As great as Acuna was last season, there was one thing missing. He saw roommates Ozzie Albies and Johan Camargo have success in the majors while he made his way through the minors. The three shared an apartment near SunTrust Park. Albies and Camargo walked to work in September when they were at home, and Acuna made the 35-mile drive to Coolray Park to play for the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett.
It taught him a valuable lesson.
The NY Daily News’ Manish Mehta said sources told him the Jets want Cousins and will make a strong push for him, but they won’t just hand him a “blank check” either.
A source speculated to Costello that the cash flow for Cousins could consist of $60 million in 2018.
The Jets will be willing to “pay whatever it takes” to get Cousins, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. They might even be willing to fully guarantee Cousins’ contract to sweeten the deal.
Kirk Cousins is a big fan of new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. Cousins said as much during an appearance on KFAN during Super Bowl week. Bates would run a system similar to the one Cousins had in Washington, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The depth behind these starters is largely the same group of uninspiring faceless starters who threw far too many innings in 2017. Health has been an issue for the Seattle rotation for years now, of course, yet Dipoto hasn’t exactly put meaningful depth behind his rotation. The Mariners can’t afford another 59 innings of Andrew Moore, to say nothing of letting Miranda repeat his 2017 workload.
The farm is littered with uninspiring options such as Max Povse and Rob Whalen, who were acquired in a trade that sent former top prospect Alex Jackson to Atlanta. Povse and Whalen look like little more than filler, while Jackson has had something of a resurgence with the Braves. Seattle’s top pitching prospect was sent to Miami in the Gordon trade.
After a frustrating, inconsistent season in Atlanta in 2015, Shanahan’s offense only really began to click with the Falcons in 2016 after they brought over Mack from the Browns as an unrestricted free agent.