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    White Sox All-Washed Up Team

    It was a lot more than that, especially in his first year. There were some major physical issues with him, maybe some emotional ones, and that had to be part of why his numbers were never the same again. You don't put up one of the worst offensive seasons in MLB history because relievers threw a little harder than the year before.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    I thought that Eddie Einhorn's part was the largest share, am I wrong?
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    At least there's nothing else for a rich person to do in Las Vegas.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    Do we, um, bug Steve? He has, um, a weird history with that.
  5. The fun is going to be if he makes it through ST, you clear a 40 man roster spot for him, then the issue flares up in April.
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    White Sox All-Washed Up Team

    Tom Seaver
  7. We have spent $45 million in "next to nothing" pay this offseason and we missed on the player that mattered by $50 million.
  8. At the very least, this is an excellent reason to give the guy more time, because that type of behavior suggests an issue with consistency and mechanics. So, if you have a losing team, you throw him out there, let him put up an ERA of 5 if that's how it goes, and maybe you have a 1 in 20 shot of him improving his consistency and breaking out as an actual contributor. Or you could just waste $4 million on a veteran who was equally bad last year and hope that by the time he's 37 he develops into a guy who can help your rotation? But anyway, yay keep it up guys this is the roster we need!
  9. There's only one name bigger than that on the team, and frankly I think he could do better than slave labor prostitutes. Edit: Their coach would be a bigger name though.
  10. I didn't want to go there.
  11. Like who is left that is a bigger name than a billionaire with 7 super bowl trophies? A Senator?
  12. $4.3 million for that? Deserves a laugh.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    LOL you're 100% right about the disagreeing that's laughable.
  14. I will admit, this is not how I saw today going.
  15. Normally I'd be annoyed because I'd expect this guy to get innings even if he's not pitching well enough to deserve them and I think that Covey/the other young guys have an outside chance of developing into something more valuable than what you'd get for a worn out Ervin Santana at the deadline and should be given every opportunity to see if they can turn into something... But you know what? I really don't care. Hell go sign CarGo. Why not.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    Hell, if these competing teams are dumb enough to let him go for a bargain, why not? Worst case scenario they're a lot better this year and in a year or two they trade Harper when someone is ready to take over. Why not be the team that sets the floor at a reasonable value?
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    IMO - they already answered that question last week when they were the team that traded 2 top-100 or whatever prospects for Realmuto. They didn't have to do that move, they could have looked more long term, but they made their minor leagues weaker long term in order to make their big league squad competitive this year.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    Adding Harper would push their 2020 payroll, on paper, to about $175 million, but we're talking about a franchise that had a $180 million payroll in 2012.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    I'm not even really thinking about fan pressure or the remarks by the owner with that statement, I'm just thinking about their ballclub. They made themselves better this offseason with Realmuto, McCutchen, and Segura, but is that enough to take their team from last year and catch last year's Braves? I dunno, maybe. The Phillies' pitching was strong last year, but their offense was weak, so upgrading the offense is the priority. The Philles' players are young and could get better, but so could the Braves, and the Braves also added Donaldson and could still add more. The The Phillies have money to spend, they have potential to sell a lot more tickets when their franchise is competitive (attendance has dropped from 3.5 million to 2 million while they rebuilt), and they only have Realmuto for 2 years before he's a free agent so they're under pressure to put a team on the field that rivals the Braves right now before that FA step hits. From a baseball perspective, they have to get this done. It's like the White Sox with Machado, there is literally no excuse with where their team currently sits to not add that player, and if it costs them $50 million more than any other team but the player is still getting a fair contract, it would be idiotic not to get it done.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    One alternate way to say it: With where the Phillies organization currently sits, failing to put a $330 million offer on the table to Harper is approximately as stupid as the White Sox failing to meet a $300 million asking price for Machado. I would be open to arguments that it is dumber. They may not want to pay that much, they may not want to bid against themselves, but they need that player and that is a fair contract for that player, and even if they outbid what everyone else is bidding substantially, it's still a fair contract for the player.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    At some point soon Harper and the Phillies are going to sit down and hammer out a 10 year, $330 million+ guaranteed deal, with an opt out somewhere in it, and it'll get done.
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    Will Yonder and Jay be gone by midseason?

    While I'd rather see Palka as DH, I also don't see the harm in running him out to the OF every day for a year. If his defense doesn't improve, oh darn we lose more games.
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    Harper: the glimmer of hope thread (no new news)

    While a good point, also important is that those 2 friends were actually really good ballplayers.
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    Rebuild: Phase 2 has officially begun

    It would absolutely not be surprising if one of those many names stepped up and became a quality middle-of-the-rotation starter (outside of Cease). With that number of guys, it'd honestly be a little disappointing if none of them did.
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