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  1. Updated the ODP projection for the 2020 MLB minimum salary of $563,500. See opening post Projected 2020 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) is now $61.09M. Last year's ODP was $82.12.
  2. Davis accounts for 37.8% of the current ODP, Cobb 23%. The O's would have to dispose of Mancini and/or Givens, maybe both if they sign any players to major league contracts, in order for Davis to account for 40% or more.
  3. Updated the roster projection for all transactions through 12/4/2019. See opening post Projected 2020 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) is now $60.88M. Last year's ODP was $82.12. Reminder -- my rule for ODP -- only players on the 40 Man roster. The 40 Man now contains 37 players; so, room for both Rule 5 draftee(s) and major league signing(s).
  4. OK, but Williams is not currently on the 40 Man and, if he replaces an IL'ed Stewart, that would affect the total payroll figure. Thanks for your thoughts.
  5. Updated the roster projection for all transactions through 12/2/2020. See opening post Projected 2020 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) is now $66M. Last year's ODP was $82.12. As to 2019 full season player compensation, according to the linked source below, the Orioles at 80.8M, ranked 27th ahead of the Pirates, Marlins and Rays; and had, by far, the largest percentage reduction in year over year compensation at -45.6%. https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/index.php?cyear=2019&team=&pos=
  6. from MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk https://www.jotcast.com/chat/mlbtr-chat-with-mark-polishuk-6509.html Frederick freeman 5:19 I’m so confused about the lack of interest in johnathon villar. Ultimately shouldn’t the orioles hold him and pay the $10 mil and trade him during the season when another teams needs change and the money owed is less? Mark P 5:20 Or, if you absolutely have to release him, do it in the last week of Spring Training so you only have to pay him a fraction of his salary (arbitration salaries aren't guaranteed until Opening Day). At least then you can maybe find a trade partner if a team has its second baseman go down to injury in spring. ====================================================================== Arbitration contracts are not guaranteed, as a club can release a player on or before the 16th day of Spring Training and be responsible for only 30 days worth of pay. Players cut between the 17th and the final day of Spring Training must be compensated for 45 days worth of pay (at the prorated version of their arbitration salary). But if a player that agreed to an arbitration salary breaks camp with the club, his contract is fully guaranteed. =========================================================
  7. How about a "letter", signed by all participants here, directed to the appropriate executive in the O's organization (with copies to Mike Elias and any other relevant high-level decision-maker) detailing the rationale for the Orioles organization recognition and support of the Orioles Hangout? I'm confident that there is sufficient talent among the readers and posters of OH to formulate a successful appeal.
  8. Here's some diverse opinions (and some pertinent data) from several professional commentators/journalists: https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/03/14/why-three-batter-minimum-for-relief-pitchers-is-a-good-thing/ https://www.mlb.com/news/how-3-batter-minimum-will-change-baseball https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/gabe-lacques/2019/03/14/mlb-rule-changes-3-batter-minimum/3161240002/ https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/03/14/mlb-rule-changes-three-batter-minimum-home-run-derby https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-three-batter-minimum-is-coming-to-mlb-in-2020-and-some-relievers-are-opposed-to-the-rule-change/ =========================================================================== My originally posted opinion remains unchanged: If MLB sticks with it, I think I'm going to like this rule. Initially, the downside is the likelihood of a modest increase in blow-out innings. On the plus side (at least, for me) I foresee the Increased value, development and use of pitchers who: consistently perform with better than average command and control are "rubber-armed" (can throw more pitches per appearance and require less rest between appearances) are versatile -- starters who can effectively relieve and relievers who can effectively start have very effective "trick pitches" -- ex: knuckleball
  9. If MLB sticks with it, I think I'm going to like this rule. Initially, the downside is the likelihood of an increase in blow-out innings. On the plus side (at least, for me) I foresee the following: Increased value, development and use of pitchers who: consistently perform with better than average command and control are "rubber-armed" (can throw more pitches per appearance and require less rest between appearances) are versatile -- starters who can effectively relieve and relievers who can effectively start have very effective "trick pitches" -- ex: knuckleball
  10. Here's a list of free agents (includes as yet unsigned players who were on a MLB 40 man roster in 2019): https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/08/2019-20-mlb-free-agents.html
  11. AZRon

    Jealous

    OK --- That's much better -- thanks.
  12. AZRon

    Jealous

    The Splendid Splinter missed all but 43 games of his age 33 - 34 seasons while he served in the Korean Conflict.
  13. After adding Valaika and disposing of the outrighted players the O's 40-Man roster now stands at 38 (including Cobb and excluding Trumbo).
  14. The same automated ball/strike system (ABS) was tested this year in the Atlantic League and the AFL and is a 3D system. https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/robot-umpires-how-it-works-and-its-effect-on-players-and-managers-in-the-atlantic-league-plus-whats-to-come/ "TrackMan, or "robot ump," sits up above home plate (at all eight Atlantic League ballparks), and looks like a black box from afar. In reality, the box is a 3-D Doppler radar dish that analyzes each pitch thrown. Using a three-dimensional strike zone, TrackMan is able to calibrate each batters' size and stance, adjusting the strike zone accordingly. So, the system works so that it doesn't allow a 6-foot-7 player to have the same strike zone as a 5-foot-7 player." https://www.mlb.com/news/major-league-baseball-tests-robot-umpires-arizona-fall-league "The system has also been used in the independent Atlantic League this season as part of a partnership with Major League Baseball."
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