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  1. 2019 Offseason Closer Thread

    No the Red Sox are NOT re-signing Kimbrel. They have made it clear they are not re-signing him from the get go. They have enough bad contracts on their books then to sign someone to the worst contract of the year whose skills are eroding so quickly. And before someone says oh no his stats were good last year etc. I'm talking about eyeballs on him as in a LOT of his K's were real struggles starting 2 years back and especially last year. He can't blow people away any more. So many of those K's were on 3-2 counts with the batters fouling off pitch after pitch running up the count in the mean time. Was not the least unusual to see counts routinely end up at 8 or 10 pitches. Major warning signs. He also started to show lack of control and couldn't throw strikes and any ball close enough to the plate to get batters to chase at times thus a lot of those full counts as well as walks. If any team is foolish enough to sign him to a big, BIG, multi-year deal they might get one kind of decent year out of him at most. Dave Dombrowski just said yesterday right after the Winter Meetings ended that "overly aggressive offers" for relievers happen at this time of the year and the Red Sox were not prepared to go after relievers until later. In other words they will look to pick up some cheap arms and see who works out and who doesn't. In this new era of super-pens the Sox are not buying in on the idea. It worked last year to everyone's surprise. Don't know that it can work two years in a row though.
  2. Harold Baines HOF???

    You don't vote people into the Hall based just on fantasy baseball hitting stats.
  3. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    The "change" being either Comforto or Rosario and probably a prospect thrown in as well.
  4. Toronto Blue Jays 2019 Outlook

    Ah, different definitions. A contender to me can contend for the title but not necessarily win it. A winner wins, heh. So being able to make the playoffs fits my definition of contender. Get into them and good, weird things can happen as well. Anyway a contender is worth the ride for the home town fans. You will get your money's worth and enjoy your summer.
  5. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Who knows. Ryan Brasier will probably be given first chance at closer if they don't get one from outside with Barnes again as prime set-up guy. But at least Dealin' Dave finally said they need bullpen help as in plural which he refused to even say in the singular last season. Picking up Brasier on the cheap helped save their season last year but these gems in the rough don't pop up every year. The main reason he gave for trying to trade Porcello was to get money for the bullpen. Who(s) the Red Sox are targeting for the bullpen hasn't really leaked which is odd for Boston sports. Most likely a bunch of the cheaper arms as in throw mud at the wall and hope some sticks. I mean no how no way they are giving Kimbrel some insane 6 year, 100 million dollar deal given his diminishing talents last year and his near implosion during the playoffs and even John Henry's deep pockets having a limit at the end of the day. That would be insanity what with Sale and Bogaerts FAs at the end of this season with JD Martinez having a player op out option as well that will need upgrade massaging. Then Betts is a FA the following year. So you Yankees can probably go chase down Robertson and Britton without any real competition from the Sox. If they did target one though my guess would be Britton but there is going to be too much of a bidding war for both for Boston to be involved much unless it is to try and drive up the price.
  6. Toronto Blue Jays 2019 Outlook

    Well maybe they beat the Tigers since Detroit is shopping Nick Castallanos. I see the 2019 AL playoffs already being semi-locked barring major moves and/or star injuries as Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and either the A's or Rays (who just got E5). The rest of the entire AL is in rebuilding mode. The ENTIRE rest. Not that the Rangers know how to do that signing Lance Lynn to a three year deal, hah. The White Sox suddenly have got aggressive and may well be willing to deal some of their prospects then wait another year or two. So that kind of leaves them (possibly) and the Jays as the two teams closest to breaking the inner circle IF either team gets a lot more players in the off season. But the final wild card seems trending now towards the Rays with the A's making moves like crazy and building on last year's performance as well. So the Jays would have to break through both of those teams to get that final wildcard spot. Very very hard task to do. Especially with three of these contenders in the same division with them. Sorry but I see the Jays maybe ready to contend at the earliest starting next year but not this year.
  7. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Timing is everything. His World Series performance against them gave him all this loot. As Boston fans know he is either horrible or great per game appearance and he saved all his great ones for the playoffs last year and it paid off. I will miss the crowd shots at Fenway with tons of Joe Kelly Fight Club tee shirts in them and his funny, quirky personality but otherwise best to replace him with someone that is a tad more consistent as in not walking the park every other appearance. I foresee my blood pressure going down some in 2019. And Yandy Diaz to TB? Damn is that going to impact playing time for young and very intriguing Brandon Lowe or even surprise journeyman turned breakout guy Joey Wendel? Hopefully not and it will effect light hitting Duffy over at 3B instead. So is Jake Bauers going to Cleveland or is Trevor Bauers trolling? What is it? Seen on a road sign outside it's city limits: "Welcome to Seattle where flipping ball players within 48 hours is our motto."
  8. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Finally the Evil Empire confirms that it does indeed exist. Someone tell Luke (Voit) to get the hell out of there asap!
  9. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    I don't see them passing the Yankees or Boston but I do see them as serious contenders for the last wild card in 2019. One wonders what this team could become if they got out of playing in that horrible catwalks dungeon and hard astroturf and in a decent park in front of more than a few hundred people a night. Especially people who would root for them instead of the visiting team. Red Sox and Yankee fans know what I mean. When either team is playing at TB the stands are filled with those fans and not Rays fans at about a 20 to 1 ratio. Former Rays players have said it is like playing 162 games on the road every year. That's a lot to overcome. Sooner they move to Montreal the better it will be for their players.
  10. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Actually this has been a really busy off season so far. Lots of major deals before/during the Winter Meetings. Last year was the really quiet, off year. This year has had loads of trades and tons of crazy rumors. Loving it.
  11. Castellanos for Haniger - CBS H2H Keeper Points League

