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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:03 PM

Matt Moore to the Rangers.   Wonder if they're out of the Yu sweepstakes now.

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 06:31 PM

Matt Kemp is a Dodger again.  Traded for Adrian Gonzales.

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 07:18 PM

View PostPrincipled Man, on 16 December 2017 - 06:31 PM, said:

Matt Kemp is a Dodger again.  Traded for Adrian Gonzales.
Did the Braves also throw in Terry Pendleton to get Ron Cey?

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 06:43 AM

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View PostPrincipled Man, on 16 December 2017 - 06:31 PM, said:

Matt Kemp is a Dodger again.  Traded for Adrian Gonzales.
Did the Braves also throw in Terry Pendleton to get Ron Cey?

Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Davey Lopes and Steve Garvey......I HATED them.  :laughing guy:

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 07:32 PM

108 days till Opening Day.

f**k the NFL

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:39 PM

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Free baseball is usually a term associated with a game that lasts extra innings. The Oakland Athletics are taking it a step further in 2018 - offering a regularly scheduled game that's free for all fans.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their first game at the Coliseum, the A's will charge no admission to their April 17 game against the Chicago White Sox.

With the Raiders and Warriors both moving from Oakland by the end of the decade, the A's have been stepping up their fan-friendly initiatives and building upon a new brand  - "Rooted in Oakland."

The free game - on a Tuesday evening - is certainly a step in that direction, generating goodwill among a jaded fan populace and, possibly, ingratiating themselves further to local officials as they seek a new ballpark in Oakland.

https://www.usatoday...-sox/657994001/

I thought this was a great fan friendly move until I saw who the opposition was, then I realized they were just giving away something nobody wanted.

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:39 PM

Travis Wood DFA'd

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 04:27 PM

Epstein and Hoyer were seen in Dallas.  Do Yu have any guesses why?

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 04:30 PM

Sounds like we were THIS CLOSE to getting Ohtani...

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:01 AM

Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano are on the HOF ballot this year.   Neither of them will get in, though Wood did throw the best pitched 9 inning game of all time according to Bill James Game Scores, and having watched it, it was even better than that.  The only reason it wasnt a no hitter is that one of the 8 balls hit in fair territory was contacted so weekly it was an infield hit.   His ball had so much movement that day it looked like a wiffleball or something out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 10:45 AM

Well, Zack Britton is off the table, he ruptured his Achilles and will miss 6 months.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 11:56 AM

Longoria traded to the Giants...Christian Arroyo (who looked overmatched against the Cubs last year), Denard Span, and two minor leaguers part of package to Rays

Longo's OBP last year, at age 32, was .737.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 10:51 PM

Yonder Alonso to the Indians.

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 12:13 PM

In a state of shock the Tampa Bay Rays traded our storied 3rd baseman Evan Longoria to the Giants.
On another note the MLB should not only allow but encourage more infield blitz packages to erase the stigma that watching MLB baseball is like watching paint dry or as a poetic duck I know said "like watching grass grow" ...

Actually posted 12/20/2017 but was posted in the NFL thread :facepalm:

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 12:57 PM

View PostCrimsonmistymemory, on 23 December 2017 - 12:13 PM, said:

In a state of shock the Tampa Bay Rays traded our storied 3rd baseman Evan Longoria to the Giants.
On another note the MLB should not only allow but encourage more infield blitz packages to erase the stigma that watching MLB baseball is like watching paint dry or as a poetic duck I know said "like watching grass grow" ...

Actually posted 12/20/2017 but was posted in the NFL thread :facepalm:
At least they know what a catch is.

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 07:55 PM

Now that the Browns have officially locked up the #1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, I am going full throttle into baseball. Pirates are trying to sell off Gerrit Cole (I actually approve of this assuming we get a nice haul)

Still got some big time free agents out on the market....we shall see!

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 01:05 PM

Wade Davis 3 years $52 million to the Rockies    Thanks for a great year, Wade (but wow that's a lot of money for about 200 outs a year).

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:41 PM

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Cubs Sign Right-Hander Ryan Weber to a Minor League Deal
January 3, 2018, by Michael Cerami Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Transactions, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Well, this is fun:

League source says Cubs have signed righty Ryan Weber to a minor league deal. Weber, 27, was a solid Braves prospect for a while (command/control/groundball swing guy), got a handful of starts for Braves and Mariners in 2015, 16, 17. Biceps injury derailed 2017.

According to a report from … our very own Brett Taylor on Twitter, the Chicago Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber to a Minor League deal. So let’s see who this guy has been throughout his career, and what he might be for the Cubs.

Webber, 27, was drafted in the 22nd round by the Braves back in 2009, and took a long time to reach the upper Minors – he didn’t debut in Double-A until 2014. He did make five starts for the Braves just a year later, but was bounced back down to Triple-A in 2016. This past season, as Brett mentions in his Tweet, Weber pitched for the Mariners (they claimed him off waivers), but a biceps injury limited him to just six starts (five in Triple-A and one in the Majors).

Those five Triple-A starts, however, were really, really good. Over 31.2 IP, Webber compiled a 0.85 ERA with 19 strikeouts to just 4 walks. Opposing hitters managed just a .179 batting average against him, and he allowed just a single homer during that stretch. Weber has never quite been a top prospect/had a high pedigree, but you can definitely see why the Braves stuck with him for so long, and why the Mariners/Cubs have both taken a chance on him.

