‘Uchenna Kanu has huge potential’ – Unogard

first_img Loading… Linkopings head coach Olof Unogard is happy with Uchenna Kanu’s fine start after she opened her maiden Swedish Damallsvenskan goal account with the winner against Djurgardens. Kanu joined the Swedish outfit from Spanish Primera Iberdrola side Sevilla this summer following the expiration of her six-month contract. The 23-year-old is gradually establishing herself in Sweden, having featured in three matches, scoring once and providing an assist in two starts for Unogard’s team this season. Having broken her Damallsvenskan duck last Saturday, the manager believes the Nigerian striker has huge potential in her while encouraging her not to rest on her oars. “Everyone can see that she has huge potential,” Unogard told Goal. “She still has to improve in defending but is a great asset for us offensively. Uchenna is a very humble person. “So I don’t need to tell her anything other than to keep improving and learning, and prepare well for a long and a competitive season.”Advertisement Promoted Content7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And Unique6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearcenter_img The triumph over Durjgardens made it three wins out of three for Unogard’s team as they go top of the Damallsvenskan log. With his side opening a two-point gap on top of the table, the 31-year-old tactician attributed the progress to the efforts of the players and coaching crew as he focuses on stunning 2018 champions Pitea. read also:Sevilla confirm Uchenna Kanu’s exit “It feels great, of course. I’m very happy for the players and the staff. They truly deserve it. “We have been meticulous in choosing the players for this years’ squad. Great players but also great persons, that work well together. “Against Pitea, it will be a tough away game for us but we are prepared and ready to go again!” Unogard is eager to guide Linkopings to domestic glory this season and claim a Champions League berth but will count on Kanu to maintain their fine start at Faith Micheal’s Pitea on Wednesday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Local Biotech Firm Claims to Produce COVID Vaccines Faster, Cheaper

first_imgA South Florida-based biotech company says it has the science to mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines more quickly and cost effectively than anyone else, when they become available. “I mean people are talking about if they are lucky they can make a billion doses in a year,” he adds. “In a week, we can pump out 1.5 billion doses of an antigen, which is the most active component that goes into making a vaccine. It’s a critical component.”Dyadic is working with labs and scientists worldwide on the project.The way it works is those labs share their vaccine gene sequence, which Dyadic places into its hyper-productivity C1 cells.The cells are grown in commercial fermenters, in order to produce the antigen quickly.Data so far indicates that C1 will be effective in vaccine production, according to Emalfarb.While the typical turnaround time for other methods is about 50 days,  Emalfarb says commercial fermenters can mass-produce batches of C1 in just 10 to 14 days. Mark Emalfarb, founder and CEO of Dyadic International, which is headquartered in Jupiter, tells West Palm Beach television station WPEC his staff is capable of producing one-billion doses per month.Emalfarb explains that he has spent the last two-and-a-half decades engineering a fungal cell, nicknamed C1, which is now being used in industrial biotech.He goes on to say that it is being further developed to help eventually mass-produce vaccines and drugs in larger quantities at a more affordable cost.“It’s very unique and the hyper-productivity came from a serendipitous mutation,” he says. “This is something that happened by accident, kind of like penicillin.”In addition, Emalfarb believes the technology, which has FDA GRAS approval for food and feed and has already been successfully tested on animals, could lead to mass production of a coronavirus vaccine.Dyadic to collaborate with top-five pharma company on therapeutic compounds https://t.co/qsybY9HAv2— Dyadic International Inc. (@DyadicInc) July 15, 2020last_img read more

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Rampant Liverpool Host Revived Everton at Anfield

