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About jdwilde1

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    Mike Devereaux
  1. Really fun games the last two nights. It’s great having baseball back. Go O’s!
  2. Austin Hayes showing he can hold down centerfield. Good to see.
  3. SB Nation, Blue Jays Banter had an article on Cashner this morning. Here is an excerpt regarding his decreased Ks: "Baseball Savant has his slider go from 94 wiffs to 31 so it looks like his strikeout pitch wasn't working as well as 2016... except players went from hitting .288 and slugging .500 on it in 2016 vs .242 and .377. It seems that Cashner is finding effectiveness in his slider by generating soft contact instead of strikeouts. In 2017 his K rate dropped from 7.64 to 4.64 but he gained a 6 percentage point increase in soft contact rate and a 7.4 percentage point decrease in hard contact. This is why he only had 41 extra base hits last year and only 704 bases allowed (12 best among qualified starters in 2017). Another change Cashner made last year was flipping his 4 seamer/2 seamer usage from 40%/25% to 24%/41%. This gave his highest groundball percentage since 2013 and a career high 23 double plays turned behind him."
  4. I have not seen anything contradicting or confirming the amount of cash, but Breen's article (link is below) indicates that the Philly's are paying the full remaining salary. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/phillies-jeremy-hellickson-scratch-start-trade-deadline-20170728.html
  5. This is my understanding of how this works (assuming there are no unknown aspects of the deal). The Orioles are still responsible for his salary, its just that the Philly's are sending cash equal to the amount of Hellickson's prorated 2017 salary as an offset. Whether a team gets cash in a deal does not change the fact that a team that claims a player on waivers is responsible for his remaining salary commitment. So, in this case, if Hellickson is claimed by another team the O's would keep the money from the Philly's included in the trade and have his remaining salary off the books. So, these are the possible outcomes of the O's moving Kim, Cleavinger and international slot money: (1) No other moves - O's save $1.7M and Hellickson pitches for the O's for the remainder of the season; (2) O's trade Hellickson - O's save $1.7M and get whatever they get in the subsequent trade (probably a project/low level prospect and maybe some cash); or (3) Hellickson is claimed off of waivers - O's save $1.7M and the remaining amount owed to Hellickson. If this happens around August 31, the amount would be around $3M. Therefore, the final outcome of the deal would be the equivalent of selling Cleavinger and slot money for about $4.7M.
  6. Per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer "They still owe Hellickson roughly $7 million, which they will pay in order to sweeten the return." If this it accurate, it looks like Dan sold Cleavinger and the international slot money for about $1.7M, which is the approximate amount remaining on Kim's $4.2M salary for 2017. Further, if Hellickson pitches decent over the next month he could still be traded to a contender by August 31. Any team claiming Hellickson would still be responsible for his remaining salary, so that would serve as a deterrent to most teams. This could turn out to be a rather savy move by the front office.
  7. Do you mean the loosey goosey A-Rod? You'd be surprised what an additional 40 lbs of synthetic muscle can do to the power numbers.
  8. I agree. This team is awful. They need to go 45-61 in order to lose 100 games, and I don't see how they are going to do that well. Remember, this can get really bad in late August and September, especially with the rest of the AL east in contention. I don't see how this team doesn't lose at least 100 games this year. They only have 1 more win than the '88 team did at this point in the season, and you can't get much worse than that. I'll be watching the train wreck too. Hopefully, things will get back on track next year. I haven't lost hope for Reimold, who clearly is still struggling with his achilies, and Pie is still in the mix if he can stay healthy.
  9. I would love to see the O's select Hunter Morris. 6'2" power hitter with good plate discipline, who was selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2007 draft. Here is a link to an interview with Morris. http://baseballbeginnings.com/2010/04/25/hunter-morris-qa/#more-3492
  10. Green's got terrible strikeout numbers though. 57 K's in only 249 plate appearances is not good at A-ball, especially since he is a polished collegiate bat.
  11. Jayson Werth. It took him almost six years to get the "New Oriole Way" out of his system. In all seriousness, the Orioles ability to develop hitters should be called into question because they have produced so few offensive players over the last 20 years. Over that time period it almost unfathomable that a few more draft picks wouldn't have developed. It's my belief that the lack of organizational offensive production is a combination of poor draft selections and poor player development. Hopefully this changes!
  12. The Orioles should draft whoever they evaluate as the best talent. It makes no sense to argue that a player shouldn't be signed to a 6M signing bonus if he doesn't project as a number 3 or 4 hitter. If the organization believes that the player will be a legitimate starter at the major league level, and he infact becomes a legitimate starter, it's money well spent. It won't set an organization back paying a little extra to a draft pick, however, it will set an organization back when the team passes on a future star in order to save a few bucks and ends up with a player who never reaches the majors. What matters most is that the draft pick develops into a major league player who can help the team.
  13. Nolan Ryan is a better choice for the all decade team. He didn't always have the best win totals, but that's not always under the pitcher's control. For example, in 1986 Ryan led the majors in both ERA (2.76) and strike outs (276) but was only 8-16. In the decade he led the league in Ks three times and ERA twice (low of 1.69). In comparison Jack Morris led the AL in strike outs once and never led in ERA. In fact his low ERA for the decade was 3.05 in 1981. Overall it was a pretty weak decade for pitchers being in their prime and having continued success from 1980-89. Most weren't getting it going until the middle of the decade or were at the tail end of their careers after the early part of the 80's. Other nominees are Fernando Valenzuala, Dave Steib, Orel Hershiser (came a little late), Mike Scott, Dave Stewart and Bob Welch (27 win season was 1990). Also, Murray should be at first. He was productive for the entire decade, and while Mattingly was the best in baseball for 4 years ('84- '87) and was solid through '89, he still missed out on 35% of the decade.
  14. b/c everything was prefaced w/ the thought that an extension would be required before any deal was made. the entire thread is pretty pointless if there is no extension contingency.
  15. That is probably the worst analogy I've ever heard. Also, I don't think anyone would consider making a deal absent having a long-term extension already agreed upon. It was a simple question - would you trade some of your exceptional pitching depth for a long term 1st base solution.
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