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by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: According to Kaplan, KB turned down 200 Mill Extension
Replies: 15
Views: 721

Re: According to Kaplan, KB turned down 200 Mill Extension

Boras insists on his client reaching free agency, news at 11 To be fair, Boras does prefer that, but there have been cases where if the player basically asks Boras to make a deal, he does. The most recent example is Strasburg wanting to stay with the Nationals, provided fair terms, which was obviou...
by toonsterwu
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Bryce is Right, Bitch
Replies: 514
Views: 39637

Re: The Bryce is Right, Bitch

I’ve heard there is a possibility that the Angels may look to move Trout if they cannot extend him this offseason. I wonder how interested he is in winning or if he just wants to stay comfortable in Anaheim. IF they do decide to move him, what are the odds the Cubs is would look that direction inst...
by toonsterwu
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 157
Views: 3746

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Tbh, all that's fair. It's a bit disconcerting to see him go so flyball heavy and have it impact his offense so much. I really don't take the time to look deep into numbers anymore ... so I'm not sure if there's a good explanation. Off the top, I thought advanced metrics had his defense at 2nd as ge...
by toonsterwu
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 157
Views: 3746

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

I half wonder if the Indians may deal Jason Kipnis on the cheap this winter to clear some money off the books. If so, I'd still have some interest. I wouldn't prioritize this, obviously, but if Russell moves on, as most anticipate, slotting Kipnis in at 2nd is still an intriguing idea for me. It's s...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

What would Hamels realistically get on the open market? I want him back but $20MM seems like too much. Maybe I'm just being too stupid and picking up the option is a no brainer. Depends on if he wants more security or money. I doubt he gets 20 mil a year ... but I could see him get something like 3...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

The proper response to scraping two useful months out of the rotting husk of Cole Hamels is to shake his hand and comp his tickets to the next Cubs Convention. Not picking up his $20 million option. I'd be surprised if the Cubs pondered Hamels option all that much. The only argument would be that i...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

What would Hamels realistically get on the open market? I want him back but $20MM seems like too much. Maybe I'm just being too stupid and picking up the option is a no brainer. Depends on if he wants more security or money. I doubt he gets 20 mil a year ... but I could see him get something like 3...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

No, the idea would be to leverage Rizzo into helping make improvements throughout the roster. Realistically, I don't think it's possible, but this isn't a strong 1st base market, and there's several teams that could look to upgrade. I don't love the constant lineup machinations, so if you could con...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

Anyone up for taking as stab at ranking and tiering these players by trade value? Unavailable, unlikely to be dealt, or not going to get enough of a return to care about so I'm not including: Quintana, Hamels, Hendricks, Lester, Cishek, Chatwood, Strop, Rizzo, Baez, Bryant, Contreras, Heyward, Zobr...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

Replacing Rizzo with Schwarber? Apparently you're not thinking straight because of the loss last night. No, the idea would be to leverage Rizzo into helping make improvements throughout the roster. Realistically, I don't think it's possible, but this isn't a strong 1st base market, and there's seve...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

I'm not against listening on Rizzo this off-season. I know, it sounds blasphemous and reactionary, but the idea's been percolating for awhile, particularly with Schwarber's bounce back season. Now, the problem is, it's going to be awfully hard to construct a deal that makes sense for the Cubs. So, ...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

I'm not against listening on Rizzo this off-season. I know, it sounds blasphemous and reactionary, but the idea's been percolating for awhile, particularly with Schwarber's bounce back season. Now, the problem is, it's going to be awfully hard to construct a deal that makes sense for the Cubs. So, ...
by toonsterwu
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 11348

Re: The way too early, but I'm bored, Off-season Options Thread

I'm not against listening on Rizzo this off-season. I know, it sounds blasphemous and reactionary, but the idea's been percolating for awhile, particularly with Schwarber's bounce back season. Now, the problem is, it's going to be awfully hard to construct a deal that makes sense for the Cubs. So, I...
by toonsterwu
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: What if we miss on Bryce and Manny?
Replies: 26
Views: 1265

Re: What if we miss on Bryce and Manny?

