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BrianAnderson last won the day on October 15 2018

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  1. BrianAnderson

    Rendon thread

    Exactly the situation with them and the Twins, Cubs, etc. You don't win (many) championships without having the front end rotation studs. Yankees are running into it now as have the Cubs, Brewers, etc. Those teams all had the bats. For instance... take the Houston rotation and put it on: Yankees, Boston, Minnesota, Oakland, Texas, Angels, Atlanta, Mets, Philly, Milwaukee, Cubs, Cards, Rockies .... all of a sudden they are all REAL threats to a world series. (You can probably dispute a few of those successfully). Some of those rotations were even decent. As long as we run out our rotation as is we will not be in the TRUE running for a world series title. So as expensive and risky as it is, you need to acquire guys like Cole rather than Rendon. Likewise, it's probably not smart to acquire those type of talents until you are truly ready to compete offensively for a WS because of injury issues.. My personal opinion is to wait on a guy like Cole (for a team with an owner like the Sox) and then acquire via trade and FA in 2021 when you have fully assessed your holes and opportunities on offense. If you were a team with JR not as your owner you absolutely sign Cole, but making a big mistake signing with JR is like a game of jenga, could unravel a franchise.
  2. BrianAnderson

    Rendon thread

    I'd love to sign Rendon, however, you can add as many bats as you'd like, however pitching wins championships. If you're going to spend $30mm a year, you do it on pitching. The teams that are in this thing at the end of the year are teams like HOU and WAS BECAUSE of their front end starters. You need 3 TOP arms to have a legit shot. Sure there will be exceptions, but theres a reason these teams are left. Right now if you look at our roster.... Kopech - has a shot ... but TJS, innings limitations, etc. He's our best shot at a true top end shut down pitcher in house Giolito - obviously looked strong this year, but we saw the few years before. IMO he's not your game 7 pitcher .... yet. Maybe he gets there. But right now he's a nice 2/3 in an IDEAL situation (aka your Greinke on the Astros, or Corbin/Strasburg on the Nats). Cease - I think at best he's your Anibal Sanchez. Hopefully he can be your 4 that you roll out in the playoffs. IMO you go out and get Gerrit Cole if you truly believe in Robert, Madrigal, Vaughn & your other bats coming up soon. Otherwise wait a year or two and then trade your minor leagues for the Greinke/Cole/etc. that is available in 2021.
  3. BrianAnderson

    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    Maybe so. But my suggestions are more or less "realistic". The Sox are never going to go out and sign a big name. So take Cole and Rendon off the list right away. They are most likely to go after short contract guys. Has been proven over & over.
  4. BrianAnderson

    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    Gimme a buncha shares of Scooter Gennett @ a discounted price this winter. I'd take him on a bounce back contract or a 2-3 year deal if he's willing. Give him maybe 1yr, $7mm. Or maybe something like 3 years and $15mm. If that can get the deal done let's do it. I'd actually love to bring him in for the rest of the year. Who cares if it costs $2mm. Let him learn the coaches, team, city, etc. and see if there's a mutual fit. He's played the OF before, played a few games at 3B, obviously plays 2B. Don't see why he wouldn't be able to play 1B in a pinch and also DH. Make him our Ben Zobrist. Let him play 2b for April/May until Madrigal is called up & then you shift him to playing 4-6 games a week. Get him a start at 1B, 2B, 3B, OF, and DH each week. That's 5 games a week on average. You're basically getting a nice super utility guy at a reasonable price who should hit .290, 20HR, and hit some double with maybe a .800 OPS. Maybe he doesn't do that well, but I'd take that over Yolmer. Outside of that my targets are Justin Smoak on a 1 year deal. Again that's around a $3-7mm commitment. Let him be your DH/1B with Abreu. Smoak has amazing Statcast numbers. Give him a shot for a year, can't go worse than Alonso. OF I'd want to sign Marcell Ozuna or Puig. Not a fan of their low OBP, however they both play hard, good D, and bring pop. You now have an OF of Eloy, Robert, Ozuna. An IF of Moncada, Anderson, Gennett, Abreu/Smoak. Catcher is Collins and Mercedes. Madrigal by May. Gennett to super UTIL role. Pitching I'm okay with a Nova resigning for cheap. I'd go out and sign a few other wild cards. Maybe Rich Hill if Dodgers let him go. Give him like 2 years and $25mm. He's the type of guy that will be hurt, but that's fine. If you truly are going to make the playoffs as long as he's healthy then he can be a real asset. Plus you'd have Rodon coming back halfway through the season too. I just want like 7sp, you have stack extras like the Dodgers knowing you'll have injuries. Then why not throw a few bucks at Alex Wood too. Also always injured. Give him a Sonny Gray type contract. Now you have a buncha guys and don't have to care about Kopechs innings limit as much. Can give him rest. Wait on Rodon, etc. Giolito, Lopez, Cease, Wood, Nova to start the year. Hill out bullpen in a multi inning late reliever role. Kopech by mid-April/May. Maybe move to a 6 man rotation. By Summer you probably have Nova as a middle reliever guy. You have time to ease Rodon into a SP role again. Wood and/or Hill are hurt. Rotation is Gio, Lopez, Cease, Kopech + healthy body. Total spend: $7mm on Gennett 1 year. $5mm Smoak, 1 year. $25mm on Hill over 2 years. Wood $50mm over 4 years. Nova $4mm, 1 year. All affordable and shorter term guys. Not bad. Ozuna would be your prize. And you'd have to pay him maybe 4 years and $80? Have no idea if that's low or high.
  5. As much as Tatis stings - I'll say this .... he's going to be a bit of a bust through his first 2 years or so. His power is undeniable and he may be able to field. However you're going to have a Sano or Joey Gallo like player on your hands for a bit. That being said .... he's ridiculously young. So it's really not a big deal or a precursor for a bad career.. I just think we as Sox fans won't be too disappointed in the trade until like 2022.
  6. BrianAnderson

