Jump to content

All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Past hour
  2. bmags

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    So good and bad news out of Israel - initial returns show promise that the vaccines do reduce transmission. Was always likely but not studied. - Israel has vaccinated 25% of their population rapidly but are still in a steep increase of infections. US isn’t close to 25% (well, maybe we are with previous infections). But things are at the 1 million per day twice this week and we know of a lot of state capacity opening up. Hopefully we can get surprised with rapid improvement
  3. RagahRagah

    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    The Hawks have been having such a tremendous amount of sex.
  4. You're not wrong but if I'm understanding your post correctly then I might need to point out that something that seriously needs to be considered is the realistic possibility of serious regression from 2 of those top 3 you are talking about. Not to mention that improvement from Cease and Kopech breaking in will probably take time. I believe at least 1 more really solid starter is going to be necessary this year.
  5. Rey21

    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    Yankees re-sign LeMahieu to not many’s surprise. Feel like if they add a couple SP they vault back up to the favorites in the AL. I think the White Sox need another big bat (Ozuna, Cruz, Brantley) LaStella would be nice to replace Madrigal if traded but if he’s not traded then let’s get a bigger bat.
  6. Capital G

    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    Getting "cock" lol
  7. SoxBlanco

    DH Options

    It would make for a pretty good pool to guess the opening day DH right now. There are so many variables, like whether we will sign somebody or whether we will work out an extension with Vaughn. Even the opposing pitcher for opening day would be an important variable. If you guys had to predict a name right now on January 15, who would you guess?
  8. Balta1701

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

  9. SoxBlanco

    White Sox - Luxury Tax Now and the Future

    Oh, I totally agree. I guess I was just saying it would have been better to say "like the Sox will ever get close to $200M" instead of "like the Sox will ever have to pay the luxury tax". I realize those are basically the same thing, but I'm just pointing it out for the sake of the point he was trying to make,
  10. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    White Sox - Luxury Tax Now and the Future

    The Sox are pretty much tapped out right now . There will be no Bauer . There will be no FA starting pitcher signed . If they do trade for the cost controlled guy expect one of your favorite prospects to be leaving. If they can nab anyone decent with 3 years of control without a top prospect that's what we will be getting. That being said I think it's Musgrove unless the Sox think they can get Taijuan Walker for a 2 year $15M or less contract. He's the 4th rated SP available through FA but I doubt too many here would be thrilled with him. His peripherals and statcast stuff isn't good which always indicates to me that he's a guy that mixes and matches and tries to keep hitters off balance because he lacks stuff. He's good against RHH , not so much against LHH. His slider or cutter ( it gets characterized differently by different places) is his best pitch and he seems to have settled on using his 4 seamer less though he can run it up there to 95. I do like that he had a strong second half last year which means he's all the way back from his TJ surgery. I am somewhat envious the Blue Jays picked him up for a PTBNL while the Sox were spinning their wheels going after Lynn at the trade deadline. Walker would have easily been our 3rd starter and had that game 3 start against Oakland . He had one start against Oakland 7/31/20 and gave up 1 hit , 8K and 2 walks in 7 innings. After he was traded to the Jays he started 6 games with a 1.37 ERA and 4.14 FIP . His career FIP is 4.24.
  11. The Sox dont need a Wheeler nor should they. They have their top 3, which is all a team needs in the playoffs, the #1 of which is young enough. Chasing starting pitching through the FA market is the riskiest if all positions due to the length if contracts and injury concerns. Ice never advocated for it and never will. Developing them and trading for them is the much more reasonable route. They have their top 3 this year with very talented pitchers behind them learning how to pitch in the MLB plus a good group behind them learning in the minors. I think you'll see them draft more advanced arms now to continue it. As you point out lengthening the bullpen, which is already good, will also hide any weaknesses in the rotation. They are playing to their strengths and if you are right and the budget us maxed out, it was the smart move to make because they weren't getting a high end starter for that price. A lock down pen would be more effective than a middle if the road starter.
  12. Dick Allen

    White Sox - Luxury Tax Now and the Future

    But it's a non issue at this point and the foreseeable future. The only way they will ever even be close is if they have a Bulls like run and draw 3 million a year for several years.
  13. Today
  14. SoxBlanco

    White Sox - Luxury Tax Now and the Future

    That’s kind of his point, though, if what he’s saying is correct. If there’s no chance the Sox will ever pay the luxury tax, it’s good to know the payroll can actually be higher than $210M without having to pay it.
  15. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    Sox sign Hendriks: 3/$39M - 4th year optional with $15M buyout

