You know who wishes he had only a few million left on his salary this season?

This is not a team to tear down. Not yet. Davis and Trumbo are owed too much money to trade for value, and there’s no reason to trade players like Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado just yet.

However, the one thing the Orioles seem to be excellent at is finding relievers. So I’m all for selling pieces of their bullpen if it brings back pitchers who could thrive in their 2017 and 2018 rotation. A three-way deal might make more sense instead of trying to match up with a contender that has starting pitchers to trade for relievers, although the Cardinals might fit that description.

You know who wishes he had only a few million left on his salary this season? Justin Verlander. Maybe not legitimately since he probably enjoys living the lifestyle that his massive salary provides. But every now and then he may think about the fact that he would have already been out of Detroit by now if he was a tad less of a burden on the bottom line. He’s got $56 million still owed to him after 2017, and every possible trade partner knows it.

However, his weighty contract combined with his down year on the mound means he would realistically clear waivers allowing an August deal to happen. Shipping him to a contender that is looking for an August rotation boost would be good for both Verlander (yay, a good team!) and the Tigers (for not having to pay him all that money).

With a few extra weeks to figure things out, there’s also a chance that Detroit could Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys negotiate an agreeable salary split with another team as it reportedly tried to do in Cheap Soccer Jerseys Size Xxl advance of the deadline, to no avail.

The Dodgers aren’t this good, of course.

Jeter, Jordan, and a whole bunch of other investors are the favorites to end up with the Marlins or, at least, to have Loria select them. New owners have to be approved by the rest of MLB, so it’s to be seen if the other owners agree with Loria’s decision. But if Jeter has the cash from investors, it’s hard to believe they’d reject the baseball legend.

Jordan, of course, is famous for the movie Space Jam, which detailed his transition from minor league baseball failure to savior of Earth against an alien invasion. Obviously, his experience on set playing baseball stuck with him, as he’s now using revenues from this important piece of cinema to help Jeter buy an actual baseball team.*

Jorge Mas is at the head of the third group, and there was a report on Monday that his bid was accepted but no decision has been made as of this writing. None of the three bidders reached the $1.3 billion mark Loria had been seeking, and Loria doesn’t necessarily have to pick the offer with the most money either. The expectation is that he’ll select the winning bid next week, so we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

The starting pitchers, as a unit, have recorded a 2.59 ERA and struck out nearly 10 batters per nine innings during these 35 games and 205 frames. Here’s a fun comparison: In 2012, Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw started 33 games, threw 227 innings, and recorded a 2.53 ERA with just over nine strikeouts per nine innings.

By the way, the Nationals, who have the second-best record in the NL, have outscored their opponents by 107 runs for the season.

The Dodgers aren’t this good, of course. If they were, they’d win 125 games, blowing away the record of 116 currently held by the 2001 Mariners and 1906 Cubs. You don’t Cheap Jerseys Basketball need to be this good in order to be the class of your league, however, so when the bats slow down Cheap Jerseys And Jordans a bit and the pitching starts to give up a few more runs, they’ll be a little more stoppable than they currently are. Whether that will be enough to actually stop them remains to be seen.

the Yankees picked up relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to fortify a bullpen in need

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Earlier in July, the Yankees picked up relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to fortify a bullpen in need, and Todd Frazier to slot in at third base. They gave up Blake Rutherford, a preseason top-10 prospect, in this deal, but they got back Kahnle, who isn’t a free agent until 2021 and can help anchor their pen until then. They plugged holes with Garcia, Frazier, and Robertson, while adding pieces who can help them now and later to justify shipping off top prospects.

And while losing four of their preseason top-10 prospects in a month is no small thing, the Yankees managed to keep Clint Frazier. They’ve already seen Aaron Judge morph into a monster who devours big-league pitching. Gleyber Torres was destroying minor-league pitchers before Tommy John surgery ended his year. The influx of young Yankees is not over yet, and when they all get to the Bronx, they’re going to be joining what looks like an already successful team.

After years of growing support in the voting totals, Raines got in just under the gun, getting inducted in his last year on the ballot. He ranks fifth all-time with 808 stolen bases and won the NL batting title in 1986.

A few months into the season, though, and these three teams are separating Cheap International Soccer Jerseys themselves. Not only that, but it turns out that they were capable of surprising us. Sometimes for better. Sometimes for worse. Here’s a midseason check-in on the three (supposed) beasts of the Cheap Islanders Jerseys National League.

The Rays are bringing on the entirety of Duda’s salary, $2.5 million

Avila, 30, has hit .271/.392/.472 with 11 homers and 32 RBI in 76 games for Detroit after signing a one-year deal with the club over the winter. He is the son of general manager Al Avila, who had to make the difficult call to trade his own son as part of the Tigers’ rebuild.

