Why The New York Giants Should Try To Trade Down With The Raiders In The 2020 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants are undergoing major changes this offseason. After going 9-23 over the past two seasons, the Giants fired head coach Pat Shurmur. His replacement, Joe Judge, has vowed to establish a winning culture and get the Giants back on track.

The Giants have one of the NFL’s least talented rosters. Not a single player on the Giants’ roster was selected to participate in the 2020 Pro Bowl. There is plenty of young talent on the roster that the Giants will need to continue to develop.

Rebuilding teams often feature a lot of youth since the way to correctly rebuild a team is through the draft. The Giants had an excellent 2019 NFL Draft class, securing their franchise quarterback in Daniel Jones and picking up a few solid starters in the later rounds. The Giants need to knock the 2020 NFL Draft out of the park to get this roster back on track. In order to do this, the Giants should trade back with the Oakland Raiders.

The Mock Trade

The Giants hold the 4th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Las Vegas Raiders currently hold two first-round draft picks. Vegas owns the 12th pick and the 19th pick. According to the NFL Draft Trade Chart by Pro Football Reference, the Giants’ pick is worth 1,800 points. The Raiders’ 12th pick is worth 1,200 points and their 19th pick is worth 875 points.

The Raiders’ two draft picks combine for 2,075 points, more than enough to move up to the 4th overall pick. In fact, the Giants would probably have to swap a couple of late-round picks with Vegas. But let’s take a look at the first round and examine the clear and obvious benefits of trading down with the Raiders.

The 12th Overall Pick

Rumors were swirling around the last offseason that head coach of the Raiders Jon Gruden was interested in trading up in the draft to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Some seem to believe that the Raiders are ready to move on from Derek Carr. If this is true, the 4th pick is a perfect spot to trade up to in order to draft one of the class’s top signal-callers, such as Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.

Trading back to the 12th overall pick will still allow for the Giants to secure a building block player. Many recent mock drafts currently have players such as Jerry Jeudy, Isaiah Simmons, and Tristan Wirfs being drafted on or near the 12th pick. Anyone of these players would solidify that position for the Giants as one of the strongest on the roster.

Isaiah Simmons would be the perfect player to build around on defense. He is a versatile linebacker that can line up anywhere on the defense and make plays in coverage, run defense, and even as a pass-rusher. Jerry Jeudy is an explosive receiver with elite route-running and dependable hands. Tristan Wirfs would be a massive upgrade at either one of the Giants’ offensive tackle positions.

Now, there is a chance that these three prospects are all off the board by the 12th overall pick. However, there are plenty of talented prospects that will be available with this pick. And the true benefit of trading down with the Raiders is that the Giants would be able to land, not one, but two first-round talents.

The 19th Overall Pick

If the Giants were to make this trade, they would be securing two starters in the first round of the draft. These two building-block players they could select would be the first step in creating a more complete and competitive roster.

Many mock drafts have players like Kristian Fulton, C.J. Henderson, and K’Lavon Chaisson. Kristian Fulton is a speedy cornerback who is excellent in man coverage out of LSU, a school known for producing elite defensive backs. C.J. Henderson is also a cornerback, though he has a bit of a different style. Henderson, out of the University of Florida, is a “long, gangly, and lanky” cornerback that has the physicality to make his presence known in run-defense, too. K’Lavon Chaisson is also a defensive prospect out of LSU. Chaisson is an uber-athletic edge rusher that showed flashes of excellent pass-rushing potential.

Regardless of who the Giants would opt to select with the 19th overall pick, the point is clear and obvious: New York has the opportunity to land two talented starters on rookie contracts if they trade down with the Raiders. With positions of need all over the field, this scenario allows the Giants to plug two holes at once and make strides in rebuilding their team.

BREAKING NEWS: New York Yankees And Aaron Judge Avoid Arbitration

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees and star right fielder Aaron Judge have agreed on a deal worth $8.5 million for the 2020 season. By the agreement, the two sides avoid arbitration.

The 27 year old dealt with some injury issues in 2019, but managed to have a solid season. Judge hit .272 with 27 home runs and 55 RBIs in just 378 at-bats. He slugged well over .500 and had an OPS well over .900.

His defense was phenomenal in 2019 with exactly zero errors. He’s an incredibly smart player and has good speed.

