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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Now that Manny Machado’s 10-year, $300MM deal with the Padres has been announced, Bryce Harper and agent Scott Boras have a definitive bar to attempt to clear as they seek a record-setting contract of their own. Yesterday’s slate of rumors on Harper had a series of updates on how the Phillies, Nats, White Sox and Giants view the former NL MVP now that Machado is off the board. Here’s a look at the latest chatter on “Harper’s Bazaar” as the long, drawn-out saga inches toward a resolution… From 


​The San Diego Padres stunned the baseball world by signing superstar Manny Machado to the ​largest free agent contract in U.S. sports history earlier this week.

It appears that despite the monolithic deal, they’re not out on the offseason’s other top free agent, Bryce Harper.

According to Jon Heyman, the team’s ownership will meet on Friday to determine whether or not they plan to pursue Harper. It seems like a long shot, especially considering they’re a small market team that has shelled out big bucks in two consecutive offseasons for free agents, but they seem determined to field a truly competitive team in 2019. More From 

 


The Padres have formally announced the signing and confirmed the terms of the contract (10 years, $300MM). To clear room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Dinelson Lamet was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Per Heyman, the deal will pay Machado $30MM annually and contain a six-team no-trade clause (Twitter links). Technically, the first season of the deal is paid out in the form of a $10MM salary and a $20MM signing bonus — that latter of which is not subject to the same level of taxation as Machado’s actual salary. Machado will play third base in San Diego. From 


 

Though Spring Training is underway, let’s move on to our 15th team payroll projection. Below find the links to the earlier posts in this series.

Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels
Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs
New York Mets
San Diego Padres

Today, we look into a club whose rebuild earned a World Series win, yet who finds itself with a rotation in flux: the Houston Astros.

This year’s team has been assembled by general manager Jeff Luhnow, who took the reins in Houston in December 2011, shortly after Crane’s purchase was finalized, after nearly a decade running the Cardinals’ scouting department. Luhnow utilized his drafting prowess over his first few drafts to add stars like Carlos CorreaLance McCullers Jr., and Alex Bregman, with others such as Forrest Whitley and Kyle Tucker close to contributing. Infamously, Luhnow also whiffed on a pair of number one overall picks in right-hander Mark Appel and left-hander Brady Aiken, though Luhnow salvaged his losses by flipping Appel to Philadelphia as a minor piece in the Ken Giles trade and recouping a compensation pick for Aiken going unsigned that became Bregman. From 


Duke star Zion Williamson sustained a Grade 1 right knee sprain and will be listed as day-to-day moving forward, the school announced. The injury news comes as a sigh of relief for Williamson, who exited the game shortly after suffering the injury on Wednesday. From Arthur Hill


The NBA has submitted an official proposal to the National Basketball Players Association that would lower the draft-eligible age from 19 to 18, according to a report from Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports.

The NBPA and executive director Michele Roberts planned to review the proposal on Monday at a post-All-Star break meeting, Sam Amick adds.

Both the NBA and the NBPA have held extensive discussions on lowering the age throughout the season, but two significant hurdles remain in the way: Commissioner Adam Silver wanting player-agents to provide medical information on prospects for NBA teams, and the league wanting to mandate that players attend and give some form of participation during the pre-draft combine, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. To this point, the NBPA has pushed back against both of these ideas. From JD Shaw


After some up-and-down play in the early going this season, the Warriors have looked like their old selves over the last several weeks, winning 18 of their last 21 games to cement their spot atop the Western Conference. While there was never any doubt that Golden State would be the team to beat in the West, it remains unclear which conference rival will be the Dubs’ biggest threat this spring.

The Nuggets and Thunder currently have comfortable holds on the second and third seeds in the West and are in good position to capture home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. However, both squads are unproven in the playoffs — Oklahoma City hasn’t won a postseason series since Kevin Durant‘s departure in 2016, and Denver hasn’t even made the postseason since 2013. Led by a pair of MVP candidates in Nikola Jokic and Paul George, the Nuggets and Thunder are formidable, but neither team looks like a lock to advance to the Western Finals. From Luke Adams

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

It’s been pretty quiet around Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds of late, but TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that “interest has intensified” over the last couple of days. LeBrun speculates that the Flyers’ recent streak of success may have quelled the Simmonds market as the team became re-focused on a playoff push, but he feels the results of their next few games will ultimately determine if and when Simmonds is dealt. More likely than not, the impending free agent power forward will be playing elsewhere by Monday.

