During the NBA season, determining the winner and loser is quite easy. (Who scored more? Winner. Who scored less? Loser.) The offseason is a little more interesting. It’s a bit more difficult to determine who’s on the right side of a trade or signing. This week included some blockbuster trades as well as some free agent signings. Here are my opinions of the NBA offseason winners and losers of the week.
Simply put, the Red Sox are doing fantastic. At the All-Star break, Boston (68-30) has the best record in baseball… they are currently on pace for 112 wins. Anything and everything you could have asked for out of this squad, they have delivered.
As the season began, I wrote about five players I believed would dictate the course of the season. Now that we are at the mid-season point (not halfway, for those keeping track at home), I will go back and see how I did.
The NL West leading Dodgers just got a whole lot better this year. The Dodgers traded five prospects, including Yusniel Diaz who is a highly touted prospect for possibly a one year rental in Manny Machado. Why would they trade a top prospect who would help in the future for an uncertainty like Machado?
Machado is going to be a deadly part of the Dodgers’ middle of the lineup. They’re already top 10 in a lot of offensive categories and are taking on Machado who’s having one of his best seasons with a .315 BA and 24 home runs, which would lead the Dodgers in both categories.
Currently, The Dodgers are 5th in the NL with 4.7 runs per game. If they want to get back to the World Series, they have to compete with The Cubs who lead the NL with 5.1, and The Braves with 4.8, who are 3rd. This move will bump the Dodgers numbers up and when they get Yasiel Puig back from injury their defense will be better. The only negative about this trade would be Machado’s defense at shortstop is bad but his bat should make up for what he lacks in skills at shortstop.
The Dodgers will be more of a complete team with a NL leading ERA of 3.49. They get a big bat and will hopefully be better in the infield. This Machado deal is a win for the Dodgers and will most likely be top 2 in the NL and will likely be competing for a World Series in late October.
You’ve heard the news that Le’Veon Bell turned down a monstrous contract from the Steelers to gamble on himself in the upcoming 2018 NFL season. The offer was worth $70 million over the next five years. $33 million of that deal were guaranteed and to be mostly paid through the first two years per Ian Rapport of NFL.com. Over the 5 years of the contract, Bell would be paid $14 million a year, which would make him the highest paid running back in the NFL. But what does he want? Continue reading “Should The Steelers Pay Le’Veon Bell?”
The Celtics guard is a restricted free agent this summer. Yet, no team other than the Celtics has made him an offer. The Celtics offered him a $6.1 million qualifying offer, which to me, isn’t what he’s worth. Continue reading “What is Marcus Smart’s Worth?”
Last week, former Celtic Isaiah Thomas signed with the Denver Nuggets. Although IT was expecting a max contract, injuries, a trade, and numerous other factors over the past year culminated in Thomas having to sign for less than expected. Having finished 5th in MVP voting in 2017 averaging 28.9 PPG, one must ask themselves: how did he get to this point, and so fast?Continue reading “Isaiah to Denver”
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