Danny Amendola restructures contract again to stay with Patriots
DH pick: David Ortiz, Red Sox
Great year for Victor, but it’s Ortiz’s final season, he’s an MLB icon — whether you like it or not, sorry, he is — and he’s having a great year. Easiest pick on the board.
Outfield options: Jose Bautista, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Melky Cabrera,Lorenzo Cain, Kole Calhoun, Adam Eaton, Alex Gordon, Adam Jones, Josh Reddick, George Springer, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo,
Outfield picks: Mike Trout, Angels; Adam Eaton, White Sox; Mark Trumbo, Orioles
The Braves have fired manager Fredi Gonzalez, the team announced on Tuesday. Brian Snitker, formerly the manager at Triple-A Gwinnett, has been named to replace Gonzalez in an interim role.
As well, the Braves also fired bench coach Carlos Tosca. Gwinnett pitching coach Marty Reed has joined the club as bullpen coach, Terry Pendleton will move from first base coach to bench coach, and Eddie Perez will move from bullpen coach to first base coach.
So, congratulations are in order. The Eagles front office deserves a pat on the back for their handling of this awkward situation. You can argue their decision to trade up to grab Carson Wentz was foolish — it might’ve been — and you can argue their decision to re-sign Bradford was dumb — it might’ve been — but they’ve managed to survive the fallout from those two decisions.
When Bradford requested a trade, the Eagles balked. They didn’t settle for a bad deal to dispatch a headache, even when Bradford remained away from the team. Meanwhile, Bradford stayed quiet. His agent, Tom Condon, spoke on his behalf and talked about how Bradford wanted to be the long-term solution for a team and how a competition between Bradford and Wentz wouldn’t really be fair to his client.
Still, the Eagles refused to budge. And the public certainly didn’t seem to side with the middling seventh-year veteran who’s earning $22 million in guaranteed money.
So, the good news for Bradford: He’s 28 and can still be someone’s long-term solution at quarterback. As long as he can win the starting job over Wentz and play at a high-level, he’ll be given another chance next year with some other quarterback-needy team. That’s a big IF, of course, when it comes to Bradford, but that’s really his only move at this point.
Show-me time is approaching, with OTAs the first hurdle. Training camp and the pressure of the daily horserace for playing time is now only a few months off.
So it seems like the perfect time for me to peer into my crystal ball and give you a peek into what I see in the future for this collection of quarterbacks. Alas, it’s not all touchdowns and celebrations and dollar signs.
Aw, poor Sam. My thoughts and prayers remain with him and agent Tom Condon during their time of introspection in the face of the indignities perpetrated by the Eagles, which inspired the lamest trade demand in the modern era of professional sports.
So O’Brien was left with a choice: either go with Glennon for two years or gamble Wilson would quit playing baseball and return for his final season at NC State.
“Michael would have graduated that year,” O’Brien said in 2014 . “He could move on if he wanted to at the end of that year. That was all part of the decision making process that had to happen.
“You could have one quarterback, two quarterbacks or have no quarterbacks.”
Make no mistake: Russell Wilson was really good at playing football for Tom O’Brien in three seasons at NC State. Wilson was a first-team All-ACC quarterback as a freshman, the only freshman to pull off the feat. He threw 59 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in his last two seasons and set an NCAA record for most passes without throwing an interception (379, since broken) while playing for the Wolfpack.
He wasn’t O’Brien’s recruit and Glennon, who O’Brien did recruit, definitely fit the mold of a “traditional quarterback” more than Wilson. It wouldn’t be surprising if O’Brien thought Wilson might struggle to make it at the next level (and he wouldn’t be the only one who felt that way, obviously).