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by toonsterwu
Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 9266

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Don't get me wrong, I am fine with "gut feeling" as a component of prospect ranking. After all, we're projecting kids whose bodies haven't physically matured yet ... and more importantly, haven't mentally matured yet (remember when Mark Pawelek was supposed to be a superbly mature 18 year ...
by toonsterwu
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 9266

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Fangraphs evaluates the 2016 Cubs prospects Haven't been a huge fan of this new guy's work there. I have no clue what his background is, compared to Kiley, and overall, I don't have a gigantically huge problem with the list, but ... it's an odd list, and like his other work so far, he seems to plac...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Sherman - Cubs (and others obv) expected to be in on Alex Gordon
Replies: 214
Views: 13078

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

yeah, not sure how the heck that happened.
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2016 MLB Draft Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 5850

Re: 2016 MLB Draft Discussion

Looking at BA's college list ... http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/160109/ I'm somewhat ambivalent about the college class right now. On the one hand, that's an excellent college class of arms to start the year. Now, pitchers ... you never know (I think it was, uh, 2006? when there was an awful...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2016 MLB Draft Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 5850

Re: 2016 MLB Draft Discussion

Looking at BA's college list ... http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/160109/ I'm somewhat ambivalent about the college class right now. On the one hand, that's an excellent college class of arms to start the year. Now, pitchers ... you never know (I think it was, uh, 2006? when there was an awful...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2016 MLB Draft Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 5850

Re: 2016 MLB Draft Discussion

Looking at BA's college list ... http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/160109/ I'm somewhat ambivalent about the college class right now. On the one hand, that's an excellent college class of arms to start the year. Now, pitchers ... you never know (I think it was, uh, 2006? when there was an awful...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Sherman - Cubs (and others obv) expected to be in on Alex Gordon
Replies: 214
Views: 13078

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

Since this was a double-post, rather than having a stupid double-post 37 minutes apart), I was thinking more if Wei-Yin Chen's price tag came down in years and AAV (looks like he might be the tough luck, but you waited too long (and had a QO) pitcher this market), and then to see if we could use Kyl...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Sherman - Cubs (and others obv) expected to be in on Alex Gordon
Replies: 214
Views: 13078

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

I'm curious if the Gordon signing is a sign for the rest of the market. He took probably close to what he was expected to get initially, but less than what I recall his demands were. If the money for everyone else comes down, would be nice to jump in there and get a "bargain". Of course, t...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Today's wish list...
Replies: 152
Views: 10551

Re: Today's wish list...

Here's the full article talking about the Angels which I got my idea from, which came from a MLBTR blurb. Would Coghlan/Villanueva/PJ for Skaggs/Tropeano and Salas/Smith be fair? Too much? Too little? http://m.angels.mlb.com/news/article/160430500/angels-could-still-have-moves-in-store-for-16 The i...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Today's wish list...
Replies: 152
Views: 10551

Re: Today's wish list...

OOC, since I've been busy, were there reports that Tampa had interest in Coghlan? Because, on paper, it seems ... odd. Kiermaier/Souza Jr. seem likely to get regular AB's in the OF, and they have enough guys to piece together a platoon for LF (something like Guyer/Morrison would seem like a capable ...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 9266

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

I think organizational rankings this year will really be an eye of the beholder type situation. I mean, you can pick apart our system easily, and there's a lot of systems bunched after the top few. I do think we're probably top half, but even some systems that I thought were "bad" or botto...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Today's wish list...
Replies: 152
Views: 10551

Re: Today's wish list...

Is it too much to ask for Moore and McGee, without using Javy or Soler? Send Coghlan, plus non-Contreras guys from the system. I think that'd be about the best possible move left for us, if we do anything. I would like that very much, though not sure how feasible it is. Rays are believed to like Vi...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Dodgers agree to deal w/ Kente Maeda
Replies: 33
Views: 4942

Re: Dodgers agree to deal w/ Kente Maeda

I really like the Kazmir/Maeda moves for them. Maeda, obviously, gives them a righty to throw in the mix, and considering that it seems to be heavily incentive/performance laden, it feels like it should be fine. Kazmir gives them an arm that's been solid and durable the last couple of years, and bei...
by toonsterwu
Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Kazmir
Replies: 34
Views: 3742

