Scott Boeck USA TODAY Published 6:14 AM EDT Jul 26, 2019 The one and only Major League Baseball trade deadline is less than a week away. To buy or sell. Gone are the days when a team can pick up a player like Justin Verlander off waivers in August. This year, all trades must be completed by Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, forcing teams to show their hand a month earler. The problem many teams face is that so many are still in the playoff hunt. The National League has seven teams within five games of a wild-card berth, while the American League has five. Who will roll the dice and who won't? As the trade deadline approaches and trade speculation heats up, here are 20 possible trade candidates who could be on the move: LHP Mike Minor, Rangers Minor, a first-time All-Star, is aware of the rumors swirling about him ... and he's none to happy about it. But after a breakout season -- 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA -- and the Rangers faltering in the wild card standings, a … [Read more...] about MLB trade deadline: Top 20 candidates who could be dealt
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Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 5:30 PM EDT Jul 9, 2019 CLEVELAND -- Major League Baseball once again celebrates their sport Tuesday with the All-Star Game, showcasing the greatest collection of young stars, including one of the finest players to ever grace the playing field in Mike Trout, in a proud city steeped with baseball tradition. Yet, when everyone returns home Wednesday, getting ready for the second-half of the season, reality will finally hit: Baseball is at a crossroads. It must decide what it wants to become. Does it want to remain this nightly edition of home-run derby, with players swinging for the fences every time they step to the plate, with home runs, strikeouts and walks accounting for nearly 40% of the action? Or does it want to return to the game it was designed to be, with teams manufacturing runs, managers employing hit-and-runs and players bunting and stealing bases Tony Clark, the players union executive director, who played 15 years, had five … [Read more...] about MLB: Baseball is at a crossroads. What does it want to become?
Compare that to Major League Baseball’s approach. Market forces have devalued free agency and stripped it of its excitement, and MLB won’t even allow anticipation to build up. Shortly after Bryce Harper signed what was then a record-breaking deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, he said he would recruit Mike Trout, who was eligible to become a free agent in another couple of years. But the Angels quickly moved to ensure their sport wouldn’t become water cooler fodder and asked the commissioner’s office to investigate Harper for tampering. That was enough to discourage Harper from further mentioning Trout, as MLB forbids tampering of any kind, including by players. … [Read more...] about Kawhi Leonard played NBA’s free-agency game to perfection
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 12:01 AM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Analysis of all 32 first-round picks of the 2019 NFL draft, which kicked off Thursday night in Nashville: 1. Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: The rumors, misdirection and assumptions can finally be put to bed — after an extra 15 minutes of drama. Murray, who followed Baker Mayfield to the Heisman Trophy stage, also follows him as the top pick of the NFL draft — the first time a school has had quarterbacks go No. 1 in back-to-back years. Murray, who passed for 4,361 yards and 42 TDs last season while running for 1,001 additional yards and 12 scores, should be the ideal fit in new Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense and certainly projects as a better match than immobile incumbent Josh Rosen, the Cards' first rounder just last year. With veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald, second-year slot man Christian Kirk and RB David Johnson, this offense is now seeded with decent … [Read more...] about NFL draft live tracker 2019: First-round analysis of every pick
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 12:28 PM EDT Apr 16, 2019 PHOENIX — Just three teams bothered to show any interest in him as an amateur. The team that signed him dumped him before he even played a game. He walked into the San Diego Padres’ spring-training camp two months ago all but destined to open the season in the minors. And you wonder why Fernando Tatis Jr., who turned 20 in January, plays this game of baseball with such a beautiful passion, but a fiery desire to prove everyone wrong whoever doubted him? It has taken all of two weeks for Tatis to make the greatest impact by a Padres rookie player in, well, perhaps ever. Tatis, the youngest player to ever feature in the Padres’ opening-day lineup – and the youngest by anyone since future Hall of Fame third baseman Adrian Beltre made his debut 20 years ago with the Los Angeles Dodgers – is the latest young star to burst onto the scene. Through Monday, he had already produced … [Read more...] about Fernando Tatis Jr.: Padres’ 20-year-old phenom shows he belongs in MLB