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  1. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    I don't agree that they're "similar enough," in all honesty. I actually wanted Puig and a LH corner OF/DH, rather than Encarnacion. Mazara would have been a good pairing with Puig and Jimenez, IMO. Or Tsutsugo. Just to have another DH option that isn't solely a DH or 1B. [EDIT] I also don't like having BOTH corner OFers being below average defenders, forcing a larger role onto a AAAA type like Engel; I think Leury is adequate in a reserve role for CF and IF, but doesn't provide enough offense for a corner OFer. Let's hope that they've made the right choice.
  2. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    Disagreed. Look at the DRS numbers between the two. Puig was 0, and +6 in the past 2 years. Mazara was -4, & -5 over the past 2 years. What's more, is that since Mazara can only play vs RHP, he accumulated the - DRS in far fewer games. This means that were he to play MORE games, his DRS would be even MORE negative.
  3. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    We can agree to disagree. But, arguing that Mazara has "untapped potential" defensively ignores the reality of his numbers. Seriously, look at Mazara's Inside Wdge Fielding numbers. (Hint: He has the range to cover a phone booth defensively.) If anything, Mazara's best tool is his LH power potential, not his glove. He's a DH, period. Also, Mazara's DRS in the past 2 years: -4, and -5. (In ONLY 101, and 113 games.) Puig's DRS over the past 2 years: 0, and 6. (In 146, and 118 games.)
  4. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    Can we agree with the reality that LF will be manned by a butcher? If so, consider that Puig HAS been positive on DRS over his career. Mazara, despite him being in his athletic PRIME has never been positive on DRS. To me, this indicates that Mazara is bad at fielding, whereas Puig had not been as bad. Then, add into it that Mazara has never been >100 on WRC+, while Puig has been over his career. This suggests to me that Mazara is not an (overall) above average bat; I can agree that he can contribute in specific handedness situations, but not more than that. Full stop, Mazara is a LH DH/occasional corner OF. Puig isn't a star, and he has his issues. But he's a better "bridge option" until one of the prospects picks his head up & makes it here, or a permanent solution can be acquired. Given that there are already 2 DHs playing positions for this team (Abreu, Jimenez), adding another DH to the defense seems to be a bad idea, IMO.
  5. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    Yeah, let's expose the OF defense to more games by the two weakest corner OF, instead of having at least one corner OFer being a competent defender. I dont think this will happen. But, if it does, I'd reverse the Puig & Mazara starts in RF. Again, because Mazara can't field because he can't move his body.
  6. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    Great, now do their career numbers, rather than Engel's (snicker) 89 PA in The Year of The Happy Fun Juiced Ball.
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    MLB cheating scandal

    I like you, and I respect you. But given what Denny McLain did (for example), this view is kinda horseshit. Weaver got suspended for knowing about the scam, but not reporting it; Jackson's involvement still isn't 100% clear. Are we to believe that NONE of McLains team mates knew about his gambling and (allegedly) mob-related bookkeeping activity, but didn't report it? Or Pete Rose's team mates didn't know anything about his gambling? Sorry, but MLB hasn't been as hardcore on gambling as they purport to be. Houston (and all their cheating players) did far worse with their cheating, full stop.
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    MLB cheating scandal

    Shit, if Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson are still banned, WTF aren't the Houston players also banned for life? (Yes, I get the players union angle, but why aren't the players union also sticking up for players that may have been wrongly punished in the past?) Otherwise, why aren't Weaver/Jackson made eligible for reinstatement, and thus, enshrinement in Cooperstown? This is some high bullshit, IMO.
  9. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    This is the crux of my view as well. With a butcher already committed to in LF, bringing in a statue like Mazara is a problem that can't be bridged easily. Giving Mazara the starting RF role is a mistake, IMO. Adding in a 37 year old Encarnacion effectively "blocks" Mazara from being hidden at DH, and it constipates the 1B/DH depth chart. By contrast, Puig's issues can be bridged by: 1. The "makeable incentives" part of a contract to help keep him in line, [i.e. cash to him and to his charitable foundation if he toes the line], 2. Insuring the contract [i.e. if he steps out of line/is released, Lloyd's of London covers some of the contract], 3. Signing redundancy in the 26 man [i.e. a Corner OF/DH type that can play some corner OF, instead of yet another 1B/DH type like Encarnacion], 4. Trusting that men can evolve and mature [i.e. the issues from when he was 22 won't pop up now that he's 29 & with 3 kids], 5. Trusting that Abreu and Grandal are in fact good leaders that have vouched for who he is NOW, 6. Trusting that Ricky can do what he does best, which is to keep a harmonious and engaged clubhouse, and 7. [EDIT] Trusting/verifying that he's been humbled by the past few years and the lack of suitors this offseason. I'm not sure there are [EDIT] 7 ways to bridge Mazara's 59 wrc+ v. LHP, nor his ineptitude at defense, nor Encarnacion's inevitable date with Father Time.
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    KW says "no Puig"

