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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #200 on: February 07, 2020, 05:31:47 AM »
So according to USA Today, MLB is going to administer only a light punishment to the Red Sox after there was little evidence of cheating found in their investigation of the 2018 team.


After this week, I'll take that.

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« Reply #201 on: February 07, 2020, 08:43:59 AM »
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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #203 on: February 07, 2020, 09:54:31 AM »
Bold Prediction: Mookie Betts will never come close to being the player he was in 2018.

Up until this news about Graterol I was fine with the trade honestly. I'm ecstatic that Price is gone, and I never saw Betts as a guy who can produce at an elite level for the next 10-12 years. This team has given out more than enough terrible contracts already, i'm ok with not doing it here either. I know this is not a popular opinion, and i'm probably very stupid and wrong, but that's just how I feel. I was never a huge Betts fan and I can't really explain why as there is nothing wrong with him at all.

EDIT: All that said, this is one situation where it would not surprise me at all if the Sox offered him a ridiculous contract this offseason still. He's definitely going to be a FA, so everyone will have their shot at him.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #204 on: February 08, 2020, 06:24:42 AM »
Minnesota Twins pulled out of the Mookie Betts trade


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« Reply #205 on: February 10, 2020, 02:05:46 AM »
Mookie's 2018 was probably a bit of a fluke. Betts has established himself as a 6 win player. Sometimes he'll surpass it but you can't count on it. There's obviously some risk but I think you have to accept risk to try and win. On the flip side though, if Betts was going to test the waters then why not make this move and try to sign him as a free agent anyway? The real concern for the Red Sox is Verdugo's character is questionable and they now have a prospect named Jeter.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #206 on: February 10, 2020, 07:00:20 AM »
named after St. Jetersberg as well!!  His mother said she started watching the Yankees in 1998 and liked Jeter's eyes!!!

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #207 on: February 10, 2020, 07:16:58 AM »
Probably still not as bad as Daulton Varsho, tbh.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #209 on: February 11, 2020, 11:37:12 AM »
The Red Sox are close to signing Kevin Pillar.  Hopefully they get Johnny Gamon and Trot Mixon too.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #210 on: February 11, 2020, 02:08:38 PM »
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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #211 on: February 12, 2020, 12:18:01 AM »
Giants signed Trevor Cahill to a minor league deal. These deals strike me as great low risk/high reward ones. He's mostly been a below average starter but could serve as depth at AAA as a SP or be a low leverage option at the MLB level as a reliever.

Seattle signed Wei-Yin Chen to a minor league deal in hopes he finds his form like when he was with Baltimore. Same deal as Cahill where can provide depth at AAA as a SP or being a #5 starter at the big league level if needed.

Cubs signed Jason Kipnis to a minor league deal. A little surprised he didn't get a big league contract as he can still give a team 15-20 HR and around 5 SB in a given season while being league average or slightly above in fielding percentage at 2B.

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« Reply #212 on: February 12, 2020, 08:09:30 AM »

This is so dumb.
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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #213 on: February 12, 2020, 11:45:40 PM »
I thought the 3 batter rule was instituted last year (I think it's pretty stupid to take away part of the strategy).

I'm fine with the additional player on the active roster as it can help a AAAA player make a roster, especially if they have a heavier platoon split, though I'm not too fond of the idea of limiting pitcher roster spots.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #214 on: February 13, 2020, 12:05:31 AM »
I like the idea of a batter minimum, though I'm wary of instituting it as a hard rule.

I like limiting September rosters. But cynically I can't help noticing on balance this saves owners about $600,000 in salaries.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #215 on: February 13, 2020, 12:06:38 AM »
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SP Felix Hernandez: Needs 11 Wins for 180
SP Jon Lester: Needs 10 Wins for 200
1B Chris Davis: Needs 5 HR for 300
2B Robinson Cano: Needs 130 Hits for 2,700 and 6 HR for 330
OF Ryan Braun: Needs 77 Hits for 2,000 and 6 HR for 350

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #216 on: February 13, 2020, 01:28:38 AM »
The Astros just gave a press conference with owner Jim Crane along with Dusty, Altuve and Bregman. Crane claimed there's no way to prove sign stealing actually helped their team. He apologized not because sign stealing helped them but because they "broke the rules." It wasn't exactly a shining moment of positive PR.

