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  1. This is some great original dumpster content here!! Who here didn't immediately picture the difference!?
  2. In my opinion, the Santana signing is a good one. 4.6 WAR in 2017, 3.9 the year before that. He's had several years where he's hovered around the 3 mark. Using the $9M/1WAR equation that everyone has been using for Harper and Machado estimates, that should put him in line for a 27-41M/year salary. We got him for $4M--IF he makes the team.
  3. FT35

    Grading Rick Hahn

    He's been very good when dealing with the team's assets. (Biggest hiccup was moving Tatis for Shields, but what many don't remember is that the team was off to a VERY strong start and felt it was unsustainable without another SP. He made a deal--which at the time looked like a buy-low on Shields who was some Coup time away from being a strong contributor, it just didn't work out). But he's made some nice trades and more importantly, negotiated several team-friendly contracts that have added additional value to those players' trade return. His shortcomings revolve around the budget restrictions he's been given to work with. In other words, Jerry. It's Jerry who I imagine is a GREAT person to work for but with his history on spending and activist stance on many Free Agent-related issues, it's a tough roadblock for Hahn. For Hahn and Kenny Williams' sake, they both did their job of convincing Jerry to blow away his limit for Machado--which I believe was right at that $250M guaranteed. Both he and Kenny stated that in their comments about "Jerry stepping up." Bottom line is...Rick Hahn has had to navigate a franchise with one of the lowest attendance records in MLB, and a tight-wad owner. In many cases, he (and Kenny) have been forced to "get creative" on ways to build the on-field MLB product and it often shows. In that regard, you have to consider his ability to even convince Jerry to scrap/rebuild as a major win as well--breaking the broken pattern of plug and play moves. NOW...I think the Machado situation is a MAJOR blow to the organization--not as much from a standpoint of us not winning the bid, but for what type of thinking has taken place afterwards. I see red flags looking into some of the comments Hahn has made since the Machado signing..."the money will be spent," "there are still players we want to sign." All those comments point to the OLD, BROKEN way of fielding a team. You MISS on your 2-year plan FA target, and automatically default to the plug and play cycle of "who's left available" on the scrap heap pile and let's just get them. All this while we have already filled 2 roster positions with plug and play type vets Alonso and Jay. I guess I'd like to hear more along the lines of "we had an opportunity to speed up the rebuild, it didn't happen, so we are going to switch gears and stick with our original timeline and continue to plan accordingly." I'd like to see AT LEAST Alonso on the move soon, (did you all see the comment by Alex Cora when he referenced the Sox signing Alonso and Jay as something that "wasn't going to work to get Machado, but at least Jay was a good player?!?" Yikes!) I think it's important to move him for 2 reasons: 1. he doesn't really belong on this team and we could use his roster spot, and 2. he reminds the world of our failure. I'd also like to see them back to flip mode on Colome and Herrera. I guess how he gets through the recent failure will help to define Hahn for me. Can he leverage it? Can he use it to motivate? Can he overachieve because of it?
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    2018-9 MLB off season free agency thread

