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Old 01-10-2018, 12:33 PM
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Not a conventional signing, but Dave Cameron is leaving Fangraphs to work for the San Diego Padres https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-...i-would-write/
Another win for Saber!

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Old 01-10-2018, 01:54 PM
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According to Jon Morosi on Twitter; Cole going to the Astros is "imminent."

Good...better Houston than the Yankees.
Is he is or is he ain't an Astro?

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/gerr...come-an-astro/
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:32 PM
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Am I the only person who always has to remind himself that the Astros are in the American League?!


It took me at least 10 years to think of the Brewers as a National League team.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:36 PM
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Jay Bruce signed with the Mets: 3 years, $39 million.

Perhaps Rick Hahn can make a few phone calls to teams like the Blue Jays and Giants to gauge interest in Avi Garcia. They both were connected to Bruce via the rumor mill.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:32 AM
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Both MLB Trade Rumors and Fangraphs nailed the Bruce years and signing. Good job by both.
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:06 PM
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Manny Machado and O's agree to 1-yr, $16M contract in his final year before free agency:
http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...id-arbitration
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:34 PM
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Cole to the Astros is official per Rosenthal.

Pirates get back Colin Moran and Joe Musgrove. Moran is the #5 prospect in the Astros system, a corner infielder, and a former top 10 pick, but he’s 25 years old.

This seems like a steal for the Astros.
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:23 PM
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https://www.mlb.com/news/astros-land...es/c-264677578

Nice deal for the Astros.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:43 PM
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I have to agree. They got Cole without giving up any of their top prospects. The two pitchers could make the deal for Pittsburgh but they are no guarantees. Musgrove probably has a future but has merely been ok so far. Feliz is a strikeout machine (172 in 121IP) but apparently is very hitable as well. Moran and Martin are not particularly exciting.

Classic the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:50 AM
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I have to agree. They got Cole without giving up any of their top prospects. The two pitchers could make the deal for Pittsburgh but they are no guarantees. Musgrove probably has a future but has merely been ok so far. Feliz is a strikeout machine (172 in 121IP) but apparently is very hitable as well. Moran and Martin are not particularly exciting.

Classic the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Yes baseball is headed down a dark road IMO. BTW weren't the Pirates held up as an example of a team that successfully did a rebuild? You should read some of the comments on the Post-Gazette and Pirate fan boards.
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:42 PM
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Classic the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
MLB is turning into the NBA. Four "super-teams", three "very good" teams and the rest are all either **** or rebuilding.

Not a great future is it?
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:25 PM
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MLB has tried to create competitive balance. It has succeeded to some degree with almost all teams "in contention" for a wild card birth in the second half the last few years. But it has not succeeded in reining in the "super teams."

The only reason the Yankees and Dodgers are working so hard to get under the salary cap this year is so that they can exceed it again next year with a lesser penalty. It is not stopping them from spending beyond what other teams can. The limits on international signings a couple years ago only urged them on to exceed it... which the Yankees did by signing what seemed like half the top of the class that year. Other teams followed suit to a smaller degree.

And now teams are learning that in order to compete their best path may well be the total tear down and rebuild... which again, only allows the rich teams to get richer by picking over the remains.

MLB's efforts allowed perennial bottom feeders like the Royals and Pirates to resurrect themselves but not for long even with success like the Royals had. Tampa Bay a few years ago looked like they would finally become competitive but they weren't quite able to pull it off.

It will be interesting to see if the Tigers can rebuild themselves successfully under their new owner. Their old owner made them competitive by spending without limit.

Similarly, it will be interesting to see if the Sox can be successful over a long haul after this tear down. They certainly will be for a few years but will they be able to sustain it and join the big boys club?
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:00 PM
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They certainly will be for a few years but will they be able to sustain it and join the big boys club?
Only if they are willing to spend a LOT of money, more than likely under new ownership.
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:22 PM
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The outcomes of baseball games are too random for super-teams to consistently dominate the game the way they do in the NBA.
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:32 PM
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With the failure rate of $20+ million AAV free agents being so high, and the failure rate of $10-$15 million AAV free agents being even higher, teams that have designs of joining the “big boys’ club” eventually will be forced to “throw good money after bad.” This includes relegating underperforming players to lesser roles or, in some cases, casting them aside entirely. Any team that is not willing to spend all the way up to the luxury tax limit, or to occasionally admit defeat on highly-paid underperformers, is better off choosing the small-market route and emphasizing the farm system.
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