13) Toronto Blue Jays signed OF George Springer to a 6-year, $150M contract Tuesday night; Springer played with Houston for seven years, has a .852 career OPS.
Blue Jays also signed reliever Kirby Yates to a 1-year contract.
12) Baseball America published its list of the top 100 prospects; Vladimir Guerrero Jr is younger than 55 of the 100 guys on that list, and he already has 757 plate appearances in the big leagues.
11) New York Mets acted quickly and fired GM Jared Porter, who held the job for 37 days or so; Porter lost his job when it became public that he had sent sent explicit pictures to a female reporter back in 2016, when he worked for the Cubs. Mets said they probably won’t replace Porter this year, just split up his responsibilities between the rest of the front office.
Mets’ president of baseball operations Sandy Alderson did a Zoom news conference Tuesday; he had a Sean Spicer-level of discomfort answering reporters’ questions. What had been a super winter for Met fans was, for now, derailed by this debacle.
10) They were talking on MLB Network Tuesday, saying that lot of teams are likely to use a 6-man starting rotation this season, since pitchers didn’t throw as much last year, so they won’t to jump up their workload all in one year.
Spring training starts four weeks from today, by the way.
9) We still don’t know if there will be a designated hitter in the National League this season; like I said, spring training starts in four weeks, would be nice if they figured it out soon.
Free agents Marcell Ozuna, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Moreland will bank lot more $$$ this season if the DH is in both leagues.
8) Baltimore Ravens cut backup QB Robert Griffin III this week; RGIII was the #2 overall pick in the 2012 Draft, after the Redskins paid a ransom to the Rams for that pick.
Washington went 10-6 in Griffin’s rookie year, losing 24-14 to Seattle in their first playoff game, but it was all downhill from there. After going 9-6 as a starter that year, Griffin went 7-20 as a starter the rest of his career, a career that is now likely over.
7) Northwestern Wildcats picked up a QB Tuesday; Ryan Hilinski will transfer to the Wildcats after bolting South Carolina. Hilinski started for the Gamecocks as a true freshman in 2019, throwing for 2,357 yards and 11 touchdowns, but he lost his starting job last fall and wound up as the #3 QB on the roster.
6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers are first #5-seed to reach a conference final since the 49ers seven years ago; Tennessee made the AFC title game as a #6-seed last year.
5) Tennessee Titans WR AJ Brown had surgery on both knees Tuesday; Brown caught 70 passes for 1,075 yards and 11 TD’s— he is the first Tennessee WR with back-to-back seasons of 1,000+ receiving yards since Derrick Mason did it in 2003-04.
4) Not sure what it is about Staples Center, but Steph Curry has made only 6 of his last 32 3-point attempt in Staples, whether he was playing against the Lakers/Clippers. Curry has a career 3-point percentage of 43.3%, so 6-32 is quite a slump.
3) Alabama 105, LSU 75:
— Crimson Tide made 23-43 3-pointers; they’re up to 35.9% on the arc for the season.
— Alabama has won eight games in a row; if their uniforms said “Kentucky” on the front, they’d be a top-5 team in the country.
2) Pittsburgh 79, Duke 73:
— Duke is 5-4; their best win is over the #86 team.
— Duke is a thin team that is #344 in experience; they appear headed to the bubble and a nervous Selection Sunday.
1) Villanova 76, Seton Hall 74
— Wildcats hadn’t played in 27 days; this was a good game.
— Villanova led by 9 with 7:21 left; game was decided a foul with 0:00.9 left that I’n guessing the ref wishes he hadn’t called.
— Seton Hall shot 65.6% inside the arc; both teams shot 40%+ on the arc.