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16 Nov 2018 00:03:32
Anyone think Kansas City will try and get Bour.

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16 Nov 2018 05:09:08
Name a cheap 1B and I think you could make a case for Kansas City.

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15 Oct 2018 19:41:35
Everyone think the Yankees should and will trade Sonny Gray this offseason. I think they should hold on to him and bring him into spring training with a clean slate and give him one last shot. There is no point in trading him now. They need rotation help, he's cheap, he's talented, and his value will never be lower. I say give him one more shot but don't count on him as a main stable and maybe he rebuilds some of his trade value if given a shot.

Does anyone agree with me?

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15 Oct 2018 22:24:39
Very rarely are GMs this forthright about a player before the offseason even begins.

Expect him to be good as gone.

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16 Oct 2018 02:01:25
Cashman went out and said he's going to trade him, saying a change of scenery is necessary. They did give him one last shot with a spot start in August or September and stunk it up.

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16 Oct 2018 08:23:03
I didn’t ask you to repeat what Brian Cashman said. I read the same articles you guys did which was what led me to this post. I disagree with what Brian Cashman and everyone else is saying and wanted to give my own perspective and see what you guys thought. I think Cashman is a brilliant GM and I agree with him the majority of the time but I happen to disagree with him about what to do with Sonny Gray. I know how he feels. I’m asking for your personal opinions not for you to reference an interview with the Yankees GM.

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16 Oct 2018 19:25:58
Sonny Gray in New York is a lost cause. Its time for them to move on. The trade hasn't worked for Oakland either. Mateo took steps back, Kaperlian didn't even throw a pitch this season and Fowler came up stunk.

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16 Oct 2018 22:04:21
The A's still have a chance to turn those players into something. Whether it's development or a trade.

The Yankees aren't going to get much more than a couple trash bags for Sonny Gray.

I guess maybe New York could see if he's useful again, but I'm not sure it's worth the risk. He's been horrible in New York.

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Sporting Villains Part 1: Spain's Paralympic Basketball Team 2000

20 Sep 2018 17:32:13
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Sporting Villains Part 1: Spain's Paralympic Basketball Team 2000

Possibly, probably even, the biggest sporting scandal of all time begins our new Sporting Villains series.

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14 Aug 2018 23:07:03
Offseason Contract Option Predictions

CATCHERS
Robinson Chirinos - $2.375MM club option - exercised by Rangers
Brian McCann - $15MM club/player option - declined by Astros

FIRST BASEMEN
Logan Morrison - $8MM mutual opion - declined by Twins
Justin Smoak - $6MM club option - exercised by Blue Jays

SECOND BASEMEN
Josh Harrison - $10.5MM club option - declined by Pirates

SHORTSTOPS
Elvis Andrus - can opt out of 4yrs/58MM - opts in with Rangers
Eduardo Nunez - $4MM player option - exercised by Nunez

THIRD BASEMEN
David Freese - $6MM club option - exercised by Pirates
Jung-ho Kang - $5.5MM club option - declined by Pirates
Mike Moustakas - $15MM mutual option - declined by Brewers
Pablo Sandoval - $545k club option - exercised by Giants

OUTFIELDERS
Brett Gardner - $12.5MM club option - exercised by Yankees
Brandon Guyer - $3MM club option - exercised by Indians
Jason Heyward - can opt out of 5yrs/106MM - opts in with Cubs
Gerardo Parra - $12MM club option - declined by Rockies
Denard Span - $12MM mutual option - declined by Mariners
Yasmany Tomas - can opt out of 2yrs/32.5MM - opts in with DBacks

STARTING PITCHERS
Madison Bumgarner - $12MM club option - exercised by Giants
Carlos Carrasco - $9MM club option - exercised by Indians
Doug Fister - $4.5MM club option - exercised by Rangers
Jaime Garcia - $10MM club option - declined by Blue Jays
Cole Hamels - $20MM club/vesting option - option does not vest, exercised by Cubs
Jason Hammel - $12MM mutual option - declined by Royals
Clayton Kershaw - can opt out of 2yrs/65MM - opts out of contract with Dodgers
Jordan Lyles - unspecified club option - declined by Brewers
Matt Moore - $10MM club option - declined by Rangers
Martin Perez - $7.5MM club option - exercised by Rangers
David Price - can opt out of 4yrs/127MM - opts in with Red Sox
Chris Sale - $15MM club option - exercised by Red Sox
Ervin Santana - $14MM club/vesting option - option does not vest, declined by Twins
James Shields - $16MM club option - declined by White Sox

