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This baseball writer is an idiot and a coward. Then again, maybe he isn’t an idiot, after all. There was a reason he remained anonymous – his ballot is an embarrassment.
Is the embarrassment that this voter only voted for one player or that he did it anonymously? Because if I am being honest there aren’t many players on that list I would vote for. I would consider Rolen, Helton, Wagner, and maybe Kent. None of them would be locks for me but that is just my opinion.January 25, 2021 at 3:34 pm in reply to: Agreement on 2021 rules/salaries/service time/contracts #152438
MLB and the MLBPA couldn’t agree on a one topping pizza.
Yankees freeing up some salary room to stay under the salary cap, while getting little in return. Now that is a salary dump.
And yes it is strange for arch rivals to do a trade.
Well the biggest indictment against the Theo era is that he completely gutted the farm system therefore Hoyer is now having to rebuild it. We knew those chickens would come home to roost eventually.
But the Cubs being cash strapped? That is a joke. The Yankees, Dodgers and maybe the Red Sox and Mets are the only teams who could best the Cubs when it comes to money.
How the Cubs could be cash strapped is beyond me. Their fans have a right to be livid.January 24, 2021 at 8:03 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #152400
Brian, this is the kind of article that you would normally be critical of because the source basically admits he has no idea if this is serious or not.
At this point, it’s not about saving money for the Pirates. They’re simply trying to be as bad as possible.
Exactly. That was my point after the Musgrove trade. Not really a salary dump. This is a full blown tank. Pittsburgh and Cleveland are now in a heated race for lowest payroll in the league. This is why I would like to see a salary floor tax installed.
My problem with the article and basically the entire offseason is the assumption that the offense needs a major overhaul in order to win the NLC in 2021. That just isn’t true. If they maintained what they had last year they would be favorites to win the division. If they doubled down on some run prevention moves, which would be cheaper than offensive upgrades, they would be prohibitive favorites to win the division.
Would that be enough to be a World Series contender? No, of course not but I never considered that a realistic opportunity in 2021 anyway. That is more of a 2022 goal.
Interesting article but I would say it is a bit over stated. I think this offseason is more about covid and money than any of the other stuff mentioned.
Saturday Stream of Consciousness: A Quandry of Circular Fears
Mozeliak admits that this will be a "long year" if the offense doesn’t improve. Why won’t they do something about it? Because they’re paralyzed by circular fears. https://t.co/7Z0kFIVUpF
— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) January 23, 2021
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Hat tip to JJ and Brian for putting forth those numbers. That is good info.
MLBTR had predicted $2.8 for Jack. They are going to miss that one by quite a bit comparatively speaking.
Sorry for the length, but here’s an Aaron story of mine.
Interesting story Euro. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t realize George Foster started with the Giants. I assumed it was the Reds.
Man, losing Hammerin’ Hank is a tough one. The Braves have gotten a double whammy similar to us, losing Phil Niekro and Hank Aaron within a few weeks.
And Don Sutton. He was a Braves broadcaster for a long time.
I think that this is a .500 team without Yadi.
They are probably a .500 team with Yadi. The question is how much a drop off would there be going from Yadi to Knizner. The evaluating services say it would be negligible. Even if there was a drop off the Cardinals could turn around and use some of that Yadi money on an upgrade elsewhere. I am not saying they would but they could. Knizner is making the league minimum after all. That has value in and of itself.
I think the front office would do 1/8 if Waino would.
I don’t. I think the Cardinals are thinking more in the $5M-$6M range for Waino, if that.January 23, 2021 at 11:29 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #152364
I am not that disappointed with the lack of additions this winter. I would probably have done the same thing considering the revenue uncertainty, already having too many albatross contracts, and the NLC being pitiful. What concerns me are the departures. Letting Wong go is a big problem to me and so will losing Waino if that happens. I figured we would at least stand pat and keep what we had.
Now if there are no big additions next winter then I will lead the mutiny.
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I think Knizner should be given the same opportunities given to O’Neill and Bader. Otherwise he should be traded. I understand that the OF’s aren’t being blocked by a legacy player but Knizner really shouldn’t be either IMO.
Bernie basically outlines what we have talked about on here numerous times.January 22, 2021 at 10:18 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #152295
Well perhaps all of the evaluating services are wrong but I doubt it.
I don’t blame those who wish to be rid of Yadi and move on, but we all need to understand that 2022 becomes a non contending season in that case.
How can that be when there have been actual projections showing Knizner’s WAR equal to Yadi’s?
Depth Charts: 1.0 Molina, .9 Knizner
Steamer: 1.3 Molina, 1.0 Knizner
Zips: 1.0 Molina, 1.0 Knizner
Well that is a garbage article and so would the one be for criticizing the Cardinals on Waino and Yadi. As I have stated before, I am not big on legacy deals. I understand that legacy players may sell some tickets but so does winning.
In 2021, probably Knizner. In 2020, it would have been Wieters.
Why do you think that is? Has Knizner had a better offseason than Wieters?
As for 2020 it is hard to tell what the Cardinals were thinking. Maybe they thought Wieters was better last year. Maybe they wanted to justify the $2M. Maybe they liked that he could hit LH.