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    Charlotte (AAA)
  • Birthday 02/06/1977

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  • Favorite Sox Minor League Affiliate
    Charlotte Knights (AAA)
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    Mark Buehrle
  • Favorite Sox minor leaguer
    Ryan Sweeney
  • Favorite Sox moment
    Winning the division in 1993
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    Harold Baines, Robin Ventura

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  1. shakes

    So What Happens to Zack Collins?

    We have a bingo. Keep them all. Sign FA relievers. McCann and EE could be gone next year or this team could be in it and need to add at the deadline. I like the depth and I think McCann is a great backup who has proven can handle being a starting catcher if needed.
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    Castellanos to Reds , rumored 4/64M

    👏 I have been as critical of this FO as anyone, but this new complaint about blocking future prospects by spending money on good players is baffling. Building up your assets by spending money you have, and have been hoarding, is exactly what they should be doing. They are building a team with depth for the first time I can remember. They are preserving their core, while allowing more time for development, and even making players earn it through competition. They are using veteran's to safeguard against the best case scenario. Just because these are foreign concepts to Sox fans doesn't make them wrong. Having too many options and potentially too many good players will always work itself out.
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    Edwin Encarnacion

    I'm not sure any have to go. This builds depth and options for once. If things go the Sox way a lot of teams will be looking for catching and you can maybe move Collins or McCann. If the Sox are falling short, EE and McCann can be dealt. If Collins is on the roster he is learning from some good vets. They can show patience and find at bats even if it's in AAA for Collins. Too many options is good, even if rare for the Sox.
  4. That will require heavy changes through the org. It's needed, but a different topic. Just like FA is needed, trades will be required too. So not giving up any more worthwhile assets this year to keep a 4-5 year window open is a win for now. I like how they are positioned to compete now and in the near future. You just never know when the next Verlander type will come available through trade, so keep positioned to be involved when it does.
  5. And if there is any sustained success, at some point one of the big name young players/prospects will be dealt to fill a need. Vaughn may be that guy. I agree just keep getting good players. That's why I'm excited by the DK signing. Spend money and don't give up assets now. For anyone who thinks this was an overpay, it's not. This is what paying market value looks like. If this contract hurts future success a lot of other things went wrong.
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    Sox acquire Nomar Mazara for Steele Walker

    Remove Robert, and they sent what some think is the likeliest prospect to replace him to the Rangers. Doesn't help their odds. None of the OF prospects should be penciled into RF in two years. That's a bad plan.
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    Sox acquire Nomar Mazara for Steele Walker

    That may be, but I think he has the type of profile you can wait out a bit. And I'm not big on any of our OF prospects after Robert, but I just don't like giving up an asset when there were easier ways to fill RF. If it was for a pitcher with upside, great.
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    Sox acquire Nomar Mazara for Steele Walker

    I do think he has some upside. The problem is he's here for two years- good or bad- and they traded one of his potential replacements for him. An asset they can no longer use in the future to aquire pitching, when there are a number of options that could've given you Mazara's production that only cost money. And money is the one thing they have going for them, they haven't stopped telling us about it. For all the hand wringing about how we couldn't sign players with a second round draft pick attached to the them....well, we just traded a second round pick. The approach of the acquisition is more disappointing than the player
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    Strasburg back to WASH

    I would've been all in on this approach, but they would need to shift their focus and invest heavily on scouting and analytics, as well as completely revamping player development. It would take years, and they would have to stop hiring company men to lifetime contracts and give up the reigns completely to someone external. I just don't see it happening.
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    Strasburg back to WASH

    But those are very valid reasons for fans concerns. They need to overcome the stink of last offseason, and not for the fans, but for the players/agents/industry to start looking at them as real players. They probably need to pay a bit of a premium to get some players here until they start winning. I hope they understand that. Wheeler and Machado were negotiated pretty publicly, and they look like they were pretty well used in both situations. The worst thing they can do is overreact and start making poor trades to suddenly look competent. They have money to spend and should be upgrading that way. Not giving up resources that will be needed down the road.
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    Strasburg back to WASH

    This is why I was disappointed they couldn't close Wheeler. They won't play with the big boy's for tier A free agents, so you try and get someone with potential to turn into one of those guys,
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    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    Can be interpreted as 'Leading' options-I believe the reference is from Ozuna's perspective.
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    Successful Plan B; What’s Next?

    If you are talking about winning a World Series, outside of Cole or Stras, I don't think any of the remaining FA starters get you there. Wheeler was the only one who could have the type of ascension and growth to turn into one of those guys, Keuchel gets you a veteran who can help get you to the playoffs and provide leadership and innings. And he's shown he can do it in a pennant race and won't have a contract that will kill you in case an opportunity to sign a TOR starter comes up in the next couple of years. Other than that the hope now is for Gio, Cease, and Kopech to grow into the dominant starters you need instead of getting them through FA. I would love a Madrigal extension to get him on the big club day one. It would be exciting to get all the youth playing together and pushing each other starting opening day.