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  1. dabirds

    Cubs rumored to have deal (offer) for Manny

    Yuck. I want no part of Baez. Just more of the same - power with no OBP. Try to get Happ instead...
  2. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    I have no issues with that. I have no proof, but I highly doubt they did either one. Very frustrating. It goes back to the other thread. They seem to have no plan, they just react. You should not run a billion dollar investment that way. Not smart.
  3. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    Apples and oranges. The Yankees had much better teams, plus they are willing to spend the money to extend players. If the extension does not work the extra money is easily absorbed. That is not the case for us.
  4. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    I do not agree with this. The GM should be looking multiple years down the road and not just keeping their fingers crossed for the next season. Also, even though they made the playoffs the team had a ton of weaknesses that needed to be addressed. You also have to realize that there is NO WAY Britton could improve on the year he had in 2016 and get top value for him, especially after the return on Miller and Chapman and how much the teams used them in the playoffs. And if you are not extending Manny you have to trade him. Just to show I had these same thoughts back then here is one of a very few threads I started to discuss.
  5. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    Ha, a second too late. Story of my life!
  6. That's reasonable, but I would suspect that you would be more involved in the overall strategy. There should be no way the owner should let the GM negotiate with teams over their star player without guidelines in place and then veto the deal when it comes back to him. I know if I was owner I would want to know the GM's strategy going into the offseason and agree to a plan with him before he starts making moves. I would never let something like this go so far along without him knowing my feelings on the progress and a pretty good idea of what I would accept and what I would not.
  7. I agree I dont like the opt out. They should allow escalators for statistcal achievements, rather than for stuff like games played or awards won. Stuff like an extra million for 35 homeruns. An extra million for a qualifying OPS over .850. etc
  8. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    I really hope the Cards or White Sox get desperate. They both have the pitching depth we need. I cant see trading Manny without one major piece (Weaver/Reyes or Giolito/Kopech) coming back plus additional prospects, Fingers crossed!
  9. The difference is that I know we will not pay the money to extend him. I admit, I have no idea what we could have gotten, but I would have floated him out there to other teams to see if I could get a good return. No guarantee that return would be there, and maybe DD did that, but I doubt it. After seeing what the Yankee$ got for Miller, hard not to shop him. You could fill so many holes and revamp our farm system with Givens, Brach, and ODay there to take his place.
  10. LOL. I had a feeling I messed something up there. But Ron Howard might be better! 😁 Even coming off a wildcard, Chris Davis was not the answer. You have to constantly reshape your roster to sustain relevance. I did not expect a rebuild at that point, but spend your money wisely. Use that money to try to extend Machado, even if u can only buy out one free agent year. Davis was such a waste that we cannot afford. Now they should be trying to extend Schoop, Bundy, & Gausman. Dont wait until they are too expensive (might be too late for Schoop). These are the risks they should take. They wont be able to afford them later. If Mancini has another good year he should be next...
  11. Maybe most did, but I did not. He had Ron Howard 2.0 written all over him. Especially after trading for Trumbo with Mancini in the wings. Not an area of need. Really, really stupid. I also advocated for trading both Manny and Britton last offseason. We really need to trade people at the top of their value, or extend them before they hit it. The lack of vision by this team is astonishing. Granted noone can do this without making some mistakes, but it is like we never try. For example, Did they really think Britton could ever top his 2016?
  12. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    The longer this takes the less optimistic I get. I know in theory that they should take time to play the teams against one another to get better offers, but my gut says the longer it takes that the owner is meddling and messing things up.
  13. I agree with this 100%. I wonder how much different our team would look with the same budget but no interference. No Chris Davis? International signings? Britton traded? Machado extended? Who knows what would be different if DD had full control of the roster decisions.
  14. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    And also on mlbtr: SUNDAY: The White Sox and Diamondbacks had shown the most interest in Machado as of Saturday morning, Olney heard from AL sources.