Hunter Pence gets $13.8 million to avoid arbitration with Giants

Hunter Pence gets $13.8 million to avoid arbitration with Giants

Shortly after the season ended there was some speculation that the Giants would non-tender Hunter Pence rather than pay him a big salary via arbitration following a down year. General manager Brian Sabean quickly shot that notion down, making it clear he wanted Pence back in 2013, and now we see the price tag: Jon…

Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Are Nats better than the Mets?

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The Nationals just wrapped up their series against the Mets, making this a good time to discuss where they stand in the NL East and what they still need to work on.

Tim Murray and I went into the Mets series and what we learned. We also gave our thoughts on the Matt Harvey disaster and whether he should have spoken to the media.

Tim and I compared Daniel Murphy's numbers to those of Brandon Phillips and Ben Zobrist, the other two players the Nats targeted this offseason to play second base. We also wondered the best way to use Michael Taylor and whether he should be dangled at the trade deadline.

Feel free to share your opinions with us on Twitter @ChaseHughesCSN and @1TimMurray.

You can listen to the show on ESPN 980's website or download the show on iTunes.

Wizards' John Wall denied spot on All-NBA teams

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Wizards' John Wall denied spot on All-NBA teams

No member of the Wizards landed on any of the All-NBA teams last season when Washington reached the playoffs for a second straight season. Therefore it seemed logical that history would repeat itself even though John Wall finished with another statistically impressive season.

Wall received a few votes for the 2015-16 version, but not enough to land on the first, second or third team. 

Golden State guard Stephen Curry, Cleveland forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook received the most points. Thunder star Kevin Durant was selected to the second team.

Voters -- sportswriters and broadcasters selected players for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams and were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team. Points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. 

Wall, a clear snub last season, received five votes -- one for second team -- totaling seven points. Point guards with more points included Curry (645) and Westbrook (627). Chris Paul (353) and Damian Lillard (217) were selected to the second team while Kyle Lowry (155) made the third team. Isaiah Thomas (20) also received more points than Wall, who finshed just ahead of Kemba Walker.

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Selected to his third All-Star team this season, Wall finished third in the NBA with 10.2 assists while leading the Wizards wth 19.2 points per game. 

Because the NBA forces voters to vote for specific positions, somebody had to be named first-team center. This year that apparently meant DeAndre Jordan, who isn't one of the league's 15 best players and certainly not the top player on his own team (Hi, Chris Paul). That voting scenario might have made more sense back in the day when players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon roamed the court, but not in this era. Either way, elminiating the position-specific voting would have results reflect the reality of the game. In this point guard dominant era, that would give the likes of Wall a better shot at league-wide honors.

2015-16 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

   Position      Player, Team                                                             1st Team     2nd Team      3rd Team     Total
   Forward      LeBron James, Cleveland                                           125                  4                     --             637
   Forward      Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio                                     94                    35                   --            575
   Center         DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers                                  39                    36                   14           317    
    Guard        Stephen Curry, Golden State                                      129                  --                    --            645       
    Guard        Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City                            120                  9                     --            627       
                                                                                                           
2015-16 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

   Position      Player, Team                                                             1st Team     2nd Team      3rd Team     Total
   Forward      Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City                                    36                    90                   2                   452
   Forward      Draymond Green, Golden State                                 40                    74                   9                  431
   Center         DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento                                 32                    28                   33                 277    
    Guard        Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers                                            8                      101                 10                 353   
    Guard        Damian Lillard, Portland                                             --                      48                 73                217

2015-16 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

   Position      Player, Team                                                             1st Team     2nd Team      3rd Team     Total
   Forward      Paul George, Indiana                                                    --                     28                 73                 157
   Forward      LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio                                3                      11                 55                103
   Center         Andre Drummond, Detroit                                           13                    26                 30                 173    
    Guard        Klay Thompson, Golden State                                     --                     37                 53                 164   
    Guard        Kyle Lowry, Toronto                                                    --                     35                50                  155

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): James Harden, Houston, 106; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 84; Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 76 (1); Al Horford, Atlanta, 76 (2); Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota, 44; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 26; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 24 (1); Isaiah Thomas, Boston, 20; Pau Gasol, Chicago, 16 (2); Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 12; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 8; John Wall, Washington, 7; Kemba Walker, Charlotte, 6; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 3; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 3; Dwight Howard, Houston, 3; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 2; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 2; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 1; Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 1. 
 

Ravens lose week of OTAs, Harbaugh and organization fined by NFL

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Ravens lose week of OTAs, Harbaugh and organization fined by NFL

OWINGS MILLS – The NFL punished the Ravens by taking away their second OTA session (June 1-3), and fining both coach John Harbaugh and the organization, the league announced Thursday. The punishment stems from a practice violation in rookie camp on May 6, when the Ravens briefly practiced in pads during a non-contact drill, which violated the collective bargaining agreement. The NFL investigated after the Ravens’ violation was brought to the league’s attention. 

The amount of the fines was not immediately disclosed. The Ravens issued a brief statement after the punishment was announced.

“We made a mistake and we are sorry for that,” the statement said. “We accept the NFL discipline.”

The Ravens were in the midst of completing their first OTA session when the league’s ruling was handed down. The Ravens will still have their OTA scheduled for the second week in June, as well as their mandatory minicamp later in the month.