    Then we will see if the Sox settle with Lopez or let an arbitrator decide if he's worth $2.2M and if the Sox DFA him as an early sign that I am correct that they are tapped out and we either see a trade for another starting pitcher and dumpster diving for anything else. By that I mean any FA signed from this point forward will be $5M or less . And I agree about the closer but I also think that with Hendricks and a strong pen it lessens the dependence on stronger starting pitching. If there is one thing we know about the Sox they would rather take the cheap route to winning than the one that requires them to make a commitment to a top of the market starting pitcher. The options the Sox currently have are 3 starting pitchers, one of whom is gone in a year who people are hoping gets extended with Lynn, which is rather pitiful hoping they extend him at his age til his age 36 season. Keuchel is 33 and are hoping he is good enough to last through his age 35 season so we can pick up his option for his age 36 season ? Cease and Kopech both have to prove themselves and right now Crochet isn't even a glimmer in the eye of the starting rotation. Let's not overestimate the options we currently have. It's why the Sox are seeking a trade for a cost controlled starter more than anything else right now. It's not the options we currently have keeping the Sox from taking a shot at Bauer its money. We are still looking for our Wheeler only now the Sox can't afford him.
  16. Its 18 for cap purposes but in reality it's only 13 paid out. It's not an excuse not to sign Bauer. The Sox were never going to commit 5 years to a starting pitcher with the options they currently have. They wanted that proven closer at the back of the pen which is a very important piece for a winning team.
  17. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    Sox sign Hendriks: 3/$39M - 4th year optional with $15M buyout

    If Lopez is DFA'd because they couldn't settle and the estimated arb. cost of $2.2M is deemed too expensive to keep for his current role then either Katz doesn't like what he sees or Sox have run out of money and we will see trades and dumpster diving for anything else added to the 25/26.
  18. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    Sox sign Hendriks: 3/$39M - 4th year optional with $15M buyout

    Then I see a trade coming rather than signing a free agent for starting pitching. As I said earlier in the Bauer thread, signing Hendriks is an excuse for not signing Bauer and now it appears it will be an excuse for not signing any SP and maybe not another LH bat too . The good news is I've very rarely, if ever, had one of those posts where upon further review didn't age well and am hoping this becomes one.
  19. Dick Allen

    White Sox - Luxury Tax Now and the Future

    Like the Sox will ever have to pay the luxury tax. JR wouldn’t pay it with the Bulls where they lead the league in attendance, and print money.
  20. Dominikk85

    DH Options

    Yes. Making the playoffs multiple years is the best way. Even the best team in baseball only has like a 25% chance to win the WS. Sometimes it can take a while like the dodgers or even the Nats (who had multiple first round losses) but eventually there is a good chance to win one if you make the playoffs 6 times in a 7 year window (not guaranteed either like you see with the yankees though who made the playoffs 5 times in 6 years and made no WS). There is of course also the other side when a fluky team immediately makes it or the giants who usually lost the division to the dodgers but still managed 3 WS. But generally the best approach is trying to have a 5-7 year window and hope that you get lucky once or twice I you are really lucky. Statistically a team who has a strong 6 year window should win about 1 WS (if you consider all 6 division winners have about the same chance to win the WS). The sox will also need to make some trades for injury replacement so it is good to keep some trade capital. I think the sox only need a 4th starter now and they are good to go. Sure getting laStella would be a nice luxury and bauer would make them a super team on par with the dodgers but they are already favored to win the division.
  21. tray

    2020 Election Thoughts

    Racial intolerance is the new racism. That supercharged Trump's political power with loyal support from white supremacists like those who marched in Charlottesville and those who stormed the Capitol. But racial intolerance is not only found at the fringe. Mainstream Republican ideology dovetails with racial intolerance in many ways - segregation, refusal to acknowledge the impact of generations of slavery, discrimination, unequal policing and justice There can be no compromise with bigotry and racism. They have to be defeated. That didn't happen after the Civil War and probably won't happen for several more generations. So forget the notion that there will ever be unity between Trumpublicans and Democrats. Not gonna happen.
  22. Chicago White Sox

    Sox sign Hendriks: 3/$39M - 4th year optional with $15M buyout

    Rosenthal confirmed that Hendriks’ contract would count as $18M/year from 2021 to 2023 for luxury tax purposes and potentially zero for 2024 assuming the rules remain the same under the new CBA.
  23. Sleepy Harold

    Corey Kluber thread

  24. RagahRagah

    Corey Kluber thread

    Seems like we are just about all united on this one. One year of Kluber is so worth pulling the trigger on. I believe that if we are in on him we are going to have a lot of competition, though. We'll see.
  25. Quin

    2020 Election Thoughts

    If we're not talking about COVID related stuff, something that would go a LONG way is universal Pre-K. My fiancee and I are aren't yet ready to start a family, but if there was a nationwide system in place when we are, they would be tremendous.
  26. SoCalChiSox

    Corey Kluber thread

    Good point....how quickly he can get back to past performance is the wildcard with TJS. Theres no way for the systems to know that. If they are going all in for a WS I would think they would prefer more of a sure thing. On the other hand, at least this option won't force us to gut half the farm like a trade prolly would.
  1. Load more activity
×