Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

The Deal: 7 Years, $49.57 Million (with 2022 Club Option)
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AAV: $7.08 Million

Average WAR Value: $33.33 Million

Difference: $26.25 Million

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Christian Yelich isn’t the easiest player to appreciate.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

He’s never been a big-time slugger or a hot-shot speedster, as he’s peaked at 21 home runs and 21 stolen bases. Nor has he ever won a major award or even been an All-Star.

But when you add up everything he can do on the diamond, you get a gem.

His power and speed were at least solid during his five years with the Miami Marlins, who extended his contract in 2015. His hitting was more than just solid, as he racked up a .290 average and .369 on-base percentage. And between 2013 and 2016, only three players tallied more defensive runs saved in left field.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

It was also always apparent that Yelich could hit for more power if he wanted to. Between 2015 and 2017, for example, he hit fly balls and line drives at an average of 95.4 mph. That was the same as Yoenis Cespedes.
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By his own admission, what held back Yelich was Marlins Park. It scared him into not hitting too many balls in the air, resulting in 18 homers at home compared to 41 on the road.

Because Miller Park is more power-friendly, that should change now that Yelich is on the Milwaukee Brewers. If so, he’ll only become more valuable in the remaining seasons of his contract.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Memphis Grizzlies

Biggest 2018 NBA draft question for the Memphis Grizzlies: Is it time to move on from Marc Gasol with a 2018 rookie? cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Grizzlies could pick in the top two and will be looking at Ayton and Doncic but also Bagley, Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. and Texas’ Mohamed Bamba. Except for Doncic, those bigs each project best at center, where Marc Gasol patrols the paint.

Gasol could be under contract until 2020 if he opts in to his final season. If Doncic is gone, the Grizzlies must decide if they want to draft a center and move on from Gasol. Or they could take Ayton or Bagley and play their selection at the 4, where they played in college, even though it’s not their ideal position.china nike nfl jerseys cheaphi-res-85a335b30eb89a698ac8724c63fc56d8_crop_exact

B/R’s answer: If the Grizzlies can’t get Doncic, they should draft one of the bigs, look to trade Gasol and hit the reset button nike nfl jerseys cheap china  altogether.

Biggest 2018 NBA draft question for the Atlanta Hawks: Is it problematic to pair John Collins with a big man who plays poor defense?

Luka Doncic would fill a need for the Hawks, but he might not be there if they’re picking at No. 3. Ayton and Bagley could be in the conversation as best-player-available options for Atlanta. But neither prospect looked good this season defensively.

The Hawks have to ask themselves whether pairing John Collins with a weak defensive center will be a problematic building strategy, even if Ayton and Bagley turn out to be exciting NBA scorers.

Jackson or Bamba make more sense in terms of fit. Both averaged at least three blocks per game and flashed enormous potential in rim protection with cheap nfl nike jerseys from china  their mobility, length and instincts.

B/R’s answer: Draft Doncic or Ayton if available, but take Jackson over Bagley because of Jackson’s superior defense.

Houston Texans: Sign a Starting-Caliber Offensive Tackle

Here’s another bargain-bin signing that would likely fly under the radar.cheap nfl nike jersey  Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming has served as a reserve for the New England Patriots the last four seasons, starting 20 games.

Looking at Fleming’s snaps, the perimeter offensive lineman flashed as a solid pass-blocker in a limited role. The Houston Texans traded left tackle Duane Brown to the Seahawks midway through the previous season, and Chris Clark isn’t a candidate to return on a new dea2f067b697a06ef14ee5fe07afd969555_crop_exactl.

The Texans expect to see quarterback Deshaun Watson fully recover from an ACL injury to start the 2018 season, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, so it’s important to protect him once he’s back on the field.

In this scenario, Fleming would have to adjust to blocking for a mobile quarterback, but the Texans don’t have to cheap nfl jerseys china nike  overspend to acquire him as a backup with starter potential.

Offensive guard Jack Mewhort battled triceps and knee injuries over the past two seasons. He only suited up for five contests in 2017. It’s reasonable to allow him to hit free agency, but general manager Chris Ballard should eventually reopen the doors for the fifth-year lineman.

Before Ballard arrived on the scene in January 2017, nike nfl jerseys cheap china the previous regime tinkered with the offensive line to trot out the best combination to protect quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts franchise signal-caller still took a beating in the pocket.

In 2015, Mewhort put together a standout season, primarily at left guard, through a 16-game slate. After appearing in 15 outings since that year, you wonder if injuries have caught up to him.

Potential suitors will approach the 26-year-old on the market with caution, but the Colts should hoard offensive linemen until they’re set on a starting five in front of Luck, assuming he’s under center in 2018.china nike nfl jerseys cheap