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  1. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    It turned into a bad contract because of concussions though. It was a time of big contracts. An MVP with three batting titles and three gold gloves leading the league twice in caught stealing % in a five year time frame. The contract was signed when he was 28 coming off seasons of 5.6, 3.6, 5.3, 7.6, and 5.5 WAR as a catcher. Even the two years immediately following the concussion he had seasons of 4.1and 5.4 WAR. He admitted in the last couple of years he suffered from blurred vision. He ended his career playing in a stadium not suited to LH batters but had become a gold glove caliber first baseman. I watch a lot of baseball games and going from watching him in the field and then turning on the Cardinals with Martinez at first made me cringe (and laugh).
  2. Joe Mauer 2018 Outlook

    Either fortunately or unfortunately think Tyler Austin gets first try next Spring. Whether he can do enough to hold it is anybody's guess.
  3. Nikola Jokic 2018-19 Season Outlook

    It could be worse I had a choice between playing Jokic or Whiteside last night. Easy to guess my pick. Went from leading 8-1 down to 5-4🤔
  4. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Were the Bulls a better team?
  5. New York Yankees 2019 Outlook

    The Indians are open to trading Kluber and Carrasco to help in getting younger. The division they play in is not that hard for them to win and for the playoffs, they are far from contending. They need a lot of offensive help imo. Heard a good one today in Nelson Cruz should sign with Houston. Be a good park for him as it could add 10-15 HRS a year. Houston has the money and a need for a DH. One of those makes sense ideas that never would happen.
  6. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    So they shouldn't have tried to get rid of Dieng? Seems rather foolish to me? I get offered something in baseball at first I always want more in a counter offer (used baseball as never done a trade in basketball). If Stanton wanted a trade so the Marlins just accepted the first offer they got from one of the teams he wanted to go play for? The issue of team unity was gone the day that Butler slammed the team, teammates, and pouted about the extension he had been offered. Just asking as basketball is not the sport I really care about. I play till baseball starts again the Spring Just trying to understand the dynamics here as last year it was Bledsoe, I think that wanted to be traded. It seems to me the inmates are running the asylum.
  7. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    He is under contract though. Set it up he only gets paid for games played and a certain amount of production on a per game basis. Put some of the onus on the player to get paid for the year. The way this plays out now Butler gets paid no matter what just doesn't seem right. So the Wolfs should have just accepted an offer they received without exploring more options either from that team or any other team? In the real world, or in fantasy for that matter, doesn't seem like a good way of trading.
  8. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Supposedly Harper turned down a 10 year 300m contract with a no trade clause with the Nats just before the season ended. Whether true or not is anybody's guess. Even if Harper doesn't resign the money is there to spend. Add a SP(Corbin) a few RP and the division they play in the Nats still have a very competitive team with while not a deep minor league system with some interesting players to bring up.
  9. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    I don't think I have ever seen a team with so many bad contracts that are going to be hard to move. Hernandez 1 year at close to 28m Cano 5 years at 140m Seager 4 years at 72m Leake 3 years at 49m with a no trade contract Segura 5 years at 75 m Gordon 3 years at 41m. All are over 30 years old to mid 30s already Two of the above have club options for the final year. The money listed is for the life of the contract. Hope I did this right as I am doing it in my head. But why would Mike Leake have a no trade clause? Till I was going through the roster I thought he was out of baseball.
  10. Robles should start whether Harper stays or not. If Harper stays than Eaton should/could be traded for bullpen help and Salary dump. Harper signs somewhere else than the Nats OF becomes Soto, Robles, and Eaton.
  11. Favorite 3pt Specialists Who Were Ahead of their Time

    Not a 3 point specialist but to me, he had the most memorable form was Bill Lambeer.No jump and he just walked to three line and shot. I doubt he made that many but 30 years later it still sticks in my mind.
  12. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    A rumor for Realmuto is to be traded to the Yankees. The Yankees would give up Sanchez. To me, it seems like a win-win for both teams and a clear loss for Sanchez. The Yankees lose some power but gain in a better defensive catcher and an increase in speed. Miami gets less payroll and more years of control. Heard on MLBTV.
  13. Peter Alonso 1b NYM

    The HR was crushed. Was watching more to see what his defense looked like at first base since supposedly that was what was holding him down. He made a great play on a ball down the line (saved a run), made a terrible stretch on a poor throw which shouldn't happen in the MLB (short hop that just ate him up), and otherwise made all the plays. Overall he should be the Mets starting 1st baseman at some point next season. I was impressed enough that in a keep 26 with ten minor league slots he is going to be my first round pick if available. I need pitching but the power is to hard to turn down
  14. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    The bat throwing incident was when Machado was suspended for 5 games when he threw the bat at Fernando Abad. When Donaldson tagged him out coming into third and Machado fell on his butt. This is what caused the incident with Donaldson. Pretty funny as in the comments someone posted even the ump was laughing. Machado than "threw" bat in Donaldson's direction later in the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IUgNRVrna8 There was a slide onto the MIL shortstop at 2nd base before the Aguilar incident. The year before he took out Pedroia on a slide into 2nd. How is Pedroia's knee? Seems like "out of character" is more the norm.
  15. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Is it really his choice whether he stays or not? Must be a blow to his ego though when the T-Wolves win while he pouts on the bench for a "rest" day. Coincidence but I have Butler on one team out of three and that team is the only one with a losing record.