first_imgThe Merseyside derby kicks off a huge day of football in the Premier League as Liverpool and Everton do battle at Anfield today. It will be Sam Allardyce’s third game in charge of the Toffees with his side hitting a spot of good form at just the right time, keeping clean sheets in each of their last three outings, including a 3-0 win against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday.Allardyce has urged his side to stick to their own game plan and not let the enormity of the Merseyside derby occasion intimidate them. “The whole occasion is a great test for the players,” Allardyce said. “It is one they need to rise to and no matter how well Liverpool are playing at the moment it is a derby and anything can happen. All I can ask the players is to play their best game.“We don’t want to let the occasion overawe us… We know we probably won’t have as much possession as Liverpool do but we need to ensure we maximise it when we do and use it in the right manner. Then when we get a chance, we need to be very clinical. Hopefully that can give us a good performance and at the end of that a result.”Liverpool’s only defeat in their last 20 games in all competitions at Anfield either side of last summer (W12 D7) was a 2-1 loss to Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace on April 23 in the Premier League.Liverpool also won their midweek European clash – a 7-0 victory against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League – to extended their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.“The challenge for all of us in the stadium is that we don’t expect that we play football like we did in the last 20 minutes against Moscow,” Jurgen Klopp said. “That was confident, that was flying, all that stuff – we have to start from the ground, from the basics again.“We have to be ready for hard challenges. But, from our side for sure, it should not be only hard. That’s all that we know about a game like this, and then we can win the game.”Phil Jagielka is set to return to the Everton squad for today’s Merseyside derby. The defender missed the Premier League victories over West Ham and Huddersfield but is fit again, although he and Michael Keane may have to settle for spots on the bench after back-to-back clean sheets. James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie are back in training and nearing returns.Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno could be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. The defender will be assessed by a second specialist over the weekend but the fear is the problem, sustained in Wednesday’s win over Spartak Moscow, could keep him out until the new year.James Milner is likely to fill the vacancy for today’s clash while captain Jordan Henderson is set to start in midfield after sitting out in midweek.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions against Everton – just one game short of their longest-ever such run against their Merseyside rivals (15, set between March 1972 and April 1978).Everton are winless in 17 successive Premier League visits to Anfield (D8 L9), since a 1-0 win in September 1999 thanks to a Kevin Campbell strike.Indeed, Everton have won just one of their last 21 top-flight games against Liverpool (W1 D9 L11), a 2-0 victory in October 2010.Liverpool have scored four 90th-minute winning goals against Everton in the Premier League – no side has scored more against a specific opponent in the competition (also Chelsea vs Wigan, Newcastle vs Tottenham and Tottenham vs West Ham).This fixture has seen a record 21 red cards issued across the 50 Premier League meetings, with 14 for Everton and seven for Liverpool.Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 15 goals in his first 15 Premier League games for Liverpool – more than any other player for the club. (12 goals, three assists)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Wilson sparks UW with career effort

first_imgDespite averaging less than two points over the Badgers previous five games, sophomore guard Rob Wilson stepped up when called upon in Wisconsin\’s 54-48 victory Wednesday night over Michigan. Wilson had a career-high 13 points.[/media-credit]Rob Wilson is a good outside shooter.That’s all Michigan head coach John Beilein and most fans in attendance knew about the sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio, coming into Wednesday night’s game.Based on his lack of experience though, Beilein never expected Wilson to have the kind of impact he had on the Badgers’ 54-48 victory at the Kohl Center.“We were going to play him straight up; we knew he could shoot,” Beilein said. “He was 4-for-8 going into the game, so he’s a 50 percent shooter. But that’s one every four games.”When the final buzzer sounded, Beilein and everyone else in the Kohl Center knew just how good Wilson could be.The 6-foot-3 guard entered the game averaging just over two points per contest. Wilson matched that total in the first half before having a huge impact after the break.Wilson’s 11 second-half points were second only to the 16 scored by senior guard Trevon Hughes. While Hughes was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting, he likely could not have led his team to victory if it had not been for Wilson.Wilson’s career-high 13-point performance may have surprised Beilein and most of the announced crowd of 17,230 at the Kohl Center, but Hughes and the rest of his teammates had been waiting all season for it.