Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornCorn futures decreased 14 cents last week. There could be a 60-cent weather premium already built into Dec corn futures. Trend-line yields would likely push prices back to $3.25 at harvest. Weather is key variable for the next few months.It’s still too early to worry about not getting the crop planted. With the recent cold and rainy weather, it doesn’t appear there will be a lot more corn acres. This is at least non-bearish news. BeansBeans only decreased slightly (4 cents) last week. Supply and demand suggests futures don’t need to rally significantly. Similar to corn, weather is the key factor moving forward. Likely a $1 per bushel weather premium is in the market right now. Market actionFollowing is the detail and rationale of a recent trade made back in late February which expired on Friday.Trade Detail — Sold May $3.75 straddle for 23 cents on 2/27/17Straddle — selling a put and call at the same valueExpired — 4/21/17 (last trading day for May options)Why this date? It is after the acreage report, but during the heart of corn planting.Expected Market Direction – Most likely sideways, but maybe some upside potential in early summer.Potential benefit — If May futures close at $3.75 on 4/21, I keep the 23-cent premiumPotential Concern — If the market moves significantly, I receive reduced or no premium. For every penny lower than $3.75, I receive less premium until $3.52. Less than $3.52, a previous corn sale is removed, but I get any profits gained on that. For every penny higher than $3.75, I receive less premium until $3.98. Above $.98 I have to make another corn sale at $3.98 against May futures. What happened?For a while corn prices were inching up, but during the last few weeks it pulled back. When the market hit $3.585, I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 16.75 cents. This meant after commissions my net profit was just about 5 cents. This was less than I had hoped for on this trade but it was still a profitable one. Why didn’t you buy back the calls?Prices were so far from the strike price of $3.75 that I didn’t see the need to pay additional commissions to get out of that part of the trade. They ended up expiring worthless. Making money when the market isn’t movingMany farmers like to buy calls, hoping the market will rally, so they can maybe make some big money. This is a risky choice, because if prices stay the same or go down, they will lose all the value of the call purchase and they will be worse off than they were previously. To compound those losses, farmers still have more unpriced new crop corn to sell.The trade above illustrates the flexibility farmers can have during sideways markets. There is upside potential built into the trade, but if the market stays flat, there is premium opportunity for that scenario too. That’s why this type of trade is so much less risky than just buying calls. It takes into consideration multiple market place variables, and keeps hoping for increased prices at a minimum.There was a chance a previous sale I have made could have been removed if prices dropped significantly more, but historically prices rarely drop significantly in spring and early summer, so I felt that risk was limited especially because this was only on 10% of my production.Most farmers think sideways markets are very boring and only want prices to go up. But, if you are creative, there are many opportunities to be had, sometimes even when the market drops. Everyone wants prices to go up (me included), but I’m not going to sit around waiting and hoping. If there are opportunities available to pull premium out of the market in the meantime, I’m going to take it. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. 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James will eventually get to 30,000 and join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the select list.The Thunder didn’t want to be props in a ceremony for James.“I was hopeful it took two games for him to get that,” George said. “I’ve been part of a lot of those baskets he’s had. That’s an achievement or a milestone I didn’t want to be a part of.”Oklahoma City center Steven Adams scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and the Thunder’s starters combined for 121 points as the Cavs were unable to do anything defensively.That’s been a major problem all season with the league’s oldest team.“We gotta go back to the drawing board on that end,” said Isaiah Thomas, who finished with a season-high 24 points but was exposed on the defensive end. “As players, we gotta take pride in defense. We gotta take pride in getting stops as a group collectively.”The Thunder had their way with Cleveland in the first half. They scored 76 — the most given up in any half by the Cavs this season — and took the air out of the Quicken Loans Arena crowd. Before the second half began, the arena’s in-game emcee told the fans, “The first half is over. Forget about it.”That was impossible as the Thunder extended their lead to 24 when Anthony drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key, sapping whatever energy Clevelanders had left.The Cavs made one last push with James making a layup to cut the lead to 12. But Oklahoma City didn’t let up and eventually pushed the lead to 31.30K CLUB LATEST STORIES View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It’s gotten so bad, so quickly that coach Tyronn Lue’s job could be at stake.