New York Giants Could Move Three Major Players And Continue Rebuild

New York Giants, Nate Solder

The New York Giants recently made their first ever trade with the New York Jets, to add Leonard Williams to the defense in a risky move that could either give them an immediate boost or look like a robbery for the Jets when everything is said and done, but that’s not the only trade they could make this season before the impending trade deadline.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Giants are also open to shopping three other players, all of which would be considered major ones – those players, predictably, are Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree, and Nate Solder.

Jenkins has been rumored to be on the trading block for a long time, since before this season in fact, but Ogletree has only really entered the trade conversation recently due to the team’s failures this season and more discussions about the Giants making further moves to continue their rebuilding process.

Solder, on the other hand, has only joined the Giants this season after signing a large contract following a number of years with the Patriots – but it seems the Patriots front office once again may have made a smart move, as Solder’s play hasn’t justified his cost this season. Solder, in fact, has the third highest cap hit on the team behind Janoris Jenkins and Eli Manning.

It’s telling that the top three players in cap hit this year for the Giants either aren’t playing or are rumored to be on the trading block – the team hasn’t rebuilt enough to find its core, and it’s looking more and more every week like the current core of the team might not last into the start of next season.

The trade deadline on the 29th is the last day that the Giants have to make changes via trade before next offseason. Will we see a deal to move Solder, who was one of the biggest additions in this offseason? We’ll see, but it’s looking like it’s not completely off the table, perhaps surprisingly.

New York Yankees fire pitching coach Larry Rothschild

After nine years of working with the New York Yankees, the club announced today that pitching coach Larry Rothschild will not be returning for the 2020 season.

“I want to personally thank Larry for his near-decade of commitment to this organization. Larry cares deeply about his craft and the pitchers under his tutelage, and he played a significant role in our successes over the past nine seasons. There’s a reason why Larry has had the type of distinguished baseball career he’s had, and it starts with experience and dedication that is difficult to emulate,” general manager Brian Cashman said on the matter.

There’s been speculation on how well of a job Rothschild was doing with the Yankee pitchers. Credited to a 4.31 team ERA, fans believe Rothschild didn’t do enough with the pitchers.

Others think differently.

Ryan Ruocco of YES Network said on a podcast The Short Porch (Barstool Sports), that Rothschild works his tail off with the pitchers. He says all the work he does with the pitchers gets overlooked and he does more than people know.

Regardless of how fans viewed Rothschild, he still won’t be returning next season.

The recent hiring of Joe Girardi to the Philadephia Phillies might open a door for Rothschild. He and Girardi have a solid relationship since they worked together for years in New York, so he could potentially find himself working in Philly next year as the pitching coach.

“I thought he did a great job there,” Girardi said of Rothchild’s work with the Yankees.

What Leonard Williams Brings To The New York Giants’ Defense

The New York Giants struck a deal with the other MetLife team today as they acquired defensive lineman Leonard Williams via trade. Williams is a former first-round pick. He was selected sixth overall by the New York Jets in 2015.

Since then, Leonard has had a solid career but has never really hit his full potential. Williams was a highly-touted prospect coming out of college, boasting a 7.53 prospect grade on NFL.com, projecting him as a future All-Pro player. As previously stated, Leonard Williams has yet to meet those high expectations, but he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016.

The Giants have now acquired this Pro-Bowler for a 2020 3rd round pick and a 2021 5th round pick. The trade could be a “win-win” for both teams. Williams can be an impact player to solidify the Giants’ already impressive defensive line for years, and the Jets get to move on from a player who no longer fits their defensive scheme before his contract expires.

Williams was not a fit in the Jets’ new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’s scheme, but he should be a good fit in the Giants’ defensive scheme led by James Bettcher.

Leonard Williams Is An Excellent Run Defender

Over the past four years, Leonard Williams has established himself as one of the NFL’s best run-defending defensive linemen. According to Pro Football Focus, Williams is tied for the third-most run stops among interior defenders since 2016 with 97 total. This puts him behind the likes of Snacks Harrison, and Akiem Hicks, but ahead of Jurrell Casey.

Leonard also has the third-most tackles for loss among interior defenders since 2016 with 43 (PFF). This total is only 4 less than that of Aaron Donald’s and 4 ahead of Damon Harrison’s.