“We see that, we see glimpses of it in practice,” Hughes said of Wilson’s ability. “We know he’s a great player, (but) any time he comes over to the main squad he doesn’t bring it. It’s about time — it took him all season for him to come out and play with us today.“We needed it, and he brought it out.”When asked to respond to Hughes’ comments following the game, Wilson did not try to defend his lack of production in the past.“He said it all,” Wilson said of Hughes. “I just haven’t been bringing it like I know I should have. I guess today was the day I broke out of the shell.”Though many will focus on Wilson’s production on the offensive end off the bench, something the Badgers have struggled to find since forward Jon Leuer’s injury, he insists his focus was elsewhere.With his team down from the opening tip, Wilson was concerned primarily with playing tough defense and stopping the Michigan offense.When Wilson entered the game in place of fellow sophomore guard Jordan Taylor, who had been struggling all night, it was just a simple substitution. What followed, however, was Wilson’s most impressive offensive stretch since coming to UW.In the first minute after Wilson entered the game, Michigan guard Stu Douglass hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc, pushing the Wolverines’ lead from three points to nine at 39-30.After Douglass’ threes prompted UW head coach Bo Ryan to call a timeout, Wilson responded with a three-pointer of his own, cutting the lead and energizing the Kohl Center crowd. Wilson would score the game’s next four points, cutting the nine-point lead to just two.When asked after the game about his performance, Wilson credited his teammates for the career-high point total.“It just happened that all of the open shots just came from my teammates penetrating and finding me,” Wilson said.In typical Wisconsin fashion, though, Wilson contributed in many other ways than just through his offensive output. The sophomore guard gave the Badgers 18 quality minutes off the bench and played hard all night.Wilson also was aggressive while remaining under control, which helped the Badgers match a season low with just five turnovers, including only one in the second half.That — Wilson’s aggressiveness — was what made Ryan take notice of his performance. And on a night when Taylor went 0-for-7 from the floor, and senior guard Jason Bohannon hit just 1-of-7 shots, Wilson’s contributions were much appreciated by Ryan and the rest of the Badgers.“Whatever he can give us is great to have,” Ryan said. “But Rob did a great job of recognizing what he could contribute to the team. Offensively he was solid, getting the loose balls, being active, taking shots. That’s really what we needed — somebody to take shots.”last_img read more

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Hinton scores 20, leads Houston to 78-63 defeat of UCF

first_img FOLLOW US COMMENT Written By Nate Hinton scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, notching his sixth double-double this season, and Houston topped Central Florida 78-63 on Friday night, winning a fifth-straight game.Fabian White Jr. added 13 points for Houston (11-3, 1-0 American Athletic Conference), DeJon Jarreau added 12 points all from the free throw line, and Quentin Grimes scored 10.Houston led 37-33 at halftime and saw UCF cut its lead to two points twice in the early going of the second half. Frank Bertz cut the gap to 47-45 with a 3-pointer at 13:40 only to see Houston take off on a 12-1 run over the next four-plus minutes.Jarreau made 7 of 8 from the line in that stretch.Dazon Ingram had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Knights (9-5, 0-2). Collin Smith added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ceasar DeJesus added 10 points.Houston plays Temple on the road on Tuesday. Central Florida faces SMU on the road on Wednesday.___For more AP college basketball coverage:___Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News center_img First Published: 4th January, 2020 11:42 IST Last Updated: 4th January, 2020 11:42 IST Hinton Scores 20, Leads Houston To 78-63 Defeat Of UCF Nate Hinton scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, notching his sixth double-double this season, and Houston topped Central Florida 78-63 on Friday night, winning a fifth-straight game. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVlast_img read more

