Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs

The Deal: 5 Years, $26.50 Million (with 2019, 2020 Club Options)

AAV: $5.30 Million

Average WAR Value: $33.19 Million

Difference: $27.89 Million

The Chicago White Sox took a page from the Giants and Bumgarner when they extended Jose Quintana in March 2014.
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He’d only made his major league debut in 2012, and his body of work included just 336.1 innings. But since that included a 3.61 ERA, there was little risk in trying to gain some cost-controlled production.

The White Sox ended up getting a lot of that between 2014 and 2016. He averaged a 3.29 ERA and 205 innings per season, and he placed behind only a couple of heavyweights in the rWAR rankings for American League southpaws:
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1. Chris Sale: 14.5
2. David Price: 13.5
3. Jose Quintana: 12.7

Quintana subsequently stumbled out of the gate in 2017 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts for the White Sox. But the Chicago Cubs came calling with a basket of prospects anyway, and they got more or less what they wanted: a 3.74 ERA and six innings per start the rest of the way. hi-res-dfa9d8feddff4414b78c2904dec94735_crop_exact
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Thus far in 2018, Quintana is serving as the Cubs’ No. 4 starter. Beyond being one of the best to hold that distinction, he’s also one of the better bargains.

Yes, Andrew McCutchen is technically a member of the San Francisco Giants now. But his appearance here has everything to do with his time as a Pittsburgh Pirate.

After extending him in March 2012, general manager Neal Huntington said of McCutchen: “It has been our intent for Andrew to be a cornerstone for this organization, and this contract solidifies that intent.” This was something of a gamble, as McCutchen was fresh off three near-superstar-level seasons at the time.

Obviously, it paid off.

McCutchen did indeed become a full-blown superstar in 2012, posting a .953 OPS with 31 homers and 20 steals. He went on to win the National League MVP in 2013, and he continued to put up MVP-caliber numbers in 2014 and 2015. According to rWAR, there was no better player in the NL over those four seasons.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Alas, McCutchen wasn’t the same player in 2016 and 2017. But he at least continued to hit well with an .807 OPS and 52 homers.
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After a slow start for the Giants, McCutchen is now teasing that he still has it. He’s collected two walk-off hits in a span of four days.

Robert Kraft on Drafting a QB: ‘Obviously at Some Point We Have To’

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft knows the team will cheap nfl nike jersey have to figure out a long-term answer at quarterback with Tom Brady turning 41 in August.

Per ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Kraft acknowledged during the NFL’s owners meetings that drafting a quarterback is something the Patriots need to consider:

“I’m going to put my fan hat on, and obviously at some point we have to. Not just that, but think what happened in the ’08 season when in the first quarter against Kansas City, Tom [Brady] goes out. How many people would have said that Matt Cassel would have led us to an cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale 11-5 season? I put my faith and confidence in Bill [Belichick]. He knows his responsibilities. Anything can happen, even if Tom comes in [and is in] tip-top shape.”hi-res-f7df9277c4df0019dd9fea622c9eb7f5_crop_north

The Patriots have not shied away from drafting quarterbacks. Jacoby Brissett (2016), Jimmy Garoppolo (2014) and Ryan Mallett cheap nfl nike jersey (2011) were all selected by the team within the first three rounds.

Mallett appeared in four games during the 2012 season but never started a game before being traded to the Houston Texans in 2014.

Garoppolo and Brissett started four games to begin the 2016 season when Brady was serving a suspension for his role in Deflategate. The Patriots won three of those four games en route to winning Super Bowl LI with Brady back under center. cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Patriots dealt Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts prior to the start of last season, and Garoppolo was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 30.

New England’s current quarterback depth chart features Brady nike nfl jerseys cheap china and Brian Hoyer. There’s no indication Brady, even at the age of 40, is slowing down. He was named the NFL MVP last season after leading the league with 4,577 passing yards.