The Baseball Hall of Fame has selected its 2019 class. And congratulations to Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina for getting elected. All deserving players, but let's take a look at the overall ballot to see how the BBWAA did this time around.
Mariano Rivera (1st year of eligibility - 100% of the vote)
The name speaks for itself. Mariano is unarguably the greatest reliever in the history of the game, and is arguably the greatest pitcher of the Live Ball Era, including starters. He has accomplished all there is to accomplish in the game of baseball. He was a 13 time All-Star, won the World Series five times with the Yankees, even got an RBI when he drew a walk. Nobody is more deserving of being the first unanimous Hall of Famer. Congrats Mariano, and may Metallica play Enter Sandman at your induction.
Roy Halladay (1st year - 85.4%)
Another deserving pitcher. 16 years with the Blue Jays and Phillies, and nobody was better. Remarkably durable, Doc led the league in complete games seven times, innings pitched four times, and batters faced three times. And this was all while making eight All Star teams and winning two Cy Young awards, one in each league. His finest season was 2010, where he recorded an ERA of 2.44, won the Cy Young, and threw two no hitters. The first was a perfect game. The second was the first postseason no hitter in National League history, and was an iffy 3-2 call away from perfection. RIP Doc, you've earned this.
Edgar Martinez (10th year - 85.4%)
In the last year he was on the ballot, Edgar received a surge in votes to rightfully include him in this class. Probably the best hitter to ever play designated hitter (that's hitting, Ortiz fans. Not slugging. There's a difference) Edgar won two batting titles and hit .312 for his career. While he wasn't the power guy like other DHs he still OPSed a more than good .933 during his career. He was the only guy who could hit Mariano Rivera well. In other words, he was able to shake the unshakeable. While he never got that chance to play for a World Series, he's still the holder of the greatest moment in Mariners history: the walk off double in the 1995 ALDS against the mighty Yankees.
Mike Mussina (6th year - 76.7%)
This is my only problem with this class. Mussina is deserving. The numbers prove it, but my problem isn't with Mussina- it's with Curt Schilling. Schilling is a better pitcher than Mussina. No matter how you look at it- regular season, postseason, eye test -there's no argument for Mussina. Again, if Schilling was already in, or never pitched to begin with, I'd have no problem with electing Mussina before him. But Schilling did pitch. He pitched incredibly. And he's still on the outside. We shouldn't have ever considered Mussina until he got in.
Now that we've looked at the class, let's take a look at some highlights of players who didn't get in.
Curt Schilling (6th year - 60.9%)
The greatest postseason pitcher to ever walk the Earth. Anyone who watched baseball in the 90’s and early 2000's can tell you that. He's the only pitcher who could go out on a bloodied stump of a foot and throw 99 pitches to keep his team alive with their backs against the wall in baseball history. Outside of just that game, he also has three World Series rings, two with the Red Sox and one with the Diamondbacks, and recorded over 3,000 strikeouts in his career. Not including Schilling, every pitcher who has ever struck out 3,000 batters is a Hall of Famer. Well, that is except one. That brings me to…
Roger Clemens (7th year - 59.5%)
Only three pitchers have recorded 4,000 strikeouts. Both Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson were rightfully first ballot Hall of Famers. And then there's Clemens. Just like Ryan, he's a mean, cold-blooded Texan who could crack your head open with a fastball. Just like Johnson, he has numerous teams that could claim him as their all time greatest pitcher. Unlike both of them, he could be the greatest starting pitcher ever. He has seven Cy Youngs, by far a record. He won the award in both leagues. He won an MVP in 1986. The fact that he's not in is a joke.
Barry Bonds (7th year - 59.1%)
Clemens not being in is a joke. Bonds not being in is a travesty. He is the greatest player of all time. He has more home runs than anyone in major league history, more walks than anyone, more intentional walks than anyone, and was one knee injury away from 3,000 hits, 2,000 RBI, breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time WAR record, and breaking Rickey Henderson’s runs scored record. He is the only player with 500 homers and 500 stolen bases. He is the only player with 400 homers and 400 stolen bases. Like Clemens, the only thing keeping him out is the PED boogeyman, despite never failing a test, despite being acquitted of perjury, and despite PEDs saving baseball.
Larry Walker (9th year - 54.6%)
Walker's time is running out. He only has one year left- but his numbers are better than Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez’s. His batting average is one point higher. His OPS is 32 points higher. He has more home runs. He won three batting titles in four years, won the NL MVP in 1997, and had a nine year stretch where .898 was his lowest OPS. Everyone says Coors, but that's part of the game. It has to be valued. Hopefully next year's weak class can get Walker that 75% he deserves.
