Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 12:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has urged Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and sign a new deal at the club.Gabon forward Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 61 goals in 96 appearances for the Gunners.The 30-year-old was named Arsenal’s new captain at the end of last year but could leave the club this summer, with his current contract set to expire in 2021.A number of clubs are interested in signing Aubameyang and Arsenal hero Smith believes it is imperative that Arteta persuades the forward to stay put.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘He’s been so important to this Arsenal side simply because of his goals output,’ Smith told Sky Sports. ‘He’s got a fantastic scoring ratio and is one of the best finishers in the Premier League.‘In my opinion, he’s one of the best finishers in the game at the moment. He’s got that scoring knack and can score all types of goals.‘There aren’t many of those types of players around and if you can find one, they cost an awful lot of money. That’s what makes the situation with Aubameyang very difficult for Arsenal.‘In an ideal world, you wouldn’t want to lose a player like that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Gunners striker added: ‘When players’ contracts actually finish with the present health crisis is obviously a factor but the best outcome for the club would be to get him to sign a new deal.‘They would have a committed player who always gets you goals. He’s a fit lad, so he’s still got a good two or three years left at the top level.‘A new deal would be the ideal situation because he can help Arsenal, with additions to the team elsewhere, get back to the big time.‘Persuading the player that his future lies at Arsenal would be the best outcome.’MORE: Arsenal legend Petit blasts Tottenham record signing NdombeleMORE: Sagna hits back at Cesc Fabregas over controversial Arsenal claimscenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

ATP reaps DKK4bn profit on DONG Energy after IPO

first_imgThe official listing on the Nasdaq Copenhagen exchange took place on 9 June, and in early trading the shares had risen 10% from the offer price.Before the offering, which saw all shareholders selling a combined 17.4% of their holdings in DONG Energy, ATP held 4.9% in the energy company, US banking group Goldman Sachs held 18% via its subsidiary New Energy Investment, and Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund PFA held a 1.8% stake.After the offering, ATP’s stake shrank to 4.0%, and Goldman Sachs’ holding to 14.7%.The Danish state continues to be the majority shareholder after the IPO, and now owns 50.4% of DONG Energy.A PFA spokesman said the pension fund did not comment on individual investments.ATP said it had paid in all DKK3.2bn for its stake in DONG Energy, which it took two years ago, with DKK2.2bn of this as direct equity investment and the rest held indirectly.At the introduction price, its gain on the investment would have been 130% or around DKK3.5bn, but following the 10% market rise in the share price, that gain swelled to DKK4bn, it said.Asked to say how ATP’s work had contributed to the large investment return, Stendevad said that alongside Goldman Sachs, it had been very active in processing the deal but that in the boardroom of DONG Energy, Claus Wiinblad — ATP’s senior vice president, Danish equities — had been part of the process.“We have a history of being active owners and we have been more active here than we have normally been, given the size of the investment,” he said.“But clearly the credit for today goes to the employees of DONG Energy,” he said.Despite market and political turmoil, the staff had kept their focus on the business, Stendevad said.The part-privatisation of the company was controversial at the time, largely due to opposition to Goldman Sachs’ involvement in the deal. The Socialist People’s Party (SF) withdrew from then-prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s centre-left coalition government in protest.Stendevad said it was extraordinary what the company had achieved, and this was notable in comparison to some energy companies in the sector in other countries.“This has required a business and execution plan, but it has also required capital — other companies have gone on a different path,” he said.“When we entered this process, there was broad consensus from outside that capital was needed, and very few investors were willing to put in the capital.“In the end, we believed in the management and the plan they had,” he said, adding that in order to make a good return, investors had to be willing to put in the time and energy. Denmark’s ATP has made a profit of around DKK4bn (€537m) on its investment in the country’s DONG Energy following its IPO on 9 June, and cited the fund’s unusually active approach to the investment, but mainly staff at the company itself, as factors behind the investment’s success.Carsten Stendevad, chief executive of the DKK705bn statutory pension fund, told IPE: “In a moment of need for this company, we came in with a sizeable direct capital infusion and today we have both contributed to the growth of a leading global sustainable energy company and made DKK4bn for our members.”The company success was part of a green energy story, he said.DONG Energy yesterday announced the result of its initial public offering (IPO), with a final offer price of DKK235 per offer share. last_img read more

Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner Resigns

first_img Share NewsSports Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner Resigns by: – June 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Warner (left) with ex-England captain David Beckham (right)Jack Warner, the controversial Fifa vice-president recently investigated for corruption, has stepped down from his position at the footballing governing body.The 68-year-old, from Trinidad and Tobago, had been a member of the Fifa Executive Committee since 1983, and was suspended last month after he was accused of corruption.Fifa accepted Mr Warner’s resignation – and the Ethics Committee investigation into bribery allegations against him have now been dropped.Mr Warner, who has also quit as head of regional bodies CONCACAF and Caribbean Football Union (CFC) and had been the longest-serving member of FIFA’s executive committee, was suspended along with Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam.There were suspicions that the pair had been involved in bribery during the presidential election, which Sepp Blatter, unopposed, won.Fifa said in a statement that Warner’s “resignation has been accepted”.“As a consequence of Mr Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained,” the statement from Fifa read. The statement also said: “FIFA regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner’s decision. “His resignation has been accepted by world football’s governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particularand the CONCACAF confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.“Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.“The FIFA executive committee, the FIFA president and the FIFA management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, CONCACAF and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.” Mr Warner and Mr bin Hammam were suspended after being accused of giving or offering bribes of $40,000 to the 25 members of the CFU.The total sum involved was $1million according to a report to the Fifa ethics committee. The affidavits sent to the Ethics Committee, as seen by agency Press Association, testify that Warner told the CFU members at the special meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11 the cash had been provided by Mr bin Hammam, who was then running for Fifa president.Bahamas FA vice-president Fred Lunn said he had been given the cash in a brown envelope which he photographed before returning.Mr Lunn said in his affidavit that the following day “Mr Warner stated that he had instructed Mr bin Hammam to bring the cash equivalent of any gift he had intended to bring for the people attending this meeting. “Mr Warner then stated that the money could be used for any purpose … for grassroots programs or any purpose the individuals saw fit.” A number of other associations have told investigators that they too were given the cash – some of whom kept it, and others who handed it back.A source close to Mr Warner said he had taken the decision “for the good of the game” but refused to comment when asked if he had jumped before he was pushed. The source told the PA: “He has taken the decision after speaking to his family. He believes it is in the best interests of Caribbean football and for the good of the game generally.”Sky Newscenter_img Tweet Share 27 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

It’s been a long ride, says Perreira … To retire from cricket broadcasting

first_imgAFTER almost 48 years as one of the most recognised voices in cricket broadcasting, Guyanese-born cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira has decided to retire.Perreira, who announced his retirement yesterday at the Tower Hotel poolside, is set to end his career at the end of the historic Day/Night First-Class match between hosts Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride, which commences today at 15:00hrs at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The late Tony Cozier will always be rated as the most famous of West Indian broadcasters, but Perreira’s contribution has been significant too.His voice, clear, loud, and with no hint of a stammer, goes on to boom through radios across the world for decades.It’s a remarkable story. Reds, who is a former adviser to ex-Sport Minister Shirley Field-Ridley, covered 147 Tests and over 200 ODIs and regards himself lucky to have had the career he has had.“It’s been a long ride, a great time in my life, I was very lucky, and thanks to people, and if wasn’t for Rafiq Khan, the GBS, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, GBC, who really made great openings for me in 1973 when Australia toured, and Jerry Richards in Barbados, I probably wouldn’t have got the opportunity,” Perreira said.At 76, Perreira did not complete high school but he possessed infinite determination and an amazing ability to take risks, attributes that permitted him to overcome his speech impediment and become a rare Caribbean sports jewel.He did cricket commentary all over the world, expect in Bangladesh.“I saw the best, I met the best, I broadcast with the best, and maybe it’s not recorded but the World Series of 1978 was the fieriest among the cricket I have ever commentated on. You had the best players in the world brought together by the Kerry Packer organisation,” Perreira pointed out.Perreira launched his broadcasting career in 1968 with the-then Guyana Broadcasting Service. He spent four years with the station before joining the broadcast circuit full-time and becoming closely associated with the late Cozier, who was considered the Caribbean’s foremost cricket commentator.However, when asked what prompted him to actually follow a career in cricket broadcasting, the former St Lucia Tourist Board sports consultant said, “I supposed listening to West Indies in England in 1950, listening to John Arlott, Rex Alston, and then I followed the ’51 tour in Australia, I was listening to Jonny Moyes, Michael Charlton and Alan McGilvray.”Perreira broadcast his first Test match at Bourda in 1971.Perreira mentioned that the quarter-final match between West Indies and Pakistan in 1975 and a Test match between the West Indies and Australia at Adelaide in January 1993, which West Indies won by one run, are the two most memorable cricket matches, where he was a part of the commentary panel.Perreira, a National Sports Council chairman acknowledged that the region has produced many great cricketers but Sir Garfield Sobers is the greatest player he has seen.Meanwhile, Perreira called on the regional commentators to unite, support, and help each other. He also advised them to pace their commentary accordingly, and at the same time to deal with off-field matters in a balanced manner.He also made an appeal to both the government and opposition to be a part of the game, which he said has held us together as a people.He suggested that a Prime Minister’s X1 versus an Opposition X1 cricket match, where all the funds generated would go to charity. This according to Perreira can further strengthen social cohesion.Finally, Perreira is urging Guyanese to come out and support the day/night fixture, which he said will be a fitting farewell for his career.last_img read more

Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo

first_imgThey will be featuring alongside Lawal Mohammed (0) and Adamu Atta (+3) for the Access Bank/Fifth Chukker team in the Charity Shield which will start with the match between Keffi Ponys and MRS tomorrow.Diego White(+6)and Santiago Cernadas (+6) are also in town for what promises to be an exciting galloping explosion. Both Argentines will be featuring for Keffi Ponys alongside Babangida Hassan (+3) and Hon. Ahmed Wadada (0).South African duo of Leroux Hendrix (+5) and Tom De Bruin (+7) are not left out as they will be in action for MRS who are completed by Bashir Dantata (+3) and Idris Badamasi (+3).The Rubicon is formed by Hadi Sirika (0), Malik Badamasi (+3), Idris Badamasi (+3) and Jamilu Mohammed (+3). Kashton will have Sherif Shagaya (-1), Lawal Mohammed (0), Johan Du Ploy (+3) and Manuel Crespo (+7) while Lagos side, Caverton-Sao Polo is made by Seyi Oyinlola (0), Rotimi Makanjuola (+1), Diego White (+6) and Abdulrahman Mohammed (+3).The 2016 edition of the 2016 Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament is designed to raise more awareness on the plight of vulnerable children and orphans especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) scattered across northern Nigeria.It is the first in the series that will climax in Europe with the Access Bank Charity Shield Polo Day at the prestigious Guards Polo Club in London in July.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rubicon Battles Kashton as Final Week BeginsThe final week of the 2016 Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament will gallop-off today with Rubicon and Kashton setting the ball rolling for the Access Bank Cup as the ‘big boys’ take the stage.Already, Argentine stars Manuel Crespo and Julio Nowillo Astrada, both of who are seven goalers, arrived from Buenos Aires on Monday.last_img read more

