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22 Sep 2014 00:05:05
Red Sox OffSeason moves:
- (Figured available $$. around 70M after expenses).
*No Blockbuster trades for Sale, Stanton, Cueto, etc. * *Smart Spending* should leave around 10M left'

(1). Sign JAMES SHIELD. - (SP)-
The ideal Catalyst/Leader to give Sox Rotation it's much needed boost. There will be bigger offers on the table but [ 4yrs. /88M] should be enough to reel him in. The team's potential of having yet another "worst-to-first" contending season combined with his role as a #1 or#2 go-to-guy should appeal to him. He is aging and has struggled as of late but still puts up the necessary #'s to be a proven leader. Previous AL East experience will provide to very valuable.

(2). Trade for COLE HAMELS. - (SP)-
A dominant Lefty at #1 or #2 to share the similar role that SHIELDS will have. His [4yr. /90+M] contract is great bang for the buck just like the Red Sox like it. shorter yrs. lower$$. Renowned reputation/Dominating #'s as a leader with a few top-notch yrs. left in the tank. Unproven history with AL teams but is worth the risk. Though it might cost the Sox a dent in their available youth, I think it's worth the shot.
Dealing- [H. Owens, A. Webster, S. Coyle and D. Nava] just might get it done. If another piece was needed, the Sox can afford it.

(3). Sign ANDREW MILLER. - (RP)-
Sox need to get him back on the team. He will provide dominating Lefty help for T. Layne. He has proven to be a Top 3 Lefty in the Majors. Grade A SO/K ratio. He has shown great interest in resigning with the Sox. He said the stay was a great experience for He and His family. A Big Pickup -[3yrs. /30M] should get it done.

(4). Trade for TREVOR PLOUFFE. (3B)
His bat can provide 15HR/60-70RBI potentially. Above-average defense. A team player with spark and is a good club-house presence.
-[offering W. Middlebrooks as the centerpiece and maybe 1 other might get it done].
- *Signing P. SANDOVAL aka "The Kung Fu Panda" would be an enticing blend with the International talent on the team but the Sox need to be prepared on what to do with Y. Cespedes, which is just around the bend. Pablo would require too much $$$ for his Switch Hitting skill.


(5). Trade for TYLER CLIPPARD. - (RP)-
The Sox jammed Outfield will allow for Shane Victorino to be traded to bring in another top quality Reliever with K. Uehera parting ways at season's end.


(6). Resign KOJI UEHERA. - (CL)-
Even with 40yrs. of age closing in on him along with his recent woes at season's end in 2014. he still has got enough in the tank to turn things around. He's a rarity amongst closers. He'll find the will to put up another 30-35 saves and then leave the reigns to the Sox's youth thereafter.
*[1yr. /8-10M]should retain his service.


STARTING ROTATION: LINEUP:
#1- C. Hamels (L) (1). M. Betts -RF-
#2- J. Shields (R) (2). D. Pedrioa -2B-
#3- C. Bucholz (R) (3). D. Ortiz -DH-
#4- J. Kelly (R) (4). Y. Cespedes -LF-
#5- R. DeLaRosa (R) (5). M. Napoli -1B-
(6). R. Castillo -CF-
(7). T. Plouffe -3B-
(8). X. Bogaerts -SS-
(9). C. Vasquez -C-

RELIEVERS: BENCH:
-CL- K. Uehera (R)
-SU- T. Clippard (R) -B. Holt -UT-
-SU- A. Miller (L) -A. Craig -OF/1B
-MR- J. Tazawa (R) -J. BradleyJr. -OF-
-MR- E. Mujica (R) -B. Swihart -C-
-MR- T. Layne (L)
-LR- B. Workman (R)

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For Hamels, keep Nava and add Betts and Bradley, Jr. Then you might have a deal.

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Though I somewhat agree with your idea, I would prefer to keep the younger Betts and Bradley Jr. over Nava who is already 31. Having a great season a year ago and a soso season this year. he might demand more $$$ that could used towards Bradley Jr. and or Betts in the near future. Besides he had his chance to secure a permanent job. time to let the youngsters grow and settle in.

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Even though those offseason moves for Bosox seem very do-able and smart. they could also go the another way. annoying many no doubt. but potentially rewarding much sooner than later.

(1). Everyone who was ailing with injuries this year. gets healthy and just chase SHIELDSandMILLER and hope the present pitching falls in to suit and improves greatly. (2). Then. throw as many Cards n' Cash as necessary. (within reason of course) and take a bold charge for Mr. GIANCARLOS STANTON. A custom-made player for Fenway Park. A definite Franchise Face for the Sox for years to come. Papi is on his last legs of Legacy and Pedrioa is getting older and can't be the Bosox's savior by himself anymore. It would against the grain for the Sox's way business is run but the Stanton's of the world come along once in a blue moon. Get him while the gettin's good.