Fred McGriff (10th year - 39.8%)
McGriff is off the ballot. He's out of time. It was a valiant effort, but ultimately, a lot of the ballots were too stacked for McGriff to stand a chance against a lot of Hall of Fame locks. He had an .886 career OPS, won the 1995 World Series with the Braves, and was a work stoppage away from 500 homers. Fortunately for him though, since Harold Baines was inducted via the Veterans Committee, then McGriff is certainly a lock in that regard.
Manny Ramirez (3rd year - 22.8%)
Manny still has a lot of time, thankfully. It doesn't feel like that long ago when he was a walk-in Hall of Famer, with his 12 All-Star appearances, his two World Series rings (including an MVP), his .312 average, his .996 OPS, and his 555 homers. Unlike Bonds, he actually failed a PED test and was suspended in 2011. Like Bonds though, it shouldn't matter. Manny already locked up his legacy before then. Within the next seven years, hopefully he gets in.
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Kyler Murray is the rare athlete who can play nearly any sport he chooses. And right now, he's been given a tough choice that most of us wish we would have to make: does he play baseball or football? I won't be justifying his decision either way, because there are both positives and negatives to both sports. He gets more money playing baseball, but has to spend at least two seasons in the minors. He gets more exposure playing football, but there will always be the health risks. I'm not Kyler Murray, so I won't be making his decision, but I will say this:
Baseball needs him.
It's no secret that after a near-century of baseball dominance, football has become much more popular over the past couple decades. That is fine. There is no problem with football overtaking baseball in popularity. But where there is a problem is that baseball has no national superstars anymore. Walk down the street of any town in America and ask people if they've heard of Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, they'll say yes. Ask them if they've heard of Mike Trout or Jose Altuve, they'll almost definitely say no. This is because football's superstars are always national if not international, and most of baseball's are regional at best. Sure, even the casual sports fan in New England has heard of Mookie Betts, and anyone who follows baseball knows who he is, but what about the casual fan who doesn't follow the sport across the country? He probably doesn't, even though he's an MVP and an important part of the defending World Series champions. Who's even close? There's Aaron Judge, because everyone loves dingers. There's Derek Jeter, who has been retired for five years. There's Tim Tebow, who is much more famous as a football player. And then there's Bryce Harper, who does what Major League Baseball refuses to: market him. In other sports, superstars market things that have nothing to do with their sport. Aaron Rodgers sells you insurance. LeBron James sells you Sprite Cranberry. But, with the exception of Bryce Harper selling you T Mobile, almost every baseball player with a national endorsement deal is selling you something that is only applicable to baseball. Carlos Correa sells you something to put on your bat to increase your bat speed. Justin Upton sells you MLB At Bat. It's not inherently bad. There are comparable endorsements in other sports, most notably basketball players selling you their branded shoes. The main difference is that these endorsements are vastly outweighed by their non-basketball endorsements, while, outside of Harper and T Mobile, there are little to no national endorsements for baseball players to sell you non-baseball things. Kyler Murray is a big enough draw to get national endorsement deals from any company that would want him. These would go hand in hand with him transitioning from college football superstar to the likely face of Major League Baseball.
Another draw for Kyler Murray to the diamond as opposed to the gridiron is that a Heisman winner playing in the majors is a thing, and baseball is a sport where they do not have a lot of things. For this purpose, I'm defining “thing” as something that gets people who normally don't watch the sport talking about it. Football has the Super Bowl as a thing every year, and the crown jewel of all football things took place in the Super Bowl: 28-3. Basketball most recently had a thing with the Golden State Warriors winning 73 games and blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Even hockey had a thing with the Las Vegas Golden Knights reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season of existence. What about baseball? Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa racing for the home run record was a thing, and it was awesome. Barry Bonds passing Henry Aaron to become the home run king was kind of a thing, and it was awesome, but everyone (except me) hated and still hates Barry Bonds, so that doesn't really count. The Cubs finally winning the World Series after 108 years was definitely a thing, but once it finally happened, the Cubs hype died down. Shohei Ohtani is also definitely a thing, but he will likely be limited to just hitting until 2020. A former Heisman winner coming into the majors? That's a thing and a half right there. It's the same reason why Tim Tebow can start at Triple A after not playing baseball for 12 years. A player like Murray who is younger and actually has collegiate baseball experience playing for a good team would be a world of hype.