“I would hope not, but I really don’t know,” James said when asked if Lue could be fired. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. Me personally, I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out and play.“Obviously, it hasn’t resulted in wins, but I got to stay as fresh mentally as much I can with the struggles. I can’t worry about job securities and trades and things of that nature. I just stay as focused as I can every night to go out and compete and try to help us win ballgames.”James finished with 18 points and remains seven shy of becoming the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau. His next chance is Tuesday when the Cavs visit San Antonio.James entered the fourth quarter within reach of 30,000. But after he missed two shots, James was replaced with 6:37 remaining and the Cavs trailing 128-101. The 33-year-old hoped to make history in front of his home fans and family, but it wasn’t to be.ADVERTISEMENT Unable to stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony, the Cavaliers were embarrassed 148-124 on Saturday by the Thunder, who not only rolled to their fourth straight win but kept James shy of a historic milestone.George scored 36 points, Westbrook had 23 and 20 assists and Anthony dropped a season-high 29 points as the Thunder tied the record for the most points given up by a Cleveland team in a regulation game. Philadelphia scored 148 on the Cavs back in 1972.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games,” James said. “They got everything that they wanted. Inside, outside, they had it moving.”A roller-coaster season in Cleveland is on a steady, accelerating descent. The Cavaliers have lost 10 of 14, and in the past 12 days, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions have been blown out by 28, 34 and 24 points. When he reaches 30,000 points, James will be the youngest player to do so, but it wasn’t by design.“It’s never been a chase,” he said. “I don’t chase points. I don’t chase anything when it comes to scoring. When I get it, I get it and that’s how I’ve gotten to this point in my career. The disappointing thing is that we lost, so it doesn’t matter.”TIP-INSThunder: G Andre Roberson played his second game after missing eight with left patellar tendinitis. He had a forgettable six-second span, missing four straight free throws and committing a foul. … Coach Billy Donovan first watched James play as a high school sophomore, when he stood out more than others. “In seeing him at that age you see a lot of times young kids that are sophomores with his ability — maybe not all of his ability — but you see talented players,” Donovan said. “They never get better. A lot of times it’s difficult to get better because there’s such a microscope. The thing that’s amazing to me is he’s had a lot of attention on him and a very, very young age and he always got better.”Cavaliers: C Kevin Love played only three minutes before leaving with an unspecified illness. … With the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaching, there is growing speculation that Cleveland will make a deal — or two — to improve the league’s oldest roster. Lue doesn’t necessarily believe change is essential. “I like the group that we have,” he said. “We just haven’t been healthy the whole year. I’m just focused on coaching the guys that we have.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday.Cavaliers: At San Antonio on Tuesday. 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US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ONE: Adriano Moraes unfazed by Manila crowd, thinks pressure is on Geje Eustaquio Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Isaac Go. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—An undermanned Ateneo showed its own championship pedigree after holding off San Beda, 74-62, in Game 2 of its semifinals series in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Blue Eagles, the winner of the Season 81 UAAP tournament, played without center Angelo Kouame and twin brothers Matt and Mike Nieto but went up against the Red Lions, the reigning champions of the NCAA, with a heart full of valor.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Isaac Go was magnificent for the Blue Eagles putting up 28 points on 7-of-12 from three-point area and 10 rebounds.The 6-foot-7 big man also launched three of his three-pointers in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Blue Eagles and the Red Lions dispute the finals berth in Game 3 on Saturday at the same venue with the winner between these two teams going up University of Visayas in the knockout title game on Monday.Ateneo owns three PCCL titles winning its last one in 2010, while San Beda won the tournament twice including the 2015 which it shared with Far Eastern University. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles PLAY LIST 03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles02:01NCR task force for peace formally created02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town