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21 Sep 2014 01:06:00
Reds get-
Soler
Russell or alcantara

Cubs get-
Latos
Lecure
Lively or garrett

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If it's just Soler and Alcantara, sure. But Russell's on a different level

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20 Sep 2014 19:49:01
Angels Offseason

Sign RHP James Shields 6/95
Sign LHP Neal Cotts 2/8
Trade 2B Howie Kendrick, LHP Hector Santiago, and 3B David Freese to the Orioles for RHP Hunter Harvey and OF Quintin Berry

LINEUP
1. Calhoun RF
2. Trout CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Hamilton LF
5. Aybar SS
6. Cron DH
7. Jimenez 3B
8. Green 2B
9. Iannetta C

ROTATION
1. Jered Weaver RHP
2. Garrett Richards RHP
3. Matt Shoemaker RHP
4. James Shields RHP
5. C. J. Wilson LHP

BULLPEN
Rasmus-RHP
Cotts-LHP
Morin-RHP
Pestano-RHP
Jepsen-RHP
Smith-RHP Set Up
Street-RHP Closer

BENCH
Beckham 2B/SS/3B
Conger C
Cowgill OF
Berry OF

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The Angels are hovering at the luxury tax barrier, and don't want to cross it. I don't think any expensive free agents are in play for them.

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20 Sep 2014 17:43:15
NY Yankees offseason:
Resign RHP David Robertson

Sign RHP Max Scherzer

Sign IF Pablo Sandoval

Sign SS Jed Lowrie

Yankees get: Aaron Hill
D-Backs get: JR Murphy, Manny Banuelos, Jose A. Ramirez, Ian Clarkin, Cash

Sign OF Melky Cabrera

Sign LHP Neal Cotts

Sign RHP Chris Young

Sign 1B/DH Kendrys Morales

Resign RHP Brandon McCarthy

Release RHP Shawn Kelley

Sign RHP Pat Neshek

2015 Lineup:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Brett Gardner/Melky Cabrera, LF
3. Carlos Beltran, RF
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Alex Rodriguez, SS
6. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
7. Kendrys Morales, DH
8. Aaron Hill, 2B
9. Jed Lowrie, SS

2015 Bench:
C Francisco Cervelli
IF Brendan Ryan
OF Melky Cabrera/Brett Gardner
IF/OF Martin Prado

2015 Rotation:
1. Max Scherzer, RHP
2. Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
3. Chris Young, RHP
4. CC Sabathia, LHP
5. Michael Pineda, RHP

2015 Bullpen:
LHP Neal Cotts
RHP Brandon McCarthy
LHP David Huff
RHP David Phelps
RHP Pat Neshek
RHP Dellin Betances

2015 Closer:
RHP David Robertson

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So did you think before you posted or just randomly put this together. Its awful. Resigning Robertson is a given. I don't see them signing Scherzer, he's good, but I don't trust him in Yankee Stadium. Sandoval is a no for me as is Lowrie. You traded way way to much for Hill. There is absolutely no chance bringing Melky Cabrera back. No to Morales and Young. Brett Gardner is not a platoon player. the DH will be either Beltran or A-Rod if he's kept around. And your really foolish to believe A-Rod will play SS. And second base will be manned by Rob Refsnyder who should have gotten called up this year. You also seem to forget a guy named Ivan Nova is coming back.

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As a Sox fan, I agree that playing A-Rod at shortstop is a fantastic idea.

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No catcher?

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Thats just signing random free agents with no consideration of prospects, positional depth, etc. (just like NYY did last offseason). It doesn't do any good. The Yankees aren't very good right now and likley won't be for a few years. Its just reality/

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19 Sep 2014 20:34:15
NY Mets
1. Trade B. Colon
2. Trade for Dodger OF Scott Van Slyke
3. Plawecki should be back up C and spell Duda against 50% of lefties to get 300+ AB's in 2015
4. Start Flores at SS: have Reynolds in AAA in case he falters
5. If out of playoff hunt, trade Murphy at deadline
6. Go with a 6 man rotation to protect Harvey coming back form Tommy John, give niese and Gee extra rest between starts and conrtol the innings of wheeler, deGrom and Montero
7. Start Herrera in AAA. why rush a 21 year old?

Starting Lineup
1. Lagares CF
2. Murphy 2B
3. Wright 3B
4. Duda 1B
5. d'Arnaud C
6. Flores SS
7. Granderson RF
8. S Van Slyke LF

Starting Rotation
1. M. Harvey
2. Z. Wheeler
3. J. deGrom
4. J. Niese
5. D. Gee
6. Montero
7. Synderaard AAA
8. Matz AAA

Bullpen
1. Mejia CL
2. Parnell CL
3. Familia R
4. Black R
5. Edjin L
6. Carlyle / Eveland / Torres

Bench
1. denDekker OF
2. Neiwenheius OF
3. Campbell 1B, 2B, 3B, LF, SS
4. Plawecki C, 1B
5. Tejada SS, 2B

AAA - Herrera
AAA - Reynolds

dan3b22

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I doubt the Dodgers trade Van Slyke. He's probably their second best outfielder, and he's cheap.

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Thats literally the same team as this year (besides Harvey of course)- a team that is well out of the playoffs. While they won't spend a ton of money, they will bring in a veteran and make maybe one trade (Cuddyer and a SS maybe?)

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19 Sep 2014 19:15:04
NY Mets

1. Trade Bartolo Colon
2. Trade for Dodgers OF Scott Van Slyke (won't cost too much, has nice pop and is blocked in LA)
3. Call up Plawecki to backup C and Right handed 1b
4. Go with 6 man rotation to preserve young pitchers

dan3b22

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The Dodgers will probably be looking to deal Kemp, Ethier, or Crawford. Van Slyke is better than all three, and is considerably cheaper.