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Concern for Sunderland with Paddy McNair injury

first_imgSunderland’s Paddy McNair could miss the rest of the season – after suffering a serious knee injury.The Northern Ireland international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Hull in the Premier League.No timescale’s been put on his return – but the club say he faces a “lengthy spell on the sidelines”.last_img

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BH Tennis Players at Challenger Tournaments in the USA, China and Russia

first_imgBH tennis players Damir Dzumhur, Mirza Basic, Aldin Setkic and Tomislav Brkic will next week perform at the ATP Challenger Tournaments in the USA, Russia and China.The best BH tennis player Damir Dzumhur should perform at the Challenger Tournament in Irving (USA). Organizators yet have not performed the draw, but the list of player that will participate in the main draw was published at the internet page of the tournament.The 20-year-ol Sarajevan performed in qualifications for that tournament last year, but stayed without the placement to the main draw.The tournament in Irving is played for a prize pool of $ 125.000.Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic are playing at the Challenger in Kazan, where they are listed in the main draw. In the first round, Basic play against the fifth player, Russian Evgenij Donskoj, while Brkis is waiting for the opponent from qualifications.The tournament in Kazan is played  fro a prize pool of $ 40.000.Aldin Setkic continues his Chinese tour in Shenzhen. Setkic, who played in Guangzho last week, where he came to the quarter final, is listed in the main draw, and in the first round plays against the German Peter Torebk. The tournament is played for a prize pool of $ 75.000.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Wellington police notes: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, August 14, 2013•2:50 p.m. Wanda Gray, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large, no current rabies vaccinations and no Wellington registration.•12:43 p.m. Officers investigated burglary, theft and criminal damage to Property in the 900 block. N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•3:45 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1200 block S. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile female, 17, Wellington and Ralph C. Dry, 70, Wellington.•6:02 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•9:23 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by a known suspect in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington.•10:12 p.m. Lana J. Purkey, 43, Wellington, was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.•10:12 p.m. Lana J. Purkey, 43, Wellington, was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.•10:25 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block. E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

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30 teams, 30 grades: Rating every MLB team’s offseason

first_imgHello, everyone. It is I, your esteemed, honorable and credible teacher, Professor Dr. Joe Rivera, D.M.D.Class is in session, and not just for you, but for Major League Baseball: The season is about six weeks away, and pitchers and catchers are about to enter the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues in, indubitably, the best shape of their lives. But before that, it’s time to take a look at how each team fared during the offseason. MORE: 20 things to keep an eye on in the 2020 MLB seasonOf course, not every team is in the same boat when it comes to roster building. Spending capabilities, current roster construction and other things play into how a team approaches its offseason. So, with spring training underway, it’s time to hand out offseason report cards.AngelsKey acquisitions: 3B Anthony Rendon, P Julio Teheran, SP Dylan Bundy (via trade from Orioles)Grade: BSigning Rendon is awesome, but pitching, pitching, pitching is still the deficiency with the Angels — they couldn’t afford to lose the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, but the contract was just too rich for Arte Moreno’s blood. Griffin Canning could be a long-term answer for the rotation, and Dylan Bundy could be a fun project for new pitching coach Mickey Callaway, but until they have a true No. 1 guy at the top of that rotation, it’ll be tough to see how they compete in that division.Joe Maddon has a chance to work his