The issue for the Nationals, IMO, is that, if they lose Bryce, it's going to be awfully hard to keep the window open, and the window is now with Scherzer in his prime. Yes, an OF of Soto/Robles/Eaton looks awfully nice, and then add in Rendon/Turner, and that's 5 solid young-ish pieces. Still, they'...
by toonsterwu
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: What if we miss on Bryce and Manny?
Replies: 26
Views: 1265

Re: What if we miss on Bryce and Manny?

I've got a legitimately tough time seeing them sign down Manny. Manny's going to prefer short, and it's quite possible the Phillies throw big bucks at him and give him short. I could possibly see another team or two emerging that will give him short, but the Phillies are the big money threat. Are we...
by toonsterwu
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Bears 2018 Offseason: Matt Nagy Hired as Head Coach
Replies: 1467
Views: 78685

Re: Bears 2018 Offseason: Matt Nagy Hired as Head Coach

I think my thoughts on the trade are rather simple ... Ryan Pace had to make the deal. Whatever the price, he had to make the move. For him, he's nearing the end of the rope for him, but that's besides the point. They had to make major improvements this year, and let's face it, a pass rushing lineba...
by toonsterwu
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2018 AFL
Replies: 57
Views: 2626

Re: 2018 AFL Rosters

I wouldn't read too much into Hoerner getting sent there, other than the fact that they wanted him to get in some work. I mean, I'm sure they are confident in him, but I feel like this is more a nod towards getting work in for the lost time.
by toonsterwu
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-30-18
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-30-18

Longenhagen had prospect notes that included Swarmer about a week or so ago, and it was admittedly, fairly disappointing to read. He suggests that all his pitches are fringy (which suggest 40/45's) and play up because of the delivery (to be fair, the difference between fringy and average isn't a ton...
by toonsterwu
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-23-18
Replies: 9
Views: 661

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-23-18

Danny Hultzen in the AZL: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K As a UVA fan, I'm obviously biased, but I am really curious if he can bounce back. His abbreiviated stint against South Carolina in 2011 in the tournament was as good a performance as I've seen, considering the circumstances (he was vomiting betwe...
by toonsterwu
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18
Replies: 17
Views: 837

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18

With Steele, I don't care all that much about the results (obviously positive results are better). I want to know what he was throwing. If he's hitting mid-90's with a power sinker as a starter ... and he finishes the year strong (and heads to Arizona) ... I'm not so sure he isn't top 5, and perhaps...
by toonsterwu
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18
Replies: 17
Views: 837

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18

Well, that sucks for Yu. But I do applaud that he seems proactive about it now. Gotta look long term with him, due to the contract. ____ With the way he's eating solid innings, getting a healthy number of K's, and not giving up a lot of hits, I'm gonna be awfully surprised if Swarmer doesn't have 50...
by toonsterwu
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18
Replies: 17
Views: 837

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18

Is it injury? I would guess, without checking right now, that they just wanted him to get an inning of work in.
by toonsterwu
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18
Replies: 17
Views: 837

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-19-18

Swarmer has to be one of the favorites as of now for MiLB pitcher of the year. It's an impressive run he's put together in AA, and it seems like the scouting reports in AA are holding from Myrtle, which is one of those things you always hope for, but don't always get. Going to be interesting to see ...
by toonsterwu
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18
Replies: 22
Views: 1137

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18

90-92 fastball for Lange, on a good day, isn't super inspiring. I've been surprised that after all the curveball buzz, that he hasn't K'd more guys. K-rate hasn't been bad, or anything, but given how few A-ballers can hit average curves, much less excellent ones, I'd have figured he'd have a few mo...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Regular Season Rumors
Replies: 710
Views: 42520

Re: Regular Season Rumors

Holy crap, that looks like a heck of a deal for the Rays for Archer. Interesting thing on the Orioles deals is it sure looks like Duquette's talk about focusing on international spending is true. Gotta think Victor Victor Mesa is there's ... you don't make these moves to add money unless you have a ...

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