Today, the Yankees agreed to deals with Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Aaron Judge, Tommy Kahnle, Jordan Montgomery, James Paxton, Gary Sanchez, and Gio Urshela to avoid arbitration. All deals are one year and non-guaranteed.

New York Mets avoid arbitration with all eligible players, including Thor

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets agreed to one-year contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players according to Jon Heyman. In total, nine players were eligible.

Noah Syndergaard will get $9.7 million from the Mets. The right-hander had a 4.28 ERA last season, but with a much better 3.60 FIP. Cot’s Baseball Contracts had his estimate at $9.5 million.

Center fielder Jake Marisnick, who came from the Houston Astros via trade, settled at $3,312,500. He will be a part-time player with lots of innings in center field due to his defensive prowess.

The New York Mets also settled with Brandon Nimmo. The outfielder will earn $2.175 million in 2020. His 18.1 BB% was elite and only trailed Mike Trout. He will be the team’s table-setter and will likely score plenty of runs.

The Mets and left-handed pitcher Steven Matz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract. The southpaw earned a nice raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He finished 2019 with a 4.21 ERA in 160.1 innings.

One of the team’s unsung heroes, Michael Conforto, is getting $8 million, according to Andy Martino.

Mets’ relievers avoid arbitration

Reliever Robert Gsellman also avoided arbitration with the Mets, settling for a $1.225 contract. The right-handed reliever was inconsistent in 2019 (4.66 ERA, 4.13 FIP in 63.2 frames) but will be an important piece of the 2020 bullpen.

Edwin Diaz was also among the players that avoided the arbitration hearing, according to Heyman. He had a disappointing 2019, blowing multiple saves and finishing with a 5.59 ERA. However, he has the talent to make a major turnaround. The Mets and Diaz settled at $5.1 million.

The Mets also avoided arbitration with stellar reliever Seth Lugo, who will get $2 million for next season. He had a 2.70 ERA and an identical FIP in 80 innings last year.

What about Stroman?

While Heyman announced that the Mets settled with everybody, there were no details about Marcus Stroman’s deal. They should emerge in the next few hours.

New York Yankees phenom Jasson Dominguez launches baseballs into the stratosphere (WATCH)

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

The New York Yankees have one of the best 16-year-old baseball players on the planet in Jasson Dominguez, but I’m starting to think he might not be from this galaxy.

Take a look as the young projected center fielder blasts baseballs into oblivion, so far only the Guardians of the Galaxy can bring them back.

This isn’t the first time Jasson has given us a sneak peek of his power and athleticism.

“He’s possibly the best combination of tools, athleticism, and performance that I’ve run across,” said Danny Rowland, who is an international scout for the Yankees. “Now, there’s a whole lot of time, a whole lot of at-bats and a whole lot of proving it between now and hopefully reaching the major leagues. Given his baseball background, his baseball acumen, his desire, his competitive nature, his work ethic, it’s never an easy thing to drop $5.1 million on one player, but he made it pretty easy.”

The Yankees have a potentially elite player in their system, just waiting to become of age and climb through at an astronomical rate. Dominguez signed a $5.1 million deal on July 2 of last year, making him one of the top, if not the highest-paid international prospect in baseball.

New York Yankees: Gio Urshela Avoids Arbitration

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The New York Yankees and third baseman Gio Urshela have reportedly settled on a $2.475 million contract for the 2020 season. By the agreement, the two sides avoid arbitration.

The righty from Cartagena, Colombia had his breakout MLB season in 2019, batting .314 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs. He became the starting third baseman after the injury to Miguel Andujar. However, those two will now have to battle for the 2020 starting spot in the spring. His defense is gold glove caliber and a crucial part to the team.

Other players with arbitration news will be published as we know it.

John Mara, Giants, Open to an Eli Manning Reunion

Eli Manning, New York Giants

Could a reunion between Eli Manning and the New York Giants be in the works?

Don’t rule it out, said Giants co-owner John Mara on WFAN on Friday morning. Mara has been in touch with Manning, who he says is mulling his options at the moment. Manning’s contract expires at the end of the NFL year in March and he has yet to decide whether he wants to continue playing or delve into another type of job within the game.

