The best and worst of 2018’s one-year MLB contracts

Whatever the reason — desperation, pillow contract or keeping a spot warm for a prospect — baseball teams and veteran players continuously turn to one-year contracts.

For some clubs, a one-year veteran deal has become a last resort as the progression toward younger rosters continues. However, depending on a team’s needs, the use of such pacts can have a strong impact on its overall roster construction. For the club, the uncertainty of the outcome is a risk worth taking. As for the player, often times the deal they take is the only one they received.

We’ll look at several of this season’s one-year deals and how they’re currently working out for the club and the player.

When we went down 10-5, I remember just thinking in the outfield during one of the pitching changes that we’re down 10-5, but it doesn’t really feel like that way, Martinez said.

Trout, a six-time All-Star, said he thinks he injured his finger while playing in Oakland last weekend but that he can’t pinpoint when or how the injury occurred.

I think it was just over time, Trout said. I don’t know one spot when it happened, but it’s pretty painful.

Trout tried to play catch when the Angels returned home Monday and said he felt really sore. He then played center field against the Arizona Diamondbacks later that night and didn’t feel any better, prompting him to start the next two games at DH.

They just said not to throw for a couple days and see how it goes, Trout said. I’m just trying to ice it and make sure it gets better.

The Angels also scratched scheduled starter Tyler Skaggs for the opener of a four-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays, replacing him with minor league journeyman John Lamb. Skaggs, who has allowed only one earned run in 20 innings this month, is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring; he is the sixth injured Angels starting pitcher.

The Angels have been decimated by injuries, with as many as 15 players on the disabled list at one point, but Trout has almost single-handedly kept them afloat with what might be his best season yet.

Peyton Manning’s lawyer did more debunking than confirming of Charlie Sly’s claims

The Al Jazeera story about PED use in sports has resurfaced in recent days, thanks to the lingering defamation litigation filed by Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, two baseball players implicated in the documentary. And the effort by Al Jazeera to avoid liability has pulled Peyton Manning’s name into the case.

After meeting with attorney Matthew D. McGill, a partner with the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Al Jazeera DROPPED those allegations from the documentary, apparently because Al Jazeera had become convinced by McGill that Sly was not making credible claims about Peyton Manning. Al Jazeera claims that McGill became a second source who confirmed much of what Sly had said.

McGill has responded to this contention, in an email sent Sunday to PFT.

Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, told ESPN that the goal for Mahomes’ first year in Kansas City was just to establish himself as a part of the team, and not to get every endorsement dollar. As a result, Mahomes turned down offers that would have given him a higher profile, not wanting to create a perception that he saw himself as a star before he had proven himself.

We talked about how the first year the goal was to integrate into the team, and the only way to do that is to pay deference to the incumbent veterans and try not to go into the situation with a high profile, Steinberg said. We intentionally didn’t do endorsements that would run in the Kansas City area even though they were offered. We didn’t want him to be on billboards and everything when he wasn’t even playing.

As Alex Smith’s backup last year, Mahomes says, earning respect in the locker room was a higher priority than earning money from sponsors.

President Donald Trump bans Eagles from White House visit

President Donald Trump issued a statement Monday banning the Super Bowl champion Eagles from visiting the White House.

The Eagles held meetings with their players in recent weeks in regard to the trip, according to NFL.com. A large group of players had decided not to attend the White House, according to a report from ESPN.

President Trump was in favor of the new rule.

Eagles representatives visited the Pennsylvania Capitol on Monday.

What we can do is going to depend in large part on the quality of the information we can get from these states, Silver said. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to know name and Social Security number for the person placing their bets. But if we can get aggregate information, for example, and we can look at trends, it will put us in a better position to detect any aberrational behavior.

He added that the league is still negotiating with different entities over the possibility of receiving a so-called integrity fee to help them monitor gambling activity.

In the wake of a season that has included several notable players missing significant time due to injury, Silver was asked if there’s any thought about shortening the schedule from 82 games. While he did say 82 games wasn’t a magic number he didn’t make it seem likely it will change anytime soon and rejected the notion that fewer games would automatically lead to fewer injuries.

