Royals acquire All-Star Trevor Cahill, relievers from Padres for playoff run

The Royals entered Monday’s game against the Tigers in a tie with the Rays for the second wild card spot. After seeing the Rays make a trade for a reliever, the 2015 champions did one better, trading for three Padres pitchers, including 2010 All-Star Trevor Cahill.

In addition to Cahill, who is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA this season for the rebuilding Padres, Kansas City received left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter and righty Brandon Maurer in exchange for left-handed pitchers Matt Strahm and No. 5 starter Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday.

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James told ESPN. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”

According to ESPN, there’s history between James and Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys Barkley that’s been simmering for some time. Most of it stems from Barkley’s criticisms on various outlets.

In the report, James also mocks Phil Jackson’s flippant comment this season referencing LeBron’s “posse.”

But James directed the hard heat toward Barkley, saying he’s tired of taking the high road. “Screw Charles Barkley. … I’m tired of biting my tongue. There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Barkley later laughed off James’ barbs and said he stood by his criticism.

“I was laughing, clearly he did some homework … he Googled Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys me and found some things,” Barkley said. “He was young when I was playing, so I appreciate that, but I’m not upset about it … my criticism was fair and I’m good with that.”

Pablo Sandoval officially signs with Giants Saturday

A change of scenery can do many people a lot of good, and maybe going home is just what Pablo Sandoval needs to resurrect his playing career.

Jon Heyman has reported that Sandoval, who was released by the Red Sox this week, will be in San Francisco to officially sign with the Giants on Saturday.

Sandoval signed a massive free agent deal with the Red Sox before the 2015 season, but never found his footing in Boston and forced the Red Sox to part ways with the man they hoped would be their third baseman of the future.

The former Giant comes back to the Bay Area with a successful track record for the team including three World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The 30-year-old third baseman never batted worse than .268 in his seven season with the Giants and had a career .344 batting average in 39 postseason games with the club while hitting six home runs and driving in 20 runs.

James also said Monday the team’s personnel isn’t as good as it was last season when Cleveland won it all. That’s a valid point: Griffin has not yet found suitable replacements for backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova and center Timofey Mozgov, who both left for big money from the Bucks and Lakers, respectively, in the offseason. The only significant roster addition has been wing Kyle Korver, which was as much a Cheap Youth Football Jerseys reaction to J.R. Smith’s injury as an actual upgrade attempt.

Griffin, though, still has ample time to make moves before the playoffs, so LeBron’s sounding the alarm now feels premature. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23, and a handful of useful players likely will become available after that date as teams buy out their contracts.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Wednesday, “We Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys have enough on this team to win a championship.” James, clearly, disagrees. Should be an interesting next two to three months in the Land.

Oops! Worst in-season trades for every NL franchise

The MLB trade deadline is both an exciting and dangerous time.

General managers across the league are looking for ways to improve their club, to find gold in the form of future World Series heros.

But they also have to avoid deals that will make lists like this one, the worst in-season deals for every National League team (yes, there’s also an AL version). We’re not just looking at deadline deals here, but all deals that happened between opening day and Game 162 of a season.

Add the tumultuous relationship between Carmelo Anthony and team president Phil Jackson and injuries to Kristaps Porzingis and Rose, and it’s not surprising to Fisher they’ve struggled. He admits he faced similar problems trying to execute what Jackson wanted.

“One of the challenges for all of us was we were in the basketball department under the umbrella of Phil Jackson and who he was and who he is and what he was able to do as coach and leader,” Fisher said.

“Then [when you’re] asking me as a head coach in a sense not to create the same results, but take the same system or way of playing and try and teach these guys how to play it — and utilize it in similar ways as when he taught it — I think at times it was more challenging for our players to really understand, ‘Who am I committing myself to? Who am I selling myself to? Who am I running through the brick wall for?'”

Fisher said he and Jackson didn’t mesh as they had hoped in their new roles as coach and president. Fisher also blamed an “inaccurate opinion about a personal matter” for his downfall under two seasons into a five-year contract. The Cheap Xavi Jerseys Cheap Xavi Jerseysreference was about an altercation with former Lakers Cheap Youth NHL Jerseys teammate Matt Barnes over Barnes’ ex-wife.