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MLB Offseason 2018: Harper, Your Herald Boras Sings

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For first, sure I'd take him over Bird. But if they got Marwin AND traded Andujar, who plays third? Walker? Hechavarria?

I really wish Drury didn't have migraines and we kept him.

 

Well, if they traded Andujar then Marwin would play third, or second or short.  It'd be him, Torres and _______ for those three positions.  I agree with your inclination that Walker would probably be tops to fill that blank until Didi gets back.

Lots of chatter about a three-way that would entail Syndergaard ending up on the Yanks.  LOL.

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So Harold Baines is a HoFer. Like that really happened. You know who was on the same Today’s Game ballot as Baines? Orel Hershiser. Now even though I love him with every ounce of my being, I’m not necessarily saying that Orel deserves to be in the HoF, but he deserves it much more than Harold Baines. 

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Phillies sign Andrew McCutchen for 3yrs/$50mm. I’d be pissed if I was a Phils fan. 

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Yeah that's pretty damn steep/too long based on Cutch's recent performance.

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Baines was a solid player with baseball longevity and friends in the right places. He has a career 38.7 WAR(just using this for reference) in 22 seasons and never finished above 9th in MVP voting. What a joke.

 

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Not to keep piling on Harold Baines - he was a solid player for a lot of years, but that's all he was. I read that during his eligibility window he never got more than 6% of the HoF writers' vote. That's bonkers.

I have no issue with Lee Smith getting in. Those numbers put up today probably wouldn't merit consideration, but he was one of the first dominant "closers" (post Gossage/Fingers/Sutter) and had a strong argument for being best at his position for a number of years.

And yes, that McCutchen contract is abysmal. The Braves showed some interest but I'm glad they weren't willing to overpay by such a ludicrous amount.

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Such a meh move.  Would like to see how the vesting option is broken down, if anyone comes across that.

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26 minutes ago, DMC said:

Such a meh move.  Would like to see how the vesting option is broken down, if anyone comes across that.

Only info I’ve seen is that the vesting option is worth $17mm and is based on innings pitched/games started. No word yet on how many innings pitched or games started before the option vests. 

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8 hours ago, DMC said:

Such a meh move.  Would like to see how the vesting option is broken down, if anyone comes across that.

With Hal Steinbrenner I think going forward all moves are going to be meh.

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Joe Kelly (which my phone tried to autocorrect to "Jelly") to the Dodgers for three years, $25 million. Most of his career here has been maddening, but he was nails in the playoffs.

Enjoy the roller coaster ride, Dodger fans...

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Dodgers making moves. Hmmm

I’m kinda surprised Yankees didn’t want Miller again. I have no idea if they even tried or not though.

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Looks like a pure salary dump, more akin to what you normally see in the NBA than MLB. Odd indeed, even with this ridiculous free agent season. 

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Definitely going to be hard seeing ManBearPuig elsewhere.  Doyers do still get a lot of help without moves next year though with Seager returning and Urias returning in earnest.  

 

More evidence that St. Louis is really going for it:  signed Andrew Miller to a fairly expensive 2 year deal.  

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Saw an interesting analysis that demonstrates that if the Yankees don't sign Machado or Harper (or both, which they can afford), they are being cheap ass bastards, and every Yankee fan should be pissed at ownership:

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Yankees revenue has increased by an average of five percent per year since the new stadium opened, so using that number we could estimate that the Yankees took in $650 million in 2018. The $193 million spent on payroll represents only $29.7% of that figure. This means that the Yankees quite possibly spent the lowest percentage of revenue on payroll among the 30 teams.

 

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@DMC, does the signing of Tulo further push the needle on the odds of the Yanks trading Andujar into “Possibly” territory? 

Or is he just a Torreyes replacement?

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