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The  placed pitcher on the 60-day disabled list Saturday a joined the battle for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.Having already closed a deal for Porto stopper Eder Militao, Real are returning to Portugal for Dias.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduar Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez held crisis talks after their Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia last night.AS says during the team bus ride to Seville airport, the three stars held an impromptu meeting about their the Copa loss and also their Champdo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda says he continues to deal with elbow discomfort, the Houston Chronicle reports. White also told reporters that he has dealt with minor triceps tendinitis throughout spring training.He will be re-evaluated Sunday and is unsure if his injury will require surgery.White posted a 6.86 ERA in 16 2/3 innings of work this spring, which may be partly says he is “buzzing” for Frank Lampard and his budding young stars.The Blues are currently third with eight wins from 12 Premier League games, despite not being able to sign any players until 2020 due to a FIFA transfer ban.In just his first season iattributed to his injury. He is eligible to return from the disabled list in early June.

nal boss Unai Emery is delighted with Kieran Tiern

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The will likely make a decision regarding  Thursday. Manager John Farrell said the 25-manWilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and roster should be decided after Thu to join the senior coaching staff at Chelsea.The Times says Newton is set to move into a first-team coaching role with Chelsea once Frank Lampard’s appointment as manager is confirmed, according to The Times.The former midfielder, 47, made 165 leagursday afternoon’s game. Bradley’s hot spring has oValencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez.Goal says Valencia could capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Newcastle by making a move for Perez.The Spanish striker is open to returning to his homeland this summer.But Valencia are hopeful Newcastle will lower their £22m valuation of the striker.Perez is also being linked with Tottenham this summer.ut him in contention for a roster spot despite his lack of experience in the minors. The team will want Bradley to play every day, so that could factor into its decision.

r says new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is repo

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catcher was behind the plate with A.J. Burnett on the mound for the first time this spring in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Twinsjaer admits they’re likely underdogs in their FA Cup tie with Wolves.United return to the Black Country for the fourth time under Solskjaer, having drawn 1-1 at Molineux back in August.But the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 in last season’s FA Cup quarte. “We got to work on some things and throw some pitches in some counts that might happen during the seaclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failur Philippe Coutinho must regret leaving Liverpool for Barcelona.The Brazilian playmaker forced through a £142m move to the LaLiga giants in January 2018 but struggled to live up to lofty expectations at the Catalan club.Petit said: “If I was Philippee.Vidic told TMW: “They are very important clubs for the competition, they certainson,” Burnett said. “He’s caught one of my bullpen (sessions), so us going out there and doing some different things, it was good.”Martin went 1 for 3 in the 7-4 loss and is batting just .158 (6 for 38) with three RBI through 15 spring games.

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pitcher was hit hard in Saturday’s Cactus League game against the A’s. Lincecum, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first and a run-scoring single to Eric Sogard in the second. He also gave up two er their Europa defender Jonny Evans has likened manager Brendan Rodgers to his former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.Leicester have shocked many with their performances this season and are on course to qualify for the Champions League for only the second timLeague defeat to Olympiakos.The Gunners fell to Olympiakos in extra-time, losing 2-1 at home and being dumped out of the competition on the away goals rule.Arteta said, “I’ve seen today the way they fight and the way we try to pla of Ireland international has attracted tentative enquiries from Juventus in recent days. However, they’re not alone.Tuttsport says Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on tempting Parrott away from London.Juve sports directy runs in the fourth before being pulled. He yielded five runs on six hits in three innings of a 12-5 loss. Lincecum struck out five and walked three and reached 80 pitches, which puts him in line for a full workload when he makes his season debut. He has allowed at least three runs in three of his four outings.

“I’m just letting batters get away and not finishing guys off,” Lincecum said. “It goes back to location. I’m not repeating my mechanics, but I don’t feel like I’m too far off.”

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relief pitcher ‘s up by Real Madrid for a January move to Spain.Real president Florentino Perez is a big fan of Van de Beek and saw him as an ideal – and cheaper – midfield alternative to Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.However, TMW says Ajax management have made it performance caused much consternation early in the spring, but he appears to be making significant progress in his battle to be the team’s closer. Rondon had arguably his finest appearance yet Thursday in Grapefruit League action against the Mets. Rondon needed just 12 pitches to finish out his lone inning of work, striking out one red side of North London to face the Gunners, who have a new manager in Mikel Arteta and a familiar face in former Blues defender David Luiz.Azpilicueta said: Lukaku has offered him to Juventus.Federico Pastorello met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici yesterday to offer him the Belgium international, says TMW. Inter Milan and United are locked in talks over a fee for Lukaku, though negotiations h“When I arrived here David was here.“He was very important for Chelsea, he was part ofbatter while flashing a very effective slider.

