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by toonsterwu
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1111
Views: 50511

Re: Starting Pitching candidates

A bit curious who the Giants are clearing salary space for. ___ As for our rotation, the thing to be said is that this market has moved fairly slowly. I don't think the organization would be that upset if they ended up tossing out fliers for that 5th spot, but I do think they are gunning for somethi...
by toonsterwu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 2010

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

I wouldn't read too much into the rhetoric about letting things play out until after 2018. If I recall correctly, there was similar talk about letting Strasburg hit FA before they revisited. The Nationals front office, though, to put it bluntly ... they aren't the Orioles front office. I'd love Harp...
by toonsterwu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Phillies make a Smooth deal
Replies: 12
Views: 467

Re: Phillies make a Smooth deal

Seems like a weird signing for an NL team that already has Rhys Hoskins. I wonder if he'd be in a Machado trade? A bit unlikely unless the Orioles can clear out Davis/Trumbo/Mancini from their 1st/LF/DH logjam. _______ I find this signing a bit odd. Hoskins can be decent in LF, but Santana at 3 yea...
by toonsterwu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Winter Meetings 2017 thread
Replies: 178
Views: 6707

Re: Winter Meetings 2017 thread

I wouldn't say they waited a year too long. I'd say they waited a few months too long. To ask them to trade Machado last winter ... after a 89 win season, a wildcard loss that might've been prevented had Buck gone to Zach Britton ... that's just unrealistic. They were still on the "high" o...
by toonsterwu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

If the latest reports are true, the Orioles are morons (refusing to grant a window), and the White Sox may be offering simply 2 from that Cease/Hansen/Fulmer/Dunning crowd, which is a bit more understandable (reports say not offering top prospect, if Nightengale is correct, so Kopech would seem off ...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals
Replies: 68
Views: 2045

Re: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals

I'll just stick this here....Cards traded Piscotty to the A's, which puts him closer to his mom, who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year. I have a feeling that Piscotty bounces back and that he'll produce well enough to make people wonder why the Cardinals bothered with this Piscotty/Ozuna swap.
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

A part of me would hate the Cardinals getting Machado because I tend to think their system is a bit over-rated ... a lot of decent to good guys, but I don't see much that really "jumps". That said, the flip side is, I'd love to see their depth get hit. They'll need their depth in the comin...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Sign Reliever Steve Cishek for 2/$13M
Replies: 56
Views: 1569

Re: Cubs Sign Reliever Steve Cishek

So ... anyone that has worked with Jim Hickey, c'mon down! ... In all seriousness, it's a good signing. I don't believe they want to end on this point, but getting 2 guys that could potentially close gives them options, and Cishek has been solid for awhile. With the Orioles inching towards selling o...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

If Machado wants to play SS, Anderson then has got to go to 2nd. I don’t think you let Tim Anderson’s bum ass get in the way of making a Machado trade/decision, but that’s just me. Anderson strikes me as an obvious piece that would be going back to Baltimore. Cheap, league average production that's...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

More I think about it, more I wonder if Rick Hahn thinks they are closer than people think, the AL Central is a mess, and wants to take a run at Machado and see if they can surprise next year. I mean, a lineup with Machado/Garcia/Abreu/Moncada could be excellent. Still, the rotation would have some ...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

Color me utterly surprised with the White Sox. They seem at least 2-3 years away, if all goes well. Granted, perhaps they feel like they could pop sooner than that, with the AL Central having some upheaval (even the Indians will have contracts to sort out). Maybe they feel like they can convince him...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Winter Meetings 2017 thread
Replies: 178
Views: 6707

Re: Winter Meetings 2017 thread

Wow, that'd be ... stunning. Wonder what the cost would be. With the Rays propensity to target younger guys/upside guys when appropriate, I'm wondering if Delvin Perez or Edmundo Sosa are in play. It's possible that the package is some combination of arms and OF, though, as Tyler O'Neill might make ...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Winter Meetings 2017 thread
Replies: 178
Views: 6707

