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  1. It won't be Ozzie It will be someone with MLB coaching experience It doesn't have to be a person with MLB managerial experience but is preferrable Recent WS experience is preferrable Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not absolutely necessary; the coaching staff must be capable of communicating with the players however It will be someone from the outside
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    Offseason Targets

    Because Indians, I wonder if CLE would do Carlos Carrasco for Grandal in some sort of framework. Normally they just like to dump bad contracts on us and I know they love Carrasco as a teammate but he's still making money and they still have to pay him through his age 35 season. Meanwhile Carlos Santana is a FA after a $500K buyout and they have nothing at C. Seems like it would be a fit on paper if they were in another division. Edit: Trading Grandal for Carrasco, reupping McCann, and that makes us a better team for probably about the same amount of money that it would cost to keep Grandal and sign a 5th starter type.
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    Trevor Bauer Thread (Mazara Free Zone)

    Great post. This reminds me of all the nuthuggery around Darvish as of late. 1 year ago he was a shit contract that the Cubs would have given away in a waiver claim. Remember the bullshit statement about how he didn't want to opt out of his Cubs deal because he was finally "comfortable?" No, he didn't opt out because no one would give him anything like that on the FA market after his recent seasons. Then even this time about 6 or 7 months ago -- remember the Sox teeing off on him in ST? -- he was a guy who was coming off a quality 2nd half of the season that had more of the feel of a reclamation project than a top-end starter. But I've seen mentions on here that the Cubs wouldn't give him up for Cease, etc., and more, like he's really that great. It's been one season in a row with him. Likewise, Bauer has had his ups and downs. Sure he pitched like an ace for the brief 60 games season this year. He also pitched like shit in Cincy the year before. I think he's a great target and the best FA guy out there but let's seriously pump the breaks when it comes to comparing him to the guys who have been at the top of the league for several or many years. He's not that guy and he hasn't been that guy.
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    Offseason Targets

    This entire thread just rolled between Grandal's legs. I love the idea of trading Grandal and bringing back McCann or bringing in Realmuto.
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    Shifts could be endangered

    Lower the mound wtf? Raise the mound and protect the pitcher. I agree with moving the fences back. I also like the idea of a lot more foul territory. I love watching athletic defenders and there's really no reason to put them out there if everyone is going to play in a bandbox.
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    Shifts could be endangered

    Manfred is such a giant bag of shit. I'm not going to rant on about this but I can't stand these damned rule changes that eliminate portions of the game which have evolved naturally within the proper context and spirit of the game. Example, the 3 batters rule. You give a manager 25 players to roster and he is likely going to pick 2 specialists, a lefty and a righty. If you give him 5 or 6 less players then he won't, but with 25 or 26, you allow him to specialize and devote specialist players to specialized roles that are important enough to designate as being so special and worthwhile. The lefty and righty specialist evolved naturally out of good competitive spirit. But of course everything about being a commissioner is about revenue and specifically appealing to a seemingly increasingly idiotic generation of people with constantly decreasing attention spans. So of course the desire is to cater to these people because they have money. But I don't give a shit about these people. They're bandwagoners anyway, and for hardcore fans like me, I think the long length of the game and the long length of the season has a lot of appeal. I like to work while having the games on, or put the game on the radio in the car. It's a nice chunk of my day that is made more enjoyable by baseball, and I'm not going to b**** about the length of it. I think a lot of people are like that. Eliminating the shift or trying to is trying again to eliminate another element that evolved naturally within the spirit of the game. Put a bunt down you stupid oaf if you don't like it. Oh you can't bunt? Ok fuck you then, hit the ball on the ground to the 3B playing SS. Grab some bench. That's excellent baseball and IMO isn't doing anything different than before. People just record more information now and use it better but they could have spent all of the 1940s shifting if they wanted to. Eliminating cheating is great. Improving accuracy of the umps by replacing them is great. Making the game more fair for all teams is great. A pitch clock is a great thing. I would love for technology to be added that allowed the pitcher and catcher to communicate wirelessly by their own signals, but ONLY the pitcher and catcher, because adding the dugout into the game allows for micromanaging of everything and really ruins the spirit of the game of pitcher and catcher vs. hitter. But adding tech to the game to make it more fair is great. A pitch clock is great, but must be reasonable. The pitch clock should be longer during the AB. E.g. for the first 5 pitches it is X seconds between pitches, then for pitches 5-8 it is X+2 seconds allowance, and pitches 9-11 it is X+4, and pitches 12+ it is X+6 or something, to allow for extra thought to exist in moments of greater need for strategic thought. But simply b****ing about the length of the game just because a bunch of dumb bandwagoner fans don't like and a bunch of people generally with the attention span of a fly can't handle it is really ruining the game for pitiful benefits. Think about these Yankees vs. Red Sox games that take like 4 hours because the lineups are stacked and every hitter is a tough out and every pitcher has to make a great pitch in like every AB. When you stack a lineup full of great hitters then you are doing a great job as a FO. And as a hitter, if you can survive deep into counts routinely, that makes you a great hitter. As a P, it is one thing to fiddle with your hat and your ass for about half a minute off the rubber before getting back on it but also in the spirit of the game, the P should have the ability to set himself up mentally to make a tough pitch in a tough situation. Really, these long games are often the result of some of the best of the best of the game playing each other. This is a good thing. I wish Manfred was a fly on the wall and I could just swat him. He doesn't care about the game at all. As far as the man on second rule, I actually don't hate it as much as I thought it would, but I would prefer a normal 10th, a man on 1st in the 11th, 2nd in the 12th, and a man on 3rd in 13th and beyond, or something like that, if the rule is going to stick. And in this case I do not believe it harms the spirit of the game because it's about keeping players healthy and members of the pitching staff available for future games. And I believe it should only apply in the regular season and should not apply in any game 163 or playoff game situations. But anyway fuck Manfred with a rusty flag pole.
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    Five Sox get Gold Glove nominations

