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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:39 pm 
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If the Jays want to build something around Bichette, Biggio and Vlad Jr for competing a year or two from now, then now is the time to front-load a deal to a top-tier free agent pitcher or two. You can't rely on everyone being both available and willing to come the winter you decide you're ready. Fuck that.


Would like to see them go after a reliable Keuchel, Porcello or Teheran-type, guys who give 170-190 no-nonsense innings. I feel like they're valuable just because of the pressure that goes off the bullpen.

Chase Anderson was a good pickup to that end. He'll give them 130 perfectly adequate innings. Lots of starting pitchers on the open market, I'm sure they'll find a couple of guys.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:42 pm 
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Bosc wrote:
If the Jays want to build something around Bichette, Biggio and Vlad Jr for competing a year or two from now, then now is the time to front-load a deal to a top-tier free agent pitcher or two. You can't rely on everyone being both available and willing to come the winter you decide you're ready. Fuck that.


Would like to see them go after a reliable Keuchel, Porcello or Teheran-type, guys who give 170-190 no-nonsense innings. I feel like they're valuable just because of the pressure that goes off the bullpen.

Chase Anderson was a good pickup to that end. He'll give them 130 perfectly adequate innings. Lots of starting pitchers on the open market, I'm sure they'll find a couple of guys.


Yeah, those guys are important. What was traded for him aside, there's definitely value in having R.A. Dickey go out and reliably throw 200 innings, every 5th day. But I still feel like they will need at least one guy to really move the needle. The Anderson pickup is a good move but if they have any designs on a championship, they might need an overpay on an ace. Front-load the deal while the kids are cheap.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:55 pm 
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Rox did little more than shed salary, doubt it goes toward anything productive this offseason.


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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:46 am 
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Anyone watching Premier 12 Olympic Baseball Qualifying? What an unexpectedly great tournament so far!

The teams are a mix of top prospects (USA), Japanese and Korean pros and journeymen. A real motley crew but the talent is there.

Stayed up late to watch for former first-round prospect Phillippe Aumont dominate a portly Cuban lineup for Canada. Not sure why he never panned out in the majors, but his breaking pitches and cutter were unhittable. Dude will probably get a Japan or Korean league offer from this.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:24 pm 
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Gabe Kapler named successor to manager Bruce Bochy in San Francisco. No surprise, given he and team president Farhan Zaidi both come from the Dodgers.

Canned after two years in Philly, but it's his time in Los Angeles and his handling of sexual assaults involving his players that hangs over this hiring: https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/2/6/ ... a-phillies

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Holy shit...this sign stealing thing may end up being a pretty big deal.


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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
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It really is fucking ridiculous that this is Larry Walker's 10th and final chance to make it into Cooperstown. He may not have been first ballot material but he should've made it in a while ago. Some of his most important stats outpace Derek frickin' Jeter.

And this is coming from someone who was not that big a fan of Walker's during his time in Colorado.


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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
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It really is fucking ridiculous that this is Larry Walker's 10th and final chance to make it into Cooperstown. He may not have been first ballot material but he should've made it in a while ago. Some of his most important stats outpace Derek frickin' Jeter.

And this is coming from someone who was not that big a fan of Walker's during his time in Colorado.


I'm torn about Mooselips. One of my favourite Spos growing up, has the WAR to make it but I do wonder about Coors inflation. Anyways, screw those New York farts who are only voting for Jeter, one of the most overrated players of all time.

Meanwhile, free agency is going a bit faster than last year. Giants have already lost Will Smith and will lose Bumgarner shortly (Braves? Twins? Phillies?). They'll go dumpster diving for 20-HR guys and back of rotation types.

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Giants non-tender fan favourite Kevin Pillar, who would've made 10M in arbitration. Between that and Kapler, Giants fans are livid. They're really not interested in a rebuild even though the team is already in one.

I'm sad Pillar is gone but I get it: league bottom OBP, declining defence. But he hit 20 homeruns, which is rare when you play at Oracle Park, and as all you Jays fans know is a total gamer.

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Giants non-tender fan favourite Kevin Pillar, who would've made 10M in arbitration. Between that and Kapler, Giants fans are livid. They're really not interested in a rebuild even though the team is already in one.

I'm sad Pillar is gone but I get it: league bottom OBP, declining defence. But he hit 20 homeruns, which is rare when you play at Oracle Park, and as all you Jays fans know is a total gamer.



Low OBP, low Avg OF? Sounds like the exact kind of player the Shapiro/Atkins regime seems to think there's a market inefficiency for...

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:46 pm 
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Collusion is in full effect. Owners are squeezing the players every which way they can. Either non-tending arbitration-eligible players, to manipulating service time, to just plain not signing any free agents. Wonder if they'll get a harsh fine for it (that they paid back by over-expanding the leagues)?

Once again, a plethora of viable talent out there that the Rox won't touch.


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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:11 pm 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Collusion is in full effect. Owners are squeezing the players every which way they can. Either non-tending arbitration-eligible players, to manipulating service time, to just plain not signing any free agents. Wonder if they'll get a harsh fine for it (that they paid back by over-expanding the leagues)?

Once again, a plethora of viable talent out there that the Rox won't touch.


At least the Arenado/Story rumours have died down a little.

Basically if you're a 2 WAR player and less, you're worth no more than a minimum salaried guy. So bye bye Pillar and his ilk. If you're 2.5 WAR and up, you're about to get paid.

I'm happy Grandal and Moustakas got paid after getting screwed last time. Same with Smith, who deserved better than a qualifying offer. Sounds like all the big starting pitchers--Cole, Stras, Wheeler, Bum--are gonna get paid.

Rangers are committed to spending with a new park opening, so 200+ to local boy Rendon is doable. They also had success with Beltre and Rendon is a similar type.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 MLB Thread
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Washington just handed Stephen Strasburg $245 million. Good money if you can get it.

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