Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I took some time out of my busy basketball-watching schedule last night to check-in on Jarrett Jack; to pay a welfare call, of sorts. Last I inquired, he was struggling through his first few months in Cleveland, trudging through a disappointing quagmire that few predicted would occur, but now seems to be fully set in and largely irreversible. Sure enough, he was there, looking like the Jarrett Jack I always remembered. There was the moustache and gleaming bald head, the three-quarter-length black tights and ankle socks. There was the intense stare and the signature side-smirk, the high-dribble and T-Rex arms. Everything about Jarrett Jack was there. Except, of course, for Jarrett Jack. He was nowhere to be found.” [Greenberg/The Diss]
“Post-draft grade: C+ Summary: I was skeptical about early impact from this class. At the time I wrote: “Mingo adds depth at outside linebacker, but he’s going to need some developmental work because he played with his hand on the ground at LSU. After that, there isn’t a lot here that you’ll see in 2013.” The whole system issue may have been overstated, but the fact that Mingo still needs development wasn’t. He’s just not a three-down player at this point, and was pretty inconsistent with his pass rush. After that? Well, there isn’t much at all. McFadden got some decent reps late and could start next season, but it’s all wait-and-see after that.
New grade: C-” [Kiper/ESPN Insider]
“We already have seen more multi-year contracts signed this off-season than any of the previous four, and depending on how many of the second tier pitchers — Chris Capuano, Paul Maholm, Jason Hammel, etc… — land two year deals, there’s probably another 10 to go. If a couple of the available relievers end up snagging two year contracts as well, we could see the off-season end with 60 multi-year deals, almost double the number given out five years ago, and that’s with a smaller total number of MLB contracts handed out.
And the overall annual average value of contracts handed out this winter is almost exactly double the overall AAV of contracts handed out in 2009: $9.65 million to $4.87 million. We all know that the cost of signing a free agent has gone up a lot since these new TV deals started making MLB teams richer than they’ve ever been, but I didn’t realize just how quickly the total numbers had doubled.” [Cameron/Fan Graphs]
“Anthony Bennett needs to play power forward. Or undersized center, in a pinch. He needs minutes, and plenty of them. He can’t play small forward, and he shouldn’t be coming off the bench for cameo appearances with all eyes on him.
Cleveland’s coaching staff (because the front office, hesitant to send him to the D-League, won’t help in this regard) has to understand this, even with the “make the playoffs or else” mandate. The defense was terrible with Bennett out there on Tuesday night, but it was terrible in the stretches just before that, time with starters that allowed NOLA to build a big lead. The kid has to play, or you’re going to lose him. No amount of preparedness for “your number” being called can make up for these sorts of things.” [Dwyer/Ball Don’t Lie]