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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.

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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.

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.

03 May 2017 19:34:19
Dodgers lineup in a few years

1. Toels LF
2. Puig RF
3. Seager SS
4. Belinger 1st
5. Peterson CF
6. 3rd _____
7. Barns C
8. Calhoun 2nd
9. Pitcher

They are only missing a 3rd baseman and they won't have a hard time finding one in FA or trade for one or maybe even draft someone that speeds through the minors. They could also improve their catcher but Barns isn't bad either

Then they also got Urias

They are going to be scary good(still) but also younger and have more money to spend after the older guys and their contracts come off the books.

What do you guys think?

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04 May 2017 15:13:52
How can you disagree with this. It is pure fact.

04 May 2017 15:59:33
They signed Justin Turner to a 5-year deal this winter.

05 May 2017 04:27:34
Its hard to predict where players will end up in several years, several of the players may not even be on the dodgers in a few years. that is how it is disagreeable.

15 Apr 2017 03:03:59
If the Angels were to trade Albert Pujols who would the Angels trade him too and for who?

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15 Apr 2017 12:58:41
He's 37 and including this years, because it is still the beginning of the season, he's still owed $140 million. So they may be lucking to get a top prospect.

15 Apr 2017 13:47:10
*they may be lucky, not lucking.

15 Apr 2017 22:59:59
If they can shave even half of that salary off the payroll, they'll give Pujols away for free.

01 May 2017 20:38:49
He has a full no trade clause, so I doubt he goes anywhere. If anything, I think the Red Sox would love him to fill in somewhere. They need lots of power now that Ortiz left.

30 Mar 2017 06:09:49
Based off over under projections
NL West
Giants 93-69
Dodgers 90-72
Rockies 79-83
Diamondbacks 75-87
Padres 62-100

NL Central
Cubs 96-66
Cardinals 85-77
Pirates 81-81
Brewers 70-92
Reds 65-97

NL East
Nationals 92-70
Marlins 84-78
Mets 75-87
Braves 73-89
Phillies 69-93

AL West
Mariners 88-74
Astros 86-76
Angels 78-84
Rangers 76-86
A's 71-91

AL Central
Indians 98-64
Tigers 84-78
Royals 81-81
Twins 78-84
White Sox 65-97

AL East
O's 91-71
Red Sox 88-74
Blue Jays 84-78
Rays 81-81
Yankees 80-82







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01 Apr 2017 18:21:52
You think the O's will win the AL East? Are you nuts? It goes Sox Jays and the other three have the same probability of winning it. You have to rethink your logic.

02 Apr 2017 05:08:55
The Orioles were a wild card team last year. It's not like they got much worse.

23 Mar 2017 14:21:07
The Stro Show! Huge season for him this year.

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23 Mar 2017 22:55:42
Because of one start?

Are we forgetting about the other start? He'll be fine. But let's not overreact just yet.

29 Mar 2017 14:22:27
The other start where he struggled in the first then pitched 3 clean innings after, or the one where he shut out the Dominican over 4.2 innings? Or are u talking about his second half of last season? All signs are pointing up man.

29 Mar 2017 16:48:14
"Huge season for him this year. "

You said this after he pitched one good start. I said he'll be fine. But to project a "huge" season for anyone because of one outing is a massive overreaction.

30 Mar 2017 04:39:10
Its not just because of one outing. The guys from the all star break and on has been a good starter and this season it already looks like he is finally fully healthy and locked in.

30 Mar 2017 05:38:44
"this season it already looks like he is finally fully healthy and locked in. "

He's literally pitched less than 20 innings 'this season'. You cannot possibly project a huge season based on 20 innings and a mediocre finish last season. I don't mind Stroman and think he's a great pitcher, but nothing has shown us this is going to be a "huge" season.

23 Mar 2017 03:45:53
Minnow75 asked for projections, I'll offer some.

AL East
BOS- 98-64
TOR- 89-73
NYY- 83-79
BAL- 82-80
TB- 80-82

AL Central
CLE- 97-65
DET- 81-81
KC- 74-88
MIN- 69-93
CWS- 69-93

AL West
HOU- 95-67
SEA- 87-75
TEX- 83-79
LAA- 81-81
OAK- 70-92

NL East
WAS- 92-70
NYM- 88-74
MIA- 79-83
PHI- 76-86
ATL- 69-93

NL Central
CHC- 99-63
STL- 87-75
PIT- 81-81
CIN- 70-92
MIL- 68-94

NL West
LAD- 95-67
SF- 93-69
ARI- 80-82
COL- 70-92
SD- 66-96

Wild Cards
SEA over TOR
SF over NYM

SEA over BOS
CLE over SEA

SF over CHC
LA over WAS

CLE over SEA

SF over LA

CLE over SF.

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23 Mar 2017 18:35:40
Blue Jays way too high. Losing Encarnacion will hurt. Morales is good but it's just not the same. Encarnacion was a big part of their identity as a team. Estrada and Happ both had career years that chances are they won't be able to duplicate. Tulo can't stay on the field. And Donaldson has missed the majority of Spring Training and will likely start off a little rusty since he's weeks behind everyone. I think the Blue Jays window has closed. I think they will be around .500 this year.

