Greg Bird’s return forces Yankees to make tough roster decision

The Yankees have too many good players to keep them all in the big leagues. It’s a nice problem to have, but it still makes for tough calls.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is lucky to have first baseman Greg Bird return to the club this weekend after missing the entire year up until this point, but that means a roster move had to be made.

Boone labeled Austin (.238, eight HRs, 23 RBIs) as an impact performer and added: He’s a reason we’re sitting where we are with a strong record. He’s played a major role in that. We expect that to continue throughout this year.

Adams’ fWAR of 1.1 equates to approximately $9.9 million in performance value, which is a huge surplus after just over a quarter of the season. However, if Adams continues to slide, so too does the number and any happiness the Nats felt while Adams was on his massive late-April tear.

Of all the deals we’ll cover here, this one seemed to be the one of the most egregious from the beginning. There wasn’t much in Garcia’s performance in 2017 that suggested he deserved a $10 million contract and it’s looking like a terrible decision for the Blue Jays.

After pitching to a 4.30 ERA in 113 innings in 2017, Garcia sports a 6.28 ERA in 38 2/3 innings for Toronto. Garcia’s -0.1 fWAR means that HE should be writing the check to the Blue Jays for his chance to be on the mound.

Gonzalez sat on the open market for some time and when his price came down, the Rockies decided to take back the outfielder with nine years of playing time in Colorado. Gonzalez has been on a decline for years, but as with many of these types of deals, the club felt that familiarity was better than signing anyone outside of the organization.

At this pace, Gonzalez will come up well short of meeting the breakeven point in his deal.

The Texans re-signed Alfred Blue and also have Tyler Ervin and Troymaine Pope behind starter Lamar Miller.

Why don’t fans support players who want more?
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Plenty of players skipped mandatory minicamps this year in an effort to get more money. And plenty of fans don’t like it.

The notion that a player who consciously takes advantage of these options is violating his contract ignores the broader contract that dictates the team-player relationship. The Demarcus Walker Authentic Jersey overriding document is the CBA, and the CBA allows players to withhold services (at a price), if they choose to do so.

Even then, fans still routinely side with the billionaires over the mostly-not-millionaires. It likely happens for a variety of reasons.

First, fans just want the players to play. During a holdout, it’s the player who is New England Patriots Jersey the one directly responsible for keeping the player from playing. So the fans pressure the player to honor his contract, not the team to give him a new one.

Prescott said on Saturday that despite the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, who were first and second in catches on the Cowboys last year, he expects to put on a show in 2018.

We’re going to be an exciting team this year, Prescott said on Showtime. A lot of new faces. I think you’re going to find we have a lot of new guys on this team, within this organization, that can make plays. We plan on surprising a lot of people.

Those new faces will include veterans Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin and draft picks Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Prescott will have to grow accustomed to playing with a very different receiving corps in 2018. He believes he’s up to the task.

Others to work out Saturday along with Bridges and Knox were Shake Milton, Bruce Brown Jr. and another Kentucky stud, New Yorker Hamidou Diallo.

When Aroldis Chapman has to back up a base or make a quick move off the mound, it is easy to see there is something bothering the left knee that supports a chiseled upper body that looks more like an NFL safety’s than it does a pitcher’s.

Jimmy Garoppolo focuses on 49ers’ red-zone efficiency

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With that said, the Patriots could Stephen Curry Jersey use some depth at quarterback, especially with Tom Brady not in attendance for organized team activities. The only other players on the roster at the position are Wesley Woodyard Youth Jersey journeyman Brian Hoyer and rookie seventh-round pick Danny Etling.

The team canceled the final two days of OTAs this week.

Houston has not announced the terms of the deal as of yet, but they did announce the extension.

For a guy that’s been able to go through all of that and to come out on the other side with a smile on his face — he did it right. He didn’t hide behind anything. He stood up, took it on the chin and moved on. In a town like [New York], or America in general, people are willing to forgive.

Giambi declined to get into specifics when asked if he thought his imperfect past could hurt or help his chances.

One thing he is sure about, however, is that numbers won’t get in the way. Data plays a pivotal role in a manager’s day-to-day job, but Giambi isn’t worried. A member of the Athletics from 1995 to 2001, he got a lesson in analytics from an original master.

I came from Moneyball, so I know all about analytics. I am Moneyball, Giambi said laughing. I was the ultimate player when it came to that. It worked with Billy Beane. There’s a general manager that was all about it. So definitely, I know about it, it’s a big part of the game and this is the way it’s going.

Neither Harrison nor Hernandez was available after practice to talk about the incident.

We just have to focus on getting better, we have to play better football, we have to be a strong unit on the offensive line, and we have to do what we can control, said Solder, who protected the blind side of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady for seven years before signing with New York. Those things are battles, they happen, emotions rise, and you work through it and move on.
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Giants players will be on their own until the end of July, when training camp opens.

