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  1. wildbillhiccup

    Chris Tillman Appreciation Thread

    He was a gamer, but this thread is really 2+ years overdue. We kept his career on life support when the merciful thing to do would have been to let it die. Water under the bridge. Thank you for your service, Chris Tillman. Best of luck in the next chapter of your life.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    Agreed, but I think we've seen his best. I just don't see him ever taking it to the next level. Maybe it's all mental and make-up. That type of stuff matters too. It held John Smoltz back for years...
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    They'd have to blow up their farm system to land deGrom or Sydergaard. Not so much with Gausman. That's all I'm saying. They've been linked to certain players so they seem to be willing to make some moves to bolster their chances this season. i don't see them going all in, but Gausman but a way to go half in. Who knows though, it's all just guess work and speculation with a little bit of wishful thinking sprinkled in!
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    Once you take deGrom and Syndergaard out of the equation I'm not so sure there's a better starting pitcher who's potentially available. And he would be much cheaper.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    I think you're in the minority with this opinion.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    Trading for a vet like Gausman might be their way making a run at the NL East title this year. I don't think they trust the Soroka/Gohora types this season plus do you really want to test a new arm in the middle of a pennant race? That would give them a starting rotation of 1) Folty 2) Gausman 3) Newcomb 4) Teheran 5) Sanchez. And if Britton's in the trade too they'd have Vizaino, Britton, Minter, and Winkler. That'd be a pretty solid / dependable staff. Just something to think about.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    Hmmm. So Cleveland just traded their top prospect for Brad Hand, who's under control through 2021. Gausman's under control for two more years (but he's arbitration eligible). Is it that crazy to think Gausman and Britton could land one of their top pitching prospects? What am I missing?
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    Not to cross threads, but what if you could trade Gausman / Britton to the Braves for Soroka, Wright or Gohara and another top 100 prospect? Would you do it?
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    Dan Duquette -- any chance he stays?

    I agree with this. Too many strong personalities and undefined roles with Buck and Brady still around. If Duquette is truly on board with this new vision (and has support/buy in from ownership) I say cut ties with Buck and either either marginalize Brady's role or cut ties with him as well.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    The Giants are an interesting addition. I'm not sure we've really looked at their top prospects. They only had one in the top 100 at the start of the season. Heliot Ramos | Rank: 69 (Preseason: 63) Team: Augusta GreenJackets (A)ETA: 2021Position: OFAge: 18 DOB: 09/07/1999Bats: R Throws: RHeight: 6' 2" Weight: 185 lb.Drafted: 2017, 1st (19) - SFOther Lists: Top 30 San Francisco Giants Prospects (#1) Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55 Ramos starred on the high school showcase circuit, winning MVP honors at the Under Armour All-America Game in July 2016 and wowing scouts when he ran a 6.42-second 60-yard dash at the Excellence Games a month before the 2017 Draft. He offered one of the best power/speed combinations available, which prompted the Giants to draft him 19th overall and sign him for $3,101,700. He continued to perform well in his pro debut, leading the Rookie-level Arizona League in slugging (.645) and finishing second in batting (.348) and OPS (1.049). While he needs a few years of development time, Ramos has the highest ceiling of any Giants prospect since Buster Posey. His bat speed and strength generate well-above-average power from the right side of the plate, and he already shows the ability to drive the ball out of the park to all fields. Part of an athletic family that includes brothers in the Dodgers system (Henry, an outfielder) and on Puerto Rico's national soccer team (Hector), Heliot has at least plus speed as well as solid arm strength. The biggest question with Ramos is whether he can develop a more patient approach and make consistent contact so he can realize his offensive potential. He also needs to refine his reads and routes in order to stay in center field. Time is on his side, as he'll play the entire 2018 season at age 18.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    I was simply looking at it from a needs perspective. I know their farm system's thin...it's up to them to decide if someone on the MLB roster (like Happ) might be expendable. Probably a reach, but when your closer (who's never been a closer before) hits the DL for a second time who knows.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    I tend to agree. With Devers being only 21, Chavis seems like me might be pretty expendable too. The question is whether or not the suspension has dropped his stock enough for him to be a realistic target (for Britton). Tough to say...
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    We're discussing the Cubs because their closer just wen on the DL for second time in the last few months. Plus, they've been linked to Britton.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    I think Chavis was ranked around 80 overall going into the season. Gotta think, with the suspension, he's fallen out of the top 100.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    Maybe, maybe not. I think Britton would slot above Cishek and Strop on the depth chart though. Also think Edwards is a better pitcher then both of them.
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