NRL clubs and players have shown their support for our Australian teams over in New Zealand for the Trans Tasman series. The players have sent in their messages to wish our teams the best of luck and show they are right behind the Aussie teams. We thank you all for your messages of support and would love to keep the coming, be sure to do so via our social media channels. Hereâ€™s what all the guys had to say.Valentine Holmes â€“ Cronulla SharksGood luck to all the Australian touch teams travelling over to New Zealand. Good luck and all the best and hopefully you will bring back the trophy. Matt Moylan â€“ Penrith PanthersI just wanted to wish you all the best and good luck in the Trans Tasman.Blake Austin â€“ Canberra Raiders Best of luck to the Australian Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed Touch Football teams in the up and coming Trans Tasman series.Sam Williams â€“ Canberra Raiders Just want to wish the Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed teams all the best at the Trans Tasman series. All the best and enjoy.Matt Ballin â€“ Wests TigersOn behalf of the club we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your touch games over there. I hope you get the kiwis and bring home the trophy. Good luck guys!William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans)Just wanted to say congratulations to Jayden and Peter for making the Australian Menâ€™s Touch Football team and Ashleigh and Marikki for making the Australian Womenâ€™s Touch Football team. Best of luck to all the participants. Ashley Taylor â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to all the teams taking on the Kiwis this weekend at the Trans Tasman Series.Tyrone Roberts â€“ Gold Coast TitansIt is an honour to represent your country. We are right behind you – do us proud.Ryan James â€“ Gold Coast TitansJust wanted to say congratulations to Adam, Michael and Paige for making the Australian mixed Touch Football team. Good luck when you play.Cameron Cullen â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to Nick, Lizzie and Cam. Good luck on your captaincy debuts.Andrew Hill â€“ NRL On behalf of all of us here at the NRL and the Australian Rugby League, I offer my congratulations to all the players and staff on your section. It is indeed an absolute honour to represent not only your sport but also Australia. As you take the field, the Kangaroos and the Jillaroos are coming into camp as we also prepare to take on the Kiwis the following weekend. Finally I look forward to joining you in Auckland and cheering you all on as we take battle on the field against the Kiwis. Weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you wonâ€™t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Snapchat â€“ search for â€˜TFAofficialâ€™Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.Be sure to send in your message of support for your teams on our social media channels.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here. Related LinksMessages of Support
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli president De Laurentiis: Mourinho wanted to buy Koulibaly for £95Mby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Kalidou Koulibaly for Manchester United.De Laurentiis says his side rejected a £95m bid from United for Koulibaly earlier this month.He told Corriere del Mezzogirono: “Mourinho wanted him, we rejected £95 million.“But now it’s impossible that he leaves Napoli.”Indeed, Koulibaly penned a new deal to 2023 with Napoli this week.
The aerodromes being upgraded are Tinson Pen, Kingston; Ken Jones, Portland; Lionel Densham, St. Elizabeth; and Negril, Westmoreland. Story Highlights Mr. Montague said the undertaking, which incorporates wide-ranging activities, is in keeping with the Government’s recognition of the civil aviation industry’s importance to Jamaica’s economy, and the need to boost operations in keeping with global standards. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, has announced the commencement of multimillion-dollar renovations by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) at the Ian Fleming International Airport in St. Mary and the island’s four domestic aerodromes.The aerodromes being upgraded are Tinson Pen, Kingston; Ken Jones, Portland; Lionel Densham, St. Elizabeth; and Negril, Westmoreland.Mr. Montague said the undertaking, which incorporates wide-ranging activities, is in keeping with the Government’s recognition of the civil aviation industry’s importance to Jamaica’s economy, and the need to boost operations in keeping with global standards.“We are starting with the low-hanging fruits [by renovating Ian Fleming Airport and the aerodromes]… and I am pleased that the Airports Authority of Jamaica has taken on the challenge. I congratulate the President and his team for the swiftness with which you have moved and how the work has been progressing,” Mr. Montague said.He was speaking at the opening ceremony for the second annual two-day aviation seminar, jointly hosted by the AAJ, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) and Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL), at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Thursday (December 6).AAJ President, Audley Deidrick, who outlined details of the projects to JIS News, indicated that approximately $100 million will be spent at Ian Fleming Airport to widen the runway and install turning bulbs along the strip to facilitate safe flight operations, and expand the terminal building to accommodate international commercial/aviation activities.He pointed out that the latter engagement will entail reconfigurations to the building to enable a separation of arriving and departing travellers, and establishment of screening and border control facilities and features.