Avila will provide a veteran presence behind Willson Contreras on the Cubs’ depth chart before becoming a free agent this winter. Chicago was also linked to New York’s Rene Rivera, Texas’ Jonathan Lucroy and Miami’s A.J. Ellis in recent weeks.

Candelario, 23, has appeared in 16 games for the Cubs over the last two years and ha the ability to play at both corner infield spots. He was an obvious candidate to be dealt due the fact he’s blocked by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in the majors, but is a strong offensive talent with the ability to hit for power.

The Rays are bringing on the entirety of Duda’s salary, $2.5 million, but that isn’t enough to get Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson to part ways with the Instagram account he runs: The coveted “We Follow Lucas Duda.” Granderson is probably his former locker-mate’s biggest fan, or at least the only fan with enough access to post photos of the first baseman doing various daily activities. The Rays’ Twitter account is doing its best to get a deal done, though, and Granderson is willing to trade before the deadline, even though Evan Longoria has declined to take over the duties the account requires.

It’s good for the league to have players involved in social media like this. It’s fun for the fan that doesn’t even require a tone deaf rule change.

Encouraging social media use can get dicey if your players are the ones with questionable Twitter favorites or controversial opinions. But the publicity and goodwill a well run Instagram account can Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys generate is well worth the price. I mean, when is a video of Cheap Hockey Jerseys a distraught Granderson being dragged across the floor as he grabs onto his teammate’s ankle not worth it?

Jason Kipnis eats corndogs with a knife and fork. Really.

By all accounts Jason Kipnis is a nice person who is good at playing the game of baseball. His offensive output is down slightly this season but he’s still hit eight homers and driven in 26 runs at the break and is a solid veteran leader for Cleveland.

However, the Marlins could see David Phelps sent to the Brewers, who are reportedly in on the veteran reliever. Phelps is putting up a 3.45 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 21 walks this year so is just what a variety of teams need for the second half of the season.

The Royals remain “aggressive” in their pursuit of starting pitchers before the deadline with Sonny Gray, Lance Lynn, and Julio Teheran in their sights as desired additions. With Nate Karns and Matt Strahm done for the season, Kansas City could really use the help in its push for a pennant this year. The Royals are also looking for someone who would stay with the team for multiple seasons while they do a semi-rebuild.

The Yankees have allegedly reached out to the Mets about Addison Reed and Lucas Duda. They probably won’t touch either now that they’ve sealed a 7-player megatrade with the White Sox, but an intra-city trade is always fun, right?

Owner Peter Angelos has officially given the Orioles front office permission to deal Zach Britton or Brad Brach to help the team rebuild, and they’ll explore the market to see what teams might have what they want to begin a partial rebuild.

Justin Verlander is owed about $70 million more through 2019, and is in the midst of a below-average season at age 34. Miguel Cabrera, also 34, is having the worst season of his career since his rookie campaign back in 2003. He’s owed just shy of $200 million more on a deal that will take him through age 40 and Design Cheap Jerseys the 2023 season. Jordan Zimmermann is in the second year of a $110 million contact, and the Create Cheap Jerseys follow-up attempt is going even worse than the disappointing first.

Warriors win 12th straight, set NBA mark for prosperity in the process

The Warriors seemed to be adrift a few weeks ago, with Kevin Durant injured and Stephen Curry struggling.

But the Warriors have their mojo back. Golden State easily dispatched the Timberwolves 121-107 at home Tuesday night for a 12th consecutive victory. In the process, the Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys Warriors (64-14) set an NBA record for the most wins of any team in a three-year span (203), breaking a Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys tie with the Bulls during Michael Jordan’s reign.

Just a few weeks ago, many dismissed the Warriors as an inferior version of the team that won an NBA championship (2015) and seemed to have the NBA Finals in hand last year with a 3-1 lead before losing to the Cavaliers.

But even with Durant still sidelined, this is a formidable team. In fact, ESPN reported that, entering Tuesday’s game, the Warriors’ offensive efficiency a measure statisticians use to break down a team’s scoring punch ranked at 113.2, the highest of any team in the past 30 years, if the season ended now.

“After sitting down with my mom and the coaching staff, I’ve made the decision to enter the NBA draft,” Fultz said in a video posted from his Twitter account. “Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, it’s really, truly been a blessing to be here, and I learned plenty of life lessons on and off the court, especially from coach (Lorenzo Romar) and his coaching staff. I’m always going to be a Husky for life. Go Dawgs.”

