This year will certainly not be a wild card year, but I can see the Yankees competing in a weak division for the crown before fading in late August/early September. It's all dependent on health, especially of the starters. Speaking personally, I'd be happy to see a .500 finish if it means that Didi, Headley, and Refsnyder (yes, I said it, I don't think Drew makes it through the year) are up and playing well in the majors. That plus Ellsbury and Gardner are a good core to build on in the field.
Heard Philbin was extended for you guys, can't post a link atm.
I'm happy that he's not working as a lame duck (locker room respect matters) but I can't help but think Philbin's out the door with anything less than a playoff birth, maybe even a first round win depending on the record of the playoff team. It's kind of harsh, considering that the Jets and Bills appear to be more improved than they have been in a long time, but it's the reality that is today's NFL. Win or GTFO.
Cameron needs to stay healthy... Which, because he's a Dolphin, he probably won't. But we can hope, I guess... I don't think I would've moved 14 for Graham... It would've been nice to get him, but #14 is too high a price, as good as Graham is. It's a move that makes more sense for a team like Seattle, whose time is now. We're not a Jimmy Graham away from a championship.
Has Miami been that snakebit on injuries in the past? I'm having a hard time remembering a major injury before Albert.
Dolphins sign JD Walton (formerly of the Giants) for a currently undisclosed amount, but hopefully veteran minimum money, as he was straight-up awful at center last year. He can back up anywhere on the interior line if needed, so he's kind of the new Nate Garner. I'm hopeful a rookie Miami drafts will supplant him, and he'll be a weekly inactive on game-day, but he's a body.
Dolphins re-sign Matt Moore (1/2.65) and Louis Delmas (1/3.5). Delmas was effective when healthy, so hopefully he's healing up from his ACL tear, as I believe he's currently Miami's starting FS. The amount of money given to Delmas in his deal indicates to me that the team thinks he'll be fine, medically, so good news. Moore is a solid backup assuming he hasn't lost a step.
And in a slight surprise, the Dolphin coaching staff seems to be considering Dion Jordan for the strong-side linebacker job next to Koa Misi and across from Jelani Jenkins. In a 4-3 strong-side linebacking, this could either be very good or could have disaster written all over it.
Miami officially refuses to match the deal, so Clay is now a Bill. With Sims and Cameron in the fold, and someone bringing up the rear to block for things, I think we'll be OK, though I was kind of hoping that Clay or Cameron would be the second outside receiver in some of our formations, as both of them are far more talented than what's left on the wide receiver FA market.
Case in point...Michael Crabtree is in Miami for a visit.