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02/13/2016 09:57 PM
Hot Stove Digest: David Wright could be limited to 130 games

(AP)Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.

WORKLOAD: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson would like to limit David Wright to 130 games this season to help keep him fresh. [ESPN New York]

HELLO, CHICAGO: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says an All-Star game at Wrigley Field could happen very soon. The next open year is 2019. [CBS Chicago]

OPENING DAY: No surprise here. Bruce Bochy officially named Madison Bumgarner the Giants opening day starter. [San Jose Mercury News]

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GOALS: Yankees starter Michael Pineda is aiming to pitch 200 innings for the first time in his career. [MLB.com]

NO CHANGE: Brewers general manager David Stearns says the acquisition of catching prospect Jacob Nottingham is not indicative of a potential Jonathan Lucroy trade. [@Haudricourt]

DRAFT LOTTERY: MLBPA chief Tony Clark says it would be beneficial for MLB to look into a draft lottery. [AP]

HOMER HISTORY: The Stew's Kyle Ringo looks back at the Ryne Sandberg game from June 1984. [The Stew]

NAME GAME: Ever wonder how some baseball teams got their weird names? Wonder no more. [Cut 4]

ENDORSEMENT: According to Darren Rovell, Adidas has signed Carlos Correa to a record-setting five-year endorsement deal. [@darrenrovell]

DEPTH WANTED: The Marlins could consider veteran Aaron Harang for rotation depth. [MLB.com]

TOP SKIPPER: Nick Cafardo asked players, managers, coaches and front office personnel who the best managers in the game are. See who ranked No. 1. [Boston Globe]

NICE PANTS: Bill Murray was supporting his Cubs Saturday.

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02/12/2016 03:39 PM
Brock Osweiler might be most interesting figure of NFL offseason

Quarterback Brock Osweiler didn't want to talk about his future before Super Bowl 50, which was understandable, but seemed to indicate after the game to the Denver Post that he wants to come back with the Denver Broncos.

Osweiler is slated to become a free agent.

"Every single guy on this team embraced me, and that is something I think they all know how thankful I am for that, but this is the best team in the world and we have a very special group in our locker room," Osweiler told Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

That comment can be interpreted a few ways, and the headline (which many others around the Internet picked up) saw it as Osweiler wanting to return to the Broncos. He didn't seem to explicitly say that, but even if we assume that's true and Osweiler wants to return, it's still not that simple.

That's why Osweiler could be the most interesting player of the NFL offseason. He's in a unique spot. He put the Broncos in a tricky position.

Osweiler hasn't played enough for anyone to form a solid opinion of him. He started seven games this season. His numbers 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns, six interceptions, 86.4 rating were fine. Not great, not terrible. He was also incredibly inconsistent, which is to be expected from a player with such little experience. He was benched in Week 17 and the Broncos went to Peyton Manning for the playoffs. His sample size of 305 career attempts is not enough to form an accurate idea of his value.

(AP)One thing that always gets overlooked is that a player's true value matters little in these conversations. Osweiler is worth whatever someone is willing to pay him on the open market. The Broncos might think he's worth a short-term deal, given his short track record. The Denver Post's story used Nick Foles' two-year, $24.5 million deal as a potential starting point for Osweiler's negotiations. OK, great. But it only matters if the Broncos are willing to let Osweiler go if someone else offers a deal beyond their value point. If the quarterback-desperate Los Angeles Rams, for a hypothetical example, offer Osweiler $15 million a year over five years, Denver's value for Osweiler doesn't matter anymore. And once Osweiler hits the open market, nobody knows what will happen.

Osweiler is an incredibly rare case. He has a second-round draft pick pedigree but has barely played, because of Manning. He did well enough in his 2015 starts that some needy team could talk themselves into Osweiler being their long-term answer. He can't really be franchise-tagged, because the Broncos will give that to outside linebacker Von Miller and the quarterback price for a franchise tag would be overwhelming for someone like Osweiler. It was about $18.5 million for quarterbacks last year, and the Broncos likely aren't investing that into Osweiler even if the tag was available. But there's enough of a supply-and-demand problem at quarterback through the NFL that there seems to be a good chance someone will overpay him if he hits free agency.

All Osweiler has to do to possibly start a bidding war is not sign anything until March 9, the day free agency begins. 

What will the Broncos do? Their options are scary if Osweiler leaves. While it's technically possible that Manning could return as the Broncos quarterback, that possibility seems remote at best. Denver will draft 31st overall, and this quarterback class isn't considered great. It's very, very rare that any great quarterback hits free agency, so good luck finding a solution there. The only other quarterback on the roster is Trevor Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round pick who hasn't thrown an NFL pass.

