Dodgers Re-Sign Clayton Kershaw to 3-Year, $93M Contract

Jordan Hachey @Jhach6

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed to a new three-year deal worth $93 million. This new deal ensures that Kershaw will be in LA until at least 2021.

Kershaw had until 4 p.m. ET on Friday to decide if he wanted to exercise or decline the option in his contract. Had he opted out, he would have forfeited $65 million over the next two seasons.

Kershaw remains one of the games most dominant pitchers, he has seven seasons with 200 strikeouts or more (and hit 301 strikeouts in 2015), six seasons with a sub-2.50 ERA, three seasons with a sub-2.00 ERA and six seasons with a WHIP below 1.00. He’s thrown 175 or more innings seven times and has eight straight years of double-digit wins (2010-17). During his career he’s led the national league ERA five times, led the league in wins and strikeouts three times.

A seven time all-star, he was the MVP of the national league and on top of that he’s won the Cy Young award three times.

To say that this is a smart move for the Dodgers is a way understatement, he has huge value to the Dodgers during the regular season. BUT in the postseason it’s a whole different problem. He’s coming off two world series appearances that were less than stellar. He was 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA over 11 innings against the Boston Red Sox in this year’s World Series. Overall in the postseason he’s 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA across 24 playoff starts.

But with that being said the Dodgers would be stupid not to keep Kershaw, he’s a perennial all-star, always a favorite for the Cy Young, if he’s able to maintain his elite level of pitching as he gets deeper into his 30s, the Dodgers won’t have to worry if they wasted their money. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Kershaw would go down as one of the games best pitchers of all time.

 

 

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The Rams Acquire DE Dante Fowler Jr from Jacksonville

Talk about adding to an already stacked defense, on Tuesday the Los Angeles Rams acquired defensive end Dante Fowler Jr from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round selection.

The Rams are the NFL’s last undefeated team and have one of the best pass rushes in the league already with Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald and now they add Fowler. The 24-year-old appeared in 39 games for the Jaguars over two-and-a-half seasons, registering 61 combined tackles and 14 sacks.

Fowler was the third overall pick back in 2015 after a standout three years for the Florida Gators. In college he had 14.5 sacks and 33 tackles for loss. However, he missed his entire rookie campaign after suffering a torn ACL in his first practice with the team.

He hasn’t turned into the elite pass rusher that Jacksonville hoped he would be, his production in 2017 (eight sacks) represented clear progress.

However the question with Fowler became about his long term future with Jacksonville after the Jags declined his fifth-year option for 2019, which was worth $14.2 million.

The Jaguars are have quite a bit of depth along the defensive line, especially after Yannick Ngakoue emerged as a key player in the front seven. Jacksonville also had to be thinking about the financial implications of Fowler’s option, since the team is projected to be nearly $14 million over the salary cap next season, per Spotrac.

By trading Fowler, the Jaguars are getting something for a guy who likely wasn’t going to be on the team next season. Losing the depth he provides will hurt if the Jaguars have an injury, but taking that chance is worth the return Jacksonville is receiving.

For the Rams, Fowler is a young defensive end with a high ceiling, albeit still with some risk.

Redskins Trade 4th Round Pick For Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Washington Redskins have acquired safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in a trade with the Green Bay Packers Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. In return the Packers are receiving a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft from the Redskins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It was well known that Clinton-Dix was on the trade block. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Albert Breer of the MMQB all reported on his availability Sunday.

“It’s not that he’s fallen out of favor…he’s in a contract year, and the Packers have some depth in the secondary to play with,” Breer wrote.

Green Bay Trades TY Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens

The Packers traded Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 seventh round pick. This trade comes just days after Montgomery fumbled during a kickoff late in the fourth quarter with his team down 29-27 to the Los Angeles Rams.

Michael Silver of NFL.com reported that Montgomery had been instructed by coaches to simply take a knee on the play to ensure Aaron Rodgers had the opportunity to lead a late-game comeback with just over two minutes on the clock.

A unknown Green Bay player told Silver that Montgomery threw a tantrum and decided to ignore the decision and take the ball out leading to a fumble. A coach told Silver that Rodgers was “very, very mad” after the fumble and “had a right to be.”

On field issues aside the 25-year-old Montgomery has rushed 26 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, adding 15 receptions for 170 yards. While Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have gotten in the way of Montgomery’s playing time in Green Bay, his versatility as both a runner and receiver have made him a valuable player.

Still, the combination of solid running back depth and any lingering animosity in the locker room toward Montgomery after his fateful fumble made him expendable, and the timing of the move didn’t feel coincidental. I feel like Sunday’s game had a lot to do with this trade.

