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  1. Special K

    Rosenthal: Could Harper be headed to the southside

    As i mentioned before, by making this trade and taking on Bailey, MLB Network explained that through some accounting tricks it actually lowers their payroll for 2019 for luxury tax purposes so it would free up more money to pursue Harper. I think Bailey makes more on the back end or something...
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    Rosenthal: Could Harper be headed to the southside

    Something about the AAV calculation and luxury tax calculations. Although its more money, it actually looks like less on the bottom line next year for purposes of luxury tax and payroll
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    Rosenthal: Could Harper be headed to the southside

    I think we should give Bryce and Machado both our best offers and a deadline to sign or pull them.
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    Bryce Harper Updates

    Maybe he learns CF. Still need a Catcher tho.
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    Bryce Harper Updates

    Either player would be a milestone for the Franchise and amazing. No consolation prizes in signing one or the other. Should lock down whoever is willing to pull the trigger first.
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    Thome flew to Vegas to meet with Harper

    These are the most recent bookmaking odds I can track down: https://www.bookmaker.eu/ru/articles/baseball/mlb/bryce-harper-next-team-mlb-betting-props-90023 (I admit I'm not that tech savvy so there are likely more recent odds available). Although not always indicative, I do put some stock in the odds makers. Sox aren't listed among the top contenders (but are mentioned as a potential wildcard)
  7. I feel like the Yankees wouldn't go for that given Rodon's injury history.
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    White Sox trying to trade Avi Garcia?

    Agreed. Unless, for some reason, a team really wants Avi and does not want to let him get to open market for fear of losing him. Obviously, unlikely, but about the only reason I could see a team trade for him. That or just willing to take a flier on him and don't have to give up much, if anything.
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    FA pitchers the Sox could target

    If he has 1 more full season of 5+ ERA, it's not likely he's going to be anything other than a very average to below average starting pitcher, at best. I do NOT want that to happen. I hope he is good. I'm just talking reality here. Let's assume he has another 5+ ERA year, he will then have approximately 60 games started under his belt with an ERA well above 5. Without actually looking it up, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess there aren't too many major league pitchers as of recent (say, last 10-15 years) who had an ERA above 5 after their first 60 games started in the league and then went on to be above average (which is all I'm hoping he will be). There may be a couple outliers, but I would guess the VAST majority of major league pitchers over the last 10-15 years to start their career off like that, went on to have average to terrible careers as a starting pitcher. I do hope I'm wrong though.
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    FA pitchers the Sox could target

    If he has another full season of an ERA above 5, we can write him off.
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    FA pitchers the Sox could target

    At this point, I feel like pitching is now an easier commodity to pick up than good starting positional players. I hope that the Sox continue to draft positional players with their picks and then, when the time comes to compete, and if necessary, explore the FA and trade market for pitching. Cubs did it with Lester, Hamels, Quintana, etc.. Good positional players on the other hand are not as easy to come by. Unrelated note: If Giolito has another 5+ ERA year, I don't think it's going to be "too early to say" he's not a starting pitcher worth holding on to. I feel like that right now, although I know others feel differently. Therefore, I don't think we should be opposed to keeping an eye on FA Market for 2020 rotation.
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    Sox sign Eloy’s brother?

    I just remembered. We drafted Jordan Danks to keep John happy. About the same result as us drafting Schueler's daughter tho.
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    Sox sign Eloy’s brother?

    Exactly. This was definitely a good will thing and a brilliant move. If it makes Eloy happy and keeps him with this organization for a very long time, money well spent. I'm blanking right now, but haven't we done this before somewhat recently?
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    2018 White Sox catch-all thread

    Couldn't have said it any better. There has to be someone in the farm worth giving that rotation spot to rather than have it filled with some washed up veteran who had the gall to complain about the Sox performance when he was very bad himself at the time we traded for him and needed him most. The only consoling part about that trade is we didn't give up much to get him...
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    Your new Supreme Court nominee is....

    President Trump's rhetoric is inflammatory. But I don't think rhetoric from representatives like Maxine Waters is very helpful either.
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