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14 Jun 2017 17:19:48

The Rays should strike while their players on playing well. They should finally make the move to capitalize on the pieces they have. Just an idea if they decide to blow it up and how well it will shape their future.


TB- Bradley Zimmer, Francisco Mejia, Brady Aiken
CLE- Chris Archer

TB- Jorge Mateo, Miguel Andujar
NYY- Jake Odorizzi

TB- Dylan Cease, Jeimer Canderario
CHC- Corey Dickerson

TB- Justin Dunn, Marcos Molina
NYM- Evan Longoria

C- Francisco Mejia
1B- Brendon McKay
2B- Jorge Mateo
3B- Miguel Andjuar
SS- Willy Adames
LF- Bradley Zimmer
CF- Kevin Kiermeier
RF- Steven Souza Jr
DH- Jake Bauers

SS- Tim Beckham
OF- Mallex Smith
OF- Jesus Sanchez
3B- Jeimer Canderario
3B- Joshua Lowe

SP- Brent Honeywell
SP- Blake Snell
SP- Jose De Leon
SP- Dylan Cease
SP- Brady Aiken
SP- Matt Andreise
SP- Justin Dunn
SP- Jacob Faria
SP- Marcos Molina

They would have a lot of depth and talent at every position. This would put them in position to contend from 2019-2022


1.) 15 Jun 2017 14:29:20
Cleveland says NO!

2.) 15 Jun 2017 21:47:59
I think all teams say no, except the Mets who runaway after the Longoria trade that would be a steal for him.



26 May 2017 15:28:53
White Sox

CWS- Clint Frazier, Jorge Mateo, Chance Adams
NYY- Jose Quintana

Deadline move. Yankees are in good position to make a run in a weak AL. They have the offensive fire power, but lack an ideal 1-2 for the playoffs. Quintana and Tanaka will give them two very good pitchers to compete in the playoffs. The White Sox should continue to add young talent and focus on competing in 2018.

CWS- Jesus Luzardo, Drew Ward
WSH- David Robertson

Deadline move. This trade was agreed upon in the offseason, but money was the reason it didn't go down. The Nationals need a RP bad and the White Sox get two more young guys to add to their farm.

3B Mike Moustakas 4 years $52 million

DH Mitch Moreland 2 years $15 million

C- Zach Collins
1B- Jose Abreu
2B- Yoan Moncada
3B- Mike Moustakas
SS- Tim Anderson
LF- Clint Frazier
CF- Jorge Mateo
RF- Avasil Garcia
DH- Mitch Moreland

SP- Lucas Giolito
SP- Carlos Rodon
SP- Michael Kopech
SP- Reynaldo Lopez
SP- Dane Dunning

LR- Chance Adams
MR- Chris Beck
MR- Michael Ynoa
MR- Nate Jones
MR- Zach Burdi
SU- Tommy Kahnle
CL- Carson Fulmer

By the middle of 2018 this should be their Roster. They have young talent at every position and would be in good position to make some real noise in 2019.


1.) 26 May 2017 21:33:54
Plausible, for sure.

2.) 27 May 2017 00:38:43
I can tell you're a Mets fan. Weak AL? Check the records. NL has more teams with losing records than winning records. AL East has best combined division record in baseball. Why would Yankees give up Frazier AND Chase Adams (check his numbers) PLUS top 50 minor leaguer Mateo for SP w/ ERA 4.82. Rather have G Cole. Much better talent.

3.) 27 May 2017 13:38:37
Mitch, either way, the Yankees will give up a lot for a premium arm such as Quintana or Cole. Quintana's contract is more team friendly than Cole, which means he may be harder to acquire.

4.) 27 May 2017 15:08:46
LBF, Cole is not signed to any long term contract and is only making 3.75 million this year. He is arbitration eligible until 2020. Quintana has the long term contract and is making 7 million this year, also a free agent after 2020. So who is on a more team friendly contract?

5.) 27 May 2017 19:19:55
Quintana is likely to have the more team friendly deal. Cole will make a good chunk of change through arbitration. By Arb 3, it could be as high as $15M.

