Monday, December 6, 2010

Video: Gary Neal low-fives his invisible teammates

No explanation necessary.

Broncos fire head coach Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels' short tenure as head coach of the Denver Broncos was tumultuous to say the least. That tenure ended today as the team decided to relieve the 34-year-old of his duties.

Upon his arrival, McDaniels traded Jay Cutler, once thought of as the next John Elway. After starting his coaching career with six straight victories, things headed south along with the team's record. He butted heads with Brandon Marshall, who was eventually traded.

He acquired Brady Quinn for Peyton Hillis, who has more rushing yards this season than the entire Broncos attack combined. He drafted Demaryius Thomas ahead of Dez Bryant and then took Tim Tebow in the first round.

The draft picks aren't all his fault, of course, but it's easy to see why it was time to let McDaniels go. He went 5-17 as a head coach following Denver's 6-0 start last season and, while Denver's problems go well beyond the coach, someone had to take the fall.

(AP Photo)

Olney: Diamondbacks trade Mark Reynolds to Orioles

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks have traded Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for minor league pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio.

Reynolds is a strikeout machine, averaging 221 per season in his four-year career, but his power will be a welcomed addition to the Baltimore lineup, joining Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters.

Dropping Links: Monday, December 6, 2010

Linkage for this snowy Monday morning:

- Lee Corso's giant mascot head was stolen. Busted Coverage has a photo of the apparent thief wearing said head.

- I Hate JJ Redick also hates this guy who says he's a Ravens fan but roots for the Steelers every time they play Baltimore.

- PastaPadre has some pre-order deals for Fight Night Champion.

- For all of your weekend baseball links, check out my Dropping Links post at the Hall of Very Good. I'll be posting a link drop there each and every Monday so be sure to bookmark it.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jayson Werth signs with... the Nationals?!

We'll call this the first surprise of MLB's Winter Meetings, which haven't even officially started yet.

Jayson Werth, who peaked the interest of the Red Sox and Yankees, has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Washington Nationals. With Adam Dunn signing with the White Sox last week, Washington needed to replace his power in the middle of the lineup.

For Werth, though, this is a questionable move. Leaving one perennial contender - while also turning down presumed offers from other perennial contenders - to sign with a team like the Nats is a bit of a head scratcher. But with Ryan Zimmerman locked up and loads of young talent on the horizon, Werth is hoping to be a cornerstone of a potentially solid franchise.

That, and the other offers likely weren't as good.