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  1. Then figure the crazy amount of taxes they pay and agent/management fees...Players could be looking at netting 10%. Sure it is still good money I suppose, but if you were Snell would you risk injury or illness while taking home 10 to 15% of your contract? I wouldn't. I believe we're still just looking at an initial offer which is an intentional lowball from MLB anyways. We'll see how negotiations go. Of course, even if they agreed to full regular game checks there will still be some player who won't want to risk it. PARTICULARLY any player with underlying conditions. (For example, Adam Duvall has type 1 diabetes. He isn't a big name, but is who I thought of off the top of my head.)
  2. Sid Bream Lonnie Smith Damon Berryhill Kenshin Kawakami
  3. Atlanta Braves from my baseball watching lifetime: C Brian McCann 1B Freddie Freeman 2B Mark Lemke SS Andrelton Simmons 3B Chipper Jones LF Ron Gant CF Andruw Jones RF Jeff Francouer SP John Smoltz SU Venters C Kimbrel Mgr Bobby Cox GM Dave Stewart
  4. Ender's path continues to be CF with Acuña moving to RF in the event Markakis falls flat. Likewise, should something happen to Ozuna Acuña would shift to left with Ender playing CF. If something happens to Acuña then Ender plays CF. I guess what I'm saying is I really only see him playing CF barring an emergency situation.
  5. Strop right there, chief. Trying to get in the mindset of AB is a dangerous game. AB is in the mindset of AB, and it just cost him 30 million. Imagine what it could cost someone who hasn't had his 31 years of experience dealing with it.
  6. It looks like when he said he would be perfectly content never playing again we should have taken him more seriously.
  7. You cannot get coffee at Starbucks for $1.50.
  8. Joe Jimenez gives up more runs that I would like him too. I wish he would cut his K rate down so I could stop caring.
  9. I don't watch much of the Reds, but I'm not a David Bell fan.
  10. Hot streaks: automatic start Cold streaks: start vs. lefties Acuna thrives hitting leadoff and Dansby is holding down the 2 hole. Freddie isn't moving from 3. Donaldson/Riley/Markakis aren't moving from 4-6 in w/e order; so even a hot streak probably won't see him move up in the order unless Dansby goes ice cold.
  11. By can't drop/can't trade I meant, if you drop him, someone will likely scoop him immediately, but they aren't willing to trade for him. Certainly if you choose to drop him you are able to do so. He is a tough drop imo given his MiLB performance and opportunity in Coors. He is just now finally getting everyday ABs, and if you aren't dealing with a short bench then he should be worth a wait and see. Even if it means skipping a streamer or two. Hitting .280 and batting leadoff you have to assume the steals will begin to materialize. There aren't many people on WWs matching his current value who also hold his potential upside.
  12. He has found that perfect niche where you cant start him, trade him, or drop him. He stubbornly takes a roster spot as you plug him in on a slow day hoping for a 1 for 4 with a run. Sad.
  13. The Braves pen is a disaster. They've blown 9 of their 22 save opps last I checked. The biggest problem most of their relievers have is getting the ball to travel through the strike zone. Luke Jackson has really been the lone bright spot, and that is largely due to just exceeding his bad to mediocre expectations while everyone aroumd him self immolates. Signing Kimbrel and having Skywalker in the 7 or 8 would be an improvement obviously.