RELIEF PITCHERS
Sean Doolittle - $6MM club option - exercised by Nationals
Nate Jones - $555k club option - exercised by White Sox
Jeremy Jeffress - $3.175MM club option - exercised by Brewers
Brandon Kintzler - $10MM club option/$5MM player option - declined by both Cubs, Kintzler
Mark Melancon - can opt out of 2 yrs/28MM - opts in with Giants
Seung hwan Oh - $2.5MM club/vesting option - option does not vest, exercised by Rockies
Wily Peralta - $3MM club option - exercised by Royals
Joakim Soria - $10MM mutual option - declined by Brewers
Pedro Strop - $6.25MM club option - exercised by Cubs

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15 Aug 2018 18:30:18
Fister, Gardner, and Hamels will all be free agents.

Fister has hardly played and is shut down.
Hamels is far too expensive for the Cubs. I believe they traded for him seeing him as a rental, than a player for next year.
Gardner is blocking the Yankees' younger players.

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10 Aug 2018 08:54:11
How Well Will The 2019 New York Yankees Do, If They Look Like This?:

Batting Lineup (When Everyone Is Healthy)

1. LF Brett Gardner
2. 3B Manny Machado
3. CF Bryce Harper
4. RF Giancarlo Stanton
5. SS Didi Gregorious
6. DH Aaron Judge
7. C Gary Sanchez
8. 1B Greg Bird
9. 2B Gleyber Torres

Bench (When Everyone Is Healthy)

Nick Hundley
Marwin Gonzalez
Ronald Torreyes
Aaron Hicks

Starting Rotation (When Everyone Is Healthy)

1. Luis Severino
2. Dallas Keuchel
3. Masahiro Tanaka
4. Patrick Corbin
5. Lance Lynn

Bullpen (When Everyone Is Healthy)

Sonny Gray
Chad Green
Justin Wilson
Tommy Kahnle
Dellin Betances
David Robertson
Aroldis Chapman

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10 Aug 2018 14:42:24
So the Yankees will have a payroll over over 300M?

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13 Aug 2018 00:35:25
Okay, so it's not quite 300M, but let's break it down:

Gardner (FA) - Est. 12M
Machado (FA) - Est. 33M
Harper (FA) - Est. 35M
Stanton- 26M
Gregorius (Arb) - Est 14M
Judge- 750K
Sanchez- 750K
Bird- 600K
Torres- 600K

Severino (Arb) - Est. 5.5M
Keuchel (FA) - 18M
Tanaka- 22M
Corbin (FA) - Est. 15M
Lynn (FA) - Est. 12M
Gray (Arb) - Est. 8M
Green- 1M
Wilson (FA) - Est. 8M
Kahnle (Arb) - Est 3.5M
Betances (Arb) - Est. 8M
Robertson (Arb) - Est. 12.5M
Chapman- 17.2M

Dead Money
Ellsbury- 21.1M

Altogether, so long as I didn't miss someone, you're talking 266.5M in payroll. Most of that is new, lengthy contracts, and will only rise as Judge/ Sanchez/ Severino/ Torres get into arbitration years. So that's multiple seasons in which they'll be penalized with lower draft picks, significant taxes, and likely spark more limits in the next CBA bargaining.

It honestly doesn't matter how your MLB The Show lineup plays. The Yankees won't pull that off.

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14 Aug 2018 15:59:27
So you think the Yankees are going to spend almost a $1 billion on 4 players (Machado, Harper, Corbin, and Keuchel) . Not happening. I think they sign 2 of those players, Either Machado or Haper, then either Corbin or Keuchel. Next there is ZERO chance Sonny Gray is on the roster next year. I think Hicks gets traded, and I am not entirely sure Gardner has option picked up. Judge will probably get a big raise in salary, not that $750K you predict. David Robertson is a free agent, I don't see him coming back. I also predict Romine will be back as the backup catcher.

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14 Aug 2018 20:13:32
If the Yankees are in the position of signing all those players, they won't give him a raise. They don't have to. He's not even arbitration eligible this offseason.