    Predict the White Sox Record After 30 Games

    Hopefully something like 19-11 so that Hahn can go out there and trade Madrigal or Cease for someone like James Shields. Who's that in todays game --- Julio Teheran? Alex Cobb? Jordan Zimmeran? Giddy up. Can't wait for this season to start. In my whole life I've never been more nonchalant about a season's start. I've either worked from home or taken the day off my whole career -- this year I doubt I'll even flip the game on. I'll probably watch the Astros/Rays over the garbage they're dumping out to us fans.
  7. BrianAnderson

    Eloy officially got paid

    This is correct. It's a cost benefit analysis for both sides. It's just ridiculously in favor of JR and the Sox as they are the ones with the money, the current broken system in place, the control, the power, etc. Eloy on the other hand is negotiating from weakness. What if I blow out a leg, an arm, a bicep, etc. etc. He has a lot more to lose. So because of that he can be taken advantage of. It's a business decision for all parties involved.
  8. BrianAnderson

    Eloy officially got paid

    True, but that's why it's a hedge. Let's say Eloy earns $80mm through his arb years. JR paying $20mm for peace of mind in case all of a sudden the system flips on him? What if the system flips and Eloy is worth $150mm. Then it just become a cost benefit analysis.
  9. BrianAnderson

    Eloy officially got paid

    The point being missed, or that I haven't seen talked about is the new CBA agreement. It's been made clear that the players are going to push being given more guaranteed money earlier in their careers. I think JR knows this and knows the gravy train of paying rookies and young arb guys almost nothing is about to end. Giving Eloy $100mm isn't so much about him believing in Eloy or being a nice owner. It's a calculated hedge to lock in a (hopefully) budding superstar at below market cost if the players association successfully negotiates a new agreement. Jerry Reinsdorf is Old Man Potter from It's a Wonderful Life. He doesn't miss a trick. He's offering 50 cents on the dollar.
  10. BrianAnderson

    Trade Proposal

    Teams like the White Sox, who don't stretch an extra $50mm over $10 years for generational talents don't trade for $18mm contracts to acquire maybe prospects. That being said I think the Sox would have benefited a lot from this mindset over the past 2-3 years. If you're tanking you should be tanking like NBA does, just stacking draft picks/prospects (understand you can't really stack draft picks in MLB). That being said I'm sure JR has better use for $18mm than giving it to one-year bad vet contracts. Also is an expensive way to acquire fringe talent.
  11. BrianAnderson

    2019 fan engagement poll

    I plan on hitting up Kimski more than ever. Love that bar/food. I'll still hit up Cork and Kerry. I'll hit up basically everything around the park and drink beforehand. I will not be purchasing food inside the park. And VERY limited beer. No need to support the machine.
  12. BrianAnderson

    2019 fan engagement poll

    I'll take those scout seats! haha. You brought up a good point.. I don't think I can sit through three hours of Benetti stand up each night trying to be upbeat about the team. I'll lose my mind.
  13. BrianAnderson

    Scout Seats

    Admins can move this over to Ticket Exchange. I selfishly put it here just because that forum gets like zero views. So I apologize for intentionally putting this in the wrong spot. This group of Sox fans are the diehards, so I just wanted to ask does anybody have any Scout Seat contacts? I like to pick a few games a year and do Scout Seats and generally if you pick the right game you can get tickets for $125-140. Specifically there are people who either eat their seats through companies, or sell on StubHub. I'd like to cut out the StubHub fees. For instance for a bunch of games there's an individual in Section 133 Row 7 who always sells April games for $149. Rather than give StubHub 10% from my end and 10% on their end, I'd love to establish a direct contact and purchase like 3-4 games for the season directly.
  14. BrianAnderson

    2019 fan engagement poll

    I voted for buy less tickets and merchandise. I know this is the most emotional time - right after we were lied to. After we were insulted by our front office. The fact that this franchise puts out a terrible product and then lies to us with a straight face acting like we're the dumb ones ... that's an issue. At the end of the day the Sox are just a product, and I as consumer have a choice. There are 30 teams, no reason I have to purchase this product. Unfortunately we are in a position where going to the Northside for a baseball game costs $100+ a ticket. So I will be showing up for Sox games. I likely will just buy $6 ticket and move around throughout the game. I will also support the local businesses around the park. It sucks for them that they're livelihoods are going to hurt while the Sox continue to mock our intelligence. But that's it for me. No season tickets. And to be honest this stings so much because until now I looked at baseball as a mental getaway. Sox games still had a boyish charm to them. They reminded me of fun. Of grilled onions. Of cold beer. Crack of a bat. But now? All I see is $$ signs. I see JR sitting on his yacht or in some mansion just smoking a fancy cigar. He's no fan of the Sox. He's a fan of a balance sheet and income statement. And realizing that the Sox are just a business is just sad. Deep down I knew it, but my true mental getaway for 162 times during the summer has now become a business to me. And for that reason I'm sad.
  15. BrianAnderson

    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    I know we are the diehards and we take this harder than most, but I do truly wonder if the sox realize the blowback they will receive. like will it show up in the turnstyles? Will it matter? Or is this just a small group of over excited fans like us that are pissed, but still will go to 5-10 games because we love baseball in general? All I can say is that it truly sucks. baseball is basically the only sport I follow balls to the wall.. and now taking my team away from me? it hurts. I know for me, if they landed one of the two big fish I was looking at a partial season ticket plan again.. now I'm just going to pick 2-3 Scout Seats games and enjoy my time, but can't say I care at all about the outcome of the game or even the sox at all. i'll be there for baseball, not the sox.