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  1. Soccer is a different beast altogether due to the promotion/relegation. Unlike baseball, there are tangible consequences for teams being terrible, and it creates a degree of (perhaps artificial) competitive balance at the primary level by segregating the throwaway teams from the legitimate ones. This could actually solve several problems for MLB, but would never happen. Baseball is uniquely tied to its measured history, and a change like this would corrupt the sacred statistics of star players on relegated teams. This would also be a death sentence for a handful of very small market teams (tha
  2. My issue with this is I'm not sure 180 is the number we should be looking at. As someone pointed out earlier, a player doesn't necessarily need to spend literally every inning with the same team to achieve what the original poster was looking for. Frank Thomas spent 16 years with the White Sox, he was integral to the team's identity; a few partial seasons with other teams tacked onto the end to prolong his career doesn't change anything. I would view this as, on a whole, making things worse rather than fixing them. Particularly in the context of this thread. I can see the b
  3. I suspect the outcome of that change would really just make the problem identified in this thread even *worse*. This would only result in star players being dealt earlier in their careers, since their earnings would be higher. The small market teams outside of their competitive window have zero motivation to carry ANY big salary player, young or old. A team like the Orioles can currently carry a John Means type through the losing seasons because his contract is still low; if he was making $12 million this year, he'd almost certainly be gone.
  4. I completely agree this is hurting the game, but I think it's just a side effect of the main problem - team building strategies have evolved to the point that there's no middle ground anymore, either you're competing or you're rebuilding and there's nothing in between. No team currently wants to carry a superstar salary during the rebuilding years, so you rarely see them retained for 10+ years. Forget keeping the Yankees and Red Sox competitively balanced with other good teams, the larger problem of today is the bad teams deliberately descending to terrible. Identifiable, homegrown stars
  5. I don't think they will even have an opportunity on Leiter, but I'd definitely go for Rocker. Would also be fine with Mayer or Lawler if they fall to us. Not a fan of House unless they think he can stick at SS and the C's seem unnecessarily risky given the other options available. I'm against picking Jobe, but have confidence in Elias if he goes in that direction. I'm having a tough time believing some of the other names associated with us.
  6. Will admit I often find myself at odds with much of what you post, but this one is right on the money. If Santander was on another team, most of this forum would balk at offering anything of value for him in trade (or even pursuing at all). He is a Rule V success story and has offered some nice power production at a low cost - but he is not the type of player we should be keeping around at a higher cost.
  7. Stewart is one month younger than Shaw. This should be irrelevant in comparing their prospect status, and speed is hardly one of Stewart's optimal characteristics. Stewart's OBP history is significantly influenced by a slower development schedule. Here's how their minors offense compares year by year (both players the same age and drafted/signed the same year).... 2016 Shaw - A+ - .285/.357/.544 in 305 PA Shaw - AA - .246/.309/.414 in 256 PA Stewart - A - .230/.366/.352 in 262 PA Stewart - A+ - .279/.389/.448 in 240 PA 2017 Shaw - AA - .301/.390/.511 in 154 PA
  8. I wasn't a huge Chris Shaw advocate, but there's not a whole lot separating him and DJ Stewart. There's a few pitchers on the 40-man I would have cut before either.
  9. The Hardy trade was an excellent move but, in retrospect, the extension was probably one of the ten worst signings in the history of the franchise
  10. Not to detract from this great analysis, but I will also point out that direct Major League production is not the only value created by an amateur signing. Prospects are a MLB team's greatest trade currency. Yoan Moncada actually contributed negative rWAR to the Red Sox, but he generated a great deal of value for the team anyway by being the primary component in the Chris Sale trade. I am not as ambitious as Frobby to research all of the examples, but I'm sure there's several high dollar international signings that never even appeared in the Majors yet produced great value for the signing team
  11. I'm not sure how much I buy into athletic ability passing down from parent to child, but there is definitely a physical component and I suspect there's great benefit to having a parent who has experienced the Major League culture/preparation and is connected with the highest level of instruction. Even if a Ryan Ripken type is a dud, I could see a scout or front office personnel believing he is better positioned to fulfill his potential than a similar amateur coming from a family of office workers.
  12. Norfolk SS Richie Martin UT Rylan Bannon Bowie 2B Terrin Vavra UT Mason McCoy Delmarva 2B Adam Hall SS Jordan Westburg UT Cadyn Grenier Aberdeen 2B Anthony Servideo SS Gunnar Henderson UT Joey Ortiz GCL 2B Darell Hernaiz 3B Coby Mayo SS Erison Placencia Plenty of playing time to go around in the short term, and long term I think we will be stacked at 3B but weak up the middle.
  13. I can definitely see the pitching being worse. Cashner is no longer around and looked like the league figured out Means later in the season. We received high quality starting pitching from those two for a good chunk of our starts, and it's very possible Bundy and/or Givens are traded before the season begins. Cobb, Kremer, Harvey, Akin, Lowther, etc. at least offer the possibility of optimism, but in all likelihood we are looking at our best innings in 2019 being replaced by 5.50 ERA level pitching (or worse) in 2020. It is not hard to be historically bad if the personnel fits t
  14. This is a prime example of why I've never understood the MLBPA's adamant defense of amateur talent, both domestic and international. Yes, the majority of Major League players at one time signed an amateur contract with a team. There's also probably billions of dollars by now spent on prospects who burnt out without advancing far enough to ever join the MLBPA. Your multi-million dollar 18-year old who tops out at High-A is a lose-lose for both the players and the owners. It would be beneficial to both sides if there were overhauls to the amateur system to bring the top amateur signings down to
  15. If you don't believe Means will sustain his 2019 level of performance and there's a team out there willing to pay like he will, then you absolutely go for it. I'm not sure such a trading partner exists though. Three months ago, Means's trade value was pretty much in the gutter. Even if he ends up in the bullpen with us, he still probably brings more value from that role than what we'd get in return from a trade.
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