I think the Tigers will be a little better than that. I think they'll be more like 85-77. Verlander has returned to form. Fulmer should continue to improve. Zimmerman will be back healthy. And with that lineup that includes Miggy, V-Mart, J. D. , Upton, Kinsler, and Castellanos who finally came into his own last year. I think they could be dangerous.

Lastly, I think you have the Rockies way too low. I think you should have them and the D'Backs record flip flopped. The Rockies offense is legit with Blackmon, LeMahieu, CarGo, Arenado, Desomond (When he returns), and Dahl. And they finally have some pitching to go with it. Gray is the real deal. Bettis came into his own (hopefully he wins his battle with cancer), Chatwood is becoming more consistent, and they added Holland who is a proven closer hungry to prove he's still got it. They could be a threat for a 2nd wild card depending on how healthy the Cardinals and Mets rotations stay this year.

Aside from that I think it's pretty good.

23 Mar 2017 20:53:15
Interesting thoughts, bwright.

I think Toronto will be fine. I'm actually not as bullish on the AL East as it seems. I think I was WAY too high on the Yankees (who really don't have a great team) . I think I'll be under on the Orioles. Thus, I think the Blue Jays will be just fine playing in an overrated division.

As far as the Tigers, I'm not sure I agree. That bullpen is putrid. Their offense is reliant on aging players with limited skill sets. They have one of the worst defenses in the game, and having Collins in CF makes them worse.

As far as Colorado, I disagree completely. I don't think their pitching is really all that strong, nor is their bullpen. I'm not sure that adding Holland makes their bullpen (ranked 21st last year) makes them that much better. Desmond and Dahl's injuries will hurt, as they have zero depth anywhere around the field. I bet they start selling pieces by June/ July. That team is so poorly ran.

24 Mar 2017 03:08:07
I agree with most of your selections.

AL East- I agree with order

AL Central-Same, although KC might be closer to 500. Pitching will struggle but still decent team.

AL West-

I'll pick Seattle first. I Like what they accomplished in the off season
O's little better record

NL East- no Brainer but Atlanta ahead of Phillies

NL central-solid

NL West- I agree with order. I think Arizona will surprise a bit but won't be close to LA/ SF

Jays over Houston wildcard

Boston over Seattle
Jays over Cleveland

Boston over Jays

SF over Cards wildcard

Cubs over SF
Nats over LA

Cubs over Nats

Bosox over Cubs in 7.

24 Mar 2017 14:31:25
You could be right about the Royals. It's going to be tough for that offense to get much worse, but I don't think it's going to be much better.

Combine their same offense with a much, much worse pitching staff, and I think they finish around 70-75 games.

24 Mar 2017 14:32:13
And the Phillies: they will be much better than people realize. I actually think they could finish third in that division. Great, underrated pitching.

26 Mar 2017 15:02:37
I'll take that #3 pick all day!

20 Mar 2017 18:23:50
Yankees Late Spring Training or In-Season Move


Trade #1

White Sox get Jorge Mateo, Miguel Andujar, Chance Adams, Dustin Fowler, and Domingo Acevedo

Yankees get Jose Quintana

Trade #2

Tigers get Brett Gardner

Yankeee get Bruce Rondon



CF Ellsbury
SS Gregorius
C Sanchez
LF Holiday
1B Bird
2B Castro
DH Carter
RF Judge
3B Headley


C Romine
1B Austin
IF Torreyes
OF Hicks




Niese (Swingman)
Warren (Swingman)
Mitchell (Swingman)
Frieri (Middle Reliever)
Clippard (7th Inning Setup Man)
Betances (8th Inning Setup Man)
Chapman (Closer)

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21 Mar 2017 03:32:50
The White Sox turned down better offers in the offseason. They certainly won't take that for Quintana in the regular season.

21 Mar 2017 11:32:40
exposfan, you claim the white Sox received better offers for Quintana in the offseason. I'd love to hear what they were. If that were the case than don't you think they would have done it? From my understanding the Pirates wouldn't include Glasnow, Meadows, or Taillon. The Astros wouldn't include Bregman, Martes, or Tucker. Just like the Yankees won't include Torres, Frazier, Rutherford, or Kaprielian. All for the same reason, Quintana is very very good but he is not an ace. Getting 5 of the Yankees top 10-15 prospects is a pretty nice haul considering they have either the best or second best farm system in the game depending on who you talk to.

21 Mar 2017 20:47:04
My wording was wrong, my apologies.

Their asking price for Quintana has been much, much higher than this.

Joe Musgrove, Francis Martes, and Kyle Tucker is what they asked from the Astros. It's clear they want a king's ransom for Quintana.

In other words, they asked for the #20 and #35 best prospects in all of baseball (per MLB. com) . The offer you're suggesting is the #47 prospect and a bunch of throw-ins.

