MLB Offseason 2020-21

Dandy

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Nicholas Castellanos has until midnight tomorrow to exercise his option after one year with the Reds. He signed a 4/$64M last offseason but has opt-outs after each of the first two years. I assume he is waiting until the last possible day for someone to offer more money in a better setting, because to me it is a no-brainer that he opts for basically a 1/$16M deal that he can opt to extend two more years.
 
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alkeiper

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I don’t think teams could openly offer him more money until he actually opts out, otherwise it’s tampering. Not that it would stop anyone.
 

alkeiper

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I'll note that the Cardinals declined Kolton Wong's option at one year, $12.5 million. I suspect free agency is going to drag out this offseason.
 

alkeiper

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A bizarre vote in the NL MVP race. St. Louis writer Rick Hummel accidently selected Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera instead of Trea Turner from a drop down menu so Tepera ended up with a down ballot MVP vote. Tepera finished 18th.

The Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng as their general manager. Ng is the first female general manager in MLB and I believe in the big 4 US sports as well. She's imminently qualified.
 

King Kamala

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Yep. The Marlins press release said she was the first female GM in one of the four major North American sports.
 

Brocklock

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https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id...hampionship-architect-theo-epstein-steps-down

I knew this was coming, but I thought he was gonna stay one more year. It still stings. Theo is a great person and even though he made some bad decisions the last few years, I'll always remember the press conference when he came in 2011. Where he said it's gonna be a long process but in five years the fans will be thanking us. Then five years later they win the World Series. I did love that he got a dig at Trump on the way out which btw Fuck The Ricketts Family


If the Cubs trade Rizzo or Baez, I don't think i'll watch them next year. Rizzo especially is one of those guys that shouldn't be traded. I feel like every team has one guy and Rizzo is that guy for the Cubs. He's been such a great person to have for the city and has done so much for Chicago the last 8 years. The Marquee Network being such a clusterfuck has already done damage to the fanbase, that I imagine a lot of fans would straight up not watch the season if Rizzo were to go. He is absolutely beloved here.
 

Brocklock

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There's even speculation of Theo going to politics. He's hinted at it before. Dude has the look and is still pretty young, only turning 47 next month. Theo as commissioner would rock.

I'd like to see him try to take a third "loser" franchise and get them a World Series though.
 

Baby Shoes

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There's even speculation of Theo going to politics. He's hinted at it before. Dude has the look and is still pretty young, only turning 47 next month. Theo as commissioner would rock.

I'd like to see him try to take a third "loser" franchise and get them a World Series though.
I think it was Michael Wilbon that said he should stay in Chicago and fix the Bears. I want to see Theo cross sports.
 

HarleyQuinn

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Shame to see as Cano seemed like a possible HOF selection (and could still be?) down the road. 68.9 career WAR, over .300 batting average lifetime, over 2,600 hits with 2 Gold Gloves and over 300 HR for a second baseman. Pretty comparable if not better than Jeff Kent and people think he's kind of been overlooked.
 

alkeiper

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Cano on stats alone is an easy Hall of Famer. But these suspensions are going to make it difficult if not impossible for him to garner induction.
 

Baby Shoes

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Cano on stats alone is an easy Hall of Famer. But these suspensions are going to make it difficult if not impossible for him to garner induction.
Agreed. If better players who did steroids when they didn’t have an explicit ban are being punished, no way this guy who has been told time and time again gets a pass.

The other thing I said to a friend of mine when messaging about this is this may be the end of the line for him. 38 is pretty old for a pro athlete so to sit out for a year at that age and come back almost 40? He may try for a payday but I don’t see his body holding up. Even if he works out, it is hard to replicate going through game level activity for that long.
 

alkeiper

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Manny Ramirez has gotten 22-28%, I think that's a comp for Cano based on the positive tests. As far as coming back he has two years left after this one, $24 million a season. He has to show up to get that money, regardless of how well he actually performs. So I doubt we have seen the last of Cano.
 
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