MLB 2018: Mets must add to habitually unhealthy rotation to reach contender status

It may not seem like it after a 92-loss season that was preceded by similar sentiments, but if all goes well this team can at least make a run at a wild card.

Of course, the Mets have a history of things not going well, especially on the injury front. It’s why 2017 went from hopeful to tragic in the blink of an eye. It’s why sticking with the rotation they have now, one filled with talented but often-hurt pitchers, would be a disappointing waste to what has otherwise been a quietly successful offseason.

Kyle Fuller, CB 2017 team: Chicago Bears | Age: 26 The Bears declined Fuller’s fifth-year option for 2018 based on his 2016 knee injury, but on Tuesday they decided to use the transition tag to maintain some control over his movement.

The Bears can match any offer he might receive.

The tag itself is worth $12.97 million.

Wilson, who is expected to appear at the team’s Grapefruit League camp in Tampa later this month, took to Twitter to share the news and thank the Rangers for giving him the opportunity to play.

“I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers and (GM) Jon Daniels for drafting me and giving me the chance to experience professional baseball again,” Wilson said in a statement. “Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes in football early in the mornings at 6 am with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up. During my two springs with the Rangers, I was reminded just how much I love the game.

“While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today. I’ve learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing Quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to be a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman described the move as a “unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete.”packers_009

Phillies’ Will Middlebrooks taken to hospital after collision during game

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a leg injury during the Phillies’ spring training game against the Orioles Saturday and had to be taken to the hospital.

Middlebrooks, who is at the Phillies’ camp on a minor-league contract, slammed into left fielder Andrew Pullin as the two were trying to catch a fly ball. Middlebrook’s leg got tangled under Pullin and he appeared to be in a lot of pain.

The list isn’t very long, and the situations aren’t exactly like we’ve seen recently, but there are a couple instances in baseball history. Here are four examples (five, if you count a certain right-hander twice).

In the annals of American sports history, perhaps only Brett Favre rivals Roger Clemens when it comes to “will he or won’t he retire?” drama. He initially announced his intentions to retire after the 2003 season, but instead decided to sign with the Astros, and he won the 2004 NL Cy Young at 42 years old. He again hinted strongly at retirement that offseason but came back and was even better in 2005, posting a 1.87 ERA in 32 starts and helping the Astros reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

The Angels plan to use Ohtani, 23, as part of a six-man rotation in the regular season and then, depending on his workload, work him into the everyday lineup as a DH.

“He’s going to get the most looks as a pitcher,” Scioscia said when camp opened last week (via USA Today). “If he can pitch to his capabilities, that will always influence your team more than what he would do hitting. But that’s not to say he won’t have a chance to be a difference-maker on the offensive end, too.”

Ohtani can touch 100 mph with his fastball, and he hit 22 home runs two years ago in Japan’s Pacific League.

Early in the offseason, Cobb seemed like a hot commodity almost being overvalued by teams. Now, as the calendar turns to March, Cobb remains unsigned and undervalued. The turn in events seemingly had little to do with Cobb, who went 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season. The former Rays starter looks like an ideal No. 3 on a contending team, capable of ace-like starts when healthy.buccaneers_030

Kevin Durant after ejection: Officials T’ing up players to get back at them

Warriors forward Kevin Durant said his ejection Tuesday was the result of official James Williams getting personal, something Durant believes is part of a trend in the NBA.

Durant told reporters after his team’s victory over the Knicks that Williams was looking to toss him “because he was still in his feelings” over Durant telling Williams in the first half he was wrong to call Durant for carrying.

Although Adebayo doesn’t have the upside of fellow rookies Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum or Donovan Mitchell, there’s no doubt he has a future in the NBA as a starting center. He’s a remarkable athlete and an elite defensive prospect who can do enough offensively at this stage of his development to stay on the floor. There is some skill overlap with Hassan Whiteside, but Adebayo has the potential to replace Whiteside when he becomes a free agent in 2020 — and possibly sooner if Whiteside turns down his player option following the 2018-2019 season, or if the Heat decide to trade him.

Thomas has been the focus of controversy this week as there were reports he led the charge against Love in a heated team meeting Monday. Then it came out a couple of days later that teammates were frustrated with their point guard.

