Yuniesky Betancourt could soon be yours, 29 other baseball teams

Yuniesky Betancourt could soon be yours, 29 other baseball teams

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Yuniesky Betancourt will ask for his release this weekend if he’s not added to the Phillies’ 25-man roster.  Which he may very well not be given that Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis are already around. Thing is, Betancourt has had a heck of a spring. He’s hitting .439 with a .957 OPS. No,…

AFC North: Manziel struggles continue, as does Browns search for franchise QB

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AFC North: Manziel struggles continue, as does Browns search for franchise QB

Watching Johnny Manziel make his court appearance Thursday on domestic violence charges was another reminder of how badly many of the Browns’ quarterback decisions have turned out.

Just two years ago, Manziel was the 22nd overall pick, and the Browns hoped he would be the answer to their quarterback problems. How wrong that looks now, with Manziel out of the NFL, with an uncertain future both on and off the field.

The Browns’ decision to take Manziel in 2014 looks even worse when you consider:

- Two other starting quarterbacks were drafted after Manziel in 2014 – Teddy Bridgewater of the Vikings (No. 32) and Derek Carr of the Raiders (No. 36). 

- Eight first-round picks in the 2014 draft have already made the Pro Bowl – linebackers Anthony Barr (Vikings), Khalil Mack (Raiders), and C. J. Mosley (Ravens); wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants), defensive tackle Aaron Donald (Rams); guard Zach Martin (Cowboys); cornerback Jason Verrett (Chargers), and Bridgewater.

The Browns’ new regime of executive VP Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, and coach Hue Jackson could have spent another first-round pick on a quarterback this year. Instead, they signed Robert Griffin III during free agency, traded down out of the No. 2 spot in the draft, acquired some valuable draft picks, and waited until Round 3 to draft quarterback Cody Kessler of USC in the third round.

The Browns aren’t sure Griffin or Kessler will solve their quarterback problems either. But it’s hard to blame them for avoiding spending another first-round pick on a quarterback. Not after seeing how far Manziel has fallen so fast.

Positions come open as Wizards shuffle staff

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Positions come open as Wizards shuffle staff

The shifting has begun for the Wizards, who have a vacancy with the departure of vice president of scouting Marc Eversley who has moved on the the Philadelphia 76ers for a similar role. 

The Sixers made it official Thursday. Eversley was in charge of organizing workout and pre-draft evaluations.

The Wizards don't have any picks going into the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23 and don't appear likely to trade into it.

There is a long shot that they could end up with a top-three pick in the lottery and then retain that pick rather than it going to the Phoenix Suns at No. 13 via the Markieff Morris trade.

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It's not clear whether the Wizards will promote from within the organization to fill Eversley's role, such as with director of player personnel Frank Ross, or go outside for a candidate. 

Eversley worked for Sixers president Bryan Colangelo — recently hired by the franchise — when both were with the Toronto Raptors. 

The other departure for the Wizards came immediately after the season with Thomas Knox, director of player performance and rehabilitation.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who was hired within weeks after the April 13 regular-season finale, still has to put together his staff.

 

Jordan Reed doesn't see how defenses will be able to keep up with Redskins' legion of receivers

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Jordan Reed doesn't see how defenses will be able to keep up with Redskins' legion of receivers

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed signed a contract extension on Thursday that will keep him as a valued member of the team through the 2021 season. With the team coming off an NFC East championship last season, things are looking up in the nation's capital.

Reed joined "Redskins Nation" host Larry Michael on Thursday to discuss his new contract and to look ahead to 2016. (Watch the clip in the video player above)

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On how his teammates reacted to the new deal: "Everybody, you know, gave a round of applause, things like that. I appreciate everybody and I'm just happy to be able to grow with these guys more and be on this team."

On how defense will play him: "Maybe I will get more attention from defenses but with all the weapons we got on offense right now, I don't see how they can send too many guys my way, you know with D-Jax (DeSean Jackson), Pierre (Garcon), Vernon (Davis), Niles (Paul) and (Josh) Doctson coming in, you know. It's going to be tough."

Tune in to "Redskins Nation" at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday for the full interview, only on CSN Mid-Atlantic.