The Dodgers have acquired infielder Breyvic Valera from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder Johan Mieses.
Valera has a .303 career batting average in 800 minor league games over eight years with the Cardinals organization. The 26-year-old utility player has spent the majority of his career at second base, but has seen time at shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions.
Last year, Valera made his big league debut as a September call-up, going 1 fo 10 with one walk in five games. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Memphis. Last winter, he played in Venezuela, where he was chosen the league’s most valuable player.
Problem is, the old draft value chart developed by Jimmy Johnson assigns a point value of 1,200 to the No. 12 pick and 800 to the No. 21 pick, which adds up to 2,000 and is therefore a bit less than, say, the 2,600 points assigned to the Giants’ No. 2 pick. So if the Bills want to jump the Jets, it’s going to take more than just their two 2018 first-rounders. Buffalo might be better off eyeing the Browns’ No. 4 overall pick, though by that point, the Bills could be left with their fourth-choice quarterback.
Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense—the backbone of two trips to the Super Bowl—lost some key contributors this offseason. The Seahawks traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the Eagles. They released cornerback Richard Sherman, who added insult to injury by signing a team-friendly deal with the rival 49ers.
Both the 49ers and NFC West champion Rams have busily added pieces this offseason, while Seattle has headed in the opposite direction. While the Seahawks aren’t a bad team by any stretch of the imagination, they don’t appear to be a great one, either.
In that respect, their worst-case scenario may already be unfolding.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge threw out Martin at home plate in the second as he tried to score from second base on Gift Ngoepe’s ground single to right field.
You’ve got to do something when you’re not hitting, joked Judge, who went 1 for 3 with two walks, raising his batting average to .200.
Devon Travis followed with an RBI single as the Blue Jays opened the scoring for the second straight game.