6.) 28 May 2017 16:11:38
Both trades certainly possible from a value standpoint but I really think the yankees are going to hold onto their assets and go after pitching via free agency.

However, unless Kenny takes control again I don't think ChiSox are going after big FA this year like Hosmer, also they're absolutely not going to rush any of their prospects. Moncada and Lopez could be up next year but nearly everyone else is still very raw. And I think Burdi is your closer over fulmer.

7.) 28 May 2017 17:04:59
Yes he is more likely in the long run to have a more friendly contract, but at this current time he doesn't, making the reason invalid.

8.) 29 May 2017 13:52:04
Batman, we aren't just limiting the conversation to "the current time". Gerrit Cole will make a lot of money via arbitration.

Quintana is guaranteed as little at 9.85M over the next 2 seasons (if his team buys out his contract) . Gerrit Cole could easily make that in 2018 and/ or 2019 alone.

Gerrit Cole's contract may "look" cheaper now. But it certainly won't be.

9.) 29 May 2017 14:20:49
I know, that is why I clearly stated "he, being QUintana, is more likely in the long run to have a more friendly contract"

10.) 29 May 2017 15:06:02
No, Batman, because Quintana's pay is set for years to come - while Cole is about to enter arbitration phase - Quintana's contract is much more team friendly.

11.) 29 May 2017 15:59:16
Thats what I just said.

12.) 29 May 2017 22:32:27
If that's what you said, why were you arguing with us?

13.) 30 May 2017 18:12:26
First of all I was point out at this current time Cole had the more team friendly contract or the lack of one, then I agreed in the future Quintana would have the more friendly contract.

14.) 30 May 2017 18:40:04
I know you are, but what am I?

15.) 30 May 2017 20:22:06
Let's get a replay:

I said: "Quintana is likely to have the more team friendly deal. Cole will make a good chunk of change through arbitration. By Arb 3, it could be as high as $15M. "

You fired back with: "Yes he is more likely in the long run to have a more friendly contract, but at this current time he doesn't, making the reason invalid. "

If you were saying the same thing as us (you weren't), there's no sense in arguing. If you weren't, you already disproved yourself (meaning your statement I quoted was wrong) .

You make debating 3 times harder than it needs to be.

16.) 30 May 2017 22:29:39
This argument was rather unnecessary. When this was first posted i asked who was really under the more team friendly deal. Check it out again, I did post who was making what. I agree in the long run that Cole will be signed to a longer, more lucrative deal. I'm not trying to be difficult, just trying to prove a point. Arbitration will be very kind, moneywise, for Cole. I just don't feel you can call that a long term contract, I could be wrong on that. So let's end this nonsense of an argument.

17.) 31 May 2017 04:01:43
I have no qualms with your posting of stats/ salary figures. It's when you say, "that's what I am saying" when it's clear it wasn't.

I'm just confused, because at one point, after I made a statement that Cole's was more friendly, you argued. Then all of a sudden, it's what you were saying? Again, it's confusing, which is why it's nonsense.



12 May 2017 14:33:59
NYY- Eric Hosmer
KC- Blake Rutherford, & Chance Adams


1.) 12 May 2017 17:31:44
So you are giving up on Greg Bird already? He suffered an ankle injury in late spring training, never recovered fully and is now on the dl. If he ends up being out long term, maybe trade for Hosmer.

2.) 12 May 2017 22:22:07
Hosmer would be a rental, which might not be bad if the Yankees are in contention and Bird is still struggling.

3.) 16 May 2017 15:36:30
BATMAN, Hosmer is a FA at the end of the year. This trade strictly helps the Yankees this year. If they feel Bird doesn’t progress this year, they can consider resigning him. Rutherford is not ready and has Judge and Frazier in front of him. Adams is a good young pitcher with upside. It’s a win-win for both teams.

