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  1. Wow...I was actually mentioned on Twitter, he sincerely made my day, lol.
    6 points
  2. Point taken. At the same time, when the forum has degenerated into something where posters with a positive outlook are going to be insulted, mocked, etc., then the forum has become something it shouldn’t have, regardless of the level of disappointment in the FO at the time.
    6 points
  3. As a fan there really isn’t anything you can do. As it is, the White Sox fan base has sent a message loud and clear. Declining attendance every season since 2007 except one year when it was up slightly when they slashed ticket prices. Lowest TV ratings in the league. Radio station gets rid of them in bankruptcy because hardly anyone listens. All these things, plus 6 losing years in a row. No playoffs in over a decade. These clowns still think the White Sox are a destination. How the fuck are they going to get a player to take $50 million less in guaranteed money to come to their park when they cannot even get a fan to come to a game? KW took over in 2001. The Sox had one of the youngest teams in baseball. Won the division. Farm system ranked first...ESPN even knew they existed. Peter Gammons said not onky would they own Chicago, they would own MLB. One season they did. Other than hat mostly mediocrity. The one constant has been the decision makers. Anyone who thought they would actually pay Harper after they didn’t pay Machado wasn’t paying attention. Anyone who thinks these guys can oversee a team that wins consistently for years, didn’t pay attention. The team needs to change. Hahn has admitted that. But what he hasn’t admitted is th biggest change needed, is not trading with the Cubs, or going over your international money pool. It is getting new people to make decisions. These dopes have had more than thei share of chances.Sell the team JR. Spare yourself the embarrassment 4 years from now when the Sox sneaks to the second wild card spot and you have to tell everyone they were wrong the Sox needed to sign a superstar in his prime. The new owner will know what to do with your partners in crime.
    6 points
  4. I have been banging the Harper instead of Machado drum all off-season. I genuinely think the White Sox agree with me wholeheartedly that it is worth letting Machado go to San Diego if it means they stay in the Harper derby. Some maybe think that's gullible and stupidly optimistic, but I look at everything they've done (actually done) and the Machado negotiations seemed like half-ass media games and overblown deals to guys like Jon Jay in an effort to lure Machado in on a cheap deal then turning around and trying to grab Harper. I dont think Machado was ever their primary target. Nothing has happened in the last week to change my mind. The Sox are all over Harper and just because the blue checkmarks aren't reporting it doesn't mean it isn't so.
    6 points
  5. To be entirely fair, this is part of what has saved them from being much worse off than they actually have been. They’ve never gotten themselves in too bad of financial shape. But this was the time to take the risk.
    5 points
  6. My favorite quote on FA is from Andrew Friedman. “If you’re always rational on every free agent,” he said, “you will finish third on every free agent.”
    5 points
  7. We all told you exactly what the Sox apparently thought. I’m not sure wtf you expected? The goddamned FO was in a state of utter disbelief with what happened. What don’t you understand here?
    4 points
  8. There is zero chance the Sox sign Harper, yet I keep checking this thread.. something is wrong with me
    4 points
  9. The Sox have spent $45 million this offseason on mostly mediocre acquisitions. A lowball offer of $250 million that isn’t accepted isn’t the same as spending $250 million. Sullivan is a hobbit troll who should stay in his cave.
    4 points
  10. The Phillies thought it was overpayment. Come on, dude. Give some people that do this for a living a little deference. What happened to you that you became so omniscient? Did you find a radioactive rock or something?
    3 points
  11. I’m not offering any defense. I’m just trying to point out that things aren’t as simple as you’d like to pretend. I’m sure reasonably bright individuals can discuss geology (or whatever science is your expertise) with you, but that doesn’t make them “professionals.” Yeah, I think Rick is probably questioning everything that happened and how he could have done better. Me personally, I would have been willing to overpay, market be damned. But I don’t know that Rick had that freedom, tbh.
    3 points
  12. The entire offseason I said that if Rick Hahn was a professional negotiator, you wait until Machado's side comes down from whatever their original ask was into a reasonable territory and then you say yes. When they say "Will you offer 10/$325", the correct response is not "No", the correct response is "If we do that are you in a White Sox uniform today"? That is basic sales and basic negotiating. That is how any professional agent will handle themselves, they will give you an offer and if you say no, you risk someone else saying yes. If no one says yes, and they're that close to done, they would put another offer on the table then, but if someone said yes, it's over. If it's a fair contract it doesn't matter if you've bid against yourself to get it done. The Padres literally bid against themselves for the last $20 million or whatever, once they had passed the White Sox they could have just stood pat, but they met Machado's asking price by saying yes, and no one is giving them any problems over their bidding against themselves to do it. So either, the White Sox were so obsessed with not negotiating against themselves that it cost them the player, or they really wouldn't go past demanding him at a bargain and were willing to lose him if his price wasn't a bargain. I have my preference for what I believe but that's how you handle a negotiation, those are the 2 options.
    3 points
  13. It totally fits with what I'm saying and requires no bad blood. Lozano said "Will you go to 10/$300 million". The White Sox said "No but here's what we will do". The Padres said "Yes". You don't have to go back to the other team in that scenario and it requires no bad blood. They said no. They had their chance and turned it down.