Re: Winter Meetings 2017 thread

Really impressed with Eppler''s winter for the Angels so far. They didn't give up much to get Ian Kinsler, keeping their high upside guys. Headley isn't what he was (assuming they get him) ... but he might be a really good fit in Anaheim, offering defense and OBP. Heck, if I'm Scioscia, I go Headley...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Christian Yelich
Replies: 79
Views: 3897

Re: Christian Yelich

I am mildly curious, based off the Ozuna trade, what they would be targeting with a Yelich deal. With the fact that a) After this last trade, they are pretty deep on the pitching side, prospect wise. b) Their top pitching arms are relatively far away (Rogers/Kolek/Garrett/Guzman are all at least 3 y...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

I think the baseball people would. I think Angelos will step in and squash it, though. Who knows, maybe Angelos has changed. That said, the Orioles move so glacially slow on things. Based on the reports out of Baltimore, it feels like they don't think they have gotten enough yet. Problem is, barring...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals
Replies: 68
Views: 2045

Re: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals

Trading Ozuna and Stanton isn't indefensible in a vacuum, but they traded them for returns that treated the money saved as an asset, and that money is not gonna get spent, so they're forfeiting a lot of value from the roster straight to ownership. Stanton trade yes. That was the one that makes them...
by toonsterwu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals
Replies: 68
Views: 2045

Re: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals

I have no doubt that a large part of the Marlins motivation is "business" or "money" oriented, as is their right ... and I'm also not sure Jeter has done the best job as the "face" of the organization - the pointless fiasco with Dawson/McKeon and others seemingly could'...
by toonsterwu
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals
Replies: 68
Views: 2045

Re: Marcell Ozuna Traded to the Cardinals

Looking at the numbers I’m not seeing much difference between Alcantara and Alzolay other than Alcantara had a nominal MLB stint this past year. So if Passan is right and Yelich is available and Nightengale is being his usual buffoon self even if the asking price is “substantially higher” Happ and ...
by toonsterwu
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Sign Morrow for 2/$18 + $3M Buyout or $12M Option
Replies: 96
Views: 2605

Re: Cubs Close to Signing Morrow for 2/$18 + $3M Buyout or $12M Option

Very nice deal. Gives them an option if the market takes off.

Seems like they'll try to find someone else to close, and use Morrow as a fireman of sorts.
by toonsterwu
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

Gausman had a really good second half. Really good. Borderline TOR good. He actually still has TOR potential ... unlike Dylan Bundy as of now. It seems fair to chalk up the early season struggles to perhaps some communications issues with a new PC and perhaps just a sign of a young guy struggling af...
by toonsterwu
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Smyly for the camera
Replies: 34
Views: 1092

Re: Smyly for the camera

I actually think Ivan Nova is going to be pretty costly if the Pirates traded him. A decent starter for several years now who is signed for 2 years at a very reasonable number? It's hard to really gauge trade costs, and clearly, he won't be in that top level trade range, but it wouldn't surprise me ...
by toonsterwu
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Smyly for the camera
Replies: 34
Views: 1092

Re: Smyly for the camera

Really big fan of this move. I thought they would take a flier on a lefty, but was thinking more Wade Miley, who the FO, I believe, used to be really high on (wouldn't surprise me if they took a flier on a guy like Wade Miley on top of this move, since Smyly likely won't pitch in 2018, and if he doe...
by toonsterwu
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

I've advocated for Robertson as an option, but I don't think the Cubs want to band-aid the pen each year. It wouldn't surprise me if they tried to shop Robertson with say, Jacoby Ellsbury (while eating half the deal). That would get them under enough that they could, if they wanted to, make a big sp...
by toonsterwu
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)
Replies: 75
Views: 2529

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado (and he wants to go back to SS)

I'm still not convinced the Orioles are definitely going down this road. I mean ... they listened on Zach Britton and took it to the wire... and then it fell apart. Furthermore, they are supposedly going for two quality cost-controlled young starters to start the deal. It's not an unreasonable ask ....
by toonsterwu
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Christian Yelich
Replies: 79
Views: 3897

Re: Christian Yelich

From what I recall of the articles several months ago, it essentially was something like this - trade Stanton, and we'll try to cut down to 55 million. Don't trade Stanton, and we'll stick around 85 million. Essentially, it sounded like, to me, if Stanton's gone, it's a "closing" sale and ...

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