2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Shore Lion » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:27 pm

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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:28 am

This was an interesting read, I thought: Allegation of a Doping Cover-Up by Agents Exposes a Hole in Baseball’s Authority

Here is the part that really makes you scratch your head and say "WTF?". There is a witness who wants to talk to the union's investigators, but the union will only talk to him if he first signs a non-disclosure agreement that prevents him from talking to anyon else about what he knows. Huh?

That sounds like they want to just shut him up, not find out the truth. I know nothing about this guy or this situation beyond this story, but, based on that alone, it sounds like this guy genuinely knows something damaging and the union would rather sweep it under the rug and not investigate or deal with it.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:09 am

Harold Baines and Lee Smith elected into the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee (known as the Today's Game Era Committee for some strange reason).

Lee Smith and his 478 saves are an arguable choice but I think it's defensible. When you look at his career numbers, it's tough to find a reliever with better overall numbers. So, unless the decision is that relievers not named Mariano Rivera (who's not in yet but will be) can't get into the Hall of Fame, I think Smith is deserving.

Baines getting in is a complete joke, though. He was a good player and at times he was a very good player, but he was not a Hall of Fame player. His counting numbers look decent because he played for 22 years. And, after delcining year on year in the late 90s he suddenly has a power spike when he turns 40. Uh huh. Strange choice in my opinion.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:16 pm

Rumors being reported that there is 3 way deal in the mix involving the Yankees, Mets and Marlins. The names getting tossed around are Noah Syndergaard, Miguel Andujar, and J.T. Realmuto. I guess the thinking is that the Mets would get back the two hitters for Syndergaard -- and whatever else they need to give up. I dont't have sufficient details to have a strong opinion but I think giving up Syndergaard is probably a mistake.

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Oh, and it's a day later and I still can't come up with an explanation for Harold Baine being in the Hall of Fame.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:02 pm

Phillies signed Andrew McCutchen for 3 years at $50M. He should have something left in the tank and that park should help his power numbers. I think that's a good signing for the Phillies.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby psu_dad » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:04 pm

That seems reasonable, for both sides. He's only 31 and he's certainly sturdy. Since first becoming a starter 8 years ago, he's averaged 155 games a year and has never played less than 146 games in a season.

Having a mediocre 2018 probably cost him some money and guaranteed years, but it's still more than he's ever made per season.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:53 am

Blue Jays cut Troy Tulowitzki and are eating $34M of that contract. So, that deal worked out well.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:52 am

Joe Kelly signed with the Dodgers for 3 years at $25M. He's going to set up for Jannsen. The Mets also brought back Juerys Familia to set up for Edwin Diaz for 3 years at $30M.

I like both these moves for both teams and thinks it makes them a lot stronger. But, it also highlights that the Mets could have gotten a top closer without handing over the crown jewels of their farm system and taking on the Cano contract. They are putting all their chips on the table, though, no doubt about that. Hope it doesn't backfire.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby psu_dad » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:29 am

It will be interesting to see which Joe Kelly they get. He was actually mediocre during the regular season (ERA: 4.39 WHIP: 1.35). But he pitched very well in the post-season and was able to double his salary.

The Red Sox now have to replace their closer and their set-up guy. I hope they have a plan.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:29 am

So, it seems that free agent Craig Kimbrel is looking for a 6 year deal for $100M. He's a great pitcher but I can't see a reliever - any reliever - getting 6 years and $100M. But, what do I know. I can't believe the Nationals offered Harper $300M over 10 years. And, more shocking, I can't believe Harper turned it down. So, maybe Kimbrel will get that much or something close to it. Guess we will see.

Speaking of Harper, I saw a rumor that the White Sox may be closing in on a deal for him, which is an odd choice. I also keep seeing both Harper and Machado linked to the Phillies, but mostly because the Phillies are flush with cash and have said they want to have a big signing this year. But, if Harper already turned down $300M from the Nationals, you have to seriously stop and wonder what it's giong to take to sign him, and if he is worth it. The Nationals never got past the first round of the playoffs with him on the squad. Are you really willing to give one guy that much money? How much cash can you really have to spread around if you do that? The Rangers killed themselves with that stuipd ARod deal back in 2004. Thehy couldn't afford to field a team around him.

We'll see. Sometims owners and GMs do some really stupid things. I think giving Harper a number north of what Washington offered him would be a really stupid thing. He's a great player, but he only bats once every nine guys and plays one position. If you can't put a team around him then what's the point?
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