The addition of Taylor may add some fuel to that fire, but it wouldn’t be smart for the Browns to let the move change their plans.
No matter what you think about the idea of taking a running back No. 1 overall, the Browns still need to add a young quarterback.
It’s still possible Cleveland could go with Barkley with the No. 1 pick, but the Browns shouldn’t let the addition of Taylor sway them in either direction.
In the majors, the kind of contact just wasn’t there: Crawford made hard contact with only 14.3 percent of his batted balls last season, which would have been the lowest in the majors if he had enough plate appearances to qualify: worse than noodle-armed Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon. The power potential is there, but Crawford needs to capitalize on it. Once he does, he’ll become an even more dangerous player: pitchers will pitch around him, and he’ll register even more walks.
If Crawford breaks out, the Phillies will have another franchise key to build around, even if he doesn’t put up numbers like Rhys Hoskins — but by playing such a high-value position, he won’t need to in order provide plenty of value.
Crawford’s impact can’t be understated for a Phillies team close to contention in a weak NL East. Don’t be surprised to see him and Hoskins leading the Phillies to the playoffs in a couple seasons.
“I felt a cramp,” Baez said, via MLB.com. “After I passed first base, [my leg] went back to normal. When I stopped, I felt the cramp. Obviously, [manager Joe Maddon] didn’t want me to stay in the game. I’m completely fine, 100 percent. I got some treatment. The [athletic] trainers were all over it, and everything is fine.”
Baez, who batted .273/.317/.480 last season while playing exceptional defense, could be back in the lineup as soon as Saturday.
“I haven’t been drinking a lot of water,” Baez said. “I drink water during the workouts, but outside of the workout, it’s also important, and I haven’t been drinking a lot of water.”
First off, congratulations on recently breaking Hideo Nomo’s record and becoming the youngest player inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. How did you find out and what was your reaction?
HIDEKI MATSUI: Thank you very much. I actually received a phone from the Japanese Hall of Fame directly and they notified me of induction.