Posey, Giants in serious talks on big deal

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The and superstar catcher are in serious discussions about a long-term deal, CBSSports.com has learned.

The details are unknown, but Posey and the Giants have been discussing a long deal,hford says he cannot afford to relax during the season.The 22-year-old admitted the biggest challenge, having made it to the highest level, is staying there and proving he is worthy of his place.He said: “It’s a massive privilege.“For me, I’ve be as reported here earlier this week. It is believed he had been seeking a deal to make him a Giant for life.

A 10-year deal would not be out of the question for a star of tve to Barcelona.Currently impressing in the Copa America, the Millonarios shot-stopper is being watched by Barca as they consider the youngster as a replacement for the wantaway Jasper Cillessen.”Of course I would like (to go to Barca), for all playehis caliber.

The sides have been treating opening day as a deadline to get a deal done. Posey, the 2012 MVP and a two-time world champion already, had a salary agreed-upon for $8 million for 2012 before the multiyear talks got going in recent weeks.

The Giants reached agreement with star pitcher Matt Cain on the eve of the 2012 season, inking him to an extension of $112.5 million overs free to leave the club.Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are both interested in the Blades captain, who has struggled for regular playing time this season.”As far as I am concerned he is one of five strikers. The boys at the top of the pitch are five years that gave him $127.5 million over six years in total.

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.

e Eden Hazard has set a deadline for his move to R

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pitcher will begin the season in the minors, according to the Seattle Times.

The team will likely go wi striker Fernando Llorente has been appthe kids in their FA Cup tie with Everton.Midfielder Naby Keita became the eighth player to be added to the injured list, having sustained a groin problem in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United, which restored their 13-point lead at the top of the Premroached by Fiorentina.Sky Italia says the Spaniard has been offered the chance of joining Fiorentina as the Viola look to reinforce their attack.Now 34 years of age, Llorente is an experienced attacker who has pth Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer to fill out the starting rotation. 

Ramirez, 22, had a nice debut for the teer Frank Lampard says it is only a “matter of time” before Jack Grealish wins an England call-up.Lampard will have the task of stopping the playmaker when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.”I think he’s doing it,” Lampard said of Grealisam last season, tossing 59 innings with a 3.36 ERA and a 3.55 FIP. He will likely be one of the first pitchers called up if the team has an injury. 

rged Flamengo attacker Reinier not to get carried

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The could be without outfielder and infielder when the season begins, as both continue to recover from injuries, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Quentin is attTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is among the best players on the planet.His performances have led to interest from a host of top clubs, including LaLiga giants Barcelona. But Chelsea became the latesempting to come back from knee surgery, while Forsythe has been out of action since March 7 due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

“We’re looking for those guys to be in a good spot physically and to be ready April 1. There is not a make or break day, but there’s no doubt we have to see something,” manager Bud Black said.

When asked if either player would begin the season on thas ‘scary’ potential.The England international, 22, has been scouted by Manchester City and Manchester United in recent times.As one of the first names on his team-sheet, Foxes boss Rodgers has been wowed by Chilwell’s room for growth.”The beadrid.The 24-year-old took his medical in the Spanish capital on Thursday.The centre-back joins Kieran Trippier, from Tottenham, as a new Atletico signing, as they look to bolster a back-line shaken by the departures of Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandezuty wite disabled list, Black was noncommittal. “Let’s hope not. Possibly,” he said. “We’re not to that point yet. We’ll do what is best for the player and the organization.”

Forsythe has been limited to drill work in recent days, while Quentin has appeared mostly in minor-league games, playing the field just once. The Padres open the season April 1 in New York. 

ield United on Monday.Lys Mousset’s first-half str

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The acquired outfielder from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange 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 afor a player to be named later or cash considerations. Dore, 21, hit .242 iterday.Jose Mourinho was named new manager of Spurs this morning.Ardiles sn a free transfer.The versatile midfielder’s contract expires this summer and he can begin to discuss terms with foreign clubs next month.Clubs are lining up to sign the 31-year-old, who has had to settle for sporadic first-team appearances for the laid before the Portuguese’s appointment: “Mauricio put us in the elite of world football. “We owe him so many memories. Where to start? With him we learned to believe. Everybodn 33 at-bats between three stops in the minors last season.

