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Trevor Story not happy with Rockies after not being traded

Trevor Story

Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story was one of the names most frequently mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Friday’s deadline. Story was not moved, however, and he does not sound happy about it.

Story said after the deadline passed that the entire process left him “confused” and said he had nothing good to say about it.

“I’m confused and I don’t have really anything good to say about the situation and how it unfolded,” Story told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Story, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, has been a consistently solid player for Colorado. However, the 28-year-old is having the worst offensive season of his career so far. That has likely diminished his value, but the Rockies seemed unwilling to adjust their asking price in response.

The Rockies haven’t had a ton of success during Story’s time with Colorado. That, combined with the organization’s handling of him this season, seems to have alienated him somewhat. He appears poised to follow one of his former teammates out of town and leave at the end of the season.

Jalen Suggs fell after bad pre-draft workout?

Jalen Suggs

Few were expecting Jalen Suggs to fall to the Orlando Magic at No. 5 overall, but it turns out that there may have been good reason for his slide.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reported on Friday that there was word that Suggs had a bad workout with the Toronto Raptors. Wolstat also notes that ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said the same in a recent podcast.

Some had projected the former Gonzaga star to go as high as No. 3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Almost nobody had Suggs falling past the Raptors at No. 4. But the Cavs went with USC big man Evan Mobley, while the Raptors selected Florida State forward Scottie Barnes instead.

The 20-year-old Suggs may have ended up in a good situation anyway on an Orlando team where he can start right away. But at least this may explain why Suggs did not go higher after his stellar March Madness performance.

Dak Prescott blames himself for his shoulder injury

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will be temporarily sidelined with a shoulder issue, but it doesn’t sound serious. In fact, Prescott thinks he himself is to blame for the injury.

Prescott blamed a lack of warmup for the shoulder soreness that popped up this week. He said that he made a long throw without being sufficiently warmed up, and believes that contributed to the issues.

Prescott will be shut down for a few days to get fully healthy. The good news is that nobody thinks the injury is a serious one.

Prescott is also still working his way back from the ankle injury he suffered last season. That may also be a factor when the Cowboys figure out how best to handle him during the preseason in light of that. The shoulder issue may be an accidental message to Prescott to not overdo it.

Lakers could acquire Carmelo Anthony next?

Carmelo Anthony

After trading for Russell Westbrook to pair with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers may now be trying to land a fourth member of the 2012 Olympic team.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer said during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session this week that Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Gay are the loudest names currently being linked to the Lakers.

Anthony is an especially intriguing name. He is obviously close friends with James and briefly played with Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder as well. The 10-time All-Star also shot 41 percent from three-point range last season. The Lakers need shooting after trading away Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma, two of their best marksmen, for Westbrook.

Anthony would be an easy get as an unrestricted free agent who played on a veteran’s minimum deal last season. This is not the first time that the 37-year-old has been linked to the Lakers either.

Video: Kris Bryant sheds tears after learning of trade from Cubs

Kris Bryant traded

Kris Bryant knew he might get traded on Friday, but there was nothing to prepare him for the moment it actually happened.

Marquee captured video of what appeared to be the moment Bryant was informed that he’d been traded by the Chicago Cubs to the San Francisco Giants. Bryant had to wipe away tears after hanging up the phone.

That’s the emotional side of trade deadline day. Bryant will likely be pleased that he’s going to a contender in the Giants and will have a chance to play meaningful games. However, Bryant has only played for one organization in his MLB career, and he won a World Series with the Cubs.

The 29-year-old Bryant is hitting .267 with 18 home runs this season. He’ll join a Giants team that leads the NL West by three games.

Kevin Love gets absolutely shredded by USA Basketball director over Olympic exit

Kevin Love

Kevin Love probably won’t be getting invited to Thanksgiving dinner at Jerry Colangelo’s house any time soon.

In an interview this week with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Colangelo, the managing director of USA Basketball, absolutely tore into Love over Love’s withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics.

“I didn’t think Kevin Love was gonna play,” said Colangelo. “I wasn’t even sure he had much left to play. He reached out to us and said he was in shape and said he felt he owed us. On the basis of that, we’re looking at someone with international experience who at one time was a heck of a rebounder and could still shoot the ball. You know, being like a 12th man on a roster.

“Well, it didn’t work out,” Colangelo went on. “He wasn’t in shape. And he was way behind as it turned out. So you move on. Call it a mistake.”