    OK, you clearly spent a lot of time on this post, because this issue means a lot to you. But, in looking at the list of things you cited, ALL of them occurred years ago, not from the past ~6-12 months timeframe that I specified... ...Except for the two fights Puig got into with the NL Central's version of KC. After all, if Puig got into 2 fights with shittsburg, and TA got into fights with KC, shouldn't TA also be DFA'ed as well? [That is, if you're gonna hold a strong moral line on this, right?] I mean, SOMEONE'S gotta be the arbiter of the "unwritten rules" in the NLC, just as KC are the arbiter of the "unwritten rules" in the ALC, and I guess that makes you the arbiter of the "unwritten rules" here on Soxtalk. All kidding aside, I think you're a good poster, good SOX fan, and you seem to be a good guy. I think I understand you more, after reading your posts, though. You're NOT a troll, and you're not an idiot. I just think you've just engaged in some quality boomerposting in this thread.
  11. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    Hey, I'm mostly kidding with you. It's just baseball. That said, you spent a couple hours, and several pages of this thread to go over the speeding issue. [Seriously, look back at your posts from the other day.] You also didn't cite any links, and chose incidents from several years ago. I understand those who complain about the man's past. But, I believe men have the ability to grow and to learn from their past, which is why I asked Puig's critics to cite something from the past ~6-12 months, with a link. At the end of the day, Puig is just flat-out a better player than Mazara. But it won't matter, because Mazara's here now. For better or worse, he'll probably fall on his face this year because he's about as mobile as a drunk Paul Konerko.
  12. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    Hypothetically, if the Sox have an offer to Puig, why would he take it? I think he'd take it because he knows that he's flat-out a better player than Mazara. And, that he would definitely take Mazara's job away from him in a matter of weeks. Looking at their numbers side-by-side, this is without question. The more glaring gap between the two is that Puig has been positive on DRS in most seasons, while Mazara has never been positive on DRS. When your CF is a rookie, & you've already committed LF to a butcher, it behooves the SOX to have a cromulent glove in RF. That way, it can help to ease Robert's transition into MLB, from the defensive side of his game. I don't know if the Sox have made an offer, nor do I know if Puig has any interest in coming here. But, I'd rather bet on Puig maturing as a person than bet on Mazara's shitty fielding and Engel-ish 59 wrc+ v. LHP. (Yeah, I know, speeding is a more horrific crime than genocide for some here.)
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    Joc Pederson thoughts

    Yes, it was garbage time for a team that was never really in contention. But more importantly, you did just admit it was SSS. Which makes it a bad argument. And you placing trust in THIS org's scouting is misplaced, given their repeated and abject failures over the years. Also, getting excited over "approach changes" rarely pays off, in all honesty. (Unless you believe Texas to be dumber than KenHahn.) And yes, Kenny in particular, too often believes himself to be the smartest man in the room. Which lends him to be irrationally exuberant too often. I think them adding a career 59 wrc+ v. LHP Mazara, and a 37 year old DH are examples of this irrational exuberance. And yes, egocentrism.
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    Joc Pederson thoughts

    Come on, man. Using a SSS-in-garbage-time argument to prop up Mazara is a bad argument. Especially for 2019, the year of "The Super Happy Fun Juiced Ball." No offense, but we can all "hope" he'll be better than what his numbers say. But KenHahn made an egocentric choice to pick this guy up. And yes, the existence of BOTH Eloy and Mazara means that Engel is all but guaranteed to be here, since neither Jimenez nor Mazara can play defense.
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    Joc Pederson thoughts

    This is true. Now we gotta hope the ball will be as lively in 2020.
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    Joc Pederson thoughts

