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14 Dec 2018 16:17:27
Random FA signing ideas

Red Sox sign Daniel Murphy. There's rumors there is interest in Brock Holt. If he is moved Murphy would be the ideal pickup for Boston. His bat is still great, even if his defense has deteriorated from not great to less great. I see him more as a 1B platoon with Pearce getting spot starts at 2B, but he would be a good insurance policy for Pedroia as well. Moreland might be worth something on the trade market as there isn't a ton in the way of 1B out there.

Mets sign Grandal.
This one seems too simple to me. d'Arnaud and Plawecki are clearly not the answer for New York. I like Realmuto, but I like Syndergaard AND Grandal more. Those two have arguably been the top two catchers in the league the last few years, both offensively and defensively. The fact Grandal didn't play in the playoffs is cause for some concern, but the Mets could use that in negotiations...and getting TO the playoffs is far from a bad goal for them in the first place.




26 Nov 2018 16:02:55
The Dodgers need a starting C with Grandal likely moving on in FA. They might go after Ramos, but they also have assets to trade. The Red Sox have three catchers on the roster, and would likely be willing to move one of Vazquez or Leon. Neither are very expensive, and both are very good behind the plate, while providing timely hitting with some pop. There's no Buster Posey here, but both are quality guys. if the Dodgers were willing to part with a decent pitching prospect with upside like Yadier Alvarez or Tony Gonsolin, that would likely do the trick.


1.) 26 Nov 2018 16:55:41
Of ALL Major Leaguers with at least 250 plate appearances, the bottom two players in wRC+:

Sandy Leon (33)
Christian Vazquez (42)

Both Boston catchers were objectively horrible last season. They were both negative WAR players.

Neither of those guys are bringing in a "decent" anything. They were straight up garbage.

2.) 26 Nov 2018 20:10:38
You can't call either of them straight up garbage. Are either of them offensive guys? No, but defensively they are both extremely good, and both are in the top of the league as far as pitch framing (Leon at 7th in the league and Vazquez at 12th) . In FRAA-adj Leon was again 7th best while Vazquez slipped to 14th. They both call a very good game, which can't be quantified at this point, but (and take it for what it's worth) Porcello says Leon is the best catcher he's ever thrown to.

Neither is an offensive powerhouse obviously but they tend to get their scant hits in big spots. Vazquez hit very well against the Yankees in the ALDS, while Leon had a couple of nice pinch hit appearances in the World Series. Again, they wouldn't be brought in for their bats, but both are worthy starters to handle a pitching staff.

3.) 26 Nov 2018 21:52:18
They both were negative WAR players last year. Even with their defensive ability, you still have to expect them to hit the ball. They were 58 and 67 percent WORSE than AVERAGE hitters last year, respectively.

They were both worse than replacement level.

But this isn't even the point. The point is, you think a team like the Dodgers‚who make extremely savvy moves and tend to avoid horrible players—are going to give up a legitimately good pitching prospect for a catcher who is worse than some AAA kid they could throw in the game?

Not. A. Chance.

4.) 26 Nov 2018 21:54:18
Also, are you really referencing the ALDS?

That was 10 plate appearances. If you think 10 plate appearances tells you anything, then it's probably best you bow out of this.

Christian Vazquez and Sandy Leon are horrible baseball players and at least one (Leon) probably won't be tendered a contract. The other will be a back-up catcher in a couple of weeks.



12 Oct 2018 13:36:44
NYM: Jacoby Ellsbury and cash.

The Yankees would have to eat most of the contract, but if they ate all but $5mil-ish a year it would still be better than eating the contract and cutting him to open a roster spot for the kids.

The Yankees OF is a glut now, and they should want to free up even 5 mil a year. The Mets need someone to bat at the top of the lineup, and they need a real CF. They have Lagares coming back and could platoon the two a bit. This would all depend on the health of Jacoby (of course. for him), but he could fit exactly what they need if he can stay on the field. If they can take a crack at it on the cheap, it would be not only a possible fit, but also a very "Mets" move.




09 Feb 2018 21:04:52
The Mets have been one of the only clubs to venture into the Free Agent pool. I think they should try to offer Eduardo Nunez to play second for them. Their outfield and Frazier make up a solid middle of the order, but they need more players to get on base in front of them. Nunez is a pretty good number two hitter, and plays a solid enough second base. Thoughts?


1.) 09 Feb 2018 23:20:36
Nunez is allergic to leather.

2.) 09 Feb 2018 23:32:01
They have Asdrubal to play 2nd.



13 Dec 2017 17:46:38
The Mets need a CF to put between Conforto and Cespedes. If I'm them, I'm calling the Yankees about the availability of Gardener. They're looking to shed payroll in the Bronx, and they have an excess of OF with Gardener, Hicks, Jacoby, Judge, Frazier and now Stanton. They can rotate some players through the DH spot as well, but that's still a glut on the active roster. I'd offer them either Gsellman or Lugo, a younger depth infielder of their choice like Cechhini or TJ Rivera, and Harvey.

