Top Cuban prospect Luis Robert signs with White Sox, reports say

Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in MLB no player under the age of 25 will be allowed to be signed to a deal of more than $5.75 million effective after this season. And with Robert being the consensus top prospect out of Cuba this year, no other player is expected to get more than he does.

Gone are the days of the Rusney Castillo’s and even the Jorge Soler’s contract. Now teams will have a level playing field rather than the richest teams going after those big name Cuban players.

Fighting attendance issues, the Diamondbacks are offering a ticket package that will get a fan into every home game in June and July for a total of $50. The team has 25 games scheduled at Chase Field for those two months, meaning each ticket costs $2 under the plan, dubbed Ballpark Summer Pass.

This is a chance to attract new fans, younger fans who are home from college, and fans who aren’t of the traditional mindset of attending 81 home games as a season-ticket holder, Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall told the Arizona Republic. We’re going to give it a shot and see what happens.

One person can purchase up to four of the $50 packages. Tickets cannot be shared or resold, and fans will find out the location of their seats two hours before each game via MLB’s Ballpark app, which they must download if they buy the package.

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Mariners’ Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura exit with injuries in consecutive innings

This is the Curse of the Bambino, Lelands’ Josh Evans said, via ESPN.com. It transcends everything. It changed America.

Boston ended the Curse of Bambino in 2004 with a sweep of the Cardinals. The Red Sox had previously won a World Series in 1918.

After the 1919 season, Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000. Frazee also received a $300,000 loan from the Yankees to seal the deal. The loan was secured using a mortgage on Fenway Park, meaning if Frazee defaulted, the Yankees would have owned the Red Sox’s ballpark as well.

With the Ruth contract back on the market, it will be interesting to see if it’s a Yankees supporter or a Red Sox supporter who buys it.

It could be a big blow for the slumping Mariners, who traded for Segura this past offseason. The 27-year old entered Thursday’s game batting a league-leading .344 with an .858 OPS but was placed on the DL in April with a hamstring injury.

Cruz, 36, was slashing was slashing .279/.362/.519 with 12 home runs and an AL-leading 42 RBIs. The Rockies went on for a 6-3 victory.

Both Judge and Conforto have climbed the ladder and rank among the top outfielders in their respective leagues. Both will garner All-Star consideration and are capable of sustaining their high level of success throughout the year. But who has more value?

While their bats are about equal, Judge has emerged as the more complete player. He has the lead in overall WAR (2.89 to 1.99), dWAR (0.42 to -0.32) oWAR (2.3 to 2.18) and has a slightly better batting line.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of their seasons ’ and careers ’ shape up. Both players will be successful, but Judge has the slight edge right now.

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Martellus Bennett wants Packers fans to pick his new number

Kershaw has wracked up 38.8 Wins Above Average (and 52.7 WAR) through his age-28 season. According to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index tool, just two pitchers in baseball history have done better through this age: Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. Basically, Kershaw’s the Trout of pitchers. He’s already on track to be an inner circle Hall of Famer barring a mishap.

The odds of Kershaw — or any bright, young hurler, really — experiencing this mishap are better than any Dodger fan might like to think. For every Mathewson or Johnson in baseball history, there’s a Tim Lincecum, Dwight Gooden or Smoky Joe Wood. Pitchers are a precious commodity. It’s hard to tell what will happen in the long run.

New team, new number.

That’s normally how it goes when a player joins a different team, but Martellus Bennett isn’t just any player signing with any team.

The former Patriots tight end inked a three-year, $21 million deal with the Packers Friday, causing quite a stir. Bennett seems excitied to join the Packers nation and has decided to have Green Bay fans vote on his new jersey number.

It remains to be seen if the Packers will let the fans pick Bennett’s number, but Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys it’s a fun idea to entertain for now.

Bennett was with the Patriots for one season this past year, but it was enough to earn him a Super Bowl ring. Previously, he spent three years with the Bears, one with the Giants and four years with the Cowboys.

Peyton Manning’s No. 18 jersey to be retired by Colts

Even though Peyton Manning finished his career with the Broncos, the Colts have plans to honor him in a big way during the 2017 season.

The team announced Tuesday it will retire his No. 18 jersey during the Colts’ Week 5 game against the 49ers on Sunday, Oct. 8, becoming the first player since the franchise moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore to have his number retired.

“Peyton will always be a Colt,” owner Jim Irsay said. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.”

Thornton was a third-round pick by the Colts in 2013 and started 12 games at left guard following an injury to Donald Thomas.

The 6-3, 320-pound Thornton played in just 10 games, with eight starts, in 2014 and was placed on injured reserve prior to the playoffs. His 2015 season was also truncated because of injuries and he was placed on IR after 13 games. An ankle injury cost Thornton the entire 2016 season and he left the Colts via free agency. Thornton played in 37 games and had 32 career starts in his four NFL seasons.

Thornton was born in Idaho but raised in Jamaica before his NFL Jerseys Outlet mother and sister were murdered when he was 12. He moved back to Idaho, where he was a state wrestling champion, but moved to Ohio for his senior year. He was an All-Big 12 selection for Illinois in 2012 and started 35 games for the Illini.

The Falcons expected Thornton to compete for a starting job on the offensive line, which is fairly thin at guard because Chris Chester also retired in March. Wes Schweitzer, a sixth-round pick last year, and fourth-year veteran Ben Garland are now expected to compete for the job.