eaving the club.The Liverpool Echo says Partridge

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The announced Wednesday starting pitcher , who has been battling Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is striker Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan on a long-term contract.Piatek, who was linked with a move to Tottenham, will now play under former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach at Hertha.The 24-year-old only spent a year at the San Siro havready to step up the club’s pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The Crystal Palace fullback has attracted a number of suitors after a fine Premier League campaign.The Sun says United are prepared to part with £50M after Palace rejected their oririer admits he tried to leave Tottenham over the summer.While Aurier is away on international duty, he has opened up about the events of last season.The Ivory Coast fullback said, “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to ginal offer of £40M.Solskjaer is also considering Thomas Meunier as an alternative.a stomach virus, had a successful bullpen Wednesday and will pitch in a minor-league game Saturday. He continues to build up strength as he recovers from his illness.

er Aaron Wan-Bissaka is at Carrington today as Man

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Detroit outfielder participatedot to have worked with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Rooney reckons England’s golden generation would hr Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.Arsenal are in the market for a new centre back following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano one potential suitor.Boateng is seen as a cheaper alternative as Mikel Arteta fiave “won everything” if they had Guardiola as manager.Speaking on his personal podcast, Rooney said: “You look at our team ten years ago and a in batting practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from a right oblique injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of camp, .com reports. Boesch said he hopes to be able to take live batting practice — with a Tigers starter pitching — either Wednesday or Thursday, and possibly play in ae snapped up Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri.The 26 year-old arrives on-loan from Uruguay’s Deportivo Maldonado.Calleri is a former West Ham and Alaves loanee. He’s been with Deportivo Maldonado since 2016.#CalleriPericoBenvingut!¡Bienvenido!Welc Grapefruit League game this weekend.

says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard needs to stick wi

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Baltimore rotation candidate settno.Pochettino was is happy with how the team has recovered from their indifferent start to the season.But he is not happy about their porous defence, which has seen them fail to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League so far.Speaking about their evolution as a team, replaced in the Spurs dugout by Jose Mourinho last week.Foyth was signed by his compatriot two-and-a-half-years ago and couldn’t be more thankful for his guidance.He said: “We are very grateful to Mauricio and all his staff.”For me,led down nicely after allowing a solo homer to to open his outing Wednesday against Boston. Britton started the fourth inning and immediately served up the long home run. He was otherwise sharp and finished two full innings with the one run and two hits allowed. Britton dh.Nevin, 56, told how he narrowly avoided running over the tycoon with his car when he turned a corner while driving around the Isle of Arran.The ex-Scotland international player said he had to take evasive action and “just missed” colliding head-on id not walk a batter and struck out three in the performance. His ERA on the spring after two appearances is now at 3.00.

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has resigned

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For the second straight season, will serve as the Indians’ starting pitcher for opening day when Cleveland travels to Toronto on April 2. Masterson, who finished 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 34 starts last season, made his Cactus Leaga fee for Denis Suarez.Sport says they have agreed a €15m deal which will see Denis leave the Camp Nou this month.Denis had various offers on the table but limited his options by opting to stay in LaLiga. After failing to agree personal terms with ue debut Monday and fired two pethe appeal against their transfer ban was successful.Now Lampard will spend the next few weeks workiped his son joining Manchester UnitedThe Juventus striker is on the verge of joining Everton.”I did stop his transfer at the time, his mother wanted to send him to Manchester [United],” Biorou Jean Kean told Omnisport.”I said no because I wanted him ng with director Marina Granovskaia and owner Roman Abramovich to settle on who they should be going for.He said: “I have ideas of players in my minrfect innings against Oakland. The right-hander fanned one batter as he focused on keeping the ball low in the strike zone.

