Seattle still owes Kam Chancellor a pile of money

There’s a reason Kam Chancellor’s quasi-retirement post yesterday didn’t include the actual word retirement.

Because that would have left a lot of money on the table.

Chancellor sent out word yesterday that he was moving onto the next chapter after scans on his neck injury from last year showed no healing.

The subtext of those reports might be that the Lakers viewed themselves in a race against the clock with LeBron’s deadline to opt in on his $35.6 million deal with Cleveland at 11:59 p.m. Friday. (Update: James told Cleveland officials Friday morning he plans to decline his option — i.e., to effectively opt out, sources say.) Had LeBron opted in, his path to the Lakers would have been more complicated, with more varied competition. And as Windhorst has reported, everyone around this situation is under the impression that LeBron wants to make his decision quickly.

Zach and ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz pick their five most intriguing free agency teams. Plus, they discuss LeBron, Paul George, the cap boom coming in the summer of 2019, and much more.

It’s cool, Moran said of hitting two slams in one season. But I guess it was just kind of nice to get some runs in there and get us the lead, so that was the biggest thing.

The only other rookie in Pirates history to hit two grand slams in a season was Wally Westlake in 1947. Moran was the first Pirates player with two grand slams in a season since Jose Bautista in 2006.

Those are cool things, Hurdle said. They don’t happen for everybody. They don’t happen to many guys whatsoever. It goes back to preparation, opportunity and then production, and he’s been able to pull that off. … He’s ready to hit. He knows what he’s hunting to hit.

Moran made his big league debut with Houston in 2016, appearing in nine games. He appeared in seven games with Houston last season before being sent to Pittsburgh along with Joe Musgrove and two other players in the deal for Gerrit Cole. Moran had 34 big league at-bats coming into this season.

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