“Because Ian Fleming is an international airport, the standards, of necessity, have to be higher. Work is proceeding apace [and] we expect this to be completed sometime around March or April next year,’ Mr. Deidrick indicated.The AAJ President said work at the Ken Jones Aerodrome will entail resurfacing of the runway and installing lights along the strip, as well as refurbishing the buildings, and installing perimeter fencing, at a cost of approximately $50 million.Mr. Deidrick advised of plans to raise a section of the Negril Aerodrome runway, and construct a fire hall on the compound to facilitate the availability of firefighting services.Other earmarked activities across all facilities include establishing pilots’ lounges; upgrading of bathroom facilities; landscaping; and general repainting.The AAJ President indicated that work at some of the facilities is expected to be completed by year end, with all engagements scheduled to conclude by mid-2019.Mr. Deidrick expressed satisfaction with the progress of the works, which are being funded by the AAJ.He noted that “while these aerodromes are not heavy movers of traffic, they represent the face of our country in terms of basic aviation [and] airlift in the event of disaster… hence the reason we are doing the face-lifting projects”.The renovated facilities are expected to significantly complement the Norman Manley and Sangster International Airports in Kingston and Montego Bay, respectively, where two new air traffic control towers have been installed.Mr. Deidrick indicated that additional expansion works are scheduled at both airports.The two-day seminar, under the theme ‘Air Transport as an Engine of Economic Development in Jamaica and the Caribbean’, forms part of Jamaica’s observance of International Civil Aviation Day on December 7.The day commemorates the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) establishment in 1944. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, has announced the commencement of multimillion-dollar renovations by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) at the Ian Fleming International Airport in St. Mary and the island’s four domestic aerodromes.
(Idle No More rally in Halifax Monday morning. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsA Manitoba First Nation issued a stop work order to a mining company Monday, while in Ottawa First Nations issues burst onto the floor of the House of Commons on a day that again saw Idle No More rallies unfold around across the continent.Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash also introduced a private members bill to make federal laws compatible with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Idle No More called for an international day of action Monday and rallies were held from Halifax to Vancouver and in various locations across the U.S.In Snow Lake, Man., Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Chief Arlen Dumas issued a stop work other to HudBay Minerals and the Manitoba government.Dumas, along with Manitoba regional Chief Bill Traverse and Indigenous rights activist Pam Palmater, were on site during the day to deliver the edict.The mining company has applied for a Class 2 Environment Act license to construct and operate the Lalor Mine.Dumas said the site is on the territory of the Missinippi Nehethowak, which is represented by the Mathias Colomb band.“As you know, the Lalor Mine is within our traditional territories not ceded by any treaty,” wrote Dumas in a letter delivered to the company and the provincial government. “I strongly advise that a representative of the province of Manitoba and HudBay meet with us on an urgent basis to discuss this matter. In the interim, we have issued a stop work order directed at HudBay under the sovereign laws, jurisdiction and authority of Missinippi Nehethowak.”HudBay could not be reached for comment.According to the company’s website, HudBay has been mining zinc, copper, gold and silver in the Snow Lake, which sits about 215 km east of Flin Flon, Man., since 1958. The company says it has a 985-metre underground production shaft at Lalor slated for completion by 2014.FIRST NATIONS ISSUES HIT THE HOUSE OF COMMONSAnd while the drama unfolded in Snow Lake, thousands of kilometres away in Ottawa, a different kind of battle unfolded on the floor of the House of Commons during question period.While about 400 people rallied and round danced on the snow-covered lawn of Parliament Hill, inside NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal interim leader Bob Rae aimed question period salvos at Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding that his government take the nation-to-nation relationship seriously and commit to real consultations.“Gutting environmental projection for thousands of lakes on Aboriginal territories is not meaningful consultation, cancelling thousands of environmental assessments over the objections of First Nations is not meaningful consultation,” said Mulcair. “The prime minister promised respect on a nation to nation basis. Will the prime minister finally agree to consult and to listen on the environmental protection on First Nations lands and waters?”Harper responded saying his government does respect its duty to consult along with Aboriginal and treaty rights.