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Old 02-20-2020, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by voodoochile View Post
They've also made it clear they have more money to spend this season if the right opportunity comes along.
Ugh. Just do it now, when all it costs is money. At the deadline, upgrades will cost actual prospects who are better than mere filler. Besides that, adding a RF and another starter now would help increase the chances of August and September even mattering.

With no Clevinger, the Indians will be in a really tough spot, and that team traditionally starts slow anyway. If the White Sox go into the season with a stronger roster, perhaps they leapfrog the Indians in the AL Central by such a wide margin that it convinces the Indians to sell. That knocks out a division contender and a wild card contender.

Boston just traded Mookie Betts and David Price. I don’t see how they end up better for it. That makes another wild card contender look pretty sketchy as well.

Assuming the Yankees, Twins, and Astros win the division titles, that likely leaves the perennial “little engines that could” (the Rays and the A’s), the Angels, and the White Sox in a 4-way competition for the 2 wild card spots. The A’s and Angels have Seattle to beat on, and the Rays have the Orioles, but we have the Royals and the Tigers. Let those 2 tougher divisions cannibalize themselves and see what happens. Just commit to contending in 2020 before camp even breaks, and keep the potential impact on the future to a minimum by straddling the fence until July. Even a 1-and-done wild card game, or even a game 163 (IIRC, the last one was pretty fun), would be huge to get everybody’s feet wet.

I always thought that the first sign of this team being ready to challenge for a playoff spot would be winning games within the division. Well, that shot to a game over .500 last year.

1) Pound the Royals and Tigers into dust.

2) Play more competitively against the Twins.

3) Get better at day-to-day management of the team.
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