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MLB Power Rankings: Mariners Continue to Climb, Cubs Back in the Top 10

With roughly two months of the 2018 MLB season in the books, we’re starting to get a better idea of which teams will by vying for playoff spots and which ones could be looking to change course at the trade deadline.nike cheap nfl jerseys

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees maintained their standing as the top two teams in baseball, but there was once again plenty of shuffling behind them, including plenty of movement in the top 10.

This remains a fluid process, as teams rise and fall based on where they were ranked the previous week. If a team keeps winning, it will keep climbing—it’s as simple as that.

The Seattle Mariners (5-2) have gone nike nfl cheap jerseys  13-3 in their last 16 games to join the upper echelon of MLB teams here in the early going.

The pitching staff posted a 3.13 ERA in May—good for fifth in the majors—and Wade LeBlanc (6 GS, 1-0, 2.60 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) has been a revelation stepping into the starting rotation.

Denard Span (7-for-25) and Alex Colome (4 G, 3 HLD, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP) have both made an impact since coming over in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, while Dee Gordon has made a smooth transition back to second base to help ease the loss of Robinson Cano.

On the NL side of things, nfl nike jerseys cheap china the Chicago Cubs (6-1) used a four-game sweep of the New York Mets to climb back into the top 10 in these rankings.

A strong week from the starting rotation is a promising sign going forward. Mike Montgomery has been excellent filling in for the injured Yu Darvish, going 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings over two starts.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Four NL West teams made strong moves up our rankings, as the Arizona Diamondbacks (5-2), San Francisco Giants (5-2), Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2) and San Diego Padres (6-2) are all playing good baseball right now.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

The Detroit Tigers (6-3) also enjoyed a strong week with series wins over the Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays before putting a nice cherry on top of that with the selection of Casey Mize as No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft on Monday night.

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Could Aaron Rodgers’ Next Contract Change the Way the NFL Does Business?

Give Aaron Rodgers credit. He could be asking for all the money. All the Packers’ money. All the NFL’s money. All the advertisers’ money. Your money. My money.

As the NFL’s best quarterback, Rodgers could ask for just about everything short of the keys to the federal reserve and get it—or at least not get laughed at for thinking he deserved it. And he’s not doing that. Instead, cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping according to a report last week by the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, all Rodgers is asking for is “player control” over his future.

Rodgers, asked about the reports, called it all “just conjecture” (at least he didn’t stomp his feet and shout Fake News)—but if these are indeed his demands in his next contract, they sound reasonable enough. Who doesn’t want a little more financial control over their future?

Rodgers has two years left on a deal that ranks 10th in the NFL in average money per year (all contract data courtesy OverTheCap.com). He is slated to earn a total of just over $42 million in salary and bonuses over the next two seasons. In the same span, Kirk Cousins will make $53 million; Jimmy Garoppolo, who has thrown fewer career touchdown passes (12) than Rodgers threw before getting hurt in mid-October last year (13), nfl cheap jerseys nike will make $57 million; and Derek Carr will make $47.5 million thanks to a contract extension that, in fairness, seemed like a pretty good idea at the time.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Rodgers should be looking to restore order to the salary spreadsheets. And all the better if he does so not by becoming the highest-paid quarterback—a fleeting honor that only lasts until the next good quarterback hits the market—nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap but by being the first one with the flexibility to renegotiate on his own terms, not the team’s terms.

It’d be downright revolutionary—represent an evolution of the NFL contract, one that turns quarterbacks, contractually, into a whole new species.