As for Baltimore, Montgomery will bring a new dimension to a backfield that also includes Alex Collins and Buck Allen, offering Joe Flacco a solid option in the passing game. But the Ravens backfield is just as crowded so who knows what happens with Montgomery the rest of this season.

 

Eagles Acquire Golden Tate from The Lions

Golden Tate is on the move, before Tuesday’s trade deadline the Philadelphia Eagles traded 2019 third round pick to the Detroit Lions for Tate. So far this season Tate has been solid racking up 44 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday the Lions were receiving significant interest in Tate ahead of the deadline, but It wasn’t clear if the Lions would be willing to move the veteran receiver.

Tate is a free agent at the end of the season so getting a third round pick for him is kind of steal for the Lions. But the Lions are in last place and trading Tate isn’t going to help the Lions in a tight NFC North race. Detroit may be in last place in the division at 3-4, but only one game separates the team from the first-place Chicago Bears.

I’m not sure that Tate is what you would consider an elite receiver but he’s a dang good one in my opinion it’s a great value for the Eagles as they look to repeat their super bowl championship.

According to Pro Football Reference, Tate has averaged 62.0 yards per game since becoming a full-time starter in 2012, which ranks 26th among active receivers during that span. And among the 94 wideouts with at least 200 targets since 2012, he’s 10th in catch rate (69.2 percent).

The Eagles really need a spark on offense. Their nowhere near where a lot of people thought they’d be. They’re  4-4 in part because they rank 21st in the NFL with 22.3 points per game, a steep drop from their 28.6 average in 2017.

Broncos Trade Demaryius Thomas to Texans

The Denver Broncos Traded five time pro bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans for a third round pick. The Broncos and Texans will also swap seventh round picks.

With the emergence of Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders success this season, Thomas has seen fewer opportunities this season. He has 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns. After five straight seasons of plus 1000 yards receiving Thomas managed only 949 yards last season in the Broncos disastrous offense that was being run  by Trevor Siemian. Case Keenum was certainly an upgrade but the play just hasn’t been as it once was for Thomas.

You could also say that Thomas hasn’t really helped himself out since 2015 he ranks second in most drops.

Broncos GM John Elway had this to say to Mike Klis of 9News: “With the youth we have at receiver, we wanted to get them on the field, and Demaryius goes to a team that wanted him. It was best for both sides. We weren’t going to do this unless we got value. We weren’t taking less than a fourth.”

Thomas is a big body, coming in at 6″3 229 lbs he can still affect the game on offense. I think if he can get a relationship with Deshaun Watson quickly he can really help the Texans on offense.

The New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, and Philadelphia Eagles were also in the hunt for Thomas but the Texans won out. The Texans found themselves thin at wide receiver when they lost Will Fuller for the season to a torn knee ligament last week and have had trouble keeping rookie Keke Coutee (hamstrings) on the field.

Thomas isn’t the elite weapon he once but if Thomas can be a reliable target in Houston, the Texans will be more than justified in swinging this deal.

 

Red Sox Offense Explodes for 8 Runs as They beat the Dodgers and take a 1-0 Series Lead.

By Jordan Hachey | @Jhach6

How about that game last night, the Red Sox came out of the gates swinging in game 1 of the World Series to beat the Dodgers 8-4 on a rain soaked Tuesday night.

Andrew Benintendi had four hits and an rbi, JD Martinez had a two hits including a big double that scored a run. But no hit was bigger than the one that came off the bat of Eduardo Nunez, with two on two outs the Dodgers brought in Alex Wood to face Rafael Devers and with Devers’ struggles against left handers manager Alex Cora pinch hit Nunez who promptly deposited a three run homer into the first row of the Green Monster.

The Red Sox also got to Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw early scoring two runs in the first. They managed to get five runs in all and that is an accomplishment in itself, Kershaw has been one of the games best pitchers in recent years. The Sox got him out of the game after four and got into the Dodgers bullpen early. I think while Kershaw didn’t have his best game he certainly kept his team in it and gave them the chance to win.

In my opinion it was in the bullpen where the Dodgers really suffered, after Ryan Madson threw a scoreless fifth, the Dodgers could not get out of innings without giving up runs. Julio Urias, Pedro Baez, and Wood were all charged an earned run. The Dodgers bullpen struggled but the Sox’s bullpen shined. Chris Sale went four innings striking out seven. The problem for sale was his pitch count hitters were having long at bats against Sale and that forced him to exit early. The Red Sox got five good innings out of their bullpen, Matt Barnes was great, Joe Kelly was excellent racking up two strikeouts over an inning of work, Ryan Brazier let up a few hits and one run, starters Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi got all four hitters they faced in order, while Craig Kimbrel appears to be back in his all star form striking out two. The Sox had to use six arms out of the pen and one will have to wonder if that comes back to bite them tonight as David Price takes the mound.

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