Players apparently had grown tired of Thomas harping on the team’s defense and not practicing enough. They pointed out he wasn’t allowed to practice on back-to-back days or play on back-to-backs, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Despite those facts, Thomas once again complained about the team’s defense and deflected blame from himself Saturday.

“We’ve been a lowest five [rated] defensive team in the NBA the whole time [this season],” Thomas told reporters. “So when I come back, it’s my fault now. Which, life isn’t fair, but that’s not fair, bro. At all.”lions_020

Celtics strong out of the break, rout Pistons 110-98

Daniel Theis did his part to add to Germany’s big day.

The Boston rookie scored a career-high 19 points to lift the Celtics to a 110-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Afterward, Theis tried to bring some attention to a surprising Olympic victory for his native country.

Any deal the Cardinals offer Cousins would have to be back-loaded, at least after Year 1, when their salary-cap situation improves drastically starting in 2019.

With new coach Steve Wilks wanting to be aggressive in free agency, the Cardinals would have to give themselves enough breathing room to chase other players as well. Cutting tackle Jared Veldheer, guard Mike Iupati and linebacker Deone Bucannon would create about $21 million more in space, giving Arizona about $43.5 million left to use — enough to give Cousins a sizable and back-loaded contract that doesn’t weigh down Arizona’s cap in 2018.

“I’ll be wearing No. 22 from here on out,” Nance Jr. said during an impromptu news conference in the Cavs locker room before the team’s 110-103 loss to the Washington Wizards on Thursday. “My dad’s jersey will get to stay retired in the rafters, so, I couldn’t be happier with it. I think that starts next week, and I’m thrilled. I’ve been wearing 22 my whole life, and to get to wear it for the Cleveland Cavaliers is beyond a dream come true.”

Nance Jr., who joined Cleveland following a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline, initially chose No. 24 to “make it easy for everybody.” He was also concerned that if he chose No. 22, that would mean his father’s No. 22 banner would have to come down from the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena.

Over the All-Star break, the Cavs organization revisited the uniform situation and got approval from their marketing department, the front office, the league and Nike in order to make the swap, according to a team spokesman. The league typically does not allow a player to switch his uniform number midseason, but Nance Jr. was granted an exception as a legacy.

Nance Jr., who competed in the dunk contest over All-Star Weekend wearing a replica of his father’s No. 22 Phoenix Suns jersey as he re-created his father’s famous “rock the cradle” slam, was proud to share the news with his dad.jaguars_009-223x223

Jon Dorenbos didn’t play for the Eagles this season, but his former team will still honor him with a Super Bowl ring.

The long snapper spent more than 10 seasons with the Eagles before he was traded to the Saints in August. That move may have ended up saving his life, as doctors discovered during a physical that he had an aortic aneurysm.

“I kind of just geeked out a little bit,” a laughing Rosen told co-host Gil Brandt and me Wednesday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I was like, ‘Hey, my grandma’s the world’s largest Eagles fan. I grew up watching you guys. And it’s just so cool to meet you.'”

Rosen should feel good about being back. Despite warming up in full pads in a last-ditch effort to play, Rosen was kept out of UCLA’s bowl game in late December by the school’s medical staff because he had suffered two concussions in a four-week span.

Combined with a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his sophomore campaign, Rosen has a medical history that will draw added scrutiny from NFL suitors.

Despite ranking second among all FBS quarterbacks in 2017 with an average of 341.5 passing yards per game, Rosen admits he was disappointed in his junior season — and not just because he didn’t get to play in the finale before opting to turn pro.

One source told Rapoport that “nine months gets us to September. Then it’ll be 12 months until he really looks the same.”

“I’m aiming for Week 1,” Wentz told reporters last week. “The rehab schedule doesn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling very confident with it.

“I 100 percent believe I’ll be back better than ever, stronger than ever, with no looking back.”

Wentz, 25, threw for 3,296 yards and ranked second in the NFL in touchdown passes with 33 to just seven interceptions despite missing the final three games of the regular season.

Rosen is earmarked as a true franchise-caliber quarterback entering April’s draft. But exactly where he gets chosen among a group that includes Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield remains anyone’s guess.patriots_113_f059ffba91275395-180x180