Of course, most of these would still be true of he chose football. Rookies get big endorsements deals all the time, and they don't have to involve football either. Look at Saquon Barkley, he endorsed Visa during his rookie year. He wouldn't have to fight with his league's commissioner to market himself. But he wouldn't be the face of the sport if he chose football, at least not as quickly as he would be if he chose baseball. He also wouldn't be a thing if he chose football. A Heisman winner in the NFL is the expectation. A Heisman winner in Major League Baseball is something that, if nothing else, gets football fans who otherwise wouldn't care about baseball to at the very least give it a shot just to watch Kyler Murray. Murray choosing football wouldn't get as many baseball fans to watch football.
In summary, the difference is this: Kyler Murray doesn't need football and football as it exists now doesn't need Kyler Murray. Kyler Murray also doesn't need baseball, but baseball as it exists now desperately needs someone like Kyler Murray. Fortunately for them though, Kyler Murray is someone like Kyler Murray, and he's currently under contract with a Major League organization.
Or maybe, just maybe, he could try his hand at playing both. It would be more fun that way, at least.
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Justin Fields has announced that he will transfer from Georgia. There's a couple reasons why he would do this, including the fact that Kirby Smart called a fake punt on midfield with the SEC title on the line. Unlike Tua Tagovailoa and even Jake Fromm, Fields was never able to unseat the incumbent and lead them to a National Championship or an SEC Championship or even just hold down the starting job. So, where could he end up going?
It's Alabama. What else is there to say? Yes, they already have a superstar quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa, but he's almost certainly moving on to the NFL as a first round pick after his junior season. However, there's two noteworthy things about Alabama: along with Georgia and LSU, Fields took one of his three official visits to Alabama, and because he played 12 games already, that means he would have to redshirt once he transfers, no matter where he goes. So, Nick Saban would have four scholarship quarterbacks for the next four seasons. Alabama would go from the greatest college football quarterback since Vince Young and replace him with arguably the greatest high school football quarterback since Vince Young. Scary thought for college defensive coordinators.
FSU has fallen from grace ever since Deondre Francois suffered a knee injury against Alabama in 2017. Francois has been disappointing throughout 2018, throwing only three more touchdowns than interceptions. The team as a whole watched its bowl streak end after 36 years. But Francois isn't the guy who could possibly block Fields. James Blackman is. While Fields is more talented than Blackman, Blackman has shown that he works well in Willie Taggart’s system against NC State, and he retained a year of eligibility in the process. By the time his redshirt is burned, he could be looking at a situation similar to the one he's transferring away from. It just doesn't make sense for him to transfer to a team that's both far from contending for National Championships where he wouldn't even be guaranteed a solid chance at the starting job once he gets there.
After hiring Ed Orgeron, LSU football has taken off. Just this year alone, they were able to beat then-#8 Miami, then-#7 Auburn, then-#22 Mississippi State, and then-#2 Georgia. Their three losses were to #10 Florida, #1 Alabama, and #19 Texas A&M in seven overtimes. They accomplished 9-3 and a New Year's Six bowl without a great quarterback, too. Joe Burrow has been serviceable after his transfer in from Ohio State, but at the same time, he only passed for 2500 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games. While his rushing stats were solid with 375 yards and 7 touchdowns, that's still not spectacular. But with Burrow being a redshirt junior, his next season will be his last, meaning that after Fields took one of his three official visits to LSU when he was in high school, he'd take over with three years of eligibility left.
Another one of his potential destinations per ESPN, Ohio State is only a few years removed from having three incredible quarterbacks all misused. Even without Fields, they have Dwayne Haskins, a Heisman finalist who is going to the NFL either this year or next year at the latest. On the surface, this makes sense for Fields, especially if Haskins decides to stay one more year in Columbus. But there's one reason why Fields to Ohio State wouldn't make sense: Tate Martell. Martell committed to Ohio State two years ago and since then has only been used sparingly. With three years of eligibility remaining, Martell can still carve out his own legacy at Ohio State and block Fields from taking over as the starter, unless he himself transfers, which is a possibility if Haskins stays for one more year. If he does, that opens a ton of new possibilities. Haskins could opt to exhaust all of his eligibility, which means Fields would not be the favorite for the starting job, meaning that he would likely try to transfer again.