“Today, I thought my slider was the best that it has been all spring,” Rondon told .com. “I felt very confident with that pitch, and the catcher gave me the pitch I wanted to throw and it made it even better.”

Rondon lowered his ERA to 4.05 in seven spring outings, with 10 strikeouts and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. Rondon is the team’s No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com and the No. 95 overall prospect in the league, according to Baseball America, coming off a 1.53 ERA over three minor league levels in 2012. 

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, the were surprised that showed up at camp in something less than optimal condition. Here’s another surprise: (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York).

This soss Manuel Pellegrini can understand the jeers last night for defeat to Arsenal.The Hammers were competitive until their collapse in the final half-hour for the 3-1 home loss.Pellegrini said: “I understand the boos because in the hing staff should Mikel Arteta go to Arsenal.The current City no.2 is wanted by the Gunners for their vacant managerial position.If Arteta answers the call and becomes the next Arsenal boss, Pep Guardiola will try to tempt Xabi Alonso to City.The newlast four or five pring, the veteran lefty, as Heyman noted, has been battling shoulder fatigue, which likely stems from the surgical procedure that he underwent last offseason. GM Sandy Alderson had previously indicated Santana was 10 days or so from seeing the mound. “What’s spring training for?” Santana said after his surprise bullpen session (). “What’s practice? To get you better. That’s what I’m doing right now. That’s what I’m here for, and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m working on.”

The Post notes that Santana “showed no signs of discomfort” during his mound session. It’s unclear what this means in terms of Santana’s questionable opening-day status.

The 33-year-old two-time Cy Young winner is coming off a season in which he posted a disappointing 79 ERA+ in 117 innings. The Mets will almost certainly opt for the $5.5 million buyout that they have on Santana’s $25 million 2014 option, which means he’ll be a Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted seeing their derby win over Manchester City.United completed a Premier League double over neighbours City for the first time since the 2009/10 season, following their 2-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihafree agent at season’s end.

In parts of 12 major-league seasons, Santana boasts a record of 139-78 and a career ERA of 3.20. He’s also 12 strikeouts shy of 2,000.

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was delighted with Eric Bailly’s performance for v

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Nationals pitcher made his second stinto manager Frank Lampard.The Blues were humiliated 3-0 at home in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg by Bayern Munich this week.The loss has shown the levels behind the top European clubs Chelsea are at the moment.And Cascarino is not art of the Grapefruit League on Friday night against the Braves. He allowed two runs on five hits over three innings of work. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to in the first before giving up his final damage the following frame. Zimmermann also struck out four while issuing no walks. “He threw some really good changeups to lefties and righties,” mr Chateauroux forward Haissem Hassan.The Watford Observer says multiple reports in France suggest that the Hornets have made an offer of around €2.5million for the 17-year-old, with the added incentive of a sell-on percentage.However, Barca are alsanager Davey Johnson said. maintain a first team pathway for their young players.The likes of Morgan Gibbs-White and Rúben Vinagre have proved a big hit in Wolves’ run to a seventh place finish in the Premier League this season.And Shi told CNBC: “Yeah we’ve spent a lot on t”Adding this pitch makes him that much tougher.”

Yanks, Cano have work to do to reach deal before free agency hits

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TAMPA — The recently began multiyear contract negotiations with star second baseman , but a resolution appears nowhere in sight.

Early indications are that they begin with at least a significant difference in either talent assessment or valuation, suggesting a decent likelihood that Cano — the storied franchise’s best position player in his prime — has a pretty decent chance to become a free agent at year’s end. While the sides won’t admit he’s sure to hit free agency, at the very least it’s clear there’s plenty of work to do.

Word is, early on the team has suggested they considered Cano a “top 10” or maybe at worst a top 15 player in the game, while Cano, following three straight top-six finishes in American League MVP voting, seems to be thinking a bit higher than that.

“There are few elite players. That just is a very short list — less than Inter Milan.The striker has been linked with Barcelona.“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” agent Beto Yaque told FCInterNews.“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful afive,” Cano’s agent Scott Boras said by phone of his client.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner recently revealed to Yankees writers that the sides have had “a conversation or two.” But left unsaid at the time is where things stand.

“Robinson is happy being a Yankee, and both sides recognize that this is one of the elite players in the game,” Boras said.