4.) 17 May 2017 16:17:21
I'm well aware that Hosmer is a free agent at the end of the year. But the likelihood of him signing with the Yankees is low in my opinion. Remember they are trying to stay under the luxury tax so they can reset the % so they aren't paying so much tax. Secondly yes Rutherford is still a few years away, but that doesn't mean they should trade him either. They could easily trade Ellsbury by then as his contract will be in the last year or so. I know that the high probability of them landing Bryce Harper after 2018, but he could easily DH or Judge could DH. Its hard to predict what will happen though. Trading for Hosmer isn't going to happen.

5.) 17 May 2017 17:54:58
Did you really just say the Yankees could "easily" trade Jacoby Ellsbury?

Unless they take on all of his contract, no one is touching that deal. No one.

6.) 18 May 2017 05:51:49
Yes, apparently "thestatbook" you didn't read after that. I said at the end of his contract or by then, which is what this guy was saying about Rutherford not being ready. Yes they will need probably pick half the contract. You really need to stop this nitpicking on comments. (Right now Jacoby Ellsbury 3.5 years left, let's say 80 million roughly left on the contract, not tradeable. Jacoby Ellsbury in 2019, the time period being mentioned, 2 years 42 million, Yankees eat half or more, very tradeable. )

7.) 18 May 2017 17:21:54
You call it nitpicking, I call it commenting. (Which, by the way, you do the exact same thing. )

Also, I didn't say they need to take "half" of his contract, I said "all. " No one, I repeat no team is going to pay $20+M for a 35-year-old outfielder who has underperformed for years now.

And talking about clearing the way for a guy who doesn't have 150 PAs above rookie ball is putting the cart before the horse just a wee bit, don't ya think?

8.) 18 May 2017 18:51:37
how about reading everything I say, we are HYPOTHETICALLY talking about 2-3 years from now, when Rutherford IS ready. They may not trade Ellsbury, they may move him to dh. sure they could trade Rutherford by then. who knows, but it won't be for a rental. I also think that after next year if they were to make Ellsbury available, and ate 21 of the 42 million left on his contract, I think a team would be willing to make a move on and pay him 10 million a year. By the way I may do the same thing, but at least I read the whole comment before hand.

9.) 18 May 2017 19:34:48
Right. I'm well aware of what you mean. I get the sense you're not understanding what I'm saying, so I'll try to explain a little better.

One, if the Yankees took on 21 of Ellsbury's 42M left, the acquiring team would be on the hook for $21M. Name me one team that would pay that for an under-performing, 35-year-old outfielder? You make it seem like it'll be this super easy task to move Jacoby Ellsbury when he's 35. It won't. The Yankees likely won't want to take on that money, as they've been very averse to doing so in the past few seasons. And no one is touching that contract. It won't be easy.

Two, Rutherford is good. No one will deny that. But every year, people act like top 100 prospects won't be given up for rentals. They will. And for the Yankees, and any forward-thinking team in baseball, trading a prospect 2-4 years away for an immediate impact as a contender is a no-brainer (see: Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox, Royals) . The Yankees certainly understand the risk to guys like Rutherford, as they've seen it themselves with guys like Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, and Rob Refsnyder in recent years. None panned out. The development path is risky, and moving a project like Rutherford for a proven commodity is likely.

10.) 18 May 2017 19:44:55
Also, please stop accusing people of not reading what you wrote. We read it. Just because you disagree with what we say doesn't mean we didn't read what you said.

I am well aware you are talking HYPOTHETICALLY. But if your hypothetical situation means Jacoby Ellsbury is suddenly a must-have commodity at 35 and Blake Rutherford is a can't-miss prospect, you're aiming for the clouds. Could it happen? Yes. Will it? My guess is most likely no. Especially with Ellsbury and very likely with Rutherford.

Your dogmatic response to the Hosmer trade, and to people's responses to you is evidence you're unwilling to hear any other opinion than your own. Again, we read your comments. We just disagree. And that's okay.

11.) 19 May 2017 05:54:32
I get what you are saying now. I am open to others opinions, what I don't like is when someone tries to spin what i'm saying around into something else. I still think a team would be 10 million a year for Ellsbury by then, maybe I'm wrong, who knows, we shall find out in several years. And yes Rutherford could always be a bust like Williams, Heathcott, and several others.