One of the most likely destinations for Fields according to ESPN, Oklahoma went from Heisman winner Baker Mayfield to fake Heisman winner Kyler Murray and just kept chugging along, making another College Football Playoff. With Murray leaving for the NFL, Major League Baseball, or both, Oklahoma could be looking for their future quarterback. While Austin Kendall is a dark horse Heisman candidate to some, Kendall is not nearly as good as Fields. Kendall will also be a redshirt junior next season, and could choose to transfer somewhere else as he'd be immediately eligible. The top 2019 quarterback, Spencer Rattler, also is an Oklahoma commit, meaning that Fields would be stuck in a situation similar to the one he was in at Georgia if he transfers to Oklahoma.
In recent years, Penn State is good with ahletic quarterbacks. Just look at Trace McSorley for proof. But they're losing him after the Citrus Bowl, and they're losing Tommy Stevens after next season. That's when Fields would come in. A quarterback who is much more talented than both McSorley and Stevens would lead Penn State to greater heights than either of them ever could, even if Fields isn't as good running as either of them are. Around him offensively, yes, Miles Sanders would be gone by then, but they'll still have Ricky Slade at running back. KJ Hamler would return for two seasons with Fields, and that's after he led the team in receiving yards this season. Also having two seasons would be Pat Freiermuth, a after he led the team in touchdowns this year. Jahan Dotson is set to take on a much bigger role, in the passing game as well, especially if Fields transfers to Happy Valley.
Syracuse is a dark horse candidate. They won 9 games this year, their first winning season since 2013, and got ranked for the first time since 2001. Two of their three losses came to teams in the Playoff right now, and the other came against a surprisingly good Pitt team. With Eric Dungey graduating, Fields could probably take the starting job away from Tommy Devito after his redshirt year. While Jamal Custis and Sean Riley will be gone, Nykeim Johnson and Taj Harris will be ready to take over by the time Fields is eligible. He could turn the Orangemen into a contender in the ACC. Dino Babers built Syracuse on the legs of Dungey, but with Fields, he could bring back the glory days of Donovan McNabb. Dungey may fit the system better now, but in two seasons, there's no doubt Fields could completely change the offense for the better.
With Will Grier declaring for the NFL, West Virginia’s quarterback job is wide open. Not only that, but West Virginia's entire offense will need retooling. Their top three receivers will be gone before Fields can even take a snap in Morgantown. So will their top two running backs. Despite that though, Fields would tear up the Big 12. A quarterback with his arm, escapability, and athleticism would easily be their best since Pat White. And in a conference with no defense? He could take them to the Playoff. West Virginia did offer Fields in high school, but then again, so did most schools. Fields will have to deal with an entirely new offense, one that's incredibly young, that he'd have to learn how to play with and lead if he made the move to West Virginia. Could he do it? He very well could. But it would be such a big transition that it would take some time for him to get used to it.
Where is he going after all this? Well, because of Tate Martell and Spencer Rattler, Ohio State and Oklahoma are out of it. West Virginia has too much offensive turnover, so there's no way Fields can be bailed out if he has a bad game, so they're out of it too. Despite Syracuse having their best season in nearly two decades, they will never get the bigtime recruits because they'll always be in the shadow of their basketball program. They're out. The thought of Justin Fields replacing Tua Tagovailoa is exciting for Alabama fans and terrifying for the rest of college football, but it doesn't seem likely that he'll transfer within the SEC, so that eliminates Alabama and LSU. Who's left?
By transferring to Penn State, not only will he be the frontrunner for the starting job, but for at least his first two seasons he'll have a lot of the same weapons who helped contribute this year, as well as some new recruits he can help bring in.
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2008 was an interesting time for baseball. We all thought that Barry Bonds would sign somewhere. Manny Ramirez seemed like a lock for the Hall of Fame. Adam Dunn was one player and not half the league. And there were some pretty good prospects. How good? Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta, Freddie Freeman, and Giancarlo Stanton were all top 50 prospects.
And none of them were in the top ten. So, with the year winding down, it's a perfect time to look at the 2008 top ten prospects and reflect on their decade in pro baseball.
10. Colby Rasmus
A 6-2, 195, lefty hitting and throwing outfielder, Rasmus would get his first call-up in 2009 with the Cardinals. He played there until 2011, when he was traded to Toronto in an eight player deal. He'd last through 2014 with the Blue Jays before signing with the Astros and spending two seasons in Houston. After stints in both Tampa Bay and Baltimore where he voluntarily stepped away twice, he's essentially retired. He never made an All-Star Game, never led the league in any categories, and the closest he got to winning any awards was when he received one Rookie of the Year vote in 2009. Still, he managed to carve out a ten year career in the big leagues.