    lol at Grandal on there. Mendick didn't play enough. Seriously, why no Jose? I'm not sure what is going on when Jose played the best 1B of his career and he doesn't get mentioned but these other guys do? Robert and Moncada only really deserve it. McCann maybe also would be too many interference calls. Both he and Grandal racked up too many of those. We got like 4 seasons worth of C interference calls in a 60 game season.
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    Offseason Targets

    lol what a completely idiotic idea
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    Offseason Targets

    Those numbers would assume the new hire is at least fairly competent, reasonable, and legitimately interested in the development of our young players. We shouldn't hire anyone who would want to put Vaughn in at a lesser clip than that.
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    Offseason Targets

    Whatever. I was throwing it out there. I'm not going to argue with you fools. If Sale is healthy that trade is an absolute raping of the Red Sox, leveraging their fear of guaranteed money and need to rebuild or retool against them and to our benefit.
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    Offseason Targets

    Keuchel is getting 56M over the next three years, an AAV of 18.667M per season. He also likely overachieved last year. We are basically already hoping he is worth his contract the next three seasons. His present performance ceiling also is one which is much easier to replace in house than Sale's performance ceiling pre-TJ. It's not like he's some great SP who isn't already taking up a decent chunk of payroll. And we're still paying him through his age 35 season. Again, Vazquez is better than McCann anyway. And McCann's FA deal is going to be a lot more than he was getting now, and more than Vazquez is signed for as it is. And who would take Grandal? I think the Red Sox are one of the few teams would, but most likely, those teams will want to send out salary in the deal. And I would not just trade Grandal for the sake of it, then have no C, then bid on McCann as a FA, only to get outbid and left overpaying Mike Zunino on a 3 year deal or something like that. That's a terrible plan.
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    Offseason Targets

    What makes you think he will not recover from TJ? Maybe ptatc could talk about this, or someone who actually has a reason why he wouldn't recover. Realistically, this org knows him better, and has treated his body better, than anyone else. If our people thought he would recover then yes it would be a risk, but one that could offer a potentially huge reward.
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    Offseason Targets

    1) Do you have any idea how much better a healthy Chris Sale is than Keuchel? A significant upgrade is in itself a purpose. 2) Adding more SP I already addressed. By sending out Keuchel's salary we could theoretically also still add another SP this offseason. IMO Bauer and Stroman both, and also maybe Gausman, are better than Keuchel. Paxton and Tanaka if healthy are also better. There are some real options to make 2 improvements over the guy that Keuchel will be in 2021 through 2023. 3) McCann is a FA. We maybe can have him back if we want him but he's the biggest C target on the FA market IMO, because only Realmuto is better, but because Realmuto is actually great and will want lots of money and years, only a handful of teams will even bother to bid on him, leaving McCann as the best C target available most likely for most teams. Even if we could sign him back, Vazquez is a most likely a better player on paper, and Vazquez is already on a much better (and cheaper) contract than McCann will get as a FA.
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    Offseason Targets