Exactly how elite may be at issue, however, as the Yankees aim to keep him from becoming a free agent after the season. This isn’t going to be a short process, however, and it appears it will take some major concessions from one or both sides to beat the deadline to get him signed before his free agency begins five days after the 2013 season ends.

Star players generally go to the marketplace when they get within a year of free agency, though there have been exceptions. The Yankees themselves have a policy to allow long-term contracts to expire before trying to extend players, and they made an exception just by opening negotiations with Cano.

The Yankees tried the same last spring with catcher Russell Martin, offering a three-year deal for $18 million in a rare attempt to head off free agency, but Martin turned that down and wound up signing a free-agent deal with the Pirates for $17 million over two years. Cashman, whose own extension waited until his contract was up, suggested he will on rare occasions make an exception for younger players, such as Martin and Cano.

“There’s been a conversation or two,” Steinbrenner told Yankees writers six days ago. “We’ll get into that, and we’ll talk about it at a later date. He’s been a great erty has announced he’s cut ties with Arsenal.Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal academy reports Flaherty has confirmed that he has left Arsenal after seven years at the club.The 18-year-old spent time on trial at West Ham United and then Newcastle United. It is Yankee, and we hope he’s here his entire career.”

Cashman flatly declined comment on the Cano talks, deferring to Steinbrenner’s brief earlier remark.

This is obviously a touchy subject.

Another dynamic at play is the Yankees’ stated intention to get their payroll below $189 million for the 2014 season in order to markedly reduce their luxury tax rate, from 50 percent to 17 percent. However, the verbiage on-loan striker is hoping to fire Villa into the Premier League today when the club take on Derby in the Play-off final.”Ever since I stepped foot through the door, I have felt at home,” he said in the Wembley match programme.”We are a family here e has changed in recent days; it was once said to be a mandate to go below $189 million, now they refer to it as a “guideline.” While slightly different payrolls are cited, the Yankees’ current payroll, the second highest in baseball to the Dodgers, is currently pegged at $217 million, according to an executive with another team.  

It isn’t known what the Yankees may have offered Cano so far, but if they see Cano as a “top 10 player,” that would mean somewhere from Adrian Gonzalez’s $154.3 million deal and up. Top 15 would put him at least on part with the $138 million, eight-year contract for crosstown Mets star David Wright.

The average of the top five contracts, from Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million Yankees deal down to Joe Mauer’s $184 million contract (Albert Pujols $240 million, Joey Votto $225 million and Prince Fielder $214 million are in between), is $223 million.

Boras also will be making the case that baseball’s revenues have shot up over the past several years, as have franchise valuations. “The marketplace has dramatically changed from five years ago,” he said.

Also likely at the center of the talks will be a disagreement over term. Cano, 30, will surely seek at least a 10-year deal, with the Yankees likely hoping to keep it to eight. A-Rod got his 10-year Yankees deal at age 32.

A-Rod himself may be another area of disagreement, as the Yankees will point out the A-Rod deal hasn’t worked out, certainly the last half of it. Boras, who negotiated that contract but no longer represents Rodriguez, will counter by saying Cano is his own entity and personality, a clean liver with a clean resume whose only similarity with A-Rod is that they share a clubhouse.

ainst Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.The Hornets

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oach this summer.The London Evening Standard says United held a transfer summit meeting less than 24 hours after being humbled by Manchester City in April. That recruitment meeting – held inside one of the offices at United’s Carrington training baAs first reported by CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler, the Pirat and Benfica have reached an agreement over the transfer of the De Tomas to the Portuguese club. The move is expected to be completed imminently.The Lisbon club are set to pay a sum of over €20m for the forward, even thol van Dijk is surprised by claims he’s agreed a new six-year deal.The Liverpool Echo says Van Dijk has crushed speculation suggesting that Liverpool have opened talks with the star defender over a new deal. Recent reports suggested that the Merseysidugh Los Blancos began negoties and third baseman agreed to a minor-league contract on Tuesday. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training. Inge underwent surgery on his shoulder in September and is expected to be ready by opening day.

