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About Jake

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    Birmingham Barons (AA)
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    the NBA thread (just kidding)
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    Theeee TANK
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    Trayce Thompson
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  1. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    In this organization, I think one of the things that has kept KW/Hahn employed is that they may well have been basically overruled by JR on a number of big picture decisions that put the team in bad shape, like supposedly JR insisting they not rebuilding in the early 2010s and keep trying to go for it instead.
  2. Jake

    Goodbye Soxtalk

    Why would you move to get further away from the White Sox
  3. Jake

    Machado is gone. Now what?

    I'm mad about Machado and all but to be honest I'm super excited for the season to start and will be watching even more closely than last year.
  4. I'm not against signing Harper, but I do believe that even if Harper is better our marginal gain is likely to be less because we don't have great internal options for the infield in the way we do for the outfield (long term).
  5. I think it's very plausible and even likely that Harper is better than Machado, but he also is a poorer fit with our organizational depth. In a couple years, we should have a lot of young outfielders competing for one CF spot assuming that Harper and Eloy man the corners.
  6. The difference in the contract's value to the player with or without an opt-out is enormous. That's a big thing to work out before you start throwing offers around.
  7. Jake

    Machado is gone. Now what?

    No reason to risk your money on these vets when it's so hard to tell how long it will be before the team is competing.
  8. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Wouldn't surprise me if the way this deal went down is the Padres gave Machado's people a take it or leave it deal. Say yes now or we're not going to give you an offer this good again. But Kenny's comments make it appear we wouldn't have matched if given the chance anyway.
  9. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Makes you wonder how much the Padres outbid the field. I'll take all KW's statements as face value: We probably had the high offer until now and we weren't going to $300 million. So what does Harper go for if the only team willing to give $300 million to Machado is out of the race?
  10. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    If the Sox sign Bryce Harper on similar terms, does that change your views on this?
  11. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Sox should have done this deal if it is accurate that there's a single opt out after year 5. Surprised we would have come to the table at all if we weren't willing to go for him at this price. There's still a good chance we wind up feeling glad we didn't make the deal, but this is what everyone should have expected Machado to get. And there's of course a chance he makes it well worth the expense.
  12. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    If there are no opt outs in this deal, then I'm really disappointed that the Sox couldn't match/beat it.
  13. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Let's hear about opt-outs.
  14. Jake

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Why would anyone think the team is going to be good this year? That's not my expectation at all and it wouldn't change even if we added Machado.