Free agency is always an exciting time of the year

Fat Guy Corner



I have to say for the middle of summer the usually dead zone for sports is anything but dead. The NBA free agency movement of players is absolutely crazy, the World Cup soccer title now belongs here in the good ole USA and the MLB All-Star rosters are all set for next Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati at The Great American Ball Park. The Red Wings made some noise with some free-agent moves of their own. The Tigers suffered a crushing blow with the loss of Miguel Cabrera to a calf injury. It’s time to look at all this sports news that’s keeping sports fans talking at the water cooler.

Let’s start with the Red Wings’ moves in free agency. They signed Brad Richards to a one-year deal at $3 million a year. Brad was on the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks last season. He brings good experience at the center position. He is not the player he was five years ago, but still a pretty darned good hockey player.

Mike Green spent his entire career with the Washington Capitals. Mike is a defenseman, who is the right-handed shot the Red Wings have coveted for the last few years. He will also boost the power play for Detroit. The deal is for three years and $18 million. Two good moves by the Wings, I thought. Let’s see if they play out that way on the ice next season.

We don’t have to see how the World Cup plays out anymore! The USA women’s team is the winner after defeating Japan 5-2 and avenging the loss in 2011 to Japan. I don’t watch much soccer, as all of you know by now, if you have been reading me for a while. I will say the last two games the USA women played were exciting to watch and I did enjoy it, actually. How about that one goal by Carli Lloyd from midfield? It’s always great when your country wins a big world event. Congratulations to the 2015 World Cup Women’s Champs! USA chants were compelling and goose-bump material. I do wonder how all the games are 1-0 or 2-1 and you get to the finals and get five goals? A tad bit baffling to me.

The NBA free agency has been absolutely one wild week of events. The San Antonio Spurs stockpiled talent and will be favored to win the Western Conference next season. The addition of David West, who gave up roughly $10 million in salary in an effort to win a ring is awesome! The guy has money, he just wants a ring.

The Spurs also reeled in LaMarcus Aldridge from the Portland Trailblazers as the top free agent signing, in my opinion anyway. Tim Duncan, you and the Spurs will have high expectations for the upcoming season. The Pistons traded for Marcus Morris, Danny Granger, and Reggie Bullock from the Phoenix Suns. They also added Aron Baynes from the Spurs. Detroit, though, lost Greg “Moose” Monroe to the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency. I liked Monroe and I hate to see him leave the Pistons. Detroit signed Reggie Jackson to a five-year $80 million deal. I am not sure how I feel about that one, to be brutally honest. I only got to watch him play a handful of games in a Pistons uniform last season. Detroit should at least fight for a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference next season. Stan Van Gundy will turn this franchise around I do believe.

The Tigers will not survive the season if Miguel Cabrera is gone for six weeks. Miggy needs to be in the lineup every day for the Tigers to have a chance to win on a daily basis. This is his first trip to the DL in 13 Major League seasons. I can say, though, that you can’t question Miggy’s durability as a ball player. The Tigers will have J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias as All-Star representatives. J.D and Jose are both making their first trips as All-Stars. J.D. should have been a starter with the year he is having. I am also glad A-Rod got the snub; the dirty cheating bum!

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