BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread

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BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread

Even though "my teams" (Pirates, Nats, Rangers) had seasons that ranged from disappointing to dismal, 2018 was a truly wonderful season that fully restored MLB to its rightful place as the true "National Pastime".
 
Congratulations to the BoSox who won the "real" WS v. the Astros before they roughed up the over-SABREmetricized Dodgers.  And a special thanks to those small-market Brewers for an inspiring season.
 
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So, O.K., now that 2018 is settled it's time to analyze where Harper and Machado will land.
 
  • Team that can't afford them due to market size:  Pirates, Brewers, Royals, Athletics, Marlins, Orioles, Padres, Reds, Diamondbacks, Rays, Indians, Tigers, Twins, White Sox.
  • Team that can't afford them due to prior, unfortunate signings: Angels, Mariners.
  • Teams that could afford them, but don't need them: NYY, BoSox, LAD.
  • Teams that could afford them but have too much sense:  Cards, Astros, Braves.
  • So that leaves the Phillies, Cubs, Mets, Rockies, Giants, Nats, Blue Jays, and Rangers.
 
I'm guessing that the Cubs outbid the Phillies, Giants, Mets, and Jays for Machado, them trade Addison Russell for pitching.
 
Harper is harder.  The Jays, Phils, Mets, and Rangers will outbid the Rockies and Giants.  I'm thinking either the Phillies or the Rangers - both of which are needy and have loads of cash.  Perhaps the edge will go to the Rangers who will be moving indoors in 2020 and, as they have the DH, can probably offer the 10 years Harper wants.
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/11/07 11:41:01 (permalink)
    You just couldn't wait, eh Jim?
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/11/07 12:00:25 (permalink)
    As I expected, the Nats really don't want to pay the price necessary to sign their fragile prima donna. 
     
    At the same time, they do not want to alienate the many Nats fans who don't know of Harper's corrosive impact on the Nats' clubhouse.
     
    So, at season's end they offered him $300 MM for 10 years knowing full well that Harper and his greedy agent would reject their kind, generous offer.
     
    Then, the Nats "leaked" the news of their offer. 
     
    Mission(s) accomplished.
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/16 11:54:24 (permalink)
    In case anyone's interested, PNC Park single-game tickets are already on sale and very easy to purchase online; it's possible to specify the exact seats desired, which is a really nice feature.
     
    Apparently the White Sox are considered to have a legitimate shot at signing Harper and will also meet with Machado...
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/19 20:53:50 (permalink)
    So how do Pirates fans feel about Andrew McCutchen signing with the Phillies?
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/20 10:56:35 (permalink)
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    McCutchen is a terrific person and I would love to see him go somewhere he can get a ring.  I don't know if that is in Philly.  I know it's not in Pittsburgh.
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/20 11:29:25 (permalink)
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    So how do Pirates fans feel about Andrew McCutchen signing with the Phillies?

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    McCutchen is a terrific person and I would love to see him go somewhere he can get a ring.  I don't know if that is in Philly.  I know it's not in Pittsburgh.


    There is not a Pirate fan in all of creation that wishes anything but baseball success and a fulfilling life for Cutch.
     
    Generally speaking, off-seasons are tough on us Yinzers.  We feel like orphans out in the cold peering through frosted windows at "the major markets" feasting by the fire whilst exchanging the Harpers & Machados with the Cutches and Brantleys as stocking-stuffers decorating the fireplace.
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/22 18:05:27 (permalink)
    Smartest signing of the year, so far:  the Rockies' getting Daniel Murphy for 2 @ $9MM + a mutual option.  This takes Desmond off First Base and lets him be a super utility who is good at all positions except pitch and catch.  They need to re-sign LeMahieu to put the cherry on top of this.
     
    Just as smart, but yet to happen:  Nellie Cruz by the Astros.  He averaged 41 HR and a .902 OPS for Seattle; imagine him in that Houston small-park!
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/22 20:28:16 (permalink)
    A year ago I don't think anyone would've ever imagined Murphy as a "bargain" free agent, but since he signed a relatively cheap contract fairly early I have to wonder if there might be something the general baseball public isn't aware of.
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/23 09:09:56 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken
    A year ago I don't think anyone would've ever imagined Murphy as a "bargain" free agent, but since he signed a relatively cheap contract fairly early I have to wonder if there might be something the general baseball public isn't aware of.



    After recovering from a microfracture he finished strong over his last 40 games with the Cubbies.  He's not a plus or even average defender at second, but he should do just fine at first.  In any case, there is a glut pf F.A. second basemen.  Schoop went cheap and Dozier likely will, too.
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/23 09:39:21 (permalink)
    Congratulations to the Reds' management for making their team (at least) more entertaining by adding Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to Votto, Suarez, and Gennett. 
     
    Puig, especially, should thrive within the confines of The Great American Small-park and away from the L.A. media circus.  And, he's only 27.  If I were the Reds' management, I'd extend him immediately.  L.A.'s "disappointment" with his "not fulfilling his potential" obscures the fact that he has a career OPS+ of 127 and is a "plus" defender.
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/27 10:04:04 (permalink)
    Ever the crafty purloiner of value, Billy Beane may well have pulled off the best trade of his career by fleecing the Rangers of Jurickson Profar.
     
    Profar was the #1-ranked MLB prospect for two years running, but freakish injuries (e.g., a torn bicep) prevented him from developing his ballyhooed potential.  Last year, his age 25 season, he finally got >500 PA's and put up an OPS of nearly .800 with 20 HR and 77 RBI.  He is a switch-hitter who is a plus defender at every infield position.  Beane now has two years of control in what will be his prime, ages 26 and 27 seasons.  This should be his true breakout year.
     
    The jury is still out, but this trade could well be "historic" on a scale of Brock for Broglio or F. Robby for Pappas.
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2018/12/27 10:08:38
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/27 18:01:31 (permalink)
    Obviously the Rangers felt they were getting enough in return to let Profar go, but given the choice would they have been more inclined to keep him over Rougned Odor?
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    Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2018/12/28 09:31:15 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken
    Obviously the Rangers felt they were getting enough in return to let Profar go, but given the choice would they have been more inclined to keep him over Rougned Odor?



    Ruggie is 'just fine' at second.  Profar was a ready replacement for Beltre - a plus defender and a fast-developing offensive piece.
     
    In any case, I (continue to) believe that the Rangers are the oft-mentioned "mystery team" pursuing Harper.
     
    In any case, the Rangers' primary need is for a hitting coach that will teach Gallo, Odor, and (possibly) Harper a "two strike approach".  Gallo can literally hit it out with a check swing and Harper has already proven he can go yard with a broken bat!  The Rangers need someone to harness that power like Tesla did with the Niagara.
     
    Example of Gallo hitting one where Trout can't:
     
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2018/12/29 11:42:47
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