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10 Jan 2020 20:08:05
Blue Jays


TOR- Ken Giles
NYM- Yoenis Cespedes and Dominic Smith


Smith and Cespedes fit perfectly in Toronto as they have a hole at 1B (Shaw slides to DH) and RF. The Mets would fill out the best bullpen in baseball with Giles. Also gives them another closer should Diaz struggle again.

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11 Jan 2020 12:58:59
Don't think it is good for the Jays. They have Shaw and Tellez for 1B. Smith might be slower in Tellez and is the same player, we don't want Cespedes.

Jays do need a RF but I think they will just pluck whatever scraps are left in FA. Puig would be an OK option.

Giles will get traded sooner then later, but I predict it will be a close to MLB prospect to follow the rebuild.

10 Jan 2020 19:44:23
ATL- Nolan Arenado
COL- Austin Riley, Drew Waters, Ian Anderson, Kyle Wright

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10 Jan 2020 21:14:11
The Braves haven't been in on any of the high-profile FAs. It seems clear they don't want to pay those prices. So it makes no sense that they would pay Arenado that kind of money AND give up a significant return for him.

11 Jan 2020 09:15:14
Arenado is not only already at market pricing $ 60 MM for 2 years, but also has an opt out after those two years. The package being offered should go to a guy like Betts or Lindor. They're at least top five players in MLB. Lindor would be about $ 15 MM less over the two years as well. If Cleveland would take that package, then the Braves should offer it and see if Cleveland bites. Who knows. maybe the Indians would want some different guys like a catcher instead of one of the pitchers? .

11 Jan 2020 23:11:51
Let's not pretend like Arenado isn't great, though. For starters, since 2016, he's 8th in WAR (among hitters) at 22.4 WAR. Lindor is 5th with 23.2. So there isn't much of a gap between the two.

Two, Arenado is signed to a long-term deal that does include an opt-out. He'll be a full year older than Rendon was this offseason and is already making what Rendon will make. Will he opt out? Who knows. It's not a sure thing.

Third, even if Arenado does opt out, the team acquiring him gets the same amount of time to use as Lindor and one more guaranteed year than Betts. I would imagine a stronger package would be necessary for Lindor, just based on the money alone, but a team could easily justify paying Arenado what he's making. That's not a terrible contract.

That said, I still don't think the Braves would want to make a deal like this. They have plenty of money and plenty of draw for elite FAs and haven't been in on any of the major ones. So I'm not seeing why Arenado makes sense all of a sudden.

08 Jan 2020 10:25:53
Rest of Yankees Offseason

Trades

Trade #1

Rockies get Deivi Garcia, Clint Frazier, Gio Urshela, Estevan Florial, Jonathan Holder, and Luis Medina

Yankees get Nolan Arenado and Wade Davis


Trade #2

Brewers get J.A. Happ, Michael King, Clarke Schmidt, Albert Abreu, and Thairo Estrada

Yankees get Josh Hader


Roster

Aaron Hicks on 60 Day IL
Domingo German Suspended

Lineup

2B LeMahieu
RF Judge
3B Arenado
LF Stanton
C Sanchez
SS Torres
DH Andujar
1B Voit
CF Gardner

Bench

C Higashioka
1B Ford
IF Wade
OF Tauchman

Rotation

Cole
Severino
Paxton
Tanaka
Montgomery

Bullpen

Loaisiga (Swingman)
Green (Opener/Middle Reliever)
Kahnle (Middle Reliever)
Ottavino (Middle Reliever)
Davis (Middle Reliever)
Britton (7th Inning Setup Man)
Hader (8th Inning Setup Man)
Chapman (Closer)

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08 Jan 2020 14:08:49
. sending out the trash for gems isn't going to work for any team attempting to make a deal with the NYY's.

08 Jan 2020 17:07:49
More copy pasta.

That Hader trade is really bad. There's a zero percent chance the Brewers would even consider the idea. I don't know why the Brewers would want J. A. Happ, let alone have to pay him anything, or a guy (Estrada) who is a younger version of Hernan Perez, who the Brewers didn't even tender a contract to.

08 Jan 2020 23:39:13
Yankee fans are delusional.

07 Jan 2020 14:07:37
Mets


BOS- Yoenis Cespedes, JD Davis, Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson
NYM- Mookie Betts


If Boston is serious about moving Betts, they should call the Mets. We know Boston doesn't want to rebuild and that's where the Mets come to help. Cespedes has 1 year left and now an affordable contract who can replace Betts in the lineup. Davis can play 1B or DH once Martinez leaves. Nimmo can replace JBJ in center (or RF if Cespedes gets hurt) and Peterson is a solid pitching prospect to groom.



