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    Rutherford/ Yelich Connection

    Yelich really didn't start hitting for power until age 24 and big time power this year at age 26. The guys you mentioned have a few years yet before they turn 24. The power may still come, in varying degrees.

    James Shields

    Makes sense given their 2018 seasons. Like I said earlier today, Charlotte is pretty barren right now. Signing a guy like Gio isn’t blocking anyone decent from an MLB opportunity any time soon.

    James Shields

    Yeah. I think (hope) they sign one decent FA like Gio Gonzalez and then another couple veterans to minor league contracts to compete with Covey for the #5 spot.

    James Shields

    I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I disagree. I'll leave it at that.

    James Shields

    If the goal is talent accumulation, why not sign guys on 1 and 2 year contracts with the intention of flipping them? If the team turns out to be good, that's great, because the FA signings are probably contributing to that success.

    James Shields

    Yolmer is nothing more than a utility player. Davidson is just too flawed of a player. Too limited in many ways, especiallyy for a roster already carrying Abreu, Delmonico, and Palka.

    James Shields

    All while running a team payroll in the bottom 3 of MLB...Yet, signing an average to above average pitcher for 2 years at $8MM AAV eats up too many available slots in the pitching staff in 2020? I can't get behind that line of thinking. Not with the looks of the current 25-man and lack of appealing options currently sitting at the AAA level. There's going to be and have been plenty of available slots in the pitching staff for the last few years now. Don't see that changing within the next two years especially in light of the Kopech injury. https://www.spotrac.com/mlb/payroll/2019/

    James Shields

    I don't see that being an issue over the next two years. I really don't. Hope I'm wrong.

    James Shields

    Think he'll do better than Cashner last winter? I don't know about that given his age and relatively average performance this year.
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    James Shields

    This is the same argument I heard last year. How do you know the 2020 staff will be overly crowded? Never hurts to have options. Besides, if you are worried about 2020, I'm sure Gio would make a fine long man or loogie out of the pen. Again, $8MM AAV over two years is peanuts. They spent nearly that between Holland and Gonzalez the last two years.
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    James Shields

    Why wouldn't the Sox consider a 2-year, $16MM deal for a guy like Gio? It's a minimal investment for a guy that gives you 175 innings/year with decent numbers.
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    James Shields

    I'd much rather bring Gio Gonzalez back than James Shields. He'll be more expensive, sure, but not considerably. He'll probably end up with a contract similar to what Cashner got last winter.
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    Palka (again)

    He has a 795 OPS. Maybe not elite but still above average for a DH. I think his walk rate will increase if he continues to slug at a 500+ rate. His walk rate in the minors was around 10% on average.
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    Rebuild= Epic Fail

    How do you it will only make things worse? Depends on what they get in return. If they get Jimenez/Cease 2.0, I’m pretty sure that would be a net positive for the rebuild.
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    Or Alen Hanson and Edwin Jackson, apparently.