Posts Tagged ‘Rebuild’

New York Rangers president Glen Sather and general manager Jeff Gorton appeared to warn the team’s fans of an approaching rebuild in a statement released Thursday.

The statement notes that the Rangers began reshaping their roster during the offseason and the club will now focus on acquiring young, competitive, and skilled players with character and speed. They also alerted fans that, in the process, familiar names could be traded as the team looks to build a future Stanley Cup contender.

Earlier Thursday, the team placed defenseman Brendan Smith on waivers. New York signed him to a four-year, $17.4-million contract just last summer.

Here’s the full statement from Sather and Gorton:

As a member of the Blueshirt Faithful, we consider you a part of the New York Rangers family, and always want to ensure we share important news about the organization directly with you. Today, we want to talk to you about the future.

As you know, since the 2005-06 season, we have been a highly competitive team. We have played 129 playoff games, won the Presidents’ Trophy, reached the Conference Finals three times, as well as the Stanley Cup Final. While we’re proud of all those accomplishments – we didn’t reach our ultimate goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to New York.

So as we do every season, we have been continuously evaluating our team, looking for areas that can be improved to enhance our chances of winning. We began the process of reshaping our team this past summer, when we traded for assets that we believe will help us in the years to come. As we approach the trade deadline later this month and into the summer, we will be focused on adding young, competitive players that combine speed, skill and character. This may mean we lose some familiar faces, guys we all care about and respect. While this is part of the game, it’s never easy. Our promise to you is that our plans will be guided by our singular commitment: ensuring we are building the foundation for our next Stanley Cup contender.

There are no fans like Rangers fans. You are passionate, loyal and true. You fill The Garden every night, and we always know there will be a strong showing from RangersTown in every building across the League. We do not take your support for granted. We appreciate that you have always stood by us, and we ask you to remain by our side as we undertake this exciting new chapter filled with promise and change.

We will keep you informed as this process takes shape. Thank you for the incredible loyalty, pride and respect you show to the New York Rangers, each and every day.

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Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting is facing a backlash after shipping away star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and starting pitcher Gerrit Cole amid a rebuild, with one local business targeting another Nutting venture with an advertising boycott.

West Virginia’s Weirton Medical Center will pull its ads from three newspapers under the Ogden Newspapers umbrella. Nutting is Ogden’s CEO.

“We are doing this not to hurt our friends and colleagues working at these newspapers, but to send a message to the Nutting family that we believe in community,” Weirton Medical Center said in a statement obtained by Adam Bittner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The company specifically pointed to “the failure of the Pirates to craft a deal to keep Andrew McCutchen a Pirate” as a reason for the boycott.

McCutchen was sent to the San Francisco Giants along with cash in exchange for Kyle Crick, an outfield prospect, and international bonus pool space. The trade came two days after Cole was traded to the Astros for a package including Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran.

After being drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2005 draft, McCutchen spent nine years with the Pirates, making five All-Star appearances and winning the National League MVP in 2013. Over 1,346 games, the outfielder collected 203 home runs and 171 stolen bases. He’s the only player to record at least 200 homers and 100 stolen bases as a member of the Pirates.

New Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has been relatively quiet as noise has rumbled around his organization in recent months, the volume peaking when Miami traded superstar Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees over the weekend.

Speaking with reporters Monday, Jeter said he wouldn’t approach the process that sent Stanton to the Bronx any differently if given a chance, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

“We are trying to fix something that is broken,” Jeter said.

Jeter said the Marlins expressed interest in retaining Stanton, but the slugger “wanted to continue (his) career elsewhere.”

Despite finishing second in the NL East in 2017, the Marlins still had a losing record (77-85). The last time the team finished above .500 was 2009, a season before Stanton debuted.

“Everyone needs to realize, this is an organization that has not been successful,” he said, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. “So if you haven’t been winning, you need to make a change. Fans want a team that’s going to win.”

Jeter added that he understands fans’ frustrations, but winning will require changes to the organization from the bottom up. Trading Stanton and the bulk of the $295 million remaining on his contract helps provide financial flexibility for a potential rebuild.

The Yankees were one of only three teams that ultimately made an offer. The other two, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, did not appeal enough for Stanton to waive his no-trade clause.

The Cleveland Browns introduced their new general manager Friday, and John Dorsey didn’t waste any time endearing himself to the fan base.

“Let’s re-awake this sleeping giant, the Cleveland Browns. I’m kind of excited about that,” Dorsey said at his introductory press conference.

Dorsey takes over a club that is 1-28 in the past two seasons and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002. Dorsey brings with him 26 years of player personnel experience and recently spent four years as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite the Browns’ recent history, Dorsey has no qualms about his new gig.

“This is one of those iconic franchises. This has got one of the most unique fan bases in the National Football League,” Dorsey said. “We want to be competitive every year … and we’re going to do that.”

