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About MiddleCoastBias

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    Birmingham Barons (AA)
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  1. MiddleCoastBias

    Burger working out at 2B

    I'm on record with my concern/interest to see if/how he can adjust defensively to meet the requirements to play 2B. Let him get the reps in the off-season to see what he can do, can't hurt. Setting aside all rational thought now and jumping on the positive feedback loop, I now fully expect him to be the next Max Muncy that can play every infield position and mash as a big guy. Don't let me down, Max! Er, Jake!
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    Burger working out at 2B

    I agree with you that I think it'll be great to see his bat in the lineup and I think it plays at the major league level, and I do think stretching him out at 2B in the off-season is a great idea to see if that's how we can fit him into the lineup. Where I have issue is the "can’t believe 2nd base is that much more difficult than 3rd base." The footwork, glovework, and quick hands/body are definitely different from anything he may have done at 3B. It's no longer fielding something and throwing to someone right in front of you; turning the DP and flipping around *smoothly* to throw to 1B requires totally different body control. I want to see if he can develop that, but turning DPs is a huge portion of the 2B defensive requirements, especially when we have ground ball pitchers like Keuchel that will rely on it for outs.
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    FS: 2021-2022 International Preview

    Kudos to you for what you have been able to find and the information you've provided on these guys. This is great insight into some guys that most folks aren't able to get otherwise, appreciate the work you've done on this.
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    Sox promote new strength/conditioning coach

    Hopefully he can do something to condition everyone's hamstrings better than whatever was done last year. I know injuries are injuries, but the rate at which the team injured (and RE-injured) a hamstring seemed way above norm.
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    James Fox: Can’t Ignor-as Boras, Sox will spend

    And while we're at it, remind people that Stroman will never play here either. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/marcus-stroman-tony-la-russa-white-sox.html
  6. MiddleCoastBias

    MLB 2021-2 off season thread

    Oh, it's definitely out there it you want to look for it. It's just that there are fewer posters sharing every "nugget of wisdom" the foodies et al drop.
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    Javy Baez Signs 6YR 140M Deal with Tigers - Morosi

    But none of those guys were expected to keep their legs under them and play up to the defensive demands of shortstop. Sure, Baez can move to 2B in a few years if they replace him with a younger SS, but you still can't rely on burying his aging legs at DH when he will never be the hitter Pujols or Miggy are/were.
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    MLB 2021-2 off season thread

    I'm still holding out hope we bring in Rich Hill as one of our last signings to complement the total innings we get out of Kopech/Keuchel/ReyLo.
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    MLB 2021-2 off season thread

    If nothing happens before the lockout, this board is going to be a hellscape of negativity for two solid months while there's a freeze on any possible moves that might be coming after the new CBA (trades, Schwarber, etc)
  10. MiddleCoastBias

    2022 Offseason Plan Thread

    Tough to commit dollars to a utility guy first when we're still trying to get a judge on the landscape of what the available big ticket FAs want and what we can fit in our budget. I'm sure they're in touch with his camp talking numbers to see what he's looking for and then will see if they can fit that in after having a better idea of our other signings. Wouldn't want a $5M locked into Leury prevent us from getting someone to fill RF/2B/SP and fill Leury's spot with Romy on the cheap.
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    MLB 2021-2 off season thread

    I know folks like to fall back on the "biggest offer wins", but what if this is one of those situations where Matz saw what St. Louis offered as an organization (chance at winning, clubhouse identity, etc) and decided "you know what, I've seen enough of the Mets and want to move on, so a matching or close offer isn't worth discussing." Cohen may feel jilted, but could be Matz wasn't going to seriously consider coming back after seeing what else was out there.
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    Where could Kimbrel be traded, and for what?

    With *this* move, I'd like to see a package that adds more pieces to help us in the future, and then our "win now" moves are big FAs. We can achieve both our goals through different mechanisms.
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    Where could Kimbrel be traded, and for what?

    I just like hearing that there's competition, and from teams with talent and money to spend. Stoke the flames!
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    Kendall Graveman agrees to deal w/Sox 3/$24

    Blackhawks bringing back aging vets for a reunion tour.
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    MLB 2021-2 off season thread

    I won't believe it until Hector Gomez says so.