Re: Kazmir

Interesting move, wonder if they end up shopping Wood, although not sure how big that market would be after last season. The QO, and maybe Boras shooting a bit high, looks to be really hurting Wei-Yin Chen.
by toonsterwu
Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:23 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Washington Nationals sign Daniel Murphy to 3 year deal
Replies: 6
Views: 1286

Re: Washington Nationals sign Daniel Murphy to 3 year deal

I think ... I'm very ambivalent about the move, mostly because I'm not a huge fan of Murphy, but he has a decent bat. 3 years is okay - I imagine, towards the end of it, if Washington's youngsters start to pan out, then Murphy would become a really expensive utility guy (or they would try and move t...
by toonsterwu
Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 9266

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Well ... since I had time to scan the boards this morning ... I sort of get what Kyle is ... questioning? ... here on Almora. Yes, Almora is touted as a solid defender, but keep in mind that this is an "instinct" judgment (ability to read/get jumps) rather than an assessment on tools (I do...
by toonsterwu
Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:45 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Brandon Phillips to Nationals?
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Brandon Phillips to Nationals?

I think going both ways is an odd way of simply saying that it might happen, but there's a chance it could fall through. Supposedly Phillips wants something to allow the trade to go through since he has 10/5 rights. It's an interesting move dependent upon the cost in prospects. I'm not particularly ...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:54 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Todd Frazier to White Sox in three team deal
Replies: 64
Views: 4845

Re: Todd Frazier to White Sox in three team deal

The White Sox strike me as the AL version of the Diamondbacks. I don't get this one to be quite honest. The package they gave up for Todd Frazier isn't ridiculous. Montas is a very nice piece, but his chances of staying in the rotation are debatable, and Micah Johnson might not be a 2nd baseman. Th...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Todd Frazier to White Sox in three team deal
Replies: 64
Views: 4845

Re: Todd Frazier to White Sox in three team deal

I saw this on the phone earlier in the day, and I thought, this is a joke, right? A power hitting 3rd baseman with 2 years of control only got ... Peraza? Schebler? Dixon? Even with his 2nd half slump, Frazier should've gotten more than that. This feels like a case of a team falling in love with a g...
by toonsterwu
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:56 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cardinals Not Pursuing Major Position FA?
Replies: 33
Views: 2934

Re: Cardinals Not Pursuing Major Position FA?

I don't really think Tilson's best case is anymore than a 4th OF, but he's really one of their few upper level young-ish positional assets that seem to have any sort of hope.
by toonsterwu
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 9266

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

This seemed as good a place for a random thought: I had some spare time this morning and was looking around at prospect lists. Part of it was I wanted to see how systems looked after the rash of big trades that have happened. The 2nd was curiosity on where the Cubs system, not that it really matters...
by toonsterwu
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Pitchers we can trade for....
Replies: 461
Views: 23447

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

I keep thinking that, if they fail to land a big impact trade, I really wouldn't mind making a move for a pitcher to stash at AAA that's more than your retread/minor league FA type. I'm not particularly enamored with the options that we could turn to early in the year. I'm not talking about any high...
by toonsterwu
Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:25 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cardinals Not Pursuing Major Position FA?
Replies: 33
Views: 2934

Re: Cardinals Not Pursuing Major Position FA?

To piggyback off the above, their system is also in a decline right now (granted the entirety of the minors is weaker than in years past, partly due to the changes in how organizations manage their young talent, and also because, well, there were massive graduations last year - very few systems look...
by toonsterwu
Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cueto to Giants
Replies: 19
Views: 1298

Re: Cueto to Giants

Doesn't look bad relative to pre vs post opt out cost. Still think they might need another bat.
by toonsterwu
Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:32 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2015 Winter Meetings Thread
Replies: 180
Views: 11627

Re: 2015 Winter Meetings Thread

Appel had himself a solid second half. I think his ceiling projection is still what it ... should've been ... when he came out of Stanford, a possible mid-rotation arm, maybe a tick better, a "2/3" type arm if you wanted to use numbers. Never understood the huge fascination with him, altho...

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