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03 Dec 2018 18:43:02
So this post is a little different.

What kind of names do you like for an expansion team in Portland? My top three are the Grizzlies, Pioneers, and Orcas.

Also, what are some names you like for expansion teams in Mexico City, Vancouver, Nashville, and Charlotte?

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03 Dec 2018 21:09:30
Good question. I personally like Orcas, but it'd be better if they were the Oregon Orcas.

I'll offer mine.

-Portland Pines (Something to do with forestry)

-Mexico City Palacios (Mexico City is the city of Palaces)

-Vancouver Storm (for all the rain)

-Nashville Notes (or just steal "Sound" from their AAA team there)

-Charlotte Kings (It's the "Queen City" but I can't imagine they'd name a sports team the Queens)

03 Dec 2018 21:33:24
All good ones. I was reading something somewhere when somebody suggested the Portland Pioneers and explained the dual meaning with the Oregon Trail pioneers and also technological pioneers. Sounded like that name had deep roots.
I really like the Vancouver Storm though that’s a good one.

07 Dec 2018 14:53:26
Portland could have a lot of good ones. I like the Pines. Along the same lines, you could go with Lumberjacks or Axes or something, although that kind of sounds like a minor league team. You could also go with something to reflect the Rose City nickname.

I like Orcas a lot, but would actually like that more for Vancouver. You could steal the look of the logo from the Canucks a few years back. You probably wouldn't want to do Storm because of the Seattle WNBA team. Not that you couldn't use the same name, it's just a bit close.

Mexico City would be a lot of fun. I like Mexico City Revenge, but I feel like that's more of an NBA style name than MLB. I'd also love them to use Quetzalcoatl just to make them the bane of announcers everywhere. You could also just do a Spanish version of a name like Diablos or Toros. I would also like Luchadores.

Nashville would have a lot of good ones. You could go with Sound or Notes to go with the music scene. You could go with the Heat due to the famous Hot Chicken. Hickory because of Andrew Jackson. Pioneers due to Boone and Crockett. Another one would be the Nashville Way. It was a phrase coined to represent the good race relations in Nashville during the Civil Rights movement.

07 Dec 2018 18:41:19
I have a really good feeling that MLB would be uncomfortable having a team named after Andrew Jackson. Just a hunch.

02 Dec 2018 00:02:50
New homes for some recent non-tendered players:

Billy Hamilton- Athletics
Jonathan Schoop- Twins
Avisail Garcia- Giants
Wilmer Flores- Tigers
Shelby Miller- Tigers
Brad Boxberger- Red Sox
Mike Fiers- Orioles
Hunter Strickland- Braves
Blake Parker- Giants
Dan Jennings- Twins
Yangervis Solarte- Japan (somewhat serious)

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05 Dec 2018 19:09:44
Those are all really good landing spots. Solarte could be a star in Japan with the way he plays, so it will all be a matter of preference on his part. I like Boxburger with the Sox, and I'm very interested to see where both Flores and Garcia wind up. Garcia is a really talented player when he actually plays, and could be a boon to someone. Flores I eel bad for. He's the one guy out there who eats, breathes and sleeps the Mets. They've been his home since he was 16, and he never wanted to leave, but those are the breaks. He should wind up on an American League club. I can see Detroit, but I would keep an ear out on the Yankees. I don't know why, but it just seems like something they would do if they don't make a splashy infield acquisition like Machado.

05 Dec 2018 20:32:40
With the Tigers a ways from contention, I see them being in on a lot of these guys. You could probably make a case for all of them. Same with the Giants. Teams looking to stockpile playable talent on dirt cheap prices.

18 Dec 2018 03:42:42
hahaha I absolutely love that statbook has the Giants picking up Avi Garcia.

01 Jan 2019 06:51:27
I said they’ll pick him up. I didn’t say he’d be great. Zaidi loves cheap depth. They can get Avi for not much more that 4m next year.