Headley’s $10.3 million is tops as arbitration numbers are exchanged

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sees himself as a or a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun$10 million player.The think the right number is closer to $7 million.It’s no surprise then tk Reece James has avoided serious after fears of suffering an ankle break.James was carried off on a stretcher playing for England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament.The Sudnesday boss Steve Bruce admits he’s in talks with Newcastle United.An angry Wednesday fan confronted Bruce on the touchline during his side’s 3-1 friendly win against Lincoln at Sincil Bank on Saturday.After the match Bruce told the Sheffield Star: n says fortunately he only suffered a sprain.There were concerns the 19-year-ohat Headley and the Padres couldn’t reach an agreement on a 2013 contract, or that there was a big gap when they filed their numbers for salary arbitration on Friday.Headley filed at $10.3 million, according to figures obtained by CBSSports.com. The Padres countered at $7.075 million. If the two sides still can’t reach an agreement, an arbitrator will decide between the two numbers.All the numbers exchanged Friday:

, : player $3 million, team $2.3 million

, : player $1.1 million, team $750,000

, : player $3.4 million, team $2.4 million

, : player $5.8 million, team $4.75 million

, Red Sox: player $2.375 million, team $2.325 million

, : player $4.7 million, team $3.65 million

, : player $2.6 million, team $1.7 million

, Reds: player $8 million, team $6.75 million

, : player $3.7 million, team $2.825 million

, Rockies: player $5.15 million, team $4.25 million

, : player $3.75 million, team $2.4 million

, Padres: player $3.75 million, team $2.875 million

, : player $8.25 million, team $5.7 million

Chase Headley, Padres: player $10.3 million, team $7.075 million

, Reds: player $1.65 million, team $1.05 million

, Rockies: player $1 million, team $800,000

, Angels: player $1.4 million, team $975,000

, Orioles: player $7.1 million, team $5.7 million

, : player $1.2 million, team $750,000

, Reds: player $4.7 million, team $4.15 million

, Reds: player $3.5 million, team $2.65 million

, : player $3.4 million, team $2.65 million

, Cardinals: player $5.5 million, team $4.5 million

, Mets: player $3.4 million, team $2.55 million

, : player $6.5 million, team $5.05 million

, Orioles: player $3.2 million, team $1.8 million

, : player $2.7 million, team $2.1 million

, Diamondbacks: player $2.8 million, team $1.8 million

, : player $7.05 million, team $6.65 million

, Padres: player $5.55 million, team $4.905 million

, : player $3.55 million, team $2.85 million

, Giants: player $4.5 million, team $2.675 million

, Cardinals: player $1.3 million, team $900,000

, : player $7.4 million, team $6.05 million

, Reds: player $1.05 million, team $750,000

, Pirates: player $3.6 million, team $3 million

, : player $5.8 million, team $4.6 million

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The Rangers met with free-agent catchf executive.It has been reported that Manchester United are looking for a director of football to take some of the responsibility off executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and their former goalkeeper Van der Sar was linked to the role.”Besides my familer on Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Pierzynski batted .278 with a career-high 27 home runs and 77 RBI for the Whell Mauro Icardi to Juventus this summer.Icardi is on-loan at PSG this season from Inter Milan and can sign permanently thanks to a €70m option.French media soe Laurentiis and his family has raked in huge dividends from the club’s past year.Calcio e Finanza has released figures for the earnings of board members over the last financial year in Serie A – with Napoli topping the table.The board chaired by De urces say PSG would be willing to sign the Argentina international outright and sell him ite Sox last season.

Orioles’ Manny Machado OK after meningitis scare

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third baseman should be OK for spring training after a scare with meningitis, manager Buck Showalter told reporters at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.

“Manny had a little scare there with, I believe it was meningitis, but he’s over it,” Showalter told reporters. “I talked to him a couple of times, and he’s doing well and doing a full workout. He’s going to go in and get an opportunity to be our third baseman potentially, but he’s got to earn it. We’ve got some other options there. He’s not ready to pick up where he left off.”

Meningitis is the inflammation of protective membranes covering the braimade a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSGChe Adams says dropping into the non-league after being dumped by Coventry City was the making of him.Adams joined Saints this summer from Birmingham City.He told the Daily Echo: “I was at Coventry as a youngster and then went for the non-league ro have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market jn and spinal cord and can be serious, even deadly, if not diagnosed early.

The 20-year-old Machado played 51 games for the Orioles last season, hitting .262/.294/.445 with seven home runs in 202 plate appearances. The third overall pick of the 2010 draft, Machado was o John Achterberg spoke about the differing fortunes of two keepers that he coached in the past year.As Alisson Becker lifted the Champions League with the Reds on Saturday, it was tough not to think about Loris Karius’ struggles at the same stage of ne of the game’s top prospects but it was still a surprise when the team called him up in August. 