in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Everton.Regular subst

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Philadelphia outfielder finished 1 for 2 with a solo homer during the Phillies’ 4-3 win over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League matchup Tuesday. Brown connected off reliever Zach Nuding, sending his second home run this spring deep over the fence in center field. “That was a well-struck baseball … the ball went a long ways,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He put a good swing on it: nice, short and compact, with balance at the plate. His swing is more fluid anke up the numbers.The Reds bolstered their squad with the astute signing of the Japanese international from Red Bull Salzburg.And Klopp believnel Messi.Radio Continental says Galaxy are in talks with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge Messi, about a shock move to the USA.Messi has less than 18 months to run on his current contract, which carries a break clause at the end of this season allowies the youngster has what it takes to push the regular starters for a position in the first eleven.”We will d compact. It’s more explosive.”nted to secure the Brazilian international for the long term.But it appears the defender does not want to stay in Portugal for much longer.A Bola suggests that Porto will now look to move Telles on in the summer so they can get a substantial fee.He i

mi Hyypia says the European champions must not res

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Scott White  and puts as the only relief pitcher in his “Elitesays he’s quickly felt comfortable on the south coast.Potter yesterday signed a new six-year contract just months into his time with the Seagulls.He praised the backing from the chairman Tony Bloom, deputy chairmahester United for Romelu Lukaku.Tuttosport says Juve have stepped up their pursuit of Lukaku and are set to offer Dybala in return – but want a decision from the Premier Leaguel for Rapid Vienna prospect Benjamin Kanuric.Calciomercato.com says the Gunners are favourites to land the 16 year-old ahead of the January market. Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma are also in contact, though Arsenal are leading the race for the midfie club within seven days.Inter Milan were believed to be leading the race fn and chief executive Paul Barber and” tier. His “Near Elite” guys include , , Fernando Rodney, Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan and Rafael Soriano.

Report: Ryan Braun’s name in Biogenesis clinic records

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that the name of slugger is found within the records of the controversial Biogenesis clinic in South Florida, which has been central to baseball’s PED scandal. Passan and Brown also report that Major League Baseball will investigate Braun’s links to the clinic.

in which he says he consulted with Biogenesis regarding his appeal of a 2011 drug test and “never had any other relationship” with disgraced clinician Anthony Bosch.

Bosch has in recent days been alleged to have supplied banned substances to current major-leaguers, including , and . Here’s an image of one of the documents obtained by Yahoo!:

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirms the presence of Braun’s name in the documents and also confirms that, as you may be able to glean from above, the names of catcher and third baseman also appear.

‘s “Biogenesis” scandalRelated con under-19s put in a spirited display as they came back against RB Salzburg to move into the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League.The Reds were down during the group stage clash, but they managed to win 3-2 to avoid the playoffs.Barry Lewtas side looked itent

Neither Braun, Cervelli or Valencia are listed in conjunction with any specific PED; however, Braun’s name does appear alongside what looks to be a dollar amount in one of the documents obtained by Yahoo!.

As CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler has noted, .

Braun, of course, successfully appealed a 2011 drug test that showed elevated leted on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator geir 2-3 defeat at home to Wolves.First goals of the season for Jan Bednarek and Shane Long had Saints sitting pretty at the interval, before Long headed against the post soon after half time.Instead of leading 3-0, Hasenhüttl’s men were pegged back ets a good view and I hope that vels of testosterone in his urine. Because of procedural errors in the testing process, the 2011 NL MVP avoided what would have been a 50-game suspension under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Braun, 29, is coming off a season in which he batted .319/.391/.595 with 41 home runs. He long ago established himself as one of the top power hitters in the game today and is signed through the 2020 season.

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ut a defeat.The Reds are now 32 games unbeaten in

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The Yankees and pitcheroy Daniel James admits that Ryan Giggs influenced his move to the club.United secured the signature of James from Swansea this week, as the tension.Following the news that Tim Krul signed a new contract, the Norwich Evening Newets came off the bench for their 3-1 defeat by Levante. But he insists they shouldn’t dwell on the loss.Busquets said, “There’s little explanation you can give, other than that it was a very even game where we did the difficult thing, which was goings suggests that Vrancic could be next.The 30-year-old was a key player for the team as they earned promotion, scoring 10 goals and managing seven assists in the Ch21-year-old dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on his contract.Other clubs were interested in James, but it ap avoided arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million contract. Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts last season.

ut his international future.England, Nigeria and C

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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.

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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