Frozen Tundra experience something truly unique

first_imgI can’t believe I am about to say this, but here it goes: Lambeau Field is actually a pretty sweet place.Growing up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it was in my nature to hate the Packers. I bled purple and despised the green and gold (especially that Brett Favre fellow).Now that I am living in the Land of 100,000 Cheeseheads, I am subjected to Packer Backers all the time. This hasn’t changed my feelings toward the team, but a recent trip to the famous Lambeau Field did make me realize that the football culture in Green Bay is truly something special.As a member of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, I had the chance to perform at Lambeau during last Sunday’s Packers-Bears game. The only other time I had been there was for a hockey game, which just didn’t seem right. After all, I go to school just a few hours from the house that Favre built, yet never had seen him play in it.Granted, as a Packer hater, I had mixed feelings about going to the game. I didn’t want to have to cheer for either team, and as any die-hard sports fan knows, it is tough to be at a game and not choose sides. So for perhaps the first time in my life at an NFL game, I was simply an observer Sunday, not a fan. (OK, so maybe I was cheering that the Packers would lose. Oh, and I booed Brett Favre when he came onto the field. Don’t hate me…)It’s easy to tell right away when you get into Green Bay that it is Packer territory. The streets are lined with green and yellow flags, fans sporting their team jerseys (mostly No. 4) roam the streets and numerous Favre shrines are likely to be found in every corner of the town.When you enter Lambeau, this becomes even more obvious. Just like any other sporting event, these people have come together to support one common cause. But there is something different about Packer fans that is hard to describe. You just get a different feeling around them.Part of it may be the abundance of alcohol. If you think Badger fans get a little inebriated during football games, you haven’t seen anything until you experience the Lambeau drunks. People will come up to you in the concourse, slurring their words and attempting (and failing) to give high fives. Watching them get hauled away for being too drunk is even more entertaining, especially when they resist arrest or yell at the police.Aside from the drunkards, however, the Packer fans are great. At times, it seemed as if Lambeau was louder than I had ever heard Camp Randall. When Favre was announced before the game, their cheers were so loud that the PA announcer was inaudible. The only way anyone knew who was next to come through the tunnel was because his picture was shown on the big screen. Otherwise, if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought maybe it was Gilbert Brown.Apparently, games in Green Bay are a big enough deal to draw celebrities, too. Justin Timberlake (whom I disliked until he did a certain SNL skit involving a special Christmas present) was supposedly seen tailgating outside the stadium before the game. Also, Ashton Kutcher, the famous prankster himself, stood on the Chicago sidelines for part of the game and received boos when he and his Bears hat were shown on the Jumbotron. If those names aren’t big enough for you, how about — drum roll please — Taylor Hicks, former American Idol winner. Yep, all three of these big shots decided to drop on by for a little Sunday Night Football at Lambeau.As much as it hurts to admit, Lambeau left a lasting impression on me. So much, in fact, that I decided to finish my visit by jumping into the stands behind the end zone for my own Lambeau Leap, just like so many have done before.And when the final score read Chicago 27, Green Bay 20, I was one of the few that walked out of the House of Favre with a smile on my face.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you want to talk about how awesome Favre is, he might not listen, but you can try reaching him anyway at read more

Eaves happy to use 2 in crease

first_imgPatrick Johnson will be looking to bounce back to his freshman form after a rough sophomore season.[/media-credit]After missing the NCAA playoffs last year, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team looks to open this season on a more positive note at home against Colorado College this weekend.Friday’s contest marks the first time the Badgers have begun the year at home since 2005-06 and they will play at the Kohl Center four out of the first five weekends of the season. Head coach Mike Eaves hopes for a dramatically different start for his team. Last year, the Badgers went on the road for six of their first eight matchups and posted a disappointing 1-6-1 record.“I think it will be a confidence builder for our kids to start at home, to get going, to have those home fans and enthusiasm and to be in the Kohl Center,” Eaves said of opening the season in Madison. “We are looking for that to be an advantage for us.”Goaltenders in competitionOne sure thing about the 2009-10 team is the goaltender position is anything but clear. The competition centers around transfer Brett Bennett and junior Scott Gudmandson. Gudmandson saw action in six games last season, allowing 14 goals and recording a save percentage of .881.Eaves, however, sees the uncertainty at one of the game’s most critical positions as a positive for his club and plans to use both Bennett and Gudmandson interchangeably for as long as necessary.“I think that as time goes on in the early part of the season, we’ll be able to read our two goaltenders and see where they are and go from there. But I think that if they are close, it could create a very good, very competitive situation,” Eaves said.“This is a new year,” Eaves went on to add. “But basically you’re looking at two guys vying for a position and it’s a very competitive situation and I think in the end it will push them to be better. Ultimately, by the end of the year, we will have to make a decision as to who steps up, but as of right now, we are very comfortable with what’s going on.”Badgers more experiencedFor the first time since the 2005-06 season, Eaves will be coaching what is considered an upperclass team as it returns seven seniors and nine juniors, but he believes team chemistry remains the one of the most important factors in finding success.“What we are able to accomplish, whether it is with an upperclassmen team or an underclassmen team, is a fact of how this group comes together,” Eaves said. “Can we take this group of individuals and mold them into a team that gives them the ultimate competitive edge? That’s one of our huge challenges this year.”“It’s about us. It’s about how this group comes together as a team. Through the course of this year, we’re going to have to find that moment when this group of individuals finds that moment of ownership. We can talk about it at great lengths, but once the rubber hits the road, we’re going to have to see when that moment is and if we can take advantage of it.”Eaves hopes that senior forward Andy Bombach, who scored 10 goals and recorded 15 assists last season, will assume a more influential role on the team. He also looks to junior Patrick Johnson to rebound from a three-goal, four-assist season and return to his dynamic freshman form when he posted 21 total points.“I think Andy Bombach is ready to step up, and Patrick Johnson, we know we can get more from him based on his freshman year,” Eaves said. “There’s a group of kids that we think can step up and be really effective and based on what we have seen so far in practice, that’s going to take place and that’s an exciting factor for us.”last_img read more