But I do mean this most importantly, and we talk to the Players Association a lot about this, if we had any data, hard data suggesting that a season that was 75 games or 72 games instead of 82 games would reduce injuries other than just playing fewer games, we’d be taking a hard look at shortening our season, Silver said.

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Oladipo is the engine that makes the Pacers go. In transition, Indy averages 1.35 points per chance when he’s on the court, which is a better mark than the Warriors. When he’s off the court, the Pacers are tied for second-worst in the NBA (1.18 points per chance).

Andy Reid and Brett Veach went heavy on the defensive rebuild theme with a lot of good players but no great ones; that was expected since the Chiefs didn’t have a first-rounder and only six picks overall. They should have addressed their secondary holes earlier.

But there was no splash to build on the initial defensive rebuild last year that came in the form of Solomon Thomas, Reuben Foster and Ahkello Witherspoon. San Francisco still has a playoff-caliber team, more so for Jimmy Garoppolo and what’s around him on offense.

But it really wasn’t my personality and the culture of the game wasn’t ready for that. So it was like a bridge too far, so to speak, at the time.

Nash referenced another of D’Antoni’s regrets: that the Suns didn’t shoot even more 3s. The criticism that they shot too many, which came externally from the media and internally from the front office, seems cute in hindsight.

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The running back isn’t shy about his demands. He asked for $15 million per season during a song he debuted last year. The Steelers may be better served leaning on Bell for one more season then moving on.聽

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Hinkie orchestrated The Process that got the Sixers Joel Embiid and No. 1 picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, not to mention a 2018 playoff berth. Jhabvala reports that Hinkie met with the Broncos on Clark Harris Authentic Jersey Thursday at their headquarters.

GM John Elway was there, along with some of the Broncos’ analytics team and their scouts. They were discussing how to best use the influx of data they’ve received over the years to benefit them in player evaluation, in-game situations, salary cap and contract decisions, and training and rehab matters, per The Athletic. While Hinkie, 40, is most well-known for tanking the 76ers into oblivion from 2013 to 2016, he’s not a stranger to the NFL. Hinkie spent time with both the 49ers and Texans as a consulting intern while he was at Stanford.

Hinkie started his executive career with the NBA after college when he joined the Rockets as a special assistant to then-Rockets GM Carroll Dawson. He hasn’t found new work within the NBA since his transparent tank efforts with the 76ers, where he accrued a 47-195 record, although his numbers advice is not to be taken lightly. While Hinkie’s fame comes from losing, the only reason that he stripped the 76ers down was to get them talent.

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There have been reports of trouble within the New England Patriots organization for a few months now and Tom Brady’s comments on Monday night might have added more fuel to the fire.
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The New England quarterback was at the Milken Institute Global Conference and was asked by sportscaster Jim Gray if he feels appreciated by the Patriots organization.

It’s not the most reassuring answer that things are going fine over in Foxborough, as owner Robert Kraft and heach coach Bill Belichick have suggested.

Even as the expectations have been lowered to the most elementary form of respect, a simple acknowledgment of right and wrong, the NFL continues to show it is no better at standing up for equality than the Browns are at winning a football game, no better than Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman is at throwing passes against the Chargers defense, and no better than the Saints defense is at holding a lead in the playoffs with 10 seconds left.

With regard to the rationale behind the policy, Smith told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg (h/t Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Brad Marchand Jersey Smith), It smacks as more of a desire to exert control rather than a desire to stand up and support the rights and freedoms that our country was founded on.

The NFL approved a new policy Wednesday that will fine teams if their players protest on the sidelines during the national anthem before games.

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The NFLPA released a statement Wednesday regarding the league’s decision:

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Keenum leveled up from career benchwarmer status when he climbed off the bench to throw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns in 14 starts last year, leading the Vikings to an 11-3 record and taking them to the NFC Championship Game.

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The Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in the first round not knowing exactly where he would fit in their secondary. Three years later, they still aren’t positive what he is.

As a rookie in 2015, Jones started seven games at safety and four games at corner. It’s the last time he played corner in the NFL, having started all 16 games at safety each of the past two seasons.