“We have made unprecedented investment into things that will make a concrete difference in the lives of people, in skilled training, in housing on reserves, in potable water, in schools, in treaty rights, in protection of the rights of women,” said Harper.Rae also challenged Harper to reveal what he planned to do to change the deteriorating relationship with First Nations people.“Can the prime minister tell us what further action is he going to take and what change he is going to introduce that will in fact end the sense that the Aboriginal population of Canada is being marginalized by the policies of the government of Canada?” said Rae.Harper countered, saying Aboriginal people had a stronger voice in government than ever before.“I notice that Aboriginal people have never been as strongly represented in the government of Canada as they are in this caucus today and we intend to move forward,” said Harper.Harper’s cabinet includes Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who is an Inuk from Nunavut, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, who is Innu from Labrador and the Conservative caucus includes Aboriginal MPs Rob Clarke, Shelly Glover and Rod Bruinooge. Harper also appointed Algonquin Patrick Brazeau to the senate.SAGANASH INTRODUCES PRIVATE MEMBERS BILLEarlier in the day, Saganash introduced a private members bill to ensure all future government legislation would comply with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People which contains about 46 provisions on consultation.Referring to the Idle No More movement, Saganash said First Nations people were tired of the status quo and it was time for the Canadian government to help fashion a new relationship.“As Idle No More protests grow throughout the country, it is time for the Stephen Harper government to take action and build more respectful relations with members of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis,” said Saganash, during a press conference Monday morning. “They are tired of the current status quo which leaves them in difficult living conditions, below the standards we expect in a rich country like ours.”The Idle No More movement was initially sparked by Conservative government’s omnibus Bill C-45 and Bill C-38, which streamlined environmental reviews, withdrew the majority of waterways from federal protection and amended the Indian Act.Both bills have been passed into law.First Nations leaders have said the government did not consult with them as required under the Constitution on laws that impact Aboriginal and treaty rights.IDLE NO MORE RALLIES ACROSS CONTINENTDuring the Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day told about 400 people that the game had changed.“Prime Minister, this is just the beginning…we are going to remain idle no more,” said Day. “Times are changing, we are idle no more.”And with drums pounding and singing rising against a steady snowfall a round dance unfurled in the shadow of the Peace Tower.Idle No More also stirred on the East Coast in Halifax as about 200 people drummed and marched across one of two main bridges through the city. The rally also launched a large round dance, which has been the staple of the movement, in the Halifax Commons, a large park in the middle of the city.From Toronto to Vancouver and in the United States, Idle No More flexed its muscles once again in a reminder that the movement was far from fading away.Watch APTN National News Monday evening for full coverage of the day’s events.
Traditionally, a Cincinnati Reds offseason includes the signing of an overpriced free agent, i.e. Eric Milton or Willy Taveras, and misplaced hope for the upcoming season.Furthermore, the men of the Queen City usually attempt to fill major holes in their roster by acquiring “has-beens” and hoping that these players miraculously have career years.This offseason has been a bit different, and the upcoming season may merit a hint of optimism.The last major acquisition the Reds have made in recent memory was the Ken Griffey Jr. trade after the 1999 season. When rumors began to float around that the Reds were in the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes, no one gave them a chance to sign the 21-year-old, left-handed Cuban and free agent pitcher armed with a 100 mph fastball.Pundits predicted Chapman would sign with one of the big-market teams such as the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets or Phillies. However, the Reds ended up on top by giving Chapman a six-year, $30.25 million contract on Jan. 12.Clearly, the Reds are taking a huge gamble. Chapman is a classic example of a pitcher with a big, live arm, but one who is also dogged by control issues. In 327 career innings for Holguin, his Cuban team, Chapman struck out 365 batters but walked 203.Coming into the offseason, the Reds had a gaping hole at shortstop. As the winter months wore on, popular opinion was that the Reds were going to spring training with Paul Janish, a slick-fielding but offensively-challenged shortstop, as the starter.Then, way out of left field, the Reds signed veteran shortstop Orlando Cabrera to a $3.02 million, one-year contract. The 35-year-old Cabrera has lost a step or two defensively, but is a significant upgrade offensively over Janish.Also, by trading outfielder Willy Taveras, who was due $4 million next year, to Oakland along with infielder Adam Rosales, the Reds opened up enough money to sign