Thabo Sefolosha reportedly settles lawsuit against NYC police officers for $4 million

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha has reached a $4 million settlement of his lawsuit against five New York City police officers that claimed false arrest, excessive force, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment, reports.

Sefolosha was seeking $50 million, the maximum compensation for Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys material and punitive damages, notes TMZ Sports, the first media outlet to report a settlement had been reached.

During his arrest on April 8, 2015, outside the 1 Oak nightclub in Manhattan, Sefolosha suffered a broken fibula and ligament damage, causing him to miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. Despite Sefolosha’s absence, the Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, where they were swept by the Cavaliers.

Pero Antic, who at the time was Sefolosha’s teammate, was also arrested Basketball Jerseys during the incident, as police said the two were interfering with a crime scene where then-Pacer Chris Copeland had been stabbed. Sefolosha was charged with obstructing justice, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

“It’s changed now. A lot of people understand what an MVP means. They understand basketball better than they did years ago.”

Westbrook is averaging 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game this season. He is on track to join Robertson as the only players in NBA history to have averaged a triple-double for a season.

NBA All-Star Game Twitter sneaker intros set to ‘Full House’ theme

Often billed as a celebration of the league and its brightest stars, the NBA All-Star Game is more a weekend-long commercial than a competition.

Preceded by the Celebrity All-Star Game, Rising Stars and Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys Skills Challenges as well as the 3-point and Slam Dunk Contests, the annual exhibition is, if nothing else, a chance for the league’s 24 most noteworthy brand ambassadors to put their sponsors’ products on display.

Cousins felt like he deserved better than to find out this way, as he told ESPN’s The Undefeated after his debut with the Pelicans. He was asked, “What would have been the correct way Cheap China Jerseys for the Kings to tell you about the trade?”

His response: “Like a man. Like a professional. The more those guys talk, the more things come out. It’s just crazy. This ain’t something that happened in a few days. It has been discussed with more than one team. I just don’t understand.”

He admitted he was “hurt” by the decision, and doesn’t plan on speaking with co-owner Vivek Ranadivé or vice president Vlade Divac.

“For what? It was a coward move, so I’m pretty sure I will get a coward response,” Cousins said. “For what? And I’ve seen this happen before. I’ve been there through all same types … I was there with [coach] Mike Malone’s [firing]. I’ve seen how they operate. I know what kind of answer I will get anyway. So, what is the point?”

Paul Pierce signs contract to retire with Celtics

Paul Pierce is ending his Hall of Fame worthy career where it all started.

The 39-year-old Pierce signed a contract with the Celtics that will allow him to retire with the organization, the team announced Monday.

“We’re honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics – a champion on and off the court,” said Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”

“We just felt like we had too much talent to tear it down to the foundation. The main thing with [coach] Quin [Snyder] and Rudy is, what do we stand for? We feel like we have a great player in Rudy, and we want to showcase his ability.”

Hayward opted to leave the Jazz after seven years and sign with the Celtics on a four-year, $128 million deal on July 4. Despite his exit, the team is confident Gobert can be the leader it needs.

“We have the chance to be very good defensively,” Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell said. “With Rudy in the middle, that allows the guards on the perimeter to pressure their men. If we get beat, we have the big guy to erase our mistakes and challenge in the paint. It’s a nice luxury to have.”

Although the Jazz undoubtedly will face a number of challenges, Gobert shares Cheap Basketball Jerseys his teammates’ confidence and believes “people are going to be surprised” by how the team Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China handles the hurdle.

LeBron James ditches goggles, but Cavs can’t shake Wizards

After LeBron James suffered a right corneal abrasion Friday in the Cavaliers’ win over the Hornets, his status seemed very much in doubt for Saturday’s game against the Wizards.

James himself vowed, “I ain’t playin if I have to wear goggles.” Guess again.

“I was like, I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things,” Durant said. “I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt. Now it’s time to do something new. I didn’t want to come back. That’s just my thought process behind it. It had nothing to do with basketball, the fans, the city.”

Durant did admit that LeBron James’ decision to return to his home state of Ohio briefly made him consider returning home to D.C., but it was a short-lived thought.

“I thought about what it might be like,” Durant said. “I thought about it. But it made LeBron’s situation different because he got drafted there. So it was like he was home already, so he knew what it was like. It wasn’t like it was his first time going back. For me, I never played at home. I didn’t know what it would be. I know every time I go back it’s pretty hectic, and I just wanted to focus on basketball and not have to worry about a lot of stuff that comes with being at home.”

Durant returns to D.C. on Tuesday night, taking on the Wizards Cheap Baseball Jerseys China at the Cheap Authentic Jerseys Verizon Center.