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14 Aug 2018 20:16:57
Also, in my estimations, I left out the bench players. So add another 15-20M to that final total.

I think this is as likely as the Yankees winning the AL East at this point.

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02 Sep 2018 23:41:42
Wait, Hold On, I Am Replacing Lance Lynn, With J. A. Happ, In The Rotation For Us.

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03 Oct 2018 00:53:41
Happ and Lynn will make almost the same amount. Happ will probably make slightly more. So that doesn't help.

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31 Jul 2018 21:18:11
Great trade for the Rays. Archer is not the same pitcher he used to be.

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01 Aug 2018 14:01:53
I never thought he was that great to begin with, a bit over hyped.

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27 Jul 2018 04:24:17
Just looking for opinions on the current playoff format and ways to improve. Letting more teams in like 6 or 8 etc. Or leave it as is?

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30 Jul 2018 22:42:55
Here's what I think is going to happen within the next 10 years. The league will expand to 32 teams, probably eliminating interleague play. Instead of 3 divisions in each league there will be 4, consisting of 4 teams each. that's four division winners and as for the Wild card it should stay at 2 per league. 6 playoff teams per league. The Wild Card game needs to expand to a best 2 out of 3.

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31 Jul 2018 01:17:48
There's been a lot of interest, it seems, if the league goes to 32-teams, to four 8-team divisions.

If such is the case, expand to six teams in each league (top 3 from each division), eliminating the "Wild Card" round. Format just like the NFL playoffs, with a 3-5-7-7 series breakdown.

That would be my ideal situation.

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31 Jul 2018 02:14:58
The one problem I see with that format is after the wild card team has won, they will have 5 teams. I do agree with making wild card best of 3.

I think they should do top 8 in each league. Two wild card teams play top two teams. (Seeded)

First two rounds best of 5. 2 games at one field then 3 at the other. This eliminates one travel day.

LCS and WS best of 7.

Adding 2 best of 5 rounds should only add a couple of weeks on.

Reduce season schedule by this much to end things around the same time.

I know the league will lose revenue which is why it will probsbly never happen but some of those stadiums will have a lot more people in them in August/ September with many teams chasing a spot.

This really is a no brainer to me but I am maybe missing some things?

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31 Jul 2018 14:41:35
You brought up a good point as the wild card game would result in 5 teams left. So what they could do is 8 teams per league. 4 division winners and 4 wild cards. The Wild card series I still think should be a 3 game series, but needs to be played within 4 days. We don't want the postseason going into mid November. So they could also start the season a few weeks earlier, or have scheduled double headers and giving out more off days.

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26 Jul 2018 20:30:35
Not a big fan of Happ trade to Yankees. McKinney might be ok down the road but Drury is average at best and another third baseman the Jays don't need. Yanks won trade by far.

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26 Jul 2018 22:22:38
McKinney is worse than Hernandez, Alford, Pompey, Grichuk, Pillar. At 24, I'm not sure where he finds the playing time in that roster.

Drury and his 50 wRC+ is absolutely putrid. He's a classic AAAA player.

Maybe the market for Happ wasn't strong, but they probably could have received more elsewhere for him. If they were aiming for Drury, their entire front office should be fired.

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26 Jul 2018 22:49:46
Geez I didn't realize he was 24 already. Yeah definitely could of got a better deal.

Atleast go for a pitching prospect.

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26 Jul 2018 19:16:46
What will the Braves do if anything?

Chris Archer?
Reds Bullpen arms?
or a hitter.

Outside of the Padres they have the farm system to get anyone they want.

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26 Jul 2018 22:24:44
If I'm the Braves, I'm targeting a big named, controlled starter.

Go get Syndergaard. They could give 3-4 top prospects and still have a top 5 farm system. You don't win championships by counting prospects.

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25 Jul 2018 09:00:11
Anyone know if the Cubs have the minor leaguers for J. A. Happ? Thanks.

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25 Jul 2018 14:47:28
They probably do, but not as much as they use to have so they may have to give up more than other teams to get him. But do the Cubs really need another starter?

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25 Jul 2018 16:03:22
The Cubs would have some pieces the Blue Jays would like, but Toronto will likely wait to see if better offers come their way. The Cubs farm system is empty.

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