We’ve talked to them about all the work that we’ve done to this point, and with five weeks to go, it’s not time off, it’s time away, Shurmur said. So, to continue with their preparation, we’re always talking to them about being a good citizen, and we say New York Giants pride for a reason. So, be very smart. Be good husbands, good fathers and be good citizens.

According to The Athletic, the Steelers have had no dialogue regarding a new deal so far this offseason.

With Bell’s lofty contract expectations, a fast-approaching deadline, and Pittsburgh’s previous hesitations to give him a huge deal, there isn’t much reason to be optimistic about a contract getting done.

The Giants would like to see that proof, too.

It was an eventful offseason for Flowers, who was moved to right tackle when the Giants signed free agent Nate Solder to play left tackle, the subject of trade talks, a no-show at a Authentic Danny Duffy Jersey three-practice pre-draft voluntary minicamp and had his fifth-year contractual option declined.

And now James could be the perfect complement to a secondary that includes cornerback Casey Hayward, who has 11 interceptions in the past two seasons and signed a contract extension earlier this year, and Jason Verrett, a former first-round pick who has played just five games in the past two seasons because of an ACL injury that required multiple surgeries.

The Chargers have been increasing Verrett’s workload this offseason, at times having to hold him back for his own good, head coach Anthony Lynn said. Wednesday marked Verrett’s first day he’s practiced fully Womens Charles Haley Jersey in team drills since Week 1 of last season.

Malcolm Jenkins on White House trip: The decision was made to lie

The Eagles tried to tapdance around the controversy, when they issued a statement about the cancellation of their trip to the White House which didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name.

Quin’s been a reliable and productive part of the Lions defense since arriving in 2013 as he hasn’t missed a game while playing at a high level much of the time. That experience should help him make up for lost time heading into the 2018 season.

Sickle cell disease disproportionately affects African-Americans in the United States, according to Glenn Jenkins, executive director of Embrace Kids Foundation.

Tackle Sickle Cell’s annual blood drive draws about one-third minority donors where the national average is six percent, Jenkins said.

What I tell guys all the time, when I got this job and went into that first meeting, I said, ‘Guys, we really can be the best in the world. We can be the best in the league. We can have the best offensive line in the league.’ I was like, ‘Wow, I said that,’ Brown told the team’s website. When you say things like that [out loud], you have to work toward it. I always tell guys, you don’t necessarily need to have sight to have vision. For me, I have this vision of us being the best, of us winning championships. Now, that’s me saying that. The minute you put that out in the air… you’ve got to move toward that. You have to work your tail off.

How does one go about establishing every team’s most underpaid player? We started by looking at several key indicators of player value: Pro Football Reference’s approximate value metric (which is an attempt to put a single number on the seasonal value of a player at any position from any year), assessments from outlets such as Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus, raw statistics from PFR and and the good old eyeball test. And then we juxtaposed those results with contract information provided by Spotrac.

Shurmur: Beckham will ‘possibly’ be cleared next week

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Coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that Beckham will possiblybe medically cleared for next week’s team minicamp, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

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Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) class of 2019 defensive lineman Jared Harrison-Hunte has emerged as one of the more highly-sought players in the region, especially out of New York. Rutgers is recruiting him hard and has interacted with him as much as any other program, but where do they stand in relation to Ohio State and the other programs recruiting him following the East Coast Elite Camp on Friday, June 1?

Smith was vocal in his disappointment with the new rule change, telling David Newton of that money was a motivating factor and there could be additional protesting as a result:

You’re disappointed but not surprised. At the end of the day, the league is about money, it’s a business. To try to silence those guys when they’re trying to do the right thing for our country, I don’t know what to say about it.

Patriots’ Julian Edelman reportedly violated NFL’s PED policy, appealing suspension

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is facing a potential four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, ESPN reported Thursday.
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The automatic four-game suspension is under appeal, Adam Schefter reported. According to an unidentified league source, Edelman said that he’s taken hundreds of tests before and that he has never failed one.

Schatz: Yes, there’s a good argument that Thomas has been the best defensive player in the game over the past couple of years. He certainly has Dion Sims Jersey been the best defensive player in the back seven.

Henderson: 8-8. The running game and kicking game are two areas in which the Seahawks should be improved compared to the 2017 team that went 9-7. But they’re playing in an increasingly competitive division, and they’ve lost a considerable amount of talent on defense. A Thomas holdout would further diminish that group.

Kimes: 9-7, though I’d subtract two wins if Thomas leaves. The NFC West is pretty grisly looking, but I see a lot of winnable games on the rest of Seattle’s schedule.

