After news of his trade, Sanchez gave thanks for his time in Toronto, dating back to his selection by the Blue Jays in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2010.“First off, this journey started 10 years ago,” Sanchez said (via Sportsnet). “I was a 17-year-old kid who had aspirations of pitching in the big leagues and this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for guys like Alex and Tony and Bob Fontaine and Blake Crosby and everybody who did their due diligence on the amateur side to get me in this position. Aaron Sanchez, whose Blue Jays career began with such promise, ended with little fanfare Wednesday when Toronto traded him to the Astros.The Blue Jays sent Sanchez, 29-year-old right-hander Joe Biagini (3.86 ERA in 49 appearances this season) and 22-year-old minor-league outfielder Cal Stevenson to Houston in exchange for outfielder Derek Fisher. The 25-year-old Fisher has slashed .201/.282/.367 in 278 at-bats the past three seasons with the Astros. OFFICIAL: We’ve traded RHP Aaron Sanchez, RHP Joe Biagini, and OF Cal Stevenson to the @Astros for OF Derek Fisher. pic.twitter.com/plZmPFRke9— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 31, 2019No one could have imagined the Blue Jays one day parting with Sanchez on such terms back in 2016, when at age 24 he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, earning All-Star honors in the process. But injury issues with his fingers and a loss of control derailed his once-promising career. This season, he’s 3-14 with a 6.07 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 23 starts.While there have been some encouraging signs from the right hander (10 strikeouts versus the Rays in his last start July 28), there have been plenty of ugly performances — he had a 12.00 ERA in six starts in June. Related News MLB trade deadline: Brodie Van Wagenen explains Mets’ decision to keep Zack Wheeler, acquire Marcus Stroman MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Marcus Stroman addresses trade from Blue Jays to Mets: ‘Crazy excited for this part of my journey’ “It’s been a crazy nine years for sure, and the last four, a true dream to be able to play for a nation, to be able to put this uniform on. A little bittersweet.”The Astros, who also acquired six-time All-Star Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks at the deadline, have had great success turning around struggling pitchers in recent years (see Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton). Sanchez welcomes the opportunity in Houston.”Obviously, I’m thrilled for the opportunity that I got to go pitch in Houston and learn from the guys that they have,” Sanchez said.
Perhaps Brady had grown tired of the Patriot Way and craved a new late-career challenge that turned out well for Manning, Brett Favre and his hero growing up, Joe Montana. I still say Tom Terrific should have recalibrated his intentions because of the bizarre, unforeseen circumstances existing today.As trivial as it is in the big picture of what’s going on around the world today, the coronavirus could wind up having the unforeseen effect of significantly curtailing Brady’s prep time, thus damaging his chances of having success with his new team at least in 2020.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. Like many football fans, I would have loved to see Brady spend his entire career with the team he led to such great heights and dominance. It might be temporarily exciting to see how he performs in another uniform, and it will be thrilling if he can duplicate Peyton Manning’s feat of winning a Super Bowl with his new team in Denver after leaving Indianapolis.The networks will salivate over the chance to televise Brady’s first regular-season game, his first primetime game and perhaps his first playoff game. The league office will love the big ratings certain to come from Brady and the Bucs in a year of negotiations on the next TV contracts.Yet it won’t feel right, just as it didn’t to see any of the all-time greats in different jerseys during their swan songs.MORE TOM BRADY:Who will replace him in New England?Brady vs. Belichick: Who’s been more vital?Belichick’s reaction to Brady’s departureI get that Brady may have been irritated and had his pride wounded when the Patriots (and Belichick in particular) apparently didn’t make a stronger long-term commitment the past two years in contract talks. Or that Belichick was too often luke-warm in his praise of a three-time league MVP and six-time Super Bowl-winning QB. Now that we know Tom Brady is leaving New England after 20 years, the debate is on as to whether it was a wise decision on his part.I say no, not in this year of the coronavirus that already has changed how free agency operates and will dramatically alter the dynamics of the offseason program. If I were part of Brady’s inner circle, I would have recommended that he sign a one-year deal with the Patriots and wait another year before moving on if that was his ultimate desire. The coronavirus has put everything in limbo as of now, hence the announcement this week that the league and NFLPA have agreed to delay “indefinitely” the start of teams’ offseason programs. With other sports likely shut down until June at the earliest, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there are no organized team activities until training camp. And with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and how long it will take to get it under control, who’s to say that training camps won’t be shortened?That tells me the 2020 NFL season will test coaching skills more than any time since extensive offseason programs came to the forefront. It takes time to get everyone in sync, considering 30-40 percent of rosters turn over year-to-year due to free agency and the draft. Plus, more undrafted, minimum-salary players generally make the team to help balance out the salary cap.So if coaching is more important than ever this year, and you’re Brady, why not stay with league’s top coach in Bill Belichick and one of the best offensive coordinators in Josh McDaniels in order to achieve maximum success?Why not return, at least for this season, to the organization, coaches, teammates and offensive system you know like the back of your hand rather than journey into the less certain environment of a new