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 Post subject: The 2012 Offseason Thread
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:04 am 
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I believe we had one last year and figured I'd put one up here for the rumors that will likely start swirling tomorrow. Here's hoping we see something good.

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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Semi-related, so I will leave this here:

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File this away for Thursday: Exec tells me Rule 5 class strong this year, potential impact arms and bats. "One of the best I've seen."

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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Semi-related, so I will leave this here:

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File this away for Thursday: Exec tells me Rule 5 class strong this year, potential impact arms and bats. "One of the best I've seen."


Definitely seems that way. Seems like there's maybe half-a-dozen guys as good as the best ones last year.


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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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@DKnobler: Braves still looking for leadoff hitter. Fredi says probably Prado or Simmons if they don't find one. Need LF/3B; Prado can play either.


Now there's a nice option for Soriano. Obviously for the LF part, not the lead off. Braves don't seem to give out too many big contracts, certainly not two in one season. Soriano could be a good fit for them in LF if we eat enough salary, and they have plenty to offer. Delgado anyone? Just make sure Soriano's not napping when it goes down.

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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@DKnobler: Braves still looking for leadoff hitter. Fredi says probably Prado or Simmons if they don't find one. Need LF/3B; Prado can play either.


Now there's a nice option for Soriano. Obviously for the LF part, not the lead off. Braves don't seem to give out too many big contracts, certainly not two in one season. Soriano could be a good fit for them in LF if we eat enough salary, and they have plenty to offer. Delgado anyone? Just make sure Soriano's not napping when it goes down.

Wonder if they'd be interested in Dejesus for LF/lead off role. Obviously he's cheaper than Soriano, and we should be able to get an okay prospect for him (especially if we pay some or all of his salary). A Delgado type prospect might be a bit much to ask for unless we eat like all of Dejesus' salary and offer another prospect or something

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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@DKnobler: Braves still looking for leadoff hitter. Fredi says probably Prado or Simmons if they don't find one. Need LF/3B; Prado can play either.


Now there's a nice option for Soriano. Obviously for the LF part, not the lead off. Braves don't seem to give out too many big contracts, certainly not two in one season. Soriano could be a good fit for them in LF if we eat enough salary, and they have plenty to offer. Delgado anyone? Just make sure Soriano's not napping when it goes down.

Wonder if they'd be interested in Dejesus for LF/lead off role. Obviously he's cheaper than Soriano, and we should be able to get an okay prospect for him (especially if we pay some or all of his salary). A Delgado type prospect might be a bit much to ask for unless we eat like all of Dejesus' salary and offer another prospect or something


I'd think they'd be interested in DeJesus. Pretty good fit for them.

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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They dealt Hanson already. Right now, they've got Medlen, Hudson, Minor, Maholm, and Delgado/Teheran. I don't see them dealing anymore SP. Beachy comes back during the season and they'll be able to. But for now, Graham or Gilmartin seem like their only SP trade chips to me.


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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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They dealt Hanson already. Right now, they've got Medlen, Hudson, Minor, Maholm, and Delgado/Teheran. I don't see them dealing anymore SP. Beachy comes back during the season and they'll be able to. But for now, Graham or Gilmartin seem like their only SP trade chips to me.

Agreed, you think they'd have interest in Wood? Granted the upside isn't there with Wood as there is in Delgado/Teheran but he gives them a safer bet to at least have a little bit above average season and pitch 200ish innings. Maybe they would value having a little more certainty at the #5 spot as they are definitely going to be in contention this year. Wood and Dejesus (and pay some of the money they are owed) for Delgado or Teheran?


Also what pick(s) do we have in the Rule 5?

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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They dealt Hanson already. Right now, they've got Medlen, Hudson, Minor, Maholm, and Delgado/Teheran. I don't see them dealing anymore SP. Beachy comes back during the season and they'll be able to. But for now, Graham or Gilmartin seem like their only SP trade chips to me.

Agreed, you think they'd have interest in Wood? Granted the upside isn't there with Wood as there is in Delgado/Teheran but he gives them a safer bet to at least have a little bit above average season and pitch 200ish innings. Maybe they would value having a little more certainty at the #5 spot as they are definitely going to be in contention this year. Wood and Dejesus (and pay some of the money they are owed) for Delgado or Teheran?


Also what pick(s) do we have in the Rule 5?


Cubs are picking 2nd overall, just like in the real draft

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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I thought about Wood to the Braves, but I kind of doubt they really want 3 lefties in their rotation. Maybe Minor would be the guy they'd possibly trade?


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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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They dealt Hanson already. Right now, they've got Medlen, Hudson, Minor, Maholm, and Delgado/Teheran. I don't see them dealing anymore SP. Beachy comes back during the season and they'll be able to. But for now, Graham or Gilmartin seem like their only SP trade chips to me.


