Giants GM Dave Gettleman on Odell Beckham Jr. trade winds

Mara said the mushroomed Beckham trade storyline is a bigger deal outside the Giants’ than inside the front office. That’s not strange, however, given league-wide conventions like the NFL Combine and Annual Meetings are a hotbed for rumors that sometimes lead to activity.

There is no harm in having people call, Mara said.

Trading Beckham right now — when his value is at its lowest because of uncertainty about his contract, his health off of ankle surgery and his off-field behavior — makes less sense than trading him at peak value off a big season of production.

I had two strikes on him and I left the ball right over the plate, the lefty said.

Luke Weaver (1-0), a rare starting pitcher with a single-digit uniform number (7), struggled through a 27-pitch first inning in his first outing and gave up Amed Rosario’s tying single in the second. The 24-year-old right-hander, who last summer became the first Cardinals rookie to win seven straight starts since Ted Wilks in 1944, wound up allowing five hits in five innings, four of them singles.

For us this is a pretty significant change, McKay said during a news conference at the Annual League Meeting in Orlando. This one technique, we saw so many hits when a player lowered his head and delivered a hit and either hurt himself or the player he was hitting, McKay said. It was time for a change of this magnitude.

This has very little requirement to it, McKay continued. This is simply if you lower your head to initiate contact and you make contact with an opponent it’s a foul.

The Rams are making wholesale changes to their defense and their locker room, and while Phillips is likely the best defensive coordinator in football, we’ll only know how that goes once those guys actually get onto the field and play alongside one another. I can’t fault the Rams for being aggressive, but aggression inherently involves risk. Maybe the Rams don’t get enough pressure off the edge to keep quarterbacks from getting outside the pocket. Perhaps Suh is toast. It’s difficult to imagine L.A. getting as much from guys like Donald and Todd Gurley as they did in 2017, if only because they were about as productive as an interior lineman and a running back can be in any given season in the modern NFL.