9. Neftali Feliz
A 6-3, 235, righty hitting and throwing relief pitcher, Feliz made his major league debut in 2009, but it was 2010 where he became a superstar. He was named an All-Star and won AL Rookie of the Year. However, despite having him, the Rangers would still lose the World Series to the Giants in five games. Feliz and the Rangers would rebound and make the World Series again the next year, but it's clear where this is going. If Feliz just struck David Freese out, we'd be talking about him as one of the better relievers in the majors. But he didn't. He was shook, injured, and after his release in 2015, spent time with four different teams. He was most recently part of the Diamondbacks farm system.
8. Alcides Escobar
A 6-1, 205, righty hitting and throwing shortstop, Escobar spent his first three seasons in Milwaukee, and in 2011, was part of the trade that got Zack Greinke to the Brewers and sent him and Lorenzo Cain to Kansas City. He has been remarkably durable, playing all 162 games three times in four seasons from 2014-17. The one season he didn't? He was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove, and won the World Series. Since then though? It's been up and down for him, with the Royals trying him out at different positions and ultimately benching him for Adalberto Mondesi in 2018. He's currently a free agent.
7. Travis Snider
A 6-0, 235, lefty hitting and throwing outfielder, Snider would mostly be a bench player his first four seasons in the majors, never getting 300 at bats. After the Blue Jays traded him to Pittsburgh though, things changed. He was suddenly the starting right fielder on a team that made it to the NLDS. He took on a lesser role with the emergence of Gregory Polanco, but still helped the Pirates in both corner outfield spots. Then they traded him and went from a good team to a very bad one, but brought him back when he couldn't catch on with the Orioles. Since then, he's been in the farm systems of three teams, and was most recently with the Long Island Ducks, an independent baseball team.
6. Madison Bumgarner
A 6-4, 242, righty hitting, lefty throwing pitcher, MadBum is the first real star on this list. He's already arguably the greatest postseason pitcher to ever live, posting a tiny 0.25 ERA in World Series play. He's also the best hitting pitcher of a generation, with 17 career homers and an OPS over .700 in three seasons. Since he made his debut in 2009, he's been a four time All-Star, a three time champion, a two time Silver Slugger, an NLCS MVP, a World Series MVP, and he hasn't even hit 30 yet. He's still under contract with the Giants until 2020.
5. Cameron Maybin
A 6-3, 215, righty hitting and throwing outfielder, Maybin has been a major league disappointment at best. Compared to Ken Griffey Jr in high school, he's been a journeyman in the bigs. He started with the Tigers, before being traded to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis in December 2007. The Marlins traded him to the Padres in November 2010. The Padres traded him the day before Opening Day 2015 to the Braves. The Braves traded him back to the Tigers in November 2015. The Tigers traded him again, this time to the Angels, in November 2016, only to waive him in August 2017. The Astros picked him up, where he won the World Series. He then re-signed with the Marlins, only to be traded to the Mariners. He's currently a free agent.
4. Rick Porcello
A 6-5, 205, righty hitting and throwing pitcher, Porcello made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2009. Jim Leyland trusted him enough to start him in a win or go home Game 163, and be pitched well, although the Tigers lost. Since then, Porcello's been a mediocre to below average pitcher, even after his trade to the Red Sox, with one exception: 2016. Somehow Rick Porcello, a player who's never even made an All-Star team, won the Cy Young. Whether he deserved it is another discussion, but he still won it. Two years later, he won the World Series with the Red Sox. He's still under contract with them through 2019.
3. Jason Heyward
A 6-5, 240, lefty hitting and throwing right fielder, Heyward quickly rose to stardom with the Braves, being named to his first and only All-Star team his rookie season in 2010. If nothing else, he's an absolute stud defensively, even to this day. He would stay in Atlanta until he was traded to the Cardinals in November 2014, despite winning two Gold Gloves. He won another in his only season in St. Louis, after which he left for the Cubs. In Chicago, he'd win another couple Gold Gloves, as well as the 2016 World Series. He is currently still under contract with the Cubs.
