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    Sox in on MadBum

    Why oh why oh why can't this team, with all of its money and financial flexibility (which Hahn boasts about, btw) be in on Strasburg. Cole I sort of get because of the strong signals that he wants to play in SoCal, but why not Strasburg? That's the guy you want in this rotation for this upcoming competitive window far more than MadBum or any of these other second tier guys. This is the moment to make a statement and show the seriousness of moving out of the rebuild into full-on competitive mode. I would love to see the Sox make that kind of statement with a Strasburg signing, similar to how the statement would have looked had we signed Machado. But to not even seemingly be in that discussion to pursue him, I don't know, it's just a little disappointing.
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    Joc Pederson - Is it goin down?

    The Sox’ need for Nick’s services severely decreases with a Joc acquisition, which means the team wouldn’t win any $$$$ bidding war, because they wouldn’t need to.
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    Joc Pederson - Is it goin down?

    If you get Joc first, what incentive does Castellanos have to sign here?
  4. The rest of the poster’s message clearly suggested the “I love Jerry Reinsdorf” statement was very much meant tongue in-cheek.
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    Cole Hamels to the Braves, 1 year $18 Million.

    Unprecedented “massive amount of financial flexibility”. AND the Sox are a major market team, with a shiny, new TV deal in place. To NOT be in on either Cole or Strasburg dismisses outright Hahn’s claim that the “money will be spent” on premium talent when the time is right. If they don’t compete for the Coles and Strasburgs of the world now, they never will, which would call into question their true commitment to winning. Wheeler is a nice piece, but he’s not on the level of the other two.
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    Interesting Positions/Titles within the Organization

    Loyalty to the fans has been missing, though, these past 40 years. Bigly!
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    Zack Wheeler Thread

    Well, you’re right about that - Abreu is “just such a good guy”. Nice to see the improvement in your way of thinking on him! But you’ll be also happy to know that money being spent on Abreu is a drop in the pond in the grand scheme of things, what with the new TV contract in place and what not. Still plenty left over to spend on elite talent to help take our Sox to the next level - with Jose, leading the way!
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

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    One thing I can not get over..

    My glee in watching Cubs fans witness Jimenez and Cease contribute mightily to our next championship will far outweigh any disappointment with what Tatis does with San Diego.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    Ahhhh, now it’s juiced balls. Got it.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    I love Stoney as an announcer, but I definitely feel his tweets this offseason are very calculated. Which I don’t mind at all, because I’m finding them both informative and indicative to a degree of what to expect this offseason.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    NOT dealing with Boras has been to the organization’s detriment. He represents more premium talent in the game than any other agent. NOT dealing with him has put the team at a competitive disadvantage for attaining that premium talent.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    Of course he does. He’s quite close with Reinsdorf. His tweets are well-prepared. There is a big name pitcher coming our way - probably Wheeler - and a RF, as Stone indicates in his tweet. That’s likely Castellanos, but who knows. That could turn out to be the big surprise of the offseason.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    We locked in the guy who just drove in more runs than anyone in Major League Baseball this year, save one, for a mere three years, as our future DH, for years 33-35 of his life. Not years 35-38, or anything like that. All of this “falling of the cliff” nonsense is just that - nonsense - until he gives indication of that offensively. Will the Sox potentially overpay for his production over the next three years? Yeah, maybe. But certainly not enough for anyone to get their undies in a bunch over. And again, what are the comps for a player like Abreu who “declines hard” or “falls off a cliff” at his age?
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    People are acting as if the Sox repurposed the Machado contract and gave it to Abreu. How in the world is this $50M going to even remotely cripple this organization over JUST the next three years, given the current payroll level and the cost-controlled nature of our future stars over that same timeframe? Does this contract preclude us from pursuing the likes of Cole, Strasburg, and/or Rendon this offseason? NO. Does it automatically eliminate us from the Betts sweepstakes next year? NO. Year three? Oh, maybe, I guess, but that would probably be only likely if we actually signed one of those aforementioned whales. Wake me up when the team payroll actually gets close to the league MEDIAN payroll before whining about the impact of this contract over the next three years.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    Yes, I expect the Sox to bow out of the Cole/Strasburg sweepstakes any minute now as a result of this oh-so-crippling contract.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    Do you have any examples of players comparable to Jose who "lost it fast" beginning at age 33? Not saying you're wrong, but I'm trying to think of someone who went off the cliff as quickly as you are suggesting he could. I can't call to mind any such examples. Seems like there are many more examples of DH type guys who go well into their late 30s continuing to bomb the ball.
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    WHITE SOX SIGN Grandal 4/$73, Palka DFAd

    Grandal’s contract now represents the largest contract ever handed out by the team, just besting the previous one given to Abreu by $5M. Yet if you add Grandal’s & Abreu’s contracts together, you’ll see that the total is still less than the largest single contracts given out by 19 other teams. And, in fact, 25 other teams have given larger contracts than the one Grandal just signed. So a great signing and a wonderful addition to this team at this time, but still a ways to go on “The money will be spent” promise.
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    WHITE SOX SIGN Grandal 4/$73, Palka DFAd

    He's now indicating on Twitter that pitching is next, so that probably does mean a Wheeler signing could soon be in the offing!
  20. I think we are one of only a few select teams who can absorb the 2019 salary, be able to afford the next contract, AND be able to put together a package of prospects that would interest the BoSox. You need all three criterion in place for this trade to happen. The Dodgers could do it, and maybe the Cardinals and Braves, but I think that could be it. So if Boston is really that motivated to trade Betts for salary relief (and with the Yanks likely not in the mix), the White Sox seemingly would be uniquely positioned to make a deal happen.
  21. The only scenario I can see where we might have an advantage over other teams is the Sox' ability to take on another big contract (like David Price's, for example) along with Betts. I'd rather do that than part with any of these elite prospects it's taken so long to accumulate and develop.
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    Cole or Strasburg?

    Maybe. I don't know how you know this for sure, but I guess it's a possibility. But it doesn't matter if they are above or under the radar. To get Cole, they'll have to pay top dollar and beat out the usual big spenders. That hasn't been in Reinsdorf's wheelhouse to do so the past four decades, if you haven't noticed. Not for a pitcher, anyway.
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    Cole or Strasburg?

    Good point, Poppy!
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    Cole or Strasburg?

    Because Scott Merkin and Steve Stone have both publicly stated that the Sox would not be pursuing Cole. So couple that with tweets that don't mention the Sox in on the guy, and that's why I think the Sox aren't taking a seat at the table. Now maybe that changes at some point, and I hope that it will, but at this point in time, it doesn't appear the team will be competing for Cole's services.
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    Cole or Strasburg?

    Agreed. It's a bit disappointing that the Sox are apparently not taking a "seat at the table" and at least trying to pursue this guy, what with the team's unprecedented financial flexibility. I mean, I thought Hahn said the team would compete for the premium talent once the time was right to do so. The time is now right to do so, yet, where are the White Sox with regards to Cole? Why can the Rangers, Phillies, and Giants have a seat at this table, and not the Sox?
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