The Braves SP depth chart is as follows:

Medlen: solid reliever who was put in the rotation and looked like an ace for half a season. Could be a keeper, could be a sell high candidate. If the latter is true, could be a match.

Hudson: had a great career, and still going strong, but he'll be 38 in July, and the engine could drop out any time. As is with most ex-A's pitchers, there's also the injury history: great for now, not in the future plans.

Maholm: if he puts together a strong season, he could be looking at a nice 3-4 year deal, and they'll likely let someone else give it to him: likely short term.

Then there's Minor, Beachy, Delgado, and Teharen. All young. All high ceiling. This could be their future 1-4, and a good one for years. Then again, they could trade 1-2 for bats and produce more stud SP's, as the Braves always seem to do.

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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As is with most ex-A's pitchers, there's also the injury history: great for now, not in the future plans.


Why even bring up the fact he used to play for the A's? He hasn't pitched for them since the end of a totally different era of baseball. And his injury history has one serious blemish on it: a TJS from 2008-2009, which he recovered from perfectly fine. If the Braves want to get rid of Hudson it's because he's old and expensive, not because he's got any serious injuries, and particularly none that he developed playing in Oakland.

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Loney to the Rays for about $2mm on a 1 year deal. He's been pretty bad the last few years, when he first came up I really liked him. Thought he could've been a lefthanded Derrek Lee.

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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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Loney to the Rays for about $2mm on a 1 year deal. He's been pretty bad the last few years, when he first came up I really liked him. Thought he could've been a lefthanded Derrek Lee.


Very smart, low-risk move. Get him back to 2011 level of production and you have a 2.5 WAR player for $2 mill. You can maximize his value by platooning - Loney has a nearly .800 OPS for his career against RH pitching. Rays' front office continues to impress.


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 Post subject: Re: The 2012 Winter Meetings Thread
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Red Sox Close To Deal With Mike Napoli
By Luke Adams [December 3, 2012 at 9:38am CST]
The Red Sox are closing in on an agreement with Mike Napoli, according to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. Bradford reports that the deal would likely be for three years. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had reported earlier this morning that the Sox were "working hard" to land Napoli (Twitter link).

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Pete Abraham ‏@PeteAbe Haven't heard the numbers on Napoli yet. But sounds like #RedSox went larger $$ for 3 years to avoid a 4-year deal

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As is with most ex-A's pitchers, there's also the injury history: great for now, not in the future plans.


Why even bring up the fact he used to play for the A's? He hasn't pitched for them since the end of a totally different era of baseball. And his injury history has one serious blemish on it: a TJS from 2008-2009, which he recovered from perfectly fine. If the Braves want to get rid of Hudson it's because he's old and expensive, not because he's got any serious injuries, and particularly none that he developed playing in Oakland.


As with most ex-Cardinal pitchers, you have to worry about Haren dying unexpectedly

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As is with most ex-A's pitchers, there's also the injury history: great for now, not in the future plans.


Why even bring up the fact he used to play for the A's? He hasn't pitched for them since the end of a totally different era of baseball. And his injury history has one serious blemish on it: a TJS from 2008-2009, which he recovered from perfectly fine. If the Braves want to get rid of Hudson it's because he's old and expensive, not because he's got any serious injuries, and particularly none that he developed playing in Oakland.


As with most ex-Cardinal pitchers, you have to worry about Haren dying unexpectedly


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Yea, that was extremely well played. Big ups to UMFan.

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The Logan wrote:
Slide Castro Slide wrote:
As is with most ex-A's pitchers, there's also the injury history: great for now, not in the future plans.


Why even bring up the fact he used to play for the A's? He hasn't pitched for them since the end of a totally different era of baseball. And his injury history has one serious blemish on it: a TJS from 2008-2009, which he recovered from perfectly fine. If the Braves want to get rid of Hudson it's because he's old and expensive, not because he's got any serious injuries, and particularly none that he developed playing in Oakland.


As with most ex-Cardinal pitchers, you have to worry about Haren dying unexpectedly


Crushed.


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The Logan wrote:
Slide Castro Slide wrote:
As is with most ex-A's pitchers, there's also the injury history: great for now, not in the future plans.


Why even bring up the fact he used to play for the A's? He hasn't pitched for them since the end of a totally different era of baseball. And his injury history has one serious blemish on it: a TJS from 2008-2009, which he recovered from perfectly fine. If the Braves want to get rid of Hudson it's because he's old and expensive, not because he's got any serious injuries, and particularly none that he developed playing in Oakland.


As with most ex-Cardinal pitchers, you have to worry about Haren dying unexpectedly

:hello: =D>

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3 years $39M for Napoli

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3 years $39M for Napoli

What exactly are the Red Sox trying to do?

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3 years $39M for Napoli

What exactly are the Red Sox trying to do?


Improve their team?

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