But new secondary coach Kris Richard has moved Jones back to cornerback. Richard likes bigger corners, and Jones stands 6 feet, weighs 205 pounds and has 32-inch arms. Jones looks the part.

Donovan Mitchell had an outstanding rookie campaign and projects as the primary scorer for the Utah Jazz next season as well. He should only get better.

Arvidsson, together with Nashville Predators teammates Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm, joined the Swedish team during the tournament after the Predators were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.

“We had the puck a lot,” Arvidsson said. “They did a great job defending.”

Sweden outshot Switzerland 38-27 but could not get the puck past goaltender Leonardo Genoni.

Switzerland finished runner-up for the third time after 2013 and 1935. It has never won.

“We battled hard … all the tournament long,” Switzerland defenseman Mirco Muller said. “Once you look at the bigger picture, it’s huge for Swiss hockey. But right now, there’s a disappointment. We definitely had our chances.”ravens_104

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The Washington Capitals stood at their bench, waiting for the hot lap around the rink to end before practice could begin on Wednesday morning. As is tradition, the team switched up the skater taking the first lap after a road loss.
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Captain Alex Ovechkin had opened practice with a hot lap since Game 6 of the semifinals, when they eliminated the Penguins in Pittsburgh. But a Game 5 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning meant a new skater before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals: their 55-year-old head Garry Gilliam Womens Jersey coach, Barry Trotz.

We had to change. We lost here last time, Trotz said after practice. I look at it real simply: They called my number. At this time of year, you’re all-in. I was ready.

Moments like this are symbolic of the Capitals’ approach to this postseason. A team that has been synonymous with playoff tension and dread is having fun out there, even as Game 7 arrives and with it a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.

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Sweden is going for a third world title in six years.

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Trailing 1-0 in the second, the U.S. had a four-minute power play but allowed a short-handed goal by Magnus Paajarvi, who scored on a rebound after goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped Mikael Backlund on a breakaway.

Hornqvist stretched the lead to 3-0 on a power play, and Sweden underlined its control when Mattias Janmark made it 4-0 just 11 seconds later.

Arvidsson added his second into an empty net in the final period, and Adrian Kempe finished it off with the sixth. Sweden earned its ninth win from nine games in this championship.

The U.S. pressured in the opening period, outshooting Sweden 16-8 and 41-19 overall. But it was the Swedes who went ahead. Arvidsson knocked in a loose puck in the crease following a shot from above the right circle by Filip Forsberg.

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McCoy said that teammates who have young children have also started calling Vea that nickname too. At 347 pounds with long, curly black hair, he does bear a striking resemblance to Maui, a legendary demigod in Hawaiian, Mangarevan, Tahitian, Tongan, Samoan, and Polynesian mythology.

It is something that we want to get resolved, McVay said. As far as a timetable, don’t really have any dates on that.

Donald, who turns 27 on Wednesday, is entering the fifth year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to earn $6.89 million, but he is seeking to become one of the highest-paid players in the league.

The Rams’ defense underwent significant changes this offseason to better accommodate defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. Outside linebacker Robert Quinn was traded to the Miami Dolphins, and linebacker Alec Ogletree was dealt to the New York Giants.

The Rams acquired Peters in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and cornerback Aqib Talib in a trade with the Denver Broncos. Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh signed as a free agent.

Aaron is a vet, man, Talib said. He’s going to take care of his own business. What’s his business is his business.

When Apple looks in the mirror now he sees something different from last year.
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Consistently playing below 300 pounds, his lanky frame is the first thing that gets noticed. But his positive attributes show up on tape more than his weaknesses. Mass and functional strength are concerns and he still needs plenty of technical work, but a team could look to draft and stash him based on his starter’s traits and ability.

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Ajayi was in Los Angeles to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live with fellow Eagles running back Corey Clement on Feb. 5, though it’s unclear if his appearance coincides with the dates of the alleged incident.

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The 24-year-old Ajayi was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Dolphins around mid-season last year, and joined the Eagles with rumblings of locker room chemistry issues leading to his departure from Miami.