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19 Sep 2014 17:05:54
seattle off season

No it's not a stanton trade or a tulo trade!!

its simple we address our needs

2 RH power bats-Nelson Cruz and JJ Hardy

LH reliver Resign Joe beimel

OF bat- Melky Cabera or steve Souza (via trade)


let me know what you think

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I like it. Would of been good for this yr

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Cruz is going to be an albatross contract I get the feeling and his glove is terrible. How about still trying to work a deal with the Phillies for Marlon Byrd who could hit, is a RH bat, plays great defense, had great instincts and doesn't have much of a commitment tied to him?

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There are some elements of what you've presented that make sense. The Nelson Cruz/JJ Hardy signings are going to be long contracts and big dollars. Both guys are on the wrong side of 30, so, it's not a strong likelihood Jack Z would go there. The resigning of Beimel. is a good idea. getting another guy like him, is a better idea. The Steve Souza idea could be two birds with one stone type thing. The Washington Nationals have only a couple of needs. A bullpen arm and a second baseman. Let's try this deal out:

The Nats offer Steven Souza and Sammy Solis for the Mariners' Ketel Marte and Brandon Maurer.

So, it's M & M for S & S. thoughts?

GSon

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That's a lot of slaty for a mid-market team like Seattle to take on.

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Wrong side of 30? did you see what nelson cruz did this year?? Its a move that would put him at DH. It's not rocket science. joe Beimel resign for 2 yrs. Souza because he is young and would not lost a lot like like it would if we were getting Marlon Byrd.

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Long contracts to players on the wrong side of 30 ALWAYS ALWAYS end up badly for the team signing them. There is no doubt that Nelson Cruz had a great season and continues to have a great 2014.

Can you say the same thing in five or six years when he'll be 40 / 41? Simply stated, there is no way that he will be able to produce at that level. That is indisputable. Hence the comment about being on the wrong side of 30. and not by just a little bit.

And that's the kind of deal he'll be asking for. DH or not, four to six years at HUGE $$. The Orioles were fortunate to get him on a one year $ 8 MM deal he signed. but that meager contract means he's going to get paid this time. You are correct. it's not brain science and certainly not rocket surgery. (call that a mixed metaphor).

GSon

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18 Sep 2014 20:40:55
PIRATES OFFSEASON
F/A signings:
C Russell Martin 3 years/39 mil
SP Edinson Volquez 1 year 6.5 mil
UT Emilio Bonifacio 1 year 4 mil
Trades:
PIT acquires: Jose Quintana SP
CHW acquires: Pedro Alvarez DH, Brandon Cumpton SP

PIT acquires: Alberto Callaspo INF, Fernando Rodriguez RP
OAK acquires: Ike Davis 1B
Extensions:
2B Neil Walker: 4 years 33 million
LINEUP:
Harrison 5
Polanco 9
McCutchen 8
Walker 4
Martin 2
Marte 7
Lambo 3
Mercer 6
BENCH:
Snider OF
G. Sanchez 1B
T. Sanchez C
Bonifacio UT
Callaspo INF
ROTATION:
1. Cole R
2. Volquez R
3. Quintana L
4. Morton R
5. Locke L
BULLPEN:
CL: Melancon R
SU: Watson L
LR: Gomez R
LR: Piemental R
MR: Hughes R
MR: Wilson R
MR: Holdzkom R

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Callaspo is a free agent.

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I see Martin leaving Pittsburgh and will probably get 4 years and more money. Volquez could stay. Bonifacio I see getting at least 8 million a year. I think you giving up too much for Quintana. Alberto Callaspo is free agent so that trade can't happen. I see Neil walker getting a longer extension than that.

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Not nearly enough for Quintana. The White So aren't trading a cost-controlled No. 2 for a one-dimensional power hitter who can't get on base and is a defensive liability and a fringy starter who wouldn't be much of an upgrade over some of the people they're sending out now.

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15 Sep 2014 04:12:20
Mets offseason:

Trade Bartolo Colon to Red Sox for prospects

Sign Michael Cuddyer to a 2 yr/ $25 million deal or a 1 year/ $15 million deal (whichever he prefers)

Trade Noah Synderggard, Domingo Taipa, and Brandon Nimmo to CLE for Francisco Lindor and Nick Hagadone

Sign Ryan Doumit and Jonny Gomes to 1 year/3 million deals

Sign Luke Hochaver to a 2 year/6 million deal

Lineup:
Lindor SS
Murphy 2B
Wright 3B
Duda 1B
Cuddyer LF
Granderson RF
D'Arnaud C
Lagares CF
Pitcher

Bench
Flores
Tejada
Doumit
Den Dekker
Gomes

Rotation
Harvey
Wheeler
DeGrom
Niese
Gee

Pen
Mejia-closer
Familia-setup
Black
Parnell
Montero
Hochaver
Edgin- LOOGY

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Domingo Tapia would be an unwanted mess. Even though this would be a good trade for both teams (Mets and Indians), the Indians would want someone like a Wieck or a Teddy Stinky.

GSon

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Depends on what you mean by "prospects" for Colon

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FM RidgeRunner:
Don't see why you would want Doumit. He plays several positions
equally poorly, and fails to hit from
either side. Does that make him a
well-balanced player?

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15 Sep 2014 02:10:27
Red Sox trade Xander Boagerts, Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart, Anthony Raunado, Garin Cecchini, and Jonathan Herrera for Cole Hamels

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*Falls on ground laughing*

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More like bogaerts, betts, owens, cecchini, swihart

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This would be such an overpay for Hamels. Why not just sign Lester? He wouldn't even have a draft pick tied to him. Boston has a ton of young talent, they should not trade all of it for one pitcher with a great injury history.