    Crazy but IMO actually sensible deal if the Red Sox want to dump salary: Sale + Vazquez for Grandal + Keuchel + Lopez + Rodon + Mazara, pre-nontender deadline Why for Sox: They are probably looking at trying to dump Rodon and Mazara anyway, and probably looking at least at a change of scenery deal with Lopez. They effectively swap out Keuchel's spot and contract for Sale's, meaning that there's more risk and more money, but way more upside also. Vazquez slots in at C and Collins sits behind him. In reality, Vazquez is an upgrade over Grandal as a C immediately, and he is under control through 2022 with also a chance at a QO if he is worthy for 2023. Grandal is guaranteed through 2023 so it's almost a wash on control, and Vazquez is more easily extendable for 2023-2024 because his current contract basically would mean that the Sox have him by the balls a bit. I bet Hahn could extend Vazquez's deal. Why for Red Sox: They get to dump all of the remaining salary owed to Sale. Also they can choose whether they want to try to take a shot on Rodon as a SP or closer as a deadline piece, and a shot at Mazara also as a deadline trade piece. Keuchel gives them rotation certainty at a much more reasonable cost and Grandal really fits the Red Sox as a part time C part time DH with OBP and power. Lopez is also a reclamation project they have rotation space form, but one they could try to keep if they can fix him. If the Red Sox wanted they could nontender everyone but Keuchel and Grandal. Not sure on arb raises but in 2020 salary the Sox send out 18.25M for Grandal + 18M for Keuchel + 4.45M for Rodon + 5.56M for Mazara + 0.605M for Lopez = 46.865M in 2020 salary, and send out 110.75M in guaranteed obligations to Keuchel (56M through 2023) and Grandal (54.75M through 2023). Meanwhile the Red Sox send out 30M for Sale + 4.2M for Vazquez = 34.2M in 2020 salary and send out 142.25M in guaranteed obligations to Sale (135M through 2025) and Vazquez (6.25M in 2021 with a club option on 2022 for 7M with a 0.25M buyout). The Sox would take on about 31M more in guaranteed money but would get Sale through 2025 and Vazquez through at least 2022, again with a great chance of keeping him beyond that point. Personally I would chance it with Sale if the medical staff and pitching coaches could look at him. The contract lessens in value over time, down to 27.5M then 20M in 2025 for his age 36 season. We would be betting on a successful return from TJ and paying for his age 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 seasons, probably hoping we get some help in the second half of 2021, an ace in 2022-23, maybe a #3 in 2024, and a #5 or reliever in 2025. **Edit: I like this deal because it redirects 2 contracts that I think are going to be at least somewhat regretful in 2022-23 anyway, and allows us a chance to put a legit #1 and a LHP at the top of our rotation (again) while making a defensive upgrade at C for our playoff window. And hopefully it would keep enough salary available to still go after Stroman/Bauer/etc. this offseason. I really am not a huge fan of Grandal behind the plate overall and as a leader of the pitching staff and defense, and I also don't like him taking DH ABs from Eloy who should be there now and Abreu who should be there pretty soon. And additionally I still think Keuchel is more likely to be a #3-#5 than the top-end guy he pitched like this season, and the guy who once won a Cy Young.
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    Offseason Targets

    IMO Scherzer and DeGrom are #1s that could be available. Maybe there are others I am not thinking about. I don't see Lynn as a #1 either and I wouldn't trade for him at all.
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    Offseason Targets

    If you cut out 1 rotation slot in 2021 then you stop at least 1 if not 2 or more pitchers from developing during that season. These guys need rotation slots not pen work.
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    Offseason Targets

    No, not really. A 2/3 IMO.
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    Offseason Targets

