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Looking at some non-free agent options- “Pagan is particularly interesting, because of his ability in the OF and his speed…plus the fact that the Mets were rumored to be discussing non-tendering him, meaning that he could perhaps be had for a pittance. For a player that posted a 3-year cumulative line of .294 BA / .344 OBP / .441 SLG / .785 OPS from 2008 to 2011, that may be a player that could fill a hole in the Indians’ OF. Maybe a player like Pagan is underwhelming in terms of the desire to add a middle-of-the-order RH bat, but there are other players that would (and should) interest the Tribe. Perhaps those guys aren’t players you want on long-term deals or even on incentive-laden deals, but they’re productive enough that if a team is looking to jettison them or save some money, the Indians can pick up the remainder of their salary (or a portion of it) and get some production out of these players that would dwarf what could be legitimately expected of internal options without any future commitment to them past this year.
Just like they did with Fukudome and Lowe (and even DeRosa back before the 2009 season), perhaps could do with another player in the final year of his deal who may be available this off-season and could step into the Indians’ void in the OF and lineup and represent an upgrade over the internal options without tying up money for the next few years – Marlon Byrd.” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
CSU Head Coach getting some love for the team’s big win- “Waters grew up in Detroit, where he learned the game on the city’s playgrounds in the 1960s. Fouls were foreign on the Motor City’s blacktops, he said. The sixth-year coach employs the same concept in practice. Before Sunday’s game, one of Waters’ players jokingly asked: “Are there going to be officials, Coach?” “We allow everything, even knocking guys against the wall,” Water said. “Our guys literally feel like the game is easier. We get at each other so hard. So when you get hit in the game, it doesn’t affect you.” [Medcalf/ESPN]
Man our expectations really are low- “Consider this the coming-out party for wide receiver Greg Little. While he’s likely not going to develop into a No. 1 receiver, his rookie season has shown that he is already a playmaker, which is something the Browns desperately need. On Sunday, he had six catches for 84 yards, including a 52-yard catch late in the first half.” [DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily]
“Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the game has changed so much that coaches have no choice but to be super aggressive offensively. Watching Smith and Coughlin make the same “stupid” decision —- a move we’ve seen Belichick make in recent years — caused me to reflect. The decisions are a natural byproduct of commissioner Roger Goodell, the competition committee and TV network executives illegalizing defense. They want the NFL to look like the Madden video game. Unless Devin Hester is catching the ball, punts are boring, frowned upon and flagged by referees.
Hard tackles — the kind of hits a defender spends his life dreaming about — are forbidden. You can’t play defense on the back end. Belichick, Coughlin and Smith realize this, and they’ve adjusted their strategy accordingly. The Jets have Darrelle Reevis and Antonio Cromartie, a great corner and a very good one. Brady still carved up New York’s secondary throwing to his tight end.” [Whitlock/FOX Sports]
Finally, Fear the Sword may have found the video that most appropriately sums up the status of the NBA- [Fear the Sword]