Gibson will have a market next summer because of both his skills and his substance — he¡¯s been a reasonable, serious voice in the locker room almost from the moment Chicago drafted him at No. 26 in 2009 (making up nicely for their James Johnson pick at No. 16). And he displays the commitment to work that was already present but got seared into him by former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and is valued so both by James and by Gibson¡¯s Chicago teammates.
“I like when people underestimate me because I stay in the gym,¡± said Gibson, 31, a native of Brooklyn. ¡°I put the work in but, at the same time, it’s fun, man. ¡ As long as I’m out there enjoying myself, having fun, and playing with great teammates, I’m blessed.”
Giants third basemen — mostly Matt Duffy and Eduardo Nunez — ranked 29th in the majors in wOBA last season. Duffy was traded for Matt Moore, and Nunez, who made the AL All-Star team, came over from the Twins. He’s still in San Francisco, coming off a .288/.325/.432 season with 40 steals in the first season he played regularly in the majors. He hit 11 home runs in May and June but just four the rest of the season, so the first-half power spike could be interpreted as a fluke or not translating to AT&T. The Giants could sign Turner and use Nunez as a valuable utility guy (or try him in left field).
Jaron Brown Mens Jersey While the Giants struggled against lefties — 24th in the majors in wOBA — Turner is an odd case in that he has carried reverse-platoon splits the past two seasons, including a meager .209/.303/.337 line in 2016. Turner might not be the obvious antidote to the Giants’ southpaw problems.
The Red Sox have many options: Pablo Sandoval, Travis Shaw, Brock Holt and Yoan Moncada. The team’s website is in a holiday mood because it currently lists Sandoval first on the depth chart. The Red Sox actually ranked last in the majors in wOBA at third base last season. Moncada appears to be the long-term solution, and the club has Rafael Devers in the minors, but if Moncada is traded in, say, a package for Chris Sale, that could open a door to sign Turner.
Elite Womens Kendall Wright Jersey There isn’t an obvious fifth team, as most contenders are set at third, and most of the teams with holes at third base are rebuilding or unlikely to spend the money. The Braves have Adonis Garcia at third, but he really isn’t that good, and he’s as old as Turner. After signing Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey and making noise about going after Sale, the Braves are acting like they think they can contend. Maybe they’re the sleeper team here.