    The Sox already have Cease, Dunning, Kopech, Stiever, and Crochet at or near the MLB level with Kelly, Thompson, Dalquist, and Vera potentially 2-3 years behind them. I really don't see why adding 2 of those types helps us win later. We should be trying to win now and later, and we can't win later if we fail to give opportunities to our own player. Notice I am already completely omitting Reynaldo which at least some other teams wouldn't do. Just think about the Cubs for a second. Their fans have to be excited about Alec Mills, in part because he threw a no-no. He's got less upside than Phil Humber did. We're in a great position so we shouldn't ruin it. We have a list of guys who could be as good or better than all of three of those names by 2022 or even a couple by next year.
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    Offseason Targets

    The ideal model for this rotation will be proven excellence at the top and open spots at the back saved for the developement of our other players. We already have Keuchel as a depth piece even though he pitched like a top end guy this season. There should be an attempt to make one addition at the front end and then give Cease and Dunning a spot. Stroman and Bauer aren't really the ideal top end guys but they're good enough to slot in near the top of this rotation. Even if the idea is to one day trade Dunning, if you give him a full season to establish himself at the MLB level then maybe he could be a 1st piece or a big second piece in a deal next year. We really need to manage the pieces we are trading well. The farm system quality is going to drop off very fast after our top few guys and it's hard to replenish it while contending. If we manage things well, we should be able to smartly develop players and then trade others after they have proven to be MLB pieces for the chance to turn the window into a 6-8 year contention window instead of otherwise, which would be like a 3-5 year window only.
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    Rick Hahn is Sporting News Executive of the Year

    It should go to the Rays GM. If I were Sox GM I would fake trade negotiations with the Rays just to see which guys on my farm they liked the most, then I would call off talks and keep those players, whatever their names were.
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    Baron Samedi

    Baron Samedi is the closest thing to the real life JoBu, just in case you all were wondering. I put this in the Diamond Club because it involves all of the teams IMO. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Samedi There is a lot more on the internet also. I have known about Baron Samedi for several years now. One day I was watching a cops show, like Cops or that Live PD show, and a suspect was this following this girl around his neighborhood telling her that Baron Samedi was trying to get her. He was explaining this to the officer and the officer was taking the information as though Baron Samedi is just some guy who lives in the area. Actually, as it turns out, Baron Samedi occupies the underworld, but is known to take offerings for humans and do favors for them. Per wikipedia, Baron Samedi likes "cigars, rum, black coffee, grilled peanuts, or bread."
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    Tony LaRussa rumors running wild as of 10/28

    If you're going to interview TLR, why not him first? Pick his brain in the interview before you get to the other candidates. Think about it: if you already know you will be interviewing younger potential managers, and if you are looking for a guy who hopefully could stick around the game as long as TLR has, why wouldn't you talk to TLR first and then compare the other interviews to his after? There are advantages here for the Sox just by interviewing him. He's friends with ownership so I doubt they won't do favors for each other. This might just be an opportunity to gather info and there may not even be a real intention of hiring him.
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    Tony LaRussa rumors running wild as of 10/28

    That's why I added "if he thought it was necessary." I trust TLR is the kind of guy who would keep AJ in line. Regardless, you are not in the Sox dugout. There's so much hate in Sox fan forums for AJ that isn't even warranted. It's a lot like the fans complaining for years that Frank was a whiner, etc. The same thoughts get repeated over and over, but look at how long AJ stuck around in baseball and how many players he must have gotten along with to last so long. Look at Puig now. AJ's reputation has always been overinflated. There really is no basis for you to say he was never on the same page with his teammates and management / coaching staff. For how much Ozzie says he hated AJ, how many years did AJ play for Ozzie? Ozzie always laughs when he says that and makes an remark about AJ. But then ask Ozzie about Swisher and you see the difference. I mean for as much as this organization has been built around SP, there's no way AJ would have lasted so long if he was actually the guy you're painting him as. He led a championship pitching staff on the field and continued to lead quality pitchers for the rest of his career. He really mustn't be that bad.
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    Tony LaRussa rumors running wild as of 10/28

    You don't think a guy like TLR would verbally undress AJ right in the middle of the dugout and in front of the players if he thought it was necessary? I certainly do. He's a keeper of the order.
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    Tony LaRussa rumors running wild as of 10/28

    ***I also just wanted to ad to this thread that I think it's crazy that Carlton Fisk never became a manager. Anyone know why?
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