black magic, though, so we’ll see how it all unfolds, but they should be improved regardless. AstrosKey acquisitions: C Martin Maldonado (re-signed), RP Joe Smith (re-signed)Grade: C-Where to start?With George Springer, José Altuve and Alex Bregman, the Astros still have a core they believe in, as they should, with or without trash cans involved. So there’s that.Gerrit Cole leaving in free agency was expected, but the curious part of their offseason is letting Will Harris walk and not doing much to reinforce their bullpen. It’s not necessarily a weakness, but Houston could have done more both there and the rest of the team this offseason.AthleticsKey acquisitions: C Austin Allen, OF Tony Kemp, RP Jake Diekman (re-signed)Grade: CAs per usual, it’s unrealistic to expect the A’s to play big in free agency. They probably should have done more to fix up the bullpen, but the A’s will find a way to work Oakland magic and get the most out of what they’ve got. It’s par for the course. It’s not to absolve them: The A’s should be spending more money. But this is what they are.Blue JaysKey acquisitions: SP Hyun-Jin Ryu, IF Travis Shaw, SP Tanner RoarkGrade: B+A low-risk, high-reward signing with Travis Shaw is a really good signing for the Blue Jays. There’s a decent chance Shaw can bounce back and be the ascending bat he was before his injury-laden and rough 2019 season, and could seamlessly replace Justin Smoak in the Toronto lineup. Also, adding Ryu to the rotation — even if he’s dealt with injuries the past few years — should help give them a top arm and a stabilizer in the rotation. BravesKey acquisitions: RP Will Smith, OF Marcell Ozuna, SP Cole HamelsGrade: B+The Braves letting Josh Donaldson walk is curious, but maybe the team feels confident that Austin Riley can play third base. Signing Marcell Ozuna on a one-year, prove-it deal is smart, but at some point they’re going to have to spend money on a big bopper to keep them around for more than a season. Also, inking Felix Hernandez to a minor league deal is a great low-risk, high-reward signing.The Braves were a little lucky that Cole Hamels doesn’t seem to mind being a hired gun in the twilight of his career, and he should provide some veteran oomph to a rotation that could use it.BrewersKey acquisitions: 1B Justin Smoak, C Omar Narvaez, RP David Phelps, IF Luis Urias, P Eric LauerGrade: BYou know it’s suboptimal when the biggest news to come from your organization in the winter is your stylish, slick new uniforms and the new name of your ballpark. The Brewers haven’t been quiet, but they also haven’t really made winning moves, with their best transactions the trades for Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez and Padres infielder Luis Urias. Urias still has decent upside offensively despite a poor 2019 debut, and Narvaez is one of the better hitting catchers in baseball. The most intriguing piece of the Brewers’ offseason, though, might be starter Eric Lauer, who they also acquired in the Urias trade. Lauer, a lefty, will never light up the radar gun, but could be solid middle-of-the-rotation pitcher should he keep building.CardinalsKey acquisitions: P Matt Liberatore (via trade from Rays), C Matt Weiters, Adam Wainwright (re-signed)Grade: CA quiet offseason for a team that reached the NLCS — sweep aside — is head-scratching, but the Cardinals are seldom big free-agent spenders. They were rumored to be hot after Nolan Arenado, but to this point a deal hasn’t been made, and likely won’t be.The Cardinals will continue to lean on their veteran core and emerging ace Jack Flaherty, so expect them to be bigger players next offseason. CubsKey acquisitions: RP Jeremy Jeffress, OF Steven SouzaGrade: C-The will-they-won’t-they game with Kris Bryant isn’t fun to play. Chicago had a quiet offseason amid talk that the Ricketts family is out of money, hence the potential Bryant trade rumors. With new manager David Ross, it seems pretty stupid to want to ship off one of your best players two years before he’s set to hit the free-agent market. The Cubs still are talented enough to win the Central, but they’ve done a poor job of supplementing the roster after winning the World Series in 2016. DiamondbacksKey acquisitions: OF Starling Marte, SP Madison Bumgarner, RP Hector Rondon, OF Kole CalhounGrade: B+The Diamondbacks came from outta nowhere like a surprise Randy Orton RKO to sign Madison Bumgarner. It certainly makes sense, considering how the Diamondbacks are, on paper, a wild-card contender in the NL. Signing Calhoun also gives the D-backs some pop in the outfield; he’s coming off a career-high 33-homer season and his bat will play in the desert. A very good offseason