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  1. You didn't answer the question. Lowe mostly sat against LHers even though he hit LHers at 1.157 OPS. The reason they sat Lowe is so they could get at bats for Brousseau who crushed LHers at a 1.121 clip. Franco is a switch hitter but he was .921 as a LHed hitter in 2019 and .755 as a RHed hitter. Are you assuming he'll hit better as a Rher as he moves up levels? In 2018 while playing in the Appy league his OPS was .212 points higher as a LHed hitter. When Franco arrives, if he struggles a bit against lefties (and by struggling I'm talking about league average), why wouldn't TB platoon him if they have a guy like Brosseau, or someone else, who crushes Lhers. I think given TB's history, one would have to be a bit naive to at least not consider the possibility that Franco gets less ABs in Tampa, than he would on any other team.
  2. Why do you think they limited Brandon Lowe's starts? He has even handedness splits and he was TB's best hitter.
  3. Brandon Lowe's career splits are .859 vs Rhers and .842 vs LHers yet he started 81% of games this year. Why? Two potential reasons, one to keep him fresh and keep others sharp with their added PT, and two keep his counting stats down which helps in arb negotiations. It is the Tampa Bay way given their budget restraints. I wouldn't write off the possibility that they do it with Franco as well. Tampa Bay is revolutionizing baseball. They initiated the "opener" and "bulk" reliever concept as a viable option. The use platoons more than any team in baseball. They seek out players with position versatility to enhance the ability to platoon all over the diamond. Guess what? They had the best record in the AL and are in the World Series. The Tampa Bay way is working. Why would they change? I only wanted to suggest that everyday playing time for Franco is no guarantee.
  4. Swift has a much higher ceiling than Gibson and and should be trending rapidly upward. Hang onto Swift if you can. My bad, Having a 5-1 record I actually favored trade 3, I mistakenly said trade 4. If you can afford to lose a game or two now, I'd prefer Taylor and Thomas going into the playoffs. Much, much higher upside.
  5. If you are in great shape record wise, where you can afford a loss in the next couple weeks, go for trade 4, as it gives the best playoff team. If playoffs require a push go with trade 2. You can't afford to deplete your WRs.
  6. Cooper has to share targets with DeeDee and Gallup. Claypool has to share targets with JuJu and Diontae. With Dalton replacing Dak, I'd go with Big ben's new favorite toy.
  7. Seattle also has already signed Josh Gordon on hopes of his reinstatement.
  8. Let the record show that Brandon Lowe started 49 of 60 games or 81.67% for TBs games. He had 1AB in six of the seven games he played in, but didn't start.
  9. Claypool reminds me a bit of Metcalf, tall and strong and capable of winning contested balls, top end speed, run after catch, and end zone target threat. Oh and he gets some carries as well.
  10. Claypool is a rookie and there were zero preseason games. Seriously, are you knocking Claypool because of his snap counts in his first three professional games?
  11. I stand by my prediction, but let me state it differently. I believe Franco will get less at bats per year playing for TB, then he would playing for any other organization.
  12. Franco hit RHers (.921) better than Lhers (.755). Adames his LHers (.992) better than Rhers (.751). Why would TB go against what they do? Platooning Franco and Adames would maximize day to day performance from both players, it would also limit WAR from each player, thus saving money in those arb years. Tamp Bay is not interested in fantasy. They are interested in winning as many games as possible given their budget.
  13. Will Franco ever be an everyday player as a member of the Rays? If it ain't broke don't fix it. The Rays have had great success running platoons at every position. This keeps players fresh and it also limits the players' end of season stats, which limits the players' leverage in arbitration negotiations. The Rays have won despite their budget restraints. I give them all the credit in the world for their management innovations, but will it hamper Franco's fantasy production?
  14. AJ is a free agent after this year. He has said he's interested in an extension and supposedly talks are ongoing. His performance to date will only drive his price higher and he may choose to test the market. If GB does not plan to meet his asking price, they will ride him hard and put him away wet. Unless an extension is reached, I would not expect his touches to decrease.