O’s sign rehabbing Johan Santana to minor league deal. [O's Insider]
Good for the O’s. Why not take a flyer on Johan? [Sweet Spot]
Nats sign LHRP Michael Gonzalez to minor league deal. [Nats Insider]
A quick look at the payroll challenge facing Rizzo. [Nats Journal]
Hey, Otto Porter actually did something. Anything. [Bog]
Evgeny Kuznetsov and wife will live with Ovechkin. [Caps Insider]
“So how do we feel about ‘Redskins Nation’?” Not great! [Bog]
With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees have spent $465 million this offseason. The Orioles have spent $4.5 million (on middle reliever Ryan Webb). Here’s what that looks like in one chart:
Dan Duquette says Baltimore may spend as much as $17 million more for the 2014 season, so there is that. How does Bronson Arroyo sound, you guys?
Here’s Cal, watching and talking about his 2,131 game and getting very emo. I can’t even tell you how much I love this video (via For The Win).
Baltimore pulled a bit of a head-scratcher, sending Jim Johnson to Oakland for Jemile Weeks and a player to be named. As we did with Washington’s Doug Fister deal, let’s turn to Fangraphs to make sense of it:
t’s easy to explain from the Orioles’ perspective. Weeks, probably, won’t turn into anything for them, given his statistical decline and increasing age. And Johnson, for years, has been a pretty good late-inning reliever. But the Orioles aren’t a team that can afford to spend $11 million on a closer, not when there are other holes around the roster of a potential contender. This is a salary dump for the purpose of gaining flexibility, and while the Orioles are said to be looking for a closer replacement, that guy shouldn’t cost as much as Johnson will. There’ll be other money to put in other places. The Orioles will spread that $11 million around, in the hopes of being the better team for it. It’s that simple.
It’s not sexy, but I suppose it is that simple. So long, Jim Johnson. you did (mostly) good.
Up next for the O’s closer spot? Maybe big boy/flamethrower Tommy Hunter. Or fringe starter Bud Norris. Or maybe somebody else altogether. What’s Gregg Olson doing these days?
As for Weeks, I don’t know. He’ll be 27 this year and has a .258/.319/.367 line in 957 Major League plate appearances. He does play second base, though, which is bad news for Brian Roberts. And now I’m kinda bummed.
Two power play goals for Ovi while Caps beat the tar of the Isles. [RMNB]
Tom Wilson gets first career goal, followed by shaving cream pie. [CSNW]
Watch the Caps 6-2 beat down of the Islanders in pictures. [Japers Rink]
Darrell Green says the Skins need to re-sign DeAngelo Hall. He’s right. [WP]
Lot of hazing talk lately, but for Skins, it’s been mostly fun. [Bog]
Forbath wants to move on from two blocked kicks vs. San Diego. [WP]
Balanced run/pass game delivers win for Redskins against Chargers. [WT]
Q&A with the director of Bernie & Ernie, which was pretty good. [BF]
Crush Davis a finalist for AL MVP w Mike Trout, Miggy Cabrera. [Balt. Sun]
Nats might be in the mix for David Price and/or Max Scherzer. [CSNW]
Terps hoops gets ready for Friday opener with one goal in place. [WP]
Watch this lady lose her wig on Price is Right. Just watch it. [FTW]
One day after the Nats are cashed, Orioles officially out of playoffs. [CSNB]
Kinda good news for Machado: Injury should last 6-8 weeks. [Camden Chat]
Nats about as close as possible to being no-hit, break it up in 9th. [NI]
Pictures of sad Nats on the night they drove ol’ Davey down. [Nats Enquirer]
Davey made for good talk radio this AM, called Feinstein an “idiot.” [Bog]
Skins are 0-3 but still confident they can turn things around. [CSNW]
Terrelle Pryor doesnt remember much from Denver, feels great now. [FTW]
NESN announcer uses grammar joke to make fun of the Capitals. [Bog]
Midnight Madness back to Cole, Turg wants games there too. [WP]
It was a bomb, too, easily clearing the 420 sign in center. Watch it here.
Oh yeah and the O’s won 3-2. Two back in the Wild Card with 12 to play.
Previously: Chris Davis totally looks like my brother.
Tanner Roark, trio of homerers lead Nats to a Mets sweep. 5.5 back. [NI]
Jim Johnson blows it as O’s drop another to Yanks. 2.5 back. [Melewski]
Nats have a 2.7% shot at the playoffs. O’s 4.4%. [Baseball Prospectus]
There was testiness after Werth got drilled by Francisco. [Nat Journal]
Just another amazing play on a slow-roller by Manny Machado. [FTW]
Nick Markakis’ new baby weighs “7 pounds, 16 oz.” Or 8 pounds. [BSR]
Haslett is understandably testy about his D shitting the bed. [The Insider]
DeAngelo fined $20k for that out-of-bound horse-collar. [The Insider]
Pics of famous people wearing Redskins gear. [Redskins Republic]
The Post’s editorial board is coming out against “Redskins” now. [WaPo]
Adam Oates visited Ovechkin in Russia this summer. Cool. [Mike Wise]
Brooks Laich got (mildly) hurt in the first Caps practice. [Caps Insider]
Gilbert Arenas made a Nick Young-John McCain shirt once. [FTW]
Coach K says Duke won’t schedule Maryland anymore. Bummer. [Bog]
Gausman can’t keep ball in park as O’s blow late lead to Yanks. [CSNB]
Maybe Buck should’ve made a move rather than let Gaus keep going. [BS]
Good wrap-up of the machinations involved in AL Wild Card race. [ESPN]
Nats are a long-shot, but team isn’t giving up quite yet. [Nats Insider]
Despite what standings say, Nats still looking to move playoff tix. [NE]
RGIII says no, but others say that Griffin was rusty in MNF opener. [Bog]
If you thought Perry Riley played a lot Monday, it’s because he did. [RR]
Skins loss to the Eagles as told by GIFs from The Sopranos. [Hogs Haven]
Ryan Kerrigan passes concussion tests, should be good for GB. [WP]
Always got a soft spot for Bram Weeeeinnnssssstttteeeeinnnn. [Bog]
Today is an important day. Give your family a hug. Never forget.
This Lion King-inspired Manny Machado song is delightful f’real. [FTW]
O’s beat White Sox behind Miguel Gonzalez. Three back. [Camden Chat]
There’s a dude in a Woodrow Wilson costume outside Nats Park. [Bog]
An in-depth look at Jayson Werth’s second-half resurgence. [WaPo]
London Fletcher now stands alone as NFL’s active Iron Man. [The Insider]
The NFL deemed FedEx to be playable, so it must be so. [The Insider]
Love this AP photo of Chris Thompson, punt returner. [The Insider]
Why Your Team Sucks 2013: Washington Redskins edition. [Deadspin]
Ranking the Caps’ top 20 prospects. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
Watch Ovechkin shatter a light during a commercial shoot. [RMNB]
Terps football schedule is pretty much set through ’19. [Terps Insider]
Some mockups of some Terps athletic faciliezzzz [Terps Insider]
JMU gets a shot at an FBS team (Akron) tomorrow. [JMU Sports Blog]