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    How to Handle Kopech in 2020

    The Mets have had 2 of their pitchers go down for TJS. Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom (ok DeGrom was while he was in the minors but run with the point). Their careers have completely diverged since the surgery - DeGrom has been an Ace, Harvey fell apart. How confident are you in signing a guy who you not only haven't seen put up great big league numbers, but who hasn't pitched in nearly 12 months?
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    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    You know what I really want to see? The White Sox bring Cole and Boras in at the winter meetings, they make their usual presentation, run him through their team goals, the meetings with the manager, etc. Boras then says "ok, make us a contract offer". The White Sox hand Cole an offer sheet for 5/$75 million. Boras immediately turns around and hands the White Sox an already-prepared bill for the time he spent sitting in the room, and tells them they owe him for the time they just wasted as he walks out, leaving them dumbfounded.
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    Andrew Benintendi Available?

    I know it's not the same since the tracking numbers aren't the same, but his 2005 UZR would right now make him the 3rd best defensive LF in baseball.
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    Andrew Benintendi Available?

    Scott Podsednik was a really good defensive LF during his peak years. He was iffy in CF but did not play there full time with us.
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    7/20- Sox at Rays, 5:10, WGN

    I'm not able to watch this game but am really happy for a good looking pitching line.
  6. What I'd rather the White Sox do with every penny does not matter. The White Sox aren't going to put extra money into development just because it would be a smart thing to do. I have to either accept that they will do stupid things in development or stop being a fan of the team, and I've accepted all the other stupid development decisions they did that dumped us into this decade long mess. A couple extra million on Abreu doesn't bother me as long as we're not giving up talent from the system to bring the guy in. If the guy just remains decent with RISP then he'll still be better than almost every dollar RH has ever spent.
  7. I still have no problem putting him down for 2/$25 or so. Even if it's a slight overpay. What do I care if they overpay Abreu by a couple million? With a payroll this low, it fills a role and it's like they're paying him to be a manager anyway.
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    Steve Stone with a dose of reality for Sox fans

    At the big league level...this team has not had an unusual number of injuries in 2019. The Yankees have had guys spend more than twice as much time on the IL as us, and somehow they're in first place. The White Sox are right in the middle of the pack for IL usage this year. If the number of injuries the White Sox have had in 2019 sabotages you...you were this bad in the first place. Assuming they sign a few pitchers and fix little Ricky's bullpen debacle, there will be 10+ new players on this roster by next May. That means some of the guys currently on the roster will shift back to being backups, creating depth. That's how it should work. We don't have that depth this year because 2018 at the minor league level was so bad that it demolished any potential plans we could have had. So now we have Tilson as a starter and Cordell and Tilson and Engel all on the roster because of a couple injuries, when one or two of them could be adequate backups. That's what 2018 did to us - the roster isn't there yet. Next year...the excuses run out.
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    Steve Stone with a dose of reality for Sox fans

    Yes. And now it's time to see progress. When they made their trades, I said based on the talent they got, in 2019 they should be in the wild card discussion, maybe even winning it. 2018 was such a complete debacle organization-wide that it was a full year setback. Injuries to 1/2 of our top prospects, other guys just falling apart, lack of progress. This year we've seen the progress we were supposed to see in 2018, but at least we're seeing it. In 2020 we need to take the next step and at least be in the wild card discussion. They have all the talent ready they could ask for and their payroll is so low they could go buy anything they want. We're out of excuses next year. This team has been noncompetitive for 7 full seasons, they haven't played a post-trade-deadline game that mattered since 2012 (even if RH's fantasies said they were). There are 2 possible end results of this - either the White Sox fanbase is going to be frustrated or the White Sox fanbase is going to give up and stop caring. They should consider themselves lucky that anyone cares any more after this - especially after they spent the offseason repeatedly lying to, insulting, and disrespecting the people who pay their bills. So fine, I'm a white sox fan and I've been patient. I'm not mad about a 7 game losing streak and the team being about 10 games below .500 because that's where I expected them to be this year, and there has been some progress. But I've been more patient than any Astros fan or Cubs fan had to be. In 2020 I want watchable, competitive games in September. Injury, guys being young - no longer an excuse.
  10. And Dallas Keuchel wanted a multi year deal and Craig Kimbrel wanted $100 million and settled for $33 million.
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    Steve Stone with a dose of reality for Sox fans