Oezil, Adebayor score to set up a Madrid-Barca Copa del Rey final

first_imgReal Madrid secured a clash with Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final after defeating Sevilla 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening, to progress 3-0 on aggregate.Despite failing to inspire for long spells of the match, Mesut Oezil’s sublime finish with ten minutes to go put paid to the challenge of the ineffective visitors, and then Emmanuel Adebayor’s injury-time volley set up a final meeting of Spain’s two biggest sides.Sevilla knew that they had to find the net or else face elimination, and opted to play Frederic Kanoute just off main striker Alvaro Negredo, fresh from his two goals at the weekend.But it was Madrid who created the better chances in the first half. Angel Di Maria cut inside from the left flank after just four minutes, drilling in a low shot that cannoned back from the base of the post. Karim Benzema looked destined to slot home into the empty net, with Javi Varas stranded, but his effort skewed wide of the target.Negredo had a goal chopped off for a borderline offside decision before Cristiano Ronaldo squandered the best chance of the opening 45 minutes. Di Maria slipped him through on goal, but as the ball ran across his body, Varas blocked his low effort well with his legs.Neither side were wholly convincing, however, and Sevilla, while holding their own, weren’t doing enough to press for the goal they were required to seek. Madrid were wasteful once more. Di Maria forced Varas into another good save with his lower body, then Ronaldo’s bobbling cross was headed over from underneath the crossbar by the hapless Benzema.Luis Fabiano was thrown into the action by away coach Gregorio Manzano, but their build-up play remained ineffectual, and they lacked the belief to truly press for a goal that would take the match to extra time.And they would be made to pay for their lack of vibrancy when los Blancos killed the contest. A quite brilliant through pass from Sami Khedira bisected the Nervionenses’ back four and international team-mate Oezil conveyed immense composure to feign Javi Varas, dance around him and roll the ball into the net.Icing was added in the final minute when Adebayor, given the last ten minutes of the match, controlled a Diarra pass on his chest before lashing home an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net.The late goals gloss over what was an unconvincing Madrid performance, but they did the necessary to progress, dethroning the holders to establish the first Clasico cup final since 1990. Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

Astros’ A.J. Hinch suspended for Sunday’s game after Angel Hernandez blowup

first_imgHernandez her Hinch’s comment and was angry before he shut down any questioning. Astros’ A.J. Hinch said Angel Hernandez made condescending, unprofessional comments after ejection Astros manager A.J. Hinch was suspended for Sunday’s game against the Braves by MLB after his ejection from Friday’s game by umpire Angel Hernandez.The league announced Hinch’s suspension and an undisclosed fine. The moves comes after Hinch argued with Hernandez in the first inning of the Astros’ spring game against the Cardinals. “He said that? Write it,” Hernandez said, then added, “No comment. He got ejected for arguing balls and strikes. That’s it.”Hinch later released a statement apologizing for his “emotional comments”— Houston Astros (@astros) March 17, 2019″I’m very passionate about our players and our team, but on Friday night I made some emotional comments that took attention away from the play on the field,” Hinch said. “I take responsibility for my actions and comments and accept the league’s decision.” Hinch called Hernandez “unprofessional” and “arrogant” afterward.”The fact that he wanted to throw me out in a spring training game is pretty ridiculous,” Hinch said after being tossed one pitch into the bottom of the first inning. “He’s known for overreaction a little bit.” Related Newslast_img read more

