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  1. I was thinking the same. Abreu's value is pure bat. He's definitely making way over his AAV, but one bad year and this was his last chance to get something like 3/35. Maybe he's able to reach that with the ChiSox still. If he has the same year it'll obviously be a great value, but a 20 point BA slip or a 20 point ISO drop could be pretty substantial to his value especially another year older.
  2. I prefer to do 2 catchers for Mocks even if I'm indifferent for actual leagues because otherwise the C position is failry irrelevant or will be treated that way by 50% of the drafters for the majority of the draft. That said, I'm up for whatever.
  3. To add to what FL said above, to a smart fan it doesn't. Any smart fan knows that this is a business, and that on one side there are players trying to squeak out a few extra millions and on the other side there are billionaires. If Strasburg sucked it up this entire last year and had a major injury he wouldn't opt out. If JD Martinez wasn't a zero on defense and felt he had a strong chance of increasing his market, he would have opted out. The only question anyone at all should be asking themselves when it comes to opting out is "What's my market," because ultimately you should (likely) be able to get a similar deal from the team anyway. The problem is that not every fan is a smart fan, and not every fan understands not only the specific business aspects of the sport, but even that the sport is a business at all. The kind of people who will constantly lambast players for being "greedy" while not even considering who is cashing far bigger checks on the other end. So to some fans, they'll see "Strasburg opted out" and they'll think "GAHHHHH! How dare he leave our team! How dare he not want to be here!" It's stupid, but it's a reality.
  4. I'm not folllowing how many you have saw I have a notificaition. PM Me if you need another would gladly mock with ya'll.
  5. w00t. I won't get Mike Trout but I'll get one of the better players.
  6. My dude pacing like 28 HRs 100 Rs and 100 RBIs... “ah Lawd! He the most overrated playah on the planet!”
  7. Someone in a group chat threw out the statement that he's doing what you expected/hoped Correa/Seager to do, but is actually doing it instead of flailing. I definitely agree his SB numbers haven't been encouraging, especially the lack of any attempts really at all. And Cruz/Rosario are good hitters so it does make sense to a large extent. plus with 22 XBHs, he's skipping First Base enough as it is. But he is also athletic and seems to have a good concept of pitch usage when he's at the plate, so I think he has the right tools to be a good base stealer. Still 25 yo. Definitely bleak-er outlook in the category, but I think he can hit a 10 SB pace with 6-7ish ROS. But he's also at 10+% BB%, sub-14% K%, and a .305 ISO. When you consider the way he uses the whole field and has been smashing the ball, his .337 (before today) or even .362 BABIPs (after today) aren't all that crazy. I mean it's hard to make the argument that polanco hasn't been one of the best players in baseball so far this season. 9th in WAR, 10th in wRC+, 10th in OPS prior to today. His OPS raised from .995 to 1.061 today. Now hitting .344. Add to that the twins are top 5 right now in stats like wOBA and wRC+ as a team. His Counting stats are doing better and better. He's up to about a 100/80 Pace. Not to mention the fact that 25 HRs is light compared to pace. I dont' necessarily believe he keeps pace, but he's pacing 30+, and he's pretty legit in the cold weather of Minnesota. And Summer is coming.
  8. Polanco 4/4. When he’s on he’s really on
  9. I've been trying to think of a comp all day. Usually I can do comps pretty well but I'm blanking pretty hard. Good lefty velo. Slider+Change. Slider+Change probably the two best pitches. Change probably the best. I do like the Liriano comp thrown out. I think it makes a good deal of sense. He looks similarly nasty when he's on. He's been on all year.
  10. Is he? Mets very LH heavy probably will have some sharp platoon splits this year... are the nationals that much better than the second best offense in most other divisions? He misses cupcakes by virtue of being on a last place team. But otherwise I don’t think it’s that bad.
  11. You got me excited. Until he's called up the mods won't allow this thread in the big-league section of teh forum. Good mention tho. Potentially a low-upside type but I'm a dynasty owner who'd appreciate the innings boost.
  12. His career whiff% on 4SFBs is egregious and so are his numbers against off-speed pitches (not-breaking, but specifically Changes). Neither of these things have changed in the early season. His overall whiff% is really high makes me think he's going to strike out 30%+ anyway, but he's a curiously good breaking ball hitter early on. Teams will figure that out. If he can't touch 23% of 4SFBs I think he'll fall apart at the seams. His career nubmers on 4SFBs aren't even bad in terms of BA/SLG, but his K total is and I think the Whiff/Ks will win out in the long run. Still only 180-200 PAs career so those are the numbers that matter to me. And again, small samples, but his problems in this regard pre-2019 are still absolutely prevalent. I consider problems for Whiff% (4SFB) at like 10%. 15% starts scaring me bad. He sat at like 23-24% prior to this year at 22% this year. EGREGIOUS. And on his career he has a sub-.100 BA on changes with 1 BB 1 1B 1 2B in I think 23? ABs. I don't know when it happens, but I think when scouting reports get good on this guy they will demolish him into a fine powder and send him to Japan al-a Christian Villanueva. I'm being a little extreme and hope I'm wrong but that's what I see. If I'm a scout working for a team and see walker right now I'm screaming to talk to the Catcher and make sure he knows how to call this guy.