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  1. skooch

    4/17 Games

    And what's amazing is that he's doing this with a BABIP of only 0.182 (after his 3-4 night). It was a paltry 0.056 previously. Not sure what's going on here, but if this is just bad luck he's in for some big-time positive regression and it will be glorious.
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    White Sox Winner!!

    "A Twinkie in every pot!"
  3. Never said they shouldn't. Just said that it would be very, very easy to shy away from actions like this when they would almost certainly shine lights in places that certain people would probably rather not have them shine. It's just a normal human reaction. The right thing to do is to "do the right thing". But, I have to give them credit for not allowing the original move that blew up in their faces in spectacular fashion affect their decision making. I actually am sort of impressed.
  4. I really have to wonder what motivated this move. This just re-opens the Shields trade wound, and moreover it will be a constant reminder for the duration of Elijah's stay in the Sox organization. Every day any Sox fan looks at the minor league box scores it will be there writ large … a constant reminder of "The Trade". If I were KenHahn, unless I thought this kid is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I wouldn't touch him with a 10' pole. This either took the biggest stones in the world to do the right thing in the face of certain criticism and embarrassment, or it is the troll-job of the decade. Too close to call really ...
  5. You know, I've thought this for a long time. If anything, lineage is the biggest reason I would not have traded Tatis. The genes are in there somewhere. Of all the org filler you could trade, it's not worth the risk.
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    Frankie Montas

    Yahoo article The 26-year-old Montas has had varied success during parts of two seasons with the A's but was dominant this spring after adding a splitter to complement a 97 mph fastball and slider. The new pitch produced immediate results as Montas went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in five games with 16 strikeouts and five walks over 16 innings.
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    New Banner

    JR, Hahn and Kenny?
  8. It's disingenuous to talk about the contract in aggregate when the total is spread-out over some number of years. It's just more double-talk to make their argument sound more rational. Hell, $6M today doesn't even get us an Alonso or a Nova. In 10y, $6MM might not even get you Adam Engle. Making it sound like this is a make-or-break detail in the negotiation is insulting.
  9. The biggest BS is the part where we're not supposed to notice that all this talk about $50MM is spread out over 8-10 years. We're talking about $5-6MM/yr in future dollars. WTF is 6MM going to buy you in 10 years? This is so disingenuous.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    According to the above, Hoyer moved to the cubs in Oct 2011 and traded for Rizzo in Jan 2012. So he used his professional knowledge and experience to make a savvy trade?
  12. skooch

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    I'm sorry, I seem to have missed the "shenanigans". Sounds to me like Hoyer really liked Rizzo and knew what Padre ownership thought of him and so he made a play for a player with whom he had a long history. I don't see anything untoward here.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    I tend to agree with this. If he were to sustain some career-threatening injury shortly afterwards, you would have been stuck with him anyway if there were no opt-out. You get him for three years and even though you'll probably eventually have to go through this circus again, if things take-off like you hope, re-signing him again may not be as difficult as it seems right now. This opt-out seems like an issue that should not be a deal-killer.