Noah Syndergaard reportedly refuses to sign contract to protest offer near MLB minimum

Noah Syndergaard has reportedly refused to sign his contract offer from the Mets to protest his raise from last season.

Coming off a season in which he went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA Cheap Epl Jerseys and 10.7 Ks per nine innings, the hard-throwing right-hander deserved a raise.

But the salary bump he got, from $503,375 to $605,550 per year, is peanuts in today’s market for a pitcher of Syndergaard’s caliber (the MLB minimum for 2017 is $535,000).

Syndergaard is not yet eligible for arbitration, so the Mets hold all the cards in their relationship. After they announced Syndergaard was the only one of 21 Mets players not yet eligible for arbitration who had refused to 2017 contract terms, and the team had renewed his contract, the New York Daily News reported Syndergaard had not signed his contract.

Fellow Mets starter Jacob deGrom used a similar tactic last season to protest his contract offer. Both Syndergaard and deGrom share the same agent, Brodie Van Wagenen.

Machado, who’s still just 24 years old, is one of the five best players in the game, brilliant at the plate and with the glove. Davis is one of the five best power hitters in the game (he has averaged 41 homers per year since 2013). Schoop hit 25 homers last year (did anyone outside of Baltimore notice, though?). Hardy isn’t what he once was at the plate, but he’s still more than capable at shortstop for a contender. nike_steelers_2201

Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta bloodied after being hit by pitch in face

Left tackle. As much as I believe the Broncos should make a push for Tony Romo, whoever is playing quarterback must have his blindside protected. King Dunlap, who Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK played under new Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in San Diego, and ex-Denver starter Ryan Clady are veteran free agent options, but the Broncos may instead wait, hoping to land a left tackle in a draft analysts consider weak for offensive line talent.

Inside linebacker. Kansas City’s defensive play spiraled last December once Derrick Johnson suffered a season-ending Achilles injury and no remotely comparable replacement in the wings. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the 34-year-old Johnson will regain his previous form. The Chiefs are in the market for a modest veteran signing. The Kansas City Star reported that Gerald Hodges (San Francisco) recently took a free-agent visit but left without a contract.

In a less-than-ideal moment in the Diamondbacks-Pirates matchup from Friday night, D-Backs catcher Chris Iannetta took a fastball to the face.

The pitch got away from Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato, and caught Iannetta flush in the mush.

Thankfully, Iannetta was able to walk off the field under his own power, though bloodied. Apparently, he lost a tooth on the play.

Watching slow motion, Chris Iannetta just visibly had a tooth knocked out of his mouth hit by a 93 MPH fastball from Pirates Barbato.cubs_1854

Then there’s the issue of whether the Vanderbilt graduate wasted his talent.

During Cutler’s 11-year NFL career with the Bears and Broncos, experts raved about Cutler’s rocket arm and athletic skills. But they questioned his leadership ability, attitude and commitment to winning. It was the same rap applied against another NFL QB with all the talent in the world: Jeff George.

Fair or not, the lasting image from Cutler’s playing career will be him leaving the 2010 NFC championship game with a knee “injury” that may or may not have been serious enough to keep him on the sidelines. A slew of NFL players publicly questioned whether Cutler quit on the Bears that day. He has never lived it down.

“His reputation is that of a spoiled, entitled brat who squandered immense physical gifts,” said one TV executive who was surprised by the Cutler hire. “It never seemed like his heart was in it. The picture you have of him in your mind is him frowning on that exercise bike on the sidelines of that NFC championship game, while his teammates were losing to the Packers.”

I protected the team with clauses in Moss’ contract that required him to give Cheap Goalie Jerseys back a portion of his signing bonus if he got suspended for any misbehavior. And that was on top of his potential loss of weekly salary under such a suspension.

Moss quickly rewarded our faith in the form of a 17-touchdown season that earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year. He played a major role on our 15-1 team that made it to the NFC title game.
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Plaxico Burress details 2008 gun incident that landed him in prison

Plaxico Burress caught the winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII. The wide receiver caught 64 more touchdowns during an 11-year NFL career with the Steelers, Giants and Jets. He also served 22 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to gun possession charges in 2009.

Burress, 39, is now using that dramatic differentiation to send a message to players who were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The retired receiver wrote a lengthy piece for The Players’ Tribune that warns young players of the pitfalls associated with NFL stardom.

“I know you see my name, and you probably think, ‘That’s the guy who shot himself,'” Burress writes. “Don’t lie … it’s O.K.

“I am that guy. That’s one of the reasons you should listen to me.”

Gordon decides to enter a rehab facility rather than try to return from his latest suspension. “This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person,” Gordon said as part of his follow-up statement. “I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys through this extremely challenging process.”

