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  1. Sarava

    A Realistic Offseason

    I agree with this. I actually suggested this maybe a month ago. Didn't seem like many others liked the idea at the time. I suspect Tim would be very good in right field. A lot of his problems at shortstop seem to be his throwing. He like to fling the ball off balanced to first. On rush plays I get it, but he also does it sometimes when he has plenty of time to plant and throw, but he chooses not to. The great thing is, if they decided to go that route, they could have him start to work on it in the off-season and then would have the full spring training as well. I think a move like this would bring a tremendous team defensive improvement. TIm would probably play a good RF/CF, and you'd likely get far better defense at shortstop as well.
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    Yankees AND Dodgers both going strong into FA

    My original reply was based on your comment that 'despite them being instant upgrades'. Well here's some news for you, pretty much everybody is an instant upgrade over the garbage we had in RF (and DH) last year. People need to stop using that as an excuse to pump the tires on mediocre players (as you did in your first reply to me). And don't put words in my mouth again.
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    Yankees AND Dodgers both going strong into FA

    They ripped my heart out last winter. And you know what? I lived. I'll gladly over-psyche myself up again and hope the outcome is different again. It's more fun to live and think that way.
  4. We'll have a better idea on that answer sometime in the next 5 months.
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    Yankees AND Dodgers both going strong into FA

    Phew...you scared me there. It's funny you mentioned Jack Parkman. I thought it was a very Parkman-esque post. Good job there. And I agree. I bag on Reinsdorf for being cheap as much as anyone, but I'm going to believe until shown otherwise. He broke his mold with Luis Robert, and I think it's time to break some other molds this winter. At least one particular mold that has been idle for the last 23 years.
  6. With occasional average payrolls? Why is everyone lowering their sites so much? The Sox have had good payrolls before the last handful of years. There's no reason to expect any less now.
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    Yankees AND Dodgers both going strong into FA

    Whoa, we're you just calling for Zack Wheeler a few days ago? Why all of the sudden do you expect this winter to be a big flop?
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    Yankees AND Dodgers both going strong into FA

    His WAR was 2.2 and trending downwards. I mean, Cardinal fans don't seem to want him back all that much. Whatever they do, this guy is risky. Because he's going to get paid somewhat based on his potential to return to his Marlins form from from 3 seasons ago. Seems like a risky bad contract some team might be diving in to. And for the love of God, can we please stop using our bad production in RF as justification for bringing in some guys.
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    Yankees AND Dodgers both going strong into FA

    Didn't Ozuna hit .216 after the allstar break, or something like that? I mean, anyone's an upgrade with how bad RF was for the Sox, but that doesn't mean we have to settle for crap.
  10. Sarava

    Will Strasburg opt out? thread

    These obviously go hand in hand. If the Sox make a move that will seriously bolster this team's chance to win a World Series, that will invigorate the fanbase. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the one team already in the World Series, and the other that is 2 wins from the World Series, are both largely there due to dominating starting pitching.
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    Madrigal Wins Gold Glove

    I don't see an extension this early for Madigral. He doesn't profile as a potential 200+ mil player, which is probably what leads to the Sox wanting to do these early deals. But yeah, he should be a good one for a long time.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    So regarding Cole and Strasburg. Rich Hahn has said over and over that the money will be spent. We have no reason to think that he isn't telling the truth, so... If the Sox bring their payroll up to 130-150 mil through various trades and free agent acquisitions, and they're kind average for baseball salary-wise... that still leaves all that money they've been banking the last 3-4 years of the rebuild. You know, the money he promised 'that will be spent'. Why can't they give Stras or Cole a huge signing bonus (from the pool of money that will be spent), thus lowering the AAV significantly, to a manageable price that they can afford going forward? Or am I being naive in believing that this banked money will ever leave JR's bank account?
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    A Realistic Offseason

    I'm not sure either has a ton of value right now. Some value, sure, but eh... If Lopez can be moved for a nice RFer that has a few years of control left , I'd be all for it.
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    Japanese Slugger to be Posted?

    I would be ok with this if they signed Strasburg or Cole. Then I would understand the budget being stretched and thus going for a cheaper gamble at RF being worthwhile. If the SP they sign is Wheeler or cheaper, then I would expect more resources being throw at RF for a more sure thing.
  15. That's where we hope an extension can happen this winter. Now is the time to act, before he can start to sniff free agency and a potential 250+ mil deal.