The Browns are stocked with substantial draft capital, including two first-round picks and three second-round selections in the upcoming draft.

Former executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown was fired Thursday, and owner Jimmy Haslam may have hinted at a potential reason for his dismissal.

“Let me say it this way. The Cleveland Browns are not gonna be successful until we get a quarterback,” Haslam said. “We obviously have DeShone (Kizer), we have two other quarterbacks on the roster. We’re going to look at free agency and we’re going to look at the draft.

“We’re going to do whatever it takes to find the quarterback we need to be successful.”

Haslam said identifying the right quarterback will be Dorsey’s No. 1 responsibility.

The Miami Marlins have formulated their offseason plan to get below $90 million in payroll, and it involves trading away superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton, along with Dee Gordon and Martin Prado, according to a report from Barry Jackson and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Stanton’s name has popped up in the rumor mill with increasing frequency since Derek Jeter seized control of the baseball operations department with the recent acquisition of the team. During Bruce Sherman and Jeter’s presentation in the summer to the other 29 owners, a reported plan to cut payroll to as low as $55 million was floated out by the then-prospective owners.

The 27-year-old Stanton is coming off of a 59-homer season, and begins the pricier portion of the 13-year, $325-million contract extension he signed prior to the 2015 season. In 2018, Stanton will be due $25 million – a $10.5-million raise on last year – that will only continue to escalate for the remaining nine seasons.

Meanwhile, Gordon’s contract is decidedly less prohibitive. The speedy second baseman is due $10.8 million next year and is guaranteed $38.9 million over the next three seasons, with an option for the 2021 campaign. In 158 games, the 29-year-old led all of baseball with 60 stolen bases and posted a .308/.341/.375 slash line.

Prado could be the toughest contract to move of them all though. The 34-year-old third baseman was sidelined for the majority of the year and underwent knee surgery in July. While he resumed baseball activities before the season ended, Prado’s .636 OPS in limited work, combined with the fact he’s due $28.5 million over the next two years could make moving him difficult for the Marlins.

If the Marlins are to move Stanton, Gordon, and Prado, and retain none of their salaries, Miami’s payroll commitments for the 2018 season would drop to roughly $85 million including arbitration projections. In all likelihood though, the contracts of Stanton and Prado will need to be partially retained to entice would-be bidders this winter.

Fear not, fans of the winless Arizona Coyotes: The desert club is simply adjusting to a new approach that will eventually lead to long-term success, according to general manager John Chayka.

“Could we have more points playing a different style if we trapped it up, slowed it down, and just played safe? Yeah, maybe, but we’re not going to reach that threshold of where we want to get by playing that way,” Chayka told Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports on Monday. “This is the way we’re going to reach it and there’s an adjustment period. We’re going through it.”

To say it has been tough sledding for the Coyotes in the early going of the season would be an understatement. Through six games, Arizona has failed to record a win – the lone NHL team to do so – and picked up just one of a possible 12 points.

The team’s most recent defeat came Tuesday, as the Coyotes fell 3-1 to the Dallas Stars. But there was at least one bright spot – rookie netminder Adin Hill turned aside 31 shots in the loss.

The 21-year-old was recalled Monday and stepped in for a struggling Louis Domingue as starter Antti Raanta remains sidelined with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes acquired Raanta from the New York Rangers in an offseason deal, but injury concerns have limited him to just five periods of on-ice action.

“Adin Hill was solid,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet told reporters Tuesday. You’re just looking for somebody to make a play and score a goal. Guys worked hard, just couldn’t score.”

Tocchet joined the Coyotes this offseason following back-to-back Stanley Cups as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and is looking to implement a similar playing style with his new club.

Arizona’s next chance to deliver its first win of the season comes Thursday in a rematch with the Stars.

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Derek Jeter and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman spoke publicly during a press conference for the first time on Tuesday after their group’s $1.2-billion purchase of the Miami Marlins.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports the former New York Yankees shortstop revealed the team may be in line for a shake-up.

Said Jeter: “Moving forward there will be at times unpopular decisions,” made for the “betterment” of the franchise.

Jeter acknowledged he didn’t like the term “tear down,” but did mention the possibility of a rebuild.

“Some things you keep private. We will sit down with me and (president of baseball operations) Mike Hill and his staff. We do have to rebuild the organization. It starts with player development and scouting. We will build it from top down and bottom up,” he explained.

One certain topic of discussion will be the future of home run king Giancarlo Stanton in Miami. Earlier this week, Stanton said he didn’t want to be involved in a rebuild.

“I don’t want to rebuild,” Stanton said Friday, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. “I’ve lost for seven years.”

When asked about Stanton’s future with the Marlins, Jeter was discreet.

“Unbelievable season. I don’t know him well. I haven’t spoken to the players. I haven’t spoken to him. Anything we’re going to do moving forward with the organization, I will discuss with Mike Hill.”