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by champaignchris
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 3229
Views: 157066

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Puerto Rico is fantastic. After they get their place put back together from the hurricane, I'd highly recommend it as a vacation spot. It's just a slightly different flavor of USA. Walgreens and food courts and cable television and all. Just more palm trees, rum, and salsa music. It's like a Latino ...
by champaignchris
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Price is wrong, female dog.
Replies: 12
Views: 355

Re: The Pryce is wrong, female dog.

Can’t say Price had much to work with. And pretty much the entire team is hurt this year. It’s wild to think that after 2013 they’d won 90 games three out of four years and had a decent core of young players. And that franchise just fell apart. Arroyo, Phillips and Ludwick got old. Bruce’s productio...
by champaignchris
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 3229
Views: 157066

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Edit: re putting an MLB team in PR. I expect MLB to take a really long hard look at Latin America on the next expansion go around. Manfred has all but admitted that baseball will be expanding after Oakland and Tampa get their stadium issues worked out. One of the expansion teams will go to Montreal,...
by champaignchris
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-11-18
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-11-18

Going back to their days in Boston, how many of Thoyer's pitching draft picks turned into better than BORPs or were at least shut down relievers? Lester & Papelbon were home runs. Barnes was decent last year, as was Joe Ross. Anyone else? I know you're asking about draft picks, but why doesn't ...
by champaignchris
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Cardinals
Replies: 2046
Views: 117098

Re: The Cardinals

He pushed the ump out of his way and only gets one game?
by champaignchris
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 3229
Views: 157066

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Rusty Staub passed away. He was one of my favorite non-Cubs when I was a kid. Bright red hair. Smooth lefty swing. Played for the Tigers some, which was my grandpa’s team. The guy lived a pretty amazing life off the field too, summed up well in this nice obit from ESPN: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story...
by champaignchris
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 214
Views: 12314

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

Looking at the Nats’ situation, they’re really in a tough spot in 2019. Strasburg, Scherzer and Zimmerman will be combining to make about $96M. All told, in terms of guaranteed contracts and arbitration estimates, with no options picked up, the Nats will be on the hook for about $145M for 12 players...
by champaignchris
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 2836

Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Regular Show wrote:Zach Britton is the DL with a pretty serious injury. I doubt he comes back by June. He should pitch before the trade deadline, but June seems too optimistic to me.


I’ve read “late May” as target date for his return.

I was being bold.
by champaignchris
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 2836

Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Kyle Hendricks goes “next level” and becomes generally recognized as the ace of the Cubs staff and one of the elite pitchers in the game. Heyward is out of the regular starting lineup by July. Some Cubs A-ball prospect has a bust out year and “suddenly” the Cubs have a farm system again. Immediately...
by champaignchris
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: cubs payroll is too low (aka ptr lives)
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: cubs payroll is too low (aka ptr lives)

Cubs handed out guaranteed contracts totaling $216.45M.

The Phillies paid out the second most at $169.25M.

The Pirates get all that competitive balance money and didn’t spend a dime in free agency.
by champaignchris
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: cubs payroll is too low (aka ptr lives)
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: cubs payroll is too low (aka ptr lives)

Odd observation. Every team could spend more in theory. It’s not like there’s a salary cap. But weren’t the Cubs by far the biggest spenders in free agency this year?
by champaignchris
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cobb to Orioles
Replies: 32
Views: 1483

Re: Cobb to Orioles

This market has played out perfectly for the Brewers. Ubaldo Jimenez is going to have no choice but to take pennies on the dollar to pitch for the Brewers. Why the hell would the Brewers want Ubaldo Jimenez pitching for them? He's not an upgrade over the crap they are already throwing out there. Ca...
by champaignchris
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cobb to Orioles
Replies: 32
Views: 1483

Re: Cobb to Orioles

This market has played out perfectly for the Brewers.

Ubaldo Jimenez is going to have no choice but to take pennies on the dollar to pitch for the Brewers.
by champaignchris
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Things are looking Grimm for Justin
Replies: 49
Views: 2184

Re: Things are looking Grimm for Justin

He has a plus fastball and a plus curve and seemed to have very little idea how to use those pitches to get people out.
by champaignchris
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jose Altuve Extension - $151M/5
Replies: 16
Views: 898

Re: Jose Altuve Extension - $151M/5

Boras client that didn’t take it to FA. Wonder if that’s Boras switching up strategies.
by champaignchris
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Wrigley Renovations and Related Wrigleyville Stuff
Replies: 455
Views: 32352

Re: Wrigley Renovations and Related Wrigleyville Stuff

Sammy Sofa wrote:Well, now you'll never have to travel far without a little Big Star.


You get 500 bonus points for the ‘Mats reference.

:good:
by champaignchris
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M
Replies: 127
Views: 4528

Re: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M

Without looking too closely, I would bet the net WAR for the Sandberg trade was mid-50's and the Sosa trade was probably around 50. By bWAR, at least, it’s closer to mid-60s for Sandberg and high-50s for Sosa. When taking Steop into account and not giving Baltimore any credit for Feldman after he d...
by champaignchris
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Offseason Transactions
Replies: 523
Views: 37791

Re: Offseason Transactions

So that leaves Cobb and Holland as the last prominent free agents left.
by champaignchris
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: NL Central Also-Rans: Reds, Brewers, Cubs, Cardinals
Replies: 275
Views: 15426

Re: NL Central Also-Rans: Reds, Brewers, Pirates

weis21 wrote:to be fair they didn't ask him how comfortable he feels in LF which would probably be "definitely not remotely comfortable"


Right. That article referred to left field as his “natural position” and I almost shot Diet Coke out my nose laughing.
by champaignchris
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: #NotAllPitchers
Replies: 581
Views: 33395

Re: #NotAllPitchers

Cubswin11 wrote:Bradon Finnegan left his start with forearm tightness today and Desclafani has a strained oblique. So the Reds pitching march to keep their team ERA under 10 takes a hit.


The Reds starting pitching the last couple of years has been like the Mets, but with a lot less talent and Schadenfreude.
by champaignchris
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M
Replies: 127
Views: 4528

Re: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M

I agree. He was like our little secret in 2014 since the Cubs were awful. The best was that game against the Red Sox he almost threw a no-hitter. I mean the Red Sox had been battering this dude for years as a Oriole, now all the sudden he's dominating them. In 2014 - the third year of Theo - a lot ...
by champaignchris
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M
Replies: 127
Views: 4528

Re: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M

UK wrote:Hendricks/Edwards Jr. for Dempster is right there too.


Hendricks and Christian Villanueva came in the Dempster trade.

Edwards, Olt, Grimm and Neil Ramirez came in the Garza trade.
by champaignchris
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M
Replies: 127
Views: 4528

Re: Jake Arrieta Close to Signing with the Phillies

Seems like Jake could end up with a big deal. Though maybe to get to 5 and 125+ he needs to hit unlikely attainable options like CY Youngs or something. https://twitter.com/jonheyman/status/972970838751358984?s=21 https://twitter.com/jonheyman/status/972972482817937413?s=21 So if Arrieta is as good...

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