Kobe Bryant, who isn't shy when it comes to his Twitter takes, popped up again Monday night on the social media platform. And um ... the Black Mamba is not a happy mamba. [@kobebryant:] "No game 7 win without Metta! This is a tough day for laker nation #misspeace #newcbacasualty" ... "Personally I'd keep Metta and make a run with the unit we have and just add a few pieces #keepthepeace #lakersstilldeciding" ... When he gets chatty, there's not "What's up, fam?!" it's just straight talk from the Lakers future Hall of Famer. We'll see if Bryant publicly telling the organization he doesn't agree with their decision will prompt them to change their approach. (CBS Sports) Comment
While not much, if anything, changed in the offer, Victor Cruz can now dance all the way to the bank. Cruz's deal, which is essentially the same one the Daily News reported he was offered in June, does put him in line with the best slot receivers in the NFL. ... But Cruz held out for more, skipping the Giants' offseason workout program and their minicamp, while telling friends he wanted to get the Giants up to an average of at least $9 million per season. With the Giants, according to a source, refusing to budge, Cruz blinked. And on Monday he said, "I just felt like it was time. I was like, 'You know what? I'm done with the back and forth,'" he said. "What's on the table is a really good deal. I'm really excited about it." (New York Daily News) Comment
Over the course of the past year, the Marlins have shed tens of millions in salary commitments and have now rid themselves of Ricky Nolasco's salary, too. With Nolasco off the payroll, the new high earner for the Marlins is Placido Polanco, who is making $2.75 million this season. To put Polanco's salary into context, consider this: last year's major league average salary was $3.2 million. In other words, the Marlins don't have a player on their roster making the league average. Technically, the player the Marlins are paying the most to this season ($4 million) is Heath Bell. The Marlins agreed to pick up $8 million of the $20 million owed to Bell for 2013 and '14 when they traded him last October to Arizona. (Miami Herald) Comment
Lou Seal, San Francisco's mascot, fades as the Mets-Giants 16-inning marathon grinds on at AT&T Park. The game lasted five hours 26 minutes -- the Giants' longest game in 12 years -- before New York won, 4-3.
SI senior writer Chris Mannix, MLB producer Ted Keith, and senior producer Andrew Perloff discuss why Yasiel Puig is such an exciting player and why he should be on the National League's All-Star roster.