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by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M

I thought they should have focused on the Machado long term deal in turn the off season. G'luck with that. He's possibly this generation' Scott Rolen on track to hit FA at 26 or so, and is a Boras client. He's one of the least likely young superstars in the league to extend. There were rumors aroun...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M
Replies: 13
Views: 1155

Re: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M

I actually think you Ian Kennedy will be a decent pitcher ... but this many years and this much money for Ian Kennedy.
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M

The deal seems reasonable for this market, although it's been apparent for a while that the Orioles were bidding against themselves. The problem I have with this movie is that it's a win now move but they didn't make other win now lose this offseason. This feels like a team stuck in limbo, trying to...
by toonsterwu
Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Offseason Rumors
Replies: 2649
Views: 27535

Re: Offseason Rumors

Really don't see Cespedes signing for that right now. You've waited this long, a little longer won't hurt. I also think the Orioles might be leaking information to try and spur Chris Davis along. It's possible Cespedes gets desperate, but once one of the remaining big 3 fall (Davis/Cespedes/Upton), ...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Pitchers we can trade for....
Replies: 461
Views: 21245

Re: The Pitchers we can trade for....

It is Phil Rogers, but I am mildly curious that he plopped Billy McKinney into every deal. In some respects, it almost feels like he's suggesting that McKinney is someone they are targeting. Is that the case? I haven't really followed, but I don't recall anything specific about the Rays specifically...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Pitchers we can trade for....
Replies: 461
Views: 21245

Re: The Pitchers we can trade for....

Phil Rogers came up with 5 trades between the Cubs and Rays..... 1) McGee for McKinney(I'm in) 2) Cobb and McGee for Coghlan, Contreras, Vogelbach, and McKinney([expletive] no) 3) Odorizzi and McGee for Baez, McKinney, and Vogelbach(he's valuing Cobb more than Odorizzi?) 4) Archer and McGee for Sol...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Wei-Yin Chen Thread?
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Re: Wei-Yin Chen Thread?

Seems like a good deal for the Fish. Market rate, but under market if he opts out. Odd, wouldn't have guessed Miami to start the off season. Good park for him to go to, which might be what Boras is banking on. Thinking about it, this seems like a different type of opt out. Whereas most opt-outs seem...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

All that's fair, as we aren't privy to the internal notes of the organization. On the surface, he seems to have adjusted to full-time catching rather well (played 3rd in JC a bit, although IIRC, that was because they had other, more polished, catching options), but that doesn't tell that much. I'm n...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

McLeod and Madison etc. all value progress; the 2nd half performance is considered to be most relevant. From that view, Almora and Caratini finished strong, as did Underwood. Did Almora and Caratini make some adjustments so that they are better players now, and the improved late-season players are ...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

I'm not talking about Watkins "falling off". I'm simply talking about his offensive performance coming up through the system. For a couple years, he would get off to these terribly slow starts, then take off offensively around mid-season, leading to conversation amongst fans during the wi...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Yasiel Sierra close to deal with Dodgers
Replies: 16
Views: 1403

Re: Yasiel Sierra close to deal with Dodgers

Assuming no moves, I think Kershaw/Kazmir/Maeda/Anderson have spots. If Ryu's healthy, he gets a spot. McCarthy's midseason, right? Or at least, he's not starting the year. That probably pushes Wood to AAA. It would seem a waste to stash him in the pen. Sierra's just looking at immediate money, but ...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Storen To Jays
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: Storen To Jays

Supposedly they "made up" with a phone call or something. Guessing part of the problem in Rizzo's mind is probably that he doesn't have many other late inning options to turn to as of now. There isn't much left in free agency, and the trade market has the some names that the Cubs are looki...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Yasiel Sierra close to deal with Dodgers
Replies: 16
Views: 1403

Re: Yasiel Sierra close to deal with Dodgers

Another double post. Ugh. Uh ... wonder what the mid-season "big trade" market might entail? There's the obvious Jose Fernandez. A part of me does wonder if DiPoto might move Felix Hernandez if the right package came along. The 4 years/104 million left would scare off a lot of teams (there...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Yasiel Sierra close to deal with Dodgers
Replies: 16
Views: 1403

Re: Yasiel Sierra close to deal with Dodgers

Looks like they'll have the depth to swing that big deal whenever one becomes available for Friedman and Co.
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Today's wish list...
Replies: 152
Views: 9230

Re: Today's wish list...

