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October 31, 2019 at 2:54 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113365
Good enough. Thanks.October 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113363
Makes sense. But what you’re saying is that the coaches in Washington and Houston are a lot smarter, and a lot better, than the coaches in Detroit and Pittsburgh.October 31, 2019 at 2:14 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113360
I know I’m pretty cynical at times. But I would love to hear an explanation as to why Cole’s pitching stats jumped way up after he left Pittsburgh. What caused that? And will they go back down after Boras locks him into a a guaranteed, long-term contract? His strikeouts, in particular, went up by over 30%, and his WAR doubled. Here are his stats per Baseball Reference: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/colege01.shtmlOctober 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113148
If I were advising ownership, I would tell them to either get rid of guaranteed contracts, or go ahead and let the whole system tank. Then, rebuild it with some common sense. Carpenter, Fowler, and Goldschmidt are now in the phase of their careers where all they want to do is run out the clock on their contracts. Then, they can go and enjoy their immense wealth. Every team has players like that.October 29, 2019 at 6:56 pm in reply to: Less and less demand for traditional sports writers #113040
When Myers has his pitches working, they are almost unhittable. And that’s why they keep bringing him up and sending him out to the mound. But as I see it the problem is that he, generally, has his pitches working for only one batter. The concern is that, right after we send him to another team, he will find his groove and turn out to be a key bullpen part for that team.
I’d just as soon never see Cecil again. But if he’s pitching good enough at spring training, it seems like they will have to bring him north with the team.
They gave Dobzanski $700K to sign as a 29th rounder back in 2014.
Knizner could be trade bait if we could squeeze an extra year out of Yadi.
Loved watching that fielding play by Montero.October 24, 2019 at 11:38 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #112646
Just want to point out that Chapman is getting paid $17.5M for being a relief pitcher. If CMart goes back to the rotation like he wants to, then our options for closer are Helsley, Cabrerra, and Hicks at some point, and maybe Whitley gets a chance. None of them are proven.
I agree that the chance of Ozuna accepting the QO is extremely unlikely. I could be wrong, but I suspect that the reason he’s been dogging it for the last two years is that he wants to make sure he protects himself from getting injured because that might prevent him from getting the absolute maximum amount of money possible.October 22, 2019 at 3:10 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #112443
One nice thing you have to admit about our front office is that they have been able to keep us out of a
tank and rebuild. I would hate having to go through that.
Hudson’s walk rate was high at 4.4 per nine. But I think 2 or 3 of those BB’s came in the first or second inning of games. For the rest of the game it was ground out after ground out after ground out ………
Limiting the number of affiliates a team can have will mean that teams with less developed minor league systems will have access to more talent because the teams with the more advanced systems will not have a place to hold talent that they want to develop.
I still have a feeling that the MLBPA has something to do with this. Last offseason there was quite a bit of complaining about experienced, card-carrying union players being replaced by prospects. Our own Jack Flaherty was one of the major league players that ran his mouth about that. This proposal could very well reduce the number of prospects coming up through the minor leagues.
IMHO, this all boils down to less work for individuals, and more dependence on a system.
(On a personal note, I just want to say that I generally support the union cause, although like anything else, a union can get twisted up.)
I think the organizations that want 5 affiliates have a problem with the organizations that want 10 affiliates, as if that was any of their business.
Fan’s feeling let down by Carpenter, Fowler, Ozuna, and Goldschmidt getting big money and then not playing up to expectations could be part of the problem. All the strikeouts could also be a factor. Trying to convince fans that they should consider a player with a batting average of .260 or .270 a star player could be part of it. Could it be that fans are turned off by the shift and players’ inability to put the shift to rest by learning how to bunt? Hearing a young, emerging star pitcher talk about how players with major league experience are being mistreated by an unfair system even after they’ve already been paid millions of dollars by the ‘unfair’ system.
I don’t think it’s about saving money, and I especially don’t think it’s about reducing costs to prepare themselves for pay increases for minor league players. I don’t know the real numbers. But at a glance it doesn’t seem like dropping two Rookie League teams is going to amount nearly enough savings to pay for higher salaries at other minor league levels. I think this whole thing is about reducing competition to make it easier on those who don’t like having to compete so rigorously. With less talent coming through an organization’s system, the players at the top of the food chain (i.e. MLB players) have less of a threat coming up behind them, and teams/ownership that don’t have a strong minor system will have that ‘more level playing field’ by forcing all organizations to live within the same parameters.
You’re asking purely for an opinion, so here mudville’s opinion. I think he’ll turn down the QO. I think he will be afraid of hurting himself and missing out on the big money contract that he wants.
I’d be willing to bet that the MLBPA is behind this more so than MLB, which actually means the Owners. The MLBPA waves their so-called ‘savings’ in front of the Owners noses in order to seduce them into accepting an agreement that limits access to the major leagues for non-union draftees and non-union potential major league prospects. This gives added job security to players that are already in the Majors by reducing competition for major league jobs. It also reduces the quality of play at all levels including at the major league level. This proposal shouldn’t even be on the table. But the owners having previously demonstrated monumental ineptitude and a shocking lack of vision will surely accept some version of this proposal. After all, aren’t they the ones who accepted the guaranteed contract for themselves and for the MLB fan base?
Nice observations about our hitters in general and about DeJong in particular. I can’t believe that DeJong isn’t a better hitter than what he showed us this year. I suggested in another thread that maybe Jeff Albert coaching the players one way and Mark Budaska coaching them another way had the hitters screwed up by causing them to think in two different directions at the same time.October 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #111981
Euro Dandy – Truly talented players don’t lose as much as Carpenter did in one offseason. There has to be a reason for it. Bottom line is that he got his money and then his stats dropped like a rock.
I’m anticipating a big bounce back year from Elehuris Montero in 2020. Brian, have you heard the nickname for Elehuris?
Really enjoyed the Griffin Roberts interview.
I really enjoyed this interview. I almost feel like I know this kid now. For awhile, I was a bit worried that he might not have his head screwed on straight, but now I’m thinking that he is pretty mature for his age. I hope he does well for himself, for the organization, and for us fans in The Lou.
I bet his FB is faster than what’s been reported. He’s the 43rd overall pick with a $1.6M signing bonus.October 16, 2019 at 11:04 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #111919
Extending Carpenter was only a bad idea because Carpenter stopped trying after he got the contract he wanted.October 16, 2019 at 10:57 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #111918
Adonis Garcia improved on his SO rate after his buddy, Arozarena, got called up. He’s got power and the arm for corner outfield. I’ll make him my early pick To impress in spring training.October 16, 2019 at 8:39 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #111874
I wouldn’t put too much faith in Forbes. It’s nothing but a ‘best guess’. A couple of years ago Boras made a best guess of their revenue at $270M.