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  1. I'm not really sure Caratini is an option during the season as he's already the team's backup catcher with no mlb viable replacements. Not to mention the staff would have to get used to the new guy on the fly and that's not something you want to deal with in a year you're competing for a title.
  2. Doesn't have to come down, just has to go back to last year's levels instead of the crazy bad that is this year. My guess is he got super pull happy hitting bomb after bomb in Arizona where he destroyed spring training.
  3. I'd think it would be something like Ian Happ, Miguel Amaya(He's going to rocket up the boards),Thomas Hatch is what I see being realistic, yeah Happy is slumping at the moment and needs some ABs in AAA, but he'll figure it out. Despite his slump he's still putting up a 107RC% which means he's been 7% above average.
  4. Even if it was true, which I highly doubt, Baez is now putting up a .970OPS on pace for about 50bombs and striking out at a rate lower than 20% which is a huge improvement.
  5. Because it's not realistic. The Cubs aren't going to give up 4 years of a guy who has finally broken out and is on pace for a monster season, not for half a season anyways.
  6. Everyteam in baseball just had the chance to offer those guys the type of contracts they signed with Baltimore. No one is going to take on those contracts and give up worthwhile prospects a few months later. The only way this works, is if Baltimore eats a portion of the deal and considering Trumbo is still on the team, I don't see it happening.
  7. They've just got so much crazy depth. Even if Wainwright retires after this year and Flaherty is traded, you have the following who are MLB capable immediately. Mikolas,A.Reyes,CMart,Weaver,Wacha,Gomber,Gant,Greene,Hudson,Helsley, etc. I can't think of another team with depth that is even close to that.
  8. Fun idea. Ok I'll start off by saying that I wont be at all trying to get rid of Chris Davis or Trumbo in a Machdo deal. Machado is the one and only shot this organization has to infuse itself with young high end talent. With that said, the primary focus should be the St.Louis Cardinals. It's no secret the Cardinals are enamored with Manny and with Jed Gyorko at 3B and coming back down to earth, Manny would be an enormous upgrade both offensively and defensively. Also, the Cardinals have a huge sum of money available for just the right contract. Remember that just 2 years ago they actually of
  9. There's absolutely no way this FO can possibly say with a straight face that they are actively trying to win. There has never been a more friendly market for acquiring pitching and still nothing but flops.
  10. He's 29, that's pretty much the average age most players hit FA
  11. I know he's not in Andrelton's league and I suspect he wont be in Lindor's either. Could he be top 5? Maybe, but I'd be a bit surprised. I expect him to be better than average, but not elite. My biggest concern is that I think SS is going to put a ton of wear and tear on his body this year and it's going to be reflected in his bat. SS is a very physically demanding position.
  12. Jason Kipnis does not have negative value, you are not going to get better prospects by absorbing his contract. The man is one year off of back to back 5fWAR seasons. His contractb, 13.5M in '18, 14.5M in '19 and 16.5M in '20 with a 2.5M buyout., is reasonable.
  13. Likely more. Remember you're talking about 6 years of a guy with top of the rotation stuff who is MLB ready right now. I don't think 1 year of Brach would do it. My guess from the Cubs that would be a piece that Astros would want and that made sense for the Cubs to deal was CJ Edwards. For the Orioles their version of that would be Mychal Givens. Honestly I think Martes could do just as good a job as either of those two out of the pen starting today, but he comes with the bonus that he could work as a starter too.
  14. I can't believe I've forgotten this name for so long, but how is no one all over landing Francis Martes from the Astros? Guy is a year removed from being a top 30 spec, he has front of the rotation stuff, but the Astros have filled up the rotation with Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Even then, Forrest Whitley is now in the wings as he's established himself one of the top arms in the minors. Martes will likely be wasted in Houston's pen again this year. Get him into AAA let him get his control back to 2016 and before levels and you may have a rotation anchor for the next half decade.
  15. My understanding is that Miami is no longer looking for financial help in their deals. They've already reach the 90ish M in payroll they were hoping to get to. Now it's just about getting the best return they can get, so taking on the Prados and Castros isn't going to help you anymore.
  16. The Dodgers want to move Kemp badly so they can open up some cap space. Orioles send Trumbo(26/2) for Kemp(2/43) and Ryu(1/7). Dodgers save 24M, Baltimore gets a significant upgrade at DH in Kemp and they get to roll the dice on Ryu who was at very least a very good #3 if not more when his arm was healthy. Jon Lackey on a 1/10 deal up to 1/12. The rotation needs an innings eater and if Lackey can do one thing very well it's that.
  17. The reason it went so well in Chicago is that Theo was very open with the fans. He told us from day one, this is going to take 3,4 or 5 seasons. He also made sure to be honest when FA came around each year. He never got the hopes up and the organization kept the fans extremely educated with the guys coming up on the farm. Prospects are usually for the super fans, but Theo made it so that even the common fan knew who our good prospects were. So rather than worry about the state of the team, people got more and more excited about watching the prospects grow and mature as they made their way to t
  18. Vastly improved plate discipline. He lowed his K rate at AAA from 28% to 21.6% and raised his BB% from 6.5% to 11.6%.
  19. Rookie status is lost after 130ABs, 50IP, or 60 days on the roster. If Frazier were still a rookie I'd put him, using BA's last, somewhere between 13 and 18
  20. Brinson has plus defense in CF and has a massive 30HR/25SB ceiling. While he hasn't achieved those numbers just yet, remember that scouting report is half of the reason for a ranking.
  21. Yes his value is much higher than any of them and outside of maybe Hays, who he still exceeds in value. Brach isn't enough and with them set in the OF and looking to add Manny next year I don't think they'd be interested in any of the aforementioned.
  22. The Cubs were talking to the Orioles about acquiring Britton during last year's deadline, but with a few hours to go until the deadline was over, the Orioles apparently went completely silent and stopped responding. So the Cubs went with their back up plan, Justin Wilson, because they were afraid they weren't going to hear anything at all.
  23. So, between last deadline where Houston claimed they had a deal done for Britton and then the Orioles pulled him off the table without telling them,the Cubs had a similar experience, and this Manny fiasco where it looks questionable whether or not he was ever even actually available. At what point do you worry about other teams starting to avoid or simply being unwilling to deal with the Orioles?
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