for ‘Zona who is continuing to build something good. DodgersKey acquisitions: OF Mookie Betts, P David PriceGrade: A-The Dodgers had been very quiet this offseason, probably because they’re still a very complete team with MLB-ready talent all around. And then what happened? They shipped off Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong for Mookie Betts and David Price.LA clearly isn’t afraid to improve in its quest to win a championship, and that should be applauded, especially in an age where controllable contracts and prospects are like diamonds and gold to franchises (and fans) in 2020.GiantsKey acquisitions:  OF Hunter Pence, IF Wilmer Flores, uh, SP Drew Smyly?Grade: IncompleteHiring Gabe Kapler certainly made waves this offseason. More than the Giants have done in the free-agent market, at least. The Giants’ farm system is far improved from what it was a few years ago, mainly because of the work they’ve done on the international market. They’ll be competitive in a few years’ time, so the quietness in free agency is by design. Still, some low-cost moves could put them in a position to be at least a bit competitive on the field. The Zack Cozart Era really could have been something.FAGAN: 20 reasons why baseball will be awesome in 2020IndiansKey acquisitions: RP Emmanuel ClaseGrade: DMoney or “no money,” Cleveland owes its fans more than a World Series appearance in 2016 and regression ever since. A better-than-expected 2019 season should mean that the window remains open at least a little bit in the AL Central and for another run at the World Series. Luckily, Shane Bieber looks like he could be Cleveland’s next ace, and the pitching largely held up in 2019. That should be the case for 2020, and we should be talking Indians challenging the Twins for the central.Instead, there’s Francisco Lindor trade talk, Corey Kluber actually was traded to Texas (for not much) and the team looks like it’s going to be average offensively once again in 2020. (We’ll see whether a full season of Franmil Reyes can help that.) Cleveland fans deserve more, Terry Francona deserves more. Just another fruitless offseason for the Indians.MarinersKey acquisitions: RP Carl Edwards Jr.Grade: B-Is Jerry Dipoto OK? Has anyone knocked on his door recently?This has been one of the quietest offseasons for the Mariners in years, but that’s likely because they’ve finally solidified a direction for their future. They now have a top-10 farm system — some would say top five — and could be good in a few years should their young talent keep developing. It’s understandable why the Mariners traded Omar Narvaez — the team wants to put a premium on defense behind the dish — but the return seemed so light for a solid hitting catcher with three years of team control left. MarlinsKey acquisitions: IF Jonathan Villar, OF Corey Dickerson, RP Brandon KintzlerGrade: B-At the major league level, the Marlins don’t really have much of anything as far as building blocks for the future. They did swing a trade for Jonathan Villar, who, shockingly, the Orioles decided to give up on after one of his best seasons in the majors. They also signed Corey Dickerson, who is coming off another solid year in the outfield.The Marlins’ rotation got off to a good start in 2019, pitching to a 3.92 ERA in the first half before faltering down the stretch (and trading Zac Gallen to the Diamondbacks). A little more experience and a little added offense will aid them, in theory. A lot of their farm talent is slated for 2021 ETAs, so the Marlins are still a little bit away from really competing, but better days are ahead.MetsKey acquisitions: RP Dellin Betances, SP Michael Wacha, SP Rick Porcello, OF Jake Marisnick (via trade with Astros)Grade: BIt’s been an interesting offseason for the Mets, to say the least. First Carlos Beltran was hired, then he was fired. Then the Mets were sold, then they weren’t. Starling Marte was almost a Met on a few different occasions, and we’re back to Square 1.In between that, the team signed Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello for cheap, lengthening their rotation. They also signed Dellin Betances, who should help their bullpen immensely if he stays healthy in 2020. They also added some decent outfield depth with Jake Marisnick, an all-world defender but a light hitter. The Mets are an enigmatic squad with potential that should be much better than in 2019 if Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Nimmo and others stay off the injured list.NationalsKey acquisitions: P Stephen Strasburg (re-signed), RP Will Harris, RP Daniel Hudson (re-signed)Grade: B+The Nationals were faced with the difficult decision of choosing between Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, and they chose to lock down Strasburg. It’s hard to find quality pitching, after all, and that’s what wins come October. They kept the band together for the most part outside of Rendon, re-signing Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick, Daniel Hudson and Yan Gomes.While they’re still going into the season with questionable third base depth, they’re the reigning champs, so they deserve some benefit of the doubt. They also added some depth to the bullpen, which is an area that they’ve struggled with for years, and likely won’t have to scramble to assemble one come the trade deadline. OriolesKey acquisitions: SS Jose IglesiasGrade: IncompleteIt would be unfair to give the Orioles a real grade because of where they’re at as a franchise. Still in the middle of a rebuild, there probably won’t be pretty baseball coming out of Baltimore anytime soon. But at least their farm system is on the up-and-up.It’s quite possible Baltimore could be worse — yes, worse — than its 54-win 2019, especially with the trades of Dylan Bundy and Jonathan Villar. But the bright days are coming, O’s fans. Hang in there.PadresKey acquisitions: SP Zach Davies, RP Drew Pomeranz, OF Tommy PhamGrade: B+Most of the heavy lifting in the Padres’ rebuild is already done, so they weren’t expected to be big players in the free-agent market again a year after signing Manny Machado to a massive contract. But swinging a trade for Tommy Pham is a good deal, bringing in Zach Davies offers some stability at the back end of the rotation and Drew Pomeranz seems to have found himself while pitching out of the bullpen. A sneaky-good offseason for the Dads, who could take the next step in 2020 and be real wild-card threats.PhilliesKey acquisitions: SP Zack Wheeler, SS Didi GregoriusGrade: B+It’s really about time the Phillies did something to help Aaron Nola at the top of the rotation. Yeah, Jake Arrieta was a good signing for leadership, but he’s exiting his prime and Nola needed a real running mate in the Phillies rotation.Wheeler is a good signing for the Phils. He’s been frustratingly inconsistent, but he’s got ace stuff when he’s on. At worst, he’s a No. 3 pitcher, though, but the upside — he’s now entering his true prime — is absolutely there.The Phillies also signed Neil Walker to a minor league deal, which could end up being a sneaky-good deal for Philadelphia, if he’s got anything left to offer.PiratesKey acquisitions: RHP Brennan Malone (has yet to make MLB debut)Grade: C-Eh. I mean, eh. Does anyone ever expect Pittsburgh owner Bob Nutting to be a big player in free agency? Not really, and that’s a shame. Not to mention, the Gerrit Cole-to-Houston trade is starting to look like a complete loss at this point.Derek Shelton is going to have his hands full as the Pirates continue their total churn of not ever being good, now without Starling Marte.RangersKey acquisitions: SP Corey Kluber, SP Kyle Gibson, 3B Todd FrazierGrade: BThe Rangers pulled off a highway robbery with the Kluber trade. That’s really all you need to know. They’re opening a new ballpark in 2020 and were probably the most surprising team in the AL last season, even if their record vs. teams over .500 wasn’t great.It probably would have been unwise relying on Mike Minor and Lance Lynn to have the same sort of seasons they had in 2019, so grabbing Kluber for cheap and signing Kyle Gibson were shrewd moves for Texas. Other than that, it’s been quiet, but they’re not non-competitive to begin with.FAGAN: 20 things wrong with baseball in 2020RaysKey acquisitions: IF Jose Martinez (via trade with Cardinals), OF Hunter Renfroe, OF Manuel Margot (via trade with Padres)Grade: BExpecting the Rays to shock the world like they did last season with the Charlie Morton signing is unreasonable. Trading Tommy Pham for Hunter Renfroe seems like a lateral move, even if Renfroe is younger and has more power. The strength of the Rays comes from their youth and their farm system, which is going to be good for a long time. They’ll definitely be in the wild-card race this year, and if things break their way, they could give the Yankees problems in the AL East.Red SoxKey acquisitions: OF Alex Verdugo (via trade with Dodgers)Grade: DThe Red Sox were over the luxury tax, which, I guess, is an excuse to not improve a team. With Mookie Betts traded to the Dodgers, the Red Sox seemingly decided they’ll give minimum effort for 2020.They still have talented players — Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez — so competing for a wild card spot might not be out of the question. But for a team that won the World Series in 2018, being scared of