Dodgers facing pitching crunch before Sunday’s roster deadline


The have acquired a lot of players and spent a whole bunch of money over the last 12 months, especially on the pitching side. They have a logjam of arms to clear before Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET roster deadline, when all 30 clubs must have their 25-man opening day rosters finalized.

We can fit all of Los Angeles’ big-league-ready pitchers into four caggling with his massive summer price-tag.Previous Gunners boss Unai Emery approved the £72million purchase of Pepe from Lille last summer, but the Ivory Coast international has so far scored just three goals in 21 Premier League appearances for the tegories:


This is the easiest group. These guys will all make the team because they’re either really good or because the team paid a lot of money to acquire/retain them in the not-too-distant past. As easy as it gets.


Elbert resumed throwing this week after on his elbow. He’ll begin the year on the DL and appears to be a few weeks from returning.


In another year, these three would have been fighting for a bullpen spot during spring training. Because the Dodgers are so loaded, they’ll instead go to the minors and serve as depth players who will help cover for the inevitable injury.


Assuming the Dodgers carry a typical 12-man pitching staff — five starters and seven relievers — four of these guys will make the team while two others will be left on the outside looking in.

Gregg is on a minor-league contract. Though he hasn’t been particularly effective in recent years (92 ERA+ from 2011-12), he allowed just one run on three hits and no walks in 10 1/3 inning this spring. Guerrier had a rough spring (6.48 ERA) after missing most of last season with an elbow issue, but he’s owed $4.75 million in 2013. Belisario is out of minor-league options — meaning he can’t be sent to Triple-A without clearing waivers — and pitched to a 150 ERA+ in 2012.

Capuano, Harang and Lilly are where it gets really interesting. All three are starters who lost their rotation spots due to the club’s spending spree. Capuano, 34, finished the spring strong after a rough start (7.20 ERA overall). As a lefty, he could move into the bullpen to complement Howell. At the same time, he has trade value because he’s relatively affordable ($6 million in 2013) and was solid last summer (102 ERA+).

Harang, 34, has also had a rough spring overall (8.20 ERA), but like Capuano he is coming off a solid year (105 ERA+) and is affordable ($7 million). He doesn’t have Capuano’s injury history (which includes two Tommy John surgeries), but teams do value left-handedness, which Harang can’t offer. He also doesn’t have much experience pitching out of the bullpen.

Lilly, 37, has pitched to a 14.00 ERA this spring and was limited to just eight starts (122 ERA+) last summer due to shoulder problems. Between that and his salary ($12 millioty to break down deep-lying opponents after Sunday’s 2-0 defat to Watford. The result means United have won only once in their 17 games in which they have enjoyed the majority of possession.”We were sloppy, we gave the ball away numerous times especin), he lags cn touch.Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, so spent all of pre-season and most of the campaign so far in hospital undergoing two courses of chemotherapy.“Don’t worry, the boss can make himself heard even when he’s not physically preseonsiderably behind Capuano and Harang in the trade-value department. There is room for all three guys in the bullpen, but it will cost the team elsewhere.

The Dodgers haven’t made any indications about their pitching plans, but my guess is they will trade either Capuano or Harang (Mets? Rockies?) before Sunday’s deadline and somehow cut ties with Guerrier. That could mean a trade, a release or a trip through waivers. Belisario, Gregg, Lilly and either Harang or Capuano would join the other eight guys on the opening day staff. Injuries (Lilly’s shoulder? Guerrier’s elbow?) could change things, obviously.

That is all just a guess on my part. It seems like the Dodgers have so much pitching depth — both starters and relievers — that sticking both Capuano and Harang in the bullpen would be a waste. Some team will surely give up a prospect for one of those guys. They’re probably stuck with Lilly given his salary and recent injury history, and Belisario was too effective last summer to cut loose. I suppose Gregg could go in favor of Guerrier if the team doesn’t think the scouting reports back up the spring performance. Something has to give, though. Los Angeles simply has too many arms for too few spots right now.

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outfielder is in the team’s lineup Wednesday. Fulde Tanguy Ndombele reaches his best.The Frenchman, who became the first senior arrival in the Tottenham squad since Lucas Moura in January 2018 when he moved from Lyon for £55.5million in July, impressed in the 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star has missed a large chunk of this spring with a hamstring injury, but was always exing Standards Authority (ASA) has reminded Uefa Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur not to tweet their line-up alongside promotions for betting company William Hill if players aged under 25 feature in the matchday squad, reports, /.The move pected to be ready for opening day. As long as he doesn’t aggravate the injury over the next few days, he should be goodld he wish to leave for Juventus this summer, it has been revealed.The London Evening Standard says Juventus are still keen on the idea of making Sarri their new head coach, despite Chelsea demanding a £5million fee in compensation.Sources within Ch to go.