    The teams they are both on are into rebuild mode. But Castellanos is available for trade by the Tigers they officially said. Meanwhile the Mariners said Haniger isn't. I'd take Castellanos anyway but the fact that he could end up in a far better line-up this season is icing on the cake.
  12. Help decide my last keeper

    Verlander for sure. Aces win championships. Rendon could easily be picked up in the re-draft part as could Mondesi. But Verlander would be picked up first before you could reclaim him.
  13. 2019 Offseason Closer Thread

    Arizona situation according to Rotoworld blurb: That's as of Tuesday, December 11th btw since this thread doesn't end any time soon.
  14. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    I'm surprised the Dodgers aren't shopping Ross Stripling since there isn't a spot in the rotation for him. But maybe they are and we haven't heard any rumors about him.
  15. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Well Alfaro would almost have to be in the deal because Miami needs someone to catch for them post-Realmuto. But they do have a decent farm given three of four decent arms and a few hitters left. They would be crazy to offer Sixto but these GMs get into a "Let's Make a Deal, ANY Deal" lather at the Winter Meetings so who knows. Kingery is really the puzzlement piece with the Phils right now. A young barely post-prospect player already signed to a long major league contract who could bust or be a good value in a year or two who is blocked now from playing everyday on the club. Young players NEED to play everyday too. What will be his value in the eyes of other clubs?
  16. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Let Us Overpay for Realmuto Sweepstakes Latest Rumors blurb: The Phillies need starters and an outfielder so they are instead busy into the Realmuto soap opera going down now. Why not. Ah the Winter Meetings where GMs run around going bonkers.
  17. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    The Mets are really in their own little world busy talking themselves into possible stupid moves when Wilson Ramos and even Grandal are still available just for money alone. LOL at "defensive-minded SS" because you know the Mets have so much offense they don't need someone who can help hit and steal at their SS position.
  18. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    That's interesting. They never gave him a chance to play full time yet. I wonder what happens to Scott Kingery. He was the most mis-managed prospect player by the Phils who basically gave him tons of money in the minors like he was Vlad Jr or something then set him up to fail. Wonder if they are looking to move him and his long term contract now.
  19. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Okay but then who plays CF for the Phillies. McCutch can't anymore. He can barely play a corner OF position these days.
  20. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    And more to the point, why do the Yankees still have 1950's and early 60's (anti-Beatles) hair codes still? Also Thor cutting his hair would be up there with Sampson. He would loose his superpower. Also: Don't like the deal for Phily. Do NOT sign aging vets as hitters. (Sometimes pitchers work out ok because their peak years can be in their 30's but rarely hitters). It usually doesn't work out well. Their outfield is what now? Obubel, McCutch, Nick Williams? With Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr and even Scott Kingery in the air? Also what is Kingery's future/role with the team? Last year they signed him to a multi-year mega-contract in the minors then rushed him up too fast and made him play like 4 positions in his rookie year. No wonder he failed last year.
  21. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    The Winter Meetings are on and we already got more deals this season pre-Meetings than last year through March at least with bigger names like Corbin, Paxton, Eovaldi, Goldy and Donaldson already signed. Can't wait to see what this week brings. Nice off season so far. I don't understand why Nick Castellanos hasn't gotten more rumors of deals ink so far. Detroit says they will trade him and he is maybe in the top 2 or 3 after Harper for outfielders available this off season. And galactic light years cheaper.
  22. Harold Baines HOF???

    LOL, yeah. You nailed it. Just love the slippery slope that opened up. Every fan can add a dozen players from their team's past that never made it in now. Why and when did the Vetern's Committee become the Today's Game Committee? It sounds so millennial-sounding like now we will get a HOF invite and a lifetime supply of endless trophies for everyone who ever played a season in the bigs. And while we are re-naming I guess now we can re-name Cooperstown The Hall of Diminished Fame.
  23. St. Louis Cardinals 2019 Outlook

    What rumor? Source? Saying a rumor without citing a reputable source doesn't cut it. It could be Uncle Guido from Toledo telling you what his buddy at the bar told him for all I know. Even if this was true he would be dumb as bricks to let anything like that out when his agent is in negotiations for multi-millions. It would sabotage any leverage they might have in their negotiating position with other clubs.
  24. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Dodgers want to trade a "disgruntled" Puig. Hardly news but now they are officially calling him disgruntled at least. Not the best spin to other teams about him but hey the cat was out of the bag years ago. Boy if I owned a real baseball team I wouldn't touch that guy with a ten foot pole.
  25. Jay Bruce 2019 Outlook

    If you lose some stats for one lousy day it doesn't kill you. Make the change the next day. You set line-ups daily after all. If Bruce goes 3 for 4 with two doubles then stick him in the next day and see if he is breaking out.