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2 minutes ago, cjgalloway said:

I prefer the OBP of Madrigal and his ability to put the bat on the ball at #2. I think he is the ideal and prototypical #2 hitter.

Your best hitter should hit 2nd. 

Moncada should likely hit 2nd.

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1 minute ago, cjgalloway said:

That's all fine and good if you don't have a 2 hitter.. Madrigal batting .300+ would be ideal for #2

Nah moncada would be ideal

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1 minute ago, cjgalloway said:

That's all fine and good if you don't have a 2 hitter.. Madrigal batting .300+ would be ideal for #2

I don't know what this means, but again your best hitter should hit second. That's how you maximize runs. 

Yoan is the best hitter on the team, so he is the prototypical 2 hitter.

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Just now, cjgalloway said:

That's all fine and good if you don't have a 2 hitter.. Madrigal batting .300+ would be ideal for #2

Maybe eventually, but in his rookie year, ease him in. I’m just glad we may have a 9-man lineup that is big league quality.

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Just now, thxfrthmmrs said:

I am late to this, the but money WILL be spent!

Obviously the $ will be spent is much better than "unprecedented financial flexibility"

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6 minutes ago, mqr said:

Nah moncada would be ideal

Timmy and Robert then Moncada at the 3 hole, Abreu 4th, Eloy 5th, 

We will need to keep Renteria's bunt sign in the garbage can where it belongs.

 

Madrigal at the 9 hole hitter.

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Finally the White Sox are back on the radar again.

Here’s hoping he has a MUCH more playoff-filled and statistically significant career than our last big name move 8 years ago...no more NY Times articles, except for breaking the offseason slide.

Don't know if they can also get Wheeler, who was #1 on my want list...but the leverage this provides shows it’s not just a pipe dream.

Of course, it also puts a real spotlight on Collins, and, specifically, his hitting ability...the risk of him getting the most DH at-bats OR being completely out of the picture and shipped away in a trade.   Hostetler being right on the the money in that draft would have saved a big chuck of money, but it does show they weren’t banking on McCann repeating his first half magic trick.

And it is difficult to imagine they’re not considering Puig due to his name recognition and the Cuban Connection.

Wheeler, Grandal, Puig and a reliever is about the most I could have optimistically hoped for.  Will be extra curious now how it plays out.   But at least they’re finally serious again about actually winning and not just fielding a team.

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How I'd line em up:  

Robert 

Moncada

Jimenez

Abreu

Grandal

Castellanos/Puig/Other RF

Anderson 

Collins/McCann 

Madrigal 

 

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Just now, Balta1701 said:

So this is the biggest contract in team history right?

Eloy's is bigger on options, but yeah. 

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Just now, Balta1701 said:

So this is the biggest contract in team history right?

Yep. Hopefully we see another instance of this soon.

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11 minutes ago, cjgalloway said:

I prefer the OBP of Madrigal and his ability to put the bat on the ball at #2. I think he is the ideal and prototypical #2 hitter.

Not to quibble but reigning batting champ vs. unproven rookie  ? Maybe Future Madrigal  yes but current Madrigal you put at the bottom of the lineup to take any pressure off of him. In no way shape or form will Timmy be 9th in the lineup.

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11 minutes ago, mqr said:

Win the Central and anything can happen. 

That's not exactly true. Pitching staffs are a HUGGGGEEEE driver of WS champs. The ones that were weaker had really, really strong offenses - aka the BoSox a few years ago. This year even with a perfect scenario and 90 wins we can't expect Kopech to have anything left in the tank (and innings limit) same with Cease. This year isn't the year. It should be more fun, but isn't the year. 

Nats - strasburg, corbin, scherzer

BoSox - Sale, Price (this is a weaker year, but amazing offense)

Astros - Verlander, Keuchel, McCullers, Morton

Cubs - Lester, Hendricks, Arrieta, Lackey

Royals - Cueto (this is really the exception)

Giants - Bumgarner, Peavy

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Love that they went out so quickly and set a precedent...even with an extra year and maybe $10-15 million higher than most were ideally hoping for, overpaying by a bit was always going to be a necessity to not let these negotiations linger on and on and then risk losing said player to a surprise last-minute bidder.

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33 minutes ago, brett05 said:

fWAR since 2015... 25.0 Bryce Harper (727 G) 24.9 YASMANI GRANDAL (663 G) 24.6 Manny Machado (793 G)

 

SWEET!!!

Amazing.

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