The Browns are in an ideal position to make some noise in free agency. Cleveland has over $104 million in available cap space, so ponying up $10 to $12 million per year for Terrelle Pryor, the team’s leading receiver in 2016 by a long shot, has to be an easy choice, right? Well, apparently not for the Browns.
Pryor finished the 2016 season with 1,007 receiving yards despite inconsistent play from five different quarterbacks. After the Browns’ 1-15 finish, Pryor said he wanted to remain in Cleveland and continue to play for head coach Hue Jackson.
The first round of the World Baseball Classic is round-robin, and no tiebreaker game will be necessary in Pool A given we have a pair of 2-0 teams and a pair of 0-2 teams. So, we’ll know by the end of the day Wednesday which of Israel or the Netherlands is the higher seed for the second round of World Baseball Classic play, and tomorrow morning we’ll know which of Korea or Chinese Tapei is going to finish last in Pool A and therefore need to win their way into the 2021 WBC through the qualifying tournament the year before.
Israel would be the surprise victor here — yes, they have a number of current and former MLB players on the roster, but they also don’t have the collection of exciting talent that the Netherlands does. As Korea has already found out, though, being the favorite doesn’t necessarily mean much in one-game samples: if Israel can pull off a win here, it will be quite the story for a team that had to win their way into the main tournament in the first place. Either way, though, both of these teams have advanced, and they’ll spend Round 2 of the WBC facing off against the best Pool B has to offer.
Didi Gregorius had himself a game, hitting three doubles against Chinese Tapei, and the biggest of those tied the game with two outs in the eighth, helping lead to the Netherlands’ walk-off walk.