As fans around the country are still celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship, General Manager Theo Epstein and the Cubs brass are moving sensibly this offseason. At this point they are avoiding any major free-agent signings and instead are focusing on stabilizing their team with a few moves that could prove beneficial in the short-term.
With a glut of young talent on the major-league roster and waiting in the wings, the Cubs feel good about their chances to make another run at a World Series title in 2017. Led by young stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are currently slight favorites with Vegas at 7/2 odds to repeat. However, the Boston Red Sox, with some splashy moves, are right behind them with 7/1 odds.
So far, this offseason the Cubs have made a few moves that can be considered under the radar. One to help stabilize their bullpen and another that can be considered a short-term patch for the centerfield position.
The team signed left-handed reliever Brian Duensing to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old spent 7 seasons with the Minnesota Twins before spending last season with the Baltimore Orioles. He will bring experience and a left-handed arm out of the Cubs pen.
They also made a move to bring in outfielder Jon Jay as a free-agent addition and signed him to a one-year deal. Jay is a seven-year veteran who played last season for the San Diego Padres. He batted .291 in 90 games for the Padres but lacks power with just 2 home runs.
Jay is expected to help fill the gap with the loss of centerfielder Dexter Fowler. Fowler, who was a free-agent, recently signed a five-year deal to play for the rival St. Louis Cardinals.
The biggest move Chicago has made so far was the trade to acquire closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals. In return for Davis, the Cubs sent promising outfielder Jorge Soler to the Royals. Soler was expendable due the amount of options available to the team. In addition to Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist, other options include Albert Almora, Matt Szczur and the newly-acquired Jay.
In Davis, the Cubs are getting arguably the best reliever in the American League over the last several years. In his last three seasons with the Royals his earned run averages were 1.00, 0.94 and 1.87. Last season he did battle through some injuries that limited him to pitching in just 45 games. Davis should slot into the closer’s role with the Cubs assuming he is fully healthy.
So, Cubs fans have no need to fret because the team didn’t go out and sign a big-name free-agent. Manager Joe Maddon has a lot of talent to work with as well as a team that now has the postseason experience from winning a game seven World Series title.
It should be another great season in 2017 for the Cubs. Enjoy.
After the first 13 games of the 2016 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are sitting atop the NFC East Division with an 11-2 record. They lead the second-place New York Giants by two games with three to play. Surprisingly, it’s the Giants who have handed the Cowboys their only two losses on the season. Most recently this past Sunday with a slim 10-7 loss.
But let’s step back a bit and try to figure out how Dallas has been able to get to this point. I mean, they were coming off of a 4-12 season in 2015 that saw quarterback Tony Romo get injured twice. Romo suffered a broken collarbone in week 2 and was able to return in week 11. But the following week in the Thanksgiving game he injured his shoulder again and was lost for the season.
Romo returned healthy in 2016 but in the 3rd preseason game he suffered a compression fracture in his back that would sideline him for two to three months. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, backup quarterback Kellen Moore had suffered a broken tibia earlier in training camp and the team had to turn to rookie Dak Prescott out of Mississippi State.
Prescott had been drafted in the fourth round and was looked at as a developmental prospect. But a strong showing in his preseason appearances gave the Cowboys hope that he could hold the position until Romo recovered later in the season.
And Prescott didn’t disappoint. After an opening day loss to the Giants, the rookie led the team to 11 straight wins and performed with skill and poise beyond his years. Prescott has thrown for 20 touchdowns on the season and has only been intercepted 4 times. He s also a threat to run the ball and is the team’s third leading rusher with 218 yards and 5 touchdowns. And even though Romo is ready to return, the Cowboys are sticking with Prescott at this time.
But it’s not just Prescott that has led the Cowboys resurgence. Already with one of the top offensive lines in football, Dallas decided they needed a top-notch running threat. So in the 2016 NFL Draft they selected Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first round pick.
Elliott has been everything they thought he could be as he is the NFL’s leading rusher through 13 games with almost 1,400 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns. With Elliott churning up the yards and running down the clock, it’s allowed Dallas to be a true ball control offense that has helped Prescott manage the games rather than having to try and win it himself.
And you can’t forget what Dallas has done on defense as well. They currently rank as the 2nd best in the NFL against the run and linebacker Sean Lee is the second leading tackler in the league with a total of 130 tackles so far this season.
We haven’t even mentioned other talented Cowboys like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, but they have also been key contributors to the team’s turnaround. As the season winds down and the games take on a larger meaning, it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys, especially their young stars perform.
Here are some of the important do’s and don’ts that everyone should consider before buying yoga pants. The details are as follows:
Do Get to Know the Types of Yoga Pants Available
Yoga jeans are far from standard stockings and offer customers a wide assortment of plans and components. Before beginning a quest for yoga pants, ladies ought to ensure that they see the absolute most famous styles accessible. A standout amongst the most all around cherished styles in yoga jeans is the bootcut yoga gasp. These alternative components a fuller cut at the base of the leg that looks as proper in the city as it does in the studio.
Yoga capris are likewise well known and awesome summer alternatives with their mid-calf lengths. Yoga stockings are tight-fitting jeans that are awesome for yoga understudies who need to concentrate on structure. For the individuals who need more space to move, looser styles, for example, the group of concubines jeans gives a break from a portion of the more body-cognizant styles out there. Midriff styles additionally change, with high midsection and fold-over outlines being the most conspicuous choices.
Do Find Pants that Complement Body Type
In spite of the give and extend that accompanies yoga pants, by and large, there are still sizeable contrasts between different outlines that might possibly compliment certain body sorts. By picking the right outlines that supplement their body sorts, ladies can concentrate on the class and not on the attack of their jeans.
Do Consider the Type of Yoga Practice
Yoga rehearses shift from thoughtful and more measured to quick and effectively athletic. While selecting some yoga pants, ladies ought to likewise consider the way of their practice. Somebody who does thoughtful yoga may incline toward regular materials in a looser fit, while a dynamic yoga enthusiast who goes to an Ashtanga or Power Yoga class may need a couple of pressure stockings that connect with and stay off the beaten path. Bikram, or hot yoga, fans might need to keep away from synthetics or gasp outlines that are too tight so that their skin can inhale and discharge poisons amid a session.
Bear in mind Material
The materials utilized as a part of yoga jeans change from delicate cotton to engineered mixes that convey a scope of points of interest. Pressure materials are turning out to be more prominent in light of the fact that they offer control and bolster and can connect with the center and legs. These choices, be that as it may, don’t give the skin a chance to inhale as much as cotton or extend cotton mixes. A decent midpoint is a stretch cotton mix that joins backing and flexibility with breathability. Buyers can pick materials in light of whether they organize solace or backing.
Try not to Dismiss the Importance of Length
The length of a yoga gasp is vital to its capacity. While bootcut jeans are probably the most generally worshiped choices out there, jeans that are too long can bring about issues in the studio if the gasp bottoms get to be stuck under heels and cause slips, even on a yoga mat. Capri jeans and legging-style yoga pants get rid of this issue, however, doesn’t move too into road wear. On the off chance that ladies choose to run with bootcut pants, they ought to ensure that the length does not meddle with their practice and that they don’t have to trek up their jeans each other move to maintain a strategic distance from a fall.