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    • Three up, three down: Manny Machado heats up; tempers flare in another brawl

      Manny Machado’s walk-off home run against the Angels last week was his third of the game, just three months older than Bryce Harper. Both can be free agents after next season, and even still his .817 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is in line with his career mark of .812. He’s 25, who can play shortstop and third base, with 133 career home runs and on pace to play 150 games for the fourth time in five years, or the injured Harper, with the looming question of who might be the better bet at $400 million: Machado, but he isn’t just beating up on the Angels. The Baltimore Orioles’ star has 10 home runs this month. He didn’t get his batting average above .230 for good until after the All-Star break, the Washington Nationals outfielder, with 150 career home runs and one 150-game season?

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      The Tampa Bay Rays sold 8, their smallest crowd in 11 years. Commissioner Rob Manfred, in town for the day, so the Oakland Athletics know they’ll be paying for the new ballpark they’ve promised fans for almost two decades. The A’s have said they’ll reveal a ballpark site and construction timeline this year, but league officials quietly are worried the team might announce a preference for a downtown ballpark rather than a commitment to build one. Get on with it,264 tickets to a major league game on Wednesday, told civic leaders to hurry up with the long-awaited plan for a new ballpark. He didn’t explain why they should pay for it. California taxpayers know better, please, lest you kill the last of a long-suffering fan base all too aware that the season “Moneyball” chronicles happened 15 years ago.

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  • PFF says the Eagles made one of the worst offseason moves in the NFL Pro Football Focus made a list of the 10 worst moves of the 2016 NFL season and the Philadelphia Eagles were unfortunate enough to make the list at No. 9. As it turns out, PFF really did not like the Eagles' signing of free agent quarterback Chase Daniel. Here's their explanation.9. Eagles handing Chase Daniel a $21 million contract to be a No. 3 QBThe quarterback market is a wildly overinflated place, but even in that context, the money the Eagles handed Chase Daniel is vaguely absurd. Daniel now has the 24th-highest contract among quarterbacks in terms of average per-season money, and the 26th-highest total contract value at the position. He has a contract worth more than several starters, and he is a No. 3 quarterback on this Eagles’ roster. Even if you assume the deal was handed to him with a view that he will be No. 2 in a year time when Sam Bradford departs and Carson Wentz is starting, that means Daniel will receive $7 million this season just as a placeholder, and then be the best-paid backup in football for the next year or two of the deal.It isn for nearly as much money, but this contract is the Ndamukong Suh version of backup quarterback contracts—one that doesn set the market, but instead jumps it completely and becomes a stark outlier First of all, Daniel isn't the No. 3 quarterback. He's the top backup behind presumed starter Sam Bradford. Daniel has taken all of the second team reps with the Eagles this spring. It seems like the Eagles genuinely want to be patient with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, so Daniel is ahead of him for now.I get why people don't like the move. It's a lot of money for a backup, sure. It's not totally nonsensical, though. I bet you a team like the Cowboys would have really liked to have Daniel last year when Tony Romo got hurt. Dallas failed to invest in a competent backup and their season went down the drain.Not to mention Bradford's injury history is so significant that it essentially requires teams to have a strong backup plan. The 29-year-old Daniel has plenty of experience in the league He's looked competent in his two career starts. And though it isn't very likely at all, there's at least a non-zero chance Daniel could outplay everyone and become the starter.Then there's the fact Daniel has experience in Doug Pederson's offense. Both Bradford and Wentz have praised Daniel for helping them adjust to the Eagles' new offensive scheme. Daniel's familiarity has also been apparent during practice. He's been the most consistently solid quarterback I've seen in OTA workouts this spring. He doesn't make many mental mistakes. Thanks to his knowledge of the scheme, he's not out there wasting reps for himself or his teammates.It's also worth noting that the Eagles can easily get out of Daniel's contract in the future Randall Evans Jersey. Philadelphia can trade him for a savings of $6 million after the 2016 season. The Eagles can trade or cut him after 2017 for a savings of $7 million. The likely situation is that Daniel serves as the top backup to Bradford this year. If Bradford gets hurt early in the season, he'll probably be the first guy off the bench. If the season is already a lost cause, however, the Eagles might just throw Wentz into the fire instead of Daniel. Beyond this year, Daniel figures to be the top backup to Wentz.I certainly don't think the Eagles signing Daniel was one of the best moves this offseason, but I don't think it was one of the worst, either.

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