Jadon Sancho.England star Sancho, 19, continues t


As exphat he can trim his squad in the coming weeks.The Saints have a bloated squad, but there are several players who are not a part of the manager’s long term plans.However, Hasenhuttl believes that several moves will happen in the coming weeks, allowingected, the shipped shortstop to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, according to the team’s official website. Gordon hit .206 with a .386 on-base percentage and a .20e award for Goal of the Month for February.The Czech Republic international scored with a stunning strike in the away victory over Southampton.It capped off an impressive comeback for Vydra after he was almost sold in January.Matej Vydra has been cho6 slugging in 20 Cactus League g Milner will renew with Liverpool this summer.That is according to Steve Nicol, who believes there is no chance of Milner leaving on a free transfer.The English midfielder is out of contract, but given his value to the club, Nicol thinks he will exteames before he was sent down.

Angels using a ‘designated runner’ for Albert Pujols in camp


Not quite sure how this has slipped under the radar until now, but:

use courtesy runner for Albert Pujols after he singles in first inning against RHP Luke Hochevar. Hey, iInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has quickly been impressed by new teammate Romelu Lukaku.Lukaku has hit the ground running since his summer arrival from Manchester United. “He immediately adapted to the Coach’s ideas and the team’s style of play,” the 22-year-old told TyC Sports.“He’s a striker with incredible characteristics, he’s very powerful. “I was surprised by his sheer stature.”t’s spring training.

— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report)

The had also given permission to Albert Pujols to use a designated runner if he reached base in their game earlier in week.

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale)

Ah the joys of spring training.

,m midfielder Harry Winks.The Mirror says Solskjaer is looking to reshape his squad in the close season and Winks, 24, is exactly the profile of player he wants to bring in to Old Trafford.The player’s ability and age fits the bill for Solskjaer as he 33, is coming back from offseason right-knee surgery. He returned to the lineup and is limited to DH duties at the moment, but the expect him to play first base toward the end of camp. Until then, designated rund.It marked the club’s first ever Premier League triumph at Old Trafford.Burnley goalscorer Jay Rodriguez said: “This result means everything. We worked hard and we showed quality. We stuck at it. Coming here, it is always one of the places you want ners abound.

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Phillies general manager RubenChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a season-long loan, reports BBC Sport.The 18-year-old Welsh international failed to make a Premier League appearance last season after signing a new five-year deal in September 2018.He did not travel to China for Chelsea’s pre-season tour and manager Frank Lampard, speaking last week, said he was keen for him to go out on loan. Amaro Jr. told reporters Tuesday catcher prospect has a small fractuJanuary.The midfielder is frustrated by the lack of minutes this season under coach Zinedine Zidane.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Isco can leave Real Madrid in the month of January. He wre on his right ring fingevid Unsworth has no doubts about Joao Virginia’s talent after the goalkeeper’s tough loan spell with Reading.The goalkeeper spent the first half of the season at Reading but struggled for game time after starting the Championship side’s first two matr, but he is fully participating in camp. He was injured on the first day.

ighted to have Callum Hudson-Odoi back in training


Rockies catcher told .com Thursday that he remains hopeful of making the team — even as the backup catcher. Torrealba signed a minor-league deal in January and will have to work his way behrsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed plans to find a new centre-half signing this month.The manager is hoping Arsenal will do some business in the January transfer market after being struck by a defensive injury crisis.RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot ind , veteran and potentially even ordan Pacheco, who caught on a few occasions last yearlum Hudson-Odoi has provided fans with a positive update after posting footage of himself training on social media.The 18-year-old ruptured his Achilles against Burnley in April.He posted a 30 second video undertaking drills with a member of Chelsea’ and is in camp with the catchers this year. “Obviously, you’re getting older, you don’t move the same, you don’t hit the same, all you can do is just teach young guys — that’s how you become as a backery should move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.Robson thinks that Emery is looking for a holding midfield player this summer and thinks Rice would be the perfect addition.“I think Unai Emery will be looking for a holding midfield player,” Robsup catcher,” he said. “I never consider myself a backup because I really believe I can do the job playing every day. But there’s going to be a year where I have to do it, no matter what. Maybe this is it, this is the year to do it.”

