The Mets have begun to show significant interest in Rangers ace Mike Minor, continuously searching outside the organization for pitching help due to the staff’s inauspicious start.
New York currently ranks 25th in the MLB in earned run average (5.62), with each starting holding an ERA above a 3.68. Two starters in their rotation, Jason Vargas and Zack Wheeler, even hold ERAs above 7.45. It is no wonder that they are looking elsewhere for pitching relief for this defensive shortcoming.
Among the teams interested in the phenomenal pitcher is division rival Philadelphia Phillies. Both teams’ starters have been lacking, and the race to acquire a player of this caliber will be a close one as each NL East squad intends to contend in the postseason.
Minor has been exceptional thus far in his 2019 campaign. He currently holds a 2.60 ERA to go along with 22 strikeouts in four separate outings. The Vanderbilt product also threw a complete game shutout in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels.
Although his resumé isn’t all that much to be impressed about, Minor feels his game has evolved. He noted after a game, “I think I have better stuff now than I did back then.” Promising improvement, Minor feels prepared to make a name for himself in the MLB and helping any team that wants him to postseason prosperity.
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Disgruntled star Le’Veon Bell has continued his holdout into Week 4 of the NFL season, and the Steelers have had enough. Pittsburgh has made it clear that they are not willing to give Bell the contract he desires, and have decided to explore possible trade options for their franchise player. Three teams appear to be in the running for the halfback, including the New York Jets.
The Jets haven’t had a star running back on their roster for some time now, and could be seeking to acquire Le’Veon to bolster their subpar offensive unit. Bell would undoubtedly uplift the organization’s run game as he is widely considered the best RB in the NFL when he is between the white lines. Bell is a three-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro honoree, which only begins to describe his abilities on the football field. He is an extremely patient ball-handler who is able to wait for holes to open up in the opposing team’s defense and attack them with aggression. His combination of speed and elusiveness is unmatched.
If you’re a Jets fan, it’s hard to not get excited when you hear your favorite team is in the conversation for the league’s top running back, but I wouldn’t say it’s time to celebrate just yet. Although it is a possibility, Bell has publicly stated that it would take a lot of cash for him to come to New York. In an interview earlier in the year, he said he would have to receive at least $95 million to join Gang Green.
Whether Bell ends up sporting green and white remains to be seen but only time will tell where Le’Veon continues his already accomplished playing career.
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Once upon a time, the New York Jets had one of the best defenses in the NFL. It appears as though they will try to climb their way back to the top by attempting to acquire Khalil Mack.
Mack is not happy with his current contract situation which is why he has been holding out of the Raiders, and several NFL teams have contacted them to gauge a potential trade opportunity, including Gang Green. He is looking for a number north of $20 million a year, an unprecedented dollar amount for a non-quarterback.
While there are obstacles that are blocking a potential deal from being made, Mack could undoubtedly help any team in pursuit of a productive season. He is one of the best rushers that football has to offer, totaling 36.5 sacks in the last three years in Oakland.
His resume speaks for itself. Mack is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 3-time Pro-Bowler, and 2-time First Team All-Pro. What is even more impressive is that in his four years in the NFL, he has yet to miss a single game, a testament to his durability and commitment to winning football games.
The Jets are clearly looking to find a quality pass rusher as they have also expressed interest in Dante Fowler Jr. of the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have ranked in the bottom 5 in sacks in each of the past two seasons, but getting Mack in the mix would change that rather quickly.
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