The Pistons are in no position to pass on the best talent available.

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You’re sensing a trend with the team names, yes? The Killer 3s feature Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson. I’m perplexed, actually, that this team isn’t called the Rachel Nichols All-Stars. Along with his BIG3 contract and Killer 3s jersey, Reggie is guaranteed at least one Cheap NFL Jerseys appearance on The Jump this season.

Markkanen is a special shooter at 7 feet tall. He has a quick release and can score in the pick-and-pop or running off a screen. Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Zach LaVine will appreciate the driving lanes.

The Pistons are in no position to pass on the best talent available. Collins offers two-way potential at the five, and could even become a match next to Andre Drummond if he continues to develop his jump shot.

The Pelicans sit at No. 10 in the lottery standings with just a 1.1 percent shot at landing the top pick. If their pick doesn’t land in the top three, it goes to the Kings as payment for the DeMarcus Cousins trade. It would take a miracle for New Orleans to make this selection, but Lonzo Ball would be a perfect fit if it happens.

Anthony Davis and Cousins deserve a point guard with special vision and passing instincts. Ball would help supercharge an offense that finished No. 26 in efficiency this season. Find a couple shooters on the wings and the Pelicans could turn their fortunes around quickly.

The White Sox are a half-game out. Should they have kept Chris Sale and Adam Eaton?

In November, I descended down the rocky slopes of Mt. Take with stone tablets, and I announced to the world that The White Sox Should Think Hard Before Trading Chris Sale. The reasoning went something like this: Sale is excellent, cheap, and excellent. He’s a fine head start on a would-be contender, especially one that has players like Jose Quintana, Adam Eaton, and Jose Abreu. Maybe there was a way to patch the team’s holes and give it one last go.

Basically the same thing as the scenario above, but with more deals peppered in. Maybe the Hawks find an affordable player who is a good fit that they decide is worth trading a guy like Schmaltz, Forsling, or Ville Pokka. Maybe trades for restricted free agents Richard Panik, Michal Kempny, and Tomas Jurco lead to getting something interesting in return.

It’d be pretty much the same thing as staying the course, but Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys with enough changes on the fringes that the team’s depth would look meaningfully different next season. The core, however, would remain intact.

This one takes the changes a bit further. Instead of simply trading Kruger to clear enough breathing room to stay above water, the Hawks go for bigger changes that allow them to supplement the core in a different way than before. This would require trading Niklas Hjalmarsson, one of the only highly paid players without a complete no-trade clause, to make it happen.

If defense wins championships, this is a good start.

The Predators made yet another statement yesterday, responding to their first playoff loss of the season with a dominating 3-1 win at home over the Blues.

What might be most surprising is how they did it. With speedsters Kevin Fiala, Craig Smith, and Pontus Aberg out of the lineup, the Preds returned with a very similar lineup to Friday and match the Blues physicality.

Match it they did.

The Preds out-hit the Blues 34-30, out-chanced the Chicago Blackhawks Cheap Jerseys Blues 41-35, out-shot the Blues 34-23, and, of course, out-scored the Blues 3-1. It was domination in every measure of the word, except for maybe the final goal count. Jake Allen made 31 saves and almost every one of them was a tough play.

Additionally, there was a move that wasn’t made at the AHL level that cost the BSens heavily.

Goaltender Matt O’Connor should’ve spent the majority of his rookie campaign playing in the ECHL. No question about it, as he has suffered greatly over the course of his two years in the organization. O’C was finally forced to go to Wichita to make room for the incoming Andrew Hammond, but got lit up in two appearances giving up 7 goals on 56 shots for the Thunder (0-2, 4.63 GAA, 0.875 SV%) before returning to Bingo with Hammond’s season-ending hip injury. Again, a little too late.

But it hasn’t been all that bad in Sens’ land.

Rookie forward Ryan Dzingel has been good. I mean, this kid can fly. He played in 119 games for the BSens over the course of three seasons (2013-’16) and was properly allowed time to adjust to the ranks at the pro level before making the jump.

Garrett told reporters that if there was one quarterback he could sack

Once Garrett stepped foot in Indianapolis at the combine, he cemented his status as a can’t-miss prospect. He ran a 4.64 40-yard dash (which he improved on at Texas A&M’s pro day), and was faster than all the top quarterbacks in the draft, including Deshaun Watson.

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Garrett has big-play ability as well. During his career as an Aggie, Garrett forced seven fumbles and had an interception.

At the NFL Combine, Garrett told reporters that if there was one quarterback he could sack, it would be Tom Brady. That freakish athleticism that Garrett possesses could certainly get him there.

Like any test, a team can prepare itself for this one. It starts with knowing how a player will fit with your team. Murray saw his yards per carry remain stagnant from 2015 to 2016, but Oakland’s rushing offense really took off last season, and DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard deserve credit for much of it. The two complementary backs, both of whom primarily took snaps when the Raiders were in shotgun formations, averaged over 5 yards per carry and collectively added 46 receptions on the year.

Lynch will likely only see extensive time in power sets, which, in itself, wouldn’t be a bad thing. But if the Raiders elect to feed him and run an offense that resembles the 2015 version rather than that of last year’s team, there could be some issues.

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More and more, football teams use nickel defenses (defensive packages that include a fifth DB) as every-down, base defenses, rather than as packages for special situations. Playing five DBs on almost every play means you have to keep your roster constantly well-stocked.

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