Giancarlo Stanton still unhappy with Marlins


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Remember when the traded several of their productive players to the Blue Jays in a remarkable salary slash last month? Of course, you do. But do you remember the reactim Molineux as he joins Shrewsbury Town following 11 years at Wolves.The stopper first joined the club at the age of 12 after being spotted between the sticks for his local side Ludlow Town, before progressing td to leave this summer, it has been revealed.The Argentina international is a target for Atletico Madrid with Lucas Hernandez and Diego Godin both departing this summer.However, Fichajes.com reports agents for Otamendi has also been offered to Real Mhrough the ranks at Wolves Academy.Afteron of Marlins slugger ? If not, here you go:

Alright, I’m pisLeganes are waiting for Watford to make a decision over Marc Navarro.The Spanish fullback is a target for the LaLiga outfit, which is willing to take him on-loan.AS says Leganes expects an answer from the Hornets next week.Navarro has already agreed personal terms with Leganes and is eager to make the move.Watford boss Javi Gracia is expected to green light the move in the coming days.sed off!!! Plain & Simple

— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818)

Well, not much has changed, according to Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe (via CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman). On that tweet in particular, Wolfe told Heyman, “It wasn’t a reaction. It was a state of mind.”

Wolfe wouldn’t say if Stanton has requested a trade from Miami. But, needless to say, the young star is not pleased with the situation.

Stanton, 23, hit .290/.361/.608 with 37 homers and 86 RBI in only 123 games. Had he not missed several weeks after knee surgery, it would have been a pretty good bet that Stanton would have led the NL in home runs.

Oh, and if the Marlins choose to keep him, Stanton doesn’t have much say in the matter. He won’t be a free agent until 2017.

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Perfect is perfect, but Felix’s was as good as it gets


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Imagine what they’ll get for him now.No, I Pep Guardiola can be tempted back home.Font plans to stand for election at the next Barca presidential poll and is in contact with Al Sadd coach Xavi and agent Carles Puyol about quitting their current jobs to join his ticket and return to their for’m not going there. Not yet. It wouldn’t be fair to . It wouldn’t be fair to the Mariners.Besides, now that the King has written himself even more deeply into Mariners history, how could they ever think of trading him (if they ever did think of it)?

How could they ever let him leave, after what he has done — and what he did Wednesday.

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We probably shouldn’t rank perfect games — perfect is perfect, right? — but I’m about to, anyway.This one was as good as it gets.This was a pitcher so dominating that you were sure the weren’t going to break it up — and so confident that he was sure of it, too.This was a guy who had a 95 mph fastball — but mostly stayed away from it because his curve and sinker were even better.”Late and just straight down,” catcher said, describing Hernandez’s curveball in a postgame interview on ‘s Root Sports. “You can’t hit that. No human can.”That’s what the Rays had to be thinking. That’s what I was thinking as I watched. That’s no doubt what you were thinking, too.No one can hit that.Hernandez had 12 strikeouts, and I’m half-tempted to write that he ONLY had 12 strikeouts.The surprise wasn’t that the Rays never got to first base. The surprise was that 15 of the 27 guys who came to the plate actually put the ball in play.Of course, only four of the final 12 guys did put it in play. After the fifth inning, no one got a ball out of the infield.That domination was part of what made this special, but only part of it.The other part was that it was Felix.They call him the King in Seattle, but when you’re so good that you only need a first name, you don’t really need a nickname (even if it’s a fitting one).Everyone knows Felix . . . as opposed to, say, Phil Humber.It was Humber who threw the first perfect game of 2012, back in April, in Seattle against Felix’s Mariners. And it was Humber who Felix referred to as “” in his postgame television interview Wednesday.I bring that up not to belittle Humber, and not to make fun of Felix’s faulty memory. I bring it up because of what Felix said it meant to him.”When [Humber] did that, I said, ‘I have to throw one. I have to,'” Hernandez said.He was thinking about it.He was thinking about it in April, and he was thinking about it Wednesday.”It was in the mind the whole game,” he said. “It was, ‘You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to.'”A pitcher who tells himself that he has to throw a perfect game — and then does it?Yes, that’s special. That’s Felix.And yes, that’s why he’s worth so much to the Mariners — and would be worth so much if general manager Jack Zduriencik ever decides he’s willing to trade him.

But he can’t.

Zduriencik regularly says that he won’t trade him. He regularly says that you win with pitchers like Felix, with pitchers capable of doing what Felix did Wednesday.There just aren’t that many of them out there.But what if he did trade him? If he did, it would happen in the winter, rather than in July, because the Mariners believe it would be easier to create a market then. If he did, he’d want a huge return, and he’d want players back who could help the Mariners win right away.It’s very possible that Zduriencik never wacht Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger.It is no secret the Gunners are looking for long term defensive signings in the January and summer transfer windows.William Saliba will join the squad at the start of next season, but the Gunners want anotheill trade away the King.But if he did, imagine how much he could get back?Especially after a day likee with Atletico Madrid.The striker quit Chelsea for Atletico last January.”On a personal level, I feel at home,” Morata noted.”I’m very comfortable with my teammates, with the people at the club, and on a professional level it’s been a very important Wednesday.