Love, who was a member of the United States’ gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, got selected to the original 12-man roster for the Tokyo Games. He ultimately withdrew before the third exhibition contest though, citing the lingering effects of a calf injury. Love was effectively replaced by JaVale McGee on the roster.

Not everybody was happy about Love making the roster in the first place. Colangelo though really seems displeased about how it played out with him.

Ryan Tannehill says NFL essentially forced him to get vaccinated

Ryan Tannehill

The NFL has made life extremely difficult for players and staffers who choose not to get vaccinated, and Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill says that forced him into a decision he did not want to make.

Tannehill told reporters this week that he was originally not planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But when he found out how limited he would be under the NFL’s protocols for unvaccinated players, he decided to get the shot.

“I wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine if not for the protocols that they’re forcing on us,” Tannehill admitted. “I think it’s a personal decision for everyone. Everyone has to make the best decision for them and their families, but they try to force your hand and ultimately have forced a lot of hands (with) the protocols.”

The NFL is not technically requiring vaccinations, but those who chose not to get a COVID-19 shot will have to deal with serious limitations. One coach even quit his job after refusing to get vaccinated.

One agent said he fielded a call from a team that dropped its interest in a player upon learning that the player was unvaccinated. That shows you how many obstacles unvaccinated players will face this season, which is why Tannehill felt like he had no choice.

Nick Madrigal, Nico Hoerner to form new double play combination for Cubs

Nick Madrigal

The Chicago Cubs will have an All Pac-12 infield in the future.

The Cubs traded away Craig Kimbrel on Friday to the intracity rival Chicago White Sox. In return, the White Sox sent the Cubs Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer.

The prospect return for the Cubs is impressive.

Madrigal was the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2018. A former national team member and All-American, Madrigal never hit under .333 in a season in college, was a .309 hitter in the minors across all levels, and he is batting .317 in MLB. Madrigal was batting .305 this season before a hamstring injury ended his season.

Madrigal was a star at Oregon State from 2016-2018 and plays second base. He will be teaming Hoerner on the Cubs. Hoerner played shortstop at Stanford from 2016-2018 and was the No. 24 draft pick in 2018. He is batting .313 this season for the Cubs.

Heuer, 25, has been more inconsistent during his career but has shown promise. Though he has a 5.12 ERA this season, he went 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA last season.

Madrigal, don’t forget, had a very bold prediction about his future.

Kris Bryant traded to Giants as Cubs blow up roster

Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs blew up their roster leading up to Friday’s MLB trade deadline, and the San Francisco Giants emerged victorious in the Kris Bryant sweepstakes.

Bryant has been traded to the Giants, ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported.

The Cubs were by far the biggest sellers at the trade deadline, so it’s no surprise they parted ways with Bryant. They had been shopping the star third baseman in trade talks dating back to last offseason. It looked at one point like the New York Mets were the most likely suitor, but they instead acquired shortstop Javier Baez from Chicago on Friday.

Bryant is hitting .267 with 18 home runs, 51 RBI and an .861 OPS. The 29-year-old has bounced back after batting just .206 in last year’s pandemic-shortened season.

Chicago appears to have entered total rebuild mode. In addition to Baez and Bryant, they also traded closer Craig Kimbrel to the cross-town rival Chicago White Sox. The Cubs are 50-54 and not in the playoff hunt, so they have decided to restock their farm system. Their 2016 World Series champion team seems like a distant memory.

Video: Did Tom Verducci drop S-bomb on MLB Network?

Kendall Graveman stat

Tom Verducci was so blown away when pointing out an impressive statistic from Kendall Graveman that he may have dropped an S-bomb on live TV.

MLB Network was running its MLB trade deadline special show on Friday. They brought up the Seattle Mariners’ surprising trade of Graveman to the Astros. Then they showed a graphic of the pitchers with the best sinkers this season.

Graveman leads MLB for the lowest opponent slugging percentage against a sinker (minimum 300 sinkers). Opponents are slugging just .113 against his sinker. The next closest are Adam Wainwright (.241) and Jose Berrios (.289).

Verducci was so blown away by how dominant Graveman’s sinker has been that he said “are you —-ing me?” when he showed the stat. It sounded a lot like he said “s—-ing me,” though it’s possible he gave a very muffled version of “are you kidding me?”

Either way, that was great.

Now you have an idea about why so many Mariners players were ticked off about the trade.