TopChuckie

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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.
  15. Colome went to the White Sox for Narvaez. It's probably Pazos at the moment, but a lot can happen. Many relievers out there in free agency, someone is probably going to have to settle for less than they hoped.
  16. I wasn't saying it should/could happen, Sheffield is already gone, I'm saying I think that package is better than what the Mets will end up getting for Thor, IF they trade him, and of course I think Yankees would have been willing to do it, but I wonder if the Yanks would have been better off in the long run anyway.
  17. Anyone think Sonny Gray, Justis Sheffield, and Estevan Florial for Noah Syndergaard would have been a better offer than what the Mets will end up getting, if anything? Do you think the Yanks would have done that? Do you think it would have worked out better than acquiring Paxton, whatever they get for Gray, and I assume keeping Florial?
  18. So Corbin visited the Phillies yesterday, Nats today, and Yanks tomorrow, and I haven't seen any rumors about additional team visits. He has also said he wanted to wrap up his free agency quickly. I'm going to optimistically read between the lines and hypothesize the Yanks are his preferred choice, he figured he'd visit is a couple other teams first just to see if they were able to sweep him off his feet, and to create a little leverage, but knew that barring anything unexpected, the Yanks were where he wanted to end up so he scheduled them last so he had all the necessary info before making the choice he expected to make all along.
  19. Cash has really been talking down his own players lately. Maybe too much honesty. Plus, I'm not sure I agree with that assessment of Torres.
  20. I like Arenado, I've owned him every season of his career, but he's a year older than Harper and Machado, will be two years older than they are now when he hits free agency, and will probably be looking for a similar contract. I also worry he won't really be the same hitter outside of Coors, but he'll get paid for that past performance. His numbers are eerily similar to Anthony Rendon and Rendon doesn't benefit from the Coors effect, so it makes sense to say he will be a lesser bat than Rendon when he leaves Coors, which is still good, but not what you want to give $25M-$30M per. I think Harper and Machado are better investments at that tier.
  21. I would sign Corbin and/or Happ. Bring back Robertson, and another RP if they feel the need, Miller, Britton, Ottavino, but I don't see them paying big for two . I would still consider signing Machado and/or Harper, but in any event, I would not sign or trade for a 1B. I would tell Andujar, Stanton, and Judge, (and Harper if they sign him) to come to ST ready to workout some at 1B to increase their versatility and the overall flexibility of the roster, thus also creating insurance for Bird/Voit, and a place to get more AB's if they do add one or two of the big two. If they sign one of them, they have to go over the LT, so at that point I say just sign both, put Harper in LF, Gardner as the 4th OF, Machado at SS until Didi gets back, and then move Andujar to 1B. If Bird, Voit, Andjuar, and Frazier all show to be MLB worthy, then they have trade options at the deadline. I would trade Gray for a SP they can stash in AAA because they lost depth with the trade of Sheffield, who probably would have been their best option if a long term need opens up in the rotation during the season. That's the main reason I would have preferred simply signing both Corbin and Happ as opposed to trading away Sheffield, because they lose that non-25 man depth.
  22. They are saving money with arb-eligible Paxton, hopefully they use that savings for Corbin. Hate that the Yanks would rather spend talent than money, but that's the Hal's Yankees for you.