Quick hits

This is the weekend that the Miami Dolphins get their first win. They’re home, their defense has kept them in a lot of games and they’re playing the New York Jets.

Definitely take the "under," which should have been set at 12 points.

The Washington Redskins can go in either direction following Sean Taylor’s tragic death. They can find inspiration and become a united group that’s determined to win every single week in his honor, or they can collapse under such a heavy emotional weight, their focus straying far from the football field.

I say they win big over the Buffalo Bills today.

The next punter or kicker who directs a ball toward Devin Hester should be slapped with a huge fine – and a sledgehammer.

The Orioles did the right thing by not offering arbitration to Corey Patterson and Paul Bako. They still can negotiate with both players under the new labor agreement – free agents can return at any time rather than waiting until May - and the Orioles wouldn’t have received a draft pick as compensation. It’s no big deal.

I sense they’re still not sure whether they want Patterson back. It’s as if they’ve put him on hold. And they should know the feeling.

As the season wound down, it appeared that manager Dave Trembley wanted Patterson to return because of the center fielder’s speed and defense. But at what price? And what’s the alternative?

We know they have no interest in pursuing Andruw Jones or Aaron Rowand – who was offered arbitration by the Philadelphia Phillies and will cost a team two draft picks. They never were in the running for Torii Hunter. I also don’t see Nolan Reimold being ready in 2008. He needs more at-bats in the minors, and to prove to everyone that he can stay healthy.

The Orioles will take a player in this week’s Rule 5 draft. I’ll predict a catcher.

If you’re running the Minnesota Twins and are convinced that you won’t be able to re-sign Johan Santana after next season, when he can become a free agent, do you accept the New York Yankees’ offer of Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera and a midlevel prospect? Is that enough – knowing the Yankees aren’t going to add Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy?

I love Hughes. Cabrera has grown on me. But I wouldn’t be thrilled with the "midlevel" part of the package, not for a two-time Cy Young winner.

Before the Twins can consider any deal, they need to stop laughing at the Boston Red Sox’s reported offer of Jon Lester and Coco Crisp. Yeah, that’ll get it done – as soon as you substitute Jacoby Ellsbury for Crisp.

The Red Sox offered arbitration to reliever Eric Gagne. They must be convinced that he’ll decline it so he can sign elsewhere and be a closer. Or they lost a bet.

Theo Epstein either had to wear a dress in the office or offer Gagne arbitration.