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08-29-2018, 07:24 PM
The Seattle Mariners will have some continuity in the managerial chair for a change.

Seattle signed Scott Servais to a multiyear contract extension Friday as the club opened the second half of the season in position to potentially end the longest current playoff drought in the four major pro sports.

The extension was a reward after Servais led Seattle to a 58-39 record prior to the All-Star break and a hold on the second wild-card spot in the American League. Seattle hasn’t been to the postseason since 2001.

”I’m still learning and I look forward to learning Braden Smith Youth Jersey (http://www.coltscheapstore.com/braden-smith-jersey-cheap) ,” Servais said. ”It’s about our players and how we prepare and how do we beat the opponent. You constantly are trying to get better at this. I’d like to say I have it all figured out; far from it. And I don’t see myself ever being that way.”

Servais is 222-199 since arriving in Seattle in 2016, the first managerial job of his career. Seattle went 87-75 in Servais’ first season, before dipping to 78-84 last year as Seattle was mired in injury issues. Servais, 51, previously worked in the front offices of the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers.

Servais’ extension was expected the moment general manager Jerry Dipoto signed an extension earlier this month. Both arrived in Seattle on three-year contracts prior to the 2016 season and their long-term future with the club was tied together.

”Probably the worst-kept secret in the game. If I got mine, he was going to get his,” Dipoto joked.

What’s notable about the Servais extension is the rare continuity it will create in Seattle. Assuming nothing unexpected forces a change, Servais will be just the third manager in the club’s history to begin a fourth season in charge of the Mariners. Darrell Johnson, the team’s first-ever manager in 1977, was let go midway through his fourth season in 1980. Lou Piniella was Seattle’s manager from 1993-2002.

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”If I had to pick one single-most important thing in any organization, that’s it. It’s that synergy, that connection, the communication between the general manager and manager,” Dipoto said. ”Any other relationships in the organization can be solved or you might be able to build a bridge between them, but if the manager and general manager don’t see things on a similar plane or have the ability to debate and arrive at a conclusion that works for everybody, you’ll never win.”

Despite the uncertainty about his future entering the season, Servais has been more relaxed and at ease. He’s given up some control to his coaching staff this season, which he believes is part of why Seattle is in playoff position.

”I just took a different approach in spring training this year. I think a year or two of doing things you gain confidence, you have an understanding of what will work Odell Beckham Jr Giants Jersey (http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/odell-beckham-jr-jersey) , what won’t work,” Servais said. ”But at the end of the day you have to go with your gut and I just wanted to be myself. I wanted my coaches to be themselves. I lean much more heavily on our coaches this year than I did the previous two years.”

Servais is a leading contender for AL manager of the year because of what Seattle has accomplished. The Mariners have overcome a number of key injuries and the suspension of Robinson Cano for 80 games to get into position for a playoff berth. They were in much better shape two weeks ago before dropping seven of nine games prior to the All-Star break and watching their lead for the second wild card shrink to just three games over Oakland.

”We’ve put ourselves in position. We’ve talked about bringing playoff baseball back to the Pacific Northwest and we’ve got a shot,” Servais said. ”It’s not going to be easy, we talked about it with our group frequently, but the goal here for the remainder of this season … is how good can we be? How good can the 2018 Mariners be? If we get to the point where I think we can we’ll be just fine in the playoff race.”

The Kansas City Chiefs are trading Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for what is expected to be a package of draft picks, according to published reports.

ESPN first reported the trade, which will not become official until the start of the new league year on March 14. It's the second major trade involving the Chiefs that will occur that day following the deal that will send quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.

The Chiefs have been aggressively seeking to trade Peters, an All-Pro during the 2016 season, as part of both a youth movement and shift in locker room culture.

The 25-year-old Peters emerged as one of the NFL's best cover cornerbacks, picking off at least five passes each of his first season in the league. But he also carries significant character concerns Kemoko Turay Jersey Colts (http://www.coltscheapstore.com/kemoko-turay-jersey-cheap) , beginning with getting thrown off his college team at Washington after a run-in with his coaches.

Peters has drawn the ire of some fans for refusing to stand for the national anthem, even though he has never explained why he is protesting. He's been involved in shouting matches with assistant coaches on the sideline, bizarre and sometimes divisive locker room antics, and was even suspended for a game last season after tossing an officials' penalty flag into the stands.

Peters thought he was ejected after that incident against the New York Jets and left the field, only to run back out 鈥?not wearing socks 鈥?when he realized he was not disqualified.

None of those character concerns was evidently enough to dissuade the Rams from making a deal, though. They were desperate for a shutdown cornerback for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, especially with Trumaine Johnson due to hit free agency after spending two seasons playing on the franchise tag.

The Rams' slot cornerback, Nickell Robey-Coleman, also is expected to hit free agency, and No. 2 cornerback Kayvon Webster will be trying to return from a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained in December.

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The Chiefs will obtain a potential replacement for Peters when the Smith deal becomes official. As part of their pending trade with the Redskins, the Chiefs will receive coveted cornerback Kendall Fuller, who many believe is on the verge of stardom, along with a third-round draft pick.

Prior to the trades, the Chiefs were only scheduled to have four picks in the upcoming draft, which would have significantly hampered new general manager Brett Veach's chances of upgrading the roster.

They were granted a sixth-round compensatory pick Friday for allowing quarterback Nick Foles to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles last offseason, and are expected to get additional choices from the Rams. But it's unknown whether those will occur in April's draft or in following years.

The Rams are already without a second-round after their trade for Sammy Watkins last year.