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Robbie Ray to the Mariners, 5 years $115 million

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4 minutes ago, fathom said:

That’s a deal Sox should have been interested in

If you exclude Scherzer, the pitching deals so far are nothing any GM should have been shocked by. This is a straight line from previous deals to this one, maybe even more reasonable.

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3 minutes ago, chw42 said:

I'm gonna guess the Harold post about them misreading the market was about Ray. 

I would tend to agree.  And if a $23M AAV for a front line starter is too rich we are in for a long offseason.

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Just now, Tnetennba said:

I would tend to agree.  And if a $23M AAV for a front line starter is too rich we are in for a long offseason.

(Unless there was a previous handshake agreement) - we already knew that $18 million was too rich for a front line starter. 

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Just now, bmags said:

If you exclude Scherzer, the pitching deals so far are nothing any GM should have been shocked by. This is a straight line from previous deals to this one, maybe even more reasonable.

I'm honestly surprised how reasonable the Ray and Gausman deals have been. Berrios too. 

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Opt out after 3.  That's not even locking yourself into long bad money.  

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1 minute ago, Balta1701 said:

(Unless there was a previous handshake agreement) - we already knew that $18 million was too rich for a front line starter. 

18M might be too much for Rodon's injury history, but Ray's deal is similar to what they supposedly offered Wheeler.  Rodon and Ray aren't in the same situation.

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2 minutes ago, chw42 said:

I'm honestly surprised how reasonable the Ray and Gausman deals have been. Berrios too. 

Outside of Berrios, very limited track record of being good. 

 

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2 minutes ago, chw42 said:

I'm honestly surprised how reasonable the Ray and Gausman deals have been. Berrios too. 

Pretty damn deflating seeing these good deals being handed out for quality starting pitching, of which this team still needs.

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(White Sox sign Chris Archer)

Everyone: Hey, I thought you wanted someone like Robbie Ray?

White Sox: Well, I mean, they are both starting pitchers....

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Just now, Tnetennba said:

18M might be too much for Rodon's injury history, but Ray's deal is similar to what they supposedly offered Wheeler.  Rodon and Ray aren't in the same situation.

That's what the White Sox offered Wheeler...when they had a team payroll of $80 million the previous season and a starting rotation where Arbitration for Rodon was at the time their highest salaried starter. 

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Just now, Balta1701 said:

That's what the White Sox offered Wheeler...when they had a team payroll of $80 million the previous season and a starting rotation where Arbitration for Rodon was at the time their highest salaried starter. 

This is true, but it's also a sorry ass excuse if that's the FO's thinking.

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6 minutes ago, bmags said:

If you exclude Scherzer, the pitching deals so far are nothing any GM should have been shocked by. This is a straight line from previous deals to this one, maybe even more reasonable.

The White Sox should definitely be willing to be in on the type of deals signed by Ray and Gausman.  Maybe they really did not think either of them were the answer for their rotation needs.

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Who needs Robbie Ray, when you have the current version of Dallas Keuchel?

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3 minutes ago, Capn12 said:

Who needs Robbie Ray, when you have the current version of Dallas Keuchel?

They should have never signed Keuchel. 

Edited by Jack Parkman

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3 minutes ago, Capn12 said:

Who needs Robbie Ray, when you have the current version of Dallas Keuchel?

Operation Bounceback has commenced

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Just now, southsideirish71 said:

Operation Bounceback has commenced

Rodon and Kershaw are the best left on the market and I doubt Kershaw leaves LA. 

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2 minutes ago, Jack Parkman said:

They should have never signed Keuchel. 

On that one, you and I will always 100% agree on. Terrible, terrible move.

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I wanted Robby Ray last year.  Feel free to look it up.  I wouldn't touch him with a 10 foot pole for 5/$115M.  

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11 minutes ago, ChiSox59 said:

I wanted Robby Ray last year.  Feel free to look it up.  I wouldn't touch him with a 10 foot pole for 5/$115M.  

Why not? Are the White Sox deducting the funds directly from your bank account? That sounds awful.

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6 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

Why not? Are the White Sox deducting the funds directly from your bank account? That sounds awful.

because we know how his contract will effect everything else down the road. 

the sad thing is the Sox payroll isn't going to be any lower than it is now if they expect to keep winning, and if they don't spend now, they won't in the future. Eventually JR has to start spending the mountains of cash he has been sitting on or make a few more mountains with a sale and get the fuck out of the way.

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2 minutes ago, Dick Allen said:

because we know how his contract will effect everything else down the road. 

That might be too deep of nuance for this thread.

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1 minute ago, Dick Allen said:

because we know how his contract will effect everything else down the road. 

Jerry being cheap does not mean fans should preach his message as the "right way" to operate a team. That basically plays into the narrative this organization has sold it's fans forever. Look at how many people on this board throw parties when top FA's sign with other teams because it's a "bad deal" or "overpay." In what world do fans want ownership to make more money so they can watch lesser talent? It's amazing to see time and time again.

Also, Robbie Ray's issue was never stuff, it was command. Finding command is very much something that can maintain itself. If his command holds, his stuff is dynamite and always has been.

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15 minutes ago, Capn12 said:

On that one, you and I will always 100% agree on. Terrible, terrible move.

I called it an albatross last off-season and was mocked for it. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Keuchel vests for next year with the Sox’ lack of depth (Rodon gone, Lynn’s knee).

A team that doesn’t draft and keep solid quality cost controlled players doesn’t have a “multi championship window”, now matter how many decades Hahn is around to declare that they are.

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