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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    Which is precisely my point; your calculations are flawed because they're unable to account for non-quantifiable contributions and benefits. So you truly believe if you can't measure something, it just doesn't matter? Really? And let me be clear, this contract is an overpay. That said, the difference between SABR value and contract value is not so great that it cannot be justified by these intangible benefits. It's not like they gave him a 4/100 deal or something completely unjustifiable.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    The Cubs had a mediocre, old catcher who many players credited as a key figure in their run to the 2016 championship. They found so much value in his 2016 contributions (beyond the numbers), that they're now bringing him back to manage the club. Abreu performs at a MUCH higher level than David Ross ever did. How about we recognize that rewarding a VITAL clubhouse piece and a player who still puts up positive WAR deserves a deal that may be a year too long. More difficult to quantify, quality leadership shouldn't be underestimated. Those of you worried about dollars, imo, have never had the privilege of working with/for a great leader, person, and mentor. Any game involving human beings can't be neatly reduced to an advanced mathematical equation. Nuance exists.
  3. So their defense is, "yeah, we were cheating big time but, obviously, we weren't very good at it"? Nah, screw that. An 8 WAR player is worth tens of millions of dollars. Would you trade a future 1st and 2nd for Mike Trout right now? Potentially picking up 8 games by stealing signs electronically is obviously worth the risk if this is the route MLB goes. Manfred needs to really make an example of them, especially as electronic surveillance and communications devices become less and less conspicuous every year. What's next, film with ear pieces?
  4. If you review that season and find consistent proof of this cheating both during the regular season and throughout the playoffs, their championship should be vacated, imo. If I'm a team with a strong roster and we can pick up 10-15 home wins by literally filming signs and relaying to hitters, and the only punishment is losing a few draft picks, sign me up!
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    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    By "good" SP, I mean a #3 reliable innings eater. Sure, it won't be cheap but I don't think we need to target a TOR guy with Kopech, Gio, and Cease. RF, we just need to acquire someone better than what's available on the FA market which, apparently, shouldn't be too hard to do. I think this is especially true given we're in a position to eat salary. While Heyward wouldn't be my choice, he's a good example from earlier in the thread of a guy who could be snagged easily as long as we absorb the contract.
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    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    I think we'll see a lot more action via trade than we will FA. I think Hahn is more comfortable working with trading personnel than he is working with Jerry on money when it comes to a big splash. Which isn't to say we won't sign any FA, there are going to be some decent, economically sound pickups to be made for the pen, backup C, and maybe a 5th starter. RF and a good SP will likely come via trade.
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    What Now?

    Outside of Gio and Lopez, we're seeing what we want to see...production from the guys who will be in our lineup for the next several years. Those guys (TA7, YoYo and Eloy) know that W/L this year isn't incredibly important. Our W/L will improve as the ML team is augmented by other core pieces coming up from the minors. In the interim? Who cares.
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    Sox Home Opener vs Ms

    Really baffling.
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    White Sox Sign C James McCann

    McCann will be a strong veteran presence in the locker room. You need vets like him when you're dealing with a such a young roster. I would suspect his leadership and presence is half the reason they decided to sign him. From all accounts, McCann is a helluva teammate.
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    If you're Rick Hahn and not just a fan...

    I used Eloy as an example. Look up on the northside as an example of what one bad contract can do to a team of homegrown, competitive talent.
  11. Do you really want to commit 10 years of big money to a single player, be it Machado or Harper? And if you do, which player are you most willing to break the bank for? Channeling my inner-Hahn, there's no way in hell I'm giving either of these guys $35M+ every year for the next 10. They're both impact players, and Machado is a perfect fit for this current roster, but that's A LOT of money that is sure to hamstring this franchise in 5 years' time. If any of our up and coming players, say Eloy, hits FA and we can't sign him due to over-the-hill Machado or Harper contracts, how do you not second-guess the decision to sign those guys? I'd rather give things another year to shake out and learn what we really have with our young guys before committing big money to any player, Harper especially due to our glut of OF prospects. Our farm is SO loaded that the potential is there to create a homegrown contender without big FA signings. If this proves to be the case and only midrange FAs are required to help round out super-talented homegrown rosters, you can extend the reach of any potential dynasty by retaining that homegrown talent using the money you saved by not signing marquis FA. I'd rather take that $35-40M annually to build badass bullpens during our early, cost-controlled contending years than waste it on a single player.
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    The 2018 MLB Draft Thread (Tracker in OP)

    If Bohm is there, he should be the pick.
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    Home Opener Game Thread! White Sox vs Tigers

    This new Tim Anderson is a damn good ballplayer. The emotion he's shown is totally new.
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    Home Opener Game Thread! White Sox vs Tigers

    QUOTE (chitownsportsfan @ Apr 5, 2018 -> 02:37 PM) Hawk was nice for a batter or two. Now he's rambling. Yes, in that half inning we learned that Avi should be an MVP candidate, Matt Davidson can hit 50 dongs, and Yolmer is the smartest guy on the team and most dangerous hitter against good pitching.
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    Home Opener Game Thread! White Sox vs Tigers

    This is about as bad as Danks starting the home opener a couple of years ago.
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