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by TomtheBombadil
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Build Your 25 Man Team From Last 25 Years
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: Build Your 25 Man Team From Last 25 Years

C: 2006 Barrett 1B: 2005 Lee 2B: 2018 Zobrist SS: 2019 Baez 3B: 2016 Bryant LF: 1999 Rodriguez CF: 2008 Edmonds RF: 2001 Sosa C: 1995 Servais 1B: 1997 Grace IF: 2010 Castro IF: 2002 Bellhorn UT: 2017 Happ SP: 2003 Mark Prior SP: 2015 Jake Arrieta SP: 1998 Kerry Wood SP: 2004 Carlos Zambrano SP: 2000...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: NFL Black Monday
Replies: 37
Views: 1520

Re: NFL Black Monday

Eh, DVOA and DYAR have mostly loved him throughout his career, even last year he was still a positive value starter. I like him with Pittsburgh if they're looking, Denver, Buffalo, Indianapolis, maybe Jacksonville
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: NFL Black Monday
Replies: 37
Views: 1520

Re: NFL Black Monday

Not a coaching thing but Rivers to the Panthers please. Looks like there's going to be alot of circus around the QB shuffle this offseason with he and Brady being FAs in front of a solid QB like Andy Dalton in FA plus a bunch of guys teams might want to trade
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 33
Views: 2287

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

https://www.mlb.com/news/top-shortstop- ... s-for-2020

Hoerner at 9 just in front of future legend Ronny Mauricio. CJ Abrams was a gift to the Padres
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 33
Views: 2287

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Two top 40 and another top 100? Cash 'em in, Theo!

Amaya whiff aside, that's pretty sweet considering only Hoerner has seen AA and none of this group has both finished and dominated a full season workload
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 33
Views: 2287

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

big ball chunky time wrote:what from the last two years would make you think this is something they're remotely interested in doing


Not confident that they'll actually pull something off, just that the system plays up in this new pretendthere'sacapandthisistheNFL environment
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

2018 was literally the first time Descalso put up higher than a .6 WAR for a season. Before then he literally had as many years at negative WAR as he did at positive WAR (which fluctuated from .1-.6). I went over all the reasons I think Holt and Pillar are more likely to put up positive WAR than De...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

“When Theo comes to suggest something like that, I generally approve it,” Ricketts said. That's from the Mooney interview/article in The Athletic last week about adding Kimbrel and Castellanos last year, it's time for Tommy to nut up. The rallying cry for shipping Bryant out is to protect the futur...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

It is a marginal move and it still is an improvement. Pillar/Holt got ~900 PAs last year and were worth 2.8 WAR combined. Descalso, Kemp, Almora got ~650 and were worth -1.7. Scale it back to equal out the PAs at ~659 and that’s still a 2+ win improvement. Throw in they underachieved their Pythag t...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Even with discounted playing time Pillar is still better than Almora . Sure Pillar might not get the 2015-19 PAs to reach 2+ WAR. But he’s still better than Almora regardless of PAs and even if the backup/RHH CF’er is only in line for 200-300 PAs I’d rather they go to an actually decent player than...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Yeah I think it's hard to articulate this point without coming across as arrogant, but I think ultimately we're all in agreement that Almora is a bad baseball player (though we might disagree on his exact level of suckiness)...but I don't think David Ross sees it the same way. I'm pretty sure I jus...
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 33
Views: 2287

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Whoa good stuff getting national recognition so quickly...I'm getting more confident they can trade for someone badass like Lindor
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

You keep saying this , but dude has almost 800 ABs this past 2 seasons and probably will get as many ABs as he did this past season (339) which is about 150 too many IMO. That probably puts him in the top 30 for CFs in terms of ABs. What make you think that he won't be the starting CF this season? ...
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

It doesn’t compliment them in a positive way. Just because he doesn’t strike out much and there’s guys who strike out at decent rates he can platoon with doesn’t make him usefully complimentary if he literally can’t do anything on offense that’s valuable. I don’t necessarily want a strict, full tim...
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Tom's argument is "he's just a guy so he's fine as a 5th OF or whatever" The rest of us are saying "he's just a guy so why not upgrade that roster spot instead of having one of the statistically worst hitters of 2019 sitting there"? I thought "sign Puig" were two of th...
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

You’re trying to say somehow his contact and low Ks make him valuable. It doesn’t because the contact he makes is bad and it isn’t valuable contact. Not striking out isn’t always a good thing when the trade off is soft GBs most of the time and taking no walks. Pillar has been worth 3.5 WAR between ...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

But with the teams current construction we clearly need RHH options to compliment a LHH heavy OF. I don’t like that Almora is that option. 4th OF’er or lower it doesn’t matter, he has a clear path to playing time and I (and others) don’t like that because we think he’s bad. The top 100 comment was ...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

He doesn’t make that high of contact, his 77% or so wasn’t even top 100 in MLB for guys with his PAs. His contact profile is garbage too, so I don’t care if he’s a high contact guy if it’s soft GBs every time. He also hasn’t hit LHP for 1.5 years. We’ve been over all this before. For some reason yo...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

They don’t have complimentary skill sets because they have no skills and suck. That’s what we’re telling you. Almora doesn’t compliment anyone well because he sucks at baseball, Descalso doesn’t compliment anyone well because he sucks at baseball. It’s that simple, they bring nothing to the table. ...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

He absolutely is part of the problem and I’ve been saying he is a horsefeathers player for over a year now and have wanted him gone going back to last two offseasons. Bertz is 100% right in his statements above. The depth is kinda okay, especially if Nico is a thing. How they all work together and ...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Cubswin11 wrote:.


Hot take: picking *this* offseason and not the several before it to headhunt Almora, no longer the starting CF or even a starting OF, is forced and I have a hard time taking it seriously. It's not his fault, he's not the problem
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

I wholly disagree that the current bench doesn't compliment the starters. Almora's a high contact hitter behind Happ in CF and a RHH backing up the other two also Schwarber K's. No one else plays CF on the roster except Bryant a few times 5 years ago. If Hoerner's legit he's the starting 2B and the ...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

I do not feel that way about Bote or Happ or Nico. I feel the depth is a sham from Descalso, Almora, Asuaje, Hernan, etc down and it’s easily upgradable. Holt, Souza, Pillar, Dyson, etc. the former should all be like 17th—25th guys on a 13 man position player depth chart. Not multiple ones being in...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1221
Views: 61683

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

He’s better than Descalso and does the contact thing, with a 26-man roster I see how he can fit and be used. I’d rather have him than Descalso, Asuaje, Giambrone, Hernan Perez, Short, etc break camp on the roster. It’s just like years past with the “how are all these guys going to play?” questions ...

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