You might think it's worth it, but clearly the White Sox don't. (By the way, there are 10-15 other teams who could top that offer) .

21 Mar 2017 20:48:05
Also, consider this from Ken Rosenthal:

"Over the past three seasons, Quintana has averaged a fWAR of 4.9. His 14.6 fWAR since 2014 ranks eighth among pitchers in that span, just behind Jon Lester and right in front of Johnny Cueto and Madison Bumgarner. In those terms, the asking prices for Quintana almost sounds reasonable. "

He's an ace. And people in baseball view him as one.

26 Mar 2017 15:10:09
Bwright, those teams wouldn't include packages of all those prospects TOGETHER not necessarily individually as a headliner. The only ones I've heard are off limits are Bregman and Meadows (understandably) .

SI just came out with their "Most valuable trade rankings" and Q ranks 28, only two spots behind Chris Archer. If you don't want him on the Yankees that's fair but someone is going to pull the trigger before the deadline this year and you better believe a top 25 prospect will be headlining that package.

07 Mar 2017 18:45:32
Yankees All-Prospect Team

I'm including Sanchez, Bird, Severino, Austin, and Refsnyder because they are still really young and none of them have even played a full MLB season.

Position Players

RF Judge



Is this the most impressive group of young talent in the MLB? Of course that's not to say they'll all pan out because that's impossible.

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08 Mar 2017 11:51:54
Looks like a really good team. Maybe they'll win their 30th World Series with this team.

14 Mar 2017 04:35:09
The fascination with Rob Refsnyder is puzzling. There were almost know scouts who actually thought he had the tools to be a great prospect.

Now, he's almost 26, and he has done nothing and continues to be on the outside looking in.

Moral of the story: quit roping him in as some great prospect. He never was. He never will be.

14 Mar 2017 14:56:51
exposfan, I don't think Refsnyder is remotely near a top prospect. He is the worst prospect listed here easily. He can't defend at any of his positions and lacks other basic skills as well. However he has shown the ability to hit at every level he's been on so I figured it was a toss up between him and Austin for DH who also doesn't have a true position. This is just my idea of the Yankees All-Prospect Team. I didn't say all of them were elite.

Moral of the Story: Relax.

15 Mar 2017 01:02:44
I never said "top prospect". I said quit calling him a "great prospect". He's a career AAAA guy. It just puzzles me why every Yankees fan lists him as some future asset. He'll be DFA'd before the season ends.

24 Feb 2017 00:25:03

I was reading an article about NHL players that play in California and have been employed for 7 years may opt out and hit free agency due to a Law. The article brought up Mike Trout as he has played 7 years for the Angels, meaning if he wish he could very well opt out and hit free agency 3 years early. I'm not sure if the Angels are aware of this law but if I'm Trout I'm not staying on a losing team any longer, there's no future in the minors and the team doesn't really have a chance at making the playoffs any time soon.

You could argue all you want but there's a law that states this

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24 Feb 2017 04:53:07
I am not sure how true this is but if it is true I think Trout stays. In my opinion he will be an Angle for life.

26 Feb 2017 02:07:55
Very Interesting. If this is true, the Angels better trade him quickly. Yes, they will probably be dead last if they trade him but it is the only way to get a better future. I even have possible scenarios of what teams could have the players to get him. I even have the White Sox and The Padres but if these teams would be willing to give up there future, i have scenarios. Interested in seeing them?

27 Feb 2017 14:48:24
This is nothing new, I read that article 6 months ago. I highly doubt this will happen.

28 Feb 2017 06:43:59
I work in a law office that deals with employment cases all the time, I can tell you that there's a reason no California athlete has invoked this rule: no judge will hear a case pertaining to it.

The courts are already full enough, and if they have to take time to listen to two sides bicker over matters that are covered in a Union agreement, it's a waste of time. They'll simply defer to the CBA and call it a day.

Otherwise, it'll be in the courts for years, which doesn't affect Arte Moreno one bit and hurts Mike Trout to the fullest.

Judges don't want to take on more cases, and especially not those where the arguments have been settled by a CBA.

20 Feb 2017 17:41:41

C- Travis d'Arnaud
1B- Jay Bruce
2B- Neil Walker
3B- Jose Reyes
SS- Asdrubal Cabrera
LF- Yoenis Cespedes
CF- Curtis Granderson
RF- Michael Conforto

C- Rene Rivera
1B- Lucas Duda
IF- David Wright
MIF- Wilmer Flores
OF- Juan Lagares

SP- Noah Syndergaard
SP- Jacob deGrom
SP- Matt Harvey
SP- Steven Matz
SP- Robert Gsellman

LR- Zach Wheeler
MR- Seth Lugo
MR- Hansel Robles
MR- Fernando Salas
LH- Jeremy Blevins
SU- Addison Reed
CL- Jenrys Familia

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21 Feb 2017 19:11:08
Bruce can't play first. They need to deal Bruce and Granderson they have Smith who will be ready soon to play 1st so just keep Duda there for now and have an OF of Cespides, Conforto and Nimmo.


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