in 2017 catching 91 passes for 1276 yards. Stefon Diggs missed a couple of games due to injury, but still caught 8 touchdowns passes and don’t forget tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph also had 8 touchdowns catches to go along with 57 receptions. The Vikings will also have Dalvin Cook returning from injury to be their feature running back. Cook was averaging 4.8 yards per carry before he got hurt in Week 4. The Vikings may have the best set of weapons for Cousins plus the fact that they just went to the NFC Championship game might be enough to get Cousins to sign there.

With the retirement of Carson Palmer it’s clear that the Arizona Cardinals need to find themselves a quarterback and you have to think that they’ll also check in a Cousins. Even juggling three different starting quarterbacks the Cardinals managed to finish 8-8 last season. Where could they have ended up had they had one solid starting quarterback? Larry Fitzgerald has decided to return after there was some talk he might join Palmer in retirement. Fitzgerald is coming off a 109 catch season while gaining 1156 yards. Now the Cardinals need to find that 2nd receiver to compliment Fitzgerald and they have a group of guys that they could find him from. Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and John Brown can all fill that role it’s just which one will step up to take the spot. The most important thing for the Cardinals and something that could be a factor in Cousins coming to Arizona is the return of the David Johnson. Johnson played just one game last season, but he’s a duel threat out of the backfield and is looked at as a Top 5 running back in the NFL when healthy. With a veteran core of players and a returning top running back could the addition of a quarterback like Cousins get the Cardinals into the playoffs?

Depending on What Cousins is looking for he could get the most money from the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have the most salary cap room in the NFL this off season, but is this some place Cousins would be looking to play. Running back Duke Johnson was the Browns leading receiver with 74 catches as the team doesn’t really have a true #1 receiver. Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis tied for the most receptions by a wide receiver with 27. Corey Coleman the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft played just 9 games last season due to injury. He’ll be look at to establish himself as the #1 receiver. The Browns took tight end David Njoku with the 29th pick in the 1st round in the 2017 draft and while he was looked at as a talent that still needed to learn the game he did catch 32 passes an led the team with 4 touchdown receptions. Now Cleveland doesn’t appear to be a landing spot for Cousins and all the talk is that Cleveland will draft a quarterback with either the 1st or 4th pick in the upcoming draft, but it’s something to be looked at because the Browns have the money to offer him.

We’ve got to see a little bit of Shohei Ohtani as a pitcher and a hitter early in spring training. By hitting and pitching this season it will make him an interesting fantasy player. Now we use Yahoo to run your leagues and they’ve told us that he’ll be considered as two separate players. You’ll be able to draft Ohtani the pitcher or Ohtani the hitter. I have to see a few more at bats from Ohtani  before I’ll be able to figure out what kind of a hitter he might be. With that being said I think if I had to choose between them I’d take Ohtani the pitcher over Ohtani the hitter. Of course there is still quite a it of spring training left; so that could change. It will also help to know just how many at bats he’ll get when he’s not pitching.

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How was your week

Posted: February 24, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, basketball, football, NASCAR, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

After being upset in the 1st round of the NFL playoffs last season the Kansas City Chiefs have made some big trades this off season.

The Chiefs started making changes very quickly starting with trading Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 3rd round draft pick. Looking at this deal now it’s interesting that the Chiefs acquired a cornerback in this deal and Fuller is looked upon as a starter.

Yesterday the Chiefs traded another Pro Bowler as they sent cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for what is being reported as a package of draft picks. It appears as though we might not find out the details of this traded until March 14th when the trade can become official.

While the Rams are getting a top cornerback in Peters he does come with some baggage. Just last season Peters had a meltdown after a penalty and ended up throwing the referees flag into the stands. After that he thought he had been ejected and went to the locker room, but it turned out he hadn’t been and returned to the field without all of his pads on and no socks. Kansas City did suspend Peters for a game after this incident. There where also times when Peters was seen yelling at Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on the sidelines. Peters also had an issue in college where he was kicked off the team at the University of Washington in 2014.

Even with the behavioral issues that Peters has shown, he is a fantastic talent on the field. He was a 1st round draft pick (#18 overall) by the Chiefs in the 2015 draft. Peters led the NFL with 8 interceptions and 2 returns for touchdowns as a rookie. Peters picked up 6 interceptions in 2016 and 5 last season. His 19 total interceptions lead the NFL for the three seasons he’s been in the league. Peters has made two Pro-Bowl and was voted 1st team All-Pro in 2016.

