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  1. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected to HoF

    Please be a Red Sox beat writer or something.
  2. 2019 MLB Hot Stove Thread

    We both know that other teams are not going to trade much for a 31 year old Arenado making $32 million a year, even if he's been really good. There are only a handful of teams that can take on that type of contract. He would absolutely have value though. I'm in agreement with you on that. But the ability to have a peak prime player in perpetuity is considerably more valuable. I don't see how that is even debatable. But as I mentioned, it would take a perfect storm of events to allow that to happen. The even MORE perfect storm of events would be for the team to be able to trade the superstar player every 3-4 years instead of having them opt out, but that's even more far-fetched. I used the 3-4 year interval in my scenario. A vehicle, assuming normal use, is going to sustain high performance during this time, just like the 3-4 peak prime performance of the player I referenced. Assuming you didn't take an 8 year loan, the vehicle should be worth more than is owed on it after 4 years. Not a ton, mind you, but there is value there (as would be the case with Arenado's trade value if he didn't opt out). You do make a very good point about financial flexibility in today's game, though. With owners treating the LT threshold as a salary cap, the ability to NOT have to pay a declining player $32 million is likely to have some value. Stupid owners. This shouldn't be a thing, but it does need to be considered.
  3. 2019 MLB Hot Stove Thread

    The opt out scenario is exactly the same as buying a car versus leasing one. Leasing a car (a player opting out) can only be worthwhile if you continuously replace the car (player) with another lease (player with an opt out). Example: 1. Arenado signs huge deal for $32 million AAV as a 28 year old. 2. Arenado plays at peak prime level for 3 years at this salary and opts out 3. Rockies use the $32 million to sign 28 year old superstar with an opt out. 4. New superstar plays at peak prime level for 3 years at this salary and opts out. 5. Rockies use the $32 million to sign 28 year old superstar with an opt out. Rinse and repeat. The big issue is that free agents of that caliber are not reaching free agency each year, and that there is no guarantee you could get one of them to sign with you. But if a team was able to essentially have a perpetual peak prime superstar, that would be far more valuable than whatever mediocre prospect package they could get for an expensive 31 year old Arenado. The scenario exists where opt outs can greatly benefit the team; it just isn't very likely.
  4. 2020 Prospect Follow Thread

    He really is. He's the perfect "realistic" scenario at 18, for my money. But with holes littering the roster, I can't get on board with tossing a 2nd or 3rd round pick to trade up. Simmons is the ultimate swiss army knife and I would love that type of playmaking on this defense.
  5. 2020 Prospect Follow Thread

    Same here. I'd take one of Okudah/Thomas/Brown. Herbert has way too much bad tape to take in the top 10, IMO.
  6. Red Sox Cheated! Update: Cora Fired

    As a fan of a team that employed the POS Addison Russell during the entire 2019 season, I strongly disagree with this.
  7. 2019 MLB Hot Stove Thread

    Jomboy with new stuff on that on his twitter. I have to say, it's not a good look when Altuve screams at his teammates rounding 3rd base after hitting a walk-off to not tear off his jersey in celebration. And then he immediately goes to the clubhouse and comes out with a different shirt on.
  8. I would have bet a decent amount of money that he would have signed in Atlanta or Washington.
  9. Astros get the hammer dropped on them-Lunhow/Hinch fired

    Manfred didn't want to do ANYTING that would risk pissing off the MLBPA any more than it already is. CBA negotiations are coming up quickly, and there is already a huge contingent that is more than willing to strike.
  10. Astros get the hammer dropped on them-Lunhow/Hinch fired

    So true. Coppolella has to be pretty pissed off right now.
  11. Astros get the hammer dropped on them-Lunhow/Hinch fired

    I don't know how to analyze these penalties. I talked myself into believing that the Astros would only be fined money and maybe put in the IFA penalty box, as I have no faith in Manfred. As such, these penalties look much more severe. But I'm sure they aren't harsh enough in the grand scheme of things.
  12. 2019 MLB Hot Stove Thread

    The only way that deal makes any lick of sense for the Cards is if the Rockies are paying a big chunk of the salary.
  13. Chicago Cubs Thread - Kimbrel incoming

    Woohoo! After 17 years, I FINALLY made it to the top of the wait list for season tickets.
  14. Cardinals Trade Jose Martinez to Rays for Matt Liberatore

    This is exactly my take as well. It makes all the sense in the world for both teams, IMO. Both teams dealt from a position of depth/lack of need for a position of need.