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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:22 pm 
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Eh, in the end I'm glad the Dodgers lost. Didn't realize Machado is such a dirty player. A true sports villain if there ever was one.


He'll be a Yankee soon, making him the ultimate sports villain.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:24 pm 
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E.L. wrote:
He'll be a Yankee soon, making him the ultimate sports villain.


Gahhh, yep that'll do it.

I actually loved those Torre-era Yanks and I loved none more than Chuck Knoblauch. He was true heel if there ever was one in baseball.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:45 pm 
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I suspect Machado to the Yankees and Harper will either stay in Washington or go to the Dodgers. Phillies in on both. Cubs might be in on Harper. Giants and Angels could use both but I doubt are serious options. Sox don't need em but could make a splash.

No one else seems inclined to drop 350M on a player.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:41 pm 
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A decent under-the-radar free agent this offseason is Rockies 2B D.J. LeMahieu. He's a good 1 or 2 hitter, solid defensively. Downsides: He's 30 and has missed significant time in the last two seasons due to injury. The analytics community apparently doesn't like him much either but I don't understand baseball analytics, so take that however you will. The Rox will likely move on this offseason as they have a promising prospect in Garrett Hampson they want to play in that spot.

All resources need to be spent in signing Nolan Arenado long-term, hopefully ace reliever Adam Ottavino and the team agree to terms, they absolutely cannot afford to lose him. I also wouldn't mind if they somehow manage to fire Ian Desmond and his contract into the sun, but that's highly unlikely.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:52 pm 
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If Bobby Evans was still in charge I would've predicted LeMahieu to SF with Panik getting dealt.

Good contact, low power guy who fields well. NL West familiarity. Perfect Giant.

But Evans is gone and they need two outfielders, so never mind.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:28 am 
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E.L. wrote:
If Bobby Evans was still in charge I would've predicted LeMahieu to SF with Panik getting dealt.

Good contact, low power guy who fields well. NL West familiarity. Perfect Giant.

But Evans is gone and they need two outfielders, so never mind.


Ian Desmond can play outfield :hurrr:


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:40 pm 
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Mets potentially lose their minds, hire the agent who reps their best players Brodie Van Wagonwheel as their new GM. It's a conflict of interest mess already, but Brodie is a smart guy so maybe he'll be able to navigate those waters.

The Giants likely won't hire their new GM prior to free agency or the GM meetings, which suggests Sabean will do some 1-year-deals and leave a relatively blank slate for the next person in charge. Sounds like they want to poach Zaidi or someone else from the Dodgers org, which is why it's taking a while.

For the first time ever, a Taiwanese player will be posted to both the NPB in Japan and MLB: 25-year-old power hitting corner outfielder Wang Po-Jung.

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Brodie Van Wagenen sounds like a name given to a sports agent parody by a sketch comedy show.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
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Slightly surprising news: Adrian Beltre announces his retirement after 21 years in the bigs. The only remaining ballplayer who played in the 90s is, of course, Bartolo.

Beltre is a no-doubt hall of famer: 3166 hits, 477 homeruns, career 95 WAR

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