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Im a phillies fan, and I agree that Cole will be traded to Boston, but this is too much.
Mayb: Betts, Owens, Swihart and Coyle

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Injury history? The guy has been on the DL twice as long as I can remember for minor strains and LEster/Price are going to sign contracts that go well into their upper 30's. Hamels only goes until he's 34. AAV's will likely be similar if not Hamels will be more of a bargain. I understand wanting to hold on to prospects, but it is what it is. Hamels is controllable for the next 4 years, all of which is during his prime. He's worth at least two top prospects organization wise and 3 more in their respective 10-20 rankings. Other than that, sign Lester, Shields or Price and possibly deal with Hamels on another AL East team.

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Betts won't be traded. Period. The only players Boston would trade him for are Stanton and Sale, and they're staying put, so they won't trade him. Same with Bogaerts

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Same with Bogaerts, same with Owens, same with Bradley, same with Swihart. we just want to give up trash for top of the rotation starters and the other team should take it! Unreal.

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^I dot think we should hoe up trash for a front of rotation starter. I think we should just sign a front of the rotation starter and not give up anybody.

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14 Sep 2014 16:30:59
PIT acquires: Rick Porcello SP
DET acquires: Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B/DH, Brandon Cumpton SP, Bobby Lafrombosie RP

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Why would Detroit trade Porcello? He's good! And with Scherzer most likely leaving and Verlander's future in question, the Tigers are in no position to sell of their arms.

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14 Sep 2014 04:22:01
The Red Sox vastly improved their lineup with the addittion of Cespedes and Castillo, and with Xander and Mookie both showing Signs of life at the plate, the lineup is actually looking like a strength. However, they still do have some major holes, namely in the rotation, bullpen, and third base. Here's what they could do to fix them:

Sign one of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, or James Shields

Out of these three, Shields is the most likely one to sign. Still, the Sox should at least make competitive offers for Lester and Scherzer, if Werner's promise to be aggressive in the offseason is to be believed

Trade 3B Garin Cecchini, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, and OF/1B to the Reds for RHP Mat Latos

The Sox get a great No. 2 for the rotation, while the Reds cash in on Latos' last year for a legit top o the order by who can play both third base and left, a decent backend starter with mid-rotation potential, and a cheap on base machine who can fill in either at first base or the corner outfield if their is an injury.

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Oops, accidentally cut the proposal short. I was going to go on about how the Red Sox should sign the Panda and Robertson. Oh well

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1. Lester is completely out of the question. They traded him because they knew they couldn't resign him. I see them signing Shields like you said.
2. If they trade for a pitcher it will be Hamels.
3. If you meant David Robertson, you're fooling your self. He will stay with the Yankees.
4. Sandoval is questionable for them.

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You actually think D-Rob will choose Boston over New York?

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The lineup is in transition, but veterans such as Ortiz, Pedroia, Napoli and Victorino will be blended with young guys such as Betts and Bogarts and newcomers such as Cespedes, Craig and Castillo to score runs. They'll be okay.

The rotation needs an anchor, and Shields has done it for two teams previously. I would love to see Boston trade two or three young SPs and whatever else it takes to get Hamels. A rotation of Shields-Hamels-Buchholz-Kelly blended with a couple of young guys is pretty good.

The bullpen can be fixed fairly quickly. But, it must be addressed. Robertson will stay in NY. That is not an option.

LongtimeBaseballFan

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I'm a Phils fan and believe that Heamles contract is going to look really good after the free agent crop of starters sin this year. His years through the contract take him through his prime, though it's deceiving looking at the amount of dollars owed. The fact is on a team with an even half-decent offense Hamels is easily in the 18-20 win range year in and year out. Phils always take a dump when he's on the mound and it disgusts me. There are a few teams that Hamels would fill their needs this offseason, they could afford, and they have the prospects. If I'm Boston, I would do what I can to keep him out of Torontos hand becasue I think they are a dark horse suitor for Hamels and Price is the only one who even comes close to Hamels level in my opinion.

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^^Allen Craig better not be in the lineup next year. He's absolutely terrible, and they have no place for him

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^^^^No, it's not. They need pitching. Lester is a pitcher. Unlike Hamels, he won't cot us Mookie. He definitely fits their needs, and Werner has stated that they're going to spend big this offseason. I don't necessarily think that it's a given that Lester signs, but I don't think it's as impossible everyone here seems to think it is.

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12 Sep 2014 00:22:07
In the off season the Reds trade to the Phillies J. Votto, J. Bruce, and H. Bailey for R. Howard, D. Brown, C. Lee. My reasoning is the Reds would have a shoter amount of time to rid themseleves of some large contracts. Howard only has two more years left on his contract and C. Lee only one more year.

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Terrible trade for the Reds. Howard and Brown suck horribly. Lee is not what he use to be.

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What a moronic proposal. Terrible beyond any sense of reality.

LongtimeBaseballFan

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The Reds could get a lot more then the garbage from the Phils you have posted.

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What is J. Bruce batting? What has J. Votto done the last two years? H. Bailey has how many years left on his contract, and what has he done this year? This trade is about treading garbage for garbage! Maybe a change of seanery will help both teams.

