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  1. FT35

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Sign Harper to 10/375 and trade him to SD for Machado and Tatis.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Exactly. I mean look at the bright side...at least we know now that if Kenny is still around, we all know who our 2029 3rd baseman will be! Fresh off his 10-year sentence in SD at the ripe age of 36!
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    I'm devastated just like everyone else. This one hurt more than any other in the past. But you have to immediately go in to what's next mode. You can't lose any more time with Manny Machado than what's already gone. It's infuriating. It's bitter. I can't even read the ESPN article that has his face on it. Makes me sick. But you can't lament or you will lose even more. And everything you do from this point forward should be fueled by this moment. Manny and Bryce were always MUST signs given the state of our battered franchise. But neither are proven winners...in fact...Machado never delivered a team to the next level. Bryce was a part of some great Nationals teams, but never delivered them to a title. Maybe our focus turns to our rotation. Sale/MadBum...maybe it turns to Arenado. But now the front office knows not to waste time on these types of players if they think they can get them cheap. That will always be the most difficult part of this whole joke. They honestly believed they would get Machado for cheap. It's a shame...they had him--all they needed to do is pay for him. But we've already lost 3 months on this. Time to just purge the Manny Machado saga and save ourselves from more pain thinking about it.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    This is the kind of gut punch that can take an organization in 1 of 2 different directions. It's bad enough to quit and it's bad enough to ignite.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    See...I disagree. The only difference between now and last week is...they guys started to kick the ball around on the field. The season technically started for baseball activity and that's what's taking place. The teams in the race for Harper/Machado are still in the race because they haven't signed, but SD and Philly are rolling their guys out on to a field now too because it's time to do that...they aren't punting on the FA signings because it's February 18th and it's time to roll with who you've got. I don't think what takes place right now in AZ has anything to do with what our roster composition will be for Opening Day. The guys we have on our roster right now are getting off the buses and shaking off rust, that's about it...if anything...the more the decision makers look around at these guys now, it's becoming more obvious to them how much we need a true 3rd baseman/infield solution.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    My only thought would be Davidson's gone--we currently don't have a 3rd basemen--or at least we're down to Yolmer who I think they are looking at him as more of a super util. Jake Berger is, well, on the mend for a while and we do have a good 2B who is working his way up. Moncada has played 3rd before. So he's being considered as a more permanent player there as long as we don't have Machado.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Exactly. They are preparing as though they don't have him because they don't have him! If they lose out on signing Manny...that is awful. But they can't really afford to lose Manny AND their Spring Training.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    I don't know...I thought this maybe, but I think they are doing it because now is the time to do stuff like that. Spring Training. They understand they are putting their best foot forward and if it doesn't work out, they know they gave it everything. But they will ultimately have a baseball team this year no matter what, so until Manny actually signs with them, they need to start making preparations for that 2019 baseball team.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Excellent point here. Great conclusion.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    I mean I'm not trying to convince you to stay or anything...just working in some logic. First off...if winning was easy, everyone would do it. What are the right moves to make? What is evidence of owners being cheap over prudent? In 2005 Paul Konerko was our highest paid player...at $8.75 million. Yes...different times...but that was good for 30th highest...in the AL. Would you have rather had someone else in the top 29 instead? He would have been the 12th highest paid Yankee that year. Did we mess up by not spending more that year? You said it's not about winning...so does the 2005 championship go out the window because they didn't spend the right amount? Would you have rather been a Yankee fan that year because they did things right? We have the same number of championships as the Yankees in the last 15 years, is there's worth more because they run a better organization? You mentioned Rays, Padres, or Oakland...they run things right???? Why? Because the satisfaction of buying low/selling high on players is better than winning a title? Not trying to live in the past, but who knows about these things...it all comes down to betting on human beings. That's as fluid of a bet as it comes. I suppose you can roll the same set of dice with a different team if you think the random outcome aligns better with your personal set of decisions on how you think it should be run.
  11. FT35

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    If we end up getting Machado...then Lozano owes Preller a HUGE favor...
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    I want Machado as much as anyone. But people, this is starting to beg the question... Who is signing who, here? If signing him means absolutely crippling your organization with all the opt outs being the player’s, no team opt outs till much later—and drastically overpaying his value by a hundred million dollars...do you still want that just to say you have a superstar? Baltimore was awful with him because there was no team around him. That might be the case here if our prospects fizzle and all the risk of signing him falls on the team. And if our FO decides NOT to cripple itself and go overboard with risk to win this, do you really think they’ll be fired for doing what’s right and what could mean more success for the future of the team long-term?! Fired for doing what we’d do or what we would want them to do? Sign him if it makes sense but don’t turn us into the Marlins in 3 years because you have to please a starving fan base that knows less than we’d like to believe. A Yogi Berra-esque thought: Don’t be out-bid, but to some extent, it’s OK to be drastically out-risked.
  13. FT35

    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Yes! I wonder if he realizes he could have posted that tweet in December and it would still apply? All his stuff is very “safe” and obvious.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    Agree and agree. We might have to win before top FAs sign here again. It’s all the risk of a rebuild. I’m sure we also burned a few bridges with players who we signed to long-term/team-friendly deals “to be a part of something special here in Chicago for a long time” only to turn around and leverage the value of those deals to get more in trades (Sale, Eaton, Quintana). Nothing illegal or dirty about that, but that sorta practice resonates with players. Still think though, we have the talent and resources to put together a more attractive future for a top FA. Just might have to win first.
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    Machado signs with Padres 10/300

    It would suck...but there are a lot of other reasons to stick with this team. Plus, if we don’t get Machado/Harper, we’ll still have all the cash we set aside to land 1 or both. Lots of talent, lots of options still. Just a different path.
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