You pretty much have to go back to 1918 and 1919, when Babe Ruth pulled double duty as a starting pitcher and an outfielder for the Red Sox.

So, yeah, Ohtani’s upcoming season isn’t exactly predictable. On Tuesday, Scioscia told reporters that he expects Ohtani to make the most impact as part of a six-man rotation the club will experiment with in 2018. At least, that’s the plan now, in mid-February.

A couple hours after Wednesday’s workout — yes, it was still raining — the Angels held Ohtani’s first press conference of the spring in the Kachina Conference Center, at the Marriott Buttes Resort that overlooks the spring complex. Almost 25 minutes into the event, Scioscia’s comments about pitching being a priority were mentioned, and Ohtani was asked for his thoughts on the subject.

That could be a disappointing market for Cousins if he doesn’t perform well in Minnesota, but if he finds success he could get even more.

Especially because a new collective bargaining agreement negotiation is coming in 2021 that could hypothetically shift more money in players’ favor:

Stafford will only become a free agent before the end of his deal if he hasn’t lived up to the price tag.

If the Lions opt to keep him and pay him $10 million roster bonuses in 2021 and 2022, it’ll likely be because Stafford has played well and is therefore stuck in a below market deal at that point.

“That’s a term that you guys or not necessarily you in this room, but other people,” Taylor said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t necessarily view myself as a bridge quarterback. I’m a quarterback. As far as a bridge, hopefully I’m helping bridge this team to a Super Bowl, and that’s the plan.”

Taylor, 28, goes into 2018 as the Browns’ starter — the 29th for Cleveland since it returned as an expansion team in 1999. He doesn’t plan on losing the job no matter what Cleveland does in the draft.

The penalties on 19 Russians were expected after a top administration official had pledged, under critical congressional questioning last week, that the administration would act within a week to use the mandate Congress had approved last summer.

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