Here is another impressive stat that Pro Football Focus pointed out: Since 2016, 38.7% of Leonard Williams’ run tackles have gone for a loss or no gain, which is second to only Aaron Donald. Williams has totaled 32 tackles for loss through his four and a half years in the NFL.

Leonard Williams is dominant in run-defense. But how is he as a pass-rusher? Well, he is not as good in that department as he is in stopping the run, but he is better than what the Giants have right now:

Leonard Williams Improves The Giants’ Pass-Rush

The New York Giants have been struggling to get after the quarterback all season. So far, they have the third-lowest pressure rate (19.6%) in the NFL this season (according to Next Gen Stats). Through eight weeks, four Giants defensive linemen are tied for the most quarterback pressures.

Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, and Olsen Pierre have all generated 7 pressures each. In that same time span, Leonard Williams has generated 14 pressures as a member of the New York Jets. Williams should step in and increase the Giants’ pressure rate immediately.

And if you’re not sure why this is so important, check out how this Leonard Williams pressure led to an interception on Tom Brady:

At only 25 years old, Leonard Williams is not just a one-year rental. His rookie contract does expire this offseason, but the Giants are more than likely going to resign him. He has been a solid player throughout his career so far and he still has yet to reach his maximum potential. The Giants did pay a high price for Williams, but they do have extra compensatory picks coming and more trades to make to regain those assets. Leonard Williams should be a rock to solidify the Giants’ defensive line over the years.

New York Mets: The Third Round of Interviews

New York Mets, Jeff Wilpon

While half the teams searching for managers have made hires already, the New York Mets are conducting their third round of interviews to find their next leader. The list of names was cutdown between rounds one and two, but barely changed for round three. They still feature Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Carlos Beltran, Luis Rojas. Pat Murphy‘s name emerged as a mystery candidate over the weekend, but it is unknown if he is receiving a third interview.

Murphy has been the Brewers bench coach since 2016 and spent 20 years coaching college baseball. He came to the major leagues in 2010 where he was working throughout the Padres organization. He managed them to a 42-54 record in 2015 after Bud Black was let go. The still unknown “bombshell candidate” is still in play as well.

These interviews will feature Fred Wilpon, it what seems like the boss battle in a video game. The Mets interview process is one of the most extensive in baseball and rightly so after Mickey Callaway’s time as a Met was a disaster.

Manager Interviews or March Madness

At this point, we may need bracketology to keep track of the remaining candidates. It is a good sign to see the Mets go this far for their candidates though. It is better for them to be thorough than to pick anyone…even though Joe Girardi was the right man for the job.

What continues to make the dynamics of these interviews interesting is the amount of involvement the front office likes to have. At times during Callaway’s tenure, it seemed like he was stuck with whatever in game decisions they wanted. Since we do not know the questions from the interview, the power of the next manager is up to speculation.

When the season begins, we will receive a better idea. If the team is managed the same way as Callaway, it will be obvious the front office has control. Potential managers like Perez and Rojas have plenty of experience and should deserve the ability to manage the game without the front office’s hand up you know where.

BREAKING: New York Giants trade picks for Jets’ Leonard Williams

New York Giants, Leonard Williams

The New York Giants secured defensive end Leonard Williams from the New York Jets prior to the NFL trade deadline on October 29. The Giants parted ways with a third round pick from 2020 and a 5th rounder from 2021, a fair deal for big Blue who’s in need of defensive pieces.

Williams is in the final year of his rookie contract, which will force the Giants to unload a decent sized contract extension this season for his services. Over five seasons with the Jets, Williams has logged 17 sacks and 240 combined tackles. He’s a talented defender who could serve the Giants better as an outside linebacker.

Also, Williams’ health is important to note, as he hasn’t missed a game his entire career. Health is essential when playing football, and gaining a player that can constantly show up on Sunday’s is a huge addition. While the Giants did give up a solid amount of draft capital, they will now have a legitimate pass-rush rotation.

The Giants now have Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Lorenzo Carter, and Oshane Ximines coming off the edge, a solid group that can continue to develop. This is a positive move for Big Blue who will undoubtedly unload a ton of cap on the secondary next offseason. With an estimated $80 million in available camp space after the expected cutting of Eli Manning, they will be buyers moving forward.

Trades might be in the future of the New York Giants:

As we have seen, draft capital is important to general manager Dave Gettleman, and he could look to gain back his third round pick by trading cornerback Janoris Jenkins before Tuesday’s deadline.

