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by toonsterwu
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-11-17
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-11-17

Eh, I was sorta high on Underwood, but he's had spurts before. This is a nice start, nice stretch, but he really had to finish strong, and start well in aaa next year. Too much stagnation for him in last couple of years. If it wasn't the state of the system, I'd move him to the pen already.
by toonsterwu
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Acquire Justin Wilson & Alex Avila for Candelario, Paredes & PTBNL/Cash
Replies: 228
Views: 6777

Re: Cubs Acquire Justin Wilson & Alex Avila for Candelario, Paredes & PTBNL/Cash

I loved this deal. Yes, it could hurt, but this was a go for it deal at a cost of a blocked guy in Candelario and a raw asset in Paredes. Its the type of move you live with when you go for it. i'm having trouble seeing how it could even hurt this is about as little i've cared about what we traded a...
by toonsterwu
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Gray to the Yankees
Replies: 8
Views: 650

Re: Gray to the Yankees

I get the intrigue with the assets and I'm not nearly as high in Gray as others, but I thought Yankees got a steal here. I'm not sure I've ever cared for Kaprelian as a midrotation arm, and Mateo needs a lot of time.
by toonsterwu
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Acquire Justin Wilson & Alex Avila for Candelario, Paredes & PTBNL/Cash
Replies: 228
Views: 6777

Re: Cubs Acquire Justin Wilson & Alex Avila for Candelario, Paredes & PTBNL/Cash

I loved this deal. Yes, it could hurt, but this was a go for it deal at a cost of a blocked guy in Candelario and a raw asset in Paredes. Its the type of move you live with when you go for it.
by toonsterwu
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Rays trade Beckham for nothing
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Re: Rays trade Beckham for nothing

Its an odd move, but they got a decent young arm to work with. Orioles get a shortstop to replace Hardy next year, but probably were better off keeping young arm, imo.
by toonsterwu
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Nats trade for Doolittle and Madson
Replies: 16
Views: 957

Re: Nats trade for Doolittle and Madson

With Orioles selling, wouldn't be surprised if Nats went for someone like Brad Brach, if made available. Still, Brach should be in high demand. I had sorta wondered about Brach as a closer option this winter, but the Orioles were stupidly stubborn (could've moved Brach, moved Givens to setup, still ...
by toonsterwu
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Nats trade for Doolittle and Madson
Replies: 16
Views: 957

Re: Nats trade for Doolittle and Madson

I like Neuse enough, so this trade seems fine to me. At the end of the day, it was a trade the Nats couldn't pass on. They need all the pen help they can get, and with Ross out, they have to shift options around. Giving up last year's 2nd and 3rd sucks, but is a livable price for them. Don't think t...
by toonsterwu
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs trade Eloy, Cease, others for Quintana
Replies: 273
Views: 9338

Re: Cubs trade Eloy, Cease, others for Quintana

I understand the deal, appreciate the value assessment, but I don't particularly love the deal. It's not an issue of Quintana. Love the contract, like the pitcher enough. It's more an issue that I'm not sure this team was at an all-in move position to thin out the system this much. It's an uphill cl...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2017 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 14966

Re: 2017 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

My delusions of grandeur having Little and/or Lange signing for a bit under slot are gone. Michael Rooker just got slot from the Twins at 1.935, for pick 35. Didn't expect that out of a 4th year junior, not to mention, I thought he was getting taken in the 30's BECAUSE he'd come cheaper. Little has...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2017 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 14966

Re: 2017 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

Still think JJ Schwarz can catch, but a team has to be patient, since he's still relatively raw back there, with Rivera grabbing all the reps. ===== As for the Cubs draft, I'm fine with it. Not super-excited, but I'm fine with it. I actually liked Lange a bit, but the problem is, the fastball dippin...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2017 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 14966

Re: 2017 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

Going to be surprised if Oakland isn't in on Hiura or Bukauskas. I have never been huge on Bukauskus. I think he's a pen arm. A really good one, but ... I'm just not convinced he's a long term starter. I mean, I wasn't huge on Fulmer, and I liked Fulmer better than Bukauskus. This isn't to say he c...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2017 Draft Thread
Replies: 317
Views: 16143

