When you watch Michael Brantley play left field, your eyes tell you he's an above average defender out there. He moves well and is rangy, two qualities that certainly help in the outfield. But when you look at his advanced defensive metrics, the numbers tell another story.

Brantley's defensive value in left last season was estimated to be worth roughly -3 runs per 1,000 innings, and for his career, it's -2. That puts him slightly below average, to the shock and disbelief of many. Count Cleveland manager Terry Francona among the doubters.
For the first month of the 2014 season, rookie Tre Mason didn't set foot on the gridiron. Once he made his NFL debut in Week 6, Mason led the St. Louis Rams in rushing in each game the rest of the way, finishing with 765 yards and a 4.3 YPC.

The reason why coach Jeff Fisher left him on the pine early on shouldn't be a surprise.

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Wily Mo Pena staying overseas? 

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After months of talk of a return to the major leagues, will former MLB outfielder Wily Mo Pena be suiting up in the states this season?

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Candidates to replace Saunders in Toronto 

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Toronto's offseason trade with Seattle for outfielder Michael Saunders was supposed to fill the role left by Melky Cabrera (signed with the Chicago White Sox), but now that Saunders is out for the first half of the season due to a meniscus tear, the Blue Jays have a big void in the outfield. Who are the frontrunners to replace Saunders? Here's the latest on that.

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Travis Kelce set for 2015 breakout? 

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While Anthony Fasano has been a decent tight end for much of his career, fantasy junkies spent all of last season waiting for him to get out of Travis Kelce's way, so the younger tight end could maximize his pass-catching stats.

It appears that the Kansas City Chiefs finally are on board with that notion.

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There was a report earlier this week that Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne intends to sign with the Detroit Lions after meeting with them, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

However, it appears that the Niners still remain in the mix for his services.

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Why Packers can afford Peppers 

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Although the Green Bay Packers could shave $7 million off of their salary cap for 2015 by releasing Julius Peppers, coach Mike McCarthy last week was quick to shoot down the notion that they may actually cut the veteran this offseason.

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Rondo's short stint in Big D? 

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There is a rift between Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle, which was clear for everyone to see during Tuesday's game against the Toronto Raptors. The player and head coach kept it going during a locker room spat which resulted in the Mavs suspending Rondo for Wednesday's game in Atlanta. Owner Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler played down the verbal altercation and believes the two men will be okay moving forward.

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Bradley Beal's next game 

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The Washington Wizards have been horrible without starting shooting guard Bradley Beal as they have dropped to the No. 5 seed in the East after losing five consecutive games and have gone 2-6 with him sidelined due to the mild stress reaction in his right fibula. Good news should come on Friday.

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Why Stevens won't start Thomas 

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Newly-acquired guard Isaiah Thomas would like to be a starter, however that was not part of the game plan with the Phoenix Suns and the same is true with the Boston Celtics, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

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Is Darren Collison's season over? 

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The Sacramento Kings have been without starting point guard Darren Collison since Feb. 7 due to a strained right hip flexor and according to a report, his season might be over thanks to the injury.

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Robinson and the Bulls 

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The Chicago Bulls have lost Derrick Rose for an undetermined amount of time and they might seek out some backcourt help since they have an open roster spot. Could that guard be Nate Robinson?

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Milwaukee's 15th roster spot 

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The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the NBA teams to make deals last week among the flurry of trades on deadline day and once it was over the team had an open roster spot after reaching a buyout with Larry Sanders. Do they have plans to bring in another player anytime soon to fill the 15th position?

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Rivers finding a rough buyout market 

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The Los Angeles Clippers currently have an open roster position after they signed forward Jordan Hamilton to 10-day contract on Tuesday. They were hoping to land some top free agents after those players signed buyouts, but that market has not delivered so far as some have been claimed off waivers, while other were traded. In addition, those hitting the free agent market have chosen to sign elsewhere.

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Peyton willing to restructure contract? 

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If Peyton Manning is going to return for the 2015 campaign, he is going to have to pass a physical by next Thursday. However, there appears to be another reason why he and the Denver Broncos haven't formally announced that he will be back for next season.

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