If Harvey comes back to form, this would be a steal for the Yankees, but even if he is just mediocre, they probably aren't getting much better out there. They won't get anything back for Jacoby, and they would likely have to pay a bunch of his contract. Gardener would be the perfect veteran winner to come over from the Bronx and provide that CF/Leadoff guy that they've been lacking, similar to when they signed Granderson. After that, they can look to sign some IF help on the free agent market.


1.) 14 Dec 2017 01:22:04
So Gardener is Top Tier is what your saying?

2.) 14 Dec 2017 15:21:27
You think that package of players from the Mets would get anyone in the top tier? Harvey has little trade value at this point, those two are back of the rotation pitchers, and any of those IF are purely depth guys. The Mets aren't getting any top tier players without giving up something that they shouldn't be willing to.

Gardener brings something that the Mets are lacking, and he's able to be had because of the situation the Yankees find themselves in. They have the stars they're building around, and want to cut some payroll. This gives them three pieces that they can fit into the back end of their roster with some upside, and helps get them under that luxury threshold.

Adding Gardener as their CF would give the Mets a complete outfield with Cespedes, Gardener and Conforto with Nimmo as a good 4th option. Gardener also brings you a good leadoff guy. He's also not too crazy expensive, so you could throw whatever money you were thinking about throwing at Bruce, and divert it towards an IF bat.

Right now their set pieces are Rosario and Smith, so they should be looking at upgrades at 3B and 2B, as well as a part time 1B. If I'm them, I throw money at a 3B since the market actually seems to be pretty flush right now with guys like Moustakas and Frazier, while there's plenty of part time types at 1B with guys like Adams and Reynolds (who would be my choice. ) They could also look at a guy like Howie Kendrick for 2B.

There's a lot of different directions they could go, while not spending tons of money on the premier guys out there. Most WS winning teams aren't superteams. They have their top couple of guys, and then everyone else produces. You need to have balance throughout, not just "top tier" guys.




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18 Nov 2019 17:13:01
Most of the teams that have been thrown around in the Mookie Betts rumor mill are the usual suspects. Big market teams, and the top farm systems in San Diego and Atlanta.

One team that I think should be in the conversation, maybe before any of those others, is Minnesota. They have a good number of top prospects, were just a triple digit win team who might actually be one big addition or two away from winning it all, and they are in a city that not many players are looking to go, which means an all in push for a top player could be worth the prospects that Boston would want.

More than likely, Mookie isn't going to stick around past this season, but teams like San Diego, Atlanta and the other top market teams have the luxury of slow builds. The Twins don't have that. They aren't going to be the group that lures Cole or Rendon. They'll have to give up the goods in order to get past the Yankees in the playoffs. If I'm them, I think I bring in Mookie full boat, bring on Price at a portion of his contract, and give up a couple of promising prospects in return, thinking this could be the year. Of all teams, they know that prospects don't always pan out (Buxton injuries) and they rarely have a shot at a sure thing. Also, a single ring is a big enough deal there, that they might as well swing for the fences. If/When he leaves, they at least made the push.


1.) 21 Nov 2019 13:08:14
I doubt Mookie brings in much more than Goldschmidt did last season.

So, think 2-3 players who are MLB ready, but none who are lights out players. Kelly, Weaver, and Young are all pretty good players, but none of them are household names.

I doubt Betts commands much more than that.



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?


1.) 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.

2.) 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.

3.) 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.

4.) 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.




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19 Feb 2019 14:29:42
1st, the Sox are not the most complete team in the bigs. Their bullpen is behind some of the others in MLB. I'd say the Yankees, if their rotation is healthy, and the Astros are both more well rounded. That could easily change with a Kimbrel signing. Having him in the 9th slides everyone up in the pecking order and makes them that much more efficient.

I also don't see the Reds moving Iglesias right now, but there are some good young RP out there the Sox might be able to pry away from teams who aren't going to be competing. I do think Iglesias would be a good deadline target if Cincy isn't in the thick of it.




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14 Dec 2018 16:03:39
I agree with Stat. That's not nearly enough for the Padres to give up. Even with Andujar being a guy who shouldn't sniff the NL, I would rather him than Margot. A one in one out Syndergaard for Realmuto shouldn't be happening, and the other player (s) involved need to be good. Margot still has potential, but not to the same level as he did when Boston moved him to San Diego.




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06 Dec 2018 20:15:39
It's probably too much for Simmons, but he has come a LONG way since he earned his reputation as a glove only SS. He actually has a very good bat now.




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05 Dec 2018 17:41:03
Do I think it happens? Absolutely not. But it is a plan that could work if the Wilpons weren't the owners.




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05 Dec 2018 17:40:29
I agree with a lot of this. That trade for Trout, however, is WAY off. What I would try to do is package Syndergaard and a prospect or two for Bryant. I feel like Syndergaard and Bryant are on the same level talent-wise, and have the same amount of control, but Bryant is an everyday player and has had some injury history. If they bring in Bryant, I think the Mets would become favorites to bring in Harper. That would solidify your outfield with him, Conforto and Nimmo. Mcneil, Cano, Rosario and either Frazier or Alonzo is your infield. You still need to do something at the catcher position, and that probably leaves them out on Grandal, but if they want to go ALL in, they could try for him as well.





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