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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

 

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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 



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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

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The New York Yankees have offered Manny Machado $220 million over seven-to-eight years, according to former MLB general manager Jim Duquette.

Via Astros beat writer Chandler Rome, Houston GM Jeff Luhnow confirmed that the team had an agreement in principle to trade for Bryce Harper at last season’s deadline. 12 Up

“Jacob deGrom isn’t ruling out putting a restriction on his innings if he enters the season without a new contract. New York Post

“The Mets are “on the verge of blowing up their stadium renovation deal” with St. Lucie and looking for a new Spring Training home, reports Keona Gardner of the TC Palm.

“In one of the least surprising moves of the offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays have, more or less, announced they plan to keep top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. at Triple-A to start the season. Hardball Talk

“Gary Sanchez appreciates the support. Fans in the Bronx may have been calling for the 26-year-old catcher to be dealt all winter, but he returns to Yankee spring training knowing that his manager believes in him. New York Daily News

“The Twins are nearing the completion of a new contract with right fielder Max Kepler, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. MLB Trade Rumors

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer won his arbitration case against the team this week for the second consecutive year, but the hearing apparently got a lot more personal this time around. Larry Brown Sports

Shortstop Jorge Polanco and the Minnesota Twins are finalizing a contract extension that will cover seven years and guarantee around $25 million. ESPN

The Cubs wasted little time filling an open spot on their 40-man roster Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno. Cedeno, 32, posted a 2.43 ERA in 48 appearances with the White Sox and Brewers last season. Chicago Tribune

Canadian reliever John Axford is close to signing a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Sportsnet

The Royals signed left-handed reliever Jake Diekman on Wednesday to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020 worth a guaranteed $2.75 million. Diekman, 32, will make $2.25 million in base salary this season and could earn performance bonuses for games and games finished. Kansas City Star

 

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Houston Rockets star James Harden put himself in rare company on Wednesday night, scoring at least 30 points in his 31st consecutive game. He is now tied with Wilt Chamberlain (1962) for the second-longest such streak in NBA history.

“Ethan Strauss of The Athletic — who Durant called out by name during his recent tense presser with reporters — said during his podcast Thursday that “There is infrastructure being laid down in New York, for him to go to New York — if we’re just completely real about.” SNY TV

After two tumultuous seasons in Philadelphia, Markelle Fultz, once thought to be the final piece of The Process alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, was shipped off to Orlando at the trade deadline. Dime Magazine

Carmelo Anthony may be a backup plan for the backup plan. As the Lakers wade through the buyout market, they already have whiffed on Enes Kanter and now may be hoping to land Markieff Morris, according to ESPN.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver isn’t considering a switch to the NFL to become that league’s commissioner, according to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Bleacher Report

Agent Zero is back. Former Washington Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas is taking his talents to the BIG3 league this summer. The Score

New Balance has been out of the basketball kicks game for a while but has landed a big fish as it relaunches its hardcourt division. Kawhi Leonard will be the new face of New Balance Hoops. Sportsnaut

Celtics reportedly accuse Rich Paul of creating a story that Kyrie Irving was leaving to impact Anthony Davis trade. BroBible

 

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The Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers have been in talks about a potential trade involving goaltender Cam Talbot, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. The Score

After breaking into NHL as undrafted free agent, Chris Kunitz set to join exclusive 1,000-game club. NBC Sports Chicago

For all the talk of an Artemi Panarin trade, The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun cautions that the Columbus Blue Jackets keeping the star forward as an “own rental” is a very real possibility. Pro Hockey Rumors

A seven-game winning streak and building confidence have center Ryan O’Reilly hoping the Blues don’t mess with their chemistry before the trade deadline. “I don’t expect really anything big to happen here, and that’s good,” O’Reilly told NHL.com

An encouraging note for Ducks fans, especially during a stretch without much good news in Anaheim, is that Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that term is the only thing separating the team and winger Jakob Silfverberg from agreeing to a contract extension.. Yardbarker

The Toronto Maple Leafs will not part ways with defensive prospects Timothy Liljegren or Rasmus Sandin in exchange for a rental player, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

 

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One Instagram post wasn’t enough for Tom Brady to show his love for Alex Guerrero. After shouting out his personal trainer and business partner in an Instagram story the day after Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots quarterback used Instagram on Wednesday. NBC Sports Boston

On the surface, the Antonio Brown contract can easily be traded. He’s due to make less than $39 million over the next three years, an annual average of less than $13 million. In theory, this makes his contract somewhat easier to trade. Pro Football Talk

Latavius Murray has quietly been one of the most reliable running backs in the league and was just that with the Minnesota Vikings the last two seasons, which now sees him on the verge of hitting free agency. 247 Sports

Pete Thamel reports that Florida DC Todd Grantham will stay at the school, despite interest from the Bengals. Harrison Tenzer first reported the news.  Other names recently linked to the Bengals include Rams DBs coach Aubrey.

The Chargers announced that they have elected to not exercise DT Corey Liuget‘s contract option, making him a free agent.  Chargers GM Tom Telesco said in a statement that the “door is certainly not closed” on Liuget possibly. NFL Trade Rumors

The Broncos do not intend to re-work Joe Flacco‘s contract after agreeing to acquire him from the Ravens earlier today, according to Mike Klis of 9News (Twitter link)

A weak wide receiver market will see a veteran join the ranks. NFL Network‘s Mike Garafolo reported Thursday morning on Good Morning Football that the San Francisco 49ers will not pick up the contract option on receiver Pierre Garcon. NFL.com

The Oakland Raiders this past season had a terrible showing. They went 4-12 on the season and had absolutely no depth in their front seven. Their defense allowed 29.2 points every game. Pro-Football Focus had them ranked last in every single defensive ranking. Clutch Points

The Philadelphia Eagles have five days until deciding to put the franchise tag on any one of their players, one of which being quarterback Nick Foles. If the Eagles do franchise Foles, their intent would be to trade him in hopes of getting back a draft pick. 247 Sports

 

 

 

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