paying money to keep and improve your team is … just a bad look. The flub of the Betts-to-Dodgers trade was rectified and the Red Sox got a more acceptable package back in return on the second try, but trading your best player — and one of the best in all of baseball — in a salary dump is still unforgivable. Oh, and they still don’t have a manager.RedsKey acquisitions: IF Mike Moustakas, OF Nick Castellanos, OF Shogo AkiyamaGrade: AThe Reds get a ton of credit for, like, actually trying to win in a division that doesn’t seem all that interested in getting better at the moment. With added offensive firepower between Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos, the team should be markedly improved at the dish in 2020. Should the pitching hold up, the Reds are going to be a sleeper team in the Senior Circuit, and you’ll be able to point to their offseason as a big reason why.RockiesKey acquisitions: Uh … Ubaldo Jimenez?Grade: DThe Rockies have done nothing of note this offseason, aside from, well, pissing off Nolan Arenado. Here’s a guy who’s one of the best third baseman in baseball, yet you want to shop him just a year after paying him. The strategy makes little to no sense. Do you believe in the player or not?The Rockies have signed one player to a major league deal this offseason, pitcher Jose Mujica, who has yet to pitch in the majors. And that will be that.Oh, but welcome back, Ubaldo!RoyalsKey acquisitions: P Chance Adams (trade via Yankees); OF Alex Gordon (re-signed)Grade: IncompleteThe Royals’ farm system is on the come-up, which is good for Kansas City’s future. Their quiet offseason is unsurprising, but picking up a once-promising pitching prospect from the Yankees is a good low-risk move. We’ll see how the system continues to develop, but we all know it’s not about 2020 for the boys in blue.TigersKey acquisitions: C Austin Romine, SP Ivan NovaGrade: IncompleteOof, the Tigers. Good days are coming if Detroit’s farm talent can keep developing, but their offseason was lacking with any kind of pertinent moves. Austin Romine is a good clubhouse guy and Ivan Nova is a serviceable starter when healthy.Hopefully next offseason we’ll be talking about the Tigers as players in free agency again — to help bolster the potential debut of Casey Mize.TwinsKey acquisitions: SP Kenta Maeda (via trade with Dodgers), 3B Josh DonaldsonGrade: BThe Twins desperately needed to fix the rotation, and they made some headway. Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner were both really good fits for an otherwise OK rotation, but both signed elsewhere. Jake Odorizzi did sign the qualifying offer, which helped them solve at least one spot. Overall, the Twins had a good rotation last year, but not a championship-caliber one.Minnesota is going to bank on bludgeoning teams to losses again this year, and with the addition of Josh Donaldson, that could certainly be the case. It was an effective strategy in 2019, but they’ll still need pitching this year. If they’re in the thick of the race, look for the Twins to ship off some of their farm system to get pitching help at the deadline.The trade for Maeda, though, is a very good one. While Brusdar Graterol likely slots into the bullpen in the future — and could be a very good relief arm, at that — getting Maeda on the cheap and under contract for the next three years is a win, knowing they won’t have to scramble to piece together at least one pitcher in the rotation moving forward.White SoxKey acquisitions: SP Dallas Keuchel, C Yasmani Grandal, 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Nomar MazaraGrade: AThe White Sox arguably had the best offseason of any team in baseball. Adding a veteran catcher like Grandal to a young, budding rotation is a perfect fit. Dallas Keuchel can be the guiding veteran hand of the staff. Nomar Mazara might not be a flashy addition given his career production, but he’s a consistent 20-home run threat and will slot nicely in the lineup alongside Edwin Encarnacion. The South Side might not have had a flashy, splashy offseason, but the Sox made lots of upgrades to a young, ascending roster, and that should get fans happy. YankeesKey acquisitions: SP Gerrit Cole, OF Brett Gardner (re-signed)Grade: B+The Yankees went big-game hunting and came back with the biggest buck there was — Cole’s a safe bet as an ace for the foreseeable future. The Yankees were one of the more complete teams in 2019, so outside of Cole they likely weren’t going to overhaul the roster. They deserve some credit for getting back to big-spending ways and diving in on a much sought-after free agent.last_img read more

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