Hosmer Watch

Free agent All-Star and world series champion first baseman Eric Hosmer has two lucrative offers on the table. The Kansas City Royals are offering 7 years $147 million and the San Diego Padres are offering 7 years $140 million. As a Padres fan, this would huge and exciting. It would be the the most money the Padres have ever paid one player in their history if this comes to fruition. With Wil Myers already playing first base for the Padres, this would seem to be a controversy waiting to happen but Myers said he’s willing to move back to the outfield where he started his career ironically enough in Kansas City.

World Football Transfer Tracker

The January transfer window is officially open and there’s plenty of rumors and done deals to keep an eye on.

  • Liverpool has brought on the highly touted dutch center back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for $101 million.
  • Leicester City welcomes Portuguese midfielder, Adrien Silva who will replace Danny Drinkwater who went to Chelsea during the summer window.
  • Striker Diego Costa and midfielder Vitolo have finally joined Atletico Madrid after the clubs transfer ban ended with this transfer window.
  • Bayarn Munich have signed striker Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim on a 2 1/2 year deal worth $15 million.
  • Chelsea have signed Ross Barkley from Everton
  • Everton sign striker Cenk Tosun from Turkish club Besiktas
  • FC Barcelona have finally got the signature of star Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for $192 million
  • Striker Carlos Tevez returns to his home country Argentina to sign with his old club Boca Juniors
  • Columbian Yerry Mina joins Barcelona from Brazilian club Palmeiras
  • Landon Donovan comes out of retirement to join Mexican club Leon
  • Theo Walcott is on his way to Everton from Arsenal for approximately $35 million
  • Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Manchester United from Arsenal

Rumors

  • Napoli are looking to sell left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to Manchester United as they look to sign Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo.
  • Manchester United are wanting to sign FC Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.
  • Real Madrid are considering selling star Toni Kroos to PSG in an effort to sign Neymar in the summer.
  • Chelsea have reached out to Bayarn Munich about acquiring central defending midfielder Arturo Vidal.
  • Arsenal are on the verge of signing star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Gruden Back To The Raiders?

That’s the million dollar question if you’re the Raiders organization. Owner Mark Davis fired coach Jack Del Rio after just 2 seasons and giving him a four-year extension earlier this year. The reason, John Gruden, who hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but yet finds himself as the most sought after coach on the market year after year. Gruden is currently color commentating Monday night football on ESPN and with that comfy of a job it’ll take a very lucrative offer for him to leave. Mark Davis plans on doing just that by reportedly offering Gruden an annual salary of $10 million and a stake in ownership. Now, Gruden is playing dumb and denying knowledge of these details saying, “Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate”. Raider nation is crossing their fingers on this one.  Gruden previously coached with the Raiders from 1998-2001 with a 38-26 record.

Check out my updated post on this topic.

Isaiah Thomas Back In Action

Finally after almost half the season has passed by, All-Star point guard, Isaiah Thomas will join his Cleveland Cavalier teammates in a game for the first time since they acquired him in the off-season for Kyrie Irving. Thomas had hip surgery in the off-season and couldn’t participate in on the court activities until only a couple of weeks ago. It’ll be interesting to see if head coach Tyron Lue starts Isaiah in his first game action back since last seasons playoffs. The Cavaliers started off slow but picked it up in a big way with LeBron James carrying the load to say the least.

I always thought Isaiah was a great point guard going back to his Sacramento Kings days but since he’s only 5’9″ general managers (Phoenix and Boston as well) never saw him as a long-term solution, thinking he couldn’t hold up against taller and stronger NBA players. Well he’s proven those GM’s wrong with a great All-Star season last season in Boston and showing he can definitely perform in one of the most prestigious markets in the NBA. As a Phoenix Suns fan, I hated to see them let go of Isaiah Thomas and instead stick with Eric Bledsoe, who just this season stated he didn’t want to be in Phoenix anymore and was traded to the Bucks. So in essence, the Suns had 3 All-Star caliber point guards in Thomas, Bledsoe and Dragic and now have none of them and are relying on Tyler Ulis and journeyman Isaiah Canaan to run the point for a now rebuilding Suns squad.