    I think you're right. I think KenHahn got all hot and bothered watching Mazara get 3 of his 19 HR against AAAA white sox pitching in 2019. Problem is that Mazara wont get the chance to face the shitty 2019 White Sox pitching staff, and collect ~16% of his HR in doing so.
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    KW says "no Puig"

    Abreu and Grandal have both vouched for Puig, BTW. Given that both have been his team mate, I'm pretty confident that they know what Puig is all about, for better or worse.
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    KW says "no Puig"

    Which goes to show that you're overblowing what he is. I've stated that he's had his issues. And, I believe that men can evolve as they mature. (Which is why I stipulated the past 6-12 months for a citation from Puig's critics.) But, has he been a criminal, either alleged or convicted? Not to my knowledge. If AJ helped this team despite having had personality issues, other players can, too. If you trust ricky to lead the team, and if you've paid Abreu to be a leader, then let them do so. If Grandal vouched for Puig (which he has, BTW), that seems to be a good enough endorsement as any. Full stop, he's a better defender than Mazara. Given that Robert will have Jimenez in LF, I'd rather have a better defensive RF than Mazara. And Puig is a better overall hitter than Mazara as well. Not saying he's a great player, because he isn't. And he's not without his issues. But his issues aren't as big a deal as many are purporting them to be. Certainly, there are ways to bridge them. I'm just not sure there are ways to bridge Mazara's 59 career wrc+ vs LHP, or Encarnacion's 37 years of age, by comparison.
  19. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Especially for a 37 year old DH. Also, prorate Puig's injury shortened seasons, and he's well above 2fWAR in those seasons.
  20. Two-Gun Pete

    KW says "no Puig"

    And exactly how was any of that worse than credibly-accused child sex assailants, wife beaters, steroid cheats, or video sign stealers? (I also note that you had to go back 2 years to gin up a story about Puig, and not within the past 6-12 months, as I'd stipulated. )
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    KW says "no Puig"

    For all the posters getting the vapors over "Puig is a dick," "Puig is a cancer," etc... How about a link proving your point? (And something from the past ~6-12 months, not from 6 years ago.) Not saying that he hasn't had his issues, but in a league and a game that has allowed racists, wife beaters, steroid cheats, alleged child abusers, and video sign stealers, exactly how is Puig anywhere near as bad as they are or were? This whole thing is overblown, in all honesty. He's not a great player, but he's more likely to produce 2 or more fWAR than Mazara or Encarnacion in 2020.
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    Hats off to the Front Office

    Nah, arguing the top guys (Cole/Strasburg/Rendon) or even Wheeler vs Keuchel really is a canard. And to be honest, not really worth discussing; of course we'd all prefer the top FA targets over lesser ones. I dont much disagree with signing Keuchel, as this rotation needed quality starts and leadership almost as much as it needed top end talent. I would have preferred Porcello over Gonzalez, only to the point that I think Porcello will be a better pitcher going forward. And, his Cy Young and WS ring would have added more leadership to the pitching staff. But, I think Gonzalez may have been chosen for his experience as both a SP and RP, so that he can move to the Pen when Kopech arrives. On Mazara, I'm not convinced about his defense, which is not "nothing." (Particularly when there's already a butcher in LF.) I also wonder about having to bet on both him AND Robert's rookie season AND Eloy avoiding a sophomore slump all simultaneously. I think I would have preferred Puig over Mazara. I like Encarnacion's bat, but all the questionable gloves among the OFers means that Engel and his turd of a bat will start ~60 or more games next year. (Dont talk to me about Engel's garbage time heroics hitting in 2019 with the juiced ball; I dont buy into those results.)
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    Hats off to the Front Office

    I've been critical of this front office for awhile. But I believe that they've earned every last morsel of ridicule and critique they've gotten over the past ~8 or so years. That said, I have to compliment this front office for stepping outside their safety zone to make the improvements they've made this offseason. Well done, RH and KW and JR. For my part, I would have preferred a few different moves than some that were made, but at least they've made a reasoned approach to this offseason.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    This thread needs more italics like the song "Don't Fear The Reaper" needs more cowbell.
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    FA SP: What to do after the Wheeler miss?

    This may be true. But go ahead and look at Spotrac's Market Value. They address many of the ideas you pose here. Their takeaway is that Ryu and Boras aren't going for 3/70.
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