Cabrera.The last objective on the Reds’ offseason list would be bringing back outfielder Jonny Gomes. As a platoon player last year, Gomes hit 20 home runs in 281 at-bats and brought much-needed right-handed power to the lineup. Re-signing Gomes would also add experience to a young outfield that includes Chris Dickerson, Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce.Without a doubt, the 2010 season is a make or break year for manager Dusty Baker. The Cincinnati Reds manager enters the last year of his contract having gone 74-88 and 78-84 in his first two seasons. Considering Baker was hired by General Manager Walt Jocketty’s predecessor Wayne Krivsky, it’s hard to see Baker returning if Cincinnati has another disappointing season.In Baker’s first two seasons, he has had a significantly different roster to manage each year. In 2008, the Reds still had sluggers Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn, whose personalities dominated the clubhouse. In 2009, the Reds were an extremely young team led by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.However, the offensive problems that have plagued the Reds for much of the past decade still ring true today. Their mantra a few years ago was to rely on the home run ball to win games. Last year, with a precocious but young ball club, the team relied on small ball. Yet, they ranked No. 11 in the National League in runs scored and No. 15 in batting average.Since the Reds did not make a big trade to acquire a power bat, Baker will fill his lineup card everyday hoping to get increased production from his young players. First baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips are entrenched in the three and four spots, while third baseman Scott Rolen will likely bat fifth.Baker would be wise to utilize center fielder Stubbs’ speed and Cabrera’s contact skills at the top of the lineup. The Reds have not had a legitimate table-setter since Barry Larkin, and Stubbs’ blazing speed and bunt skills have the potential to make some noise in the leadoff spot.The biggest question mark in the Reds’ line-up surrounds Bruce. After bursting onto the big league scene in 2008, the right fielder suffered a sophomore slump in 2009, batting .223 with 22 home runs and 58 RBIs. However, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel for Bruce. He batted .326 over his last 18 games, in part due to a stance adjustment following a stint on the disabled list.The Reds’ clear strength is their pitching staff, specifically the bullpen. Closer Francisco Cordero anchors a bullpen that ranked near the top of the NL. Cordero is joined by flame-throwing right-hander Nick Masset and screw-ball lefty Daniel Ray Herrera.The first four spots in the Reds starting rotation appear to be set in stone with Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey, while the fifth spot is up for grabs between a cast of characters including Matt Maloney and Micah Owings.The Reds appear to be heading in the right direction. For the most part, their young stars have taken their major league lumps. They have proven veterans looking to rebound from injury-plagued seasons. Jocketty is an aggressive GM with a track record of success.However, the fact remains the Reds have not been to the playoffs since 1995. Come August, if the Reds can stay healthy and get production from all 25 guys on the roster, they just may be able to keep Cincinnati fans focused on a pennant race instead of Bengals training camp.
The victors of the annual showpiece at Wembley could be £280million richer and it’s the most lucrative prize in world football.The game goes live 5pm today and Murphy, who has played 169 games for Fulham, thinks their opponents are more desperate for promotion to the Premier League according to talkSPORT.“I think Villa need it more.“There’s more pressure on Villa because of the outlay that they’ve put out and the wages they’re paying.“Fulham can go into this with a little more freedom – the club’s not going to be in financial trouble if they don’t go up.”The Whites finished third in the Championship after stringing together 23 games without defeat. They overcame Derby in the semi-final, coming from 1-0 down in the first leg to win 2-1 on aggregate.Murphy added: “I think Fulham, playing the way they do, are going to be difficult to stop.Liverpool told to pick ‘fantastic’ Dembele over Coutinho Andrew Smyth – July 18, 2019 Ousmane Dembele would be a better signing for Liverpool rather than his Barcelona team-mate Philippe Coutinho, says Danny Murphy.“Especially now they’ve got over that tricky 1-0 with Derby. To come back from that, being a goal down, I think that’s the hardest bit.“Now they can just go and enjoy it.”Villa, who beat Middlesbrough 1-0 over two legs in their semi-final, carry a lot more experience into the big game with the likes of John Terry and Glen Whelan in the squad.The former Fulham man also suggested the large Wembley pitch may suit the Whites, but the contrast between youth and experience will be intriguing even though the pre-game talk has centred on Fulham’s teenage-sensation Ryan Sessegnon, Murphy believes Steve Bruce should focus his attention on another talent.“When Tom Cairney’s at it, Fulham really are creative and a good side to watch.“He’s the one for Villa that I think they need to stop.“But Villa have got talent of their own. It’s going to be a good game” he continued.