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  1. Regarding Hand's replacement after his trade to LA; I doubt they promote a guy right from AAA to Closer, but take a look at James Karinchak's K/9, ERA, and FIP numbers:
  2. Barring a contender's pen completely going to s---, I can't see Kimbrel signing before June at this point. Who is going to give him the money he wants AND sacrifice draft picks and possibly International money just to get an additional month of a guy who might not even be any good at this point?
  3. Updated based on subsequent posts and some of my own opinions: Yankees - Chapman Red Sox - Barnes/Brazier/Thornburg, I saw some Steven Wright talk also, Hembree used to be a "Closer of the Future", and what if Carson Smith is finally healthy? Point being, no one is established, so anyone could conceivably step up and take over, or no one could. (Yankee fan hoping for the latter.) Blue Jays - Giles Rays - Alvarado, Diego Castillo and Ryne Stanek are discussed as alternate possibilities, but I think it'll be Alvarado. Orioles - Givens Astros - Osuna Mariners - Strickland Rangers - Leclerc Angels - Allen Athletics - Treinen Indians - Hand Tigers - Greene, I gotta believe Joe Jimmy takes over at some point. White Sox - Colome/Herrera Royals - Peralta/Boxberger Twins - May/Rogers/Hildenberger, Also Addison Reed, Blake Parker, or one of the more likely free agent landing spots. Phillies - Robertson/Dominguez/Neris Mets - Diaz Nationals - Doolittle, Rosenthal and Barraclaugh are there to step in at any moment/injury. Braves - Minter/Vizcaino Marlins - Steckenrider/Romo Dodgers - Jansen Rockies - Davis Diamondbacks - Bradley/Holland/Hirano, Can't see Hirano over the other two barring meltdown or injury, but I'll leave him. Padres - Yates Giants - Melancon/Smith, I really believe Melancon and his salary is their preference, as long as he performs. Cubs - Strop, Morrow expected to start on the DL and isn't good enough to automatically go back in when healthy if Strop, or even Edwards or Cishek are performing. Reds - Iglesias, Rumors of fireman role, Jared Hughes and Lorenzen also discussed. Pirates - Vazquez Brewers - Knebel/Jeffress/Hader Cardinals - Hicks/Miller, I think it's Hicks' job as long as he performs, which will allow them to use Miller in the preferred fireman role. Obviously Kimbrel changes everything for one of these teams. Bud Norris, A.J. Ramos, Clippard, maybe.
  4. Yanks won 100 games last year, they went to Game 7 of the ALCS the year before. Both teams were good enough to go to the World Series, but anything can happen in a 5 or 7-game series. Play those series again 100 times and the Yankees win plenty of them. They didn't NEED to get any better than last year, but they have.
  5. Oddly, I've never actually listened to their podcast, I'm only in the the FB group.
  6. Are you aware of the associated Facebook group(s)? Also pretty informative.
  7. I think he needs to start complaining about some of those bad calls. He and Boone. Demand the umps start getting it right. ETA: He needs to stop being Mr. Nice Guy all of the time. When a guy his size starts yelling at you, you'll start to pay attention.
  8. We use this San Francisco Giants gnome now because it's larger than the bobble head and because our league is the Sidd Finch League and the gnome has an SF on his hat. I have considered painting him so he's not Giants colors. https://www.walmart.com/ip/MLB-San-Francisco-Giants-Mini-Gnome/16939889
  9. I built this trophy for our league. The idea was to pass it around to the winner each year, like The Stanley Cup, but the idea of that makes me a little nervous, so, so far, I keep it and just update the champion plaques on the sides. We have an alternate gnome figurine in lieu of the bobble head at the moment, but I don't have a photo. We also had a Peter Gammons bobble head at one point.
  10. I fully expect a Ewing Effect for the Nats after losing Harper.
  11. Not really no where, they were one of the three teams he visited last week. They came up from 3rd most likely, I would say. If it's the 6/$126M of Darvish, then the Phillies weren't really willing to do whatever it takes, as they should have expected to go at least that far.
  12. It's pretty clear Corbin wants to be a Yankee. So the question is if the Yanks are willing to get into a bidding war with the Phillies, and when they draw the line, will it be enough that he will forgo the overbid by the Phillies at that point?
  13. Swarzak maybe, but he's probably on his way out at some point too.
  14. I'd still like both, but if it's one or the other, I prefer Corbin. Much higher upside, and without Sheffield on the way anymore, they need some controllable arms.