Even after the Charlie Coyle acquisition, many believe that the Boston Bruins are not done. TSN’s Darren Dreger applauded the trade, but noted that the Bruins did not have to give up much and are likely still in the market for another scoring forward. The Bruins announced this evening that center Trent Frederic has been assigned to the AHL and winger Peter Cehlarik has been recalled, further enforcing the idea that Boston prefers to play Coyle at third-line center. That would still leave a hole on the second line next to David Krejci. Dreger names New York Rangers Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes as among those the Bruins are targeting to further help out their secondary scoring. From 


There’s a very good chance that, in the end, the Los Angeles Kings will have traded Tanner Pearson, a first-round pick who scored 144 points for them and helped them win a Stanley Cup, for nothing, zip, nada, zero.

Think about it. The Kings dealt Pearson three months ago to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Carl Hagelin, a player who missed 20 games with a knee injury and scored all of one goal and four assists in 22 games for them. That brings us to Thursday when the Kings turned around and dealt Hagelin to the Washington Capitals, a team that will instead use him as the utility player he is for another playoff run, then either allow him to leave as an unrestricted free agent or have him re-sign on a minimal offer. And the Kings get in return a third-round pick and, if the Capitals win two playoff rounds and Hagelin plays in half of those games, an additional sixth-round pick. More From 



NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

A year ago, 24 of the league’s 32 teams made changes to at least one of their head coach, offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator spots, and many of those hirings turned into major stories throughout the 2018 season. New head coaches Matt Nagy and Frank Reich led the Bears and Colts, respectively, to the postseason during their first go-rounds in charge, while new Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur leveraged his one-year stint as a play-caller to become the next Packers head coach.

Which new coaches could make a similar impact this year? We may have to wait to find out, but there are certainly plenty of candidates. The full breakdown of 2019’s major coaching changes from around the league is below:

Head coaches:

Offensive coordinators:

Defensive coordinators:

Special teams coordinators:

Other 2018 OCs, DCs with new jobs:

  • Atlanta Falcons: Hired former Chiefs DC Bob Sutton as a senior assistant.
  • Cleveland Browns: Hired former Cardinals DC Al Holcomb as run game coordinator/linebackers coach.
  • New York Jets: Hired former Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter as running backs coach.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Hired former Dolphins DC Matt Burke as a defensive assistant.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Hired former Bengals DC Teryl Austin as a senior defensive assistant/secondary.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Hired former Broncos DC Joe Woods as passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hired former Jets DC Kacy Rodgers as defensive line coach.
  • Washington Redskins: Re-assigned former OC Matt Cavanaugh as a senior offensive assistant. From Dallas Robinson

    The 2019 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but a lot can change in terms of players’ stocks before it arrives in late April. As teams get closer looks at the top prospects at the NFL Combine in late February and pro day workouts in March, some will rise or fall on draft boards around the league.

    For now, here is a look at the best 100 players available in the 2019 NFL Draft regardless of position, and how high each might be selected based on team needs, position scarcity and other factors. See the List From Vinnie Iyer

AROUND THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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The Cleveland Browns announced that they signed Hunt to a one-year deal on Monday, worth just a bit more than the league minimum, with some incentives sprinkled in. This move reunited Hunt with John Dorsey — the general manager that initially drafted him. Continue Ready By 

Where the addition could alter roles is in the passing game, with Hunt potentially supplanting pass-catching back Duke Johnson. At this point, Browns general manager John Dorsey isn’t indicating he’s moving on from the chess-piece running back he gave a new three-year contract extension to last offseason. From Kevin Patra

Antonio Brown has officially requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The news of Brown’s trade request comes right after the Pro Bowl wide receiver tweeted a farewell to the Steelers and their fans, saying it is “time to move on and forward.” Continue Reading By ESPN

The NFL combine will be televised on broadcast TV for the first time. ABC will present a two-hour special on March 2 from Indianapolis that will feature drills by quarterbacks and wide receivers.