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Expectations were low after the horse missed the Kentucky Derby due to a fever. He also sat out the Preakness Stakes last month. Going into the race, Gronk the horse was a 22-1 long shot to win and wasn’t expected to finish anywhere near the top two spots.

He raced down the right-field line to snag Marte’s foul, his momentum causing him to lean into the seats after he made the catch.

Pirates: Hurdle said RHP Ivan Nova (sprained ligament in right ring finger) is expected to come off the DL and start Sunday. … RHP Richard Rodriquez (right shoulder inflammation) said through an interpreter his injury is nothing severe and he expects to return when he is eligible to come off the DL on June 17. … Cervelli was being monitored for concussion symptoms, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said.

Kaepernick’s attorney insists the NFL colluded against his client over fear of the President

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Kaepernick’s attorney insists the NFL colluded against his client over fear of the President More Not only are the NFL owners colluding against Colin Kaepernick, the embattled free agent quarterback’s lawyer claims, but they did so out of fear of President Donald Trump, who has seized upon the issue of players protesting during the national anthem.
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It’s great that he stuck his neck out there,linebacker Darron Lee said, because I know a lot of people feel passionate about that.Story Continues New York Rep. Pete King wrote on Twitter on Saturday that it was disgracefulthat Johnson would pay fines for players who would kneel during the anthem. King added that Johnson’s decision was encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police.Would he support all player protests?King continued. Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or spew racism? It’s time to say goodbye to Jets!The Jets have not decided what they will do this year during the national anthem, but Lee said if he had to take an educated guess,he thinks the team will lock arms again. Beachum and Kearse stressed that unity is the top priority with the Jets. I think it’s very important that no matter what we do, that we do it together,Kearse said.

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The Cardinals selected Kirk with their second-round pick (No. 47 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

So that’s it for this week: The NFL will miss Savage and the work he did in Mobile, and, as such, ex-Seahawks and Patriots scout Jim Nagy has some big shoes to fill when he takes over next month. Savage helped secure Reese’s as a title sponsor in one of his first acts in 2013, and did a second deal with the company just a few months back. He also grew the game’s exposure, to the point where both ESPN and NFL Network were broadcasting practices in 2016, and 600 media members were credentialed last year.

Raiders install new defense while Mack stays away

Paul Guenther is installing a new defense for the Oakland Raiders with the most important part of the unit missing.

Mack has missed the entire voluntary portion of the offseason and has not indicated whether he plans to report for next week’s mandatory minicamp or risk fines of more than $80,000.

Trump reportedly felt snubbed when he learned Tom Brady would not be with the team during their visit to the White House after Super Bowl LI.

From the Washington Post:

Trump grew angry in April 2017 when Tom Brady said he planned to skip the White House visit with the Patriots, huddling angrily with aides and even calling Patriots owner Robert Kraft. One former senior administration official described a chaotic scene unfolding over the heartlands of America, as Trump flew back from an event in Wisconsin. Trump made a number of calls and asked aides to help fix the situation, worried that Brady’s absence would reflect poorly on him.

During the intervening years the Leagues’ actions nearly put Monmouth Park out of business, inflicted significant financial and emotional hardship on hundreds of innocent Monmouth Park workers, and jeopardized the continued viability of New Jersey’s entire equine industry, the lawsuit says.

The leagues lost the fight to prevent the spread of sports betting. Now they’ll have another fight over the actions they took to try to prevent the spread of sports betting.

Few understand the NFL rulebook better than Mike Pereira. So at a time when the NFL rulebook will be changing like never before, it makes sense to talk to him.

Talk to him I did on Friday, for a full hour.

Isaiah Crowell: Week in, week out, I never knew my role in the Browns’ offense

After four seasons in Cleveland, running back Isaiah Crowell signed this offseason with the Jets. He’s not going to miss the Browns.
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Crowell described the Browns’ offense as one where he never knew his role, and that wore on him.

You just never knew, Crowell told the New York Post. Sometimes it was [an every-down situation], sometimes it wasn’t. Authentic Rickey Jackson Jersey You just never knew week in and week out. I felt like that was discouraging and annoying.

The Dolphins needed a receiving threat at tight end for Adam Gase after seeing how Julius Thomas didn’t pan out. Ryan Tannehill also needed a new security blanket after the team didn’t bring back Jarvis Landry. Gesicki is athletic, but there are some concerns about his blocking.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Chargers have signed safety Derwin James. James was the 17th overall pick in April and signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season.

There were plenty of predictions in the days and weeks leading up to the draft that had James going earlier in the first round after starring at Florida State, but he wound up lingering long enough for the Chargers to add him to their secondary.
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James has been working at strong safety during OTAs, but, per the team’s website, he’s expected to add to his portfolio as he gets comfortable at the professional level. Wherever he winds up come September, it’s a good bet that he’ll be in the starting lineup.
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