Browns GM Sashi Brown declares the team hasn’t ruled out bringing back Gordon whenever he’s reinstated. “We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself,” Brown said. “Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the NFL and at that time we’ll make a decision when we know what’s going on.”

How should you evaluate Peppers?

Peppers, however, plays with a style that is easy to appreciate — and will benefit a secondary that features Joe Haden. If Peppers avoids further failed tests and proves his worth in coverage at safety, then this could be a first-round steal for Cleveland.

How should you evaluate Peppers? As a sophomore, he was the best player on the field in every game except for Ohio State. As a junior, he earned consensus All-American honors playing out of position. The hype machine spun out of control, but that tends to happen with any player who plays multiple positions. Peppers played double-digit positions. He might even get a shot for a few snaps on offense.

“I’m open to do whatever they ask me to do,” Peppers said. “I did some things Cheap New York Giants Jerseys that nobody else did. They are going to get 200 percent out of me. I’m just so excited for the opportunity.”

As for the Michigan guy playing in Ohio factor? This is the sixth time the Browns have spent a first-round pick on a former Wolverines player. Braylon Edwards did not work out. Steve Everitt did. It’s also worth knowing that Thom Darden, the franchise’s all-time leader in interceptions — and a first-round pick in 1972 — played at Michigan, too.

The die-hard Cleveland fans will appreciate that statistic.

Even though, by those same rules, you don’t need an excuse at all, nor is anybody entitled to accept it or not.

It’s old, and its tired. It should be mandatory for everybody involved to, just for one offseason, let that go.

It isn’t yet, though.

So far this year, LeSean McCoy in Buffalo and Richard Sherman in Seattle went under the microscope for not being there for Day 1 of offseason workouts. It really is part of the NFL’s offseason routine — do a head count for camps, OTAs and the like, see who’s missing, dig for reasons, grill head coach and teammates about what’s going on and what it means.

Toronto fell behind early in the first half with more seemingly uninspired basketball.

The Dolphins loaded up on defensive talent on Days 1 and 2, picking up help at all three levels by adding Charles Harris, Raekwon McMillan, and Cordrea Tankersley by the end of the third round. Those are three solid, if not sexy, additions. Landing workout wonder Isaac Asiata in the fifth round should Soccer Cheap Jerseys also help Miami’s playoff aspirations in 2017 and beyond.

In the 87-76 win, Toronto fell behind early in the first half with more seemingly uninspired basketball. Their offense, sixth best in the league this season, still hasn’t shown up in this postseason, as the team shot 41 percent from the field and only nailed five shots from behind the arc. This is, to an extent, what Milwaukee forces you into: ugly, unattractive and overly physical basketball. More often than not, they will win playing that style. In Game 4, the Raptors prevailed.

It doesn’t matter how the win looks, because the Raptors were willing to take it however it came. DeRozan steadily contributed throughout the first 24 minutes, ending the half with 21 points. Down the stretch, DeRozan’s efforts were matched by the other Raptors stars — Kyle Lowry snuck in for a couple layups, while Jonas Valanciunas even scored six points down the stretch. But it was DeRozan who made sure the Raptors reached that point, and Toronto couldn’t have survived without his 33 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Sidney Crosby has a concussion after a hit from Matt Niskanen last night that was either an unfortunate collision or a premeditated attempt to viciously injure him, depending on which side of the fence you sit on.

Let’s be clear before we go any further: your friendly writer believes that, irrespective of the intent or otherwise, the incident was horrendous and hockey is better off with a healthy Crosby. This article will take no stance on the hit itself, only the reaction to it.

Jazz vs. Warriors 2017, NBA playoffs: Schedule, scores, predictions, and news

The Western Conference Semifinals scene has been set, and the Utah Jazz have advanced for a second-round dance with the top-ranked Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors convincingly dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers in NFL Jerseys 2014 four games, earning more than a week’s worth of rest in the process. They have a fully healthy roster now after losing Kevin Durant to a phantom left calf strain.

Without Durant, Stephen Curry re-emerged as the reigning two-time MVP, averaging 29.8 points on 42 percent three-point shooting for the series. But it was Draymond Green who picked up first-round MVP honors for the Warriors, averaging over four blocks per game and anchoring a Golden State defense that kept the Trail Blazers at bay much of the series.

That off-the-field leadership has the adults who watched him grow into an All-Pac-12 defensive end convinced he’ll be a success at the next level.

“Whoever drafts him, he’s going to make them right,” said Fex. “Not just on the field; in the locker room — he’ll be a fan favorite in the stadium, he’ll be a fan favorite in the community. It’s gonna be fun to watch.”

Thomas shared that sentiment, while acknowledging he can only get there through hard work.

“I feel like I can do so much in this world. I want to be the best person I can be. Best teammate. Best player.”