A shortstop, Machado had played just two games at shortstop in the minors but was inserted into the starting lineup beside Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy. 

, Machado declined further comment through a club official.

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My plea to mainstream on-base percentage instead of batting average

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Earlier Friday, . Here’s what I had to say about on-base percentage:

“Unlike batting average, on-base percentage doesn’t ignore working the count to earn a walk, stepping into an inside pitch or being such a terrifying hitter that one gets pitched around and/or intentionally walked often. There are four players with more than 2,000 career walks: Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. And we’re supposed to ignore that and concentrate on batting average? In its purest form, OBP is basically measuring the amount of times a hitter does not make an out. With only 27 precious outs in a regulation game, this stat is paramount. That this isn’t mainstreamed as more important than batting average makes very little sense to me.”

I feel so strongly about this I’d like to elaborate.

Before I do, though, let me make one thing clear: Batting average is, and always will be, important. I’m not saying it’s not important and, in fact, I hate it when some sabermatricians act like stats that they don’t like aren’t even remotely useful. I’m simply saying on-base percentage is more important than average.

In a regulation, nine-inning game, each team has 27 outs within which to score the runs needed to win. If the home team leads through the top of the ninth, it only has 24 outs, but the point remains that outs are precious — that is, avoiding making outs is precious.

And if avoiding making outs is precious, wouldn’t the better rate-stat measure be the one that measures the amount of times a batter doesn’t make an out? I don’t see how anyone being honest with himself could come to any other logical conclusion.

And yet, since close to baseball’s inception, batting average has been hailed as more mainstream and more important than on-base percentage. Walks (and hit-by-pitches, for that matter) are ignored in batting average.

Say works a 12-pitch walk to load the bases, bringing to the plate. As far as OBP is concerned, Cabrera gets a score of 1.000 for the plate appearance. As far as batting average is concerned, Cabrera did nothing, quite literally. The plate appearance is ignored. It doesn’t count. His average is .—.

Putting aside the more substantive part of the plate appearance — getting on base with a walk — what about the toll that a 12-pitch plate appearance takes out of a pitcher, not to mention the high-stress pitches that are to follow against Fielder with the bases juiced? That greatly helped the team, and yet it’s totally ignored by the mainstream rate stat.

Now, we need to resist the urge to say something of a Neanderthal nature, such as “a real man would swing the bat and drive in the runs himself.” Not only does such macho chest-thumping reek of a prepubescent level of maturity, but it ignores, yes, batting average (see, I told you it was important). Cabrera led the AL with a .330 batting average in 2012. So if, in this scenario, Cabrera swings the bat like a manormer club AS Monaco on a season-long loan, Bakayoko has confirmed PSG have made attempts to sign him in the past.”A big club where I refused to sign? Paris,” he revealed to Canal+.The France international is set to cut ties with Chelsea after a diff, he has a 67 percent chance of making an out. In taking the walk, he made a dangerous situation even more dangerous for the pitcher.

Yet many broadcasts still show the standard line of batting average, home runs and RBI when a player comes to the plate. Tune into any radio show, and hear callers say something like “he’s a .260 hitter!” without any other context, as if batting average alone defines a player.

We received tons of comments and Twitter feedback the last few weeks about how “wilted” or “collapsed” down the stretch. You see, he hit .289 in September. Putting aside that this is far from a poor batting average, Trout had a .400 on-base percentage in September. That was higher than his .399 mark for the whole season. Not to mention that as a leadoff man, Trout’s job is clearly to get on base an excited to be moving to Real Madrid.The departing Santos star admits playing alongside Vinicius Junior is an ambition he’s long had.Rodrygo said, “Since I was little, when he played for Flamengo and I played for Santos, people dreamed that we could d score.

Here’s another example, in trivia form: Name the winners of each batting title. It’s pretty easy, right? The two MVPs, Miguel Cabrera and , were the batting champions.

Now name the two league leaders in OBP. I’ll wait while you look it up and then act as if you knew off the top of your head.

It was (.416) in the AL and * (.474) in the NL.

* Votto was 26 plate appearances short of qualifying to technically win the batting title or OBP title (if there were one, which I’d love!). But giving him an out for each of those PAs knocks him down to .449, easily taking the crown.

Votto had Posey by a .474-.408 edeld United owner Kevin McCabe has questioned new owner Prince Abdullah’s suitability to run the club, reports BBC Sport.McCabe was forced to sell his 50% stake in the Premier League side because of a high-court ruling, and says he regrets selling 50%ge in OBP, so he made an out roughly 6.6 percent fewer times per plate appearance than Posey did, but Posey is the “batting champion.” That makes no sense.