Head coach Pat Shurmur did state that conversations involving Jenkins have not taken place, but only time will tell if he’s putting on his poker face, or not.

New York Knicks weekend takeaways; They look to avoid 0-4 start

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

The New York Knicks are looking to avoid a 0-4 start to this 2019-20 season.  Over the weekend, the Knicks dropped two games to divisional opponents, the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.

The Knicks battled back against their cross-town rival, Nets, but ultimately fell short.  Even with the lose to the Nets, the Knicks play was still encouraging.  They showed they can compete with good teams and be competitive.

However, the Celtics game was a different story.  The Knicks got off to a hot start, leading 13-2, but returned to the old Knicks form and getting blown out.  Kemba Walker took over like the he has in the past during his UConn days.  Walker hitting three straight 3’s shifted the tides.  The Knicks made it close in the second half but the Celtics were too much for the Knicks.

The biggest takeaway from the weekend was the Garden faithful booing Dennis Smith Jr. and chanting for Frank Ntilikina.  Smith Jr. has been severely under-performing this season and New York fans will let you hear it.  There was a lot of hype surrounding him this off-season with his ‘new, improved’ shot and wanting to be a leader.

The booing may have been a little much.  Smith Jr. has not been 100% dealing with a back injury.  However, this is New York and when there’s expectations surrounding a player and when you don’t live up to that, you’re going to hear it.

After those Smith Jr. boo’s, the “We want Frank!” chants rained down from the Garden.  Ntilikina still didn’t sniff the floor despite the chants.  Coach David Fizdale said, “He’s keeping Frank in his pocket” when is comes to playing minutes.  We all know what that means, it’ll be tough for him to get minutes basically.

Tonight, the Knicks look to get in the win column hosting the Chicago Bulls.  Despite the poor second-half showing against the Celtics, the Knicks have been competitive.  Their record should at least be 1-2 but that isn’t the case.

The Knicks are basically being led by their 19-year-old rookie stud RJ Barrett who only continues to improve each game.  The season is over not.  This feels like a team that can go on a run once they get that first victory.  Do the Knicks finally get a ‘W’tonight against a winnable opponent?  If they want to, they can’t get down on themselves.

New York Yankees: Is Arolid Chapman going to opt-out of contract with Yanks?

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

With New York Yankees reliever, Aroldis Chapman, winning with AL reliever of the year award, he was asked an expected question. Are you going to opt-out of your contract with the Bombers?

Chapman dodged the question and continued with the interview process. This could indicate something, or absolutely nothing — I would bet on the latter.

The fireball throwing lefty has been stellar for the Yankees over three seasons, never having an ERA over 3.22. His two-run blast to Jose Altuve in game six of the ALCS sent the Bombers home early and could’ve spelled the end of his tenure in New York, as a wide grin haunted his face.

The Yankees will surely try to keep Aroldis, who brings energy and stability at the end of every game. He’s a consistent option, and replacing him would be extremely difficult.

New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman comments on winning the award

“For me to receive this award is an honor because of how much it means to us relievers,’’ Chapman said. “This is my first time winning this award but what makes it really special is having the opportunity to wear the same uniform and to pitch from the same mound as Mariano Rivera.”

Chapman’s appreciation for playing on the Yankees means a lot to him, but he might be able to score a bigger pay-day elsewhere with two-years, $30 million remaining on his contract. If he values the idea of winning a World Series more, he might be inclined to stick around for the remainder of his deal, considering general manager Brian Cashman will likely pursue starting pitching help this offseason.

Even if the lefty does decide to opt-out, Cashman might look to re-sign him for more money. He’s the league’s best closer, and letting him walk would not be advisable, even if doomed the Yanks in the ALCS. He was far from the problem against the Astros, but timing is everything in the postseason.

In theory, Chapman’s best is to opt-out and look for a second contract from the Yankees, including more money. Business is business in the MLB.

New York Knicks: Fizdale Admits Randle Has Been Pressing Early This Season

New York Knicks, David Fizdale

New York Knicks coaching staff Including David Fizdale are working on molding all the new pieces together. All the new additions on a roster causes lack of cohesion which results in lack of trust to a certain extent both offensively and defensively. Julius Randle has been a turnover machine early this season, however, Knick fans shouldn’t worry too much because it’s normal for a young player with a new contract in a bright lighted city like New York to be overanxious. As time goes on the New York Knicks power forward will continue learning his teammates which will allow the game to become easier for him and vice versa.

