Inside and outside linebacker. The Steelers suffered losses at both spots with the offseason defections of Lawrence Timmons (Miami) and Jarvis Jones (Arizona). The Steelers then lost out on the bidding for Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys potential Timmons replacement Dont’a Hightower, who instead re-signed with New England. James Harrison can’t play forever, either (although I wish he would).
Offensive line. Following the loss of right tackle Ricky Wagner, the Ravens parted ways with another starter in center Jeremy Zuttah. Shipping the latter to San Francisco for a 12-spot swap of sixth-round draft choices was a curious decision considering the 30-year-old Zuttah was a 2017 Pro Bowl alternate (although injury prone), and the move only cleared $2.4 million in salary cap space.
Kyle Schwarber is known for his bat, but you might as well give him a Gold Glove now.
In the 12th inning of the Yankees-Cubs matchup on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” Schwarber showed some serious range and legs to get to this foul ball off the bat of Chase Headley.
Schwarber seems to be getting used to left field after converting from catcher during his days in the Cubs’ minor league system. Those who think he belongs in the AL as a DH, well, they’re starting to be proven wrong.
Russell produced a 4.3 WAR with 21 homers and 95 RBIs in his age-22 season. Baez started at least 21 games at second, shortstop and third base last year, which gives manager Joe Maddon flexibility, should injuries arise. And, oh, yeah, Zobrist — who can play pretty much anywhere, too — figures into the whole seemingly unlimited-options thing Maddon has going for him.