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Change of scenery? lol stick with fantasy baseball

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One of the most dumbest trades ever proposed on here.

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I'm not sure which was worse; the original trade proposal, or the fact that you actually defended it (with scenery butchered beyond belief).

Please, just stop.

LongtimeBaseballFan

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11 Sep 2014 19:55:43
In the off season the Reds trade J. Bruce, J. Votto, H. Bailey to the Phillies for R. Howard, D. Brown, C. Lee.

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11 Sep 2014 14:40:01
TOR - Russell

CUBS - Norris, Osuna

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The cubs say no. Russell was worth Samardzjia, they aren't dealing Russell for prospects, although Norris would look good in a cubs uniform.

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Russell is on the Braves now

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James Russell?

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He's talking about the shortstop they got in a trade with oakland.

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^I was being facetious.

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10 Sep 2014 23:04:04
PIT acquires: Rick Porcello SP
DET acquires: Pedro Alvarez DH/3B/1B

Tigers get DH and can let VMart walk an use that money to get a SP.

Pirates get starting pitcher that they will need because Liriano, Volquez, and Worley are all FAs

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If I'm the Pirates I say "yes, please!" However, I don't think the Tigers are that stupid

TarheelRed

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What a dumb trade. U probably liked the Fister trade as well. Proven Starting Pitchers are worth more then one struggling bench player. Yes he is good at times but is a defensive liability. VMart is going to resign probably the best hitter this year overall in the MLB. This has to be one of the dumbest trades ever posted.

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If you want an SP, why not just keep Porcello?

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Need to include more than Alvarez if the Pirates are going to have any chance in acquiring Porcello

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10 Sep 2014 13:09:08
As a small market team, the Reds can afford Joey Votto for only one more year ($14M in 2015, $20M+ 2016 and beyond). At age 31, he is still physically able to perform at MVP-type levels. whether he is able to do so mentally in Cincy is debatable. With this in mind.

Trade 1B Votto, SP Mike Leake and cash ($6M, difference in Votto/Bautista salaries) to Toronto for OF Jose Bautista, 1B Matthew Dean and P's John Stilson and Matthew Smoral

Rest of Red's off-season:
- pick up SP Johnny Cueto's option ($10M)
- buy out OF Ryan Ludwick's option ($4. 5M, saving $4. 5M)
- buy out INF Jack Hannahan's option ($2M, saving $2M)
- sign Cueto and Mat Latos each to 4-year $70M extensions

Bautista could play LF, with Todd Frazier moving to 1B and Kristopher Negron at 3B.

-or-

Bustista at 1B, Frazier stays at 3B with Jesse Winker/Chris Heisey in LF

TarheelRed

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Cueto will want twice as much money.

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The Reds could probably afford to give Cueto a similiar contract to Homer Bailey's, 6 years at $105M, but that's it. I really don't see either Cueto or Latos holding out just for more money. Neither of them impress me as that type of person (course I can only base that off of what I have heard each say in interviews, thing can certainly change).

TarheelRed

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^Its a business. They'll go wherever the money is, and that's no nearly enough for Cueto, who's twice the pitcher Bailey is

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^Not every player is like that. Some want to just play and be "fairly" compensated, not squeeze every dollar they can out of their team.
The whole key to the Reds future is Votto. Walt Jocketty over-reacted and gave Votto that huge contract in response to the deals given to other 1B and now they suffer. If Votto remains in Cincy at $20M (and then $25M) per year, the Reds are going to have to strip the payroll, which means pitching must go. Give me two strong starters like Cueto and Latos (or possibly Leake) over an overpaid and sub-par defensive 1B any day!

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If the Reds couldn't afford to pay Votto they wouldn't have signed him to the contract they did and they have already cleared 9 million off the books by trading Broxton. they will have another 4. 5 from Ludwick plus a few more contracts leaving

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^The money you refer to is ALREADY GONE. The Reds have nine players who are due salary increases for 2015 (Votto, Cueto, Bruce, Phillips, Pena, Schumaker, Bailey, Lecure and Parra) totaling $11. 775M. Plus they have four players who are arbitration eligible in Latos, Heisey, Leake and Simon. Plus they want to bring in a LF'er.
All this take money. And for a team that has already set a franchise record for payroll where does it come from? Someone (s) has to go, and in my opinion it must be Votto. You can't tie up 20-25% of your entire payroll in one player and hope to compete.

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The trade is actually pretty good, though I'm not sure where the Jays then put Edwin and Lind. Neither can play RF, which would then leave you with three players (Votto, Edwin, Lind) for two positions (DH, 1B).

Leake is what makes it attractive enough to the Jays to figure that one out.

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Votto will not be dealt PERIOD. the Reds need to be talking to the Rays about a trade involving Latos and Zobrist

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10 Sep 2014 00:19:22
Paul Washington at SB Nation suggested that the Cardinals would be an ideal companion if a third team got involves in a deal that would see Giancarlo Stanton eventually end up in St Louis. While his trade was more complex, this one may be more suitable to all three teams. A trade may look like this:

-Cardinals get Giancarlo Stanton and CC Lee

-Marlins get Oscar Taveras, Lonnie Chisenhall and PTBNL (Luke Weaver) when he's eligible after the one year signing period from his draft day.

-Indians get Carlos Martinez and Stephen Piscotty

The bundle that the Cardinals give up is big, but not bigger than Giancarlo Stanton patrolling RF for the Birds for at least the next three or four years.

