Chicago Cubs going hard after John Lackey

December 4, 2015 – 5:03 pm by Ryan Phillips
    John Lackey

John Lackey may be a 37-year-old with a shaky track record, but he’s also one of the most sought-after pitchers on baseball’s free agent market. Now the Chicago Cubs are apparently the front-runners to land the 13-year veteran.

The Cubs are reportedly “pretty hot” on Lackey right now and are discussing two- and three-year deals. After the Cubs completely whiffed on their top target, David Price, they appear to have set their sights far lower. Chicago has also apparently been turned off by Jeff Samardzija’s asking price and feel Lackey is more on their level.

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Miracle in Motown Could Save the Packers’ Season

December 4, 2015 – 7:05 am by Zach Rastall
    (Photo credit: Duane Burleson, Associated Press)

    (Photo credit: Duane Burleson, Associated Press)

The old sports adage says to play until the clock hits zero.

Sometimes you have to keep going a little longer than that.

The hope of victory seemed rather bleak for the Packers when they had the ball at their own 21-yard line with six seconds to go Thursday night. Green Bay was staring down the barrel of its fifth loss in six weeks, which would’ve dropped its record to 7-5 and left its season teetering on the brink of collapse.

Instead, the Packers left Detroit with a huge confidence-booster in a game where they were forced to rally back from a 20-0 deficit and never held the lead until the very end.

Though it looked like the Lions had sealed victory when Aaron Rodgers was tackled with no time left on the clock, Green Bay was given one last shot after Detroit defensive end Devin Taylor was called for a facemask penalty.

The controversial call put the ball at the 39-yard line and gave the Packers one final play to try and pull off a miracle. On that play, Rodgers rolled left, eluded a couple defenders, rolled back toward the right sideline and uncorked a Hail Mary toward the end zone. His prayer was answered by Richard Rodgers, who hauled in the pass as he backpedaled into the end zone to give Green Bay one of the most improbable victories in its storied history.

The Packers were still in the thick of the playoff hunt coming into the game, so the sky wasn’t exactly falling, but the offense has been utterly dreadful as of late, and another loss in Detroit would’ve caused Titletown to go into full-on panic mode.

Giants have backup plan if Greinke picks Dodgers

December 3, 2015 – 8:05 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Brian Sabean

The San Francisco Giants are reportedly finalists to land ace right-hander Zack Greinke along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but if they miss out, the 2014 World Series champions already have a backup plan in place.

If Greinke re-signs with the rival Dodgers, San Francisco will reportedly go hard after Jeff Samardzija and try to re-sign Mike Leake. John Lackey is also emerging as a backup option. With the money they would save by losing out in the Greinke sweepstakes, the Giants could almost surely afford to sign two of those three guys.

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Pedro Alvarez headlines list of non-tendered players

December 3, 2015 – 2:03 am by Ryan Phillips
    Pedro Alvarez

The deadline for Major League Baseball teams to tender contract offers to players eligible for arbitration or on the 40-man roster has passed and there are now some surprisingly big names looking for work. The biggest is clearly Pedro Alvarez, who is out of a job after the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to let the 28-year-old slugger walk.

Alvarez led the Pirates with 27 home runs in 2015, and drove in 77 runs while hitting .243. But the first baseman struggled mightily on defense, committing a team-high 23 errors. He made $5.75 million last season and was likely due a sizable raise in arbitration.

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Ben Zobrist is baseball’s hottest free agent

December 2, 2015 – 6:40 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Ben Zobrist

Don’t look now, but Ben Zobrist has rapidly turned into the most sought-after free agent in baseball. Despite the fact that he doesn’t have a natural position and is about to turn 35, the World Series-winning super-utility man is set for a massive payday. And his price tag continues to rise.

As of now, roughly half the teams in baseball are interested in Zobrist, and he is staring a big contract right in the face. In fact, his potential deal is currently sitting in the four-year, $60 million range and only getting bigger. The New York Mets are reportedly very interested in him, but might not be willing to go to four years on a contract. No matter for Zobrist, someone else surely will give him what he wants.

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San Diego Padres unveil awesome new uniforms

December 1, 2015 – 9:42 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Padres Brown uniforms

San Diego Padres fans haven’t had much to cheer about over the past few seasons, but that changed on Tuesday. The franchise gave a huge gift to its supporters by unveiling new uniforms, including an homage to the past San Diegans have been demanding for years.

Along with a new home white jersey and new camouflage alternate uniforms, the team introduced a new brown and yellow uniform that will be worn during Friday night home games. Padres fans have been begging the team to go back to brown as its primary color for several seasons. While the brown unis will be used in a limited capacity in 2016, team president and CEO Mike Dee says the franchise is open to going with brown and yellow as the new color full-time.

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Zack Greinke set to choose between Dodgers and Giants

December 1, 2015 – 6:52 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Zack Greinke

Now that David Price has signed his ridiculous contract, Major League Baseball’s other big offseason fish appears ready to announce where he’ll be swimming next season. Reports on Tuesday claim Zack Greinke is close to making his decision and that it will come down to either the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the ace righty’s deal will likely be a five- or six-year contract and could possibly top the $31 million annual average that Price got from the Boston Red Sox.

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The Cleveland Browns finally hit rock bottom

December 1, 2015 – 1:09 am by Hickey

Browns Ravens

The Cleveland Browns are world-class spelunkers, perpetually finding their way to new lows.

No playoff wins since New Years Day 1995? Ain’t no thang. Not even the most incompetent thing the Browns have pulled off. Hell, there’s a full THREE teams that have gone longer without a playoff win, and none of them disappeared from the league for three full seasons.

There are so many other things about the Browns that are far more pathetic, like the following picture. It’s so shitty that you can practically hear Chad Kroeger warbling “Look at this photograph!”

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