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  1. 2 minutes ago, The Beast said:

    McKnight would also be a good story. He gets let go from the Score during the early part of Covid, lands on his feet with pre and post at AM 1000, gets expanded responsibilities with play by play and then could be the TV play by play. He would be great at it.

    I actually think he's got a pretty good voice for it. I'd be interested in knowing why some people don't like him - earnestly, because I thought he was more than fine.

    I think Amin is one of the best announcers out there.

    Monaco is fine, maybe he'd grow on me. He seems very generic.

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  2. 4 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

    Every move you make - make with the idea that you’re looking towards the trade deadline. Pitching is often movable at the deadline, be cautious about bullpen money as middling relievers are getting 3 years now, but you have to add a few. Otherwise, keep the payroll under control, add guys on 1 year deals who might be tradeable -Rosario is a good example IMO, I can’t imagine him getting the same money as Anderson’s option, but if the market goes crazy then just settle for an Andrus or a DeJong.

    I think the amount of time spent worrying about anything in free agency is time wasted with our rotation, like I said earlier. Without at least three more major league starters its not worth even considering worrying about how we are attempting to win.

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  3. 1 minute ago, Balta1701 said:

    But at least to me, it’s classic white sox safe thinking. There’s a remote chance they could get to 82 wins? Go for it!

    We got in this mess because we didn’t pinch every penny despite the certainty that we would have a spending problem. The 2019 offseason is my favorite example - trading for a closer, signing Herrera, they added like $50 million and traded away players for a 72 win team. That $10 million that is the difference between Anderson and Andrus or that was spent on Herrera - save that and add it to your offer to Wheeler or to the next version of him. This is not White Sox thinking, thats why I’d like to see it.

    And that's the internal decision to be seen and what they need to decide. Are they (misguided or not) trying to win? Is this a punt year? How does that 14 million factor in? To me you can't realistically think you're a contender with a rotation of Dylan Cease and 12 children in 4 different trench coats. So you're gonna spend money on something, so it might as well be on Tim to run out 2024. 

  4. 4 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

    I mean. They will probably spend something, they need to convince themselves they have a competitive roster and they have only about $114 million in the payroll right now. 

    The normal white Sox under Hahn would add $20 million for Perez, two $10 million starters, two $10 million righty relievers, a couple of utility guys and a swingman; and have a $170 million payroll or so. A little down from last year, probably enough to put them projected for 72 wins or something like that.


    I guess I think if they're thinking they won't be competitive, Colson will be the guy starting late '24 into '25, and Tim is fine in the clubhouse? Bring him back, whatever you replace him with will be bad and very short term.  $14 million for him beats most of the options and doesn't really hamstring you.

  5. 6 minutes ago, Southwest Sider said:

    Our inability to develop baseball players who arent ready "out of the box" has been exposed. Colas likely lashed out last year because he saw how dogshit it was in our minors. I dont know anything about Colas and his demeanor but I am way less likely to give the Sox the benefit of the doubt than someone like Colas and myriad other young ballplayers who may have craved development in our org. Colas probably found that it was absolutely dog s%*# and then said he needs to be in the Majors around other ML players and coaches to actually improve as a player. Another wasted talent. Hopefully he catches on wherever he goes next.

    They haven't earned the benefit of the doubt. I think they rushed Colas due to his age and investment. There's bits of useful baseball player in there, but I fear the Sox already screwed the pooch on him.

  6. 3 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

    I’ve been thinking that the Anderson call is a great test of whether they will do anything different.

    If Rick Hahn was the GM, what would he do? I think we can all feel this, he’d declare that he thought they were right there and one player away, make a handful of mid level signings, trade for  Perez and pay way too much, and hold onto Anderson. Gotta have him in that competitive 2024 roster and Hahn definitely will say he put that together.

    The odds of this team competing are low, not zero but so low that it’s not worth making moves aimed at being better next year. The odds of Anderson being worth a lot in a trade are very low, he’s not cheap, teams only trade for guys like him if they need an infielder, and he was worthless last year. Some team taking on $5 million of his deal and giving back a middling prospect is an optimistic view, but that’s precisely how things would go with Hahn.

    Let Anderson go, he probably won’t get $14 million as a free agent, no reason to overpay. Sign Andrus or maybe Rosario if his pride is low, hard to judge his market. Plan for Montgomery to force the issue at some point in the second half, save the money or use it in pitching, and at least show that you understand that “winning soon” takes more than talk. Make hard choices if they’re the correct ones. 

    Do I expect the White Sox to make hard choices? I will believe it when I see it.

    I guess I'm weighing the Anderson decision on if they think they can compete and if they're going to spend on anything else. If they're not gonna spend on anything and they think they'll suck, you might as well spend on Tim unless you're going to put Lenyn there for a year til Colson is ready. I'm as willing to burn it all down as anyone, but unless he's destroying the clubhouse, I think bringing him back is the option unless it isn't

  7. To follow up, my Tim decision is purely predicted on whatever you think he is in the clubhouse (which we truly don't know). If he's a problem, he's gone. If you honestly think he's a net 0 to a net positive you bring him back as there's no real reason to think we compete next year. You're not blocking Colson yet. He's still one of the more popular players we have. And there's some reason to think his year was injury fueled. Bad year + bad team = whatever. Bad year + good team = we are good in spite of him. Good year + bad team = move him. Good year + good team = well that'd be neat.

  8. I'll be shocked if one of Merrifield or Frazier aren't on the team next year.


    TBH, the Anderson decision will signal so much about what's going to happen. I actually think in a vacuum you bring back Tim because the price isn't outrageous in comparison to what you'll spend for terrible options at the position, but it isn't a vacuum.

  9. Post-playing career

    During his pitching career, Bannister became known in baseball for his interest in scouting and player analysis and evaluation. He became interested in statistical analysis and Sabermetrics such as FIP and UZR as means of determining a player's true value.[6] On January 13, 2015, Bannister joined the Boston Red Sox as a member of its professional scouting department.[6] On September 9, 2015, he was promoted by Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to a new position, director of pitching analysis and development.[7] On July 6, 2016, Bannister was promoted to assistant pitching coach.[8] On November 3, 2016, he was promoted to vice president of pitching development, in addition to his role as assistant pitching coach.[9]After the 2019 season, he was taken off the coaching staff while remaining as vice president of pitching development,[10] until leaving the Red Sox to take a position with the San Francisco Giants in December 2019.[11] His title with the Giants is director of pitching, and he is listed as a member of the team's uniformed coaching staff.[12]



  10. Just a heads up for something I discovered a few weeks ago - I use the Libby app to check out ebooks through my local library, and surprised to see that they offer Baseball America as part of the magazines you can electronically check out. Thought it might be worth letting some of our minor league followers know that if they have a library card, it might be worth checking the Libby app to see if you have free access to BA.

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  11. 1 minute ago, fathom said:

    I take it back, was he ever linked to the cheating?

    not on a cursory glance of his wikipedia page, which is all the more research we can trust the organization to do anyways

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