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  1. Ripken

    Doug Brocail is the Pitching Coach

    Guess Woodward wants someone else for the job in Texas... aaaand that's all I got.
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    International Signing Alexander Ayala

    None of us has a clue about the kid... but certainly happy with direction of things.
  3. Yeah, they're both QuadA guys right now, but I can live with the idea that Brice has a better chance of being useful than Valera. IMO, Valera doesn't do anything well. Brice flashed a pitch that could be a + tool. It's not like I love it, I said "whatever", but I see the process.
  4. Damn good pitch there, and Valera stinks, so whatever.
  5. Ripken

    Teams are asking about Bundy

    He'll chew up a lot of innings and I think he'd be great around young pitchers.
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    Teams are asking about Bundy

    I love Bundy but I do not trust his health at all, to say nothing of his loss of velocity after TJ surgery. If the return is respectable I'd definitely let him go. Cobb, on the other hand, would be my ace the next three years unless there was a big offer for him.
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    Will Mike Elias force Chris Davis to mainly be the DH?

    I think they will do everything they can to make Davis useful, fail terribly at it, and release him before the 2020 season, where Trumbo will be gone too. In the meantime, 2019 will have some bloated contract ugliness.
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    Waste of International Bounty. New GM. Discuss.

    Stupid thread is stupid. One minor trade is not indicative of anything.
  9. Sure looks to me like he's trying to elevate the ball. Hands come down more than I'd teach but the swing is decent.
  10. Ripken

    Luke’s 2018 Rule 5 Draft Preference List

    We had, what, three kids picked from the org? I find that strange. Like the two we grabbed.
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    Hyde: New O’s Manager

    Love the hire, if we hired him.
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    New manager

    I have my opinions... and they don't matter much. In ME I trust. It's also clear the manager could be a 2-3 year guy to implement changes before the new-new manager comes for the competitive years.
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    2019 Winter Meetings

    Yeah, I'm finally at that place where I can just trust the org's (ME's) decisions and be good with it. That's been a very long time coming. And roster building is almost as fun to me as playing the actual games so I'm enjoying this time. I like several of the Rule 5 kids out there. Wish we could grab a half dozen of them.