28 Nov 2018 21:43:55
All MLB Team

C Realmuto
1B Goldschmidt
2B Altuve
3B Arenado
SS Machado
OF Trout
OF Betts
OF Judge
DH Martinez

SP Kershaw
SP Scherzer
SP Sale
SP Kluber
SP deGrom

RP Kimbrel
RP Jansen
RP Chapman
RP Britton
RP Miller
RB Betances

I'd love to hear your opinions.

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29 Nov 2018 14:19:37
Are you talking about putting together the best possible team to go out and play next season? If so, you're pretty much spot on.

If you're talking just this season's performance, I'd find it very hard to keep Verlander out. There's really nobody who deserves to get left out on the list you've put together either though. I might put him in instead of Kershaw, but they're neck and neck.

For second base, Altuve was great again, but I'd give the not to Ramirez. He had a fantastic season.

Other than that, it's really hard to argue with much of that list. I might say Miller off the pen, because he had a bad/ injured season. But again, if I'm just looking for the best guys out there and not the best 2018 season, I'd be taking him.

29 Nov 2018 17:59:35
I think there are several bullpen arms whose stock is trending upwards I'd rather take. Guys like Josh Hader, Jose Leclerc, Blake Treinen, Edwin Diaz, Felipe Vazquez.

I'd also probably take Freddie Freeman at 1B and find a way to put Jose Ramirez in there. Honestly, I think he takes Altuve's spot at 2B.

24 Nov 2018 18:49:20
With the number of teams in need of outfield help, I have to imagine someone would be willing to take a chance on Rusney Castillo. With his contract, and their outfield depth, there's pretty much no way that the Red Sox will call him up, but he's had two very productive seasons at AAA now, and he is a guy who can play a pretty good Center Field as well as the corners. The Sox would have to eat some of his contract and/or take an ill fitting contract in return, but they have the spending power to do so.

I think he would fit very well in an NL lineup like Colorado, San Fran or New York. A team like Oakland would also be a fit depending on the amount of cash the Sox would eat.

Boston needs to restock its farm system, and a couple of middle of the road prospects from a deep system like Colorado would probably make them willing to eat that cash. Any thoughts?

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26 Nov 2018 05:11:42
Wait, you think the Red Sox would actually be able to “restock the farm” on Rusney Castillo?

The Red Sox would likely get nothing more than a couple bucks (literally) for him. The Giants could get the guy for a dollar if they want to take him. Boston won’t get a thing for him.

26 Nov 2018 05:14:33
Castillo didn’t even get claimed when Boston DFA’d him, nor have they remotely had any interest in him.

The fact anyone thinks they can get something to restock the farm is as laughable as it gets.

26 Nov 2018 14:40:12
Castillo didn't get claimed because then the team picking him up would be responsible for his contract. If the Sox are going to get anything, they would have to pick up a good amount of his owed money.

Restocking the farm is a pretty general term. Getting the 15th-20th best Rockies prospect for example, would be a huge get considering where the Sox' farm is ranked right now. He's in a horrible situation, but he's not a bad player. He's just terribly overpaid. He's not getting into an outfield that's made up of Benintendi, Bradley and Betts, but that's not to say he wouldn't be successful somewhere else. He's been one of the top hitters in AAA IL the last couple of years, and should be given a chance somewhere.

26 Nov 2018 16:50:29
In order for this to make any sense for the Red Sox, they have to:

a) Get a team to take on Castillo's entire contract. If the Red Sox take on ANY of Castillo's contract, it counts against them in the luxury tax (thanks to Castillo being grandfathered under the previous CBA, it didn't count against them) . So the Red Sox need the acquiring team to take on all of the remaining contract (about 28M or so) .

b) the Red Sox have to get a reasonably good prospect back.

So, you have a team paying a guy 28M to a minor league player all the while giving up something moderately good for him? Why on God's green earth would ANY team take on that risk?

The Red Sox could eat the entire contract and not get a top 30 prospect from any team. It's a horrible situation Boston created for themselves.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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