Peters is moving to defense that’s run by Wade Phillips and most experts seem to believe that Phillips will be good for the temperamental Peters. Phillips has had success with these type of emotional cornerback before. Phillips has been given credit for corralling the emotions of Aqib Talib when he was running the Denver Broncos defense. When Phillips was with the Broncos they won a Super Bowl and Talib made his first career Pro-Bowl. Will have to see how the working relationship between Peters and Phillips goes next season.

The Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-102 last night in a game that featured two teams will see in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Timberwolves may have lost more than just a game last night as All-Star guard Jimmy Butler was helped off the court with a knee injury. Butler grabbed an offensive rebound away from Nene and as he was going to go back up and try to score he went down and grabbed his right knee. The original fear was that it might be an ACL tear as Butler himself was heard saying “it’s torn” while being helped off the court. X-Rays where negative, but Butler will have an MRI today to try and see what the severity of the injury might be.

Butler is the NBA’s leader in minutes played, but that’s no surprise as Tom Thibodeau has always played Butler a lot of minutes going back to their days with the Chicago Bulls.

Butler has played in 56 of the Timberwolves 62 games this season and is averaging 22.2 points per game. Butler has always been considered an all around player as he also pitches in with 6.2 rebounds per game, 5.5 assists per game and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Butler is also a solid defensive player which is difficult to find in the NBA these days.

Butler’s injury will probably be the deciding factor on how the Timberwolves season goes. Minnesota hasn’t been to the playoffs in 11 years, but it looks as though that streak will come to and end this season as they are currently 4th in the Western Conference with a record of 36-26. While Minnesota is 10 games over .500 they are just 3 games out of the 9th spot in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves struggle mightily on offense without Butler.

If Butler was to miss the rest of the season or even say 10 to 15 games, would the Timberwolves be able to hang on to a playoff spot while he recovers?

We haven’t spent a lot of time talking about NASCAR on the Sports Time Radio podcast this year, but their season kicked off last week with the Daytona 500.

It was an exciting race that featured lots of crashes as most restrictor plate races in NASCAR do, but in the end it was Austin Dillon who found himself in victory lane when it was all said and done.

After a late race crash the Daytona 500 was headed to overtime. It appeared as though Aric Almirola was going to pick up the win, but Dillon received a big push from  Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. down the backstretch on the second and final lap of overtime. As Almirola moved up the racetrack to block, but Dillon made contact with Almirola’s rear bumper turning him sideways and turning him into the wall as Dillon and Wallace went by coming out of Turn 3.

Dillon and Wallace went on to finish one, two in the race in a couple of cars with iconic numbers. Dillon drivers for his grandfather Richard Childress, piloting the #3 car made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wallace posted the best finish ever by an African-American driver in the Daytona 500, surpassing the 13th-place result of NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in 1966. Wallace drives the #43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports. Of course the #43 was made famous by “The King” Richard Petty himself.

Rounding out the Top 5 at Daytona. Denny Hamlin #11 cane home 3rd with Joey Logano #22 in 4th and Chris Buescher #37 finishing 5th.

This Sunday the drivers head to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500. Kyle Busch will start on the pole after posting a speed of 184.652 miles per hour. Ryan Newman qualified 2nd with Kevin Harvick 3rd, Daniel Suarez 4th and Brad Keselowski round out the Top 5.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 14, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I’m sure I’ve mentioned multiple times that the Sports Time Radio podcast emanates from the Chicago suburbs. The four of us that you hear on the podcast all live in the Chicagoland area and have a rooting interest in the Chicago teams. Sadly right now it seems as though we have just baseball season to look forward to.

For about 10 seasons the Chicago Blackhawks where a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup and they did actually win it three times in six seasons. Now the Blackhawks have fallen. Last season they did get into the playoffs, but they where quickly eliminated in the 1st round. This season it’s even worse for the Blackhawks as they are currently in last place in the Central division. Through 57 games this season the Blackhawks are 24-25-8 and have 56 points. Last night the Blackhawks lost their 7th straight game 5-2 to the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Now there are some obvious reason for the Blackhawks slipping to where they are. They’ve had salary cap issues since winning their first Stanley Cup. Injuries are always a factor as they lots Marion Hossa probably forever and Corey Crawford has played just 28 games in goal for them this season. There is also the fact that the rest of the NHL has just caught up to the Blackhawks. Chicago was really one of the first teams in the NHL to embrace the speed side of the game and it paid off in multiple Stanley Cup’s.

How do the Blackhawks fix this, is what everyone wants to know. First off a healthy Crawford makes them a lot better, but they also need their young guys to perform like they’re expected to.