    Who knows if this is an attempt to clear $ for Harper, but if it is, I still have to question the flip side... why a team would rather put THAT much $ into trading for Heyward, when they could just put it towards signing Harper.
  5. Well that’s my point, they want the fast games, but the fast games are pitcher’s duels and lack extensive offense.
  6. Double edged sword. Everyone wants to see more offense but great offense is where the extra time factors in. Long innings, pitching changes etc... Great pitching is where the time is saved--but no one wants to watch pitching duels anymore. Check out Buehrle's game times. His efficiency model--get it, throw it, induce weak contact that led to quick 1-2-3 innings. In other words...FAST = the new boring to baseball viewers. SLOW means giving the people more of what they want...offense. SMH.
  7. Is it just me or has LA inquired about Fulmer in the past? Keep getting this feeling like he's been on their radar.
  8. I know, I know...just seems like everyone has stolen itβ€”doesn’t make me happy to see it anymore because of all the false over-uses...
  9. Guys...we’re freaking out about eyeballs...do we know how crazy that sounds?! And they’ve been so overused at this point...people are just using them to get a rise out of people because for some reason it works?! There’s never a time when White Sox baseball fans’ eyeballs should out-trend LASIK. The ratio is now 900 eyeballs to 1 legit piece of info. And yet we still freak out as if it means something! 900:1. We’re getting close to Tim Anderson’s K/BB ratio and only we have the power to stop it. Time to get back to real-world reality. Let scrolling breaking news banners be the new eyeballsβ€”when something is ACTUALLY HAPPENING!
  10. Ha! True...I have noticed that they always seem to come in low. How a lineup with Manny, Jimenez and Jay would be calculate lower WAR than a lineup with Davidson, Engle and Delmonico I'll never know. Those would be the 3 most notable changes.
  11. I could get on board with this. The thought would be if they make a decent jump in 2019 through big FA adds and internal growth, that they will add more before 2020 crunch time--possibly giving them a push down the 2020 contending path. Like another stud SP, more bullpen specialists, another couple bat upgrades. I think if that all happens, you'll see the competitive team shell starting to form. One that might be clear enough that they can begin considering moving prospect assets to help the MLB cause.
  12. HA! Well...it's my understanding that they would prefer to contend at some point in the near future--next couple of years for sure! Otherwise...I'm not sure they would be going after guys like Machado if it wasn't the goal to contend soon. Judging by the timeline of things--if I had to guess, the plan would be to play well this year, and contend next year? Just sayin, I don't think Engel will have a spot on those contending teams when they arrive. Do you?
  13. This is all correct. I love great defense as much as anyone, and I love watching Engel go get em in the outfield. But when you are contending, you need players who are both. And if you have players who aren't both, then they have to be able to hit more than anything. I'm not sure Joc Pederson is the answer, but he's a massive improvement over Engel. Honestly, I will cherish my 2018 Topps Adam Engel baseball card of him going over the wall to snag a HR away, but he is no where near our roster when we start to compete. I doubt he would make many MLB rosters--the opportunity was with us during the rebuild and mostly because he got hot in the Arizona Fall League a couple years ago. I honestly think, if that doesn't happen, we don't give him the extended look in CF--even with the immense amount of skill he brings to that position defensively. The hope was that he would come around and show a little of that AFL spark at the plate, and it just hasn't panned out. Omar Vizquel changed everything for that type of player. NO ONE thought he would be able to hit at the MLB level but you had to give the guy a shot because of his glove. Then something clicked and he found an amazing niche offensively and boom...you have a tremendous asset. You have to give guys like Engel a look to see if that could happen--but unfortunately...it didn't. There aren't many Omar Vizquel's out there. True lightning in a bottle.
  14. I'd much rather have Marte. How about a 3-way where Sox get Marte, Pirates get Pederson and LA gets better in other areas? Plus...Marte WAS in one of those photos with Machado........
  15. At least he’s keeping the ball on the ground more these days. I hope it carries over to this year if we get him.
  16. Only thing is...this was back when baseball was baseball and not a collection of metric-driven behavior. Nowadays, teams stack their best hitters at the top of the lineup to get them the most ABs. I don't think the Sox would prefer a lineup that gets Jon Jay the most possible ABs. Now if they decide to play baseball again, then I think we see him 1 or 2.
  17. Oh they’re sweetening it...just In their own unique way.
  18. I guess this means Harper doesn’t have any friends....
  19. Still think a 7-year deal benefits these guys. You get more $/year now, then you give yourself a shot at one more huge $ contract at age 33 instead of 36. By the time inflation kicks in, they will end up with a ton more than an extra 3 years of a front-loaded 10-year deal signed today would give them.
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    Machado: Update - Manny, do you officially like us?

    I’m kinda with you. Here’s what I think. $40M/year is stupid in terms of risk. If Machado somehow bombs, the Yankees are much better equipped to absorb that risk. Not saying he will bombβ€”just not the best business decision for us to put our own backs against the wall. Honestlyβ€”these guys are studs, but I think there are better baseball decisions out there and I think there are better baseball PLAYERS out there. If we miss on these guys, it will be heartbreaking for those of us needing hope in a faster rebuild...but $40M/year could buy you Arenado (who would rake in our stadium too) + another dominant bullpen piece or even a mid-rotation starter. They would have to overpay in an Arenado trade possibly this yearβ€”then resign him. But if they put as much into getting that done as they did going for Harper/Machado, they might just get a deal done. Admittingly, that plan would cost prospects AND money as opposed to just money...but it might be surplus prospects who are dealt and a LOT of money saved.
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    Sox interested in Encarnacion per Morosi

    Still think it was just a win now signing. Indians were on the verge and thought EE would put them over the top. Not a mistake, just a very common move for a franchise in win now mode. If it doesn’t work out, you just have to get creative to work around it if your win now status changesβ€”to smart franchises, that comes a little easier.
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    Sox interested in Encarnacion per Morosi

    Only thing I can think of is something important to keep in mind through all this. If we sign Harper or Machado, that would completely alter the organization as we would immediately go from β€œrebuilding” to β€œwin now” mode. Our prospects who we now view as our future team, would all be on the table to acquire win now pieces. Only the elite would be safeβ€”Jimenez, Kopech, Robert (maaaaaybe Madrigal)β€”that might be it. Harper/Machado changes our lineup, sure, but it also immediately changes how we view everyone else and their future with us. IMO, trading a prospect for EE could only make sense if there’s a drastic philosophy change due to a mega signing.