Mara told WFAN’s Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray that the Giants are not averse to having Manning back in the fold.

“I haven’t closed any doors on that,” Mara said. “Eli came to see me a few days ago, and we had a nice, long talk, but I don’t think he’s fully decided yet what he wants to do. And I’ve told him just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again.

 

“Obviously, he’s been the best representative of this franchise, maybe that we’ve ever had — I mean, both what he’s done on the field, the way he conducts himself off the field, the professionalism that he shows. You can’t ask for a better representative than Eli Manning. So he’s going to take his time, and we’ll hopefully have another discussion at some point in the future.”

It’s hard to imagine Eli agreeing to return as Daniel Jones’ backup. He surely doesn’t need the money. Plus, there is the issue of the new head coach, Joe Judge, and general manager Dave Gettleman agreeing to have Manning forced on them by ownership.

Manning, 39, could seek a front office position with the Giants, although handing anything outside of something honorary seems unlikely. He’s not John Elway. Plus, he recently said he is not interested in coaching.

Odds are if Eli can’t find an opportunity to start for an NFL team this fall, he’ll have no choice other than to retire.

New York Yankees players sporting facial hair is the best news (SEE)

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia

One of the notorious rules of wearing the New York Yankees pinstripes is a clean-shaven face, symbolizing the purity and togetherness of the team on all levels.  New signing Gerrit Cole sported a baby-face to his opening press conference, showing his willingness to abide by the Yankees’ rules, along with the $324 million being sent his way.

A bevy of players have enjoyed the freedom of the offseason, growing out their facial hair to not only prove, one, they can actually grow it out, but to enjoy the stress-free life of being an average human for a few months. However, the grind is right around the bend, and you can expect every player to show up ready to work.

Check out these pictures of the bearded New York Yankees:

Gary Sanchez is undoubtedly rocking facial hair the best, considering he’s standing on what seems to be a Peruvian mountain-top. To make matters better, he’s sporting an “I am Gary” t-shirt with an octopus swinging a baseball bat. Where can I find one of those!?

On the flip-side, some players are naturally clean-shaven, like Aaron Judge, who stands at 6-foot-7.

In the brisk weather of New York, having some sort of padding can be beneficial, but when you have a private car and driver to escort you to any given place, walking outside isn’t much of a concern. Judge, though, grew up in San Francisco, where enduring heat is a much bigger problem than succumbing to the blistering cold of the Big Apple.

He will be ready to go come spring training, which is right around the bend.

Next on the list, Giancarlo Stanton, who looks like a movie star with a bit of facial hair stretching from his chin. Not only does he hit dingers on the regular for the Yankees, but he’s also in line to overtake The “Rock” Johnson in every movie starring Kevin Hart.

Here are a few more pictures to enjoy!

New York Mets: Will 2020 be a breakout year for Amed Rosario?

One of the hottest prospects when he entered the league in 2017, Amed Rosario has three seasons in MLB. The first one was abbreviated, as he started that year in Triple-A. And the New York Mets have to be pleased with his career development curve: he was a below average batter in 2018 and 2019, but he is now basically average.

Rosario achieved improvements in each season, and he finally advanced enough in 2019 to be considered as “average.” However, given his obvious talent to play baseball and his prospect pedigree, there is potential for much more.

Will 2020 be the year in which Rosario takes the next step? Youth is on his side at 24 years old. Experience is, as well. He now knows MLB pitchers. He is familiarized with their repertoires.

Taking the next step for the Mets

In his 46-game debut in 2017, Rosario slashed .248/.271/.394 with a paltry 75 wRC+. The following year, he was at .256/.295/.381 with 85 wRC+. Last season, he batted .287/.323/.432 with 100 wRC+. Slow, but steady improvements.

After starting the year batting .260/.299/.414 (88 wRC+) in the first half, he evolved into an above-average hitter in the second. His line of .319/.351/.453 is the perfect evidence of that.

Will he have a ~115 wRC+ performance after all is said and done? How about pushing for the 130-140 range as he did in Double-A (142) or Class A-Advanced (132)? Since he achieved a 116 mark in Triple-A and he hit those heights in last year’s second half, that seems like a reasonable expectation moving forward. The Mets are surely hoping there is more in store.