2. Matt Wieters
A 6-5, 235, switch hitting, righty throwing catcher, Wieters was called up for the first time in 2009. Not only was he soon the Orioles starting catcher, he was one of the best defensive catchers in baseball. In his first All-Star season, 2011, he had 17 DRS and won a Gold Glove. He followed it up with another All-Star season in 2012 and a solid season in 2013, he was off to his best offensive start in 2014, but a Tommy John Surgery would end his season after 26 games (he was still voted an All-Star despite this). This surgery would keep him out the first two months in 2015, although he'd return to the All-Star Game in 2016. He'd leave Baltimore for the Nationals in 2017, and in 2018 he wouldn't be re-signed after a season with multiple DL stints. He's currently a free agent.
1. David Price
A 6-5, 215, lefty hitting and throwing pitcher, Price was called up in September 2008, and was a dominant piece of the Rays bullpen en route to their run to the AL Pennant. He made the team from the get go in 2009, and in 2010 broke out, being named to his first All-Star team. Two years after that, he’d win a Cy Young. He'd be traded at the deadline twice in two years, from the Rays to the Tigers in 2014 (where he joined fellow Cy Young winners Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Rick Porcello in the rotation), and from the Tigers to the Blue Jays in 2015. In 2016 he signed a record free agent deal with the Red Sox, and finally slayed his postseason demons in the 2018 World Series. He's currently under contract until 2023.
Its been about four seconds since the latest Anthony Davis-To-Boston rumor, so Adrian Wojnarowski decided to give us our fix for the week. According to Woj, the Celtics have been "Hawking Anthony Davis for years" and will be making a significant run at the 25-year-old superstar either this offseason or next season before the trade deadline. New Orleans will be able to offer Davis a five-year, $230 million super-max contract but rumors have surfaced that he may not be interested in re-signing with a middle of the road team in the Western Conference.
Woj pointed out two teams, the Celtics and the Lakers, that will be putting all of their eggs in Davis' basket if he becomes available in the next 12+ months. For the Lakers, this is a somewhat surprising move but if one takes a deeper look at it, it makes all the sense in the world. With LeBron James already under contract and a surplus of cap space available, the Lakers could quickly be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Kawhi Leonard rumors are still prevalent, even as he excels with the top seeded Toronto Raptors. Now, the rumors have not specified if Leonard has a preference for the Lakers or Clippers, but it is very clear he wants to still go to LA. If the Lakers have James and Leonard, they could make a serious run at Davis. If you're a Celtics fan, you should be rooting for Leonard to sign with the Lakers in my opinion. If Leonard decides to go to the Clippers or even re-signing with the Raptors, then they will be desperate to land another star. Now, I don't think the Lakers have the same assets as the Celtics, but who knows what they would be willing to give up compared to the Celtics. They may give up the farm plus some more for Davis, while the Celtics may not be willing to go there. We really don't know at this point.
For the Celtics, landing Davis could be the final piece to the puzzle that brings them Banner 18. Ultimately, as I just discussed above, it all comes down to the price. What would it take to get Davis to Boston? I don't think the discussion even starts to take place without offering one of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. For me, that decision is not even worth having. Brown has shown a bit more arrogance than I would like for someone his age and he has gotten to the point where he is now coming off the bench. Tatum, on the other hand, is already a budding star that could be a top five or 10 player in the NBA in a few seasons if all goes according to plan. Plus, the Celtics can't keep all these guys forever. With Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and the aforementioned Tatum all either under a max contract or will be in the not so distant future, the Celtics have to start making decisions about who will be on this team moving forward.
So, after Tatum, who else is on the move? I would almost instinctively say Marcus Smart after he signed his fat contract this season, but I have honestly loved what I have seen out of him since he cracked the starting lineup. At this point, he is one of the biggest x-factors on this team and a huge key to their success. If I can keep Smart out of the deal, I will. After that, the Celtics do not have a lot of those middle of the road deals that can help make the money work. Al Horford is a key name that comes to mind that could be eligible to move. He has been a good Celtic, but he is not worth his max contract and appears to be breaking down at this point in his career. If the Celtics were to include Horford, they would need the Pelicans to send them over some cap filler. Perhaps old friend E'Twaun Moore? That would make the trade successful.
Lets recap, shall we? If I am the Celtics, I am sending the Pelicans an offer of Brown, Horford, and as many draft picks as they want for Davis and whatever type of filler they have coming to Boston. It is important to note that the Celtics cannot trade for Davis until after they re-sign Kyrie Irving due to the Derrick Rose Rule. So, unless Irving is in this deal, don't expect to see Davis in Celtic green until, at the very earliest, this summer.