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by toonsterwu
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Christian Yelich
Replies: 110
Views: 6730

Re: Christian Yelich

With the way their roster is set, I keep thinking that something involving Baez is the most likely way to pry Yelich loose, but if their starting price for the Braves started with Acuna, it doesn't seem like a Yelich move anytime soon is likely.
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Yu Darvish Thread
Replies: 369
Views: 18231

Re: The Yu Darvish Thread

We're doing that thing again where we really underestimate how bad opt-outs are for the team and how good they are for the player. I don't know about anyone else, but yeah, certainly opt outs tend to favor the player. I'm not too keen on long term deals with arms, and I doubt we're going to get ano...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Yu Darvish Thread
Replies: 369
Views: 18231

Re: The Yu Darvish Thread

It wouldn't surprise me if Darvish's market was coming down, but as good/shrewd as Cashman has been of late, I tend to think that low is a bit wishful thinking on his part. I mean, the thing is, if it drops near that low, you'd likely get a lot of teams in on the bidding. At those numbers, the Twins...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: McCutchen to the Giants
Replies: 23
Views: 854

Re: McCutchen to the Giants

Okay, color me surprised at so many people thinking it's a crap return for McCutchen. What did people expect for him? I mean, relatively speaking, I think the Gerrit Cole trade was a worse return, and that one was probably passable (although most reviews paint it as a general negative, which I buy)....
by toonsterwu
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: McCutchen to the Giants
Replies: 23
Views: 854

Re: McCutchen to the Giants

For one year of McCutchen, that's a pretty decent return. I'm not much for Crick ... I think he could make a decent power arm in time, and perhaps has late inning potential, but I don't buy him as a starter. Reynolds is one of those guys for a rebuilding team, it's fine. He's not great in any areas,...
by toonsterwu
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Offseason Transactions
Replies: 278
Views: 17427

Re: Offseason Transactions

Bear Cub wrote:Fernando Rodney was signed to be the Twins closer.


Ah forgot about that. Rodney probably isn't the best bet to keep the closer's job all year, but it does make Reed's decision a bit more interesting.
by toonsterwu
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Offseason Transactions
Replies: 278
Views: 17427

Re: Offseason Transactions

Twins have enough room that with a creative contract structure, they can be in the deep end if they want to. I mean, almost all their costliest contracts end in the next year or two - Mauer/Dozier after 18, Castro/Hughes/Santana after 19 (and they could certainly make sure Santana doesn't hit his 20...
by toonsterwu
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1217
Views: 58858

Re: Starting Pitching candidates

I don't particularly love the Cole deal for the Pirates, but it's not bad. Really comes down to buying Joe Musgrove. If you buy him getting a bit better and hitting the start of his peak, then, really, that alone could make this a good trade. The addition of Colin Moran gives them a guy to slot at 3...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Alex Cobb Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 6459

Re: The Alex Cobb Thread

I would point out that the parts besides the rotation, their hope would be to supplement it through a fairly strong system. They have an abundance of quality OF prospects (obviously, Robles tops the list, and Soto gets talked about ad nauseum now it seems, but one of my favorite sleepers is Daniel j...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Offseason Rumors
Replies: 278
Views: 15708

Re: Cubs Offseason Rumors

Lord, even the dumb jerk Bears are moving faster than the Cubs this offseason. Might be evidence that moving faster isn't always better. I like the Nagy hire for the Bears. I'm not huge on Ryan Pace's moves so far, but I think Nagy is a nice, young offensive mind who should bring in an aggressive, ...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Alex Cobb Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 6459

Re: The Alex Cobb Thread

How many teams, regardless of the pitcher, are interested in giving out a 17+ million AAV to a SP this offseason? The Cubs and Twins seem like the only teams really interested in playing in those waters, with Houston, Texas, St. Louis, and Milwaukee playing coy about it. And those maybe teams are p...
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1217
Views: 58858

Re: Starting Pitching candidates

Honestly, at this point, it's just wait out the market. If Cobb is asking 4/70 (honestly, I'm not that averse to that if that was the proposed endgame several months ago, but he'll probably come down now), we might as well just wait. 3/42 was never going to get Cobb, and I hate the idea of 4 with 25...
by toonsterwu
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Wade Davis Signs with the Rockies, 3/$52 M
Replies: 40
Views: 1857

Re: Wade Davis Signs with the Rockies, 3/$52 M

He's probably at the tail end of his prime years, but with surgery the way it is these days, plus the lost years ... it's sort of a crap shoot. Typically, in the past, early 30's, to the best of my recollection, was the end of the prime years for starting pitchers. You have a good point on Cole hold...
by toonsterwu
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Wade Davis Signs with the Rockies, 3/$52 M
Replies: 40
Views: 1857

Re: Wade Davis Signs with the Rockies, 3/$52 M

Good for Davis. I wouldn't want to give him that deal, but I'm also of the opinion that with Wade, 3 years is fine, and he might end up being worth it. Such a slow moving market. Seems like the SP market is waiting for Darvish ... or maybe even waiting on Cobb, since there are some teams that probab...
by toonsterwu
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1217
Views: 58858

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: 108
Views: 5026

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: 684

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: 8112

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 - (Cubs in talks per Levine)
Replies: 191
Views: 10961

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: 2671

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 - (Cubs in talks per Levine)
Replies: 191
Views: 10961

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: 67
Views: 2964

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 - (Cubs in talks per Levine)
Replies: 191
Views: 10961

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 - (Cubs in talks per Levine)
Replies: 191
Views: 10961

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 - (Cubs in talks per Levine)
Replies: 191
Views: 10961

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...

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