Here’s Isaiah Thomas discussing his return. http://www.nba.com/video/2018/01/01/20180101-cle-isaiah-thomas-shootaround

Is Baker Mayfield The Next Manziel?

Both have Heisman trophies and both absolutely love the spotlight, even if it’s for the wrong reasons. If you haven’t heard about Maziels failed NFL endeavor and off the field antics then can I call you Patrick the star? Basically he was caught doing drugs, always partying, and not taking the NFL seriously at all. Baker Mayfield, the QB of Oklahoma, is killing defenses and perhaps his draft stock with his on and off the field issues. From egging on opposing fans, staking an Ohio State flag at mid-field or grabbing his crotch aimed towards the Kansas Jayhawks, he definitely has an ego up to the moon and is competitive as hell. Both him and Manziel can definitely light up opposing college defenses but we already saw in Manziel’s case that the NFL is a whole new playground. I hope Mayfield doesn’t follow Jonny Football’s legacy and can be successful in the NFL because I see great competitor and somebody who actually wants to win and not solely the spotlight.

Here’s a video of Baker Mayfield running from the police.

El Clásico 2017

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What a second half performance by FC Barcelona as they scored three goals against hated rival Real Madrid. 3-0 was the final score. The first half was a different story though with Madrid winning possession and controlling the half. FC Barcelona must have looked at themselves in the mirror and given a pep talk at halftime. They started to play classic Barça football with great passing and controlled possession.

Luis Suarez began the scoring in the 54′ on a great counter attack led by Ivan Rakatic who passed it to Sergio Roberto who then provided a perfect little cross to Suarez who put it in the back of the net with a hard low driven shot. The best player in the world, Lionel Messi scored the second in the 64′ on a penalty kick that resulted from a hand ball on the goal line which of course led to a red card for Dani Carvajal. Lastly, defender Aleix Vidal who came on in the 90′ just as fresh defending legs found himself in prime position in the middle of the box and received a pass from Messi. Vidal shot it on the ground underneath a diving Keylor Navas (Real Madrid’s goalkeeper) to make it 3-0 in the 90+3′ and to just rub it in the face of Madrid, which I loved to witness. And, of course I can’t forget to leave out the German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who once again put on a clinic making some huge saves and adding another clean sheet to his résumé. #ForçaBarça

Highlights here

Lavar Ball Staring His Own League

Thats right,  Lavar is going to start up a new basketball league that will include the top amateur players around the country instead of going to college. He plans on paying the players $3,000 to $10,000 per month. The NCAA refuses to pay their athletes but find themselves making millions of dollars on their student-athletes likeness. That sounds unfair and I believe it is because nearly every NBA prospect that plays in college doesn’t care about the free education they’re getting but instead only focused on making it to the NBA and getting paid. This idea has been a long time coming but just needed somebody bold enough and to pull this off and Lavar is that definitely that guy.

Dick Enberg Passes Away

Long time and legendary sports commentator Dick Enberg has passed away at the age of 82. He’s called practically every major sport out there in including UCLA basketball, LA Rams football, Angels and Padres baseball, tennis and many many others. He will be greatly missed by me and his colleagues. Very surprising news as he was doing a weekly podcast and tweeting everyday as if his retirement and health were in good shape.

Longoria Goes From One Bay To Another

The San Francisco Giants have acquired three-time American League all-star Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Giants are sending their number one ranked prospect, shortstop Christian Arroyo along with veteran outfielder Denard Span and two other minor league prospects.

Longoria hit .261 with 20 home runs and 86 RBI. Not only is he a good hitter, he won his third hold glove last season. Giants are filling a big hole at third base with this acquisition and are definitely not done making moves i would think.