One of the harder teams to read for me has been the Rays, and I could see them leaping into full rebuild this week. Few teams have as many good, movable starting pitchers who can bring the kind of return to really stack what is already a pretty good minor league system. The Rays have been kind of treading water, and with what’s going on in the AL East, that isn’t going to get them to the postseason. If Erik Neander does take this route, Evan Longoria could end up on the block. — Doolittle
Latavius Murray Kids Jersey Having missed out on Ohtani, the Minnesota Twins — yes, the Twins! — will sign Darvish. In order to build on their surprising wild-card berth, they are looking to add a top-of-the-rotation starter. They wanted Ohtani, but now they’ll turn their attention to Darvish. — Lauber
I fully expect Accorsi to handle the Giants’ searches as he did when he consulted with the Lions two years ago. Accorsi looked to the NFL’s most successful team (the Patriots) and recommended their director of pro scouting Bob Quinn to be the Lions’ GM. Then Quinn was part of the decision to retain Jim Caldwell as head coach, which has turned out to be a good call.
That’s the crazy part about the NFL, things constantly change and you’ve got to keep rolling, Williams said. So you’ve got to find a way to roll with the punches even though it may be a haymaker, got to find a way to recover.
The running Jake Virtanen Youth jersey game will be important Sunday in Atlanta and the Falcons are getting their starter back. Devonta Freeman has missed two games since incurring a concussion in a win over the Cowboys on Nov. 12. The Falcons will need Freeman and Tevin Coleman to get on track against the NFL’s second-best rush defense.
Joe Flacco is no longer elite 鈥?When the best throw of the night was Koch’s 22-yard pass to Moore, you know the Ravens have some issues at quarterback. Flacco has regressed since helping to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in 2012. He has 89 touchdown passes and 72 interceptions over the last five seasons. To put that into perspective, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have combined for only 61 interceptions over the same period.