Chiefs training camp
The Chiefs are relatively weak at the cornerback position right now and Wednesday they moved Tremon Smith to running back. Smith played offense and defense in high school.
We had a running back nicked up. I had messed with him last year that I was going to play with him a little bit on the offensive side. So, I moved him over today just to take a peek at him and we’ll see how that goes. We know what he can do on the corner side, but I’d like to see him do some of the offensive stuff, too.Andy Reid
The Chiefs signed cornerback Michael Hunter on Wednesday. Hunter played under Steve Spagnuolo for the New York Giants. Hunter never played much for the Giants. He spent time on the practice squad for four teams. This is not a major signing but is an attempt to add some depth at a weak position.
Royals swept by Blue Jays 4-1
A solo home run by Cam Gallagher was all of the scoring the Royals could manage to get on the final day for trades in Major League Baseball for 2019. Gallagher hit a leadoff home run off of Jason Waguespack in the third inning. Cheslor Cuthbert and Bubba Starling also had one hit each to make up the other two hits in the Royals’ three hit attack on Wednesday.
Jakob Junis allowed four runs on six hit and two walks to go with six strikeouts in seven innings. Junis threw 92 pitches in his seven innings, 70% of them for strikes. Kevin McCarthy and Ian Kennedy each pitched a scoreless inning in relief although neither of them was very comfortable.
The Royals finished the game and the trading deadline passed at 3pm without a final trade to improve the major league roster or the farm system. The Royals viewed a ridiculously overpaid, mediocre Ian Kennedy over whatever prospects they could have received for him. It’s possible that no teams were interested but reports indicated that they would likely have been able to trade him if the Royals were willing to eat a large amount of Kennedy’s contract. It’s hard to know where to place the blame. If Dayton Moore was not allowed to eat any of the contract by the Glass family then ownership is right back to running the franchise into the ground. If ownership was hands-off and this was a Dayton Moore decision then it was a poor one. Maybe Dayton Moore thinks he can receive more in return for his players this winter but if his past performance is any indication don’t hold your breath. The bottom line is that this is on Dayton Moore. He is responsible for the organization regardless of ownership demands. Dayton did an excellent job building a World Series winner but my concern was always with whether he could transition into assembling a consistent winner. Dayton said that is what what he hopes to do this time around. We’ll see but I have my doubts that he is willing to make the trades necessary to do so.
Saints extend WR Michael Thomas
The New Orleans Saints have reportedly reached an agreement with wide receiver Michael Thomas on a five-year, $100 million contract making Thomas the highest paid wide receiver in NFL history. He becomes the first non-quarterback to sign a $100 million deal. $61 million of the extension is guaranteed. Thomas has been holding out but will now report to training camp. Thomas is now signed through 2024. The Chiefs are likely looking at a similar contract to extend Tyreek Hill.