At this point, the traditionalists in hockey media will doubtless argue that because his career hasn’t followed the “accepted” path, that Chayka has not earned the credentials to be called a “hockey man”. In short, they’re once again appealing to authority by saying you can’t be a “hockey man” until you’ve followed a very narrowly defined set of criteria, ironically championed most by people who claim to be part of that fraternity in a journalistic capacity but often haven’t had near the involvement of those they criticized (I can’t find Mark Spector’s player or coaching stats anywhere, funnily enough).

Here’s how badly Rockets destroyed Thunder with Russell Westbrook on the bench

Russell Westbrook is the best player on the Oklahoma City Thunder, and it’s not cutting-edge basketball knowledge that they’ll do worse when he’s not on the floor.

But the degree to which they were inept without him during this week’s playoff series loss to the Houston Rockets is staggering.

Westbrook played 194 minutes in the series’ five games, of which Houston won four. When Westbrook was on the floor (for 39 minutes per game), the Thunder outscored Houston by 4.9 points per 100 possessions. Taj Gibson (plus-13.7) and Steven Adams (plus-7.7) posted even better net ratings when they were on the court.

When Westbrook wasn’t on the court, Oklahoma City was even worse than you probably thought. The Thunder were outscored by 51.3 points per 100 possessions while Westbrook watched from the bench, for a total of 46 minutes during the series. That’s about one full game, scattered throughout five games, of total ineptitude.

In real terms, when Westbrook sat this series, the Thunder were outscored 137-79 in 45.5 minutes of total court time. They lost by 58 points without Westbrook playing. For the entire series, Houston only outscored Oklahoma City by 43 points.

Bad news, Leafs fans: you exited the playoffs early. Good news: you pick high enough to land a nice prospect in a shallow draft. Two defensemen are left that might stick in the first round, and Foote is the safer pick. The son of Avalanche legend Adam Foote is as smart a two-way defender as any in the draft; Foote is the kind of defenseman who can clean up mistakes from Toronto’s high-flying Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys forwards and send them back up-ice for years.

James Harden’s press conference grimace is a perfect new meme

Something about sitting down had James Harden grimacing after a Game 3 loss on Friday, which you can see in the very first seconds of this clip. It wasn’t a question, since he Cheap Dog Jerseys proceeded to answer those as diplomatically as ever. No, Harden might’ve just been a little sore or something.

Carter used to feel awful by the time seasons ended when he was younger, but Cheap Dolphins Jerseys says he “could play three more rounds” this year. The Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated in six games by the San Antonio Spurs. This season, Carter averaged 25 minutes in 73 games with eight points and 38 percent shooting on threes.

Though Carter will be a free agent this summer, he said he feels comfortable with this team.

“I hear people say all the time, ‘Go chase the ring.’ That word ‘chase’ is tough for me,” Carter told reporters at exit interviews. “I’m comfortable here, my family is comfortable here, we’re building something exciting and great and I enjoy going to work with these guys every day.”

Carter is one of just two players left from the 1998 NBA draft class, the other being Dirk Nowitzki, who has also committed to playing his 20th season. Though Paul Pierce has retired, Manu Ginobili and Jason Terry could both join Carter as 40-year-olds in the league if they return next season.

Kevin Willis played five NBA games at 44 years old, so Carter would need to play several more seasons before he breaks any types of records like that.

Cowboys draft pick Ryan Switzer is the rare ‘Wes Welker type’ who actually plays like him

That’s one of the seven punt returns he brought back to the house for touchdowns and the fifth he had as a freshman in 2013. Even if wideout doesn’t work out at the next level, he’s got a role set with skills like that.

He wasn’t a slouch as a WR, though. As a senior, UNC’s career receptions record-holder was voted first-team All-ACC and had 96 receptions, good for 10th nationally. That included a game in which he hauled in 16 catches from Mitchell Trubisky, the likely first QB off the board in this year’s draft.

So now let’s discuss the comparison that gets made about some smaller wide receiver every year, especially if it’s a white guy: “Wes Welker type.”

“Yeah, it’s happened quite a bit,’’ Welker himself said about hearing the comparison. “When I left [Texas Tech], my coaches would say, ‘He’s a Wes Welker type of guy,’ and everything like that. So it’s kind of everywhere now, which is cool.”

Switzer was selected in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys. Quinn isn’t doing this alone. He’s working alongside Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff to build the roster, and the partnership has been productive.

Dimitroff has been named the Sporting News Executive of Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys the Year twice, and his way Cheap Lions Jerseys of evaluating talent and building the roster meshes well with Quinn’s philosophies. In two years, Quinn and Dimitroff have worked together to overhaul the team’s approach to the draft. The results are vastly different from when Mike Smith was the Falcons head coach.