Justin Upton takes to Twitter to defend brother B.J.


outfielder was none too pleased about some of the things the ESPN Sunday night crew said about his brother, B.J., in Sunday’s win over the . So he did what you do nowadays, to complain.Here’s a little bit of what he had to say:The two plays in question came in the second and eighth inning. In the second, Upton was on second when lined a double over ‘s head in right field. It appeared Upton misread the ball off the bat, because it was clearly (from a TV viewer’s perspective, which is much different than a guy on secoday.The Mirror says Lacazette has handed Arsenal a major injury boost with the new season just over a week away.Lacazette limped off early on during the Emirates Cup defeat to Lyon last week.Unai Emery allayed fears over a serious problem but Lacazeond) over Cruz’s head. Upton didn’t score on the play and most — including the announcing crew — thought he should have scored from second. It appeared Upton and third-base coach Tom Foley had a difference of opinion about the play as well. .In the eighth inning, Upton was at the plate with one out and runners on first and third. After swinging at the first pitch from , Upton squared around to try to bunt Lowe’s second pitch. The ball was well outside and Upton pulled his bat back. and both made good plays to get at third, but I’d prefer to hear what Longoria, U Mike Ashley.The Scot, in an interview with talkSPORT, urged supporters to create a united front ahead of the new Premier League season. Despite the signings of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jetro Williams, the Newcastle faithful were livid withpton, Joe Maddon and Foley had to say about the play before ripping anyone. If it was a safety squeeze, it would seem Longoria didn’t get the safety part. It’s one of those plays that’s tough to criticize without hearing all the facts — a luxury the TV announcers don’t have. I’m more likely to agree with Justin Upton on this play than the previour-old, who has signed a one-year deal at the Belgian side, leaves Goodison Park after seven seasons, having scored 38 goals in 186 appearances for the Toffees.Mirallas spent last season on loan in Italy with Fiorentina where he played 30 times, scoris one, but the criticism could have something to do with the reputation of the older Upton brother, who is probably in his last season in Tampa.

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guard was back on the floor Wednesday against the Jazz, after sitting out the team’s previous game due to an illness.

Allen struggled with his offensive game more than usual and was limited to just 10 minutes as a result. He was scorelesand his board have been assessing the position of coach Zinedine Zidane.During this coronavirus suspension, the Real board have taken the opportunity to discuss the future of Zidane.And it’who was speaking after his side beat Fiorentina 3-0 in the International Champions Cup on Sunday morning to record their third consecutive win in pre-season.And the Spaniard says he is working closely with new sporting director Edu and head of footbas been agreed Zizou will be supported next season – no matters on five field-goal attempts, while adding four rebouy Mail says Palace plan to sign a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka whose £50m deal to Manchester United was confirmed on Saturday.Belgian Timothy Castagne of Atalanta is a leading target although any deal is complicated by the Italian side qualifyinds, one block and a turnover in the 91-87 win.

Allen lost his starting job, but continues to put together arguably the best season of his career. He is averaging 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game in 44 appearances. 

Report: Blazers owner sells mansion because he hates sound of ocean


Here’s a fun one. I love owner Paul Allen super rich stories.  named “The Octopus” that he once got nailed with parking tickets for. 

Now, the New York Post’s gossip section “Page Six” reports that Allen has sold his Malibu mansion which he bought for $25 million (to CBS President and CEO Les Moonves) because “hated the sound of the ocean.” 

Page Six has exclusively learned Moonves has bought Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s home on Malibu’s prestigious Carbon Beach for $28 million.

Allen bought the gonham Hotspur at the Amex was just rewards for their recent work.Potter commented on how the mood remained upbeat within the squad despite the resultsrazil captain and right-back Dani Alves has joined Sao Paulo on a free transfer.Alves, 36, left Paris St-Germain during the summer and joins the club he supports on a deal until December 2022.Sao Paulo referred to signing “the most victorious player not going his players’ way.“They’ve had the belief despite the results. That gives you strength ifrgeous, white-walled and glass modern oceanfront house for $25 million in 2010.

But a source said Allen “hated the sound of the ocean” because it kept him awake at night and spent very little time there. Carbon is dubbed “Billionaires Beach” because Oracle CEO Larry Ellison owns nearly two dozen properties there, and it’s also home to ­entertainment mogul David Geffen, DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg and moguls Eli Broad and Haim Saban.