Tradeology 101: Grading the Seattle Mariners by their tradeability

first_imgTradeability: B-Again, if money isn’t an issue, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Encarnacion on the move as the trade deadline nears. He’s on pace for a better season in 2019 than 2018 by WAR and is also likely to notch more than 30 longballs this season. Encarnacion is a perfect DH/backup first base option on the trade market, should a team be jonesing for some power in the lineup. He has a team option for 2020, so a receiving team would have to deal with the option or buyout ($5 million) if they want to move on from Encarnacion and his parrot. Jerry Dipoto has a vivid imagination when it comes to baseball rosters. His constant re-imagining of the Seattle Mariners over the past four seasons has earned him the title of Guru of Tradeology, something that you certainly cannot learn at any online university and is a totally real thing.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWith reports surfacing that the Mariners are having a fire sale, Dipoto is going to possibly, maybe, potentially finally build a roster, present or future, in his image. Even though the Mariners are scuffling, they have plenty of players who could make an impact on playoff-hungry teams.Using a highly complex formula — which is about as confusing as Dipoto’s roster re-imaginings, so good luck trying to figure that out — that includes production, contract, position, depth of position in the farm system, durability, trade market and personality, we’ve come up with a player’s tradeability grade.Take your seats, take out your notebooks and pay attention: Class is in session. Today’s lesson, the Seattle Mariners. This is Tradeology 101. Do not @ me.Mitch HanigerPosition: OutfielderContract: Arbitration eligible through 2022; free agent after 2022Tradeability: A-While it seemed pretty pie-in-the-sky that Haniger would be on the move before the season, if there’s truth to the reports that the Mariners are in full-blown fire-sale mode, Haniger is one of the most intriguing trade options on the Mariners.Haniger, 28, has been one of the more underrated players in baseball over the past two seasons. While his power numbers have dipped a bit in 2019, he’s still been worth 1.5 bWAR through 59 games, so he’s on pace for a great season. He’s also coming off a 6.1 bWAR season in 2018 (157 games), his best season to date.Haniger won’t hit free agency until after the 2022 season, so his prime years are under team control. He only loses points because he doesn’t have a long history of production: His 2018 season was the first he’s played a full year, while his 2017 was injury riddled. Still, Haniger is a plus defender and a plus bat when he’s right, so should a team need a starting caliber bat with good power and a controllable contract, this is your guy.Kyle SeagerPosition: Third baseContract: Two years, $38 million after 2019; $15 million team option for 2022Tradeability: C+Corey’s brother has been a solid player for Seattle for eight seasons, playing good defense and being a serviceable bat as well. In his eight Seattle seasons entering 2019, Seager was worth 28 wins per Baseball Reference, with a .258/.324/.440 slash line to go with it. He’s got 20-plus home run power and plays a serviceable third base, perfect for a team looking for a good midseason reinforcement to anchor a lineup.The key to moving Seager would be to eat money on his contract: He’s making $19.5 million in 2020 and $18.5 million in 2021, numbers that don’t necessarily agree with the player he’s been the past two seasons (2.7 bWAR in 2017 followed by 0.8 bWAR in 2018). Perhaps the biggest obstacle in trading Seager is the team option: Should Seager be traded, the team option for 2022 transitions into a $15 million player option, a number he would most definitely pick up. Trading Seager for prospects is likely something the Mariners will explore, but they’ll also have to deal with the lack of organizational depth at third base: As of June 3, the Mariners only had one third baseman in MLB Pipeline’s top 30 prospects, Joe Rizzo, who has yet to play above High-A ball.Domingo SantanaPosition: OutfieldContract: Arbitration eligible through 2022; free agent after 2022 Tradeability: B-With regular playing time, Santana got off to a hot start, hitting .292 with an .842 OPS in March/April with six home runs in 31 games. In May, he took a step back — he hit just .237 with a .749 OPS and 34 strikeouts in 93 at-bats.Santana, a righty, is very good against right-handed pitching, not as much so against lefty pitching, with an OPS 80 points lower vs. lefties in 2019. This is odd for Santana, who showcases roughly the same OPS vs. both lefties and righties in his career (.795 vs. righties opposed to .815 vs. lefties).Those numbers aside, Santana has a 112 career OPS+ with 30-homer power and a 3-WAR ceiling in a full season. If a team is looking for more pop out of right field, Santana is the guy, but when looking at teams that could be in the playoff hunt, outfields are loaded, so it’s hard to see where Santana goes if he’s traded after a short stay in the Emerald City.Edwin EncarnacionPosition: First base/DHContract: $20 million team option for 2020; free agent after 2020 Good morning, class. Please take your seats. It is I, your totally legitimate and credible professor, Dr. Joe Rivera.When we last met, we discussed the San Francisco Giants and their potential fire sale. I hope you took notes, because today’s lesson is something of a recurring one.last_img read more