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“The thought of trading Cabrera was mentioned several times in the offseason, especially after the Indians signed Mike Aviles. His name came up in talks with the Cardinals and the Phillies and Chris Antonetti no doubt fielded calls from a couple other teams, most likely the Red Sox because they’ve had a black hole at short since Nomar Garciaparra was traded.
The front office has to stay on the move, maximizing potential and selling high. And in keeping Cabrera this long they might have already missed that chance on a guy who wasn’t even all that heralded out of the minors for much besides his glove. The best time to trade him would have been after the 2011 season: His stock was through the roof after he’d hit 25 homers with a .792 OPS. His on-base numbers have been fading a bit, from a .361 peak in 2009 down to .338 last season, but that’s more than average and he’s had an OPS+ over 110 every year save 2010 when he broke his arm.” [Rohlfing/Wahoo’s on First]
“The sophomore is shooting it at a 52% clip over the six games, a sharp contrast to his 30% accuracy in prior conference play while maintaining a strong assists per minute mark and more than doubling his steals per minute.
To start the streak, Scott reached double figures with 11 points along with five dimes and three blocks in a thrashing of Minnesota, showing his ability to thrive in transition both offensively and at the defensive end of the floor.”
“With Scott and Craft harassing opposing guards and giving Ohio State’s offense some spark, especially off dribble penetration, coupled with Thompson’s improving overall game and the sporadic scoring of Lenzelle Smith Jr., the Buckeyes aren’t forced to be as reliant on Thomas. That’s the beauty of this current streak. Multiple guys have played at a higher level in numerous facets of their respective games, paced by Scott, showing just how good Ohio State can be when almost everyone is clicking in support of Deshaun.” [Lauderback/ElevenWarriors]
“Bryant (6-6, 310) originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Raiders in 2009 from Harvard, Bryant has appeared in 63 games with 18 starts, missing just one game in his career. He has 124 career tackles, including 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.”
“Bryant is coming off his best season where he had 48 tackles, once forced fumble and a blocked field goal. He tied for the team lead with the Raiders with four sacks, including one in each of his last four games.
Once again, the Browns like his versatility.
‘Desmond is a player who possess very good size and athleticism, attributes which make him very difficult to block,” Chudzinski said. “When you watch him play, he is always around the quarterback, and will provide a boost to our pass rush. He is a solid run defender and can play multiple positions along the line, which will allow him to be a part of both our base and sub-packages.'” [Greetham/Orange and Brown Report]
“It’s March Madness, and the Cavaliers are lottery bound. So other than a tough Texas two-step, with games at Dallas and San Antonio, what’s the big story of the weekend? NCAA Conference Tourneys! Who are the Cavs:the Bloggers keeping a particularly close eye on?” [Cavs the Blog]