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  • in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154631
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    The Padres have been building this for awhile. They probably had targeted this offseason to go big regardless of what their intra-division competition was doing.

    Spending smart and having a complete organization is more important than total dollars spent. The last few years we have seen the small market Rays and A’s win and go to the playoffs while the large market Angels, Phillies, Mets, and Giants haven’t done jack. The large market Yankees haven’t won a title since 2009. The Red Sox and Cubs are just yo yo teams. They can go from the penthouse to the outhouse very quickly.

    To build a sustainable winner requires smart spending and a commitment to a farm system. The Dodgers, Cardinals, and Braves are in that category. The Padres have a good farm system too but they still haven’t proven they can be a sustainable winner. Time will tell.

    in reply to: Player news #154600
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    Hopefully it isn’t Flaherty.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154598
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    That is more money than I thought Walker would get. Since the end of 2017 he has thrown 67 innings, kind of like Alex Reyes.

    I figured the Mets would go after Odorizzi after they lost out on Bauer.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154597
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    I would say either have the DH or don’t. This hybrid approach seems silly to me.

    Even though I am a long time NL supporter I am to the point where I think the the DH should be universal. It really isn’t used the way it sued to be anyway. Instead of one big aging slugger getting 600 PA’s as DH it is now spread around amongst several players which allows them to get a partial day off. Nelson Cruz is an outlier.

    More importantly if I have a pitcher signed to a $100M contract I don’t want him in the batter’s box or running the bases.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154535
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    Petco Park has turned into Fort Knox. Must have a lot of gold stored up out there.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154501
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    The focus is on leveraging new tools and technologies and advanced metrics, not the day to day management of the pitching staff.

    OK, that makes sense.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154496
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    How will Blake’s responsibilities differ from Mike Maddux?

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154461
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    in reply to: Jack Flaherty Extension #154458
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    bccran, before covid how many mlb teams were losing money? My guess would be zero.

    The reason that the players are trying to get paid more at a younger age is because they are getting paid less at an older age. The owners can’t have it both ways right?

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154443
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    It makes you wonder if the Mets are collecting OF’s in anticipation of a trade they are working on. It still wouldn’t surprise me if Kris Bryant is dealt before opening day.

    in reply to: Jack Flaherty Extension #154442
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    A-list movie stars can make $20 million to $40 million PER MOVIE yet you rarely hear anyone complain about it. Why do athletes have to be singled out? The market bares what the market bares.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring training roster #154441
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    It was -20 here in Northwest Arkansas this morning, which is unheard of for this area. It can get cold here but not that cold. We have about 6″ of snow on the ground now with more forecast for tonight and tomorrow. South Florida is sounding pretty good right now.

    in reply to: Wong Gone (Most Likely)-2021 Option Declined #154439
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    Wow that was a great video! I will miss Wong. I wish we could have fit him into the budget but business is business. I guess we will see him 19 times this year in a Brewer uniform.

    in reply to: Jack Flaherty Extension #154378
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    I can’t say 100% the Cardinals shouldn’t trade him now but I would only consider it if they were overwhelmed with high end MLB ready players coming back in return. Since that is unlikely to happen, the best strategy is to pay him his $3.9 this year, make a lucrative long term off next winter, and if he refuses then continue to go year to year. I would rather play this out and get a comp pick than trade him for long term lottery tickets like the Cubs did with Darvish. That was a garbage trade for them.

    in reply to: Cardinal’s X-Factor for 2021 #154375
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    To me the ultimate X factors are O’Neill and Thomas. When Mo says we need to find out what we have in the young OF’s those are the two guys that come to my mind. We know what we have in Bader and we think we know what we will get from Carlson but O’Neill and Thomas are still unknowns.

    in reply to: OF Matt Szczur signed to minors deal #154374
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    Jager, I brought up some of those same points on the 2021 spring training roster thread. Taxi squads will have a different impact this year vs last year and it will be interesting to see how it plays out in relation to the AAA roster/needs.

    Do taxi players have to be on the 40 man? If not, do they have to be placed on the 40 man if activated?

    in reply to: What Will Mo Do? (2020-2021 offseason) #154328
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    GS, the Sanchez acquisition was after Yadi signed. If Yadi had signed elsewhere wouldn’t have STL looked for a more experienced catcher to start ahead of Knizner? Was Knizner ever in line for a starting role?

    Hasn’t he always been competing for the backup role?

    If Yadi had not re-signed I suspect the Cardinals would have brought in someone to at least have a timeshare with Knizner. I wouldn’t say he would have definitely been the backup in that scenario. There weren’t many quality free agent catchers remaining as of last week and I don’t know what catchers are available by trade.

    Regardless, the Cardinals have sent every signal the last couple of years that they don’t think Knizner is ready to be an everyday catcher. I don’t share their opinion but it is obviously their decision to make. I view Knizner as good as Carson Kelly and Kelly is pretty much an everyday catcher now. I think Knizner will need to go elsewhere to get a shot.

    in reply to: Jack Flaherty Extension #154327
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    I think Flaherty has a problem with the overall MLB compensation system, not a problem with the Cardinals specifically, so I don’t see how going to the “left coast” or any other team is going to solve that problem. Those “left coast” teams are ran by billionaires just like the Cardinals are.

    Personally, I don’t much like it when players act disgruntled publicly. I think they should address their concerns privately behind closed doors, but cry me a river if you think we should feel sorry for the poor picked on owners. They bring a lot of their problems on themselves.

    in reply to: Cardinals Odds and Projections #154319
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    Those projections look spot on to me.

    in reply to: What Will Mo Do? (2020-2021 offseason) #154280
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    How in the world did Knizner get so highly ranked as a Cardinal prospect? Misevaluation perhaps?

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154279
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    Yep, the Nats love those Boras clients.

    in reply to: Agreement on 2021 rules/salaries/service time/contracts #154278
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    Yes there will be DH during interleague games.

    As of now it appears that NL games will not have the DH but I suppose there is still a slight chance it gets implemented before April 1. The MLBPA doesn’t seem interested in using the DH as a bargaining chip so the owners would basically have to give it away for “nothing”, although the health of the pitchers should be considered something.

    The only thing that gives me hope of having the DH this year is that maybe the owners are just waiting on all of the free agent hitters to be signed before implementing it. That would limit the number of teams bidding on some of those players thus potentially driving their price down.

    On the other hand I am sure some, if not most, of the owners have no appetite to give the players anything they don’t have to.

    in reply to: What Will Mo Do? (2020-2021 offseason) #154268
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    Knizner is stuck between Molina and Herrera. I would think he would still feel very blocked. Barring injury he really has no future with this organization as a starter.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring training roster #154267
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    I guess Herrera wasn’t “snubbed”. He was just not invited for some mysterious other circumstances.

    As Brian and Denny alluded to Herrera WILL be in camp.

    in reply to: OF Matt Szczur signed to minors deal #154266
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    Hail Szczur!

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