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  1. He doesn't care.. he prefers a 65 win team with bottom-tier farm system.
  2. Maybe they can discontinue the divisional standings flags on the flag court until further notice. Make them all O's flags... Or one giant O's flag... OR raise one flag for every Chris Davis HR
  3. It's hard to get high ceiling prospects in return for a back of the rotation starter, I'd imagine.
  4. I'm fully on-board. This is the flavor of rebuild that this org needs if we want to compete sustainably in the AL East. This is the way...
  5. Do you actually believe this?? I think you might benefit from taking a step back and just seeing how this all shakes out. You might be surprised.
  6. I don't think the premise is very different. JJ was traded for whatever we could get because we didn't want to pay him his arb number, which would be the same thing happening to Villar. You can make a very reasonable case that Villar is a regression candidate for 2020. Like @weams mentioned.. nobody bit at the trade deadline last year when he was cheaper and having a career year, which I think is telling. Milwaukee practically handed him to us. It seems that we value him on this board much more than other league execs do. But like I've said three times now, I'm not trying to bash Villar or shoo him out of town. I'd be just fine if they decided to keep him and pay his arb salary. I'm just pointing out that it's not some egregious baseball sin to non-tender him. It's a reasonable alternative.
  7. If you think trading Villar for scraps is a good idea (which is the same thing as "cash dumping" Jim Johnson, btw), then non-tendering him really isn't a big leap from there and it likely has the same end result. My point in all of this has been that non-tendering Villar to save money isn't some preposterous outcome. It's very defensible, and it's possible that no other team wants to touch him at his arb-salary while giving up anything of potential future value in return.
  8. It's been reported just recently that the team is currently looking to upgrade to their infrastructure in the international scouting department on top of the slew of dedicated scouts they just hired for this very purpose (in addition to the largest/most substantial J2 class in O's history). These are the types of projects that I would expect that $10M to go towards. And I know you didn't dispute the other point that I made, but I'll follow it up anyways by saying that with a higher draft slot they have more options to select players that they value the most. There are several good reasons to not spend $$ just because you can afford it.
  9. Yelich is praying that nobody takes a look at his home/road splits.
  10. This is fantastic news to read.. confirming what many of us have known to be true of ME's plan and efforts. It's so nice to be competent.
  11. That's easy (and obvious).. potentially higher draft position and $10 million that can potentially be spent elsewhere. Or non-tendering a good ML player because you believe you can get similar production at a fraction of the price (which isn't an unreasonable position to take on Villar next year, imo). Just because your payroll is low doesn't mean you're in a position to make $10 million mistakes.
  12. I have faith that most fans in this Hangout community have enough of a long-term 'Big Picture' perspective that they don't fret over how many wins our last place club finished with while rebuilding.
  13. I think I can speak for all O's fans when I say it absolutely does not mean anything to win 62 vs. 58 games. Zilch. I can sympathize with your argument to keep Villar and pay him the ~$10 mil. It's not an unreasonable argument and I wouldn't be upset in the slightest if they decide to go that route... but it's disingenuous to act like the flip-side of that argument is some sort of lunacy. $10 mil IS a lot for a rebuilding team to pay Jonathan Villar, who is a decent candidate for regression next year. His trade value is not much at that price-point.
  14. I don't think your suggestion is quite the fix-all that you believe it to be. It doesn't eliminate this so-called incentive to lose.. you'd still have to be a bad team. It doesn't incentivize winning, imo. It would create a tank war between the last and next-to-last teams within most divisions for the last part of each season. It gives hope to many more teams of stealing that no. 1 overall pick.
  15. NBA's tanking problem is worse than MLB's. I don't think MLB has a tanking problem at all honestly. This is just Agents and Players Unions piggybacking on the NBA's problems to get a leg up in the upcoming negotiations. There are more franchises being smart about rebuilding than ever before, but I don't think that's a bad thing in the long run.
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