To reiterate, batting average is important, it’s just far less important than OBP. I like the triple-slash line, so you can see average, OBP and slugging percentage (power). My overall point here, though, is that the overwhelming majority of the time people choose just one of the rate stats, it’s batting average. Knowing everything I just wrote above, that simply defies all reason and logic.

I understand it’s tough to shake generations of tradition. Hell, I still remember my high school batting averages from my three years playing varsity and have no freaking clue what my OBPs were. Batting average is what we were all raised on, and I know it’ll be a tough habit to break. But we have to realize not all traditions are best. Lots of things have evolved in baseball over the years for the better. I believe this is one that should do so as well.

Maybe one day I’ll see OBP on my TV screen when a batter comes to the plate instead of batting average. Maybe the triple-slash line will take over. Either would be fine, but the days of displaying batting average alone need to go the way of the cookie-cutter stadiums from the 1970s.

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MLB execs: Zack Greinke is headed for a record payday for right-handed pitchers

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Baseball executives see star free-agent right-hander landing a deal for at least six years and perhaps as much as $25 million a year, which could bring Greinke’s total haul to $150 million.

The presence of both teams in the bidding is likely to benefit Greinke, who should easily set a record for pay for a right-handed pitcher.

star set the record for salary for right-handers when he signed in spring training for $112.5 million over five years, an extension that took him to $127.5 million over six years. left-hander has the per-season record salary on a multiyear deal at $24 million, while fellow lefty of the has the record contract for a pitcher, at $161 million over seven years.

While Greinke isn’t quite as accomplished as Cole Hamels, who signed during last season for $144 million over six years, a case could be made that Hamels r being knocked back in their approach for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez; West Ham are close to signing Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller for £45 million. That’s according to Yahoo Sport.Haller was a big part of an electric attack, combining wimight have gotten even a bit more than that had he chosen to test the free-agent market rather than re-sign with his old team.

Theday’s clash at Manchester United.Klopp has warned Mohamed Salah – searching for his first goal against Manchester United – to beware of “old-school” challenges as Liverpool head to their big rivals desperate to keep their 100 per cent winning P Dodgers also are said to like , but he has been asking teams for at least $90 million over six seasons, so he’s not inexpensive either. They might also look at , as well. However, Dodgers people have begun asking around about Greinke, Danny Knobler reported, and their presence in talks only benefits Greinke, who went 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA for the and Angels.

Angels people have seen the Dodgers as their biggest threat.

The Angels want to re-sign Greinke, and they set thstal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted frustration over their winter market campaign.Hodgson says he wanted Palace to do more business in the January transfer window, with Cenk Tosun their only senior signing and the Eagles on a run of one win froemselves up for that possibility by trading and letting go. The Angels suggested last winter that they wouldn’t pay a starting pitcher more than ace ‘s $85 million, five-year deal, but such a stance would be a major impediment to any Greinke deal, and an Angels person suggested that they will consider that strategy on a “case-by-case” basis.

The , a main Angels rival, loom as another threat in the Greinke market, and so might the , who have long coveted Greinke (they offered him $100 million two years ago as part of a possible trade deal, before he chose the Brewers). Asked at the GM meetings about Greinke, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said, “What’s not to like?”

About the only big-market team looking to sign a pitcher to a multiyear deal that appears to be shying away from Greinke is the .

Greinke’s other two previous teams, the and Brewers, would love to have him back. But in a bidding situation with at least the two L.A. teams, their chances seem quite remote. They certainly aren’t about to pay anyone $150 million.

Blue Jays claim Cory Wade off waivers from Yankees

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The claimed relief pitcher off waivers from the , the team announced Wednesday.

Wade was 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and always value his loan spell with today’s opponents Brighton.When Tomori switched to Brighton midway through 2016/17 he had one senior Chelsea appearance to his name, which came as a substitute against Leicester on the final day of the previous campai38 strikeouts in 39 innings this big name sales this summer as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pursues his squad overhaul.The Mirror says United will look at selling five players to help fund a spending spree.They say that David De Gea, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Ma season.

However, he went 6-1 with a 2.04 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings the previous season.

Wade didn’t pitch in the majors in 2010, having shoulder surgeryochettino is on the radar of Atletico Madrid, it has been revealed.Should they lose their coveted head coach Diego Simeone, Atletico will move for Pochetttino.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito. early in the year and spending the remainder of the season in the minor leagues.

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