For the fourth straight offseason and fifth time in the last six offseasons, the Yankees have traded a catcher. Brian McCann has been traded to the Astros for right-handed pitching prospects Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman, both teams announced. The Yankees are paying $5.5M of McCann’s $17M salary in both 2017 and 2018. That’s $11.5M in savings each of the next two years.
The soon-to-be 33-year-old McCann has been on the trade market since the deadline, even before Gary Sanchez arrived in August and smashed 20 homers in 52 games. Sanchez is the clear cut starter going forward, so McCann’s role in New York would have been backup catcher and part-time DH. It’s no surprise then that he waived his no-trade clause to go to the Astros, who figure to be in contention and can offer him more playing time. The youth movement continues.
Going into last weekend, Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington were undefeated, and as such destined to occupy the top seeds in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Bedlam has made its triumphant return to the championship race, courtesy of losses by the Wolverines, Tigers and Huskies. If that wasn’t enough, 5th ranked Louisville got smoked by Houston last night. Now, with two weeks left in November and three weeks left before the final Playoff rankings, the Power Five conferences prepare for a rush to the finish line.
What if more chaos ensues between now and selection Sunday? After what happened last week, it's irresponsible to think that it's impossible. With Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan and Washington at the forefront, the playoff possibilities look pretty solid. But if more chaos ensues, things could get very ugly in the third edition of the College Football Playoff, and that should be fun.
A 42-year-old runner dressed as Elvis won the Las Vegas Rock `n' Roll Marathon on Sunday night, setting a record for the fastest marathon run by someone dressed as ''The King.''
Michael Wardian of Arlington, Virginia, finished in 2 hours, 38 minutes and 4 seconds late Sunday - a feat he accomplished while wearing a black wig in an Elvis-style pompadour, gold sunglasses and a white Elvis jumpsuit with gold sequins. The King’s legend lives on!
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