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  1. 2017 MLB Trade Rumors and Deadline Thread

    I agree to some extent, but as a fellow Cleveland fan, what if our guys had said this earlier about Shapiro/Antonetti, who both do just enough to not get fired? Hell, they've even gotten promoted to the highest levels getting by doing the bare minimum. It's not like Reddick/Keuchel are throwing their GM under the bus - they're just airing (valid) concerns about pitching down the stretch. There's also still time for them to get the waivers guys if I'm not mistaken, so if internally they didn't feel heard internally, maybe this is their only course of action.
  2. 2017 MLB Trade Rumors and Deadline Thread

    Houston needs to do all they can to get Verlander in the waiver period. Getting Verlander (who's been great the last few starts) is a no-brainer, but I think they'll have competition for his services from others, including Cleveland and New York. As a Tribe fan, I'd love to see Verlander come across Erie as I don't fully trust the health of Salazar (or the suckiness of Bauer/Tomlin) and fear we're looking down the barrel of the same issues that faced us during last year's WS (and much stronger competition from the AL East this year in Boston and Yankees). If Astros draw either Red Sox or Yanks I don't see them making it out of their first matchup, record be damned.
  3. 2017 MLB Trade Rumors and Deadline Thread

    I feel like GMs are literally using my fantasy roster to decide which trades actively hurt my team the worst.
  4. Lucas Sims - SP ATL

    I've seen nothing indicating that he's starting or called up for Tuesday except arbitrary ESPN and CBS mentions that he's going tomorrow. Slashing the walks in half is nothing less than incredible but his HR rate concerns me - SunTrust is grading just below average but it's still very high for anyone, no matter how young he is. Hopefully he can suppress that going forward and at least be a nice backend SP4.
  5. Derek Fisher 2017 Outlook

    I wonder if this guy will be miserable during the regular season but clutch on last minute long bombs during playoffs...
  6. 2017 MLB Completed Trades

    This. We all play armchair quarterbacks and say "omg Cubs, you paid way too much, you got screwed" when we don't know the pressures from ownership and the market to win - that's what makes Theo a great manager, which at this point I think is irrefutable after his success with two different orgs. Honestly I feel like Theo winning the WS last year was the worst thing that could happen to him, as the pressure to win is so much greater now than if the Indians had won. He's expected to crank out a World Series appearance at least every year now. Everyone expected the Cubs to choke last year - now, everyone expects them to be a dynasty. Chicago is the new New York.
  7. 2017 MLB Completed Trades

    This is a tough comparison due to the fact that neither FO nor Sale wanted Sale in the org. The world knew this and hence the reason the value is different. Hell, in that case the Sale trade was a huge win for CWS. I've never been a big fan of Quintana, but I don't analyze the underlying metrics so maybe Wrigley plays well to his strengths? He moves to a division that was already the Cubs' to win, IMO (despite their struggles). NL Central is a cake walk in my opinion.
  8. Danny Salazar 2017 Outlook

    I would bet we see Tito start to try out the approach he used in the WS into regular season at some point leaning heavily on the pen and only counting on starters for 5 innings max. After Carrasco that rotation falls of precipitously. Bauer's been hot garbage, Clevinger is living on a prayer with his poor windup mechanics, and Tomlin has not capitalized on his strong play during playoffs/WS. If you can turn Danny into a fireman a la Miller, things get scary unpredictable for opposing bats. Of course this screws fantasy owners, but Tito's paid to win games, not fantasy titles.
  9. Bradley Zimmer 2017 Outlook

    As a Tribe fan I wish for his success, but this guy is basically a Chris Carter/Joey Gallo without the power or walks and more speed. He has more Ks than games played at nearly every step in his progression through the farm, never really showing any signs of improvement. Now it's bizarro season this year so I suspect he will come up and hit 300+ like all the rest of these knuckleheads with no plate discipline, but I'm not buying. I have enough flavor of the week albatrosses in my lineup already.
  10. Jedd Gyorko 2017 Outlook

    I'm willing to bet that this guy ends up on a lot of championship rosters by the end of the season. I mentioned this in another post but with everyone and their brother hitting the DL a multi-eligibility guy who can hit 30+ bombs is a godsend, even if his average returns to the mean. I would really love to see some sort of explanation why averages are not syncing at all to historical averages - guys aren't supposed to go from Mendoza to .300+ hitters, especially with the kind of K and BB rates we've seen from guys like Gyorko. I'm not complaining as an owner, but it doesn't make any sense.
  11. Chicago Bears 2017 Offseason

    Maybe it can be chalked up to being young, but the entire strategy was wholly mishandled by Pace. You pay Glennon all this money to be short-term solution? Or a smokescreen to get your guy? Turning the Bears into the Saints is a terribly move and a culture-shift from a franchise that, until recently, was defined by its defense. You can't play Saints ball well in the north because winter is very real in your division and it will be very hard to execute in poor weather. This team is a ship without a rudder and has been since they quibbled with Urlacher over pocket change. Since then they've had almost zero leadership on the team with repeated experiments with green front office guys that keep failing. If the McCaskeys don't give a s--- about the Bears, sell them to someone who does or there won't be enough financial reason to keep them anyways.
  12. Chicago Bears 2017 Offseason

    Reading the NFL analysis his pros/cons read like Jay Cutler's resume - rocket arm but inconsistent and waits too long leaving his receivers hanging out to dry leading to interceptions. His highlight reel has to be one of the worst I've seen in years - I've seen throws with less wobble in high school games. So the McCaskeys released Cutler and sold a ton of future picks to draft Cutler Jr.?
  13. Kyle Hendricks 2017 Outlook

    Is he getting squeezed at all today? Brutal outing (but with how hot the Crew has been, shouldn't be too surprising)...
  14. Buy Low / Sell High - 2017 Outlook

    For me it's usually mid-May...but if you can get someone to panic sell on a 1st rounder like Betts, by all means go for it! Things that are new for 2017: - Either the shorter DL is giving MLB teams the tools they need to properly manage their roster or players are getting hurt on a much higher frequency, but where health used to be the dividing line to help me decide between two similar players, now I believe I'll take a stat discount for the healthier player. Additionally, Swiss Army Knives with decent-ish statlines like Gyorko become extremely valuable bench tools in H2H leagues. - Power no longer comes at a premium. In three weeks the number separating the top HR hitter (Thames) and 50th HR hitter (like a 20 way tie) is 4. Power hitters like Stanton and Trout are part of that 20 way tie, btw.