The acquisition of the two Cardinals prospects along with a good hitting and improving ML level 3B adds quite a bit to the Marlins depth and talent.

The addition of Martinez and loss of CC Lee is little more than a wash, however, the Tribe's target, the addition of Stephen Piscotty, improves the Indians OF situation in RF where they need the help the most. Less of a log jam in the OF for the Cardinals also comes into play, but, at a cost of their top prospect.

That is a price most teams would happily pay for the services of a player of Giancarlo Stanton's ability. When evaluating a trade. the first step is determine who gets the first and second best players (right now) in the trade. It's a no contest, the Cardinals do. The Marlins get the second best player right now. and the rest are almost all first year ML'er and prospects.

Thoughts?

GSon

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Not even enough for Stanton. Cardinals have so much in the minors. There's really no reason the Indians to be in the trade.

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Not going to happen. Stanton is under control for two more years and they get can get a lot more then what this trade offers. More proven talent anyway. So far Traveras has struggled although he should be good in time, Chisenhall is a one hit wonder so far and he has tailed off to a. 220 hitter second half, and is poor defensively. This is the second worst post on here today.

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Stanton will not be dealt period the end

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09 Sep 2014 17:30:58
NY METS:

Trade: B. Colon for prospects.
Use salary saved from Colon to Sign: M Cuddyer to play LF and RF / 1b once in a while

Lineup
CF Lagares
LF Cuddyer
2b Murphy
1b Duda
3b Wright
RF Granderson
C d'Arnaud
SS Flores

AAA: 2b Herrera, SS Reynolds

dan3b22

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Perfectly reasonable proposal. I think the Mets will pursue a high profile target in FA though, or use the dearth of pitching on the market to their advantage.

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^ sandy said he expects payroll to remain at the 82-85 mil range sad but true. definatly will have to trade colon which I am against to make room for cuddyer. were only a ss nd lf away from making a fun run. grandy n wright will be better next year

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The other option is:

If the Murphy to 3b, Herrera to 2b experiment works for the rest of this year, how about moving Wright to LF?

Then there is no money needed on a Free Agent.

Lineup:
CF Lagares
3b Murphy
LF Wright
1b Duda
C d'Arnaud
RF Granderson
2b Herrera
SS Flores

dan3b22

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Why do people keep saying move wright to LF has he ever even played LF in his life?

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The Cuddyer signing makes perfect sense, but you cannot live with Flores at short. A sleeper trade candidate could be Francisco Lindor. Why not trade Synderggard + b-level prospect for him. He is a switch hitter and a great fielder. Call him up in June.

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08 Sep 2014 13:34:50
TOR -Johnny Cueto

CIN - Hutchison, Pillar, Osuna, Graveman

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Cueto is not going to be traded. His option for next season is $10M, which for a pitcher of his ability is very reasonable by today's standards. If the Blue Jays and Reds were to hook up on a deal it could be for Joey Votto

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Not enough

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At least one of the Blue Jay's top pitching prospects will have to go if they want Cueto

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^^^ I think it's highly likely Cueto gets shopped. The Reds don't look to be contenders next year, it's unlikely they'll be able to sign him, and his value will never be higher

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Some of you people need to stick to fantasy baseball. the reds don't look like contenders next year? care to explain that? the reds can add to the payroll if needed the owner has already said this team will not be dismantled

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08 Sep 2014 02:03:19
Jays offseason

TOR: Lawrie, 2nd, Kawaski

HOU: Carter


TOR: Bautista, Rasmus, Lind, 4th, Janssen

MIA: Stanton, Ozuna, Dunn

Resign Melky 4yr 15mil per.
Sign Zobrist 2yr 8.5mil per.
Resign McGowan 3yr 4.6mil per.

Lineup
1st Base: Encarnacion
2nd Base: Zorbrist
Shortstop: Reyes
3rd: Francisco
Catcher: Navarro
Right Field: Stanton
Center Field: Ozuna
Left field: Cabrera
DH: Carter

Rotation:
Buherle
Dickey
Dunn
Stroman
Sanchez

Relief:
Cecil
McGowan
Loup

Closer
Redmond

JaysMlb19

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Man your clueless. Marlins can't afford Bautista. Rasmus is a free agent. And the Marlins would prospects.

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If the Jays trade Bautista, it'll be as part of a fire sale next July with Encarnacion, Janssen, Buehrle, Dickey, Navarro and anyone else of value who's not locked up going with him. This team really needs a serious facelift

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Only draft picks that are tradable are Competitive Balance picks.

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I agree. Clueless.

LongtimeBaseballFan

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I didn't realize how clueless. Draft picks other than the competitive picks, which I don't believe Toronto has, cannot be traded.

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06 Sep 2014 21:21:57
Red Sox trade Anthony Raunado, Garin Cecchini, Deven Marrero, Blake Swihart, and Alex Hassan or/and Ryan Lavarnway to the Reds for Johny Cueto

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Replace Ranaudo with Owens and you got yourself a deal

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Only if the Sox think they can extend Cueto

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Cueto will NOT be dealt if any SP is dealt it will be Latos for someone like Ben Zobrist other than that it would be Leake being dealt. IMO I would trade Chapman the Reds don't need him eating up that much money when a guy making half that could be the closer

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06 Sep 2014 21:19:03
Angels trade Howie Kendrick to Giants for Joe Panik, Jean Machi and PTBN

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Why? Panik is already a productive 2B, and Machi is a great MR/SU. No reason to trade that and a PTBN for an overpriced Howie Kendrick.