The combine workouts run from March 1-4 and also will be televised by NFL Network. ABC will team with ESPN to televise all three days of the draft, April 25-27 from Nashville, Tennessee. AP

Kyler Murray announced Monday he’s committed to becoming an NFL quarterback, but the A’s aren’t ready to give up their pursuit of the star, reports The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

According to Rosenthal, the team still wants to offer Murray a contract above his now-forfeited $4.66 million signing bonus. The contract wouldn’t be limited like the NFL’s rookie wage scale. Continue Reading By CHARLOTTE CARROLL

Former Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, a projected first-round pick in the NFL draft, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during training.

The Buccaneers have released defensive end Vinny Curry, the first major roster cut under new head coach Bruce Arians.

Redskins brass has played coy with the status of Alex Smith next season, but one Washington player expects the starting quarterback to sit out the 2019 campaign and perhaps even longer.

Eric Reid is staying in Carolina. The Panthers on Monday announced that they have signed the veteran safety to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2021 season.

The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday signed free-agent offensive lineman Spencer Long to a three-year contract, the team announced.

A football legend is calling it quits after 51 years in and around the National Football League. Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas informed the Chiefs on Tuesday that he is retiring from coaching.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent tweeted on Tuesday that the meeting will “set the stage” for the rest of the offseason by reviewing “player health and safety, pace of play, rules, technology and more.”

A year ago at this time, NFL general managers and coaches were preparing for what we all knew would be an unprecedented offseason of quarterback movement. It was going to be wild and wacky, and, if you recall, Washington and Kansas City had already agreed to a trade involving a playoff quarterback before the Super Bowl was even played. Continue Reading By 

The start of the 2018 season for Julian Edelman was a career low, but it ended on a huge high. The Patriots receiver missed the first four weeks of the season after he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. Five months later, he was named Super Bowl MVP after the Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl 53. Continue Reading By Gabrielle McMillen

Matthew Stafford was not particularly good in 2018, as he threw for fewer than 4,000 yards for the first time since an injury-shortened 2010 campaign, and he tossed just 21 TDs against 11 interceptions. His pedestrian numbers, when coupled with the Lions’ disappointing 2018 season, have led to plenty of speculation that Detroit could be looking for a new QB sooner rather than later. From Rory Parks

Matt Bryant is interested in returning to the Buccaneers, and the 17-year veteran’s former team is “definitely” interested in bringing Bryant back From Vaughn McClure.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has answered Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ letter that was sent after the Saints’ NFC championship loss to the Rams.

The letter penned to Goodell expressed disappointment with the outcome of the game, including the no-call that could have resulted in the Saints winning the game. Continue Reading By ALEXIS MANSANAREZ

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

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TONY SPARANO PASSES AT AGE 56, BARKLEY SIGNS, OTHER NFL NEWS & NOTES

Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who previously served as the head coach of the Dolphins and the interim head coach of the Raiders, in addition to a number of other coaching positions in the NFL and collegiate ranks, has passed away, per KSTP.com (the Vikings have since confirmed the news). He was just 56. Sparano complained of … Read moreTONY SPARANO PASSES AT AGE 56, BARKLEY SIGNS, OTHER NFL NEWS & NOTES

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 16, 2018 PATRIOTS, BILLS, JETS, DOLPHINS

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NEWS & NOTES AROUND THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Last season, the Houston Texans emerged as a serious threat in the AFC after rookie Deshaun Watson finally gave the team a solid contributor at the quarterback position. The Clemson product took the NFL by storm shattering rookie records and providing a lot of hope for the future of the franchise in Houston. Along with … Read moreNEWS & NOTES AROUND THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

MICHAEL BARI SHOW FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 SPORTS NEWS & NOTES

Red Sox ace Chris Sale faces Jason Hammel on Friday in Kansas City. At the World Cup, France meets Uruguay and Brazil takes on Belgium in two quarterfinal matchups Though Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently reported that trade talks surrounding Manny Machado have “accelerated” this week, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets that teams still aren’t offering … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 SPORTS NEWS & NOTES