I'm sort of okay going into the season with the pen as is, as I think the cost of the remaining options are likely to be too costly at this point. If something falls down price wise, sure. In terms of "wishes", this has been as good an offseason as possible, not only for the upgrades, but ...
by toonsterwu
Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

I'm not talking about Watkins "falling off". I'm simply talking about his offensive performance coming up through the system. For a couple years, he would get off to these terribly slow starts, then take off offensively around mid-season, leading to conversation amongst fans during the win...
by toonsterwu
Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Sherman - Cubs (and others obv) expected to be in on Alex Gordon
Replies: 214
Views: 11520

Re: Sherman - Cubs (and others obv) expected to be in on Alex Gordon

I still wouldn't be surprised if the Nationals went after Fowler, particularly if it's a one year deal. They can't really depend on Werth/Taylor, and they are already losing a pick for Daniel Murphy. Also wouldn't be absolutely stunned if Boston got in on that. I think Davis is going to be an owner ...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

It's been awhile since I looked at old splits, so off the top of my memory, Watkins got off to terribly slow starts in at least A+ and AA , but always finished with a solid 2nd halves that would generate some chatter amongst Cubs fans when it came to prospect ranking discussions. Short of it is, I s...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Don't want to make it seem like I'm gushing over the players on that list. Of course things will sort itself out. Just don't recall a year, since the new rules were put in place and AzPhil was publishing his lists to save time from thinking, where it seemed like we started off with so many semi-intr...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Storen To Jays
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: Storen To Jays

It's still hard to see Fowler signing a short term, prove it deal to come back. If he signs one of those, he's going to want AB's to prove himself to get back on the market. On the whole, I I get the deal for both sides, but I'm not a huge fan of Revere. I think he'll be miscast as a CF (unless they...
by toonsterwu
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Total side note, but finally got around to seeing AzPhil's 2016 Rule 5 Watch List. Dang, that's a lot of semi-intriguing guys right now that could end up being available. Never know what's going to happen over the season, as guys will rise and fall, but sure seems like we should end up losing a guy ...
by toonsterwu
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:19 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

The gap between #2 and # 15 in the system is as narrow as it has ever been, so almost any permutation can be justified. That said, I'm not overly swayed by the commentary for those that seem out of line. Almora's report especially seems to underscore Craig's point about seeing a guy's swing at a po...
by toonsterwu
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 7804

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

I probably shouldn't have engaged, as I don't care enough to really follow up, but I tried to make the note that, if someone wanted to rank Vogelbach lower because of his value, then that's a justifiable way to look at things. This Farnsworth kid seemed to take quick offense to things, saying he was...
by toonsterwu
Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Denard Span signs 3 year deal with Giants.
Replies: 12
Views: 1177

Re: Denard Span signs 3 year deal with Giants.

In terms of Fowler, the team that makes some sense in the end would be the Nationals, if they wanted to spend. They could use an OF to give Taylor (and more importantly, Robles) some more time, but they could also go Gerardo Parra. I wonder if he would be a big enough upgrade for Cleveland to consid...
by toonsterwu
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Denard Span signs 3 year deal with Giants.
Replies: 12
Views: 1177

Re: Denard Span signs 3 year deal with Giants.

I'm curious what Fowler is demanding for Span to come off so much earlier than him. I'm starting to wonder if Fowler may be the bat that stayed on the market too long, because the big name OF's will likely go before him. I'm thinking there's going to be a "rush" of deals in the next week o...

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