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06 Sep 2014 19:56:17
Red Sox offseason:

Trade LHP Henry Owens, 3B Garin Cecchini, OF/1B Daniel Nava, UT Jonathan Herrera, and RHP Anthony Ranaudo to the Reds for RHP Johnny Cueto and RHP Sam LeCure

The Sox get a legitimate ace to lead their rotation and a nice 7th inning guy while the Reds get three great prospects and some much-needed bench help

Sign RHP James Shields to a 5 year $80MM contract

Shields is really more of a No. 2 at this point, but he'd still
help a lifeless Red Sox rotation enormously.

Sign 3B Pablo Sandoval to a 5 year $85MM deal

The Sox need a bat at third desperately. Middlebrooks can't hit, Holt is more suited to a part-time role, and Bogaerts is better defensively suited for short. The Panda would appeal to the Sox due to his clean injury track record and reputation as a good clubhouse guy to go along with his production, unlike Hanley.

Let Koji walk. Sign LHP Andrew Miller to a 3 year $29MM

I personally feel the Sox traded the wrong reliever at the deadline. I love Koji, but even at the beginning of the year, the cracks were beginning to show. Miller's probably the best lefty reliever in baseball not named Aroldis Chapman, but will be slighted by the market due to him not being a 'proven' closer. The Red Sox should absolutely jump to get him.

Extend Cespedes

He's a beast. 'Nuf Ced

2015 Lineup:
RF Mookie Betts
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
LF Yoenis Cespedes
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Mike Napoli
CF Rusney Castillo
SS Xander Bogaerts
C Christian Vazquez

Rotation:
Johnny Cueto
James Shields
Clay Buchholz
Joe Kelly
Rubby de la Rosa

Bullpen:
CL Andrew Miller
SU Sam LeCure
SU Junichi Tazawa
MR Edward Mujica
MR Alex Wilson
MR Tommy Layne
LR Brandon Workman

Bench:
OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
Superman Brock Holt
C Dan Butler
OF/1B Allen Craig

This team could easily make the Red Sox the first team to have accomplished the prestigious feat of going worst-to-first-to-worst-to-first

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I don't like Andrew Miller at closer. I think the team should look elsewhere for a ninth inning guy, even if they bring Miller back. Otherwise, not bad.

LongtimeBaseballFan

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^Why not? Insane K rate, excellent ground ball #s, has cleaned up the walk problem. has the look of a lockdown closer to me.

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Craig is a starter not a bench guy if not deal him for something of need

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Shields is going to get more than that on the market.

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06 Sep 2014 16:22:04
Detroit Tigers offseason:

Tigers get: Mark Teixeira
Yankees get: Drew Verhagen, Nick Castellanos, Justin Miller, Bryan Holaday, Cash

Sign IF Chase Headley

Sign RHP Brandon McCarthy

Sign C Gerald Laird

Sign RHP Jake Peavy

Sign SS JJ Hardy

Resign LHP Phil Coke

Resign RHP Joba Chamberlain

Sign RHP Koji Uehara

Release RHP Joe Nathan

Resign UT Don Kelly

Resign RHP Jim Johnson

2015 Lineup:
1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Mark Teixeira, DH
5. JD Martinez, LF
6. Stephen Moya, RF
7. Alex Avila, C
8. JJ Hardy, SS
9. Chase Headley, 3B

2015 Bench:
C Gerald Laird
UT Don Kelly
IF Andrew Romine
OF Tyler Collins

2015 Rotation:
1. David Price, LHP
2. Justin Verlander, RHP
3. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
4. Jake Peavy, RHP
5. Rick Porcello, RHP

2015 Bullpen:
RHP Brandon McCarthy
LHP Phil Coke
LHP Blaine Hardy
RHP Jim Johnson
RHP Joba Chamberlain
RHP Bruce Rondon

2015 Closer:
RHP Koji Uehara

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Where's Jose Iglesias

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I wouldn't give up anything for Texiera.

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06 Sep 2014 16:20:25
Red Sox Rule 5 draft moves

DFA Jemile Weeks, Carlos Rivero, Ryan Lavarnway, Drake Britton

Add Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart, Travis Shaw, Sean Coyle

Let Noe Ramirez and anyone else go

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DFA Middlebrooks instead of Weeks, and call up Ramirez, DFA Breslow.

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06 Sep 2014 15:40:21
Detroit Tigers offseason:

Tigers get: Mark Teixeira
Yankees get: Drew Verhagen, Nick Castellanos, Justin Miller, Bryan Holaday, Cash

Sign IF Chase Headley

Sign RHP Brandon McCarthy

Sign C Gerald Laird

Sign RHP Jake Peavy

Sign SS JJ Hardy

Resign LHP Phil Coke

Resign RHP Joba Chamberlain

Sign RHP Koji Uehara

Release RHP Joe Nathan

Resign UT Don Kelly

Resign RHP Jim Johnson

2015 Lineup:
1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Mark Teixeira, DH
5. Stephen Moya, RF
6. Chase Headley, 3B
7. Alex Avila, C
8. JJ Hardy, SS
9. Andy Dirks, LF

2015 Bench:
C Gerald Laird
UT Don Kelly
IF Andrew Romine
OF Tyler Collins

2015 Rotation:
1. David Price, LHP
2. Justin Verlander, RHP
3. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
4. Jake Peavy, RHP
5. Rick Porcello, RHP

2015 Bullpen:
RHP Brandon McCarthy
LHP Phil Coke
LHP Blaine Hardy
RHP Jim Johnson
RHP Joba Chamberlain
RHP Bruce Rondon

2015 Closer:
RHP Koji Uehara

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Andy Dirks isn't better than J. D Martinez

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Also where is Al Alberqurqurqe and Jose Iglesias

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Things that won't happen:
Trading Castellanos
Signing Hardy
Signing Headley
Signing Coke
Signing Uehara
Signing Johnson
Releasing Nathan

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^you should also said trading for Texeira.