David Fizdale told Ian Begley of SNY.tv,
“He’s pressing. I thought he was really pressing. He’s one of our horses. I think a lot of it was just he was so hyped up for the game,” Fizdale said. “I might’ve played him too many minutes. Some of his plays were tired plays, I think. I’ll go back and watch the film and see how I can help him.”

David Fizdale also tells Ian Begley about the potential and depth of the New York Knicks roster. The Knicks coach states,

“We have depth, we’ve just got to get them all to play on the same night and get them clicking on the same night. But that’s going to take time obviously. We’ve had three weeks together. But the fact we have the kind of grit that doesn’t lay down, those are two playoff teams we lost to on the road that we had a chance to win those games.”

Julius Randle and the Knicks coaching staff could be in for a long season if things don’t work out. However, the opposite is also possible if the Knicks can right the ship later in the season. Knicks improving will all depend on whether or not players are still buying into Fizdale’s system.

New York Yankees: What free agent should the Yankees prioritize?

New York Yankees to pursue Gerrit Cole this upcoming offseason?

It’s no question that the New York Yankees lacked pitching this season. Every pitcher in the rotation struggled with going the distance in their starts, which puts a lot of pressure and work on the bullpen.

Fortunately for the Yankees, there are a plethora of pitchers who are eligible for free agency this offseason that the Bombers could pick up. Here are two guys that Brain Cashman and the Yankees need to go after.

Gerrit Cole

Clearly one of the best pitchers this season, Gerrit Cole is the number one guy the Yankees should be chasing. He led the league this season with the lowest ERA at 2.50 and most strikeouts at 326.

The only thing the Yankees will have to consider is Cole will want a big contract. After this career-changing season, Cole will be looking for a contract into the triple digits in terms of millions. Good news for the Yankees: they can afford anyone.

Stephen Strasburg

A ten-year veteran, Stephen Strasburg is everything the Yankees want in a pitcher. Able to go the distance consistently, Strasburg has been a premier pitcher in the major leagues for the majority of his career. Credited to a 3.32 ERA this season, Strasburg led the national league with 18 wins.

The only concern with Strasburg is he’s dealt with several injuries that could be career-ending throughout his career. With how this season went with the Yankees, that could cause hesitation because the Yankees won’t want a repeat of this season with all the injuries they had.

New York Giants: Who’s at fault for week 8 loss? Pat Shurmur, James Bettcher, Nate Solder

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton

The New York Giants fell for a fourth-straight week to the Detroit Lions 31-26, and while rookie quarterback Daniel Jones had a stellar game, throwing for 322 yards and four touchdowns, his team couldn’t find a way to win.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was once again at the forefront of the loss, failing to put up over 30 points against one of the league’s worst defenses without two of their best players. One bone-headed decision by Shurmur was to go for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, which would have pulled the Giants within a field goal.

However, with plenty of time on the clock, risking a two-pointer in the grand scheme of the game made very little sense. With the fourth-quarter winding to a close, the Giants would have been one-possession from tying the game if Shurmur would have taken the extra point instead. The score was 19-31, and Big Blue was driving down the field when a 4th and 11 sat between the Giants and a one-possession game.

With 3:31 on the clock, the Giants went for it on fourth down, and Darius Slayton wasn’t able to haul in the catch. If Shurmur would have taken the extra point earlier on, they could have settled for a field goal and walked away with two-time outs and a chance at making a comeback. Another boneheaded decision by the head coach who is digging himself a hole that he might not be able to get out of.

The entire blame can’t be put on New York Giants head coach, Pat Shurmur:

The Giants’ defense did allow 31 points to a Detroit team without their top running back. Allowing 14 unanswered points to start the game is becoming a common thing for James Bettcher and his gang of misfit toys. Bettcher has been working with inept quality on defense and young players without much experience. The Giants will need to overhaul the unit next offseason, and a majority of their estimated $80 million in cap space will be allocated towards bolstering the defense.

One big question mark is left tackle, Nate Solder, who’s earning more than the president of the United States, currently. He’s become a severe liability to Daniel Jones’ health and protection on his blindside. Finding a trade partner for Solder might not be a terrible idea after eight weeks of poor play.