Nick Schmaltz is 20 years old and has 15 goals and 24 assists while Alex DeBrincat who is just 19 years old has 21 goals and 16 assists this season. Ryan Hartman is just 22 years old and is putting up solid number with 7 goals and 15 assists, but they’re really the only two younger Blackhawks who have been good this season. Connor Murphy looks to be coming along as a defenseman and is just 23 years old; so there are some guys who look like they can contribute in the future.

Of course the Blackhawks also need their top guys to stay as top guys. Patrick Kane is still that guy. Kane is tied for the team lead in goals with 21 and leads the team in assists with 32. Jonathan Toews is having another solid season as he has 15 goals and 21 assists. It’s difficult to believe that Duncan Keith doesn’t have a goal through 57 games and is a -13. Keith is a former Norris Trophy winner and his struggles on defense and the teams struggles on defense as a whole may be the biggest issues the Blackhawks will need to correct this coming off season.

Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp where both brought back to help this team out and it hasn’t paid off this season. Saad has 13 goals and 11 assists while Sharp has 6 goals and 8 assists. While it’s nice to see the guys who where here when the team started winning Stanley Cup’s, it would be nice if they added something.

Now any team that has Kane and Toews on it can turn things around quickly; so don’t be surprised if the Blackhawks are back in the playoffs next season.

Of course the other big time winter sport is basketball and in Chicago we have the tanking Chicago Bulls.

It’s humorous that the Bulls would prefer to lose games and they’ve some how managed to win 20 games so far this season. There are seven teams in the NBA with worse records than the Bulls and to rebuild and rebuild quickly you need to be drafting inside the Top 5 and in some cases inside the Top 3 to improve quickly.

As you look at the current Bulls roster it’s unclear if any of these players with the exception of Lauri Markkanen will still be with the team when they get back into the playoffs. There are high hopes for Zach LaVine, but he’s coming back from injury and has to prove that he’s more than just a highlight dunker. The Bulls where very interested in Kris Dunn in the 2016 draft, but the Minnesota Timberwolves took him with the 5th pick. Chicago acquired Dunn with LaVine and the draft pick that turned out to be Markkanen for Jimmy Butler and a draft pick that Minnesota used on Justin Patton. Dunn was solid for the Bulls until he got injured. It looks as though Dunn will return tonight against the Toronto Raptors, but it’s unclear how many minutes he’ll actually get. Do you see LaVine or Dunn being on a Bulls playoff team?

While it seems as though tanking is the way to go in the NBA. Remember that the Philadelphia 76ers started their rebuild in 2013 and they still haven’t found their way back into the playoffs and still aren’t close to contending for an NBA title. How far away from the playoffs are the Bulls? and how long will it take them to be an NBA title contender?

Luckily for us here in the Chicagoland area it’s almost baseball season. With the addition of Yu Darvish the Chicago Cubs should be considered a World Series contender.

The Cubs should have a very good starting rotation with Darvish being added to the likes of Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood. The biggest pitching question the Cubs have is will their closer hold up. Brandon Morrow is taking the role for the very first time. Morrow was injury prone as a starter, but seems to have found a home in the bullpen. Morrow made 45 appearances last season covering 43 2/3rd innings, but as a closer he’ll be asked to pitch more than he did last season which was his first full season in the bullpen. The Cubs also signed Steve Cishek this off season. Cishek was the closer for the Seattle Mariners in 2016 until he had some struggles and was replaced by Edwin Diaz. Cishek has posted two 30 plus save seasons in his career and could be a good back up if Morrow struggles.

With an everyday line up that should be one of the best in baseball and now a starting rotation that should compare to anyone’s, the only question the Cubs may have is will that bullpen hold up.

Baseball wise Chicago also has the White Sox. Now the White Sox started their rebuild last season and where some promising signs heading into this season.

A young rotation featuring a healthy Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez should be interesting to watch. It’s possible that Rodon won’t be ready for opening day and there’s no reason for the White Sox to rush him. After struggling with the Washington Nationals Giolito was good in his 7 starts for the White Sox last season. Giolito posted a 2.38 E.R.A. while going 3-3 and pitching 45 1/3rd innings. Lopez made 8 starts and went 3-3 as well, but had a higher E.R.A. at 4.72 over 47 2/3rd innings.

The White Sox have held onto Jose Abreu so far and look like he’s the veteran they’re going to build around; so they’ll get at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI’s out of him. Will get to see a full season of Yoan Moncada. Avisail Garcia hit .330 last season; so maybe he’s going to get close to the player a lot of people though he was going to be. Don’t forget that Matt Davidson also hit 26 home runs in 118 games last season.