LINEUP
3B- Jeff McNeil
RF- Mookie Betts
1B- Pete Alonso
LF- Michael Conforto
C- Wilson Ramos
2B- Robinson Cano
SS- Amed Rosario
CF- Jake Marisnick

BENCH
C- Tomas Nido
IF/OF- Dominic Smith
IF- Jed Lowrie
IF- Luis Guillmore
OF- Aaron Alther

STARTERS
SP- Jacob deGrom
SP- Noah Syndergaard
SP- Marcus Stroman
SP- Steven Matz
SP- Rick Porcello

BULLPEN
LR- Michael Wacha
LR- Robert Gsellman
MR- Justin Wilson
MR- Brad Brach
MR- Jenrys Familia
MR- Seth Lugo
SU- Dellin Betances
CL- Edwin Diaz



This team (if the bullpen pitches the way they're supposed to) is the favorite in the NL imo. Solid lineup, good bench, great staff and amazing bullpen.

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07 Jan 2020 14:56:18
That offer won't get Mookie Betts.

06 Jan 2020 18:07:10
NYM- Nolan Arenado, Ian Desmond
COL- JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Jed Lowrie, Dominic Smith, Matthew Allen

The Rockies make the Mets take on Desmond's contract while absorbing Cespedes and Lowrie who both expire at the end of the year. Davis, Smith and Allen are still a good return for Nolan, but getting out of Desmond's deal is helpful also.

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04 Jan 2020 16:46:14
NY Mets

I don't fully understand why Mets would look to trade Lowrie with D. Smith BUT I did think of a scenario where it makes sense.

Trade above for prospects and /or salary relief

Use scary relief to sign Brock Holt and J. Iglesias to 1 year deals. This would greatly improve Mets flexibility and defense.
(I also think they should sign 1 more deliver - S Cishek and put Gsellman in AAA for depth)

Lineup
CF - Nimmo
3b - McNeil
1b - Alonso
RF - Conforto
LF - JD Davis / Cespedes
2b - Cano
SS - Rosario
C - Ramos
P

Bench - Solid
Marisnick - OF (defense)
B. Holt - 1b, 2b, 3b, LF, RF (depth / lefty PH)
JD Davis - 1b, 3b, LF (righty PH)
Iglesias - ss, 2b (defense)
nido - C (defense)

Starters
degrom
Thor
matz
stroman
Porcello
wacha (spot start every 3 times through rotation)

Pen
Diaz
Betances
Lugo
Wilson
Familia
Brach
Cishek*
wacha

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06 Jan 2020 14:36:23
If they're trading Smith it better not be for salary relief. Lowrie only has 1 year left. I am all for trading Smith with Lowrie, but only if it nets us a quality prospect or bullpen piece.

03 Jan 2020 23:23:31
2020 Predictions

Playoffs
AL East- Boston Red Sox
AL Central- Cleveland Indians
AL West- Houston Astros
WC- New York Yankees
WC- Chicago White Sox

NL East- New York Mets
NL Central- Chicago Cubs
NL West- Los Angeles Dodgers
WC- Arizona Diamondbacks
WC- Cincinnati Reds


Awards
-Bryce Harper wins the NL MVP
-Aaron Judge wins the AL MVP
-Noah Syndergaard wins the NL Cy Young
-Mike Clevinger wins the AL Cy Young


Notes
-The Nationals won't make the playoffs
-The Red Sox keep and resign Mookie Betts to mega-deal.
-Clayton Kershaw has an ERA above 4.
-The Padres trade Machado by the start of 2021.

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04 Jan 2020 01:19:50
Cubs aren't even a top 3 team in their own division. And the Red Sox aren't top 2 in theirs.

04 Jan 2020 17:41:28
Yeah, I struggle with these predictions. I think you have Houston and the Dodgers correct.

03 Jan 2020 09:03:02
Cleveland receives:
SP luchessi
OF/1B/DH Naylor
OF Trammell
C Campusano

Padres receive:
SP clevenger

Cleveland gets two starters to plug in right away and two high upside prospects that are only about a year from the show. Campusano will end up being the prize of this trade when it's all said and done.

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