After the 2015 season, FanGraphs’ Dan Farnsworth evaluated the Braves prospects and ranked Webber fifth overall. In that post, he had some awfully nice things to say, including this crazy compliment: “I hate player comps, and I may enrage more people with this, but I don’t think there’s much separating Weber from a guy like Dallas Keuchel.” Obviously, that’s not quite played out, and clearly not everyone agreed with Farnsworth’s extremely bullish take on Weber, but his reasoning wasn’t completely out in left field:

He [Weber] has limited free passes throughout his professional career, racking up just enough strikeouts to be interesting, but never being fully recognized in prospect circles. This season helped put him on the map, with his excellent pitchability giving him a chance in the young Braves rotation during a losing season.

His stuff draws impressive marks for movement across the board, with the command he has of his full arsenal being his carrying tool. Projecting as a starter, he will need to continue developing his front-door two-seam fastball and further hone his command to be a weapon against opposite-handed hitters.

I don’t think it’s wrong to say that Weber still has starter-upside, even as a 6th/7th/8th starter in a quality Major League organization. And that’s all he actually needs to be for the Cubs.

In all likelihood, Weber was brought aboard to be yet another flyer/Triple-A depth type for the Major League rotation. If catastrophe strikes, he can be among the many options to fill in in a pinch. And if lightening strikes, and he somehow figures it out and stays healthy, then the Cubs have a quality, still young, very cheap rotation option awaiting them in Triple-A.

There’s always the chance, of course, that the Cubs could like his work as a reliever more than a starter – and, note that he has experience as both in the past – but that’s not clear up to this point, so I’m assuming he’ll serve as rotational depth for now. Perhaps, the Cubs even dream on a role similar to Mike Montgomery’s (hangs out in the bullpen, steps into the rotation as needed) at some point in the future. You never know what might happen with Montgomery, who has popped up in Manny Machado rumors and who also has expressed a desire to start full-time. Heck, if the Cubs don’t add another starter this offseason, Montgomery might be in the rotation anyway, requiring even more immediate depth behind him.

These sort of signings rarely ever realize their full potential, but when they do the value can be enormous. Given his excellent, but brief stretch in Triple-A as recently as last season, I can understand why the Cubs rolled the dice. Hopefully Weber is fully healthy now after the biceps issue, and the Cubs can see what they have in the spring.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:04 PM

Jay Bruce is going back to the Mets, $39mil for 3 years.

Not a blockbuster signing but damn this is a cold stove

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:06 PM

Here are my way-too-early (especially given the plethora of free agents who haven’t signed anywhere yet) predictions for the 2018 season:

AL EAST

1.  Yankees (97-65)
2.  Red Sox (93-69)
3.  Blue Jays (80-82)
4.  Orioles (77-85)
5.  Rays (72-90)

It’s going to be a two-horse race in the East.  The Yanks and Sox are the only teams in the division with any pitching.  I have to give the edge to New York for their high-powered lineup and more balanced bullpen, but the Accursed Ones—ahem, the Red Sox—will more than likely make the playoffs, too.

AL CENTRAL

1.  Indians (99-63)
2.  Twins (88-74)
3.  Royals (78-84)
4.  White Sox (74-88)
5.  Tigers (69-93)

The Twins were no fluke last year, they’ll be back in the Wild Card Game this time around.  I have a feeling they’re going to get Darvish—just a hunch, but watch me be wrong—which will give them a pretty solid rotation with Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios behind him.  But even so, come on.  The Indians are going to win the division handily.  They can slug with the best of ‘me, and their rotation’s 1-2 punch of Kluber/Carrasco is devastating.

AL WEST

1.  Astros (104-58)
2.  Angels (86-76)
3.  Mariners (81-81)
4.  Rangers (76-86)
5.  Athletics (67-95)

Sorry, Earl, your A’s aren’t going anywhere.  Shohei Ohtani makes the Angels better, but this is Houston’s division to lose.  They have an intimidating, balanced lineup and maybe the game’s best rotation.  The ‘Stros should lock up the West pretty early on, as they did last year.

NL EAST

1.  Nationals (99-63)
2.  Mets (80-82)
3.  Phillies (78-84)
4.  Braves (72-90)
5.  Marlins (57-105)

The NL East is going to be another snooze fest.  It’s not just the fact that it’s hard to compete with the Nationals’ top-tier rotation and difficult lineup—no one else in the division is even any good.  The only other team that stands a chance of finishing over .500 is the Mets, if they can stay healthy.  But so far, they’ve proven that they can’t.

NL CENTRAL

1.  Cubs (89-73)
2.  Cardinals (87-75)
3.  Brewers (86-76)
4.  Pirates (73-89)
5.  Reds (65-97)

This division is going to be intriguing to watch.  The Cubs are not as strong as they were the last few seasons, especially without Jake Arrieta and with an aging Jon Lester, but I still expect them to eke out a division title.  The Cards are always in the thick of the mess, and I expect more of the same this year.  And the Brewers were no fluke, either.  They have a solid lineup and a rotation that is better than a lot of people give them credit for.  Unfortunately though, they’ll miss out on the Wild Card because of the powerhouse teams in the NL West.

NL WEST

1.  Dodgers (102-60)
2.  Diamondbacks (96-76)
3.  Rockies (92-70)
4.  Giants (82-80)
5.  Padres (55-107)

The Padres are WAY outclassed in this division.  San Francisco will be better with a full season of Madison Bumgarner and the addition of Evan Longoria, but it’s going to be the same three-horse race it was last year.  The Rockies’ unfair combo of power hitters and a rocket launchpad for a home stadium, the Dbacks’ 1-2 rotation punch of Greinke/Corbin and solid offense, and the Dodgers’ possession of Clayton Kershaw and some no-name kids named Seager and Bellinger will provide for an intense competition out in the West.  This is going to be exciting.

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