Re: 2017 Draft Thread

In the category of the only person that really cares is me, UVA does have two seniors that could be nice senior sign types if we need to go cheap somewhere. Robbie Coman is a bat-first catcher, the type of stick that should find a role in a system for a little bit. I don't have any thoughts that he'...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-5-17
Replies: 16
Views: 880

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-5-17

I really cannot wait for Amaya to play real games stateside. I'm obviously excited for that group of 2015 IFAs (Paredes, Amaya, Albertos, Gutierrez, Marquez, Carrera, Ocampo, Sierra), but going all the way back to 2015 the stuff on Amaya's been nothing but outstanding. The things I've read, his per...
by toonsterwu
Fri May 26, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

I'd trade Happ over Eloy in a second. We can afford to gamble on potential, and I'm not convinced yet that Happ had made major jumps from what he was. Eloy, if he pans out, is a higher level talent than Happ, and worth the short term gamble. Two names to throw in there (may have been mentioned) depe...
by toonsterwu
Thu May 25, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

A lot of these elite arm, big trades requires two top level prospects to ship out, and much as I have said I like the system's depth this year moreso than past years, there are plenty of teams with more quality depth than us. Like I noted, yes, you can piece together, say, Javier Baez, Eloy Jimenez...
by toonsterwu
Thu May 25, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

Cease is high reward, but he's also very high risk. If he can be viewed as a centerpiece by another team, then we should get much more certain value for him. I obviously would only include any of our high end prospects in the right deals, but I'd much rather part with Cease than someone like Happ o...
by toonsterwu
Wed May 24, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

I think we'll do our damnedest to get a guy early. I think Zagunis, Caratini, and Candelario are all kind of tailor-made for Oakland. The question is what's it going to take as a lead piece? If a quantity package of that group and Cease(or Clifton, if Billy likes him) can get it done, I'm sure we'd...
by toonsterwu
Wed May 24, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

I'm really hoping Cease can be the centerpiece to a big trade. He could potentially, but I'm not sure if I want him to. Only way you move him is if it's in a package for a relatively young starter, and even then, at some point, you have to gamble on developing your own arms. Now, I'm not saying I w...
by toonsterwu
Wed May 24, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

Personally, I think we don't go totally into the deep end at the deadline. If only because I doubt those guys get moved. Gray is the guy I think we may go after. Buuuuuut, I definitely think we CAN go into the deep end. Okay, maybe I should've phrased it differently. Yes, we can go into the deep en...
by toonsterwu
Wed May 24, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

The main thing is, we really don't have the chips to make that big trade They absolutely do A lot of these elite arm, big trades requires two top level prospects to ship out, and much as I have said I like the system's depth this year moreso than past years, there are plenty of teams with more qual...
by toonsterwu
Wed May 24, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates
Replies: 792
Views: 35180

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

I tend to think that the Cubs may end up looking in the stopgap/rental bin more than many people are thinking. The main thing is, we really don't have the chips to make that big trade (and leaving aside, as UK noted above, baseball etiquette would likely suggest that Cole/Quintana would not be dealt...
by toonsterwu
Wed May 24, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-23-17
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-23-17

I really don't have any expectations or high hopes on Duncan Robinson. He's the type of arm that, to me, has to prove it each step up the ladder, however fair or unfair that may be, as it was with Kyle Hendricks for me. That said ... a strike-throwing older college arm who, if the old reports still ...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 22, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-21-17
Replies: 21
Views: 749

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-21-17

Hudson goes 6 6 1 1 2 2, with 10/3 GO/FO. He's been extremely good outside that first outing. Really wish we'd hear some sort of report on his stuff. First 2 outings, but your point remains. 22 IP, 17 H, 4 R, 13/8 K/BB, 0 HR his last 4 starts. Even that first outing wasn't that bad. Not great, but ...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 22, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-21-17
Replies: 21
Views: 749

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-21-17

Bear Cub wrote:Time to move Daury Torrez to Iowa Theo.


Eh ... 22 innings of work, albeit excellent work ... if they decide to move him up, great, but I'm perfectly fine leaving Torrez at AA.
by toonsterwu
Mon May 22, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-21-17
Replies: 21
Views: 749

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-21-17

Good for Latin Jeff Cirillo, he's had a good month of hitting for power I admit, I might be missing some jokes these days, as I'm not around as much, so if this is some joke, I apologize, but ... peak Jeff Cirillo, in his early Brewers days, off the top, was a really good player, and Gleyber looks ...

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