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  1. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    I think it's a bit different here where we're talking about a superstar vs a role player. There are some guys that are just good enough that it doesn't matter who the coach is or what system they're running, they'll still be able to produce. So I don't think the change of scenery will have a significant impact on his production (to the point where he'd no longer be considered a superstar... if healthy). I do however think it's possible the "Pop effect" could have a positive influence on Demar. But overall I'd expect these players to be the players we think they are.
  2. Machado Deal WHIR

    What did you move to get Bellinger? Just trying to figure out what kind of pieces are left. But yes, not that you've got another 1B I think you can move one of them. If you can move Bellinger for Machado in a deal that would be ideal. Bellinger wouldn't be a keeper for you and Freeman is better this season. It would still put you in a position where all of your UTL spots would be 3B/SS, but I don't think that's that big of a deal. Machado is the best player of the 3.
  3. From a PC: 1. Go to the top right corner of the screen where it says your account name 2. Click the drop, select "Account Settings". 3. Select "Signature" (left side of screen). I don't think you can update your signature on a mobile device... but I don't know 100% for sure.
  4. #1 waiver on hosmer? WHIR

    Yeah I think I'd pick up Hosmer and drop Franco. Braun can be left in the wire.
  5. Machado Deal WHIR

    I like Machado better than Freeman in a keeper league. He's a similar talent to Freeman (Machado has more pop, Freeman a better average), but Machado is younger, is playing on a good team in the Dodgers now, and will likely be playing on a good team when he signs in the future. I think he numbers should get a bit better than they were in Baltimore. That being said, I'm not how this trade would work for your lineup position wise. Excluding these players, you've got Correa and Bogaerts at SS, Bryant and Suarez at 3B, and Smoak at 1B. So you've got a bigger hole at 1B than you do at SS. To make the deal work, you would probably need to move Bogaerts/Suarez for EE in there as well. And I'm not sure that makes sense. I'm not really sure what the best thing to do is, as I do think Machado will be the better player for the near future (let's say the next 5 years). But I also look at your lineup and think you're pretty solid at all positions right now... and making this move would probably create a hole. Anyway, good luck!
  6. #1 waiver on hosmer? WHIR

    Who would you be dropping to pick him up? I don't believe in holding onto waiver priorities in baseball leagues, so if you want him use it. But whether he's worth the add or not depends on your team.
  7. Help with an bat add

    I'm not really feeling great about any of them, so I guess I'd go with Winker. The hottest player of the bunch.
  8. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    You're talking about two completely different things here. Yes, Toronto is a big market in North America in general. However, they are only middle of the road when we specifically look at the NBA. Which in an NBA thread is generally what people would be referring to when talking about "market size".
  9. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    Really hard to tell where his value's at. Have to assume he'll get a boast moving from the West to the East, but he's also played limited games in the past year. And who knows if his injury problems are behind him now. Overall I do think you're close, but I would have Westbrook and Lebron ahead of him. Probably in the same neighbourhood as Lillard/Oladipo.
  10. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    Sorry, I was referring to Toronto as a basketball market (specifically how the Raptors perform compared to other NBA teams)... not a general media market. Two completely different subjects.
  11. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    Forbes has Toronto ranked 12th in terms of revenue. Well below the Knicks, Lakers, Warriors, Bulls, and Celtics. I get the whole idea that it's all of Canada behind the Raptors and not just Toronto (I'm a Canadian that's not from Toronto and I root for the Raptors), but the numbers don't lie. They're a middle of the road team in terms of market size. As far as the actual trade from the Raptors perspective, I like the deal. Poeltl's a good young player, but I don't expect him to be one of those 3 star players that team's typically need to win a championship. The 1st round pick is also protected, so it likely won't be a star either. So it really comes down to 3 years of Demar plus some young potential for 1 year of Kawhi + Danny Green. Given the Raptors current situation, I think the deal makes sense. In the East, Boston and Philly and the Raptors biggest competition. Both of these teams are really good and both of these teams are really young. So if Demar stayed with Toronto for the 3 years, what would we really expect? Demar and Kyle are likely going to decline overtime, and although guys like OG, Siakam, Van Vleet, etc. will likely get better they're probably not going to be better than the young studs on the Celtics and Sixers. So things likely are going to get better as time passes. Meanwhile in this one year, you get Kawhi Leonard, who when healthy is one of the best players in the league. I get he said his injury history is a concern and that he said he doesn't want to be in Toronto, but he looks healthy now and he still needs to play for a contract next year. I also don't think he really dislikes Toronto that much, but that as an LA kid, moving to Canada obviously wouldn't be his first choice. So I think he can buy in for one year with the plan of signing with the Lakers next year. Also getting Danny Green is a great additional. He's trailed off in the past few years, but still has 3 point shooting capability and will likely be in the starting 5. So getting Kawhi and Green for Demar is a huge upgrade. Even if it is just for one year... it probably gives them a better chance at making the finals in the next 3 years than it would if you kept Demar. Not to mention, trading for Kawhi does increase the chance that he signs with the Raptors next year. The Raptors can offer him more money than anybody else and he gets a full year to see what it would be like to live in Toronto. I don't think it's likely he resigns, but there is value in giving Kawhi some connection to the city. The odds of signing him probably go from 0% to maybe 5-10%. Unlikely, but not out of the question.
  12. Betts for Freeman/Adames in Keeper League?

    I still wouldn't. The deal's getting closer, but it still isn't really that close as far as I'm concerned. I think you're missing that second elite piece to even consider it. Like Freeman + Machado or something like that. Dee Gordon doesn't do it for me. Betts is the 2nd best player in the world right now behind Trout. And he's only 25. So you're probably better off just holding on to him.
  13. Crazy Deal(s)

    Based on the posts above, it sounds like you'd still have one 5th left, right? I also don't think you mentioned any keeper limits and what your full lineup is so I'm just going based on the information at hand. If you want to post your whole roster (including starting roster spots / bench spots), the keeper cost for each player, what your keeper limit is, other keeper rules (how long you can keep someone, how the keeper cost is determined, etc.), next year's draft picks, your scoring format, and anything else you can think of that might be useful... that would help us give a more informative opinion. It's hard to fully assess the situation without jumping right into the league, but the more information about the situation the better.
  14. Other owner wants Bryce...what should I ask for? WHIR

    I had the same initial thoughts as the comments above. None of the names above really peaked by interest enough to move Harper. His stock is pretty low right now, so you're probably better off just waiting for him to bounce back or for a better name to come up.
  15. Crazy Deal(s)

    The first trade I wouldn't do because of the keeper implications. Trout and Betts are probably the 1st and 2nd best players in the league right now. Both are close enough in talent that getting that extra year out of Mookie is probably worth more. The second trade I would do. I think it's fair to assume both Altuve and Osuna cannot be kept. However I think having Altuve for a year is worth giving up a 3rd and 5th for. Given your keeper rules and that it's a 12 league team, you're probably looking at 40+ and 60+ rank players. So something like Yelich/Marte + Davis/Mazara kind of idea. So giving up those kind of guys next year for Altuve + Osuna this year seems like a nice trade off to me.