    While this is only year 3 of the "Official rebuild", this is year 7 of being below .500 and year 11 missing the playoffs. The Astros were under .500 for 6 consecutive years and had a 9 year playoff drought during their rebuild. The Cubs were only below .500 for 5 years, and their playoff drought was only 6.
  12. ? To receive a comp pick, the White Sox would have to be willing to give him a qualifying offer, which is a likely a 1 year, $18.5 million or so deal. There's a good chance he would accept that if offered to him as no team signing him would want to lose a draft pick for him, and that's likely substantially more money than he'll get in 2020 under any other contract.
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    So like $150 million over 10 years.
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    How on Earth do you guarantee 8-10 years financially without a dramatically large guarantee?
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    Colome drawing "ample" trade interest

    After seeing what Miller and Chapman brought to the Yankees, the Pirates should not move Vazquez without someone in the top 20 coming back + other pieces. He's under team control for longer than Andrew Miller was, he's younger, and he's paid less per year. The Pirates can wait 2 years with him and if he keeps pitching like this he'd still be worth a top 20 prospect.
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    Not one of them has signed an "unprecedented" contract of the sort you're talking. Eloy's deal was right in line with Anderson and with that guy from the Phillies who was signed before he came up. You're talking for Robert about having to do a dramatically large guarantee in order to get him to sign - you said so yourself that the guarantee given to Eloy was "Insulting". Reinsdorf is not going to establish the precedent that he'll guarantee a guy his entire arbitration salary in order to buy out 1 year.
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    Simple question in reply. Do you think that Jerry Reinsdorf is willing to break brand new ground on a contract format for this player?
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    Dude, you literally just called the contract that Eloy Jiminez signed to come up from the minor leagues "Borderline insulting" and you're wondering why I'm saying Robert wouldn't sign the kind of extension that would bring him up from the minor leagues early?
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    If you're going to sign him to a 10 year, $150 million extension right now, that's fine. Giving up a year of free agency to sign an 8 year deal that only guarantees him an extra $30 million, that's not worth talking about for a player like him.
  20. Assuming they're too cheap and unprofessional to make an actual offer to Cole (not unfair statements based on their performance last offseason), I think you do both. You go for someone like Keuchel or Bumgarner who is likely to cover a good amount of innings and you add in someone like Wheeler or Wacha who can hopefully help at some points during the season. Then you get Rodon back mid-season maybe and you now have 6 or so starters who are slated to fill in some time during the year as the original plan. If they're unexpectedly healthy one of them spends some time in the bullpen.
  21. 1. This team is better than last year. They were a low 60s win team last year, talent wise they are a low-70s win team this year. 2. This losing skid is a low-70s win team putting itself on a path to the low 70s in wins. 3. Injuries are part of the game. Part of the problem right now is that we are still working to develop the depth it takes to overcome them. 4. Once other guys come up, some of the weak starters we have right now become decent bench options. This strengthens the whole roster. 5. We did get absolutely screwed by the pitching injuries. The Kopech injury and similar guys are the reason why our pitching staff looks so terrible right now. IMO that was the equivalent of a year long setback. 6. Our pitching staff will look very different next year with Kopech back and Cease in year 2. We do need to figure out how to get Lopez back to decent and because of the Rodon injury we absolutely need a top flight starter somewhere. 7. We need bullpen help a lot. Rick Hahn's bullpen plan has failed. 8. Outfielders need to be coached to yell "I got it" or something like that. 9. We have 4-5 major pieces about to arrive from the IL and from the minors. 10. Regardless of this losing skid, they made the progress they needed this year. Next step is the minor league reinforcements and a bit of free agency.
  22. You know how many times I disagreed with you the last 2 offseasons and said "don't mess this up by wasting our resources too early"? I fully agree with you. We can be creative if the opportunity presents, but now is the time to put a roster on the field that looks strong on paper.
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    Eloy going on IL

    The bolded just isn't true, that's why it doesn't work with Robert. The risk with Eloy is that he comes up as a rookie and has a severe injury in his first year or two - that leaves him walking out of baseball with $1-2 million career earnings if he doesn't extend, and now he has a guaranteed $30 million thanks to the extension. He has "At least I'm set for life" money due to the extension. Robert already signed for $25 million. He has "At least I'm set for life" money already. For Robert, if he gets hurt, he doesn't have to find a new livelihood, at least not immediately. For Robert or Moncada, their next level is "bragging money" or whatever you wanna call it. They have no reason to sign an extension until they're good enough that the extension is going to pay them like $200 million. And with both of those guys, they're still drawing a paycheck of $600k a year once they're up for the first 2 years, and then they can look forward to another $10 million payday in year 1 of arbitration, so they won't be hurting for cash unless they have a serious problem.
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    Eloy going on IL

    2 part series run by ESPN last week https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27148543/under-knife-exposing-america-youth-basketball-crisis A dramatic increase in youth ACL surgeries seems like it's something that is actually measureable and reportable, as is an increase in injury games lost amongst NBA players.
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