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05 Sep 2014 20:07:21
Phils offseason:

Sign Yasmani Tomas 6 -yrs $12 million/year

Toronto : Hamels and $10 million
Phils: Pompey, and 2 of Stroman/Sanchez/Norris/Nolin

Chi Sox: Cody Asche
Phils: Trayce Thompson and Daniel Webb

Mulling over a way to work a deal with someone for Revere too. I like him in some ways but his OPS is just dreadful for a leadoff guy and his average is high because pitchers aren't afraid to challenge him. And his defense is awful. noodle arm.

Signing Tomas and getting Pompey or a Joc Pedersen for Hamels is the way to go for jump starting the outfield of the future for them.

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Actually, I meant Revere's OBP, but yeah OPS not good either.

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Jays are not just a Cole Hamels away from being a contender. At Stroman, Sanchez and Norris are going to be keys to the future, Jays say no thanks.

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If the Jays make a big trade, it'll be a fire-sale type move. Besides, I think it's practically a given the Cole Hamels is a Red Sock next year.

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Actually it's pretty much a lock that the Phils will keep Hamels and rebuild around him. They'll try to move other non-essential pieces like Papelbon, Howard, Adams, Bastardo. And they'll be willing to pay those guys' salaries to get rid of them.

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^If the Phillies don't trade Hamels, they won't have any prospects to rebuild with. He'll get traded for a Javy Baez, Joc Pederson, or Mookie Betts in the offseason.

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^ True, the Phils don't have a large number of prospects, but they aren't bare either. Franco, Nola, and Crawford are top notch. The bullpen has some great young arms. Useful pitchers like Gonzalez, Morgan, and Martin are close. And there is still optimism for guys like Biddle, Tocci, Cozens, Altherr, Quinn, Shane Watson. If they can add a few more good prospects by trading Papelbon, Byrd, Bastardo, etc they will be okay. I believe Sizemore can be a force again. Then they can trade Lee at next year's deadline for a top guy or 2. I believe they can turn it around quickly. Of course, I'd rather have someone other than Amaro doing it!

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Do you watch the phillies? Don't tell me this stuff about all these dark horses in their farm system. It sucks. It's one of the worst in baseball. Crawford is top notch. Franco and Nola are second tier. Everyone else was overdrafted. It will not be a quick fix. After the injury, you will not get a top prospect for lee, baseball just doesn't work like that. They need to trade hamels to get an infusion of youth in this team. As long as Howard Rollins Ruiz brown revere are on this team, they will not win. They couldn't break up the core when it was time to, and now that decision is going to make this team bad for the next 5-7 years.

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If a deal with the Jays were to materialize, you're getting Nolan and Norris, not Strohman and Sanchez

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04 Sep 2014 21:51:54
The blockbuster

Red Sox get Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Dunn
Marlins get Xander Boagerts, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Eduardo Rodriguez, Allen Craig, Jonathan Herrera

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Well this started out good with Boagarts and Betts. But you lost me once you got to Bradley Jr. he really hasn't done anything or lived up to the hype and the rest are mediocre. Owens, Webster or Raunado would also have to be in the trade as well as a few others. Plus Stanton isn't getting traded.

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I'm the person who texted it and I know he isn't getting traded. I just couldn't think of a trade

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Here's what it would take:Betts, Owens, Swihart, E-Rod, Cecchini and two of Hassan, Brentz, Middlebrooks, Weeks, Herrera, Lavarnway, and Butler. Any more is too much, but I doubt the Sox do it unless they're absolutely sure they could extend him.

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^^^Rodriguez is awesome. He's been untouchable since coming to the Sox system.

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It sure looks like you thought of a trade.

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^^small sample size. He's only made 6 starts with them.

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^Yeah, but those six starts have been fantastic. Tons of Ks and very few walks. That Miller trade is looking very good for both team involved so far

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It doesn't change the fact that he didn't look very great with Baltimore. I need to see a bigger sample size.

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04 Sep 2014 21:48:57
Three team trade and 10 player trade

Cubs get Jackie Bradley, Brandon Workman, Edwin Escobar
Red Sox get Cole Hamels, Wesley Wright, Dan Vogelbach
Phillies get Clay Buchholz, Starlin Castro, Allen Webster, Sean Coyle

Red Sox get a nice ace and can sign James Shields. They also get a nice reliever in Wright and a good first base prospect in Vogelbach

Cubs get a talented starter, reliever, and center fielder and they dump Castro

Phillies get a talented starter and shortstop with prospects in Coyle and
Webster

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Replace Escobar with Henry Owens and this deal looks pretty good.

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