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« Reply #217 on: February 15, 2020, 08:05:52 AM »

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #218 on: February 15, 2020, 01:22:33 PM »
Tony Fernandez has apparently passed away  :'(

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #219 on: February 16, 2020, 05:37:30 AM »

Bring back Bud Selig. This is absurd.
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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #220 on: February 16, 2020, 06:49:58 AM »
He’s worse than Gary Bettman.


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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #221 on: February 16, 2020, 11:17:34 PM »
Dodgers acquired LHP Tyler Gilbert from the Phillies in exchange for OF Kyle Garlick. Gilbert has put up a 3.18 ERA with 70 K in 82.3 IP the last 2 years for the Phillies AAA affiliate and has a good chance to make the majors this season.

Garlick's older (will be 28 this year) but hit .314 last year in 81 games and has 39 HR over 595 AB between 2018-2019 at the AAA level.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #222 on: February 17, 2020, 12:18:44 AM »
The penatly for hitting an Astros player will be more harsh than the Astros cheating to win a title. Fuck outta here.
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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #224 on: February 17, 2020, 09:07:56 AM »

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #225 on: February 18, 2020, 12:15:21 AM »
Sounds like the Red Sox are close to signing C Jonathan Lucroy to a minor league deal. He hit .242/.310/.371 with the Angels last year and .241 with Oakland in 2018. At best, he'll serve as depth at AAA and offer a bat that can hit RHP some with a BA in the .240-.265 range, maybe a little higher if things break perfectly.

Milwaukee is also close to terms with utility player Brock Holt. Can play all over the infield and the outfield, great depth move for the Brewers.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #226 on: February 18, 2020, 03:31:46 AM »
Brock Holt is a smaller scale player that should've been a Red Sox player for life.  Terrible, awful offseaon and least I've looked forward to baseball in some time.
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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #227 on: February 18, 2020, 03:38:53 AM »
Lucroy seemed washed up when he was on the Cubs last year, but he's still worth a risk for depth.

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« Reply #228 on: February 18, 2020, 09:48:12 AM »

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #229 on: February 19, 2020, 11:40:24 PM »
Cubs manager David Ross said Wednesday that he is committed to Kris Bryant as the team's leadoff man for 2020. Should be an interesting move in how it pays off. Should lead to an uptick in AB and Runs for Bryant but could it hurt the Cubs' overall run production taking one of their best hitters out of a deeper spot where he could drive in more runs?

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« Reply #230 on: February 19, 2020, 11:58:59 PM »
Last year the Cubs used Schwarber/Bryant for a chunk of the year. Nicholas Castellanos became their #2 hitter when he arrived, but the Cubs never settled on a true leadoff hitter. I assume it'll be Rizzo/Baez batting 3/4 and that's solid. But who bats second? And if it's Schwarber, they're just flipping a couple guys in the lineup.

Ultimately though, I don't think it makes much of a difference.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #231 on: February 20, 2020, 01:26:32 AM »
They didn't use Bryant at leadoff at all last year. I'm looking at a list from a NBC sports Chicago article and they primarily used Schwarber, Hayward, Almora, Zobrist, and gag Daniel Descalso. Unless I read wrong and you meant Bryant as the 2 hitter?

The Cubs haven't had a true leadoff hitter since Dexter Fowler left after the 2016 season and it's been a big problem.  Bryant will be better than most of the guys they had last year. Hayward and Almora were particularly atrocious. Weirdly enough, Rizzo has been their best leadoff guy when they used him and has a career .462 batting average at leadoff since 2017. They should use him if Bryant bombs.

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« Reply #232 on: February 20, 2020, 01:35:33 AM »
Yes. I meant Schwarber batted first and Bryant batted second.

Looking over the table again, the only thing certain is the Cubs will probably blow up the lineup again in May.

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« Reply #233 on: February 20, 2020, 02:36:38 AM »
I'm expecting the Cubs to use Nico Hoerner at #9 as a leadoff guy essentially throughout the remainder of the game. Cubs just want to have a higher chance of 1st inning runs. Makes sense having Bryant in that role.

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« Reply #235 on: February 22, 2020, 07:04:53 AM »


The Astros didn't swing and miss on all 51 breaking balls that Kershaw threw in Game 5.

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