With the Winter Meetings in Orlando just three days away from getting underway, it seemed as though we would have to wait to find out which of the seven finalists would win the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.
Christmas arrived early in Anaheim.
What a kick in the nuts for Alvin Kamara owners. I was all set to enjoy his monster game for my NFFC high-stakes playoffs, and he starts off with three catches for 25 yards on the first drive before leaving for good with a concussion. What made it worse was watching the 40-minute condensed version, I didn’t even realize he was out until later in the quarter when Ingram was the only back in the game. And I couldn’t check online because that risked giving away the result of the game. So I sat there hoping it was a minor ankle injury or something until the fourth quarter when they finally mentioned it was a concussion. Just an unpleasant watching experience. At least I had the Falcons ATS.
The Mariners made a major move to entice Shohei Ohtani to the Emerald City, acquiring Dee Gordon on Thursday from the rebuilding Marlins for three minor leaguers: right-handed pitchers Robert Dugger and Nick Neidert, and infielder Christopher Torres.
Since Seattle already deploys entrenched veteran Robinson Cano at second base, Gordon will move to center field.
Seattle, who also acquired Ryon Healy to play first base last month, now boasts a dangerous offense that’ll likely be topped by Gordon and Jean Segura, giving the M’s two of the better speed demons in the American League.
This week, let’s take a look at some players who have been trending upward over the last couple of weeks.
I’ll highlight one player at each of the five positions who has played well of late and could continue that trend in the coming weeks.
A few quick notes: