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29 May 2017 15:23:11
Heard this on a Chicago radio station:

Royals Get: Albert Almora, Jeimer Candelario, Dylan Cease

Cubs Get: Danny Duffy, Lorenzo Cain


1.) 29 May 2017 16:48:21
Danny Duffy is going to cost teams a lot more.

2.) 30 May 2017 01:14:52
Duffy isn't going anywhere except to the trainer's room; he just landed on the DL.

3.) 30 May 2017 18:42:04
Yeah this trade is irrelevant now with him on the DL but just thought it would've been interesting as his talent/ contract is exactly what the cubs need along with a leadoff/ cf type in Cain. KC getting back a potential starting CF and 1b in preparation for Hosmer to leave, and a nice young arm in Cease.

4.) 30 May 2017 23:27:09
I like the basics of the trade. Duffy's injury ends this one. But, Cain could still be dealt; the two sides have made a few deals, including the Wade Davis-Jorge Soler trade.



19 May 2017 16:00:45
Nats Get: David Robertson, Nate Jones

ChiSox Get: Juan Soto (Organization's #3) and Luis Garcia (Organization's #9)

Gives the cats a huge boost in the bullpen for this year and next year. They keep Fedde, Robles and Kieboom


1.) 23 May 2017 15:46:46
What a rip off for the White Sox. Juan Soto maybe, but they don't need Garcia. It's been hard for White Sox to work out a trade with just Robertson.



04 Jan 2017 16:29:54
Dodgers Get: Ian Kinsler

Tigers Get: Yusniel Diaz, Jacob Rhame.


1.) 04 Jan 2017 17:58:44
I think the Dodgers are more likely to get Dozier from the Twins.

2.) 05 Jan 2017 01:35:05
Bats, I do too, but if the Twins keep insisting on more than DeLeon and a fringe prospect or two, LA will talk with the Tigers more about Kinsler.

3.) 05 Jan 2017 14:42:18
Red Sox Guy, Exactly my thought process.

Especially since it seems like the dodgers are the only team in talks for him right now, its awfully hard to have leverage in a trade with only one potential partner. I think twins might get cold feet.



25 Dec 2016 16:28:05
Braves Get: Quintana

ChiSox Get: Albies, Newcomb, Wentz, Herbert.


1.) 25 Dec 2016 20:35:52
Toss in Todd Frazier from CWS, and another hitter from the Braves' system, and let's get it done.

2.) 26 Dec 2016 15:14:12
I'd rather just take out Herbert. Not sure Todd-Father is a good fit with Atlanta just looking at his contract. I think ChiSox are also trying to sell assets individually.

3.) 27 Dec 2016 14:09:21
Braves are opening in a new stadium this year; they would love to provide at least the illusion that they are contenders.



23 Dec 2016 18:54:53
Saw this on twitter from Brian Bilek but think this would be interesting:

Pirates Get: Quintana

Yankees Get: Cutch

ChiSox Get: Glasnow, Newman, Mateo, Hoy Jun Park (NY 21st prospect)


1.) 23 Dec 2016 20:10:27
Values are there- but can Yanks take on Cutch w/ o trading Gardner first? They really want to give Judge AB's-Frazier on the rise-stuck with Ellsbury (can't trade him. ) If they trade Gardner-I like it. With Holliday gone after '17-they could rotate 4th OF into DH in '18 when Frazier should be ready. But, would Pirates do it? Cutch, Glasnow and Newman for Q? Not enough! As a yankee fan-Trade Gardner-go for it.

2.) 23 Dec 2016 21:05:28
Last thing everyone needs to see is the ChiSox getting a ton more prospects.

3.) 23 Dec 2016 21:06:48
Why would the Yankees want more outfielders?

4.) 23 Dec 2016 22:11:20
Cutch to Yanks makes no sense. Will not happen.

5.) 23 Dec 2016 22:53:12
Not sure why yanks would do it either but I'd take that o package as a chi-sox fan.

6.) 24 Dec 2016 04:25:07
Yankees have Gardner, Ellsbury, Judge, Hill, Holiday whose more of DH, Williams, Austin who can play the OF, and Clint Frazier. No exact need for McCutchen.




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11 May 2017 12:58:32
Cubs Get: Jose Quintana, Nate Jones

White Sox Get: Eloy Jimenez, Ian Happ, Jose Paulino, Preston Morrison

Might seem like a lot of an asking price but hear me out:

Cubs have an absolute log jam in their middle infield for the next 3 years with Zobrist on contract and Baez likely to be his heir apparent with addy locking down SS making Happ expendable (not less valuable, but expendable).
Eloy Jimenez is a corner outfielder which is also another spot where Jay Hay is signed for the next 6 years (they rarely play him in center) and Kyle is in left. Even Bryant and Zobrist get corner outfield roles as well. Once again, making it tough to see Eloy contributing to this team more than 30-40 games a year (similar to Soler).

They Get:
Q- cost control pitcher signed through 2020 who gives them leverage over Arietta this offseason and is likely the Ace as Lester Ages

Nate Jones- Top tier set-up man signed through 2019.


1.) 18 May 2017 19:49:51
The Cubs seem more interested in letting the chips fall where they may.

Besides, if there's a team that loves positional flexibility, it's the Cubs. They'd rather use multiple guys in super-utility roles and get them 120-130 games than move them simply because they foresee a log-jam.

Some of those players will fizzle, some will get hurt. Some will change positions. It would be short-sighted to trade that depth for pitching when they can just sign a player in the winter.

2.) 21 May 2017 01:53:06
@thestatbook, fair point for sure about the super-utility roles. To your point nearly half of their roster can player both infield and outfield. And my point is not that they feel they HAVE to part ways because of a log jam, but rather that it might make parting ways with talents like Happ and Jimenez a bit easier considering you have players like Baez, Russell, Schwarber (who they seem committed to), and Heyward locked up at those positions.

It will be interesting to see how much long term money they want to invest in SP this offseason tho. Come 2020 they're going to have to lock up A LOT of their roster. I. E. Bryant, Russell, Schwarber, Contreras, Rizzo, Baez.



21 Jan 2017 15:13:06
Every pitcher in the MLB became a free agent. Yet they're only willing to sign a one year deal. You're a GM. What's your top 10 big board look like?


1) Kershaw
2) Scherzer
3) Bumgarner
4) Sale
5) Syndergaard
6) Kluber
7) Verlander
8) Hendricks
9) Cueto
10) Porcello

*I think you could make an argument for putting 2-6 in any order

*Hendricks is great but not in that top group until he can consistently pitch into the 7th

*Honorable mentions: Tanaka, Lester, Quintana, Roark, Sanchez


1.) 22 Jan 2017 16:49:11
What about Price

2.) 22 Jan 2017 20:56:01
He's very good no doubt. Probably should've been mentioned in honorable mentions but other than innings (which is very valuable don't get me wrong) he didn't rank top 10 or even 20 in almost any of the advanced stats last year. Even his WHIP, ERA and FIP were worst of his career since 09.

3.) 23 Jan 2017 00:27:21
1. MadBum
2. Kershaw
3. Scherzer
4. Syndergaard
5. Sale
6. Kluber
7. Archer
8. Arrieta
9. Martinez
10. Tillman

Madbum above Kershaw, mainly because of playoffs, both are great in regular season but Madbum is that guy I know can dominate in the playoffs.

Archer he's very very good just on a really really bad team.

Martinez one of the best young pitchers

Tillman has dominated the AL East no doubt he'd do the same in any other divison

4.) 24 Jan 2017 05:37:54
I love Bumgarner as much as the next guy, but you can't possibly believe he's better than Kershaw.

5.) 25 Jan 2017 01:24:50
Tillman is not even in the top 20.

No one is better than Kershaw right now. I don't want to hear anything it is not a question.

Archer is a very good pitcher but as of right now he is not in the top 10.

Aaron Sanchez won the AL ERA title at the age of 24 in his first full season starting.

Cueto has to be up there. No question

6.) 25 Jan 2017 15:24:07
Zammer, what's your top 10 looking like?

7.) 25 Jan 2017 19:52:35
Tillman is one of the best he's had a era of 3.50 or lower in the past 5 out of 6 seasons I believe and he's pitching in the AL East the dude is a stud.

If Archer actually had a good team behind him I'd say he has the potential to be the third best starter

MadBum Kershaw debate, I love Kershaw but both are great in regular season but MadBum is flat out dominate in postseason. Same thing with Archer is Giants scored more he'd be putting up Kershaw numbers

8.) 25 Jan 2017 22:04:42
Tillman isn't even the best pitcher on his own team.

9.) 25 Jan 2017 23:57:54

If i was only to sign 1 of them to a one year deal, Kershaw is number 1 no doubt. I chose Synergaard over MadBum because i feel there is still improvement with Synergaard while MadBum is going to be consistently the same. The last 2 picks in Sanchez and Martinez are 2 really young pitchers who have already dominated and i expect them to take it to the next level

10.) 26 Jan 2017 01:50:36
Verlander over Kluber and Sale?

11.) 26 Jan 2017 02:45:04
Zammer, are you a Blue Jays fan? As a Canadien, it's the only way I can see someone putting Sanchez in the top 10. He's not better than Arrieta, Lester, or even deGrom.

12.) 26 Jan 2017 04:12:53
Verlander should have won the AL Cy Young over Porcello

13.) 26 Jan 2017 04:15:54
Tillman has had an ERA under 3.50 twice in the last 2 seasons and 1 of those seasons he only started 15 games. He has a career ERA of 4.15. He hasn't dominated the AL East

14.) 26 Jan 2017 12:44:20
Fair enough, agree to disagree about Verlander.

But exposfan, Jake is not a top 10 pitcher, probably not top 15 imo. I'd take Sanchez over him rn as well. He had an amazing run for about 20 games and started the season strong but after that has come down to earth. Era was above 4 closing out this season and failed to hit 200 innings.

15.) 26 Jan 2017 19:48:17
This is about taking a pitcher on a 1 year deal. Lester is one of the top 10 in the game but he has a ton of innings on his arm and is on the wrong side of 30. Arietta struggled with control and was not the same dominant self. DeGrom is coming on an injury season where he struggled down the stretch.

16.) 02 Feb 2017 01:24:38

17.) 02 Feb 2017 16:11:19
You could also argue that Sanchez doesn't have enough of a track record to buy in on a 1-year deal.

I think Sanchez is very, very good. I don't think he's anywhere close to a top 10 pitcher.

18.) 03 Feb 2017 22:21:44
Hasnt had a bad season yet and had the lowest in the AL in his first full season as a starter? i'd bet on that any day. Aaron Sanchez is that good man.

19.) 08 Feb 2017 20:07:20
1. Kershaw
2. Scherzer
3. Bumgarner
4. Kluber
5. Lester
6. Sale
7. Verlander
8. Hendricks
9. Cueto
10. Syndergaard

Syndergaard could very likely be higher than this after the season, but he just hasn't played enough yet for me and we will see if he can stay healthy. and I'm sorry, but Mamba you're crazy if you think Tillman is near the top 10 in all of baseball.

20.) 13 Feb 2017 23:38:33
Puts Lester over Sale like a true cubs fan lol.




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20 Jun 2017 20:43:21
Marinermark, I have confidence the Chisox will lose every game they play because their roster is so bad lol. In all seriousness tho, the asking price was
Musgrove, kyle tucker, and Martes this past offseason.

I'm a few credits shy of my degree in baseball management but I don't think it dropped to a single top 100 prospect based on 14 shaky starts.

Anyways, agree to disagree. Guess we'll have to wait and see in the next few months what his return is.




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20 Jun 2017 14:45:37
marinermark, I can see where his era would point to him "falling off" and what else do you see that makes you come to that conclusion? Seriously asking. My point is that a guy who over the last 3 years who ranks:

9th in War
8th in IP
15th in FIP
25th in ERA
33rd in K/ BB%
32nd in SIERA

Doesn't scream "middle of the rotation starter" starter to me.

His contract still has 4.5 years of control at less than 9 million a year. Would they have gotten more for him in November? Possibly. But I still think he demands two top 50 prospects, or close to it, as headliners.




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19 Jun 2017 17:54:35
His one good start this year? Q has 14 starts this year and if you take away his bottom two performances his era is 3.69.

Has he gotten off to a rough start? Yeah. But you're going to tell me the 2-3 starts where he got knocked around trumps a 3 year track record of consistent top tier WAR, ERA, IP, GO/ FO, WHIP numbers?

If were going to be judging pitchers by their first 3 months, I take it Verlander, Cueto, Harvey, Teheran, Cole and Estrada are bums too then?




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10 Jun 2017 02:03:24
I actually love the match of the Todd-Father and Yankees but I really don't think the Sox get that much back. If Hahn got Tate straight up I would be satisfied.




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08 Jun 2017 18:51:33
Cuteo can also opt out, essentially making him a rental. If SF continues to struggle he may even be a yankee via FA next year.





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