team? (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/35/1b/tom-brady-031720-getty-ftrjpg_2ur7inwddm051pp7qvm7lf2xa.jpg?t=-348789952&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f7/9d/brady-belichick-031720-getty-ftrjpg_1m0gxqyig23rg10qvopaxvb6zj.jpg?t=-388253528&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/75/f8/tom-brady-010820-getty-ftrjpg_cv52i0ukyays1113tb12szkfv.jpg?t=-2045854089&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Why the Bucs are the perfect fit for BradyIn a normal year, free agents are allowed to visit potential new teams and cities to check things out first-hand. Meet the general manager and coaches in person rather than via FaceTime. Tour the team facilities to be sure they’re first class. Talk in person with veteran players who live in the community. Just get a lay of the land and a feel for what’s truly the best fit.In the case of his presumed new team, the Buccaneers, Brady would fly to Tampa and spend considerable time with coach Bruce Arians, general manager Jason Licht and other coaches and staff. Whenever I signed a free agent, these in-person meetings were essential to finalizing my decision. It was more than a rubber stamp; I wanted to be sure of the personality and football fit.No such luck this year with team facilities closed to free agent visits due to the pandemic. Players and teams must take a leap of faith to make a move this month. In fact, teams are not even allowed to have their team doctors give physicals to free agents they’re planning to sign. They must rely on doctors in other cities and a prior team turning over medical records. As a GM, that would make me nervous before paying a large signing bonus or agreeing to contract guarantees.MORE: Patriots among NFL free agency losersIf this were a normal year, teams with returning coaches like Arians with the Bucs would begin the offseason program on April 20, so Brady would then have the following nine weeks with his new team to engage in conditioning, OTAs with on-field practices and a three-day minicamp.This is important time for a newly signed player — especially a quarterback — to assimilate into his team and really get to know the inner workings of the organization, his coaches and new teammates. Knowing his work ethic, Brady would spend as much extra face-to-face time as possible with his coaches before training camp opens in late July.MORE: Fantasy analysis of Brady to Bucs Yes, Brady will talk every day with his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He probably will arrange to throw to his wide receivers, tight ends and running backs in Florida or California — if they’re willing to travel and if planes are flying in the coming weeks and months. NFL players aren’t accustomed to 18-hour driving trips.It’s just not the same as being in the team facility on a daily basis, working on the white board and viewing the video monitor in the coaches offices and hanging out with fellow players on both sides of the ball in the locker room and the team cafeteria.MORE BRADY:Other Hall of Fame QBs who changed teamsAnother factor in this equation is the personal time and energy expended with a move, especially with Brady’s family life being so important to him. NFL people do it all the time, as I did when I left the Vikings and joined the Titans. It’s never an easy transition, and the travel between Tampa and New York, where Brady has a home, will be a distraction whether Brady thinks so or not.I can understand Brady’s desire to move to a warm weather city such as Tampa. He will practice and play on grass, which is attractive to a 43-year-old player. He will move to an offense with weapons such as 1,000-yard receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and a potential top tight end in O.J. Howard. He will work with a quarterback guru in Arians. But I also believe Belichick will significantly upgrade the Patriots wide receivers and tights ends via free agency and the draft (with four picks in the first three rounds and 12 selections overall).I don’t believe money was a factor with Tampa Bay willing to step up to a higher level of cash than New England did. Brady and his family are set financially (for generations to come) through what he has earned playing and with endorsements along with his supermodel wife’s portfolio. So the financial aspects likely were low on his list of priorities in this decision.
Hovhannisyan, who is trained by the legendary cornerman Freddie Roach, dropped to a record of 14-3.He was fighting for his first world title and the loss ended his eight-fight win streak.In the other title fight Saturday, rising star Jaime Munguia crushed America’s Sadam Ali to take the WBO junior middleweight title with a fourth-round stoppage.Munguia, who had a substantial size and punching power advantage, easily won the lopsided bout. The 21-year-old Mexican floored Ali twice in the opening round, once in the second and again in the fourth before the referee put a halt to the slaughter.ADVERTISEMENT Vargas, who is now a perfect 32-0 in his career, won on all three judges’ scorecards including one who had it 118-110. The other two scored it 117-11 and 116-112.He fought the final four rounds with blood flowing freely but the cuts above his eyes did not seem to affect his vision that much.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAfter piling up points in the early rounds, he hurt Armenia’s Hovhannisyan with a right hook in the ninth round at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.Vargas was coming off a twelve-round unanimous decision over undefeated Oscar Negrete in December. LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Basketball Without Borders returns to India Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations CARSON, CA – AUGUST 26: Rey Vargas poses for a photo with the belt after beating Ronny Rios in a unanimous during the WBC Junior Bantamweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPMexico’s Rey Vargas retained his World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan in a bloody showdown between a pair of super bantamweight fighters on Saturday night.Vargas made his third straight successful defense of the title despite finishing the 12-round fight with blood streaming down both sides of his face, the result of headbutts in the eighth and 12th rounds.ADVERTISEMENT