Miami citing Wake’s ability to make his way up from being undrafted is just weird. What does that have to do with the expectation of Wake producing over the next three years as a member of the Dolphins defense? Rewarding people for past production is bad business in the NFL but it appears Miami did just that.
Cameron Wake is coming off a torn Achilles, is 34 years old, but Miami wanted to give him two-year extension for what he’s done and will do.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 7, 2016
According to Schefter, the deal is worth $15 million over the two years with $10 million guaranteed.
Miami’s defensive setup from a pass-rush standpoint is odd. They let Olivier Vernon walk in free agency. Not paying him what the Giants would pay him was understandable, but at least just franchise tag him.
Instead the Dolphins added Mario Williams in free agency and re-upped with Wake. If the two pass rushers can produce at a high level in 2016, the Dolphins defense will be dangerous.
Wake has 70 sacks in 85 career starts so there’s reason to believe he’ll have a nice bounceback, despite the lack of explosiveness you typically see from Achilles injuries. If they don’t the Dolphins elderly offseason will look questionable.
With the other two, it was difficult to bypass the track record of Cutch, the power of Stanton and Braun’s amazing numbers. I just felt like Cespedes is right there and we needed a Mets player. Similar sentiment for Fowler, as he’s having an unbelievable season after his weird free agency (.328/.449/.546) and it felt like the Cubs deserve more than one starter. Hell, they might get three, then, with Jake Arrieta possibly taking the ball on the hill. Still, with such an astounding start, doesn’t the club deserve a special All-Star Game at this point?
Marte, Yelich and Herrera were also very tough omissions.
Keep in mind, the NL gets to pick a DH.
So those are the picks for me, your humble correspondent. Don’t be the person who says they suck without just picking your own. Pick with impunity and post your selections in the comments, should you desire.
Donaldson is the reigning MVP while Castellanos is finally having his breakout season. Machado, however, is morphing into a guy who needs to be mentioned alongside Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Actually, that’s phrased incorrectly. He’s already done the morphing. It’s over. He is that good. He’s a super-duper star at a pre-prime age and should be treated as such. Don’t vote for anyone else or you’re doing it wrong.
Catcher options: Brian McCann, Salvador Perez and a shrug of the shoulders
Catcher pick: Salvador Perez, Royals
This AL catcher crop is abysmal; the yin to the second base’s yang. I’ll go with Sal here due to several factors: 1. His track record suggests that his skills in working with pitchers makes him incredibly valuable; 2. He won the World Series MVP; 3. No one is really having a good season.
Designated hitter options: Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion, Victor Martinez,David Ortiz, Byung-ho Park
The season to this date is our starting point, but we need to go beyond that. It’ll make sense when we get to our NL catcher options. Trust me.
Onto the selections!
First base pick: Eric Hosmer, Royals
It’s tough to take Hosmer over Cabrera, but he’s a defending World Series champion who is slashing .338/.399/.546 and plays great defense at first. The track record of Cabrera suggests he’s a worthy selection, but I don’t see any reason to worry that Hosmer comes crashing down, and he’s established enough to warrant this pick.
Second base options: Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, Logan Forsythe, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Brett Lawrie, Jed Lowrie, Rougned Odor, Dustin Pedroia
Second base pick: Jose Altuve, Astros