12.) 19 May 2017 17:28:36
You keep saying someone would take Ellsbury S10M, you think the Yankees, who have been averse to taking on needless contract money, would take on $32M+ for Ellsbury?

I also don't think anyone would touch Ellsbury at that price. No one wanted Jay Bruce at $13M, and he was younger and a better hitter.

13.) 20 May 2017 14:06:45
No I really don't think the Yankees would take on over 32M for Ellsbury, 20-22, maybe. I don't know where you are getting 32M from. but the likelihood of him getting traded is slim, he will probably end up Dhing in the end.

14.) 20 May 2017 16:48:01
If a team is taking on $10M during the time period you suggested, that means the Yankees are on the hook for $32M. Unless someone somewhere is paying $11M for Ellsbury.

15.) 20 May 2017 17:50:57
So you seem to have misinterpreted what i mean or I just didn't make it clear. I meant 10 million each of the last two years of the contract, making it 22 Million the Yankees would be on the hook for.

16.) 20 May 2017 23:32:58
10M a year makes a heck of a lot more sense. Thanks for clarifying.

Either way, teams weren't willing to bit on $13M for one year of Jay Bruce, they won't likely go for $10M a year for 2 years of Ellsbury.



08 May 2017 15:12:20

Deadline Trade

NYM- Joc Pederson, Brock Stewart, Will Smith
LAD- Matt Harvey

The Mets and Harvey have had issues since he came up. Sandy Alderson and Scott Boras never seem to get along and I believe it will lead to the split of these two. The Mets need a CF and the Dodgers need a RH starter. This trade makes sense for both teams.

Im assuming with all of the injuries the Mets will be out of contention at the deadline. If so, try to move Cabrera, Walker, Granderson, Duda, and Reyes at the deadline, if not let them walk as FA at end of the year.

QO Jay Bruce, get 1st round pick from whoever signs him.

RP Addison Reed 4 year $36 million

C Jonathon Lucroy 4 years $48 million
3B Todd Frazier 1 years $10 million

C- Jonathon Lucroy
1B- Dominic Smith
2B- Wilmer Flores
3B- Todd Frazier
SS- Amed Rosario
LF- Yoenis Cespedes
CF- Joc Pederson
RF- Michael Conforto

C- Travis d'Arnaud
IF- TJ Rivera
IF- Gavin Cecchini
OF- Juan Lagares
OF- Brandon Nimmo

SP- Noah Syndergaard
SP- Jacob deGrom
SP- Steven Matz
SP- Zach Wheeler
SP- Robert Gsellman

LR- Seth Lugo
MR- Hansel Robles
MR- Brock Stewart
LH- Jeremy Blevins
LH- Josh Smoker
SU- Addison Reed
CL- Jenrys Familia


1.) 08 May 2017 17:40:59
Someone didn't pay attention to the new CBA. Free Agents that are offered the QO's no longer will bring a 1st round pick in the draft, it depends on type of market they are. I believe big markets get a 3rd round and small markets get 2nd and 5th round pick. Also it is entirely way to early to predict the offseason. I don't agree with the Matt Harvey trade, the Mets have a ton of outfielders, it wouldn't make sense to add another.

2.) 11 May 2017 03:42:46
I believe it has to do with the luxury tax threshold. If the team signing the player exceeds it then they get the 2nd and 5th. If they don't then it's the third.

3.) 11 May 2017 13:50:48
Take Joc out of the deal and add someone like Thompson then you have a deal.




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26 May 2017 16:20:46
Mets won't trade their top two picks from last years draft. They need the pitching help in the minors. They won't move two pitchers for Solarte. I like Solarte, and i'm a Mets fan, but it wouldn’t match up to organizational needs.




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16 May 2017 15:36:30
BATMAN, Hosmer is a FA at the end of the year. This trade strictly helps the Yankees this year. If they feel Bird doesn’t progress this year, they can consider resigning him. Rutherford is not ready and has Judge and Frazier in front of him. Adams is a good young pitcher with upside. It’s a win-win for both teams.





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