While the White Sox will probably be a sub .500 team again in 2018 there should be some interesting young players to keep an eye on.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 7, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

For the first time in my life I did not get to see the Super Bowl live. Just my luck, which is pretty much all bad I was one of the many people who came down with the flu. I tried my best and actually got out of bed to watch the game, but fell asleep before the opening kickoff and didn’t wake up again until the game was over. Sadly it looks as tough I missed what may have been the best offensive game in Super Bowl history.

As for our picks, well three out of the five people who picked the game had Philadelphia winning. Schaumburg Stu, Mr. Fantasy and I went with the Eagles while Dan the Man and our guest picker Greg had the Patriots.

Now with the Super Bowl we always try to predict the final score and we select an M.V.P. None of us got close to the actually final score, but Mr. Fantasy did select the correct M.V.P. Of course we don’t really count that pick as it’s not really a stretch to take the quarterback of the team you think is going to win the game. Earlier in the week I sent out and e-mail asking everyone not to just select the quarterback of the team that you thought was going to win as it leads to more fun and interesting picks. Dan the Man had Rob Gronkowski, Schaumburg Stu selected Alshon Jeffery and I picked Zach Ertz.

Mr. Fantasy bounced back to win the playoff picks at 7-4. Schaumburg Stu and I went 6-5 while Dan the Man went from winning the regular season to the cellar for the playoffs at 5-6.  No one has won the regular season pick title in back to back season; so we’ll have to see if Dan the Man can be the first when football season rolls back around.

Now that the Super Bowl is over the teams with head coaching vacancies where able to announce their new head coach even though we pretty much knew who the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis colts where going to go with.

Even though his defense had some issues in the Super Bowl the Lions announced that New England’s defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their new head coach.

Patricia started with the Patriots in 2004 as an offensive assistant. He was the assistant offensive line coach in 2005 before switching to the defensive side as the linebacker coach from 2006 to 2010. in 2011 he coached the safeties before taking over as defensive coordinator in 2012. The position he held until the Lions hired him.

Patricia is a first time head coach and inherits a team that many thought had the best head coaching opening. Since his forte is defense will have to take a close look at who he brings in to coach Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense.

Now the Indianapolis hiring didn’t go quite as well as the Detroit hiring did. The Colts had planned to name New England’s offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach.

Just hours before the Colts where going to introduce McDaniels as their new head coach he backed out of his deal with the team and will return to the Patriots. McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano, and a news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Just a few hours later, the Colts said McDaniels informed them he would not sign the deal.

This normally doesn’t happen in the NFL, but it’s not unprecedented in league history for a deal with a new coach to fall through at the last minute. McDaniels’ move was eerily reminiscent of his mentor, Bill Belichick, who resigned as coach of the Jets with a handwritten note less than a day after he was hired in 2000.

Now we may never know why McDaniels decided to turn down the Colts job, but there are reports out there that he would be the Patriots choice to replace Belichick when he decided to hang things up in New England.

The question now is; what will the Colts do? Indianapolis had interviewed several other candidates for the job; including two that were hired by other teams. Matt Nagy went to Chicago and Mike Vrabel to Tennessee. Another potential candidate Baylor coach Matt Rhule, had already announced he was returning to the college ranks.

There are still some quality head coaching candidates out there. It will be interesting to see which way the Colts go with this.

The Minnesota Twins name has popped up quite a bit with some of the top named free agent this off season, especially the pitchers. You have to wonder if that pursuit of a top starting pitcher will intensify with the news that Ervin Santana will be lost for 10 to 12 weeks.

Yesterday Santana had  surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The Twins released this statement.

Santana is 35 and is signed with the Twins though the 2019 season. He was 16-8 in 33 starts last season with an E.R.A. of 3.28. Santana led baseball in complete games with 5 and shutouts with 3. He threw 211 1/3rd innings in 2017 and finished 7th in the American League Cy Young voting.

It may be difficult for the Twins to find someone who will pitch as well for them as Santana did last season, but there are some pitchers they cam look at.

The Twins have been one of the teams with high interest in Yu Darvish and it was reported that they where the only team willing to go 5 years on a contract with him. You’d have to think that he’d be their first choice to sign, but he’s not the only starter out there.

Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb are still on the free agent market. Now both of these starters seem to have unreasonable contract demands, but with the loss of a quality starter like Santana would the Twins meet these demands.

Minnesota could also take a look at some of the starting pitchers who haven’t gotten much attention with the bigger name guys still available. Could a Lance Lynn, Andrew Cashner or possibly Jason Vargas be on the Twins radar?

It’s looking like the Twins will be forced into a move do to injury. Now will have to see if they’ll pay top dollar for one of the three starters we’ve heard about all season; Arrieta, Darvish or Cobb. Or if they’ll find another answer for their rotation. With spring training not to far off we should get that answer soon.

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