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  1. BFirebird

    Yoan fully recovered from Covid

    Agreed. He would be better as a bench coach. His bullpen decisions alone would have got him fired.
  2. I know this comment wasn't directed at me, but for the record..I personally wasn't trying to gang up on you, I just think that Blown Save is a flawed stat especially when you start to include players that are pitching not in 9th inning and like southsider2k5 mentioned, not all save oppts are the same. I would also not worry about defense with Hendriks as much as I would with Colome because Hendriks strikes out nearly 2x the number of batters. Hendriks 12.09 K/9 career (13 K/9 last year) vs Colome 8 K/9 career (6.45 K/9 last year). Colome does a lot with smoke and mirrors which is just harder to count on over a long term vs a pitcher that misses a ton more bats. Hendriks is a big risk given his age, but as long as it doesn't preclude the Sox from making additional moves this is a plus addition, not a minus.
  3. Looked deeper into the blown saves. 2 of those blown saves were as an 8th inning or earlier guy not as a closer. He became the A's closer in June of 2019. So that knocks it down to 6 blown saves as a closer vs 4 for Colome. This was also a brand new role for him moving from 7th/8th inning to 9th inning. 3 of those 6 blown saves happened within his month of being a closer in July over a 3 game stretch looking at the game log, one of those being a multiple inning affair. Taking out a single stat in isolation without the full picture is why it is a bad take. Looking at the full body of work over 2 years in which he was clearly the best RP in all of baseball is a clearer look at Hendriks vs. Colome as a closer. For reference Hendriks game log from 2019: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/player/gamelogs/2019/1756629/liam-hendriks
  4. BFirebird

    Tommy La Stella Emoji of a Target Discussion

    I would like this...we have 1/3 so far. I would prefer Richards/Kluber over Q though.
  5. Sorry, but this is a bad take. Colome hasn't even been the most valuable White Sox reliever over the last 2 years, that would be Bummer. Over the last 2 years Hendriks has been the best reliever in all of baseball and it isn't even particularly close. Could he fall off a cliff by year 3? Most definitely he will be 35 by that time. But the Sox have safeguarded themselves against this with the buyout. Top RP last 2 seasons: His contract is also right in line with what Fangraphs crowdsourcing put him at: But I do agree with everyone saying that hopefully this doesn't preclude them from making additional moves (SP and/or lefty bat). I would prefer if they still address both.
  6. As would I. Get that extra lefty bat and put your foot on MIN throats and I think Brantley is best available. I am just not sure what his asking price/years are. I would love a lefty bat and high risk high reward SP (Kluber, Richards, etc). Not as much the safe route with Q.
  7. BFirebird

    Old: Mega Hendriks Speculation Thread

    At this rate the Sox look like they are trying to complete their roster before any other team of consequence even makes a move....lets get Hendriks!
  8. BFirebird

    MLB Winter Meetings Thread

    Paxton/Kluber/Richards. Having Lynn gives you that chance at a flier. Also if the money is right they could do Q as long relief/swing man. Or someone else. Extra insurance.
  9. BFirebird

    Umpire arrested in trafficking sting

    "I'm just trying to get something to eat!" I remember watching these years ago....wasn't that guy caught in this MSNBC twice?
  10. BFirebird

    Umpire arrested in trafficking sting

  11. BFirebird

    Umpire arrested in trafficking sting

    Goes without saying but what sick, sick people these are.
  12. BFirebird

    So let's talk about Quintana shall we

    I think getting Lynn sets you up better take a big swing at a Paxton/Kluber/Richards because those guys have a more boom or bust risk to them. Also Lynn is not expensive to where you can pay those guys the 1 year flier.
  13. I don’t disagree that the Sox did not handle Machado correctly and have probably botched PLENTY of FA signings in the past. We definitely don’t know all the details. But we do know that Wheeler turned down more money to play elsewhere. So it isn’t ALWAYS about the money. They also know what Bauer is asking for/looking at. He is a very particular person and it could be something very specific. We have no idea with him. I am just saying it isn’t as easy to say just sign any FA we want.
  14. All this talk of Bauer or Sox signing FA...what if guys just don’t want to sign here? Just because Hahn gives an offer and in the case of Wheeler it was higher and he still didn’t sign here. We can’t make FA sign here. Sometimes trades are your best options and they traded away a guy they view would probably be best as a 4/5 in a championship rotation.