Osweiler's free agency could put the Broncos in a really tough spot. Even assuming he'd let them match a high offer (can we totally rule out Osweiler being privately miffed at being benched right before the playoffs?) the Broncos might be in a tough spot of knowingly overpaying an unproven quarterback or moving on and trying to defend a Super Bowl title with who at quarterback, Robert Griffin III? Sam Bradford? Siemian? It's also worth noting that the Broncos might not be privately sold on Osweiler as a top-shelf NFL starting quarterback, which would make the issue even more complex.

It wouldn't make much sense for Osweiler to sign anything less than a pretty large deal before free agency starts. He's in a great spot to cash in. His unique case will cause some anxious moments in the Broncos front office.

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02/14/2016 12:29 AM
Zach LaVine dedicates his Slam Dunk Contest win to Flip Saunders

Shortly after his deserved win in one of the greatest Slam Dunk Contests of all time, 20-year old Zach LaVine decided to pay tribute to late Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president Flip Saunders in an Instagram post:

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I dedicate this dunk contest and the trophy to my late coach, Flip Saunders and the Saunders family. He's the one that always believed in me and drafted me! We all loved Flip and his memory will live on forever!

There’s not much to add to this. As Zach noted, Saunders drafted LaVine after his somewhat nondescript freshman year at UCLA, and told him he could be an NBA-level starting point guard. He was patient with his rookie and clearly looking forward to a second year with the returning Dunk Contest champion prior to Flip’s passing following his battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma last October.

LaVine, like quite a few of us, was lucky to have Flip Saunders in his life. For however briefly a run.

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02/14/2016 07:49 AM
John Scott showered with 'MVP' chants in AHL return

John Scott returned to reality on Saturday night when he took to the ice at Mile One Centre in St. John’s for the Ice Caps’ game against the Toronto Marlies.

Scott’s whirlwind month saw him voted as All-Star captain of the Pacific Division, traded to the Montreal Canadiens, in limbo as to whether or not the trade would affect his All-Star status, named MVP of the All-Star Game following a two-goal performance, and finally, welcome twin girls to the world.

The Ice Caps fans showed their love for Scott with “MVP” chants during 3-1 win, a game that he admitted was a “nerve-wracking” experience.

“I was not good, but the good thing about hockey is everybody has to be good,” Scott said afterward. “We had a lot of good plays, good performances so we won the game and that’s what matters.” 

Scott was sporting an ice bag on his shoulder after the game following an awkward fall into the boards. It was the end of a long day. After leaving his family in Michigan on Friday, he landed in St. John's at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. He hadn’t skated in nearly 10 days, but no one was expecting a repeat MVP performance out of the 33-year old.

The Ice Caps players, however, are expecting one thing out of Scott: free dinner. Before he headed off to Nashville, Scott made a playful bet with his teammates that if he won MVP honor at the All-Star Game he would take the team out for dinner. Well, time to pay up.

“We have a long road trip coming up,” he said. “I’ll try to figure something out, book a restaurant for the guys and the trainers and we’ll go out and have a nice little meal. It’ll be fun.”

Aside from the movie and books deals that he’s letting his agent handle, Scott was given an invite to Toronto to hang out in the city during NBA All-Star Weekend, which he politely declined. 

“It would have been fun but you’ve got to get back to work sometime,” he said.

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02/14/2016 07:49 AM
John Scott showered with 'MVP' chants in AHL return

John Scott returned to reality on Saturday night when he took to the ice at Mile One Centre in St. John’s for the Ice Caps’ game against the Toronto Marlies.

Scott’s whirlwind month saw him voted as All-Star captain of the Pacific Division, traded to the Montreal Canadiens, in limbo as to whether or not the trade would affect his All-Star status, named MVP of the All-Star Game following a two-goal performance, and finally, welcome twin girls to the world.

The Ice Caps fans showed their love for Scott with “MVP” chants during 3-1 win, a game that he admitted was a “nerve-wracking” experience.

“I was not good, but the good thing about hockey is everybody has to be good,” Scott said afterward. “We had a lot of good plays, good performances so we won the game and that’s what matters.” 

Scott was sporting an ice bag on his shoulder after the game following an awkward fall into the boards. It was the end of a long day. After leaving his family in Michigan on Friday, he landed in St. John's at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. He hadn’t skated in nearly 10 days, but no one was expecting a repeat MVP performance out of the 33-year old.

The Ice Caps players, however, are expecting one thing out of Scott: free dinner. Before he headed off to Nashville, Scott made a playful bet with his teammates that if he won MVP honor at the All-Star Game he would take the team out for dinner. Well, time to pay up.

“We have a long road trip coming up,” he said. “I’ll try to figure something out, book a restaurant for the guys and the trainers and we’ll go out and have a nice little meal. It’ll be fun.”

Aside from the movie and books deals that he’s letting his agent handle, Scott was given an invite to Toronto to hang out in the city during NBA All-Star Weekend, which he politely declined. 

“It would have been fun but you’ve got to get back to work sometime,” he said.

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