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  1. 2019 MLB Draft

    McCann's slugging over 1.000 didn't catch your eye? Haha. Hunter Bishop especially is rocketing up the lists. Huge guy with plus power/speed tools that may be capable of playing CF for several years at the big league level. Question was always about the hit tool, but he apparently made some tweaks and is looking great. This draft is going to be loaded with bats.
  2. RYAN TANNEHILL appreciation thread

    Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised at that. I'm sure the $5 million we essentially sent their way bought us the pick, but it's still a huge cap savings, a big help to the tank....er.....rebuild this year, and getting more ammunition for the 2020 draft was terrific.
  3. Titans have traded for Ryan Tannehill

    It's still a huge cap savings for the Fins. Like $13 million or something. I can't believe they actually got a 4th rounder for Tannehill, even if it's a 2020 pick. His injury history is pretty ugly the past few years. Will root for the guy, but it was definitely time to move on and the Fins did just fine with this deal.
  4. MLB/MLBPA changes coming in 2019/2020

    Isn't that the most likely outcome at this stage, though? It certainly will be the position the players take, after the past 2 offseasons.
  5. MLB/MLBPA changes coming in 2019/2020

    I'm speaking money-wise, of course. A LOOGY would still command a couple million annually. They won't anymore, and will likely find themselves without a job. Yes, that means an open spot for a AAA reliever that may not have previously had a roster spot, but he'll get paid $500K. Even more likely is that several AAA type relievers are shuffled in and out over the course of the year. Teams are scaling back on money for relievers in general, so it's not like the lost LOOGY salary is magically going to find its way to other relievers that are capable of getting both sides out. It's just not something that a Player's Union would willingly accept.
  6. Chicago Cubs Thread - #secondhalfcubs

    So, this team really needs Kimbrel now. Check out the pen to begin the year: Morrow - On the DL Strop - Hurt hammy, may begin season on DL Duensing - Sucks Kintzler - Sucks Chatwood - Sucks Montgomery - Has had a sore shoulder this ST Cishek - Used a bunch last year and not sure if there will be repercussions Brach - Had mono in the offseason, lost 10 pounds, and his velocity is down again this Spring Edwards - Terrific reliever when he's right, but we know he will occasionally have bouts of wildness Xavier Cedeno - Been hurt all ST and won't be healthy to start the year Maples - He's looked terrific this spring, but is still not big league tested Mills - He will be in AAA as a 7th starter in case of injury to the big league rotation Norwood - See Maples Rosario - He's not really that great There are a bunch of other AAAA options that are fairly terrible and don't deserve to be listed. That pen has the chance to put the team 5 games out of 1st place by the end of May. Kimbrel wouldn't solve all the problems there, but he would be a terrific band-aid until Morrow and Strop get fully healthy.
  7. MLB/MLBPA changes coming in 2019/2020

    Yikes. I hadn't seen that part yet. I wondered why the Players would have negotiatied the 3 batter rule, which will put a whole lot of LOOGYs on the street.
  8. Free agents 2019

    I think it has much more to do with the fact that the Fins are clearing tanking. If you could get the same money from a team that has aspirations of being competitive, you choose that every time.
  9. Draft Discussion 2019

    Depth needs to be acquired, but just let Jesse Davis play RT this year. I didn't think his play was that bad at all when he was filling in for James. Interior O-line needs to be the focus, IMO. There should be a really good D-lineman available at 13, and hopefully one of the good C/OG is there in the 2nd.
  10. Chicago Cubs Thread - #secondhalfcubs

    When everybody else in the league is purposely not spending money as well, it makes it much less impressive. This is a team that brings in like half a billion dollars of revenue each year, and that was before the new TV deal was announced, which will double or triple the current TV revenues. Ricketts can afford to blow past the luxury tax without blinking. They are purposely choosing to enrich themselves at the expense of the product on the field. Harper was a clear upgrade at a position of need to a team that looks to be in a very tough division battle this year. Kimbrel is a clear upgrade at a position of need to a team that looks to be in a very tough division battle this year. With a healthy KB and Yu to start the year, I still have the Cubs as the favorites in the Central, but it's way too close for comfort.
  11. Chicago Cubs Thread - #secondhalfcubs

    Holy crap. We apparently offered Brian McCann a deal this offseason, but he wanted to return to the Braves. Thank God. I couldn't stand having both McCann AND Russell on the same team. I'm upset enough about Russell still being here.
  12. Chicago Cubs Thread - #secondhalfcubs

    Brach had his contract renegotiated because he had mono this offseason. This doesn't please me. Brach was fairly terrible before he regained his velocity in Atlanta. If that velocity is gone this year due to the mono (he reportedly lost 10 pounds), he's not worth a roster spot.
  13. 2019 MLB Draft

    I want to disagree with this, but I can't. That bat is so legit.
  14. Draft Discussion 2019

    Rosen was my favorite QB in the draft last year, and I would absolutely trade a 2nd and a 5th for him. But I'm guessing somebody pays more.
  15. Harper to Phillies for 13 years $330 million

    You can't make it hurt any more than it already does. Effing billionaires. Almost makes me want to vote for Bernie.
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