    3 points
  14. Nice.. too bad your hobby as a fake insider was short lived.
    3 points
  15. I cheer fo4 the White Sox. But I can call a spade a spade. Get some real sources then pop off.
    3 points
  16. As I think about it more, the acquisitions of Jay and Alonso may not have been as counter productive, as we all assume, providing that the Sox intended to sign Harper, all along. Aside from the potential to help bring Machado as well, which failed, they could fit, if Harper is signed and the Sox intended to make a run for the Division, this year. We understand that they are both only going to be on the roster for one year, and they aren't really holding anyone back, except Palka, who would be replaced by Harper, anyway. They would have a decent lineup, with good balance, from both sides of the plate: 3B Moncada. SW CF Jay. LH LF Eloy RH RF Harper LH DH Abreu RH 1B Alonso LH C Castillo RH 2B Sanchez SW SS Anderson RH If Santana is really healthy, he is fine as a middle, or back end of the rotation starter. for one year, until Kopech and Cease going the rotation, next year. The Bullpen has been fixed. The point is that Jay and Alonso could be useful, if they sign Harper. Without him, their presence is indeed counter productive. So, yet one more argument for a scenario, in which they have always intended to pursue Harper, even though they brought in Manny's 305 Club, which did at least serve to conceal, or confuse their true intentions. It's the kind of stealth and 4 D chess, which is probably beyond our front office, but we won't know, until Harper is finally signed, if ever.
    3 points
  17. Expect a vague response or none at all.
    3 points
  18. This article is insulting to his readers. Shove it up your ass, Paul. Yes Paul, the fans are greedy and the owners are just scraping by. Sullivan has proven he's just as far removed from reality as JR and company.
    3 points
  19. This offseason has just been one continuous FU to the remaining fan base.
    3 points
  20. 3 points
  21. so Jerry's alias is Paul Sullivan? It's truly unbelievable someone could write this article and include the White Sox.
    3 points
  22. 3 points
  23. Not luck that the team was awesome and won a championship. They were awesome... luck that the front office hit lighting in a bottle and put a winning team together. They were projected 4th in the division
    3 points
  24. If the Padres sign both guys, it will make Hahn, KW, & Jerry look like the biggest jokes ever. Machado was already bad enough, but getting Harper would have to be those guys’ personal nightmare. How can you even pretend your were serious when baby San Diego came in stole both of these guys from under you? Hopefully our front office & Jerry wake the fuck up and do what’s right for the franchise.
    3 points
  25. Regarding this notion that we shouldn't be following this Harper free agency, because we are only setting ourselves up for another huge disappointment, I have a completely different perspective. My interest in these details is not merely to know whether, or not, the Sox acquire at least one super star, out of this crazy off season. I really want to know what kind of an organization it is, to which I have given my allegiance, as a fan. Is the owner really not interested in winning, but only in making money? Is Hahn really disingenuous and, or incompetent? The answer to those questions can only be discerned with some knowledge of how these negotiations are being conducted. So, here I am, still following "Harper's Folly". Don't waste your breath, cautioning me not to set myself up, to have my heart broken. At this point, I don't care as much about acquiring Harper, as I do about acquiring some understanding of what the Hell is going on, here!
    3 points
  26. Harper is not coming to chicago.
    2 points
  27. I think thats a little to simple. When you negotiate sometimes you hit their number, sometimes they hit your number. But you really never want to just sit on a number for months. Talks get stale and it breeds animosity.
    2 points
  28. Aside from Eloy there is nothing exciting about any young player under the White Sox control. Anyone looking forward to Seby Zavala is nuts.
    2 points
  29. Yeah, I get it. But I’m not willing to throw out what I view as solid work over the last two years to get this franchise to where it is today. We’ll be back on track this season, IMHO. I expect Moncada to take a big leap, I think Eloy will bring a lot of confidence back, and next season, we could very well have 3-4 very, very good arms in our rotation. I’m still quite excited about where this team is headed, and Rick has been a significant part of that.
    2 points
  30. Proof is in the pudding, as they say.
    2 points
  31. I dont see any reason to believe they aren't in the mix and withholding judgment on the Sox until the Harper situation is resolved.
    2 points
  32. Now with Santana signed. I feel like we’re just missing a couple of pieces before we compete. Any chance we sign CarGo, and/or Jones? Maybe check in on Kemp too? Would love an outfield of Jones, Kemp and CarGo.
    2 points
  33. Doing ABSOLUTELY nothing would have been 10x better than what they’re trying to sell...whatever umpteenth current plan we’re on if someone could check with KW’s ballyhooed Big Board.
    2 points
  34. Sox FO have their media mouthpieces justifying their terrible decisions the past week. Really shows the integrity of A lot of Chicago sports writers.
    2 points
  35. It's been their half assed approach since the strike in 1994. Everything has to go right to win. Players have to sacrifice pay for the honor of being a White Sox. When the 6 divisions were made, it seemed a slam dunk with where the game was going financially the Sox would dominate the Central. They are the only team who has not.
    2 points
  36. I didn't read the article, but I really don't understand Cub fan frustration that their team didn't spend more money this offseason. Sure, you can argue they spent money foolishly, but at least they went and got players that they identified as necessary for their team. At least the Cubs spent a shitload of money before finally crying poor. We have every right to complain though.
    2 points
  37. I don’t expect a next time since they have shown their true colors regarding attempting to acquire the top targets but I would agree with you that they will try to be completely silent on free agent signings in the future since this offseason has backfired on them so hilariously.
    2 points
  38. Pretty much my reaction. I just laughed and said so soo Sox. I honestly think Hahn knew since soxfest what was gonna happen. Go check his interviews. I got blasted for it... And there it is...
    2 points
  39. Never said I wasn't emotionally invested, just that I am in control of my emotions. Stomping ranting raving kicking screaming like toddlers will not do a damn bit of good. Its never once worked with JR since he took ownership so to think it will do any good now is being delusional. This should be obvious to everyone.
    2 points
  40. I'm never letting my hopes get high again for a big signing. And for anyone who does, I will refer them to the Machado thread. Honestly, no one should until there is a new owner.
    2 points
  41. Preparing for a 2nd meltdown Monday. Gonna need a lot of pacifiers with honey.
    2 points
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