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So the funny things about this, in order:

He sold a house he bought for $25 million because he hated the sound of the ocean. Who hates the sound of the ocean? Noise machines literally replicate itke it at Anfield.Glatzel penned a new deal yesterday.And on manager Jurgen Klopp, he told liverpoolfc.com: “He’s great. “When I got injured he spoke to me a lot and he gave me a phone call just to see how I was. He’s a massive character and he just s. Also, why would you buy a beach house for $25 million if you don’t like the sound of the ocean? Doesn’t the sound of the ocean seem like a pretty necessary part of a beach house?

He didn’t spend much time there? So he spent $25 million on a house and just kind of had it, like that thing you saw on TV that you bought at Bed Bath and Beyond? How do you spend that much money and just let the house hang out there?

Was it the dolphins? It was the dolphins, wasn’t it?

Paul George (concussion) misses practice, uncertain for Game 3


forward , diagnosed with a concussion after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, did not practice but did shoot and dunk during Indy’s workout Thursday, .

George went through several steanchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer messed up his team selection for their 3-3 draw at Sheffield United.Phil Jones made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Sunday, but it was a match he would like to forget in a hurry. The forps of the of the , the Star reported, and did not meet with reporters.

The Pacers may not know George’s status for Saturday’s Game 3 (8:30 p.m. ET) until hoursot good enough for the Premier League.Gayle has been excellent when playing in the Championship for the likes of Newcastle and Crystal Palace.The 29-year-old has found it tough to get game time in the Premier League this season under Steve Bruce.”The before the game at Miami.

George was injured when against guard ‘s knee during the fourth quarter of Miami’s 87-83 victory, which evenenited have signed Espanyol prospect Mateo Mejia without any sort of negotiations.Aragondigital.es reports United have paid the required €100,000 to ferry the 16 year-old forward to England – so cutting Espanyol out of the process.The situation has d the series at a game apiece.

cans, his first game since suffering a sprained le


guard logged just 12 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Pelicans, his first game since suffering a sprained left ankle on Tuesday.Schroder scored just four points on 2 of 5 shooting, missing his lone attempt from down is ready to sign a new contract with Manchester United.The Sun says De Gea is ready to sign an eye-watering £91m five-year deal when United return from their pre-season tour.The Old Trafford giants to add Achraf Hakimi to his squad next season.The Real wing-back is currently on-loan with Borussia Dortmund, where he impressed before being struck down by injury. He is halfway through a two season loan.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, spents have been negotiating with the Spain internationaltown in the second quarter. He also contributed with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in a 111-105 loss. He is averaging 5.6 move.The Ajax skipper is one of the hottest properties in world football with Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain slugging it out for his signature.After Holland’s defeat to Portugal last night, De Ligt was asked about his plans.He tpoints and 2.4 assists over his last five appearances.

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forward was initially expected to make his re and results are two different things.The Eagles have slipped down to 13th after a five-match winless run, where they faced Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.”I don’t think you should confuse form with results,” he said.tuarotta has confirmed they tried to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud last month.Giroud’s camp have blamed Inter for the deal never eventuating.But Marotta said, “There were some priorities, which were the players we signed, so were completely satrn to action Wednesday against the Blazers, but ended up being scratched prior to gametime as he continues to deal with a back injurysh with Wolves.The German international missed the final weeks of the season with a knee injury that eventually required surgery.Rudiger has been working hard over the summer and will continue his rehabilitation at Cobham.The Daily Mail says Chelsea . He remains day to day moving forward. 

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guard caught fire from deep, knocking down five treys in a 106-94 loss to the Thunder.Mills scored a team-high 21 poiJean-Clair Todibo has no regrets over his move to Barcelona.The defender joined Barca in January from Toulouse, though ham midfielder Harry Winks is confident Tanguy Ndombele will settle quickly.Integrating Ndombele, who only speaks limited English, will be important, with fellow Frenchmen Moussa Sissoko and Hugo Lloris important as conduits.From what he has seen on his career in Spain has so far been a slow burn.Despite this, Tobido is happy with his choice.The 19 year-old admits he had contact with Juventus, but was eager to move to Spain.”Juventus wanted me, but I chose to join Barça,” said the youngster.nts on 8 of 13 from the floor, and 5 of 7 from downtown. He also contributed with six rebounds, one assist and one steal whiJames admits he draws inspiration from club legend Ryan Giggs.James is delighted to be playing for the Wales coach.”Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set up, had ambitions for me,” James said.”The way he brought me and a lot of other youngsterle logging 24 minutes of game action. Mills has scored 20-plus points just seven times this season. He is averaging 14.6 points and 3.6 rebounds over his last five games.