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  2. You have to wonder if Boras has fed him that information, trying to get the White Sox to bite and up their offer. I can't think of anyone else that would benefit from this being tweeted.
  3. That and the fact the Yankees and Dodgers don’t have a critical need at either 3B or RF...
  4. They are severe enough to keep the highest payroll teams out of the competition for two of the best players in the game.
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  6. I understand that each side is using the media as a mouthpiece in the negotiations. But the thing that I don’t understand is why the Nightengale reports keep coming out about the offer being so low. Why would we want other clubs believing that Machado’s number currently sits below $200M? All that does in my eyes is invite other teams to the table which seems like the opposite of what the Sox should want.
  7. caulfield12

    Harper: Nightengale suggests Phillies are favored

    If that's actually true, the market has to move...unless the White Sox quickly sign Machado and there are no other suitors for Harper than the ones Boras can conjure out of thin air between now and spring training.
  8. ChiliIrishHammock24

    Harper: Nightengale suggests Phillies are favored

    And then whoever this guy is (1500+ followers) tweeted this minutes after Bob's tweet barrage. He's followed by both Bob and AG Sports Network....
  9. ChiliIrishHammock24

    Harper: Nightengale suggests Phillies are favored

    To add to this... he's tweeted more... -- He retweeted a Philly writer who tweeted a mock line-up with Harper in it. -- He tweeted "It's down to two teams" with a gif of Harper doing "Shhhh" sign. -- He retweeted Jesse Rogers' quote from Maddon saying Harper is "not going to happen" -- He tweeted "It's on now #BryceSweepstakes" with Kevin Hart gif of "It's about to go down" -- He tweeted to someone who asked if they need to stay up tonight he said "Go to sleep. Rest up for tomorrow." So that's something to maybe monitor tomorrow. Interestingly, he liked a tweet earlier today where someone said the Yankees are lying in the weeds on Harper, and then he also retweeted a Ken Davidoff article from earlier today that said Harper and Yankees were a perfect match. I would be shocked if he's referring to the Yankees, and those two Yankees related things he liked/retweeted were from earlier today. The 7 things above were all just now.
  10. caulfield12

    Harper: Nightengale suggests Phillies are favored

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/01/02/rumors-swirl-bryce-harpers-market-remains-far-blurrier-than-manny-machados/?utm_term=.52b317eaecbc Interesting article from a couple of weeks ago about the Nationals' position on Harper, seems there is a LOT more smoke here than previously thought, and the amount of contacts between the two camps is well-beyond anyone else who has met with Boras/Harper from the winter meetings onward. Basically, when you have an owner who has that direct connection with Ted Lerner, anything is possible. https://www.thegoodphight.com/2019/1/15/18184204/report-phillies-will-not-be-signing-both-manny-machado-and-bryce-harper Thought this was a pretty decent reading of the overall situation, other than the "woeful White Sox line." Obviously, Phillies' writers are willing to run with the "only willing to go up to seven years" info and not the Gomez/Passan information. This sounds like a "plant" story, "leaked" to Gelb. He has pretty good credibility, but there is more plausible deniability than if they leaked it to Salisbury. This fits the pattern….they want Machado, but are now publicly "in" on Harper (even if no actual offer has been given) in order to put the pressure on Machado’s camp. Plus, not only are they in on Harper, they now "let slip" that they are only going to sign one of the whales. Given that Machado’s market is shrinking, with the only apparent real offer coming from the woeful Chisox, and that offer only for 7 years, with NYY deliberately signing other players to make Machado feel unwelcome, this report sounds like Middleton/Klentak are putting the squeeze on Machado pretty hard. And honestly, if I am right about this, it’s a pretty neat negotiating strategy, I heartily approve. Of course, that’s why Machado’s camp has to keep inventing "mystery teams" to balance out the negotiations. OTOH, with regard to what Gelb is specifically saying, no way to if this is actually a fact.
  11. Jose Abreu

    Harper: Nightengale suggests Phillies are favored

    Basically he tweets out a ton of rumors/signings based on popular predictions, about 33% of them end up being correct just because they're educated guesses, and people who don't know much about him remember the ones that he was right about and then assume he has legit sources because of it.
  12. ChiliIrishHammock24

    Harper: Nightengale suggests Phillies are favored

    I know people have strong opionions about Incarcerated Bob. I have no idea who the guy is other than having heard his name on the radio before and that he has 122K followers, including me right now in case he has any scoops. Well anyway, he just randomly tweeted these things.... IB BARKSDALE 💵 🔌‏ @incarceratedbob 10m10 minutes ago More Bryce Harper time IB BARKSDALE 💵 🔌‏ @incarceratedbob 10m10 minutes ago More It’s almost time @Bharper3407 The second one includes a gif of Rick Flair yelling.
  13. ChiliIrishHammock24

    2018 Travel Thread

    The girlfriend and I, and my best friend and his wife are going to take a vacation to Boston at the end of May. He is going to be there for a wedding, I will be there just because we've always wanted to see a game in Fenway. Our current plan is to get an AirBNB just south of Boston in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. It's like a couple blocks from the Sam Adams brewery. Does anyone have any opinions on that area? Or places to go or things to see or places to eat? My girl and I are the more adventurous type. My buddy and his wife would rather find a bar and drink all day. We will have a rental car, they are going to Uber around, so it may not even be things for groups of 4.
  14. ChiliIrishHammock24