As the 15 home runs he hit in 2019 suggest, Rosario isn’t a zero in the power department. To unlock it, however, he may need to hit more fly balls (1.67 career GB/FB.)

No one is expecting Rosario to be a home run king, though. The New York Mets would surely take last year’s second half (high average, not so many homers) and bank on improved defense, which is kind of divisive.

Iffy defense

The Fielding Runs component to establish a player’s defensive value in Fangraphs takes UZR into account, not DRS. Rosario, according to those guidelines was a positive defensive player (with 5.9.) His UZR (-0.8) and UZR/150 (-0.6) were only a hair below average and after positional adjustment, he was over zero in the final tally.

However, DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) told a different story. He was -16 according to that metric, which is very, very bad. He has the speed and athleticism to improve. The Mets’ rotation is full of groundballers, so it would benefit the team if he could be better at short.

His baserunning game can also improve. He stole 43 bags in the last two seasons, but was also caught 21 times, which is a lot.

With modest improvements in his offense, defense, and baserunning, Rosario could break out and give the Mets a competitive edge.

New York Knicks: Plenty Of Development Needed, But Not Enough Minutes Available

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson

Many players on the New York Knicks roster need development and there are simply not enough minutes to accomplish synchronized growth. With nearly the entire Knick roster consisting of developing players, the tough challenge from a coaching standpoint is prioritizing potential.

Understandably so, Knicks General Manager Scott Perry and President Steve Mills decided to sign a plethora of veteran free agents during the offseason to mentor the young talented core group while helping to provide a winning culture. Mentoring is good for young players, however, nothing can replace real game experience. Therefore, while the veterans are supposedly providing mentorship, they’re also depriving the young group of important minutes which is vital for true development. It also makes it difficult for the coaching staff when it comes to deciding which player needs an extra-long look. Injuries amongst the younger group of players is, unfortunately, a negative factor for development as well and a perfect example of that is Dennis Smith Jr‘s continuous struggle to stay healthy. Inconsistencies, whether it’s injuries or a shortage of unsteady minutes, will result in certain players not getting a real opportunity to showcase themselves for the Knicks. Nobody knows who’ll end up succeeding, however, every player won’t pan out while wearing the orange and blue, it would be impossible.

With the trade deadline approaching many are curious about what potential moves the Knick front office will make with player personnel. With reports of Marcus Morris, Dennis Smith Jr., and Bobby Portis garnering interest from teams around the NBA, the Knicks seem to be in the driver seat as they listen to offers. Knicks will pick and choose an offer best suited for them and it wouldn’t hurt to make a phone call to their G-League affiliates, Westchester Knicks to have Lamar Peters and Kenny Wooten called up. Those two have been making a good impression up in Westchester on both ends of the court. Hopefully, Wooten and Peters can showcase their talents on a broader stage once more minutes become available of course.


New York Giants’ Golden Tate reacts to inspiring Joe Judge press conference

While the words of New York Giants’ head coach Joe Judge, most fans were ready to run through a wall, but it seems as if the players are also in the same boat.

Wide receiver Golden Tate was excited about the prospect of learning from Judge and finally building a winning team after suffering through another failure of a season with the Giants. Tate, who’s on a four-year, $37.5 million deal with an out after the 2020 season, logged solid numbers in his first season with Big Blue.

The New York Giants looked Golden Tate’s way a fair amount in 2019:

Daniel Jones’ rookie seasons saw him target Tate 85 times, completing 49 for 676-yards and six scores. This is after Tate missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension, but he will return next campaign in a full-capacity from the get-go.

However, Tate isn’t prepared to wait until next training camp to begin his refinement under Judge. He’s ready to go right now.

Via Instagram, Tate stated:

“After listening to his press conference who needs an offseason lets get to work next week 🙂 :)”

Judge’s detail-oriented approach and tough mentality should suit the Giants well, considering their lack of effort and mid-game breakdowns in the past. His insistence on playing tough football for 60-minutes is exactly what Tate and the other players wanted to hear, as he will not only lead a team into battle, but he will simulate live-scenarios during practice.

For most, this is the first time the Giants will host live-tacking drills in practice, working on a safe way to mitigate injuries and develop player’s fundamentals. Judge’s style is a mesh of Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, plus a little personal splash. That’s something to be excited about.