Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says proposed rules changes to speed pace of play will be in place by the start of big league exhibition games on Feb. 23.
The commissioner has hoped for an agreement with the players’ association but has the right to implement last offseason’s proposal to install 20-second pitch clocks and institute stricter limits on mound visits.
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MLB made a proposal to the union last month to abandon a pitch clock for this season as part of a three-year phase-in of new rules.
Under baseball’s labor contract Josh Allen Jersey , unilateral playing rules changes can be made with one offseason of advance notice. That means only the stricter rules could be put in place absent an agreement.
While MLB could decide to implement just a pitch clock or harsher mound visit limits and not both, severing part of the proposal could trigger a grievance by the union that would leave a decision to an arbitrator.
PHOENIX (AP) – Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer, Houston’s Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases, and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson lost.
Decisions for all five pitchers had been held for simultaneous announcement to prevent any of the cases from being affected by the rulings.
Players have an 11-8 advantage over teams with three more cases possible. The 22 decisions would be the most since players went 14-10 in 1990.
McHugh and Odorizzi became the first players to win hearings in consecutive years since Minnesota pitcher Kyle Lohse in 2005 and `06. Stroman lost after winning last winter.
Miami pitcher Dan Straily and Kansas City pitcher Brandon Maurer argued their cases Thursday, and Cincinnati second baseman Scooter Gennett awaits a hearing.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract after searching for starting pitching all offseason.
The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.
He’ll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Patrick Cantlay returned to what amounts to his home course on the PGA Tour and shot a 5-under 66 to share the lead at the Genesis Open.
It sounds like a plot that belongs to Tiger Woods, who also grew up 40 miles away and returned to Riviera for the first time in 12 years. Woods lost a ball in a eucalyptus tree, recovered from a rugged start and shot 72.
Cantlay shared the lead with Tony Finau, who had four birdies in his opening five holes.
Cantlay grew up in Long Beach and played at UCLA, where he was the No. 1 amateur in the world. Because of back problems that kept him out of golf for three years http://www.packersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jaire-alexander-jersey , this was his first time playing Riviera in five years.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Roger Penske has a car capable of winning the Daytona 500.
Maybe even three of them.
Penske again went 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway for its second sweep of Speedweeks. This time, Ryan Blaney went to victory lane after winning the first of two night qualifying races that are used to set the Daytona 500 field.
Chase Elliott won the second race in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to put a temporary halt on the Team Penske dominance.
Joey Logano finished second to Penske teammate Blaney for the Ford sweep in the first race. Kevin Harvick was second to Elliott in the second race and Harvick was also in a Ford – proving the automaker has the same speed it did a year ago when it swept all four restrictor-plate races.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has named five sites as finalists to host the NFL draft in either 2019 or 2020.
Finalists to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft include Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; as well as a combined entry of Cleveland and Canton, Ohio. Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Representatives for each site will offer presentations before the final selections are made in May at the NFL spring meetings in Atlanta.
The draft historically had taken place in New York each year, but the league plans to move it around since it went to Chicago in 2015 and 2016 before moving to Philadelphia last year.
This year’s draft is taking place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
CINCINNATI (AP) – AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals and will become an unrestricted free agent next month, making him one of the more attractive quarterbacks on the market.
McCarron challenged the Bengals’ decision to put him on a non-football injury list as a rookie in 2014, when the fifth-round pick had a sore passing shoulder. The move meant that the season wouldn’t count toward free agency and McCarron would have to stick around as Andy Dalton’s backup for one more year in 2018.
Instead, an independent arbitrator ruled in McCarron’s favor, a decision announced by the NFL players’ association.
The Bengals could keep him for one more season by applying a transition or franchise tag, which is highly unlikely given the cost. Instead, the 27-year-old McCarron is set to find a place where he can start.
The Chiefs' Brett Veach has been a part of plenty of drafts as a scout and front-office executive Cardinals Game Jerseys , yet Thursday night was unique in a couple of very important ways.
It was his first as the general manager. And he didn't have a first-round pick.
So after musing over trade possibilities that never got too serious, Veach decided to stand pat and head into the second round Friday night with three selections on Day 2. He is due to make his first choice at No. 54, followed by a third-round selection acquired from the Washington Redskins as part of the Alex Smith trade and another third-rounder eight picks later.
"Yeah, we feel pretty good about where the board is, how the numbers worked out. They never work out exactly," Veach said. "I think we're positioned to capitalize however it does play out."
Veach, who took over last summer when John Dorsey was let go, has proven to be aggressive when it comes to trade draft picks. He used them last offseason to acquire linebacker Reggie Ragland from Buffalo and offensive lineman Cam Erving from Cleveland, shoring up two crucial areas of need.
Now, he's poised to use those picks in a much more traditional manner.
The Chiefs have gaping holes across the defense, but primarily at cornerback and pass rusher. They traded their top cover man, Marcus Peters, to the Los Angeles Rams earlier this offseason, and the release of Tamba Hali and the injury history of Dee Ford makes outside linebacker a priority.
There are plenty of names on the board that could fill both of those spots.
Josh Jackson from Iowa is widely considered the top cornerback still available Josh Gordon Jersey Elite , a first-round talent that has slid into Day 2. But grabbing the ball-hawking Hawkeye could involve trading up, something that Veach said would be among the options he discussed with his staff later Thursday night.
"There'll be some initial dialogue tonight. Tomorrow, those teams that want to trade down will start shopping," he said. "They'll call teams trying to get an offer, shop an offer. You just have to see where you want to go or if you want to stay put."
If the Chiefs ultimately stay put, other cornerbacks to watch in Round 2 include Donte Jackson of LSU, Carlton Davis of Auburn and Isaiah Oliver from Colorado.
The top pass rusher still on the board is Boston College's Harold Landry, though he comes with an injury history that may be why he wasn't taken in the first round. Georgia's Lorenzo Carter has also been linked to the Chiefs, but the quality of edge rushers tails off dramatically after those two.
Kansas City could also use some help along the defensive line, and while Veach made a couple moves to add some pop to the offense, depth would be helpful at tight end, wide receiver and on the line.
"Your expectations are always for guys to come in and compete for starting job, or see a lot of playing time, and the higher you pick the more confident you are in those guys coming in Javier Baez Jersey ," Veach said. "You hope those guys will come in and play right away, or be part of a steady rotation."
The Chiefs also have a pair of fourth-round selections, a sixth-round choice and two seventh-round picks as the result of all the dealing they've already done. Those picks, along with picks in next year's draft, give Veach the flexibility on Friday night to begin shoring up his roster.
"Tomorrow is always an interesting day because it's guys that teams thought would go in Round 1 鈥? there's two or three that everybody thinks the same, and then it goes crazy, and you see the distinction between boards," Veach said. "Once you start getting into the 10th, 11th pick of the second round, that's when it gets wild, and that's when your board has to be tightened down."