    Relationship Advice Thread

    I don't know how to word this, but how *severe?* is your autism? I know it can vary wildly, but the reason I ask is because would anyone even know if they met you? If not, then I wouldn't bother saying anything to her until maybe some point at the end of the 1st date. Because that might scare someone off if they overshoot the degree in which is affects you. And if you tell them at the end of the date, but the date went great, then they are less likely to care, and are likely to become more understanding of the variances in autism. The best example I can think of of someone who has autism that you would never know is the comedian Jim Jeffries. He didn't find out he even had it until he was like 40. On the other hand, one of my good friend's growing up has a brother who has it, and he never aged intellectually past a 6 year old. Obviously I don't have to tell you about autism, but just pointing out that if you tell someone you have autism, they may get wildly different ideas of what that could entail, and it could put them in a very weird position where even if they do take the date anyway, they will be weird about how to act. As far as the living at home thing, I would save that for the same conversation, because otherwise it's going to lead to a line of questioning where you either have to lie, or you have to say "I can't tell you right now" which is weird. And lastly, I wouldn't make too big of a deal out of it. They are either going to be cool with it, or they aren't. You can't really change them, and it's not worth it to try. You don't want someone that you have to talk them in to accepting you.
  15. 10 hours ago GEEEZZZ Man! I don't know. At 50 shootings a week will Chicago last another 8 years? Yet another good reason not to sign with Chicago, lol. Actually, quite a few Phils' fans seem scared to death of another long-term contract after how Ryan Howard's career ended so ignominiously.
  16. Did a writer with that last name seriously say that? At least he's covered all his bases.
  17. I finally closed the tab with this thread in it and told myself I wasn't going to look at it again until the morning. Needless to say I failed.
  18. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/report-one-baseball-exec-believes-011743556.html Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports writing a full column in reaction to Michael Duarte's extremely ambiguous quote from yesterday. A rival MLB executive believes Manny Machado is heavily leaning towards accepting the offer from the Chicago White Sox. Deal could be announced this week or could still fall through. This is just getting comical. https://sports.yahoo.com/will-bryce-harper-manny-machado-gets-10-year-deals-depends-ask-005226939.html But now there’s this: They’re making it clear they won’t sign Machado and Harper. That’s from The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, who dug into the Phillies’ ongoing dance with baseball’s two biggest free agents. He says the Phils prefer Machado and they’re confident they’ll get one of them, but they’re not trying to get both. Gelb writes:
  19. BlackSox13

    Harper: Nightengale suggests Phillies are favored

    Agree 100% Greg. They said they would spend for the right players and here they doing their best to sign one of them. Curious about who else they have their sites on. Would have to think a starting pitcher.
  20. Jack Parkman

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    01 and 02 weren't much better. The best players the Bulls drafted, they either traded or had a career altering or ending injury. Nobody knows what Jay Williams would have become if not for that motorcycle accident. One of the biggest "what ifs" in Post-Jordan Bulls history, along with Thibs/Rose. Best bulls draft picks: Brand(1999-Traded) Williams(2002 The talent was there... and then he got into that accident and couldn't play anymore) Aldridge(2006-traded for Tyrus Thomas) I hated this then, and it looked worse 3 years later. Rose-2008(discussed ad nauseum) Otherwise, there is a lotta shit involved. They got unlucky with spots a few times as well.
  21. At this point we can use a little Soxtalk intervention. And by the time we are all clean Manny will sign. Screw it give me another fix of rumors.
  22. Well, if you're a Cubs' fan, it's pretty hard to get TOO upset about reaching the NLCS three years in a row and one World Series title. Other than the Red Sox, no other team has done better this last decade...unless you're including the Astros as now being set up better for the next 2-3 years. If you want to be upset with Cashman, be upset he blew his wad on Stanton when they had a similar slugger in Judge...same thing with Epstein, on the Heyward/Darvish/Chatwood moves. (Or you could be upset with the Bryant/Morrow injuries OR Addison Russell, I guess, if that actually makes you feel any better. Better yet, blame the manager for doing too many outside events and promotions!) I mean c'mon, even if they aren't exactly dynasties, the Yankees are competing for a playoff spot each and every year. I get it, the Yankees' fans expect them to be BETTER than the Red Sox and Boston has won the World Series 4 times in the same time frame the Yankees have ONLY won it once. One of the MAIN reasons we're seeing compression on the salary front if the whole focus on advanced statistical metrics. What used to look like a useful 32 year old slugger with strong HR and RBI numbers is a completely different animal in today's game. That said, versatile players are being rewarded, relievers are being rewarded...and even some dudes like Jed Lowrie are getting pretty decent money in the twilight of their careers.
  23. Tony

    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    Yeah, everything’s fine...
  24. That seems to be coming to an end. Yankees fans are infuriated, and I don’t think cubs fans aren’t too happy either. Problem is it probably doesn’t effect the bottom line much if at all.
  25. Deadspin did a write-up on this the other day - it's not so much that teams are intentionally avoiding spending as much as there is a clash between spending relative to a player's WAR and raw profitability. They hit the point of diminishing returns really fast and they don't have an incentive to keep spending. It's not something that was deliberately planned, it's just kind of a thing that happened.
  26. that's the agent's responsibility , I'd hope he wouldnt misplace his blame that petulantly
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